04/22/14 12:46pm

From WMATA:

“Metro today unveiled a new sustainability initiative aimed at enhancing regional sustainability through performance based targets for ridership, travel mode share, regional greenhouse gas emissions and connected communities.

The Metro Sustainability Initiative also commits the Authority to internal performance targets for energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, waste reduction, renewable energy, stormwater runoff impacts and potable water use. Taken along with near term action commitments from paperless meetings to a renewed commitment to lifecycle asset management—these internal sustainability targets set Metro on a path to continue to rebuild efficiently to support a growing region.

Specific targets set by the Sustainability Initiative include:

Increasing Metro ridership 25 percent by 2025
Increasing greenhouse gas displacement 10 percent by 2025
Reducing energy use per vehicle mile 15 percent by 2025, and cutting in half greenhouse gas emissions per vehicle mile during the same timeframe
Reducing water use per vehicle mile 20 percent by 2025

Last spring Metro’s Board of Directors adopted Momentum, metro’s strategic plan, committing Metro to sustainability through 2025 and beyond. (more…)

04/21/14 2:30pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user ep_jhu

“Dear PoPville,

I was writing because I hope that someone will know what the deal is with the broken escalator at the Petworth metro going from the platform to the turnstyles. This escalator has easily been broken for a year and I never see anyone working on it. I’ve had two back surgeries and find it really ridiculous that this fix would take more than a year (to say nothing about the Petworth metro ice rink that you wrote about a few months ago – I am surprised that we didn’t hear about any slip-and-fall lawsuits). I know there are elevators at the metro, and I use them when my back is hurting. But a year? Really?”

Ed. Note: Petworth is part of a big project to fix/replace escalators (“a $151 million contact with KONE Corporation to fully replace an additional 128 escalators by 2020″).

04/18/14 3:15pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user vpickering

From WMATA:

Red Line
Trains every 10-15 minutes

Red Line trains will operate as follows from 10 p.m. Friday through closing Sunday:

Between Shady Grove & Glenmont: Every 15 minutes throughout the weekend
Between Van Ness & NoMa-Gallaudet: Every 8-10 minutes from 9AM-9PM only

Work Performed: Rail fastener and insulator renewal between Van Ness and Friendship Heights; fence and light pole replacement between NoMa-Gallaudet and Rhode Island Avenue.

Orange Line
Buses replace trains between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly

Orange Line trains will operate as follows from 10 p.m. Friday through closing Sunday:

Between Vienna & Stadium-Armory: Every 15 minutes throughout the weekend
Between New Carrollton & Cheverly: Every 15 minutes throughout the weekend

Stations Closed: Minnesota Ave and Deanwood

Free shuttle buses will replace Orange Line trains between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly. Shuttle buses will operate on two routes:

Express Buses will operate non-stop between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly. Add 25 minutes of travel time.
Local Buses will operate between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly, making intermediate stops at Minnesota Ave and Deanwood. Please allow 10 minutes of travel time for each station stop.

Work Performed: Crews will continue tunnel rehabilitation at Stadium-Armory, platform renewal at Minnesota Ave, and improvements to track infrastructure including rail joint elimination along with rail tie, fastener, grout pad and insulator renewal.

Last Train Time Change: The last Orange Line train of the night from New Carrollton to Cheverly will depart 27 minutes earlier than normal to allow for shuttle bus connections. On Friday and Saturday nights, the last train will leave New Carrollton at 2:09 a.m., and on Sunday, the last train will leave New Carrollton at 11:09 p.m. (more…)

04/03/14 10:10am

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Thanks to @margietime for tweeting us the photo above:

“Both Shady Grove & Glenmont trains were on the same side of the platform.”

Earlier this morning @GraceLambA tweeted us:

“Morning commuters: major fire at DuPont circle #metro station, steer clear”

WMATA had tweeted:

“Red Line: Expect residual delays in both directions due to an earlier track problem outside Dupont Circle.”

03/31/14 11:00am

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“Dear PoPville,

Metro has been working on an escalator in the Columbia Heights station for a while, and I finally read the sign they put up. This escalator is between the train platform and the next level up. It is 100% underground, which makes the sign pretty confusing. Does Metro really plan to put a glass canopy over an underground escalator to protect it from the elements, or did they think they needed to put up a sign to inform riders of what they’re doing, without pausing to check whether the sign provides accurate information?

Here’s the text of the sign:

Many Metro escalators are exposed to harsh elements that they weren’t designed for. That’s why we’ve covered them with glass canopies.

These canopies provide shelter for the equipment. And more importantly, for you.
Some stations still need them, and as we replace escalators, we’ll install a canopy to put on a much-needed finishing touch
.”

Hahaha they put the same sign on an underground escalator they are working on at the Petworth metro too. My guess is they just ran out of signs explaining the work they were doing and had extras of these and said ‘screw it, this’ll work…’

03/29/14 3:53pm

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Photo of 14th and Irving St, NW tweeted by @wowindc

@wowindc tweets us around 3pm:

“expect delays below & above ground around block of DCUSA.”

@metrotransitPD tweets:

“MTPD on scene at Columbia Heights for person struck by n/b train. Preliminary report is the person intentionally left the platform. Col Hghts update: Adult male intentionally placed himself in path of arriving Yellow Line train, fatality. Single tracking continues.”

From @ metrorailinfo:

“Green/Yellow Line: Single tracking btwn Georgia Ave & Shaw-Howard due to a person struck by a train at Columbia Heights.Expect delays.”

Ed. Note: From the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.

03/27/14 3:40pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

From WMATA:

“The Metro Board of Directors today approved an FY15 operating budget that includes modest fare changes for Metrorail, Metrobus and MetroAccess starting in July. The budget advances the Metro’s strategic plan and includes funding to provide safer, better, and more service, all while continuing safety improvements, the rebuilding of the Metro system, increasing capacity, and improving the effectiveness of the current rail and bus networks.

Here is a summary of fare changes that will take effect July 1, 2014:

Metrorail

Fares will increase an average of 3% (about 10 cents per trip). Short trips of 3 miles or less will increase from $1.70 to $1.75 during off-peak and from $2.10 to $2.15 during rush hour.
The maximum rail fare will increase to $5.90, from $5.75 today.
A $1 surcharge will continue to be applied for trips taken with a paper farecard.
Passes will increase to the following prices:
Unlimited one-day pass $14.50
Unlimited 7-day pass $59.25
Unlimited 28-day pass $237.00
7-day “short trip” pass $36.00

Metrobus

Regular bus fares will become $1.75, regardless of whether using cash or SmarTrip. Today, fares are $1.60 for SmarTrip and $1.80 cash. (more…)

03/25/14 11:00am

Thanks to a reader for sending the link:

“Metro Transit Police remind riders of the importance of maintaining awareness of your surroundings when using electronic devices. This incident happened shortly after 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, 2014. The suspect was stopped and arrested outside the station. The phone was recovered.

Also, as a reminder, it is never a good idea to chase a suspect. No property is worth the risk of getting hurt. Instead, get a good description of the suspect and be a good witness for police.

03/24/14 12:30pm

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Thanks to ‏@spanuska for tweeting us:

“Hey! Is the Dupont Circle rogue gardener back? @PoPville or is #wmata prettying the place up?”

In October The Post reported:

“After July, he said, “I needed artistic closure.”

That closure wound up being a merger of performance art, civil disobedience and fodder for a bunch of strangers to have an impromptu Sunday chat about government power and the need for unexpected beauty… a 6-by-6-by-4-foot boxlike artwork, which was covered with quotes about the July flower standoff.”

In August DCist reported:

“Michael McBride, head of Metro’s Art in Transit program, said the daffodil bulbs planted by Docter attracted rodents. Instead, Pachysandra will be planted and repairs will be made to the pavers beginning in two weeks.”

Hmm in the photo above it looks like more daffodils but since the original guy got closure, I’m guessing it’s either a copycat or WMATA reassessed the danger of daffodils.