07/18/14 3:50pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mark Alan Andre

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 & Silver Spring: every 8-10 minutes Saturday & Sunday from 9AM-9PM only

Work Performed: Rail tie and insulator renewal between Shady Grove and Twinbrook

Orange Line
Trains every 12-24 minutes

Orange Line trains will operate as follows:

Every 22 minutes on Friday after 10 p.m. and all day Saturday
Every 24 minutes on Sunday between Vienna and New Carrollton; every 12 minutes between East Falls Church and Stadium-Armory

Work Performed: Platform rehabilitation between Minnesota Avenue and Cheverly

Blue Line
Trains every 22-24 minutes

Blue Line trains will operate as follows:

Every 22 minutes on Friday after 10 p.m. and all day Saturday
Every 24 minutes on Sunday Franconia-Springfield and Largo Town Center; every 12 minutes between Rosslyn and Largo Town Center (trains will be labeled and operating as Orange Line trains)

Work Performed: Rail joint elimination and fence replacement between Braddock Road and Van Dorn Street; switch replacement preparation, tunnel inspection and repair between Benning Road and Capitol Heights

Yellow Line
Regular weekend service between Huntington & Fort Totten

Green Line
Buses replace trains at Greenbelt Station on Saturday and Sunday

Free shuttle buses will replace Green Line trains between Greenbelt and College Park. Riders using shuttle bus service should allow about 15 minutes of travel time.

Green Line trains at normal weekend intervals between College Park and Branch Ave.

Station Closed: Greenbelt

Work Performed: Continued construction of a new test track located between College Park and Greenbelt to accept Metro’s new fleet of 7000-series railcars”

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.”

07/11/14 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…)

07/03/14 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…)

06/26/14 10:50am

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Not quite as awesome as the Van Gogh cards but still pretty sweet.

From a press release:

“The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is celebrating 125 years of welcoming visitors from all over the world to one of Washington’s most popular tourist destinations, and Metro is joining in the fun by offering four limited-edition Zoo Anniversary SmarTrip Cards.

Each reusable plastic card comes pre-loaded with $8 in stored fare value for a total price of $10 and features popular zoo baby residents, including giant panda cub Bao Bao, Sumatran tiger cubs Bandar and Sukacita, African lion cubs, and a gray seal pup named Rona.

The commemorative cards are now available online at www.wmata.com/fares/smartrip and at Metro-operated sales offices. They will be accessible in all Metrorail station dispensers by July 4, while supplies last.

On July 4, Metro staff will also be available for hand-sales of the limited-edition cards at the following stations: Shady Grove, Greenbelt, Largo Town Center, New Carrollton, Branch Avenue, Franconia-Springfield, Vienna and Pentagon City.

Metro riders can present their Zoo SmarTrip card at the Zoo’s three main gift shops for 10% off all purchases.”