From WMATA:

“Transit Police seek to identify persons of interest in indecent exposure investigations

Metro Transit Police are asking for the public’s assistance to identify four persons of interest involving indecent exposure incidents on the Metrorail system.

The incidents appear to be unrelated. However, Metro Transit Police have identified an increase in indecent exposure reports in the past two months.

“Indecent exposure cases can be a gateway crime to more serious sexual misconduct, which is why we have placed a priority on advancing these investigations,” said Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik. “We are absolutely committed to keeping Metro a safe space for all riders.”

Anyone with information about the identity of any individual pictured below should call Metro Transit Police at (202) 962-2121 and reference the appropriate case number. Tips can also be sent via text message to MyMTPD (696873).

There are no warrants for any of the individuals pictured below: (more…)

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From MPD:

“On Saturday, October 18, 2014, the 2014 Howard University Homecoming Parade will take place in the District of Columbia. In conjunction with this event, there will be several street closures that motorists should take into consideration:

The staging area time will be 7:00 am in front of Johnson Administration Building (2400 6th Street NW) on the campus of Howard University. The parade start time will be 10:00 am and will conclude approximately at 12:30 pm at which time the roadways will re-open to traffic.

Parade Route

North on 6th Street, NW
Left onto Fairmont Street, NW
Left onto Georgia Avenue, NW
Southbound on Georgia Avenue, NW
Left onto Florida Avenue, NW
Continue eastbound on Florida Avenue, NW
Left onto 5th Street, NW
Northbound on 5th Street, NW
Right onto T Street, NW
Eastbound on T Street, NW
Left onto 4th Street, NW
Continue Northbound on 4th Street, NW
Left on Howard Street NW (End of the parade)”

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From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of October 17-19 with service adjustments beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

This weekend, Orange, Silver, Blue, Green and Yellow line trains will run every 16 minutes, rather than every 12 minutes. On the Red Line, buses will replace trains between Rhode Island Ave and Silver Spring stations on Saturday and Sunday only. (more…)

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From WMATA:

“Metro’s Riders’ Advisory Council is seeking candidates to fill several available positions on the volunteer council.  Positions are available for residents in the District of Columbia, Arlington County, Fairfax County and Prince George’s County. In addition, there is one at-large position available that could be filled by a resident of any jurisdiction served by Metro.

The 21-member council is made up of six individuals each from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, two at-large members and the Chairman of Metro’s Accessibility Advisory Committee. The Council advises the agency’s Board of Directors on issues affecting Metrobus, Metrorail and MetroAccess service. It was created in December 2005 to improve interation with riders.

Individuals on the Riders’ Advisory Council represent a cross-section of Metro’s riders from around the region. The Council includes people with different riding patterns, people who use Metrobus, Metrorail and MetroAccess, transit-dependent people, people with disabilities, people who travel short distances and others who travel long distances.

Anyone interested in applying should complete the online form. Applications are also available at Metro sales offices at Metro Center Station, Anacostia Station, Pentagon Transit Center and Metro Headquarters (600 Fifth St NW).

Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 7, 2014. Metro’s Board of Directors will appoint the final candidates at its December meeting.

Metro employees, contractors or elected officials are not eligible to apply. All positions are unpaid.

More information about the Council can be found here.”

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From WMATA:

“Metro is inviting riders to help test its next-generation fare payment system using new payment methods, such as contactless credit cards and mobile phones.

Today, Metro began the process of recruiting up to 3,000 riders to participate in the pilot program, which will begin in January and last about three months. Riders selected to test the new electronic payment system (NEPP) will use transit cards, contactless bankcards or mobile wallets on their smartphones to ride Metrorail or Metrobus, and to pay for parking at selected locations.

Pilot participants will use new-generation faregates that will be installed at 10 Metrorail stations and new payment devices on six bus routes. Those customers who regularly travel between the following locations may be eligible to participate:

Metrorail
Ballston, Bethesda, Eisenhower Ave, Farragut West, Gallery Place, Navy Yard, Pentagon, Pentagon City, Shady Grove, Suitland

Metrobus
37, 39, J4, K9, X9, REX

Metrorail Parking
Shady Grove, Suitland

Riders can get more information and sign up to participate in the pilot by visiting wmata.com/paymentpilot.

If the pilot is successful, Metro plans to replace the now decades-old faregates and vending machines at Metrorail stations, and provide new payment options aboard buses and at parking facilities.”

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“Dear PoPville,

On my morning commute today (via the S1) I noticed ads on the bus for Louis Farrakhan’s latest diatribe, called “The Time”.

Mr. Farrakhan has a long history of hateful sexist, racist, and anti-Semitic speech and recently even accused the government of spreading ebola to kill black people. While I respect his right under the First Amendment to spread such contemptible speech, I do not believe public transportation should broadcast this message via paid ads.

I wonder how the broader community feels about this?”

Ed. Note: Metro has previously faced criticism for pro and anti Israel campaigns. At that time The Post reported that metro was sued “on First Amendment grounds, a federal judge in Washington ordered the ads to be posted.”

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From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of October 10-12 with service adjustments beginning at 10 p.m. Friday
and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow and Green line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals, except at Landover and New Carollton stations on Saturday only (see below). Red Line trains will operate every 22 minutes with additional trains providing service about every 12 minutes between Grosvenor and NoMa-Gallaudet during daytime hours.

Early Opening Sunday morning for the Army Ten-Miler
Metrorail will open two hours early, at 5 a.m., on Sunday, October 12, for customers traveling to the Army Ten-Miler. The closest Metro stop to the start of the race is Pentagon Station (Blue/Yellow lines), however riders may want to consider using Pentagon City as an alternate station due to potential crowding at Pentagon.

Columbus Day service information
On Columbus Day, Monday, October 13, Metrorail will open at 5 a.m. and close at midnight. Trains will operate (more…)

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From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of October 3-5 with service adjustments beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

Silver, Blue, Green and Yellow line trains will operate on regular weekend intervals. Orange Line trains will operate every 16 minutes, rather than every 12 minutes. Red Line trains will operate every 15 minutes with additional trains between Grosvenor and NoMa-Gallaudet during daytime hours. (more…)

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From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of September 26-28.

To accommodate the work, from 10 p.m. Friday through closing Sunday, Orange Line trains will operate every 24 minutes, and Red Line trains will operate every 10 to 22 minutes. In addition, beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and continuing through system closing on Sunday, buses will replace Green Line trains between Southern Ave and Branch Ave.

Silver, Blue and Yellow line trains will run on regular schedules this weekend. In addition, Green Line trains will run on regular schedules between Greenbelt and Southern Ave only. (more…)

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From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of September 19-21 with service adjustments beginning at 10 p.m. Friday night and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

Silver and Yellow line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals (Yellow Line trains will run between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Sq only). Green Line trains will run every 20 minutes, and Orange and Blue line trains will run every 24 minutes. Red Line trains will operate every 15 minutes with additional trains between Grosvenor and NoMa-Gallaudet during daytime hours. (more…)