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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…)

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From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of September 19-21 with service adjustments beginning at 10 p.m. Friday night and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

Silver and Yellow line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals (Yellow Line trains will run between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Sq only). Green Line trains will run every 20 minutes, and Orange and Blue line trains will run every 24 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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Thanks to a reader for sending the heads up:

“just a warning that Metro is starting to issue tickets for drinking in stations and on trains as part of a “new initiative”, according to the Metro Transit police officer. I was ticketed this morning (luckily just a warning) at Gallery Place for drinking coffee on the platform.”

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From WMATA:

“Metro will host a series of public hearings between September 15 and October 2 to solicit input on proposed bus service changes that will enhance service for many customers. The Metrobus service adjustments are designed to increase overall on-time performance and customer satisfaction, while helping to increase ridership and improve cost efficiency.

The current proposal includes input gathered through service evaluation, priority corridor studies, customer surveys, and feedback from customers and the jurisdictions. Customer input through public hearings will help shape the final plan before it is implemented.

The public hearings will be preceded by an Open House period that will begin at 6:00 p.m., and the formal Public Hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m. The Public Hearing portion of the sessions will provide an opportunity for comment on the docket of proposed Metrobus service changes. All service change proposals in the docket are eligible for comment at any of the six Hearing locations.

For complete information, please see the Public Hearing Docket.

Dates and locations are: (more…)

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A reader comments over the weekend:

“Yesterday I got on the 64 at Georgia and New Hampshire going North. The bus was mostly empty and I sat in front of an man in his 50′s. A woman sat next to him and before I knew it she said it would cost $20. He negotiated it down to $15. I got off the bus before they did so I don’t know if they got off together. I mentioned this to my father and he said that he has also been approached on the bus.”

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From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of September 12-14 with service adjustments beginning at 10 p.m. Friday night and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

Silver and Yellow line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals (Yellow Line trains will run between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Sq). Green Line trains will operate every 20 minutes. Orange and Blue Line trains will operate every 24 minutes, and Red Line trains will operate every 15 minutes with additional Red Line trains between Grosvenor and NoMa-Gallaudet during daytime hours.

Early Opening Sunday morning for the Navy-Air Force Half Marathon
Metrorail will open at 6 a.m. on Sunday, September 14 for customers traveling to the Navy-Air Force Half Marathon. The closest Metro stop to the start of the race is Smithsonian Station (Blue/Orange/Silver lines). (more…)