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From MPD:

“On Saturday, October 18, 2014, the 2014 Howard University Homecoming Parade will take place in the District of Columbia. In conjunction with this event, there will be several street closures that motorists should take into consideration:

The staging area time will be 7:00 am in front of Johnson Administration Building (2400 6th Street NW) on the campus of Howard University. The parade start time will be 10:00 am and will conclude approximately at 12:30 pm at which time the roadways will re-open to traffic.

Parade Route

North on 6th Street, NW
Left onto Fairmont Street, NW
Left onto Georgia Avenue, NW
Southbound on Georgia Avenue, NW
Left onto Florida Avenue, NW
Continue eastbound on Florida Avenue, NW
Left onto 5th Street, NW
Northbound on 5th Street, NW
Right onto T Street, NW
Eastbound on T Street, NW
Left onto 4th Street, NW
Continue Northbound on 4th Street, NW
Left on Howard Street NW (End of the parade)”

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From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of October 17-19 with service adjustments beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

This weekend, Orange, Silver, Blue, Green and Yellow line trains will run every 16 minutes, rather than every 12 minutes. On the Red Line, buses will replace trains between Rhode Island Ave and Silver Spring stations on Saturday and Sunday only. (more…)

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It seems like every time I post about taxis there is an extremely vocal reaction in support of Uber. But via email and in personal conversations I hear lots of folks who are not completely thrilled with Uber so I thought it’d make a good poll. For this poll let’s just focus on late night, which I guess is rather arbitrary, say 10:30pm or later – how do you get home usually? I realize that different evenings sometimes require different types of transport – but for this poll let’s just say in general which you use most often. And for those who will give a bit more detail/explanation in the comments – I’d be curious to know your age to see if there is any type of correlation there.

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From WMATA:

“Metro’s Riders’ Advisory Council is seeking candidates to fill several available positions on the volunteer council.  Positions are available for residents in the District of Columbia, Arlington County, Fairfax County and Prince George’s County. In addition, there is one at-large position available that could be filled by a resident of any jurisdiction served by Metro.

The 21-member council is made up of six individuals each from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, two at-large members and the Chairman of Metro’s Accessibility Advisory Committee. The Council advises the agency’s Board of Directors on issues affecting Metrobus, Metrorail and MetroAccess service. It was created in December 2005 to improve interation with riders.

Individuals on the Riders’ Advisory Council represent a cross-section of Metro’s riders from around the region. The Council includes people with different riding patterns, people who use Metrobus, Metrorail and MetroAccess, transit-dependent people, people with disabilities, people who travel short distances and others who travel long distances.

Anyone interested in applying should complete the online form. Applications are also available at Metro sales offices at Metro Center Station, Anacostia Station, Pentagon Transit Center and Metro Headquarters (600 Fifth St NW).

Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 7, 2014. Metro’s Board of Directors will appoint the final candidates at its December meeting.

Metro employees, contractors or elected officials are not eligible to apply. All positions are unpaid.

More information about the Council can be found here.”

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“Dear PoPville,

Got on the metro this morning and sat in the usual section – end of the car where the doors open at the escalators at my stop – and the woman I sit next to seems distinctly displeased that I chose to sit next to her. She begrudgingly moved her massive bag an inch or so to barely accommodate me (still, it ended up with half of it resting on my arm/side) and left her leg crossed and over into the area in front of my seat, preventing me from sitting comfortably. I asked if she could please give me some room – after trying to settle in my seat – and she huffed an ‘excuse me!” at me. I told her that her bag (large and heavy) was resting completely on me and that she had her leg over in my space. At this point she leaped up and climbed across me to sit elsewhere. Glad to have a comfortable seat again, I forgot about her, and next stop had someone sit next to me who wasn’t entitled and didn’t feel I was her personal bag rest or that the area for my legs in fact belonged to her.

The first woman – I’m sure thinking up something incredibly, devastatingly clever in the several stops to her destination – tried to say some parting words to me (for what? for asking her to remove her bag from my side?) as she got off the Metro, which I didn’t hear. Bravo for her.

This sort of behavior is not atypical of Metro riders in this town, but one sad and pathetic example of how someone reacts to a minor and reasonable request as if they were personally offended to the extreme. Settle down people.”

Ed. Note: TL;DR I guess the PSA is – your bag does not need it’s own metro seat. I agree.

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From WMATA:

“Metro is inviting riders to help test its next-generation fare payment system using new payment methods, such as contactless credit cards and mobile phones.

Today, Metro began the process of recruiting up to 3,000 riders to participate in the pilot program, which will begin in January and last about three months. Riders selected to test the new electronic payment system (NEPP) will use transit cards, contactless bankcards or mobile wallets on their smartphones to ride Metrorail or Metrobus, and to pay for parking at selected locations.

Pilot participants will use new-generation faregates that will be installed at 10 Metrorail stations and new payment devices on six bus routes. Those customers who regularly travel between the following locations may be eligible to participate:

Metrorail
Ballston, Bethesda, Eisenhower Ave, Farragut West, Gallery Place, Navy Yard, Pentagon, Pentagon City, Shady Grove, Suitland

Metrobus
37, 39, J4, K9, X9, REX

Metrorail Parking
Shady Grove, Suitland

Riders can get more information and sign up to participate in the pilot by visiting wmata.com/paymentpilot.

If the pilot is successful, Metro plans to replace the now decades-old faregates and vending machines at Metrorail stations, and provide new payment options aboard buses and at parking facilities.”

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From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of October 10-12 with service adjustments beginning at 10 p.m. Friday
and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow and Green line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals, except at Landover and New Carollton stations on Saturday only (see below). Red Line trains will operate every 22 minutes with additional trains providing service about every 12 minutes between Grosvenor and NoMa-Gallaudet during daytime hours.

Early Opening Sunday morning for the Army Ten-Miler
Metrorail will open two hours early, at 5 a.m., on Sunday, October 12, for customers traveling to the Army Ten-Miler. The closest Metro stop to the start of the race is Pentagon Station (Blue/Yellow lines), however riders may want to consider using Pentagon City as an alternate station due to potential crowding at Pentagon.

Columbus Day service information
On Columbus Day, Monday, October 13, Metrorail will open at 5 a.m. and close at midnight. Trains will operate (more…)

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From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department wishes to advise the public that multiple events are scheduled to be held beginning Friday, October 10, 2014, through Monday, October 13, 2014. In order to facilitate these events there will be no vehicular traffic allowed along the routes. Motorists should expect delays during these events. Individuals who have issues to be resolved or questions regarding traffic access during these events should call (202) 727-9099.

The events and street closings are as follows: (more…)

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A reader sends the photo above from H Street, NW.

From @DCPoliceDept:

“Traffic Advisory: Rolling Street Closures due Demonstrators (Taxicabs) leaving from East Potomac Park to Freedom Plaza. Expect delays.”

“Traffic Advisory: Rolling Street Closures due Demonstrators (Taxicabs) moving W/B across 23rd & Independence. Expect delays”

“Traffic Advisory: Rolling Street Closures due to Demonstrators (Taxicabs) moving on Independence Ave. Traffic flow maybe slow.”

Ed. Note: We last saw a large taxi protest back in June.

“Traffic Advisory: Rolling Street Closures due to Demonstrators (Taxicabs) E/B 1300 Block of Pennsylvania, NW closed temporarily”