“This morning around 8:10 AM, I exited my orange line train at Foggy Bottom to see medics (with wheeled gurney) and security guards waiting on the platform for the train car ahead of me. They entered the car and it seemed they were helping someone who was being held up. However, no one seemed to have alerted the train driver. S/he closed the train doors, while the security guards tried in vain to hold them open. Several of the medical personnel were in the car with the injured/sick person and the remainder (including the gurney) were left on the station platform frantically waving their arms at the driver, but the train left the station. Anyone know what happened here?”
An incident happened this morning around 7:30am while attempting to board a 70 bus. Below is the message I submitted to WMATA. I certainly understand that bus drivers have a schedule to keep and they need passengers to keep moving, but the reaction today seemed cruel when it meant leaving a family by the side of the road. On the other hand, it was rush hour, people have places to be, and being a bus driver is often a challenging/thankless job. What do others think? Should I have confronted the driver, or was he just doing his job?
“This morning WMATA employee, “Mr. B”, pulled over at the intersection of Farragut & Georgia Ave NW. Myself and a family of 5 were waiting. It took the family approximately 15 seconds to collect themselves (gather strollers, etc.). I was waiting to let them get on the bus when Mr. B shut the door in their faces. I ran up and knocked on the door and the bus did not stop.
I subsequently ran and chased the bus down at the next stop. I verbally confronted Mr. B who said “I stopped and no one moved”. This is false. We were all moving towards the doors, but it took the family a brief amount of time to collect their things. It was clear to everyone, including a crossing guard at the intersection (who also yelled at the bus as it drove by), that we wanted to get on. If nothing else, the driver should have realized this fact when I knocked loudly as he was about to pull away. (more…)
“from North Capitol this afternoon (about 3:45). There was an accident blocking both northbound lanes that the buses couldn’t get around so they decided to pull into oncoming traffic and make their right turn across the two lanes. Not sure what else they were supposed to do in this situation, but it was entertaining to watch!”
“Today, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) released proposed recommendations regarding Metro’s rail service after the SafeTrack rebuilding initiative. Communications Director Kevin Harris released the following statement in response:
“Our position on WMATA’s late-night service has not changed: soon after SafeTrack, late night operations should resume. As the nation’s capital and home to over 670,000 residents, we need a Metro system that works for everyone – residents, workers, employers, and visitors. That means having a Metro that stays open late as the region continues to grow. The staff recommendation falls far short of what we owe all riders: a safe, reliable system that meets their needs.”
“This month, a new series of anti-harassment PSAs launched on the Metro and Metrobus system. The project is a collaboration between Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS), Stop Street Harassment, and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).
Please see the statement below from Jessica Raven, executive director of CASS, on the campaign and its significance in light of the recent spike in incidents of harassment against DC’s Muslim and transgender communities:
“Now, more than ever, our work to build safe public spaces is critical. Within the past few weeks, we’ve seen a spike in reports of harassment across our city — especially targeting people of color, LGBTQ and gender nonconforming people, and people who are part of multiple marginalized groups. Harassers take advantage of trains and buses as environments where their targets can’t easily escape, making public transit an important space to address the problem.
The new awareness campaign has three goals: (more…)
“If anyone wants to know, it takes almost 1.5 hrs to take the Safetrack shuttle from Fort Totten to NoMa during rush hour!”
So I’m curious, no matter how you commute – bus, car, metro, etc. – how has your commute changed, if at all? For those whose commutes have gotten longer – how long did it used to be and how long is it now? Any details you can share like where you’re commuting from and where to would be helpful. And obviously what mode of transport? Have you changed modes? If so, is it longer than your normal mode was before Safetrack?
“Metro to remove 4000-series railcars after safety concern identified
Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld today ordered the immediate removal from service of all 4000-series railcars following the identification of a potential safety concern involving the train’s automatic train control (ATC) system that could result in a “false indication” to a train operator going undetected.
Metro’s ATC system keeps trains properly spaced and a safe distance from other trains by displaying “speed commands” on a control panel in the operator’s cab. When operating in “manual mode,” the train operator responds to the speed commands, which indicate the train’s maximum authorized speed relative to the train’s location and distance from other trains. Train operators receive “zero speed commands” — indicated by a double zero — when the train is not authorized to move (i.e. the equivalent of a “stop signal”).
Albeit remote, Metro railcar engineers believe the potential exists for an undetectable failure of the 4000-series ATC system control board that could result in improper speed commands being given to a train when a 4000-series car is in the lead position.
“Today’s action is being taken in an abundance of caution and, while we believe that the risk is small, it is a risk I am unwilling to take,” Wiedefeld said. “Everything we do here is going to put safety first, no matter what.”
As of 3:30 p.m., Metro is in the process of removing 4000-series cars from its mainline tracks. The process is expected to take several hours. (more…)
Any chance you have any scuttlebutt on the horrendous traffic circle at FL and NY Ave? With all the red line shuttles coming through for the red line Safe Track, that area has gotten exponentially worse (although I’ve been hoping for the razing of that Wendy’s and improvement of the traffic there for almost 4 years now). I searched your old posts and saw one from 2010 about that intersection, so was wondering about any new developments or if I missed one.”
This circle was profiled for a Dysfunction Junction Vol. 4 but that’s the last heard. Anyone else hear of short term or long term plans to ameliorate the situation?