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From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of August 29 – September 1 (Labor Day).

Blue and Yellow line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals throughout the weekend. Orange and Silver line trains will operate every 15 minutes from 10 p.m. Friday through system closing on Sunday. Green Line trains will run every 16 minutes through closing Monday. Buses will replace Red Line trains between Friendship Heights and Grosvenor beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and continuing through closing on Monday,

Labor Day service information
On Labor Day, Monday, September 1, Metrorail will open at 7 a.m. and close at midnight. Trains will operate on a Sunday schedule. Off-peak fares will be in effect all day, and parking will be free at all Metrorail parking facilities.

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Buses replace trains between Friendship Heights and Grosvenor

Red Line trains will operate as follows from 12:01 Saturday through closing Monday:

Between Shady Grove & Grosvenor: every 10 minutes
Between Friendship Heights & Glenmont: every 10 minutes

Stations Closed: Bethesda and Medical Center

Last Train Time Change: The last Red Line train of the night from Shady Grove to Grosvenor will depart 35 minutes earlier than normal to allow for shuttle bus connections. On Friday and Saturday nights, the last train will leave Shady Grove at 1:55 a.m. On Sunday and Monday, the last train will leave Shady Grove at 10:55 p.m.

Free shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains between Friendship Heights and Grosvenor. Shuttle buses will operate on two routes:

Express buses will operate between Friendship Heights and Grosvenor. Add up to 25 minutes of additional travel time.
Local buses will operate between Friendship Heights and Grosvenor, making intermediate stops at Medical Center and Bethesda. Please allow 10 minutes of travel time for each station stop.

Work Performed: Grout pad, rail tie and insulator renewal, joint elimination and communication cable replacement between Friendship Heights and Grosvenor. (more…)

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From DDOT:

“On Sunday, August 24, 2014, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), along with District first responders, will conduct a DC Streetcar Emergency Drill on H Street NE to prepare for real-world streetcar operations on the H Street/Benning Road corridor.

The purpose of the exercise is to test operational coordination and preparedness of DC Streetcar and first responder personnel in the event of an incident involving a streetcar. The exercise will simulate a streetcar derailment caused by a collision between a DC Streetcar vehicle with passengers and an automobile on H Street NE. DC Streetcar personnel along with Metropolitan Police Department and DC Fire and EMS will coordinate and practice their evacuation and emergency protocols for dealing with such an incident.

The exercise will take place on the 1200 block of H Street NE and requires a temporary closure of H Street NE between 12th Street and 13th Street in both directions, between 6 am and 11 am. In addition, there will be parking restrictions on 12th Street and H Street (see attached temporary closure map).

During the drill, there will be significant emergency personnel on-site on the H Street corridor and residents are advised that this is only a drill and to use caution when traveling along the vicinity of the drill.

WMATA X2 bus stops on the 1200 block will be closed for the duration of the closure. Passengers are asked to board on the 1100 and 1300 blocks of H Street NE.

DETOURS:

• Westbound traffic on H Street NE will be detoured south at 13th Street, then west at G Street.
• Eastbound traffic on H Street NE will be detoured north at 12th Street, then east at I Street.
• 12th Street NE traffic will be directed to I Street to travel east.
• 13th Street NE traffic will be directed to G Street to travel west.”

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From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of August 22-24 with service adjustments beginning at 10 p.m. Friday night and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

Silver, Blue, Yellow and Green line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals. Red and Orange line trains will operate every 20 minutes with additional Red Line trains between Grosvenor and NoMa-Gallaudet during daytime hours.

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Trains every 10-20 minutes

Red Line trains will operate as follows throughout the weekend:

Between Shady Grove & Glenmont: every 20 minutes
Between Grosvenor & NoMa-Gallaudet: every 10 minutes Saturday and Sunday from 9AM-9PM only

Work Performed: Rail tie, fastener and insulator renewal between Takoma and Forest Glen. On Saturday and Sunday, Metro will continue railcar testing and acceptance of our new fleet of 7000-series railcars between Twinbrook and Shady Grove. (more…)

From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of August 15-17 with service adjustments beginning at 10 p.m. Friday night and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

Silver and Green line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals. Orange and Blue line trains will operate every 20 minutes and Yellow Line trains will operate every 20 minutes between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Sq.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and continuing through system closing on Sunday, buses will replace Red Line trains between Fort Totten and Forest Glen.

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Buses replace trains between Fort Totten and Forest Glen

Red Line trains will operate as follows throughout the weekend:

Between Shady Grove & Fort Totten: every 10 minutes
Between Glenmont & Forest Glen: every 10 minutes

Stations Closed: Takoma and Silver Spring

Last Train Time Change: The last Red Line train of the night from Glenmont to Forest Glen will depart 33 minutes earlier than normal to allow for shuttle bus connections. On Friday and Saturday nights, the last train will leave Glenmont at 2:04 a.m., and on Sunday the last train will leave Glenmont at 11:04 p.m.

Free shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains between Fort Totten and Forest Glen. Shuttle buses will operate on two routes:

Limited stop buses will operate between Fort Totten and Forest Glen making one stop at Silver Spring. Add up to 25 minutes of additional travel time.
Local buses will operate between Fort Totten and Forest Glen, making intermediate stops at Takoma and Silver Spring. Please allow 10-12 minutes of travel time for each station stop.

Work Performed: Rail tie and insulator renewal, joint elimination and communication cable replacement between Fort Totten and Forest Glen. (more…)

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From WMATA:

Metro has suspended Blue Line service in the direction of Largo Town Center due to a suspected third-rail issue in Virginia that is causing trains to become disabled in Washington, DC. At least four Blue Line trains have become mechanically disabled this morning, resulting in significant delays that also affect Orange and Silver line trains.

Riders traveling inbound from Virginia should use Yellow Line trains and transfer at L’Enfant Plaza to get to their destination. Blue Line service from Largo to Franconia-Springfield continues to operate.

Delays are currently 30 minutes or more for some trains on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines.

Track inspectors are walking the Blue Line now attempting to locate the problem area.”

Update 9:10 a.m. “Metro personnel have identified the cause of earlier disabled Blue Line trains. The problem has been identified as a cracked third rail between Arlington Cemetery and Rosslyn on the inbound track. Repairs will begin shortly.”

Update 9:50 a.m. “Blue Line service has been restored in both directions. However, trains are single tracking between Foggy Bottom and Arlington Cemetery to allow for repairs to the third rail. Blue Line riders should allow about 15 minutes of additional travel time. Orange and Silver line trains are not single tracking, but may encounter brief delays due to Blue Line single tracking at Rosslyn.”

Update 11:25 a.m. “Repairs to the third-rail have been completed. Blue Line trains are no longer single tracking. Expect residual delays in both directions for about the next half hour.”

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From DDOT:

Enhanced Bus Service Prioritized in DDOT’s 16th Street NW Action Plan

DDOT has continued to receive petitions from residents and various Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) in support of a dedicated bus lane on the corridor, and we’ve taken note.

  • DDOT’s draft moveDC plan has identified 16th Street NW as a transit priority corridor. Our draft moveDC report designates 16th Street NW as one of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) 24 Bus Priority Corridors in the metropolitan region. These 24 corridors carry over half of all of the bus riders in the region.
  • DDOT is committed to improving bus service on the 16thStreet NW corridor and we have developed an action plan that will continue to improve service in the corridor. In the past five years, the addition of the S9 limited stop service and more service in the southern part of the corridor has increased  ridership by around 5,000 riders a day, and yet there are still problems: buses bunch, get stuck in traffic and passengers have a hard time onboarding and off-boarding.

Quick Signal Optimization (July 2014): DDOT recently completed a focused signal optimization timing plan for the 44 signals along 16th Street NW between H Street and Portal Drive. The preliminary assessments show that this  led to travel-time savings, and DDOT will continue to evaluate the results over the next 6-8 weeks.

Additional Articulated Buses (August 2014): Later this month, WMATA will add additional articulated buses to the corridor. These longer buses will add more bus capacity on the corridor and will hopefully help get people on and off buses in a more efficient manner.

Potential “Enhanced Rush Hours” (Fall 2014): DDOT is exploring the possibility of extending rush hours along 16th Street NW by up to an hour in each direction. These would enable buses at the tail ends of the morning and evening rush hours to make up some time and improve operational efficiency.

Transit Signal Priority (TSP) and Full-Scale Signal Optimization (mid-2015): DDOT is already working hard on a citywide signal-optimization project. The northern area of the city, including 16th Street NW, will get a full-blown network optimization in mid-2015. Around the same time, DDOT and WMATA will also optimize traffic signals along 16th Street NW and in some other major bus corridors so that buses can have a little extra “green time,” which will lead to less bus back-ups and quicker travel times.

Transit Priority Study (2015-2016): In 2015, DDOT plans to conduct a transit priority study that will examine various alternative approaches for improving transit along the 16th Street NW corridor, including examining the potential for bus lanes. The study—which will be conducted with public involvement—will take approximately one year to complete, and will identify specific long-term capital needs for improving transit service in the corridor.

Throughout all the phases of our 16th Street NW Action Plan, DDOT will be collecting data and evaluating performance of buses and the broader transportation network. As the District continues to grow, we think 16th Street NW can be a model for improving public transit and maximizing  our large roads so that they can efficiently move people and support healthy neighborhood life.”