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A reader tweets us:

“@PoPville Currently on a southbound green line train, they’re telling us there’s a fire at Georgia Ave/Petworth and we aren’t moving.”

Update: “@PoPville moving now but we will be single tracking thru GA Ave station”

@Metrorailinfo tweets:

“Green/Yellow Line: Trains single tracking btwn Georgia Ave & Fort Totten due to a track problem at Georgia Ave. Delays both directions.”

Update from Amtrak:

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of life from Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 that derailed north of Philadelphia Tuesday evening. We ask the news media to be respectful of our customers, our employees, and their families.

There were approximately 238 passengers and 5 crew members on board. Individuals with questions about their friends and family on this train should call the Amtrak Incident Hotline 800-523-9101. Amtrak has also established a Family Assistance Center to work closely with family and friends of individuals on the train. Local emergency responders are on the scene and an investigation is ongoing.

On Wednesday, May 13, modified Amtrak service will be provided between Washington and Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, and New York and Boston. There will be no Amtrak service between New York and Philadelphia, but New Jersey Transit will honor Amtrak tickets between New York City and Trenton.

Other Amtrak Service between New York and Albany-Rensselaer; New Haven and Springfield, Mass., and other points will operate.”

Update from @Amtrak:

“Injuries reported in train 188 incident, all service canceled this evening btwn NY/Philly.”

@Amtrak tweets:

“We are aware of the derailment of Northeast Regional train 188 north of Philadelphia and will provide updates as they become available.”

A local Philadelphia News Station ABC6 reports:

“Action News is being told 8 to 10 cars derailed. Approximately 200 people were on board when the train derailed around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.”

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901 G Street, NW

Seems apropos…

From DCPL:

Monday, May 11, 7:00 PM
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

As the District of Columbia continues its rapid growth and transformation, not only is the population growing, so is the traffic! More bikes, cars and people on the road; longer waits on the metro and buses. Is there a way to improve and survive the daily commute?

Join moderator and avid cyclist David Plotz in discussion with Harriet Tregoning, former director of the District of Columbia Office of Planning; Dan Tangherlini, former director of the District of Columbia Department of Transporation (DDOT) and former interim General Manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority; and Robert Thomson, aka Dr. Gridlock, traffic reporter for the Washington Post, as they examine the daily commute in D.C.

Please click HERE to RSVP to this event.”

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A reader reports:

“So I wanted to share with you just how ridiculous Uber has become. I know you covered it recently but this is insane. This morning I have a 4.0x surge. They clearly have an issue. I know it’s peak hours, but 4.0x?! Crazy! I attached a screenshot, maybe it’s worth starting another discussion about them?”

Ed. Note: I’m guessing the surge this morning is related to the metro mess on Orange/Blue/Silver Lines?

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Outside Roslyn metro 8:43am

A reader reports:

“co-worker texted me she’s been in a tunnel for 30 minutes and finally offloaded at clarendon. they were told it was “unsafe” for trains to continue.”

@IAFF36 tweets:

“Metro Station Box – Foggy Bottom Metro – #DCFD firefighters investigating arcing insulator & smoke in tunnel”

Update 9:05am:

“Update – Foggy Bottom Metro – @wmata mitigating insulator problem in tunnel to VA, #DCFD standing by”

‏@Metrorailinfo tweets:

“OR/BL/SV: Train service suspended btwn Foggy Bottom – Arlington Cem & btwn Foggy Bottom – Clarendon due to fire dept activity. 8:35a #wmata”

Update:

“OR/SV/BL: Service suspended btwn Foggy Btm & Clarendon/Arl Cemetery for fire dept activity. Significant delays, consider travel alternates”

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From WMATA:

“UPDATED 5/8/2015
In order to coordinate with rebuilding on the Orange and Blue lines, Silver Line trains will operate every 18 minutes throughout the weekend.

Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of May 8-10 with service adjustments on five of six rail lines.

This weekend, Red and Green line trains will operate at regular intervals. Orange, Silver, Blue and Yellow line trains will operate every 18 minutes with Yellow Line trains operating between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Square only.

Early Opening Saturday Morning for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Metrorail will open at 5 a.m. on Saturday, May 9 for customers traveling to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The start line is accessible from Metro Center (Red/Orange/Silver/Blue lines), Federal Triangle (Orange/Silver/blue lines), Smithsonian (Orange/Silver/Blue lines) or Archives (Yellow/Green lines).”

In other transit news from DDOT:

Eastbound Closure of Virginia Avenue, NW, Near the Watergate to Remain for Three More Weeks

Due to the construction activities at the Watergate complex on Virginia Avenue, NW, in Ward 2, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will maintain the closure of all eastbound lanes from Rock Creek Parkway to 25th Street, NW, for the next three weeks.

This emergency closure is necessary because of the collapse of a garage at the Watergate on Friday, May 1. Construction teams have been working since then to ensure that the structure is stable and safe for the public.

Commuters should prepare for major traffic delays around Rock Creek Parkway and adjacent roadways. Motorists are advised to find alternative routes to their destinations. Traffic control devices have been put in place to advise drivers of the closure.

DDOT encourages all commuters to stay alert as they travel through this area.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.

From MPD:

“Howard University Commencement week of activities will begin Thursday, May, 7, 2015 (Honors/Awards Ceremonies) and end Saturday, May 9, 2015 with (Commencement). There will be road closures as follow:

May 7-9, 2015 12am-4pm

600-699 BLK Girard Street NW
600–699 BLK Fairmont Street NW
2390-2699 BLK 6th Street NW
2700-2799 BLK 6th Street NW

May 9, 2015 12am-1pm

600 BLK Howard Place NW
2300-2389 BLK 6th Street NW
400-599 BLK College Street NW
2218-2299 BLK 6th Street NW​”

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From WMATA:

“On May 4, Metro will begin a major capital project which will close the west entrance to Van Ness and install four new entrance escalators, one at the west entrance and three longer units into the station.

The project will replace the current escalators, which are almost 35 years old and have exceeded their useful life, with brand new escalators that are more durable and reliable. Metro’s contractor, KONE, will install the new escalators one at a time: completing each of the three longer units from the landing to the mezzanine first then finishing up with replacing the final shorter entrance unit to landing.

Two landing to mezzanine escalators along with the elevator and newly replaced east side entrance escalators will remain available for customer use.

At 270 feet long, the Van Ness escalators transport riders 56 feet from the station mezzanine to the entrance landing. They will be replaced with more reliable units as part of Metro’s contract with KONE to replace 128 escalators across the Metrorail system.

How long will the project take?
Each escalator will require approximately 40 weeks for site preparation, demolition, construction, installation and testing. Replacing all four escalators in succession will take a total of about 3 years. Metro engineers will work closely with the project contractor, KONE, to ensure the work is done as safely and efficiently as possible.

Why will it take so long? (more…)

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“Dear PoPville,

car2go just released a “Membership Update” email that quietly and sneakily introduced a fare increase. Through the veil of lowering deductibles for drivers, they will charge a “Driver Protection Fee” in the amount of a flat $1 per ride. They snuck the fee increase into an email they probably know most people won’t read and then describe it as a benefit. It goes into effect on June 1, so most probably have not notice yet, but twitter and other social media has already started catching on and bashing it. $1 might not seem that bad, but for short rides less then 10 minutes (which is what I use it for most) it is a 25% rate increase. Even for a 20 minute ride that is a 12% jump.”

Updates to Member Agreements (more…)