07/17/14 10:50am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Barbara.K

“Dear PoPville,

There’s a petition out to Save the blue line:

Thousands of riders take the Blue Line to and from work every day, but Metro is cutting their service to have just one train every 12 minutes. This will cause a major inconvenience for the many people who rely on the Metro for their daily commute, while only providing minimal additional benefits to other riders in the system. After this change the Blue Line will be the only line in the DC Metro system without enhanced rush hour service. We request that Metro respect the needs of the many Blue Line riders and stop the planned service cuts.

As a blue line commuter, I can tell you the new changes in anticipation of the silver line have made a HUGE negative impact on my commute and I’m sure has done the same for others. I’m glad that metro is expanding their services, but it shouldn’t come at the expense of existing services and reliability to long-time riders.

Hopefully this petition can get enough signatures to cause WMATA to consider a more even distribution of orange/blue/silver line trains during peak hours.”

07/14/14 3:10pm

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From DC Streetcar:

“Beginning today, the District Department of Public Works (DPW) will begin ticketing and/or towing vehicles along H Street and Benning Road NE that are parked in such a way as to impede the path of the streetcar, including cars parked outside of the white lines and illegally double-parked vehicles. The District’s streetcar vehicles are scheduled to return permanently to the corridor this month for additional testing before passenger service begins.

The fine for vehicles blocking the path of the streetcar will be $100. At DPW’s discretion, vehicles may also be towed to clear the streetcar’s path and then relocated within the immediate neighborhood. Ticketing will be an ongoing occurrence along the corridor and is not expected to cease.

The DC Streetcar Team has been issuing “warning tickets” to vehicles on H/Benning that are improperly parked, prior to actual enforcement. Outreach will continue in order to spread the word that DPW is now ticketing and to educate motorists about proper parking along the streetcar corridor.”

07/11/14 4:00pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user rukasu1

From WMATA:

Red Line
Trains every 10-15 minutes

Red Line trains will operate as follows throughout the weekend:

Between Shady Grove & Glenmont: every 15 minutes
Between Grosvenor & NoMa-Gallaudet: every 10 minutes Saturday & Sunday from 9AM-9PM only

Work Performed: Rail tie and insulator renewal between Shady Grove and Twinbrook, fence and light pole replacement between Judiciary Square and Rhode Island Avenue (more…)

07/10/14 3:25pm

From MPD:

“At about 1445 hours MPD responded for the report of an explosion at the metro station located at 12th and Independence Ave SW. Further investigation revealed a transformer in the metro station had failed, causing some smoke and shutting down one rail. No injuries were reported and after an inspection by the Fire Department, the station was placed back in service, operating on one rail.”

07/10/14 3:10pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user washingtonydc

From WMATA:

“To relieve crowding and accommodate growing ridership, Metro is planning to add more 60-foot articulated buses on two of the system’s busiest bus corridors, starting August 25.

On the S1, S2 and S4 routes, which serve the 16th Street corridor, Metro will increase the number of trips operated with articulated buses by 45 percent — from 68 trips during rush hour today to 99 trips starting August 25. Each hour of rush hour, five bus trips that currently operate with standard 40-foot buses will be converted to the longer 60-foot buses.

Articulated buses provide 55 percent more seats than standard 40-foot buses, as well as more room for standees. The longer buses will provide additional capacity when it is needed most: on a typical weekday, about 60 percent of Metrobus ridership occurs during rush hour, and more than one-third of the ridership occurs between the hours of 7 and 9 a.m. and 4 and 6 p.m.

On the 70 route along Georgia Avenue, the number of trips using articulated buses will nearly double — from 89 today to 172 starting August 25. The longer buses will operate throughout the day, with approximately 5 more trips running with longer buses each hour from 4 a.m. until 10 p.m.

“We are pleased to be able to find an innovative way to shift more longer buses to these busy corridors,” said Jack Requa, Metro Assistant General Manager for Bus Service. “We will continue to work with our partners to meet future ridership growth.”

The additional capacity is made possible by reassigning equipment and increasing service frequency on other lines. For example, some of the articulated buses are coming from the Y Line, which will be converted to standard buses that will operate more frequently. Y Line rush-hour service will increase from every 15 minutes to every 10 minutes with a total of 30 new trips per weekday.

Georgia Avenue and 16th Street are two of the busiest bus corridors in the Metrobus system, carrying more than 40,000 combined passenger trips on a typical weekday (approximately 20,000 trips on each).”

07/10/14 1:50pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user ianseanlivingston

From a press release:

“The Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released today a letter sent to officials at the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC) urging them develop a new plan to address traffic congestion in front of Union Station. Norton’s office has received complaints from residents, Members of Congress, congressional staff and bus companies that they are missing trains or having to get out of taxis and other vehicles in order to make trains. In her letter, Norton calls upon USRC and the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) to hire consultants to deal with the issue.

“Amtrak riders, including D.C. residents and Members of Congress, have justifiably complained that the current traffic patterns at Columbus Circle often are chaotic, and, many times, passenger cars with luggage have to wait in lines so long that they are unable to reach the entrance of the station to unload their luggage,” Norton said of the situation. In her letter, she wrote “Frequently, passengers, in order to make their trains, often feel they must begin offloading their luggage before they reach the entrance to Union Station, further slowing traffic. I am requesting that USRC and DDOT seek outside consultants to deal with the traffic pattern and implement a new traffic pattern in Columbus Circle that prevents vehicular delays.”

The current traffic pattern at Columbus Circle is relatively new and is based on a ten-year study undertaken by the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT). USRC and the developer that oversees the circle have hired additional people to monitor the traffic to ensure vehicles are using the proper lanes, but there is little evidence of their presence or effectiveness. Norton’s office was informed that USRC is also part of a working group with the District of Columbia, the Metropolitan Police Department, Amtrak, and the National Park Service that is looking at ways to produce signage that will aid drivers.”

The full letter follows: (more…)

07/08/14 4:59pm

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Thanks to @AllenInDC for tweeting us the photo above:

“Beginning signs of sinkhole at 14th and Constitution. Crew on scene.”

From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has closed one lane on northbound 14th Street NW between Constitution Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue. Crews from DDOT and DC Water are currently investigating a condition that has undermined the roadway at this location.

While traffic on northbound 14th Street NW is still progressing through this area, DDOT encourages motorists to use alternate routes to avoid congestion.

Further updates regarding this closure will follow.

UPDATE: One-Lane Closure on Northbound 14th Street NW between Constitution Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue Closure In Place Through Morning Rush Hour on July 9, 2014

07/03/14 1:30pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user JEO Photography

From WMATA:

July 4th service information
On Friday, July 4th there is no scheduled rebuilding work. Metrorail will open 7 a.m. until 3 a.m. Trains will run on a Saturday schedule until about 2 p.m., and then gradually ramp up to near rush-hour service levels before and after the fireworks. Off-peak fares will be in effect all day and parking will be free at all Metro-operated facilities. Metrobus will operate on a Saturday schedule.

Metro is investing $5.5 billion to install new rail, ties, platforms, escalators, signals, lighting, communication systems, and more. It represents the largest capital investment — and work effort — since the system’s original construction in the early 1970s.

Red Line
Trains every 10-15 minutes

On Saturday and Sunday, Red Line trains will operate as follows:

Between Shady Grove & Glenmont: every 15 minutes
Between Grosvenor & Silver Spring: every 10 minutes Saturday & Sunday from 9AM-9PM only

Work Performed: Testing and acceptance of Metro’s new fleet of 7000-series railcars between Twinbrook and Shady Grove stations.

Orange and Blue Line
Regular weekend service

Yellow Line
Regular weekend service between Huntington and Fort Totten

Green Line
Regular weekend service”

From MPD:

“On Friday, July 4, 2014, there will be several events taking place in the District of Columbia in relation to the Independence Day Festivities. In conjunction with these events, there will be numerous street closures and parking restrictions that motorists should take into consideration: (more…)

06/30/14 1:45pm

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@wmata tweets the photo above:

“Metro planning commemorative Silver Line SmarTrip card for the grand opening [July 26]”

And more detail from an email:

“Metro will release a new SmarTrip card on July 26th to commemorate the opening of the Silver Line. The cards will be available in the five new Silver Line stations on opening day. In addition, they will be available online and at all Metro sales offices, and will be rolled out in stations throughout the system. Like other special edition SmarTrip cards, the SV cards will be available for $10 and will come loaded with $8 in fare value.”

Ed. Note: Last week metro unveiled their National Zoo 125th Anniversary Limited Edition SmarTrip Cards.

06/27/14 3:10pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user JEO Photography

From WMATA:

Red Line
Buses replace trains between Woodley Park and Gallery Place

Red Line trains will operate as follows, beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday:

Between Shady Grove & Woodley Park: every 10 minutes
Between Gallery Place & Glenmont: every 15 minutes

Stations Closed: Dupont Circle, Farragut North and the Red Line platform at Metro Center

Free shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains between Woodley Park and Gallery Place. Shuttle buses will operate on two routes:

Limited stop buses will operate between Woodley Park and Gallery Place making one stop at Metro Center. Add up to 25 minutes of additional travel time.
Local buses will operate between Woodley Park and Gallery Place, making intermediate stops at Dupont Circle, Farragut North and Metro Center. Please allow 10 minutes of travel time for each station stop. (more…)