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@rosemariochoa tweeted us earlier this morning:

“Helicopters, ambulance, police, road blocks. What’s going on in #MountVernonSquare?”

From Events DC:

“The Walter E. Washington Convention Center will host the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Saturday, February 28 through Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Attendance is estimated at 17,000.

AIPAC daily activity hours will be 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. with the exception of Tuesday, March 3 when the event concludes at 2:00 p.m.

Shuttle operations will take place outside of the Convention Center as follows:

§ L Street NW –Between 7th and 9th streets (north and south sides); and
§ M Street NW – Between 7th and 9th streets (south side)

Restricted Parking
Sunday, March 1 @ 6AM – Tuesday, March 3 @ 6PM

AIPAC has received a permit from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to bag the metered spaces outside of the Convention Center on the west side of the 1100 block of 7th Street NW (between L and M streets). Restricted parking hours in this location are from 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 1 through 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3.

L Street Sidewalk Closures / No Pedestrian Access

Saturday, February 28 @ 7AM – Tuesday, March 3 @ 3PM

AIPAC has also received a permit from DDOT to temporarily close the sidewalks outside of the Convention Center on L Street NW between 7th and 9th streets (north and south sides). The temporary closure will be in effect from 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 28 through 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday March 3 with no pedestrian access during this period. There may be additional parking restrictions and intermittent road closures without advance notice for security reasons.

You may anticipate an increase in WMATA ridership (especially at the Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center station), high demand for taxis and much greater than usual pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

The taxi stand on Mount Vernon Place will be staffed by Events DC transportation staff and officers from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

The appropriate District agencies have been notified for additional traffic monitoring and enforcement of parking regulations in the area surrounding the Convention Center.

As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding. Please join us in welcoming the AIPAC to our community.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Nathan Jones

From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of February 27 – March 1.

This weekend, Silver Line trains will operate at regular intervals. Green Line trains will run on a regular weekend schedule between College Park and Branch Ave stations. At Greenbelt Station only, buses will replace trains on Saturday and Sunday.

Orange, Blue, and Yellow line trains will operate every 20 minutes. Red Line trains will run every 8-15 minutes. (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user JJ Jackson

From WMATA:

“The following statement was issued today by Metro Board Chairman Mort Downey:

“Today the WMATA Board voted to forego any fare increases or substantial cuts in bus or rail service as we move forward with the adoption of a balanced budget. While the final budget vote will come in the spring, the Board’s action today reflects a continued commitment to further reduce administrative costs and reprogram money from non-safety programs, and signals continued support from our jurisdictional funding partners to help balance the budget and continue our standing fare and service policies.

“The Board’s search for a new General Manager and Chief Executive Officer is ongoing, as we want to ensure that we identify a candidate with the combination of leadership, transportation, financial and management skills required to move WMATA forward. We appreciate Jack Requa’s outstanding leadership as interim General Manager, which will continue until the search has concluded.”

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Image via MPD

From @DCPoliceDept:

“Emergency Water main break repair NB on N. Capitol St NE at Quincy Pl./Delays begin at K St NE.”

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Update: @wolfpackwx tweets us the photo above:

“Here is why H St. NW is closed right now. Looks pretty bad. Newspaper bins scattered with signs down too @PoPville”

@dcfireems tweets:

“Pedestrian Struck – 400blk of H St. NW – 3 Pts. 1 Critical & 2 Serious/Non-life threatening injuries transported to hospital. #dctraffic”

Also heads up in Chinatown – many Street Closures:

Accident w/injuries at 400 Mass Ave NW MPD & FEMS on scene Street Closures are: 400 – 500 blk. of H St 800 blk. of 4th St Cont.

* 4th St at H St – Both ways Seek an alternate route(s).

Accident Activity Update at 400 blk. of Massachusetts Ave NW Major crash on scene. ROP responding to assist. Metro bus notified.”

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“Dear PoPville,

The west (northbound) entrance to the Georgia Ave Metro station has been closed for over a week now. No sign, no explanation. I wrote to them last week asking what was up but of course never received so much as an acknowledgement (they at least used to send a confirmation that they got your message). This morning around 8 a few workers were standing around shooting the breeze with a couple of cops.

Looking at this in the context of your reader’s report on this morning’s Red line mess that WMATA didn’t bother to explain to customers and a similar situation last week, an unfortunate pattern seems to be emerging where Metro is showing even less accountability to and respect for its customers than it did before. Who’s in charge over there?”

In a rant/revel last week a reader found this update from WMATA:

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