beach drive
Photo by PoPville flickr user Lauren Parnell Marino

From the National Park Service:

Project Description

The Beach Drive rehabilitation project will begin after Labor Day and is projected to last three years. The project is broken down into four segments. Each segment of Beach Drive will be closed in both directions 24/7 during work. Prior to work beginning on each segment, the National Park Service will post upcoming road work and road closure information on this webpage, so drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can plan their trip through, and around Rock Creek Park. The project includes full depth pavement reconstruction, which requires excavating the entire area and placing a new gravel base before new asphalt paving; improvements to pedestrian and bicycle trails in collaboration with the DDOT; DC Water storm drain rehabilitation and improvement projects; installation and upgrades of raised pavement markers, centerline rumble strips, guardrails and road signs to provide safer road conditions for drivers; parking area reconstruction and rehabilitation; traffic signal and streetlight replacement; and the rehabilitation of six bridges. (more…)



“Line segment shutdown between National Airport and Braddock Rd. from 8PM July 5 through closing July 11, 2016.

On weekdays:

Blue Line will operate in two segments:
Trains will run every 15 minutes between Franconia-Springfield and Braddock Road
Trains will run every 12 minutes between National Airport and Largo Town Center
Yellow Line will operate in two segments:
Trains will run every 12 minutes between Huntington and Braddock Road
Trains will run every 12 minutes between National Airport and Greenbelt
Service between DC and Reagan National Airport available via train
Limited free shuttle buses will operate via Metroway lanes between Braddock Road Crystal City and Pentagon City stations
Limited free shuttle buses run between Braddock Road and Reagan National Airport (airport customers only)
Blue/Yellow customers are encouraged to consider alternate travel options and avoid traveling during rush hour if possible; expect significant crowding on Blue & Yellow line trains

Weekend train frequencies may change to coordinate with other planned track work on the Metrorail system. Weekend service information is posted in the Alerts & Advisories section

Tap your SmarTrip card each time you enter and exit the Metrorail system. Riders traveling through the work zone will be charged for a single, continuous trip.”

metro gate jump no more
Photo by PoPville flickr user Collin Anderson


“Responding to customer feedback, Metro today implemented a grace period at all rail stations, allowing customers who enter through the faregates to change their mind within 15 minutes and exit the system at the same station without penalty. The initiative was included in Metro GM/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld’s Customer Accountability Report (CARe) and went into effect today following technical upgrades to the fare system and weeks of testing.

“This is all about refocusing on our customers,” said GM/CEO Wiedefeld. “If I’m in line at the coffee shop and I decide I want to leave, I don’t expect to be charged.”

The new grace period policy permits riders who enter a station, particularly during a service disruption, to exit the same station within 15 minutes and receive a SmarTrip credit offsetting the base rail fare of $2.15 in the peak and $1.75 in the off-peak. Previously, customers entering and exiting at the same station would be charged the base fare, even if they did not travel.”

“Please be advised that Red Line train service is temporarily suspended between Rhode Island Avenue and Fort Totten stations due to a gas leak at a construction site near Brookland Station. Shuttle bus service will replace trains between Rhode Island Avenue, Brookland and Fort Totten stations to accommodate customers. Washington Gas is on site investigating at this time.”


Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering


“Metro will provide frequent rail service during the evening hours of Monday, July 4, to accommodate those attending the fireworks display on the National Mall.

Several hundred thousand passengers are expected to take Metrorail on Independence Day, with crowds primarily traveling to and from the 9:10 p.m. fireworks display on the Mall, as well as other events around the region. Metrorail service will operate from 7 a.m. until midnight, with near rush-hour service levels before and after the fireworks. Off-peak fares will be in effect for the entire service day.

There will be no scheduled track work anywhere on the system on the holiday. Trains will operate on a regular service pattern. Rush Plus Yellow Line service (Yellow Line trains between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt) will not operate. (more…)


A reader reported at 9:30pm (presumably due to scheduled track work):

“Yellow and green now completely shut down. Typical metro, no warning at any station (not even gallery place). Must take the train up to Ft Totten to get to yellow/green northbound. I complained to these guys that metro should at least warn people at other stations. Surprise, surprise, the response was “it’s not my job” and “I just want to go home”.”

Ed. Note: I saw on WMATA’s website but it’s not clear (to me) that the tracks would be completely shut down. Perhaps it was due to the smoking incident earlier:

“Weeknight Metrorail rebuilding June 26 – June 30 2016

Green Line: 20-25 minutes

Monday through Thursday single tracking between Georgia Avenue-Petworth & Prince George’s Plaza to allow for switch replacement.”


From WRAP:

“WRAP’s 2016 Independence Day SoberRide program will be offered from 10:00 p.m.Monday, July 4 until 4:00 a.m.Tuesday, July 5, 2016. To receive a free cab ride home (up to a $30.00 fare), please call 800-200-8294 (TAXI). AT&T customers may dial #WRAP from their wireless phones. Please refer to the SoberRide information listed below for important details concerning this program. You must be 21 or older to use the SoberRide service

Important note: All requests for SoberRide service must be called to and dispatched from 1-800-200-8294. Do not call a taxi company directly for SoberRide service as the ride will not be covered under this program.

General SoberRide Information

WRAP’s SoberRide , called one of the nation’s most successful free cab ride programs for would-be impaired drivers, has helped to ensure greater Washington, DC residents have a safe way home on high-risk holidays. Since 1991, WRAP has dispatched over 65,116 safe rides home. Currently, SoberRide operates during the December/January holiday season, St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Independence Day and Halloween.

WRAP’s SoberRide provides a free cab ride home up to a $30 fare.
Callers are financially responsible for anything over $30.

You must be 21 or older to use the SoberRide service. All calls must originate in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland; the Cities of Rockville, Bowie, College Park, Gaithersburg, Greenbelt and Takoma Park in Maryland; the District of Columbia; Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William and Eastern Loudoun Counties in Virginia; and the Cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas and Manassas Park in Virginia.

You cannot reserve a SoberRide or schedule a pickup in advance. To receive a ride, you must call 1-800-200-8294 (TAXI) during the program hours. A SoberRide call operator will direct your request to the correct participating cab company.

Participating Taxi Companies: (more…)

Photo by Ben

DC Fire EMS writes:

“Civilian possible smoke inhalation at Gallery Place Metro tx to hospital for further evaluation. No other Pts. Our units clearing scene.”

Kristen sends the smoke:

“visible smoke at gallery place. Fun.”


Matt writes:

“Metro smoke/fire(?) at Gallery Place, probably from green/yellow lines.


Eileen sends the shot from Archives:


Craig sends the photo below from Chinatown: