04/18/14 3:15pm

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From WMATA:

Red Line
Trains every 10-15 minutes

Red Line trains will operate as follows from 10 p.m. Friday through closing Sunday:

Between Shady Grove & Glenmont: Every 15 minutes throughout the weekend
Between Van Ness & NoMa-Gallaudet: Every 8-10 minutes from 9AM-9PM only

Work Performed: Rail fastener and insulator renewal between Van Ness and Friendship Heights; fence and light pole replacement between NoMa-Gallaudet and Rhode Island Avenue.

Orange Line
Buses replace trains between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly

Orange Line trains will operate as follows from 10 p.m. Friday through closing Sunday:

Between Vienna & Stadium-Armory: Every 15 minutes throughout the weekend
Between New Carrollton & Cheverly: Every 15 minutes throughout the weekend

Stations Closed: Minnesota Ave and Deanwood

Free shuttle buses will replace Orange Line trains between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly. Shuttle buses will operate on two routes:

Express Buses will operate non-stop between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly. Add 25 minutes of travel time.
Local Buses will operate between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly, making intermediate stops at Minnesota Ave and Deanwood. Please allow 10 minutes of travel time for each station stop.

Work Performed: Crews will continue tunnel rehabilitation at Stadium-Armory, platform renewal at Minnesota Ave, and improvements to track infrastructure including rail joint elimination along with rail tie, fastener, grout pad and insulator renewal.

Last Train Time Change: The last Orange Line train of the night from New Carrollton to Cheverly will depart 27 minutes earlier than normal to allow for shuttle bus connections. On Friday and Saturday nights, the last train will leave New Carrollton at 2:09 a.m., and on Sunday, the last train will leave New Carrollton at 11:09 p.m. (more…)

04/18/14 1:25pm

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“Dear PoPville,

Thought you might want to make readers aware of how serious MPD will be taking this campaign over the next few days and the weekend.

Police will be out in force in Georgetown, 14th/U ST area and other areas around H st and Eastern Market.

Tickets will cost $75-$250 in DC depending on the type of crosswalk (signalized or un-signalized) This enforcement will go city wide and hopefully make DC a safer place to walk and bike.

Police will be ticketing drivers. Note there will be lots of enforcement this weekend, similar to what people saw with those traffic safety “checkpoints” that you posted about a few weeks back. Police want drivers to ensure they are driving safe in this city full of bikers and pedestrians.”

04/17/14 10:22pm

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Earlier in the week the Washington Post reported:

“District officials are considering creating carpool and toll lanes on part of the 14th Street bridge and other stretches of city highway as early as next year, offering motorists with means a way of speeding their commute and pushing the nation’s capital into the debate over the costs and benefits of “congestion pricing.” The High Occupancy Toll, or HOT, lanes would be free for cars carrying at least three people, according to a District planning study.”

CBS local reported: “The cost would be around $8 million.”

Think it’s a good idea? Besides the 14th Street bridge where else do you think it should be considered?

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From MPD:

“On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, the Emancipation Day Parade will take place in the District of Columbia. The parade will be from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. In conjunction with this event, there will be several street closures that motorists should take into consideration:

Street Closures

*Pennsylvania Avenue and the surrounding streets will be closed between 3rd and 14th Streets, NW from approximately 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

*Constitution Avenue and the surrounding streets will be closed for staging for the parade between 9th Street and West crossover at Pennsylvania Avenue, NW from approximately 8:00 am and 3:00 pm.

*Pennsylvania Avenue and the surrounding streets will be closed between 12th and 14th Streets, NW from approximately 4:00 am to 11:00 pm for the Emancipation Day Festival and fireworks.

*E Street will be closed between 13th and 14th Streets, NW from approximately 4:00 am to 11:00 pm for the Emancipation Day Festival vendors.

*12th Street will also be closed between E Street and Constitution Avenue, NW from approximately 8:30 pm to 9:45 pm for the fireworks display.”

04/14/14 11:00am

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From WMATA:

“Metro’s four-week break from weekend track work concluded yesterday, and the rebuilding effort will resume April 18-20 with service adjustments beginning at 10 p.m. Friday night and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

This weekend, trains on the Yellow and Green lines will operate at regular weekend intervals, except at Greenbelt Station on Saturday only. Red Line trains will run every 15 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont, with additional trains between Van Ness and NoMa-Gallaudet during daytime hours. Buses will replace Orange Line trains between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly and Blue Line trains between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road. Both Blue and Orange line trains will run every 15 minutes, rather than every 12 minutes, outside the work zone.”

04/13/14 10:05pm

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A reader writes in looking for an update. Estimates on when the streetcar will start carrying passengers have become notoriously unreliable. The DC Streetcar’s website gives no indication. We do know that testing has starting – but does anyone have any idea when it’s supposed to start carrying passengers? Has anyone heard how the testing is going?

And since I enjoy bets – let’s make some guesses. I’m gonna guess July 2014. What about you?

04/07/14 1:30pm

“Dear PoPville,

Last October, my good friend Kelly was struck by a speeding car while she was loading her own car. She spent five weeks in the hospital, nearly lost her leg, and has undergone 8 surgeries. Cars travel notoriously fast along the stretch of Arkansas Ave NW where she was struck, and it took very little effort to gather over 100 signatures from neighbors to petition Mayor Gray and Councilmember Bowser to address speeding on the street. Apparently speeding has long been a problem on this street, and these types of crashes – speeding drivers rear-ending parked cars – have happened far too often. Residents have been trying to get a change since the Williams administration.

DDOT, Bowser, and Gray all promised action at a community meeting at the end of 2013. But despite promises and good intentions, there have been no infrastructure improvements to lower speeding.

Now there’s been another crash and another person send to the hospital. We have footage from the crash, which ocurred just a block north of where Kelly was first hit.

Here’s more information about the crash.

And here’s the petition Kelly started to drum up demand for immediate action.

Will we finally see progress along this stretch? With DDOT under fire for a lack of progress on basic infrastructure, will the agency be able to at least tackle a traffic calming effort with enormous community support? Will political shifting distract from an issue with broad community support and a pressing need?”

04/04/14 9:44am

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From Uber DC:

“From 9 am – 8 pm, April 5th – April 13th, Uber is bringing you a front row view of the blossoms with on-demand pedicabs!

Pedal Pricing
$10 Base Fare + $1.50 per minute|Seats up to 3

Sample Trips:
Jefferson Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial (15 minutes)
Lincoln Memorial to the White House (20 minutes)
Loop around Tidal Basin (25 minutes)

Pedal Payment
Just like any other Uber ride, your credit card will automatically be charged. No haggling, no need to tip!

Three times the fun for 1/3 the price! Ride with up to 3 friends and split your fare up to 3 ways. Pedicab trips must begin and end within the pedicab coverage area.”

04/03/14 10:22pm

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Yesterday I received a tweet about supporting a dedicated bus lane on 16th Street (I do and you can add your support here). Anyway, it got me thinking about how folks commute – we talked about this back in Jan. 2012 and I’m curious if the numbers have changed since then. At that time about 19% were by car, 31% by metro, 16% by bus, 15% by bike and 15% by walking.