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From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of January 16-18, 2015 with service adjustments on all lines.

This weekend, Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow and Green line trains will operate every 20 minutes. Red Line trains will run every 12-22 minutes.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day service information
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 19, Metrorail will open at 5 a.m. and close at midnight. There is no scheduled track work on any line. Due to the holiday, trains will operate at Saturday intervals (every 12 minutes from endpoint terminals). Parking at all Metro-owned lots and garages is free. (more…)

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From DDOT:

“Below is a statement on the status of the DC Streetcar from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT)’s Acting Director Leif Dormsjo:

“Passenger safety is the number one priority for public transportation in the District of Columbia. Further, given the need to achieve safety certification, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will not set arbitrary deadlines for the independent State Safety Office (SSO) to complete their regulatory compliance review. The Bowser Administration will work to launch the H Street line of DC Streetcar as part of our effort to expand the District’s transportation infrastructure and will put this long-delayed line on track. DDOT will continue to work with the independent SSO to ensure that Streetcar meets – and exceeds – all safety specifications before setting an official date to begin passenger service.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

“Dear PoPville,

G8 buses along Rhode Island Ave

Do you get many complaints about the fact that ONE bus line services the Rhode Island Ave NW corridor? I’m not a huge complainer, but oh my gosh, FOUR buses passed me by this morning because they were packed to the gills with people. Not to mention service along this line was totally suspended during that minor snow event we had last week. I can walk to the metro, though untreated sidewalks make that treacherous business too, but why is RI so under served and who can I harass about this in govt?? I feel for my older neighbors. There’s so much fuss about the stupid trolleys (I’m from Pittsburgh, rode them around when I was young, and remember all the good reasons the city got rid of them decades ago!) but no one seems to be responding to the needs of the existing and growing communities elsewhere. One more line or a few larger buses would probably do the trick!”

“From: Rashad Young, City Administrator
To: Members of the Public and Media
Re: Preliminary Readout of Emergency Calls and Dispatch Times for WMATA Incident
Date: Thursday, January 15th

From Following the incident at WMATA, Mayor Bowser has ordered a review of the response to the event, to be conducted in conjunction with the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) ongoing investigation into the causes of the smoke incident and prevention of any such events. On Tuesday, Mayor Bowser also designated me the District government’s lead official to review the incident response and assist the NTSB in any way possible.

The Administration will continue to investigate many aspects of the incident, including, but not limited to response time and communications. Below please find a preliminary timeline as to the early sequence of events, which, notably, involved not one but three metro stations.

There were initially 13 emergency calls either to 911 or to the Office of Unified Communications supervisor. Fire and EMS units were dispatched to three different locations based on initial emergency calls.

3:14 Metro Rail’s Unit 22 called to report a debris fire on the tracks at Gallery Place Station, upper and lower levels

3:19 Engine 02 Unit Dispatched to 7th St NW/H St NW (Gallery Place Metro)

3:18 A caller from a construction site reported smoke coming out of the Metro tunnel at 9th and Water St SW

3:22 Metro Rail’s Unit 22 called to advise of heavy smoke at L’Enfant Plaza Metro upper level

3:22 Engine 02 Arrived at 7th St NW/H St NW (Gallery Place Metro)

3:24 Metro Transit Official called requesting medics and fire units at L’Enfant Plaza Station for smoke in the station and reported citizens in the station could barely breathe

3:25 FEMS units arrived at 9th St SW/Water St SW scene where there was an odor of smoke but no flames were seen

3:27 A caller at the entrance of L’Enfant station requested an ambulance

3:28 Metro box alarm was dispatched to 7th & D St SW; EMA is notified

3:31 Rescue 1 arrives (1st unit) at 7th and D St SW L’Enfant Station; MPD is dispatched

3:32 MPD unit 1D 1011 arrives

3:32 A caller at the entrance of L’Enfant station requested an ambulance

3:33 A caller on the yellow line, in the tunnel stated the train was filled with smoke

3:33 A caller said he was “at or on” the Pentagon train and was transferred to Arlington 911 Center. The OUC call taker remained on the line and updated CAD which reflected this call

3:35 Engine 02 Unit cleared Gallery Place Metro and dispatched to L’Enfant Plaza

3:39 A caller on the train advised that it was filling with smoke.

3:42 A caller from a street location of 7th and E Street SW reported his wife was having difficulty breathing after she exited L’Enfant Station

3:42 Repeat caller from 3:33 – made inquiry “if help is on the way” the caller provided the train number 3031. He was transferred to the Metro Transit Official who told him not to leave the train because the tracks were still live

3:43 A caller advised he was stuck on the train and it was filling with smoke

3:44 BFC advises that WMATA confirms that power is shut down; there is a train with people trapped

3:45 A male caller asked “if help is on the way because the train is filling with smoke”

3:45 A female caller asking if help is on the way because the train is filling with smoke

3:46 A second alarm dispatched

4:09 Battalion Chief 1 advises he is at Operations Command Center and there is a report of a patient having a seizure on the train; squad 1 advises 9th and D; and an adult female is undergoing CPR, requesting a medic

4:12 Medic 14 advises he is a block away from L’enfant plaza and will respond; Medic 6B responds that he is closer, medic 14 cancels the run

4:17 Medic 6B is given the corrected location on channel 0A12, 9th and D St SW

4:19 Command 2 directs all medical units on L’enfant Plaza to switch to 0A5 (tactical channel due to radio traffic)

4:25 Medic 27 transports patient to GW, CPR is still in progress

Additional information regarding the incident will be released in the coming days.”

Around 8:45am I started getting reports @PoPville on twitter that Gallery Place was being evacuated. A few minutes later @MetroTransitPD tweeted:

“Reports of Gallery Place being evacuated are not accurate.”

@Metrorailinfo then tweeted:

“Gallery Place station is experiencing a false alarm. The station has not been evacuated. All trains are servicing. 8:58a #wmata”

@grafxnerd was there and tweeted us:

“all turnstiles were open and dn escalators were off. 1/2 ppl left, other 1/2 stayed.”

The false alarm sounded something like:

“something like, station manager report to your station now. /pause/ there has been an emergency, please evacuate imdtly”

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a death, which occurred in the 600 block of Maryland Avenue, Southwest, at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station.

On Monday, January 12, 2015 at approximately 3:30 pm, officers from the First District, along with members of the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, and Metro Transit Police, responded to the report of heavy smoke inside of the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station. Efforts began immediately to evacuate the station. DC Fire and EMS personnel transported multiple victims to local hospitals. One victim, an adult female was transported from the scene and later pronounced dead at an area hospital.

The case is being investigated by members of the Arson and Explosives Task Force, which includes members from MPD, DCFEMS and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

The decedent has been identified as 61-year-old Carol Glover of Alexandria, Virginia.”

From WMATA:

“Metro Transit Police are cataloging and securing all personal belongings that were left behind by riders during Monday’s evacuation at L’Enfant Plaza.

To reclaim their property, riders should call Metro Customer Service at (202) 637-7000 anytime from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekends.

Starting late afternoon, riders’ property will be available at Metro Headquarters, located at 600 Fifth St NW, Washington, DC, where Metro Transit Police will assist riders with reclaiming their belongings.

Metro will make alternate arrangements to return property to any rider for whom traveling to Downtown DC poses a hardship.”

From WMATA:

“The following is a statement from Metro Board Chair Tom Downs to Metro customers:

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and all Metro employees, I offer my deepest condolences to the family of the passenger who died yesterday following the incident on the Yellow Line. To those who were injured or frightened, and to the thousands who have been inconvenienced by this major service disruption, I offer a heartfelt apology. Please also know that Metro is working to restore full service as soon as possible.

“Metro is actively cooperating with the National Transportation Safety Board investigation that is now underway. This will be a thorough process that often takes time, and we understand that passengers want answers quickly. Please know that once the cause of this incident is understood, we are prepared to take the actions needed to prevent this from happening again. The safety of each and every Metro rider and employee remains our absolute highest priority.”