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From WMATA:

“This weekend, Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow and Green line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals, except at three stations: Greenbelt, Landover and New Carollton. Red Line trains will operate every 24 minutes with additional trains providing service about every 12 minutes between Medical Center and NoMa-Gallaudet from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Early Opening Sunday for Marine Corps Marathon
Metrorail will open two hours early, at 5 a.m., on Sunday, October 26, for customers traveling to the Marine Corps Marathon. The closest Metro stop to the start of the race is Pentagon on the Blue and Yellow lines. Riders may want to consider using Pentagon City as an alternate station due to potential crowding at Pentagon.

Red Line trains will operate as follows throughout the weekend (10PM Fri – Closing Sun):

Between Shady Grove & Glenmont: every 24 minutes
Between Medical Center & NoMa-Gallaudet: every 12 minutes Saturday and Sunday from 9AM-9PM only

Work Performed: Track, rail tie, insulator renewal & joint elimination between Medical Center & Grosvenor and Takoma & Forest Glen.

Orange Line
Regular weekend service EXCEPT on Saturday at Landover & New Carrollton only

On Saturday, Orange Line trains will operate:

Between Cheverly and Vienna at regular Saturday intervals (every 12 minutes 9AM-9PM)
At Landover and New Carrollton only, trains will arrive and depart every 20-25 minutes between 9AM-9PM

On Sunday, Orange Line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals.

Blue Line
Regular weekend service; extra trains on Sunday

Green Line
Regular weekend service EXCEPT at Greenbelt Station on Saturday and Sunday (Buses replace trains at Greenbelt only)

On Saturday and Sunday, free shuttle buses will replace Green Line trains between Greenbelt and College Park. Riders using shuttle bus service should allow 15 minutes additional travel time.

Green Line trains will operate at normal weekend intervals between College Park and Branch Ave.

Station Closed: Greenbelt

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department and US Park Police wish to advise the public and members of the media of the following street closings in conjunction with the Marine Corps Marathon. These events are scheduled for Sunday, October 26, 2014.

This event is scheduled for Sunday, October 26, 2014. The race begins at 8:00 am in Arlington, Virginia, and then crosses the Potomac River into the District of Columbia. The following streets along the race route will be closed beginning at 4:00 am and are expected to re-open by 1:00 pm (more…)

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“Dear PoPville,

Yesterday afternoon (22 Oct) on the 36 bus our driver announced that starting Monday (27 Oct) all buses would be delayed. He said there were several reasons- all buses could not go above 25 MPH, they could not start moving if anyone was still standing near the driver (like adding money to their Smartrip) and they would have to limit stops to pick up passengers if there were too many people standing. The driver mentioned something about a new contract trying to force the old employees out because they make too much. He also mentioned something about a new 3 strike policy that would automatically turn a violation into two day suspension. Have you heard anything about this? These don’t seem like the worst ideas considering the stories I’ve read on PoPville.”

From DDOT:

“District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced the start of a large-scale project to make roadway improvements to Military Road NW near 16th Street and replace the 16th Street NW Bridge over Military Road.

Residents should prepare for major impacts on traffic on Military Road and 16th Street NW during this project, which is expected to take 11 months to complete, weather permitting. The first phase of this project will last from October to March 2015, during which DDOT will focus on making improvements to Military Road NW.

These improvements will include installing a new, stone-faced median barrier on Military Road NW, between Oregon Avenue and 14th Street; improving storm drainage along the roadway and installing traffic signal and street light enhancements.”

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From a press release:

“DDOT Projects Update Meeting for the Ward 1 Community

Monday, October 27th, 2014
6:00 PM | Open House
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM | Project Updates
Columbia Heights Community Center, 1480 Girard Street, NW

Project engineers will be in attendance to update the Ward 1 community on the following projects:

· Dedicated Bus Lanes on Georgia Avenue, NW
· Safety Improvements on 15th Street, NW
· Resurfacing of 7th Street, NW
· Reconstruction of U Street, NW Phase II
· Reconstruction of Florida Avenue, NW
· DC Streetcar
· Traffic Improvements
· Asset Management
· Tree Projects
· Low Impact Development Projects

There will also be a question and answer session.”

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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.