The petition says:

“Metro SafeTrack maintenance is an extremely important initiative that will hopefully improve the safety of the Washington DC public rail system which has been in disrepair for years. The residents of DC, Maryland, and Virginia; as well as millions of visitors to the area have dealt with the disruption that systematic closures to rail lines have incurred. These closures are a necessary inconvenience to reduce the number of, and impact of accidents surrounding the Metro system. However in the coming weeks, the Washington Nationals will be entering the playoffs for the third time in their brief history. (more…)

Sherman and Park Road, NW

Today in bad driving… and it’s a DC license plate for the record!

A reader reports earlier this morning:

“Is there a full moon? Some of the worst DC driving I’ve ever seen… Including this genius who drove up Sherman Ave on the wrong side of the road and hit the GAS TANK of an oncoming dump truck.”


Thanks to a reader for sending around 1pm:

“What is going on, street shut down, cops, police tape?”

Metro reports:

“Gallery Place’s 7th & H Street entrance is closed due to a police investigation. The 7th & F St. and 9th & G St. entrances remain open.”

Updates when/if more is known.

Update from MPD:

“At approximately noon today in the 700 block of 7th Street, NW we had an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon that occurred. An adult male suffered a stab wound to the arm by the hands of two others who all knew each other. Both suspects were immediately apprehended and identified as those involved that led to his injury and arrested.

This offense occurred in Patrol Service Area 102 and is currently being investigated by members of the First Police District Detectives Office and should you have witnessed this stabbing or have knowledge of it, we urge you to contact the departments Command Information Center immediately on 202-727-9099 and reference CCN# 16-160-991.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Lauren Parnell Marino

From the Mayor’s Office:

“The National Park Service is set to begin major road construction along Beach Drive on September 22nd, and is projected to last for 3 years. This project will greatly impact drivers and pedestrians in this area. Please see below information about the project and where to find additional information about the District Government’s traffic mitigation plan.

The project will be completed in four segments. Each segment of Beach Drive will be closed in both directions 24/7 during work. Prior to work beginning on each segment, the National Park Service will post upcoming road work and road closure information so drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can plan their trip through, and around Rock Creek Park.

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DRIVING – Alternative Routes (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user Erinn Shirley


“Metro today announced revised dates for the remaining SafeTrack surges of this calendar year. The new dates follow changes to the SafeTrack schedule announced in mid-August to address new safety recommendations, incorporate interlockings, and account for the impact of record heat and humidity during the summer months.

As previously announced, Surge #9 will begin Sept. 15 [today] and run for 42 days through October 26. On weekdays, Orange Line will single track at all times between Vienna and West Falls Church. Trains will service Vienna and Dunn Loring stations every 24 minutes. Service from West Falls Church to New Carrollton will be unaffected. On weekends, rail service will be suspended.

On the weekends of September 24-25 and October 1-2:

Free shuttle buses replace trains between Vienna and East Falls Church stations 7AM Saturday through closing Sunday.
Stations Closed: Vienna, Dunn Loring and West Falls Church.

On the weekends of October 8-9 and October 15-16:

Free shuttle buses replace trains between Vienna and West Falls Church stations 7AM Saturday through closing Sunday.
Stations Closed: Vienna and Dunn Loring.

The following SafeTrack surge dates were announced:

Surge #10: NoMa-Gallaudet-Fort Totten | October 29 – November 22

Date change: This surge will now begin on Saturday, October 29, and continue through Tuesday, November 22.

Service info: Red Line rail service will not operate between Fort Totten and NoMa-Gallaudet stations during this surge. As a result, two stations–Brookland and Rhode Island Avenue–will be closed. Buses will operate between Fort Totten, Brookland, Rhode Island Ave and NoMa. However, customers are encouraged to use the Green Line as an alternate route between Fort Totten and Downtown DC (Gallery Place). Red Line trains will operate less frequently than normal at all stations, and riders are encouraged to use alternate routes or travel outside of rush-hour periods if possible. (more…)


“Dear PoPville,

So DDOT did a beautiful job redoing the intersection of Florida/15th/W Sts. There is better traffic flow and a really nice protected (2-way!) stretch of the bike lane, and it looks great. But is anyone ever going to use these bike racks that are isolated on the traffic island? They’re not next to businesses, houses, or the park. Not clear why anyone would park a bike there except to get it stolen…”

Ed. Note: I’ll also echo kudos for the protected bike lane. And I don’t see why folks wouldn’t use the bike racks – it’s not far from Meridian Hill, houses on 15th and businesses on 14th and U. As to whether or not bikes will get stolen there, that I don’t know.

Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

From Metro Transit Police:

“Metro Transit Police have arrested a 29-year-old man for assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly threatened a Green Line train operator with a knife this morning.

At approximately 8:40 a.m. today, Metro Transit Police officers responded to Anacostia Station after the operator of a southbound Green Line train reported that he had been threatened with a knife by a male patron, subsequently identified as Norman W. Polk.

Polk allegedly kicked and banged on the door leading to the train operator’s cab while the train was stopped servicing a station. When the operator opened the door to see what was going on, Polk allegedly displayed a three-inch folding knife and verbally threatened the operator for not moving the train fast enough. The operator secured the door and radioed for assistance.

Metro Transit Police responded, and the suspect was arrested on the platform at Anacostia Station without further incident. A knife was recovered at the scene.

The police activity resulted in Green Line delays of approximately 15 minutes during the morning rush hour, and two trains were single-tracked around the incident. There were no injuries.”