pain sculpture

By now you’ve felt the pain. All I want to say is you are not alone. You have my blessing to start drinking early today.

As of 9:00am:

“Red Line continues to single track btwn Grosvenor & Friendship Hts. No longer single tracking at Woodley. Expect 45-mins delays 9:00a #wmata”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley


“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of May 21-22 with service adjustments on four of six lines. Trains will operate as follows:

Yellow and Green Line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals.
Free shuttle buses replace Orange Line trains between Stadium-Armory & Minnesota Ave on Saturday and Stadium-Armory & New Carrollton on Sunday. See below for details.
Free shuttle buses replace Blue line trains between Stadium-Armory and Capitol Heights.
Red Line trains will operate every 24 minutes.
Silver Line trains will operate every 12 minutes between Wiehle-Reston East and East Falls Church only.

Red Line
Trains every 24 minutes | 8:00 p.m. Friday until closing Sunday (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown


“Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld today publicly released the final SafeTrack plan — a comprehensive maintenance effort that will accelerate three years worth of work into approximately one year. The plan significantly expands maintenance time on weekends, weeknights and midday hours and includes 15 “Safety Surges”–long-duration track outages for major projects in key parts of the system. The plan addresses Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) safety recommendations and deferred maintenance backlogs while restoring track infrastructure to good health.


Following review and collaboration with FTA, as well as consideration of traffic mitigation and alternate travel options by the Department of Transportation (DOT) agencies in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, regional law enforcement, Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and General Services Administration (GSA), the implementation of SafeTrack will commence immediately. (more…)


Thanks to a reader for passing on from Council Member McDuffie:

New G9 Bus Route

Another important investment made by the Council is the $1.04 million in funding for a new G9 Bus Route. Travelling from downtown to the neighborhoods and businesses along Rhode Island Avenue has long been a challenge. As residents, WMATA and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) have noted, there exists a “gap in bus service between the entrance to the Rhode Island Avenue Metrorail station and 4th Street NE. This gap means current riders east of the Rhode Island Avenue station are not able to take a single-seat transit ride into downtown Washington.”

“The proposed G9 bus line will service Rhode Island Avenue from 14th Street, NW to just beyond the District’s border at Eastern Ave, NE, thereby filling that gap and alleviating congestion on the G8 and other bus lines that offer partial service to the Rhode Island Avenue, NE corridor,” stated McDuffie. “Additionally, a G9 line will allow public transit users easy access to the many retail businesses and restaurants that are opening along Rhode Island Avenue, one of the District’s Main Streets. Finally, there is the potential that a G9 line may alleviate some of the traffic on Rhode Island Avenue by providing residents with a new direct option to reach downtown.”


From DC Streetcar:

“May 17, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Carnegie Library, 1st Floor
801 K St NW

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) along with The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) invite the community to a public meeting Tuesday, May 17, 2016, to discuss an upcoming Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed Union Station to Georgetown Streetcar Transportation Improvements.

Following the successful launch of the DC Streetcar on February 27, 2016, this EA process considers alternative approaches to extending the existing line from Union Station to Georgetown. The study will evaluate the environmental and cultural effects of the proposed improvements. The study is being conducted in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA), and will be released by DDOT, FHWA, and FTA in the winter of 2017. (more…)


A reader reports just after 1pm:

“No one hurt but the car is obviously a total loss. Tree came down after a gust. The owner of the house with the tree (on city land) said he had been worried about the health of the tree and had contacted the city, but there wasn’t any obvious problem with it. Power is out for about 50 houses in North Cleveland Park/Tenleytown.”


Photo by PoPville flickr user John Sonderman


“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of May 13-15 with service adjustments on all six lines. Trains will operate as follows:

Red Line trains will operate every 18 minutes.
Orange and Blue Line trains will operate every 20 minutes.
Silver Line trains will operate every 12 minutes between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston only.
Yellow Line trains will operate every 24 minutes between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Sq only.
Green Line trains will operate every 24 minutes. (more…)