metro ads

Thanks to a reader for sending:

“I just saw these new digital ad boards in the judiciary square metro. They are animated and change between several different ads. 2016 has arrived…”

Anyone else notice them at other stations?

Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

You gotta read between the lines on this press release but could be crazy:

“Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld announced today that the investigation into the East Falls Church derailment, which began as an administrative review by the Safety Department, has been expanded to include an investigation by Metro Transit Police.

Wiedefeld directed the Metro Transit Police Department to open a parallel investigation into the matter following a briefing in which investigators advised him of concerns arising from employee interviews, inspection reports, rail defect tracking, and video recordings.

“The administrative review uncovered information that warrants further investigation by Metro Transit Police,” Wiedefeld said. “While Safety Department investigations determine cause and accountability, it is even more important to understand if other issues must be addressed with the way track inspections and maintenance have been conducted.”

Metro’s General Counsel, Patricia Y. Lee, has engaged two former Assistant U.S. Attorneys as Special Investigators to support the internal administrative review. Adam Hoffinger, a former AUSA for the Southern District of New York, and Peter White, a former AUSA for the Eastern District of Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia, will work closely with Lee on this matter. Both have extensive prosecutorial experience with complex cases.

“The public has a right to know that the tracks on which their trains run are being properly inspected,” said Wiedefeld. “The information uncovered to date raises potentially serious concerns, and we will take all actions necessary to get answers and hold people accountable.” (more…)

safetrack changes
Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend


“Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld today announced several adjustments to the remaining SafeTrack surge schedule to allow for the completion of additional work on crossover tracks, address new safety recommendations and account for the impact of extreme heat, humidity and other weather impacts.

The changes announced today will affect the dates and sequence of the remaining SafeTrack surges. In mid-September, Wiedefeld will announce additional changes to surge projects that were originally scheduled for October and later. The following SafeTrack surge changes were announced today: (more…)


“Dear PoPville,

My wife was riding the metro (red and green line) yesterday and lost her wedding band. It is very slender (the smaller of the two in this picture), and has Hebrew lettering on the inside.

If anyone finds it they will be greatly rewarded. It wasn’t expensive, but it is precious to both of us.”

Ed. Note: Anyone who may have found it please email [email protected] and I’ll put you in touch with OP thanks.

metro trips
Photo by PoPville flickr user John Sonderman

This is pretty cool, if a bit big brotherish, but should have interesting results – from WMATA:

“New customer tool measures personal on-time scores for Metrorail trips
Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld today announced that customers can now access and track their own personal on-time trip scores on Metrorail with the new MyTripTime online tool.

MyTripTime provides a three-month travel summary for all trips taken on Metrorail, including an on-time score, total number of trips taken and number of stations visited. Internally, Metro will use this data to assess impacts on customer travel and identify necessary improvements. (more…)