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From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of February 27 – March 1.

This weekend, Silver Line trains will operate at regular intervals. Green Line trains will run on a regular weekend schedule between College Park and Branch Ave stations. At Greenbelt Station only, buses will replace trains on Saturday and Sunday.

Orange, Blue, and Yellow line trains will operate every 20 minutes. Red Line trains will run every 8-15 minutes. (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user JJ Jackson

From WMATA:

“The following statement was issued today by Metro Board Chairman Mort Downey:

“Today the WMATA Board voted to forego any fare increases or substantial cuts in bus or rail service as we move forward with the adoption of a balanced budget. While the final budget vote will come in the spring, the Board’s action today reflects a continued commitment to further reduce administrative costs and reprogram money from non-safety programs, and signals continued support from our jurisdictional funding partners to help balance the budget and continue our standing fare and service policies.

“The Board’s search for a new General Manager and Chief Executive Officer is ongoing, as we want to ensure that we identify a candidate with the combination of leadership, transportation, financial and management skills required to move WMATA forward. We appreciate Jack Requa’s outstanding leadership as interim General Manager, which will continue until the search has concluded.”

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From WMATA:

“Metro’s new anti-sexual harassment PSA is now on display across the Metro system. The ads mark the second phase of the campaign, which is designed to raise awareness that harassment of fellow riders is not tolerated on Metro.

“It is important to us that Metro be a safe space for our customers,” said Metro Transit Police Chief, Ronald Pavlik. “People have the right to travel without being harassed or intimidated by anyone, and we want to put would-be perpetrators on notice that we will pursue any allegation that is brought to our attention.”

The ads feature hands representing different races and genders to illustrate that harassment is not exclusive to any one group or sex. The concept was developed in collaboration with advocacy groups Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) and Stop Street Harassment, who have worked closely with Metro on this issue.

“Harassment and assault on the Metro is never okay,” said Zosia Sztykowski, Co-Executive Director at Collective Action for Safe Spaces. “Raising awareness about it and about the resources available to people who experience it is an important part of creating a Metro system that’s safe and welcoming for everyone.”

Last year, reports of harassment on Metro declined 13 percent, as compared to 2013.

Any customer who is harassed, threatened or assaulted is urged to report it to Transit Police immediately:

CALL 202-962-2121
TEXT MyMTPD (696873)
WEB wmata.com/harassment

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“Dear PoPville,

The west (northbound) entrance to the Georgia Ave Metro station has been closed for over a week now. No sign, no explanation. I wrote to them last week asking what was up but of course never received so much as an acknowledgement (they at least used to send a confirmation that they got your message). This morning around 8 a few workers were standing around shooting the breeze with a couple of cops.

Looking at this in the context of your reader’s report on this morning’s Red line mess that WMATA didn’t bother to explain to customers and a similar situation last week, an unfortunate pattern seems to be emerging where Metro is showing even less accountability to and respect for its customers than it did before. Who’s in charge over there?”

In a rant/revel last week a reader found this update from WMATA:

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@Metrorailinfo tweeted:

“Red Line: Woodley Park station is temporarily closed due to fire department investigation. Bus service has been requested.”

Then

“Red Line: Woodley Park station has re-opened.”

@m1192849 tweeted us the photo above just after 12:30:

“Serious activity at woodley park. @PoPville”

@jgohringer tweets us the photo inside Woodley Park metro below:

“@m1192849 @PoPville they evacuated the station a while ago.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user  Pablo Raw

From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of February 20-22 with service adjustments on all six rail lines.

This weekend, Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow and Green line trains will operate every 16 minutes. Red Line trains will run every 10-20 minutes. Bethesda station will be closed (more).”