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Red Line Blues: “Trains are temporarily bypassing Van Ness due to a power outage.”

by Prince Of Petworth May 6, 2016 at 7:21 am 38 Comments

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“Red Line: Trains are temporarily bypassing Van Ness due to a power outage. Shuttle service is available between Cleveland Park & Tenleytown.”

But at least:

“Metro has restored rail service on the Orange, Silver and Blue lines between Eastern Market and L’Enfant Plaza following installation of new third-rail equipment at Federal Center SW Station during the overnight hours.

Two stations that were closed Thursday evening — Federal Center SW and Capitol South — have reopened as of Friday morning.”

  • John

    Why are Metro’s ongoing problems not a serious issue for Mayor Bowser and the Counil>

    • A_noni_mouse

      Do developers take the Metro? If not Bowser has no comment.

    • A. Nony Mouse

      WMATA is not controlled by DC. It’s a partnership between DC, MD and VA.

      • pjl35

        I don’t think that negates or minimizes his point at all…

        • FridayGirl

          This is just my opinion, but it seems like the issue is pretty over her head at this point since it’s been looked at on a federal level for awhile now. Yes, she could talk more about it but I’m not sure that she’d have a whole ton of impact even if she wanted to (which I doubt she does…)

        • A. Nony Mouse

          It actually totally negates it because it’s an independent agency that Bowser/DC has little to no control over. All Bowser can really do is ask for board members or the head of WMATA to step down. That seems to happen once a year or once every other year and has had absolutely no effect. The OP’s point implies that Bowser could take direct action to fix Metro which she has zero authority to do.

          • Planner

            Sometimes a mayor can be most effective just by speaking out, loudly and regularly, to bring attention to a problem. A mayor can bring together the people who can/should address problems. A mayor can keep the populace informed, and can help guide public pressure to the people who can/should address problems.
            Bottom line is, a mayor shouldn’t be silent or subtle when there is a major issue affecting her city; she should lead.
            (And that’s not even getting into the fact that this Mayor is a former WMATA Board member, which should give her particular insight into its problems.)

    • vannessie

      Ha Mayor Emptysuit was on the WMATA Board for several years while it was in its death sprial. She had her chance to do something useful then.

    • Dognonymous

      I’d rather she stay out of it aside from supporting Wiedefeld when necessary. I don’t think anything Mayor Bowser could do beyond that would really add value to whatever rehabilitation plan he announces today. He’s charging ahead pretty quickly, and she’s not exactly known as a fast and active mover on important stuff.

    • stacksp

      Metro is not a DC controlled entity and it caters to riders in DC/MD/VA. Why would DC have to take ownership of Metro’s problems.

      • Anon

        It seems like the only people that still use Metrorail are those that have to commute from DC to the suburbs, or vice versa. Within the city it usually makes more sense to walk or take a bus.

        • Anonymous

          “Within the city it usually makes more sense to walk or take a bus.”
          This is frequently stated but just not very true. I do agree that many people who use the metro could just as easily/quickly walk or take a bus, but there are also lots of within-city trips that are not easily or quickly walkable or busable.

          • textdoc

            When I took the bus last weekend to see how it compared to my usual Metro route, it took a LOT longer and was less pleasant. And that was an express bus.

          • Jill

            I thought express buses were only in the suburbs?

          • textdoc

            Maybe I misspoke — is the right term is “limited express”?
            I was taking the 79, which goes up 7th Street and Georgia Avenue but makes fewer stops than the 70.

          • textdoc

            Ignore duplicate “is” in the above. Apparently I need more caffeine.

          • Jill

            I think of express buses as the ones commuters use, that visit a cluster of stops in the suburbs before making a beeline to the city (or someplace close to the city). Those are very unreliable and only run once every hour so I could see why you’d be unhappy with those!

          • Anonymous

            The 79 is called a “limited stop” bus, i.e. it doesn’t stop as many times as the alternative (70).

          • Jill

            (And that goes back to my point– unlike someone who needs to get from Burke to the Pentagon, at least it is possible to walk up Georgia Ave or catch a bus easily)

          • textdoc

            Sure, it IS possible… but it takes a lot longer.
            I was agreeing with Anonymous 11:42 pm that the statement “Within the city it usually makes more sense to walk or take a bus” just isn’t true. For certain routes it might be accurate, but for much of D.C., a bus-only journey is LOOOOONG.

    • jcm

      Council Member Evans is the chairman of Metro’s board, and has been out front with Wiedefeld since day one. He’s DC’s only real opportunity for input, and he seems to be very aggressively addressing these issues. Not sure what else you’re looking for.

    • Philippe Lecheval

      I’m glad they’re not involved. They’d only further muck things up.

    • textdoc

      If I remember correctly, one of the points in a recent Washington Post article about Metro’s decline was that in theory, the mayor of D.C. and the governors of MD and VA are supposed to have regular meetings regarding Metro. But they don’t.
      Like others, I’m not optimistic about Bowser doing anything of consequence now, seeing as she didn’t while she was on Metro’s board.

  • Nancy

    Mornings like this I’m so glad I moved downtown from Van Ness.

  • Tract44

    Metro has been such a pain this week, and it’s also more crowded than usual (because of the rain I guess?) Going to try not to use it at all this weekend.

    • pjl35

      Considering the rebuilding and inevitable long wait times this weekend, that is never a bad decision.

    • Jill

      I was wondering why it’s been so crowded this week. I had to stand on the yellow line leg of my commute, which never happens.

  • Tricia

    UGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH. I wanted to scream this morning. it was such a pain getting to work.

    I want a horse. LOL

    • Tom

      Horse is actually sounding like next best thing to biking to work tbh

    • Jill

      Last night I didn’t feel like waiting around for the shuttle so I walked from L’Enfant Plaza to Capitol Hill. It was so pleasant that I might start doing it from now on. Unfortunately I’d still need Metro to get across the river.

    • anon

      Hah! I would love it if I could ride my horse to work every day. She’s awesome.

  • Mike

    I was on the Yellow like this morning when we were stopped at Braddock Road station. The conductor came on the loudspeaker and said, “Attention customers, I have to walk down to the road and flip a switch.”
    I kid you not.
    After waiting for about 15 minutes all alone on the train, we creeped our way to National Airport at about 2 miles per hour.

    • Anon

      Tomorrow it will be “Attention customers, I have to walk down to the road to feed the gerbils on the treadmill powering the train.”

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  • CHGal

    Anyone know what time they are making the announcement about the big repair schedule? This could get interesting. Although our boss has been resistant to allow telework, this could be what we need to push her to say yes.

    • Dognonymous

      11 am. Should make for some exceptionally upsetting lunch reading!

  • Philippe Lecheval

    What I’m curious about is why did bypassing a single station result in the seven minute headways I experienced this morning, at a time when trains are usually just two or three minutes apart?


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