From an email:

“When: October, 20th, 5:30pm-6:30pm
600 5th Street, NW

Who: DC Residents Who are Against Service Cuts

Social Media Link.

What: Metro has proposed cutting late night service (and off peak service for some stations), permanently.

On Thursday, Oct 20th metro will be holding a hearing to get feedback from residents.

Concerned residents will host a rally outside the Metro Building and show up to the hearing with signs and let metro know that we need to fix the system but it should not come to the detriment of D.C. residents.

In one of the richest regions in the United States, we can find creative and effective solutions to fix our transportation system.

Our leaders should develop a “regional agreement” between MD,VA,DC leaders, businesses, and advocates to say no to late night service cuts (and off peak service cuts at some stations) and yes to pushing for additional funding that does not come off the backs of area residents.”

Praying we see this tonight

From a press release:

“Due to the decision by WMATA General Manager Paul Wiedefeld to keep Metro closed at its regular time tonight, the District of Columbia is stepping up to provide alternative transit options in preparation for game five of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers and encouraging creative, resilient Nationals fans* to plan ahead for their return trips.

Below are transportation options from Nationals Park. (more…)

Past Red Line Blues

Yesterday it was the Orange and Blue and Today’s Rush Hour mess features the Red Line – from WMATA:

“Metro is advising Red Line customers to expect delays during today’s afternoon rush hour and into the evening due to two unrelated service issues where trains are single tracking:

Due to defective rail fasteners in the area of Dupont Circle, all Red Line trains are sharing a single track between Farragut North and Dupont Circle stations. The issue was detected during a routine track inspection. Repairs are expected to take several hours.

Due to a cracked rail in the area of Grosvenor, all Red Line trains are sharing a single track between Medical Center and Grosvenor stations. Metro crews are currently bringing a crane to the site to replace a 39-foot section of rail. (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user Barbara Krawcowicz


“Metro is advising customers on the Orange, Silver and Blue lines of a service disruption that will impact travel during the afternoon/evening commute.

Due to defective rail fasteners in the area of Smithsonian Station, all Orange and Blue line trains will share a single track between Federal Center SW and Smithsonian stations. The issue was identified by Metro inspectors during a routine track walk.

Orange and Blue line trains will be subject to delays of 20-40 minutes during this evening’s rush hour as rail traffic alternates through the affected area. Customers on these lines may experience significantly longer waits and crowding on platforms and trains. Riders traveling between DC and Orange Line stations in Arlington may consider Metrobus 38B service as an alternate.

All Silver Line trains will operate between Ballston and Wiehle-Reston East only to reduce congestion. Riders traveling to Silver Line stations in Virginia should use the Orange Line to travel between DC and Ballston.

Customers traveling to/from Virginia stations south of Pentagon should consider the Yellow Line as an alternate to the Blue Line.

After rush hour, the single track area will be extended between Federal Center SW and McPherson Square to allow for repairs.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Kristine Marsh

“Dear PoPville,

A group of residents who live along Maryland Ave NE are gathering signatures for a Thank You letter to Mayor Muriel Bowser for her efforts to move forward a plan that will add bike lanes to the street all the way from near the Capitol to H Street / Starburst intersection. The Maryland Ave Safety Project will also narrow the road from four lanes to two lanes, add left turn lanes, and improve intersections to make them safer for pedestrians. Anyone who’s walked or driven along Maryland Ave NE probably knows how fast traffic currently travels along the street — this plan should slow traffic and dramatically improve safety.

The changes could be implemented as early as next spring. To learn more and help keep the project moving forward, sign on here.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley


“Metro is working to improve safety, reliability, and to get its financial house in order. The SafeTrack program underway now is designed to restore the Metrorail system to a state of good repair, but maintaining the system will require more track access moving forward. For riders, this means the number of hours that Metrorail is open would be reduced so that more preventive maintenance work, quality control, and inspections can be conducted when trains aren’t running.

Before SafeTrack started in June 2016, Metro was closed for just 33 hours each week, providing little time for maintenance and inspections. Compared to 1998 when the Metrorail system had 12 fewer stations and trains operated with just two to four rail cars, there were 44 hours per week for maintenance. That’s 25% less track time for a system that’s considerably larger today.

We know that adjusting the hours of operation will impact many riders, and we want to hear from you. Four proposals have been developed for your review. Each proposal provides Metro with an additional eight hours of track access each week, with the proposals designed to impact the fewest customers possible.
What’s being worked on when Metrorail is closed?

Metro uses time when the tracks are out of service to conduct maintenance, inspection and quality control work, as well as capital improvement efforts to replace or rehabilitate parts of the system. Prior to SafeTrack, all of these efforts were conducted in the overnight hours and during weekend single tracking and shutdowns, but the limited time available led to a backlog of both routine maintenance efforts and safety critical improvements.

Metro is now developing improved maintenance and inspection programs that will be put in place when SafeTrack ends next year. Increasing track access by 20 percent will be critical to this new effort. The new programs will strengthen preventive maintenance for tracks, switches, interlockings and traction power cables. The new preventive maintenance programs will be carried out across the system during overnight hours when trains are not operating, so that capital programs can be conducted during weekend shutdowns and single tracking events that are scheduled on a weekly basis in specific locations.


Would you take the bus?


via google maps

A reader reports:

“Looked like a bike-car collision on southbound Kansas Avenue at the Kansas-Georgia ave intersection (there are bike lanes on Kansas in that area). Couldn’t see how bad the situation was, several police cars and a fire truck on the scene around 9AM. Not sure what happened in this situation, but from experience:

1) cars coming from Varnum St (either crossing Kansas to continue on Varnum, or turning onto Georgia) when cars on Kansas are bumper-to-bumper fail to notice that the bike lanes keep moving, and

2) cars heading south on Kansas and planning to make a right onto Upshur after they cross Georgia will often encroach onto the bike lanes in anticipation of the upcoming turn.”


Chad emails us at 7:30am: “Going to be a long commute”


“Red Line: Single tracking btwn Medical Center & Van Ness due to a track problem outside Friendship Heights. Delays in both directions.

Red Line: Outbound trains are bypassing Tenleytown, Bethesda & Friendship Heights to reduce single tracking delays. Use inbound trains.

Red Line: Single tracking btwn Friendship Heights & Van Ness due to a track problem outside Friendship Heights. Delays in both directions.

Personnel on scene to repair cracked rail outside Friendship Heights. Red Line trains continue single tracking. 8:17a

Red Line trains continue single tracking between Van Ness and Friendship Heights. Outbound trains are bypassing Tenleytown. 8:30a #wmata”