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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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Photo by PoPville flickr user jbouie

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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Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric Spiegel

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.

04/03/14 10:10am

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Thanks to @margietime for tweeting us the photo above:

“Both Shady Grove & Glenmont trains were on the same side of the platform.”

Earlier this morning @GraceLambA tweeted us:

“Morning commuters: major fire at DuPont circle #metro station, steer clear”

WMATA had tweeted:

“Red Line: Expect residual delays in both directions due to an earlier track problem outside Dupont Circle.”

03/31/14 11:00am

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“Dear PoPville,

Metro has been working on an escalator in the Columbia Heights station for a while, and I finally read the sign they put up. This escalator is between the train platform and the next level up. It is 100% underground, which makes the sign pretty confusing. Does Metro really plan to put a glass canopy over an underground escalator to protect it from the elements, or did they think they needed to put up a sign to inform riders of what they’re doing, without pausing to check whether the sign provides accurate information?

Here’s the text of the sign:

Many Metro escalators are exposed to harsh elements that they weren’t designed for. That’s why we’ve covered them with glass canopies.

These canopies provide shelter for the equipment. And more importantly, for you.
Some stations still need them, and as we replace escalators, we’ll install a canopy to put on a much-needed finishing touch
.”

Hahaha they put the same sign on an underground escalator they are working on at the Petworth metro too. My guess is they just ran out of signs explaining the work they were doing and had extras of these and said ‘screw it, this’ll work…’