Photo by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley


“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of February 5-7 with service adjustments on all six lines. Trains will operate as follows:

Green Line trains will operate every 24 minutes.
Yellow Line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Sq only.
Silver Line trains will operate every 10 minutes between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston only.
Free shuttle buses will replace Orange and Blue line trains between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly & Benning Road.
Red Line trains will operate every 9-20 minutes.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user John Sonderman

Given the recent (not so recent) transit troubles of late I’m wondering how/if it has changed how folks get to work. I’m gonna compare it to a poll we did in 2014 when about 25% took metro, 17% bus, 14% car, 20% bike, and 20% walk. So how do you commute today? Is it the same way you’ve always commuted or have switched modes?

Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend


“Shady Grove-bound Red Line train offloading at Friendship Heights, will turn back to Glenmont for service. 8:38a #wmata”

“Shady Grove-bound Red Line train offloading at Van Ness, will turn back to Glenmont for service. 8:33a”

“Red Line delays continue in both directions – power problem outside Grosvenor. 8:34a #wmata”

Ed. Note: Red Line – you shouldn’ta been so smug in the 90s/00s!!

Photo by PoPville flickr user Clif Burns

“Dear PoPville,

I was on a very delayed flight into DCA on Sunday evening (Monday morning). By the time everyone on the plane had retrieved luggage, it was around 2:15 am and everyone on the plane needed a cab. When my turn came, I offered to share with the woman behind me as I was going to Columbia Heights and she was going to Shaw, so it wasn’t terribly out of the way to drop her off first. The total on the meter at that point was $17 and I was going to make some change for her, because the ride from Shaw to Columbia Heights is shorter but at that point the driver said we both had to pay $20, because “that’s how it’s done” from DCA. Is this correct? I would have had to pay $20 had I been on my own because that’s generally the cost to Columbia Heights from DCA, but it seems like if I had been with a friend then it would have been two separate metered fares rather than both of us handing over $20 off-meter. Does anyone know the protocol in this situation? I just would like to know my passenger rights.

*Meant to add there was a cab shortage and the cab guys at DCA were asking people to share.”

courtesy Peapod

From a press release:

“Making lives easier for Washington D.C. area residents, Peapod by Giant announced today a first-of-its-kind offering that will allow shoppers to place their orders online and pick them up at one of three Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) stations: Fort Totten, Glenmont and Vienna. The new Metro Peapod service began February 1, 2016.

As the country’s leading online grocer, Peapod is committed to offering value, convenience, and time-savings to customers. Peapod will monitor this exciting pilot program closely for expansion opportunities in additional metropolitan markets. (more…)


A reader reports to the PoPville Facebook page:

“This is the Chinatown metro at 830 today.

Complete cluster

Lots of time listed between trains, but those trains never came and the platform just got more and more crowded”

Metro reported:

“Red Line: Expect residual delays in both directions due to an earlier train malfunction at Judiciary Square.”

Update – Angela Miller sends us the scene at Union Station at 8:50am:


via “Preserve Local Bus Service on 16th St. NW”

The petition from says:

“We oppose the elimination of any bus stops along the route of the S2 and S4, specifically the ones at L, Q, V, Lamont and Newton Sts. NW.

We support having all S2 and S4 trips serve Metro Center and Federal Triangle, arriving and departing from the terminus at 10th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

16th St. already has an express line, the S9, for riders who prefer faster trips with fewer stops. In addition, the time saving that DDOT projects from eliminating bus stops is minimal (1 to 1.3 minutes), while the inconvenience for older and disabled riders would be significant.

Forcing riders to transfer to make a short trip between downtown and Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan or Mt. Pleasant would also be a major inconvenience, and will reduce ridership, increase the Metro subsidy and put more cars on the road, thus increasing air pollution and traffic congestion.”


lrothschild tweets us at 9:10am:

“Scene at Bethesda, no escalators working”

WMATA tweets:

“Red Line trains are bypassing Bethesda station due to an escalator outage. Shuttle bus service from Medical Center. 9:10a #wmata”

“Red Line: No longer bypassing Bethesda. Station has re-opened, escalator service restored.”

Earlier WMATA tweeted a similar situation at Woodley Park:

“Red Line: Trains are temporarily bypassing Woodley Park due to an escalator outage. Shuttle bus service is available from Cleveland Park.

Red Line trains are no longer bypassing Woodley Park, the station has reopened. 7:18a #wmata”

and not sure if related but:

“Red Line: Expect delays in both directions due to a police investigation at Woodley Park.”