Photo by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley


“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of July 31 – August 2 with service adjustments on five rail lines beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

This weekend, Green Line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals. Orange, Silver, Blue and Yellow line trains will operate every 24 minutes.

Red Line trains will operate every 8-16 minutes with additional trains between Dupont Circle and Rhode Island Ave between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.”


From Metro 2025:

“This program provides improvements and expansion at high ridership stations to ensure safe and efficient operations and facilitate passenger movements from street to platform and transfers between lines. The proposed stations, most of which are in the system’s core, already experience crowding or would reach capacity by 2025. Proposed improvements vary from adding escalators and stairs to building pedestrian passageways connecting platforms within a station and between stations.

Purpose and Need

Station capacity is the maximum number of passengers that can safely travel through facilities
within a station. Expanding capacity at high ridership stations ensures safe and efficient movements of passengers and trains throughout the Metro system. The strong ridership growth Metro enjoyed since opening has already placed strains on some stations, where travel demand exceeds the designed capacity, especially in the system’s core. Metro 2025 identifies a group of stations that urgently need significant capacity expansions to alleviate current and anticipated congestion and support a strong economy and sustainable development in the region.”

Read more about the proposed planshere.

@KevDC tweets:

“Expect 15-20 year delays in both directions due to routine track maintenance.”

via google maps

From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will close one lane of traffic in each direction on Georgia Avenue, NW, between Barry Place and Florida Avenue, NW in Ward 1 beginning on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 7 am, weather permitting. These closures are expected to stay in place until May 2016.

The closures are needed for DDOT to construct dedicated bus lanes and a streetscape along Georgia Avenue, NW. The work includes the replacement of sidewalks, curb and gutters, sidewalk ramps, mill and overlay of the roadway, and new dedicated bus lanes in each direction on Georgia Avenue, NW.

Curbside parking will be restricted while work is underway and ultimately removed upon completion of the project. Emergency No Parking signs are and will be posted a minimum of 72 hours before the start of construction. Sidewalk detours will also be in place while sidewalk repair is in progress. Signage and protective barriers will be used to maintain public safety.

Motorists should expect moderate-to-heavy delays, and are advised to seek alternative routes. DDOT encourages all traveling in this area to stay alert and to obey all construction signs.”


Yesterday @MathewFriedman tweeted us:

“Are these ever going back up? NJ Ave and Warner NW.”

Some discussion followed and I’m curious what folks think here – do these signs actually work? Personally when I would cross at New Hampshire with these signs, every single time I felt like there was a significant possibility of getting killed. Do they give a false sense of safety? What can be done to improve their usefulness or do you think they should be scrapped altogether for something else.

Photo by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley

@SimonOgus tweets us:

“@PoPville Orange line not working, broken train supposedly at Rosslyn. Had to get off at Farr west.”


“Orange/Silver Line single tracking, Clarendon-Foggy Bottom, due to a disabled train approaching Rosslyn. 9:12a #wmata”

“Blue Line delays due to disabled Orange Line train in approach to Rosslyn. Trains holding Downtown. 9:09a #wmata”

“Blue Line: Delays may exist in both directions due to congestion on the Orange/Silver Line.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

“Dear PoPville,

I have noticed lately people getting ‘stuck’ in metro stations because either their card is not working or all the faregates are screwed up. that is only one part of the problem. the second part is the station managers being god knows where. so people usually just stay…..stuck…and wait. hoping a manager will show up to help.

people can call it breaking the law, but in every metro station, there is an ‘emergency gate’ – – it swings open. you don’t need a smart trip card or anything. if there is a crowd of people, then it starts to back everything up. it does not have to be that way. You got places to go? You don’t have time to wait around? the ‘emergency gate’ is your friend. JUST GO. I have used it, and I have helped people (mainly tourists) use it to get down to the platforms.

We all just want to get from point A to point B. It shouldn’t be so damn hard.”

Ed. Note: If you do use an emergency gate, you’ll have to talk to a station manager at some point before your fare card will work again.