metro advice
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Ed. Note: Please also remember to advise any visitors you are hosting that proper metro riding etiquette requires the passenger to stand on the right or walk on the left side of escalators.


“As tens of thousands of visitors arrive for the 58th Presidential Inauguration, Metro has some important safety and travel tips for those planning to use the rail system. (more…)

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“Metro today released schedule information for the remaining SafeTrack surges between February and June 2017. Surges will resume February 11 with an 18-day surge on the Blue Line.

Major work that impacts rush-hour service had been suspended during the month of January due to the inauguration and the potential for winter weather impacts.

The SafeTrack program will conclude in late June, after which, Metro will shift to a regimen of preventive maintenance.

Additional information on supplemental bus service and other alternatives will be provided online at and during customer outreach at affected stations two weeks prior to the start of each surge.

Rosslyn – Pentagon Blue Line
February 11-28 (more…)

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“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of January 6-8, 2017 with service adjustments on all six lines. Trains will operate as follows:

Buses replace Orange and Blue line trains between McPherson Square & Rosslyn, see below for details
Yellow Line trains will operate every 20 minutes between Huntington and U Street only
Green Line trains will operate every 20 minutes
Red Line trains will operate every 13-26 minutes
Silver Line trains will operate every 20 minutes between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston only (more…)


“Dear PoPville,

I thought it’d be interesting to call to your attention a problem I’ve encountered with WMATA that I am sure others have run in to (and they may or may not be aware of). WMATA instituted a “15 Minute Grace Period” Program that is intended to automatically refund rail users who enter and exit the same station within 15 minutes and do not take a ride. In theory, the program should assist riders during SafeTrack who enter, see a 15-20 minute headway, and decide to take another mode of transportation to their destination (Uber/Lyft, Bikeshare, Circulator, MetroBus, etc.). More info can be found here.

It’s a slow day at work since we are near the holidays, and I decided to review my ride history this morning. In the month of December alone I had two fees that should have been reimbursed under the program, but were not. While the dollar value is nominal for me, it could represent a burdensome loss of a paid round-trip fare to a less advantaged user of the transit system.

It doesn’t strike me as fair that a program that says it auto-refunds simply doesn’t do it. If in one month one rider (me) lost $3.50 to the program, then over the course of a year that could be tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars that WMATA is falsely keeping.”



From a press release:

“Statement from Executive Director Neil Albert on WMATA Board’s Failure to Restore Late-Night Metro Service

[Ed. Note: scenario c was selected:

Monday to Thursday – 5am-11:30pm
Friday – 5am – 1am
Saturday – 7am – 1am
Sunday – 8am – 11pm

“The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) understands the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) need to create maintenance and repair time for Metro, but today’s vote significantly burdens the region’s economy for two additional years and could have a detrimental impact on the economic vitality of D.C.

“The board’s vote against restoring late-night Metro service in addition to closing the system at 11:30pm on weekdays for an additional two years does provide Metro with the time their management requested for maintenance. But Metro won’t be able to fulfill its goal of restoring reliable service until they restore all service, including late-night. (more…)

Photo by James Calder

You’re better than that. James notes: “So frustrating to see this knowing that any attempt to engage is likely to unproductive”

Ed. Note: Also a good opportunity to remind folks that no, you should not, absolutely not clip your nails while on metro either.

Damn it – I accidentally reset the poll at 4pm when I was trying to fix a typo – sorry about that! If you’d like to vote again please do!


Thanks to a reader for passing on this odd story from WJLA, Neighbors near Georgia Avenue Metro station report rumbling, noises:

“The noise and vibration below Georgia Avenue has become so bad, dozens of neighbors brought their concerns to WMATA officials at a Monday night community meeting.

“Metro is looking into the issue. The source of reported noise/vibration has not been determined,” a WMATA spokesperson told ABC7’s Tim Barber.”

Anyone else feel vibrations from Metro on the Green Line or any other Lines?

Photo by PoPville flickr user Kevin Wolf

A reader reports:

“This morning around 8:10 AM, I exited my orange line train at Foggy Bottom to see medics (with wheeled gurney) and security guards waiting on the platform for the train car ahead of me. They entered the car and it seemed they were helping someone who was being held up. However, no one seemed to have alerted the train driver. S/he closed the train doors, while the security guards tried in vain to hold them open. Several of the medical personnel were in the car with the injured/sick person and the remainder (including the gurney) were left on the station platform frantically waving their arms at the driver, but the train left the station. Anyone know what happened here?”