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“Red Line: Trains are temporarily bypassing Van Ness due to a power outage. Shuttle service is available between Cleveland Park & Tenleytown.”

But at least:

“Metro has restored rail service on the Orange, Silver and Blue lines between Eastern Market and L’Enfant Plaza following installation of new third-rail equipment at Federal Center SW Station during the overnight hours.

Two stations that were closed Thursday evening — Federal Center SW and Capitol South — have reopened as of Friday morning.”

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“Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld in consultation with U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has ordered Federal Center SW remain closed for the remainder of today for a full third rail insulator replacement.

As a result, Metrorail service on the Orange, Blue and Silver lines will remain suspended between Eastern Market and L’Enfant Plaza stations. Capitol South Station also remains closed. Metrobus shuttle service is replacing trains between Eastern Market and L’Enfant Plaza stations.

Additionally, Silver Line trains are operating between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston stations only.

Riders should consider alternate travel options (e.g. Red, Yellow or Green lines) and expect delays on the Silver, Orange and Blue lines.”


“Capitol South, adjacent to Federal Center SW, will also remain closed for rest of day. Trains turn back at Eastern Market & L’Enfant. #wmata”

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“Dear PoPville,

Thought id share this — Saw an ad for it on the metro today.

Can’t decide if this is a good idea or a totally wacky shot in the dark. Looks like applications closed but sharing regardless. Not surprised a better name wasn’t thought up… The program is named metro volunteer persons (MVP):

Do you have a great smile? Do you enjoy helping people? Here is your chance to put both together and assist others while giving back to your community.

Join our volunteer pilot program called Metro Volunteer Person (MVP). This unique opportunity will give you the chance to learn about Metro while helping customers and fellow riders. Volunteers should love interacting with people, love transit, of course, and be able to provide exceptional customer service. Volunteers will be standing near fare machines in select stations on Fridays from 3-6pm, to assist customers.

We will provide the training, attire and consistent rewards throughout the program.
– MVP branded attire to wear during each shift
– $20 per shift (automatically loaded to Smartrip card each month)
– Random drawings
– Annual recognition

Interested? Please fill out the application below. After you submit your application, Metro staff will review it and get back to you within two business days. If you are selected, we will send you a background check form to complete. Once your background check is approved by Metro (usually takes 10 days), we will provide dates for training classes. During the training, we will show you how to sign up for shifts. Once you have been trained, you are ready to work! We will give you the tools you need to be easily identified in the stations.

Please note, applications will be accepted up to April 30, 2016.



“Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld today joined Chief Marc Bashoor, Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Fire Chiefs Committee, to announce a significant expansion of fire service coverage at Metro’s Rail Operations Control Center.

Beginning this June, a uniformed fire officer will be stationed at the “nerve center” of the Metrorail system 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help coordinate emergency communication between Metro and first responders. (more…)

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From CSX:

“UPDATE: It’s been confirmed that 14 railcars derailed at 9th & RI Ave NE in Washington, DC. No evacuations or injuries have been reported.”

DC Fire and EMS reports:

“CSX train derailment NE, DC – Hazmat situation – Rhode Island Ave shutdown in area – AVOID area”

From DC Fire Fighters L36 (@IAFF36) just after 7am:

“Update – Rhode Island Ave NE – multiple CSX trains derailed & leaking hazmat, isolating area; RI Ave Metro & RI Ave closed #DCFD”

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From MPD: (more…)

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“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of April 29 – May 1 with service adjustments on five of six lines. Trains will operate as follows:

Green Line trains will operate regular weekend intervals.
Red Line trains will operate every 7-15 minutes.
Orange, Silver and Blue line trains will operate every 18 minutes.
Yellow Line trains will operate every 18 minutes between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Sq only.”


Ha! Agreed. Thanks to a reader for sending from MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department and the Department of Transportation would like to inform the public of intermittent street closures in conjunction with “Sundress Fest” May 1, 2016.

The following streets will be closed on May 1, 2016, from 8:00am to 9:00pm:

Kenyon Street NW from 11st Street to 13th Street NW

*Note: local traffic will be allowed when safe to do so, only at the direction of a Police or Traffic officer.”

Photo sent to us Saturday night by charosb


“The investigation into the cause of a Saturday evening smoke incident outside Friendship Heights Station is ongoing. While Metro has not yet identified the root cause of the incident, investigators have eliminated power cables as a contributing factor.

As a preliminary matter, the investigation is focusing on a foreign object, specifically a metal part of a railcar, becoming dislodged and making contact with the electrified third rail. The foreign contact is believed to have caused a loud noise, flash and smoke.

Investigators have conducted inspections of all power infrastructure in the tunnel, as well as all cars of the incident train, to reach this preliminary conclusion.

Preliminary Investigative Findings as of 5 p.m. Monday, April 25 (more…)


“Dear PoPville,

RIA Main Street is pushing for funding of the proposed G9 bus line in the upcoming budget. The G9 would run almost all the full length of Rhode Island Avenue within the District, providing a direct link from Mt. Rainier, MD, through Woodridge, Langdon, Brookland, Brentwood, Edgewood, Eckington, Bloomingdale, Shaw, the U St. Corridor and Logan Circle, to Franklin Square. As a prolific bus rider who recently migrated from the western end of this proposed line to the eastern end, I can tell you that trying to get to through most portions of this route via transit is rough. The many bus lines on the eastern end turn around at the Rhode Island Ave. metro and the G8, which is probably the closest existing line, zigzags all around and only sticks to Rhode Island Ave. between 4th St. NE and 9th St. NW.

This line would be critical to cross-pollinating people/business between thriving areas of NW and hopefully soon-to-thrive areas of NE.

Here’s how to lend your voice to support the G9 route:  (more…)

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“Red Line: Trains are single tracking between Van Ness & Dupont Circle due to unscheduled track repairs. Expect delays. .”

“Red Line: Outbound trains are bypassing Woodley Park & Cleveland Park to reduce delays. Use inbound trains for these station.”