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“Dear PoPville,

About 4 PM I stopped by the Columbia Heights metro to add value to my smart card. There were the usual machines out of order or flashing messages like NO BILLS or NO CHANGE but I spotted one that looked like it was working okay. So I touched my card to the machine and started to put in a $20 bill when a man standing on my right said “Don’t put that bill in.” As I turned to him he slipped a metro card into the machine and I saw my total value jump $20 as the man said “Touch your card again.” I did so and the value was added to my card. This was all a bit confusing until the man said “Give me $20. I just added $20 to your card.”

That seemed undeniable and I did have $20 in my hand but being suspicious I asked the man if he was with Metro. He said he was and asked me if I wanted to add more value to my card. That’s when I saw he had several paper Metro cards in his hand. I gave him the money but decided not to add any more to my card. Instead I went over to the station manager’s booth and asked if there was something wrong with the fare card machines. When they said “No” I told them what had happened and asked them to check the value on my card. The $20 was there. Another metro employee in the booth said I was lucky and asked if the man I talked to was wearing a metro uniform. (He wasn’t).

So maybe he had real metro cards he was trying to sell or maybe they were faked or stolen cards.

Anyway just a new one on me and I wonder if anyone else has had this experience.”

Updated photo from WMATA:


From Metro Transit Police:

“The Metro Transit Police Department is seeking assistance in identifying the below pictured individual as part of an investigation into an Assault that occurred at Eastern Market Metrorail Station on Friday, April 24, at approximately 1:05 p.m.

Incident Summary: The victim, a 69-year-old male, reports being pushed by an unknown male suspect while exiting the train. Subsequently, the victim and suspect engaged in a verbal altercation on the escalator. The suspect then punched the victim in the face with a closed fist. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Anyone who is able to identify the individual pictured below is asked to call Metro Transit Police Detectives at (202) 962-2121 and reference case #2015-21061. Tips also can be sent via text message to “MyMTPD” (696873).

There are no current warrants for the individual pictured below in reference to this case.

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“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of April 24-26 with service adjustments on three of six rail lines.

This weekend, Silver, Blue and Yellow line trains will operate at regular intervals. Green Line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals between College Park and Branch Avenue stations; buses will replace trains at Greenbelt Station. Red Line trains will operate every 20 minutes with additional trains between Friendship Heights and NoMa-Gallaudet between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Orange Line trains will operate every 18 minutes.”

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“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of April 17-19 with schedule adjustments on two of six rail lines.

This weekend, Orange, Silver, Blue and Yellow line trains will operate at regular intervals. On Saturday, Greenbelt Station will be closed; however, Green Line trains will operate at regular intervals between College Park and Branch Avenue stations. Green Line trains will operate at regular intervals on Sunday. Red Line trains will operate every 15 minutes with additional trains between Grosvenor and Silver Spring during daytime hours.”


“Tomorrow (Saturday, April 18), a major concert will be held on the National Mall that could draw a large number of attendees.

Due to the potential for crowding, Metro is encouraging concertgoers to use stations other than Smithsonian. Suggested Metrorail stations near the National Mall include:
• L’Enfant Plaza
• Metro Center
• Federal Triangle
• Archives
• Federal Center SW

Metro is advising customers that selected trains may bypass Smithsonian station if the station becomes crowded.”

@Metrorailinfo tweets:

“Green Line: Rail service suspended indefinitely between College Park & Greenbelt due to pedestrian bridge collapse. Shuttle buses available.”

Updates as more info becomes available.

Update from WMATA:

“Metro personnel are on scene at the site of a pedestrian bridge collapse onto the Green Line tracks between College Park and Greenbelt stations.

A portion of the concrete bridge collapsed onto the tracks shortly before 3 p.m. today after being struck by the boom of a rail crane operated by a Metro contractor.

The contractor, Skanska, was performing work to support the construction of a new track. There were no injuries.

Green Line service is expected to remain suspended through the evening rush hour and possibly into the night. Metro is providing free shuttle bus service between College Park and Greenbelt stations for affected customers. Riders traveling to of from Greenbelt should allow 30 minutes of additional travel time.

Green Line service between College Park and Branch Avenue stations is operating normally. In addition, Metro has extended some Yellow Line trains to/from College Park to supplement Green Line service.”

From AlertDC:

“MDOT reports service on MARC Train’s Camden Line is temporarily suspended due to repair activity at Greenbelt. There is no service in either direction.”

Update 5pm:

“Green Line service remains suspended between College Park & Greenbelt. 18 shuttle buses currently operating btwn stations. 4:55p #wmata”



“On this third week of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Metro Transit Police (MTPD) is joining Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) and Stop Street Harassment, April 15 to raise awareness of sexual harassment prevention efforts on public transportation.

To amplify the message that sexual misconduct will not be tolerated, Metro Transit Police will hold high-visibility outreach events during evening rush hour at five Metrorail stations, including:

Foggy Bottom
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Metro Center
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Congress Heights
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Silver Spring
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

“Every customer has the right to expect a safe ride without fear of being assaulted or harassed in any way,” said Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik. “Through our ongoing efforts, we continue to increase awareness and improve our tracking and response to sexual harassment and assault incidents on Metro.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user James Calder


“Following years of signal upgrades, rigorous independent testing, and the successful closure of key NTSB safety recommendations, Metro will return the Red Line to automatic train operation (ATO) on Monday, April 13, Metro Deputy General Manager Rob Troup announced today.

“The return of automatic train operation on the Red Line is a significant safety milestone for Metro,” said Troup. “I want to thank our riders for their forbearance through years of work, often on weekends, to allow us the track access necessary to perform essential signal upgrades.”

Only eight-car trains will run in automatic mode initially; six-car trains will continue to operate in manual mode. A future software upgrade on Metro’s existing railcar fleet will allow six-car trains to return to automatic mode at a later date.

Metro’s five other rail lines (Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow and Green) are currently undergoing track-circuit module replacement projects, and a return to automatic train operation on these lines is expected in late 2017.

In automatic mode, trains accelerate, decelerate and stop under computer control, resulting in consistent ride quality and improved efficiency across the line. Train operators will continue to ride in the cab of each train, and will have responsibility for opening and closing doors and making announcements, even when operating in automatic mode.”