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Photo via WMATA

From WMATA:

“Metro is in the process of installing real-time customer information displays at four bus stops in preparation for a wider rollout next year.

The signs show bus riders how many minutes before their bus arrives, using GPS technology, and also have the capability to show emergency messages, detour information and travel tips.

“This project is a centerpiece of our ongoing effort to give bus customers the tools they need for an easy, convenient travel experience,” said James Hamre, Director of Metrobus Planning, Scheduling and Customer Facilities. “Just by looking up, the new signs quickly and clearly answer the question, ‘Where’s my bus?'”

The new signs are located at:

District of Columbia: Eastbound H St NW at 7th St
Montgomery County: Southbound Viers Mill Rd at Randolph Rd
Virginia: Pentagon Transit Center (installation scheduled for today)
Prince George’s County: Silver Hill Rd at Pennsylvania Ave

The installation and testing of the four initial signs is being performed in cooperation with Metro’s jurisdictional partners and was funded through a federal TIGER grant.

If the testing is successful, Metro and its partners plan to install nearly 150 additional signs across the region in the spring.”

From DCAlerts:

“MPD reports a water main break in the 1700 block of 15th St. NW. Due to water in the roadway, the 1700 block of 15th St. NW is blocked to traffic. DC Water is en route with crews to make repairs. DC Fire EMS, DDOT, WMATA and Ward Outreach have been notified.”

But in happier news:

“DC Water reports that water main repairs are complete at 12th and F St. NW. All affected roadways have been reopened to traffic.”

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From AlertDC:

“DC Water reports a water main break at 12th and F Streets NW. Due to the break 12th St. between E and F Streets is expected to be closed 10 to 12 hours while repairs are being made. Metro Center Station is affected and service to the Blue, Orange and Silver Lines is suspended at this time between Farragut West and L’ Enfant Plaza Stations.”

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Photo via @Metrorailinfo “water level after receding at Federal Triangle.”

From WMATA:

“Metrorail service on the Silver, Orange and Blue lines is suspended in both directions between Farragut West and L’Enfant Plaza due to a water main break at 12th and F Streets, NW. Water has entered Metro Center Station and flooded lower level tracks.

DC Water has advised that the source of the water has been turned off. Metro is currently working to pump out the water off of the tracks. There is no estimated time of service restoration.

Limited shuttle bus service will operate between Farragut West and L’Enfant Plaza. However, bus service will not be able to replicate the capacity of the rail system. Riders should consider alternate travel options (e.g. Red, Yellow or Green lines) and expect significant delays on the Silver, Orange and Blue lines.

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WMATA: “This photo shows water above the rail earlier this morning at Federal Triangle. All back to normal now.”

As of 8:40 a.m., Metro is in the process of restoring normal rail service on the Orange, Silver and Blue lines following an earlier water main break in the area of Metro Center. Riders should expect residual delays in both directions as trains resume normal operations.

Earlier, service on the three lines had been suspended between L’Enfant Plaza and Farragut West due to flooding on the tracks. The water main break occurred outside Metro Center in the area of 12th and F streets, NW.

Red, Yellow and Green line trains continue to operate normally.

WMATA: “Two more pics from Federal Triangle earlier.”

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Silver/Orange/Blue Line: Normal service has resumed between Farragut West and L’Enfant Plaza.

@Uber_DC reminds you:

“Trying to get to work on time despite the #wmata? Tap that app and make your escape to the office a little easier.”

Anyone know if surge pricing was in effect?

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

I feel like we’ve been talking a lot about a parking over the last few months so I’m really just curious – how many folks out there own a car? Do you park on the street or in a garage/parking space? How long have you had a car? How often do you use it? For me I had a car, then I sold my car, then I had a baby and got a car again (I know that angers some but I’m just being honest.) And because this is how my brain works – I’m now curious how many folks own a bicycle too? (I also own a bike.) For those that own both – which do you use more frequently? (I’d say I probably walk/metro more than I use the bike or car.)

Ed. Note: We’ve previously spoken about how we commute to work here.


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Photo of last year’s tree by PoPville flickr user philliefan99

Thanks to a reader for sending:

“The lighting ceremony for the National Christmas Tree is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. Thursday on the Ellipse, just south of the White House. The event usually lasts till about 7 p.m.

From WMATA:

“Thursday, December 4, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

The following routes may experience delays and unplanned detours as a result of rush-hour street closures and traffic congestion near the White House due to the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony:

3Y, 7Y, 11Y, 16X, 16Y, 30N, 30S, 32, 36, 37, 38B, 39, 42, 43, 52, 53, 54, 80, D1, D3, D5, D6, G8, H1, L1, N2, N3, N4, P6, P17, P19, S1, S2, S4, S9, W13, X1 and X2

Please allow extra time and sign up for MetroAlerts to receive updated travel information. Metro encourages riders to use Metrorail to bypass downtown congestion, and then transfer to bus service outside downtown. Customers using SmarTrip receive a $0.50 discount when transferring between Metrobus and Metrorail. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this event.

During this event, the following streets will be closed:

15th Street NW between Constitution & Pennsylvania Ave NW
17th Street NW between Constitution & New York Ave NW (more…)