Update from WMATA:

“Metro has restored rail service on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines in the area of Stadium-Armory following a transformer fire this morning at a Metro power substation near Stadium-Armory Station. Trains on the three affected lines are now operating on their normal routes (Orange Line between Vienna and New Carrollton, Blue Line between Franconia-Springfield and Largo, Silver Line between Wiehle-Reston and Largo). Riders may experience residual delays as service ramps up to rush-hour service levels. Stadium-Armory Station has reopened.

The restoration of service follows the successful reconfiguration of power to “feed” electricity to the area of Stadium-Armory from the adjacent substations, located at Potomac Avenue and Deanwood. The power substation at Stadium-Armory remains offline. Until normal power conditions are restored, trains will operate at lower speeds through the area to reduce power draw.

There were no injuries as a result of the fire. The cause remains under investigation.”


“As of 3 p.m., Metro crews are working to restore rail service on a portion of the Blue, Orange and Silver lines following a fire this morning at a power substation in the area of Stadium-Armory.

Train service was suspended following a report of smoke from the substation, located in the parking lot of RFK Stadium, that provides third-rail power to a section of the Blue, Orange and Silver lines. All trains were moved out of the area, and there were no injuries.

The source of the smoke was determined to be a fire involving one of three transformers within the substation that converts commercial electricity from alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC) for use by trains. Two other transformers at the facility appear to be unaffected; however, a full assessment will be made to determine any damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Currently, Metro personnel are reconfiguring power to “feed” electricity from two adjacent power substations — one at Potomac Avenue and one at Deanwood. Once the reconfuration is completed this evening, train service will be able to be restored. Trains will likely be required to operate at reduced speed through the area to minimize power draw.

Service Information

Metro is advising riders on the Orange, Blue and Silver line of service impacts that will likely affect this evening’s commute. Service is operating as follows:

• Orange Line: Trains are operating between Eastern Market and Vienna and between New Carrollton and Minnesota Avenue. Trains will run about every 8 minutes. Buses are replacing trains between Minnesota Avenue and Eastern Market, making all intermediate station stops.
• Blue Line: Trains are operating between Eastern Market and Franconia-Springfield and between Largo Town Center and Benning Road. Trains will run about every 8 minutes. Buses are replacing trains between Benning Road and Eastern Market, making all intermediate station stops.
• Silver Line: Trains are operating only between Wiehle-Reston East and East Falls Church. Trains will run about every 8 minutes. Riders traveling outbound to Virginia from DC should use an Orange Line train and transfer at East Falls Church to continue their trip.
• Yellow, Green and Red line service is unaffected by this disruption.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Andrew Pasko-Reader

Not a good Monday morning commute for many. Latest from Metro Transit Police:

“Stadium update 5: As of 10a, DCFD & MTPD remain o/s Stadium with smoke coming from power substation. Effort to mitigate continues. #wmata”

Previously metro tweeted:

“OR/SV/BL passengers expect delays in both directions, FD activity at Stadium-Armory, station is temporarily closed. 9:08a #wmata”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Andrew Pasko-Reader


“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of September 18-20 with service adjustments on three of six lines beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

This weekend, Orange, Silver and Green line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals. Red, Blue and Yellow line trains will operate every 24 minutes.

Early Opening Sunday morning for the Navy-Air Force Half Marathon
Metrorail will open at 6 a.m. on Sunday, September 20 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).”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Lorie Shaull


“Metro is inviting customers to provide feedback on proposed service adjustments to selected Metrobus routes as part of a continuing effort to bring riders a Better Bus experience. The proposed changes are based on an analysis of on-time performance, ridership, service studies and cost efficiency.

A public hearing will be held September 17 to gather feedback, which will be provided to the WMATA Board of Directors to consider before a final plan is approved. Some changes may be implemented in early 2016. Riders can provide feedback through an online survey at wmata.com/betterbus.

Among the changes being considered are additions to service, route reductions or alterations, route eliminations, and changes to fare policy. A fare increase is not under consideration.

WHAT: Metrobus service changes public hearing
WHEN: Thursday September 17, 2015
TIME: Information Session – 6 p.m.
Public Hearing – 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Metro Headquarters
600 Fifth St NW

Proposed improvements to service: (more…)


A reader reports:

“On Sunday, I saw an orange rubber cone was stuck on the tracks at the U Street metro (going in the direction of Branch Avenue). I’ve attached a picture. On Sunday (9/13) at 6:30pm, I reported the cone to the station manager because I was worried that it would catch fire or get a train jammed. It’s now Tuesday and the orange cone is still there in the tracks. The attached picture was taken 10 mins ago. For some reason, this reminds me of when a doctor leaves a sponge in the patient’s body…. The metro repair workers just left a big orange cone laying in the middle of the train tracks! If nothing else, it’s symptomatic of a lack of care and irresponsibility.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Jen Tuohy

A reader asks:

“I’m living out of the US at the moment, and was planning a trip back to Washington. I noticed on this Dulles Airport page with “Estimated Taxi Fares” (of course, pretty much locked in with Washington Flyer), that the estimated cost from Dulles Airport to Rosslyn is $28.00 for 25 Miles. However, cross the bridge into DC (26-28 Miles) and the cost for Dulles-DC is suddenly estimated at $60.00-$64.00. Same thing for Dulles to Pentagon City (26 Miles, estimated cost is suddenly $64.00).
See for yourself.

I was just a bit astounded by this…. It’s a bit over the top.

I’m a bit flummoxed… is there some sort of tax or surcharge to these places? Just a truly wild disparity.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend


“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of September 11-13 with service adjustments on all six rail lines beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

This weekend, Red, Orange, Silver, Blue and Yellow line trains will operate every 24 minutes. Green Line trains will run on a regular weekend schedule between College Park and Branch Ave stations. At Greenbelt Station only, buses will replace trains on Saturday and Sunday.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Josh


“Metro is preparing for large crowds and extensive traffic detours during Pope Francis’ three-day visit to Washington, D.C. Tuesday, September 22, through Thursday, September 24.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend events during the Papal visit, which will likely result in crowding and delays on trains and buses, and could produce near Inauguration ridership levels at selected stations.

While many regular commuters are expected—and encouraged—to adjust their work schedules or take advantage of telecommuting, Metro will take steps to provide additional train service during non-peak hours Wednesday and Thursday during the Papal visit. (Metro does not have the ability to add significant capacity during the traditional morning and evening rush hours.)

Riders should expect significant crowding aboard trains and at rail stations near Papal events. (more…)

parking cycle track

“Dear PoPville,

I dodged this amazing parking job this afternoon on 15th St just south of K St NW. More off-pissing than anything else was the fact that the legal parking on the correct side of the barriers, along the entire block, was completely unoccupied. When DC parking enforcement seems to issue no tickets on Sundays, I guess this is inevitable. Of note: this is the first time I’ve seen this particular move by a car that didn’t have Maryland plates, but that doesn’t really feel like cause for celebration.”

I agree it’s annoying as hell but is it possible they were confused by the parking meters? Why are there even parking meters next to the cycle track, a vestige before it went in?