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From WMATA:

“Metro today announced that changes to fares, schedules and rail system hours will take effect Sunday, June 25, 2017. The changes, approved by the Board of Directors earlier this year, are part of an effort to rightsize service, close a budget gap and provide needed time for new categories of preventive maintenance to improve safety and reliability.

Among the changes taking effect, most fares on Metrobus and Metrorail will increase between 10-25 cents; some low-ridership bus routes will be discontinued; trains will arrive slightly less frequently during rush hour; and Metrorail system hours will be adjusted to provide an additional eight hours of track access weekly to improve safety and service reliability.

To ensure customers are prepared for the changes, Metro will conduct extensive outreach in the weeks leading up to the June 25 change day, including signage aboard vehicles, at rail stations and key bus stops, MetroAlerts email and text messages, social media, and handouts distributed to customers at high-traffic locations. Information can also be found at wmata.com/changes.

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Some Metrobus routes will add trips to provide service in key corridors that no longer have late night or early weekend rail service.

Fare Changes (more…)

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“The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom.”
― John Locke

“We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce those laws.”
― Hunter S. Thompson

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“Dear PoPville,

Just out of curiosity, is it legal to carry knives in Metro-owned facilities (garages, trains, platforms, surface parking lots).

Saw a couple of gentleman in a Metro parking garage smoking a bong and had survival knives attached to their belt buckles. (And yes, I reported it to the authorities).”

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From WMATA:

“Metro adds Red Line single tracking this weekend for targeted stray current testing.

Metro will perform maintenance work over the weekend of April 28-30 to keep trains operating safely and reliably.

Metro today announced the addition of single tracking this weekend on the Red Line to allow for targeted “stray current testing” (SCT) in a section of the downtown core where wayward electrical current has resulted in three service disruptions this month. The most recent incident, yesterday, caused a suspension of Red Line service between Dupont Circle and Gallery Place during the morning rush hour.

Metro has scheduled the work carefully to ensure that service is operating on both tracks before and after Wizards games at the Verizon Center, as well as the end of Saturday’s Climate March.

Highlights Ed. Note: I feel like they should come up with a better word than highlights…

Red Line trains operate every 24 minutes
Free shuttle buses replace Orange and Blue line trains between Foggy Bottom and Federal Triangle (see below for details)
Silver Line trains will operate every 20 minutes between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston only
Yellow Line trains operate every 20 minutes between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square only.
Free shuttle buses replace Green Line trains between Greenbelt & Prince George’s Plaza due to SafeTrack Surge #14 (more…)

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“Dear PoPville,

Curious as to whether anyone has more clarity on Metro not charging fares when end up not taking the metro? I thought they were not charging for non-rides, but I noticed this morning when I gave up on the red line after waiting twenty minutes and realizing that it just wasn’t WMATA’s day, that I was charged the base fare on my card. Just wondering if you need to talk to the station manager to refund it each time (which seems very impractical), or if it is supposed to automatically happen?”

Ed. Note: Didn’t someone say that Metro reimburses at the end of the month? Am I imagining that?

UPDATE:

Ed. Note: As of 9:15am I’m told that there are still massive delays. (more…)