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From WMATA:

“Metro today released schedule information for the remaining SafeTrack surges between February and June 2017. Surges will resume February 11 with an 18-day surge on the Blue Line.

Major work that impacts rush-hour service had been suspended during the month of January due to the inauguration and the potential for winter weather impacts.

The SafeTrack program will conclude in late June, after which, Metro will shift to a regimen of preventive maintenance.

Additional information on supplemental bus service and other alternatives will be provided online at wmata.com and during customer outreach at affected stations two weeks prior to the start of each surge.

Rosslyn – Pentagon Blue Line
February 11-28 (more…)

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A reader reports:

“Just wanted to share with you and fellow readers, from Kenyon McDuffie’s facebook page last night.

“The G9 is on schedule to begin service on Rhode Island Avenue in March 2017.

The G9 will run the entire east-west length of Ward 5 along Rhode Island Avenue and connect downtown on the same route the G8 takes.”

It looks like the new G9 route got approved and will start running in March 2017. Not sure of the exact route/stops, but this is great news for ward 5 residents as it will connect Rhode Island Ave to downtown via a direct bus route. Awesome for Woodridge/Langdon/Brookland residents!”

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From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of January 6-8, 2017 with service adjustments on all six lines. Trains will operate as follows:

Buses replace Orange and Blue line trains between McPherson Square & Rosslyn, see below for details
Yellow Line trains will operate every 20 minutes between Huntington and U Street only
Green Line trains will operate every 20 minutes
Red Line trains will operate every 13-26 minutes
Silver Line trains will operate every 20 minutes between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston only (more…)

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Thanks to the Golden Triangle BID for passing on from the Secret Service:

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Full release in PDF

“Today, the 2017 Presidential Inaugural Subcommittees announce the Joint Transportation Plan for the 58th Presidential Inauguration. Events and activities celebrating the Inauguration, a designated National Special Security Event, will take place from Thursday, January 19 to Saturday, January 21, 2017.

This Transportation Plan provides the general outlines for vehicular restricted zones, road closures, charter vehicles, public transportation and pedestrian routes. Additional information is available online for residents of the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland, as well as for charter operators, through the websites listed at the end of this plan. Additions to this plan may be made prior to the Inaugural and will be updated on these websites. Specific questions regarding this transportation plan should be directed to the participating agencies as identified.

Security and transportation plans for the 2017 Inauguration were developed by a partnership of local, state and federal law enforcement and public safety agencies, including the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the Virginia State Police, the Maryland Department of Transportation, the United States Secret Service, the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), the United States Capitol Police and the United States Park Police.

Inaugural Ceremony and Parade
The below listed vehicle restrictions and street closures are in effect for the 58th Inaugural Ceremony and Parade beginning at 3:00 am on Thursday, January 19 (unless otherwise noted) until the parade concludes at approximately 6:00 pm on January 20.

Street and Bridge Closures (more…)

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“Dear PoPville,

Thought this was interesting. Folks should protect their rights.”

From Public Justice’s Opt Out of Capital Bikeshare’s Forced Arbitration Clause by Dani Zylberberg:

“In its most recent update to its “User Agreement,” Capital Bikeshare—the hugely popular bike program in the Washington, D.C. area—has slipped in a forced arbitration clause and class action ban that significantly affects the rights of Bikeshare members. In fact, this new “User Agreement” only benefits Capital Bikeshare, not its members. But if you are a Capital Bikeshare member there is something you can do about it: Opt Out!

Capital Bikeshare’s new “User Agreement” forces users to give up their right to go to court, and instead sends dispute that would typically be heard by a court into arbitration, which almost always favors corporations over consumers. That’s because arbitrators—who are often hired again and again by corporations to hear these disputes—unsurprisingly tend to rule in favor of the company that is bringing the arbitrator repeat business. (more…)

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“Dear PoPville,

I thought it’d be interesting to call to your attention a problem I’ve encountered with WMATA that I am sure others have run in to (and they may or may not be aware of). WMATA instituted a “15 Minute Grace Period” Program that is intended to automatically refund rail users who enter and exit the same station within 15 minutes and do not take a ride. In theory, the program should assist riders during SafeTrack who enter, see a 15-20 minute headway, and decide to take another mode of transportation to their destination (Uber/Lyft, Bikeshare, Circulator, MetroBus, etc.). More info can be found here.

It’s a slow day at work since we are near the holidays, and I decided to review my ride history this morning. In the month of December alone I had two fees that should have been reimbursed under the program, but were not. While the dollar value is nominal for me, it could represent a burdensome loss of a paid round-trip fare to a less advantaged user of the transit system.

It doesn’t strike me as fair that a program that says it auto-refunds simply doesn’t do it. If in one month one rider (me) lost $3.50 to the program, then over the course of a year that could be tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars that WMATA is falsely keeping.”

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Or rather, Miller Lite Free Rides® but same thing right?

From a press release:

“The Original Light Beer is partnering with Metro and Premium Distributors to help residents and visitors ring in the New Year safely. Miller Lite Free Rides® will be available on all Metrorail and Metrobus routes beginning at midnight on January 1, with free service until close at 3 a.m. (more…)

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“A new thing I’ve noticed people doing is trying to exit Grant Circle at New Hampshire from the inner lane. This results in a vehicle in the outer lane that’s planning to exit at 5th being cut off. Aren’t you supposed to be in an outer lane when you’re planning to exit a traffic circle? Isn’t this equivalent to making a right turn from the left lane (something many DMV drivers think is legal and do anyway)?

This has happened to me a couple of times, and I witnessed it happening to someone else this morning. The vehicle exiting the circle at NH had its signal on, yet it still cut off a vehicle in the outer lane that was planning to continue in that lane. The vehicle in the outer lane got cut off and had to slam on its brakes. The driver of the exiting vehicle was clearly annoyed because he/she paused for a moment, even though he/she was in the wrong.

A collision waiting to happen.”

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