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From WMATA:

“Metro is inviting riders to help test its next-generation fare payment system using new payment methods, such as contactless credit cards and mobile phones.

Today, Metro began the process of recruiting up to 3,000 riders to participate in the pilot program, which will begin in January and last about three months. Riders selected to test the new electronic payment system (NEPP) will use transit cards, contactless bankcards or mobile wallets on their smartphones to ride Metrorail or Metrobus, and to pay for parking at selected locations.

Pilot participants will use new-generation faregates that will be installed at 10 Metrorail stations and new payment devices on six bus routes. Those customers who regularly travel between the following locations may be eligible to participate:

Metrorail
Ballston, Bethesda, Eisenhower Ave, Farragut West, Gallery Place, Navy Yard, Pentagon, Pentagon City, Shady Grove, Suitland

Metrobus
37, 39, J4, K9, X9, REX

Metrorail Parking
Shady Grove, Suitland

Riders can get more information and sign up to participate in the pilot by visiting wmata.com/paymentpilot.

If the pilot is successful, Metro plans to replace the now decades-old faregates and vending machines at Metrorail stations, and provide new payment options aboard buses and at parking facilities.”

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From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of October 10-12 with service adjustments beginning at 10 p.m. Friday
and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow and Green line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals, except at Landover and New Carollton stations on Saturday only (see below). Red Line trains will operate every 22 minutes with additional trains providing service about every 12 minutes between Grosvenor and NoMa-Gallaudet during daytime hours.

Early Opening Sunday morning for the Army Ten-Miler
Metrorail will open two hours early, at 5 a.m., on Sunday, October 12, for customers traveling to the Army Ten-Miler. The closest Metro stop to the start of the race is Pentagon Station (Blue/Yellow lines), however riders may want to consider using Pentagon City as an alternate station due to potential crowding at Pentagon.

Columbus Day service information
On Columbus Day, Monday, October 13, Metrorail will open at 5 a.m. and close at midnight. Trains will operate (more…)

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From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department wishes to advise the public that multiple events are scheduled to be held beginning Friday, October 10, 2014, through Monday, October 13, 2014. In order to facilitate these events there will be no vehicular traffic allowed along the routes. Motorists should expect delays during these events. Individuals who have issues to be resolved or questions regarding traffic access during these events should call (202) 727-9099.

The events and street closings are as follows: (more…)

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A reader sends the photo above from H Street, NW.

From @DCPoliceDept:

“Traffic Advisory: Rolling Street Closures due Demonstrators (Taxicabs) leaving from East Potomac Park to Freedom Plaza. Expect delays.”

“Traffic Advisory: Rolling Street Closures due Demonstrators (Taxicabs) moving W/B across 23rd & Independence. Expect delays”

“Traffic Advisory: Rolling Street Closures due to Demonstrators (Taxicabs) moving on Independence Ave. Traffic flow maybe slow.”

Ed. Note: We last saw a large taxi protest back in June.

“Traffic Advisory: Rolling Street Closures due to Demonstrators (Taxicabs) E/B 1300 Block of Pennsylvania, NW closed temporarily”

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From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of October 3-5 with service adjustments beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

Silver, Blue, Green and Yellow line trains will operate on regular weekend intervals. Orange Line trains will operate every 16 minutes, rather than every 12 minutes. Red Line trains will operate every 15 minutes with additional trains between Grosvenor and NoMa-Gallaudet during daytime hours. (more…)

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From a press release:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today released the 2014 DC Circulator Transit Development Plan Update (TDP) for public review and comment. In 2011, DDOT completed a comprehensive TDP to guide the growth of the Circulator System over the next 10 years. The 2014 update of the TDP was developed using feedback from the public at the DC Circulator Semi-Annual Open House, six pop-up meetings, and online surveys held earlier this year. Residents have until November 7, 2014, to weigh in on the plan.

“This is the first time a Circulator TDP has been released for public comment,” said DDOT’s Acting Director Matthew T. Brown. “We want to hear from several communities on the draft plan, and how they want to see the system develop in the future.”

Based on the analysis of land use and screening of corridors based on planning criteria measures, the Draft 2014 TDP identifies six new routes and four route extensions for the 10-year growth plan, implemented in the following three phases:

Phase I (FY 2015 – 2017)

  • New Route: National Mall
  • New Route: National Cathedral – McPherson Square Metro
  • Extension: Georgetown – Union Station Extension to National Cathedral
  • Extension: Union Station – Navy Yard Extension to Southwest Waterfront
  • Extension: Dupont – Georgetown – Rosslyn Extension to U Street/Howard University
  • Extension: Potomac Avenue Metro – Skyland Extension to Congress Heights

Phase II (FY 2018 – 2020)

  • New Route: Convention Center – Southwest Waterfront Service
  • New Route: Serving NoMa (corridor pending further study)
  • No extensions identified for this phase

Phase III (FY 2021 – 2024)

  • New Route: Dupont – Southwest Waterfront
  • New Route: Columbia Heights – Washington Hospital Center – Brookland – NoMa
  • No extensions identified for this phase

Please see the following link to review the plan, and to provide comments in the feedback form. “

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From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of September 26-28.

To accommodate the work, from 10 p.m. Friday through closing Sunday, Orange Line trains will operate every 24 minutes, and Red Line trains will operate every 10 to 22 minutes. In addition, beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and continuing through system closing on Sunday, buses will replace Green Line trains between Southern Ave and Branch Ave.

Silver, Blue and Yellow line trains will run on regular schedules this weekend. In addition, Green Line trains will run on regular schedules between Greenbelt and Southern Ave only. (more…)

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From a press release:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced the start of DC Streetcar’s “Pre-Revenue Operations” phase—a crucial milestone for DC Streetcar as it continues prepping the system to be certified safe to carry passengers. System Integration Testing and Operator Training is wrapping up now, and Pre-Revenue Operations is anticipated to begin on Monday, September 29.

Pre-Revenue Operations is actual service simulated along the corridor without passengers. During this phase, all streetcar vehicles will run at their projected hours with projected headways (about every ten minutes). Proposed hours of operations for the streetcars were included in a recent legislation package that is now open for public review. Comments regarding the proposed hours of operation can be sent to publicspace.policy@dc.gov until September 27.

The proposed hours are:

· Monday-Thursday: 6:00 a.m. – midnight

· Friday: 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

· Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

· Sundays and Holidays: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians can expect to see streetcars with greater frequency during this phase and are reminded of the following safety tips: (more…)