Update from WMATA:

“Metro has restored rail service on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines in the area of Stadium-Armory following a transformer fire this morning at a Metro power substation near Stadium-Armory Station. Trains on the three affected lines are now operating on their normal routes (Orange Line between Vienna and New Carrollton, Blue Line between Franconia-Springfield and Largo, Silver Line between Wiehle-Reston and Largo). Riders may experience residual delays as service ramps up to rush-hour service levels. Stadium-Armory Station has reopened.

The restoration of service follows the successful reconfiguration of power to “feed” electricity to the area of Stadium-Armory from the adjacent substations, located at Potomac Avenue and Deanwood. The power substation at Stadium-Armory remains offline. Until normal power conditions are restored, trains will operate at lower speeds through the area to reduce power draw.

There were no injuries as a result of the fire. The cause remains under investigation.”


“As of 3 p.m., Metro crews are working to restore rail service on a portion of the Blue, Orange and Silver lines following a fire this morning at a power substation in the area of Stadium-Armory.

Train service was suspended following a report of smoke from the substation, located in the parking lot of RFK Stadium, that provides third-rail power to a section of the Blue, Orange and Silver lines. All trains were moved out of the area, and there were no injuries.

The source of the smoke was determined to be a fire involving one of three transformers within the substation that converts commercial electricity from alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC) for use by trains. Two other transformers at the facility appear to be unaffected; however, a full assessment will be made to determine any damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Currently, Metro personnel are reconfiguring power to “feed” electricity from two adjacent power substations — one at Potomac Avenue and one at Deanwood. Once the reconfuration is completed this evening, train service will be able to be restored. Trains will likely be required to operate at reduced speed through the area to minimize power draw.

Service Information

Metro is advising riders on the Orange, Blue and Silver line of service impacts that will likely affect this evening’s commute. Service is operating as follows:

• Orange Line: Trains are operating between Eastern Market and Vienna and between New Carrollton and Minnesota Avenue. Trains will run about every 8 minutes. Buses are replacing trains between Minnesota Avenue and Eastern Market, making all intermediate station stops.
• Blue Line: Trains are operating between Eastern Market and Franconia-Springfield and between Largo Town Center and Benning Road. Trains will run about every 8 minutes. Buses are replacing trains between Benning Road and Eastern Market, making all intermediate station stops.
• Silver Line: Trains are operating only between Wiehle-Reston East and East Falls Church. Trains will run about every 8 minutes. Riders traveling outbound to Virginia from DC should use an Orange Line train and transfer at East Falls Church to continue their trip.
• Yellow, Green and Red line service is unaffected by this disruption.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Andrew Pasko-Reader

Not a good Monday morning commute for many. Latest from Metro Transit Police:

“Stadium update 5: As of 10a, DCFD & MTPD remain o/s Stadium with smoke coming from power substation. Effort to mitigate continues. #wmata”

Previously metro tweeted:

“OR/SV/BL passengers expect delays in both directions, FD activity at Stadium-Armory, station is temporarily closed. 9:08a #wmata”

Photo by PoPville flickr user mosley.brian

Back in February of last year we talked about what ought to be done with RFK. Thanks to all who passed on word about a meeting to discuss this:

“Events DC will host the first of two community meetings to seek community input for Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium (RFK Stadium) Campus redevelopment and planning inclusive of DC Armory, Maloof Skate Park and the Festival Grounds.

The goal is to walk the audience through the RFK study process and to obtain their feedback for moving forward.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
6:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: St. Coletta of Greater Washington
1901 Independence Ave. SE”

via google maps

From MPD:

“On Thursday, April 27, 2015, at around 11:26PM, a citizen walking westbound in the 1700 block of D Street, Southeast, was approached from behind by (2) subjects, described as black males between 17-24 years old, thin build, wearing masks, who snatched her pocketbook off of her shoulder and began hitting her causing her to fall to the ground. During the struggle for the pocketbook, one of the subjects brandished a firearm.

After obtaining the pocketbook, both subjects ran to an alley off of D Street, Southeast.

The victim sustained minor scratches but refused medical treatment.

This case is currently being investigated by the First District Investigative Unit.”

The victim described her experience on the Hill East listserv:

“Unfortunately, I was mugged at gunpoint tonight around 11:30 on the 1700 block of D Street SE as I was walking home from the Metro. I heard and then saw the two assailants running behind me. I wasn’t able to outrun them and fell to the ground as they grabbed my bag away from me. It was only then that I saw the gun. They hit me a few times (luckily, not very hard) and then ran away with my purse down the alley that is between 17th and 18th. I heard tires screeching shortly thereafter. Fortunately, I wasn’t physically injured more than a scrape to the knee when I feel. I am grateful for the kindness and concern of the neighbors down the street who let me come inside their home to use their phone to call the police and of my friends (also neighbors and parents to a newborn) who stayed with me as I was interviewed by the police and as we waited for the CSI. I am also grateful for the police who came quickly and were very professional and thorough.

On the off chance that you spot a discarded Coach black tote bag or a pair of women’s Asics Nimbus running shoes (that look like this.), please let me know! My running shoes with custom-made and brand new orthotics were inside my bag, and I doubt that the thieves have much use for them.

Stay safe! The police said that there have been several muggings recently as people have been walking home from the Stadium Armory metro.”

metro drill
Photo by PoPville flickr user Brian Mosley


“Metro Transit Police and the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department will conduct a full-scale emergency response drill at Stadium-Armory Station on Sunday, August 23, from 7:45 a.m. until approximately 10 a.m.

During the exercise, emergency responders will simulate a smoke/fire incident in the tunnel outside of Stadium Armory. Metropolitan Police Department and DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency also will participate in the exercise.

metro irony

On Facebook, Arnaud Carpentier notes the “Sweet Metro Irony…” in the screenshot above from Metro’s website – due to the scheduling conflict with a DC United match at RFK.

Information for Riders (more…)

This house is located at 951 14th Street, Southeast. The listing says:

“Five Finished Levels Custom Designed & Green Engineered * Spectacular Entertaining Space Inside&Out * Chef’s Kitchen, Fireplace, Bamboo Floors, EcoCline Roof, GuardFoam Insulation * 2-Story Master Loft w/Private Roof Deck * Second Master Suite w/Bath & Balcony * Income-Generating 2BR/2BA Basement w/CofO * OSP Available * Near Potomac Metro, Harris Teeter, Eastern Market, Barracks Row * See 3D Tour”

You can see more photos here.

This 6 bed/5.5 bath is going for $1,420,000.

Photo by PoPville flickr user Lucas Keene

From a press release:

“RFK Stadium, once featured every Sunday throughout the NFL season, will return to hosting prime time football on Friday, September 18 for the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic®. The annual football game pitting the 100-year storied rivals, Hampton University and Howard University, will be nationally televised live on ESPNU and streamed across the globe on ESPN platforms.

“Events DC is excited to bring the Hampton-Howard rivalry back to RFK Stadium as part of the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic,” said Erik A. Moses, senior vice president and managing director of Events DC, Sports & Entertainment Division. “When we developed the Classic in 2011, the plan was always to feature notable historically black colleges and universities on a grand scale in RFK Stadium and having ESPN as the broadcast network this year enhances the platform.

Tickets for the 2015 AT&T Nation’s Football Classic® are currently on sale through ticketmaster.com. Regular priced tickets start at $25 (plus fees) with group discount rates and suite level experiences available as well. For additional information, please visit www.NationsFootballClassic.com.”


From the Washington Post:

“A pregnant woman biking home from work was stabbed Tuesday afternoon near Congressional Cemetery in Southeast Washington.

The victim said she does not know what the man’s intentions were — perhaps he was trying to steal her backpack, she said…. and just moved to the District from Hawaii about a month ago.”