“Metro has published a project webpage to keep customers and the community informed about the effort to rebuild the Traction Power Substation outside Stadium-Armory that was heavily damaged in a fire on September 21.

Following a full week of equipment testing, the project remains on track for completion this calendar year — about three months sooner than originally projected. Metro will restore normal service on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines as soon as the substation is returned to service.

Riders can view a video [above] and get details about upcoming project milestones by visiting here.

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Very little solace is that an an arrest has been made but some details coming out from the Hill East listserv are absolutely devastating. From a fundraiser posted for the family:

“Our friends in our Capitol Hill neighborhood suffered a violent attack when an intruder broke into the home and violently beat and assaulted the mom while she worked from home on Tuesday October 13. We have not included their names to maintain their privacy due to the utter brutality of the attack. The wife needed surgery to reset 3 broken bones in her face. The violent nature of the attack was so traumatic that the family is staying with friends and wants to sell their apartment and move immediately. Your donations will help a wonderful family of 4 who endured the unimaginable find a new home where they can feel safe and rebuild their life.”

Ed. Note: On the listserv folks asked for more details and the OP provided this story from NBC. The original MPD release was posted here.

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From MPD:

“Earlier this evening First District Officers responded to the 1200 block of G Street SE in reference to the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival they discovered one adult male suffering from a single gunshot wound to his shoulder/back area. He was conscious and breathing and transported to an area hospital in stable condition. The First District detective’s office is currently investigating the case.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text message 50411.”

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Though a commenter alleges disturbing info about the assault:

“As always, the details are so much more disturbing than what MPD shared. The rapist claimed he was maintenance, and presumably the poor woman opened the door for him – so this mention of getting in through an “unlocked” door is misleading (no word on how he got in the building though). Good news – he was caught!”

Update from MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division Sexual Assault Unit announced an arrest has been made in the Burglary I and First Degree Sexual Abuse that occurred in the 1800 block of A Street Southeast, on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm.

A suspect entered a residence through an unlocked door and sexually assaulted an adult female.

On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, the suspect was arrested and is being held as a fugitive in an outside jurisdiction, pending charges in the District of Columbia for Burglary I and First Degree Sexual Abuse.”

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From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in locating and identifying a suspect in connection with a Burglary I and First Degree Sexual Assault that occurred in the 1800 block of A Street Southeast, on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm.

A suspect entered a residence through an unlocked door and sexually assaulted an adult female.

The suspect is described as a black male, slim build, between 20-30 years of age, approximately 6’4″ to 6’5″, short hair, wearing a gray shirt and gray pants.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

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From Events DC:

“Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia announced today that OMA, a globally-recognized architecture firm has been selected to develop both short and long-term redevelopment concepts for the future usage of the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus. In collaboration with Brailsford and Dunlavey (B&D) and the existing subcontractors who are part of the team conducting the RFK Campus site and market analysis study, OMA will develop a holistic conceptual plan for the iconic Campus located in the Southeast corridor of the District.

“On behalf of Events DC, we are tremendously excited about bringing OMA on board to help us reimagine the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus. OMA will help us develop both short and long-term redevelopment concepts for this important site in our nation’s capital,” said Max Brown, chairman of Events DC Board of Directors. “They will bring world-class credentials and ideas to this effort and we are looking forward to working with all our stakeholders on this important effort.”

OMA’s conceptual designs will address connectivity across the 190 acre site – while creating a sense of place for the Campus that resonates with the surrounding community and across the District. It is our shared goal that OMA will deliver conceptual plans for the entire Campus that create axis points and public areas of convergence from which residents and visitors can benefit. The conceptual concepts will be available and made public in mid-January 2016.

This project continues OMA’s urban engagement with Washington, DC, following their award of the 11th Street Bridge Park in 2014. The project is a public park elevated over the Anacostia River that connects two historically disparate sides of the river with a series of outdoor programmed spaces and active zones. (more…)

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Thanks to a reader for passing on from

“It is an exciting time to live in Washington, D.C., with positive developments happening city-wide. Please tell the Mayor and City Council to use this opportunity to make decisions that will have a lasting positive impact on all District residents. Focus funds and efforts on schools, crime, transportation, good jobs, housing…not the misplaced priority of new football stadium. As residents of D.C., we oppose any proposed plan to build a new football stadium for Dan Snyder and the Washington Football Team. The reason for the opposition is simply a matter of priorities. Football stadiums are very expensive and, unlike baseball and other sports stadiums, used only a handful of times each year. There are much more important and impactful ways to spend a billion or more dollars.

Residents in all quadrants of the District are concerned about increases in crime, problems with public transportation, improving schools and addressing the challenge of affordable housing. Many school-aged children in the District attend schools in desperate need of repair. Law enforcement and emergency responders talk about the negative impact of slashed budgets on their jobs. Affordable housing is needed in neighborhoods that are close and accessible to jobs. Public transportation clearly needs some work. If the city has hundreds of millions (or billions) to spend on a football stadium, let’s spend it on these things instead. Fix what’s broken. Seize the opportunity to make the District a better place for all to live. (more…)

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.”

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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”

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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”