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“Dear PoPville,

I have noticed lately people getting ‘stuck’ in metro stations because either their card is not working or all the faregates are screwed up. that is only one part of the problem. the second part is the station managers being god knows where. so people usually just stay…..stuck…and wait. hoping a manager will show up to help.

people can call it breaking the law, but in every metro station, there is an ‘emergency gate’ – – it swings open. you don’t need a smart trip card or anything. if there is a crowd of people, then it starts to back everything up. it does not have to be that way. You got places to go? You don’t have time to wait around? the ‘emergency gate’ is your friend. JUST GO. I have used it, and I have helped people (mainly tourists) use it to get down to the platforms.

We all just want to get from point A to point B. It shouldn’t be so damn hard.”

Ed. Note: If you do use an emergency gate, you’ll have to talk to a station manager at some point before your fare card will work again.

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From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of July 24-26 with service adjustments on five rail lines beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

This weekend, Yellow Line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals. Green Line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals except Saturday at Suitland and Branch Ave (see below). Orange, Silver and Blue line trains will operate every 24 minutes.

Red Line trains will operate every 8-16 minutes with additional trains between Friendship Heights and Rhode Island Ave between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.”

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From AlertDC:

All MARC Brunswick Line (Union Station to West Virginia) has been suspended indefinitely because of an accident involving a train. Please plan an alternate route if you normally use the Brunswick line.”

From Montgomery County Police:

“UPDATE: Seminary Rd CLOSED at Forest Glen Rd for collision involving a Marc train and a vehicle.”

“UPDATE: The collision involves a Marc train with passengers and a vehicle. No injuries reported as of yet.”

“UPDATE: train track maint veh struck by CSX commuter train”

From WMATA:

“Metro today announced the addition of a full-time fire/rescue liaison in its Rail Operations Control Center. This addition will provide a uniformed fire officer in the “nerve center” of the Metrorail system 40 hours a week to help coordinate emergency communication between Metro and first responders.

“The new fire/rescue liaison at the Rail Operations Control Center gives first responders ‘eyes and ears’ on Metrorail operations and will serve to further strengthen the coordination between our operations staff and emergency personnel,” said Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik. “I want to thank MWCOG Fire Chiefs Chair Marc Bashoor for his leadership and look forward to continuing our productive relationship.”

The newly created position is the result of ongoing discussions between Metro and the region’s fire chiefs. In addition to coordinating emergency response, the fire official will also develop policy recommendations and provide supplemental emergency training for rail controllers. (more…)

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From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of July 17-19 with service adjustments on five rail lines beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

This weekend, Green Line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals. Yellow Line trains will operate every 15 minutes throughout the weekend between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Sq on Saturday, and between Huntington and Fort Totten on Sunday.

Red Line trains will operate every 15 minutes with additional trains between Grosvenor and Silver Spring between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday through closing Sunday, buses will replace Orange Line trains between Eastern Market and New Carrollton, and replace Blue and Silver line trains between Eastern Market and Benning Road. Orange, Silver and Blue line trains will operate every 15 minutes between Vienna, Wiehle-Reston East & Franconia-Springfield and Eastern Market.”