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Ed. Note: Metro also announced today special late-night service New Year’s Eve: “special late-night rail service until 2 a.m. on New Year’s Eve, three hours later than normal Sunday closing hours, to provide customers a safe transportation alternative. In addition, there will be no scheduled maintenance on New Year’s Eve after 6 p.m. or on New Year’s Day.”
“Metro today announced the availability of free customer Wi-Fi service at 24 additional underground stations, dramatically expanding the number of Wi-Fi enabled stations to 30.
Metro first began offering customer Wi-Fi at six stations in April: Metro Center, Gallery Place, L’Enfant Plaza, Judiciary Square, Union Station and Archives.
Starting today, Wi-Fi is available at the following additional stations: (more…)
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“Metro has identified communications cable along a segment of the Red Line that is in need of replacement. The cable, approximately 40 years old dating back to the original construction of the Metrorail system, is used by the signal system to transmit train speed and location data between control rooms located at Brookland, Fort Totten and Takoma.
“We have detected a condition that, left unaddressed, could affect the integrity of the signal system, and that is something we take very seriously,” said Joseph Leader, Metro’s Chief Operating Officer. “Safety demands that the cable be taken out of service and replaced.”
To mitigate any safety concern due to the condition of the cable, Metro is limiting the number of Red Line trains between certain stations. Only one train at a time is permitted on each track between Brookland and Fort Totten and one train on each track between Fort Totten and Takoma. These restrictions reduce the capacity of the Red Line, resulting in congestion and delays. (more…)
via Metro Transit Police
From Metro Transit Police:
“NEW IMAGES | Police need your help to ID these 2 Persons of Interest in last night’s shooting at Minnesota Ave Station. Able to ID? Have info? Call MTPD detectives at 301-955-5000 or send a text to “MyMTPD” (696873).
MTPD is investigating a shooting (around 9pm Monday) that occurred at Minnesota Ave Station. One victim, adult male, transported conscious/alert with non-life-threatening injuries.”
“An alert off-duty Metrobus operator is being credited with the safe recovery of loaded firearm that was carried onto the rail system this morning.
The employee observed a male subject on the platform of NoMa-Gallaudet Station shortly after 9:30 a.m. today. The male was seen showing the gun to another, unidentified individual prior to boarding an inbound Red Line train moments later.
The employee immediately called Metro Transit Police to report what he had observed and provided a detailed description of the subject. The train was intercepted by MTPD officers two stops away at Gallery Place. (more…)
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Yesterday morning (Tuesday, December 5), I was waiting to cross 17th Street on the east side of Farragut Square, when a car came barreling northbound from I (already going the wrong way, but traffic is usually light on that block, save for the buses), paused for a moment at K and then continued northbound. There were a number of cars heading southbound, both to the left and the right of this individual, but luckily not in their lane. I’m surprised he didn’t hit anyone and truly sorry I didn’t record this on my phone. The car turned around about two-thirds of the way up the block and maybe parked, I’m not sure. By that time I had my walk signal and crossed.
This is not the first time I’ve seen someone try to go northbound on 17th in the morning. I’ve seen cars trying to turn from westbound K onto 17th from the service lane. The signage is hard to see. I wonder if there should be larger, illuminated signs hanging from the wires with the traffic lights or an illuminated signal to indicate no turns onto 17th. I’m really worried there will be an accident one day.
Is there anyone to whose attention you can bring this?”
Paging DDOT, District Department of Transportation, please advise!!
Well this pretty much sums up 2017.
“Demarcus Joseph Graves, 50, was arrested by Transit Police yesterday evening on charges of felony malicious destruction of property, malicious burning, impeding Metro operations, fare evasion, and open warrants.
Shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday, an individual, subsequently identified as Graves, was observed on Metro digital video systems entering Minnesota Avenue Station making no attempt to pay the fare. The subject walked upstairs to the train platform where he came upon a LimeBike (bike share bicycle) that had been left there by a Metro customer.
For unknown reasons, at 7:03 p.m., the subject is observed picking up the LimeBike and throwing it onto the inbound Metro tracks. The bike landed between the two rails and was struck by an arriving Orange Line about 90 seconds later. Passengers aboard the train were safely offloaded to the platform; there were no injuries.
The impact with the bicycle caused significant damage to the undercarriage of the train. Metro was forced to single track around the incident for more than four hours before the train could be moved. (more…)
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“On Thursday, November 30, 2017 the 95th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting 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: (more…)
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“Beginning January 8, Metro’s fare system will no longer allow customers to carry a negative balance on a SmarTrip card for Metrobus and Metrorail.
Previously, customers would be permitted to complete certain trips even though there were insufficient funds on the SmarTrip® card to pay the appropriate fare. For example, a customer with $3 on their card who takes a rail trip valued at $3.25 would be permitted to exit the rail system leaving a negative $0.25 balance on the card.
While most customers eventually load additional value to the SmarTrip card to resolve the negative balance, over the past 17 years, unresolved negative balances have added up to be worth about $25 million dollars.”
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“Metro is reminding Red Line customers of a major capital improvement project starting Saturday, November 25, and continuing through Sunday, December 10. There will be no Red Line train service between Silver Spring and Fort Totten and the Takoma Station will be closed to replace a mainline interlocking, a location where trains cross from one track to the other.
The project, announced last spring, will impact 10 commuting days and was scheduled between Thanksgiving and the winter holidays when ridership is lighter.
During this time, limited free shuttle buses will replace trains between Silver Spring and Fort Totten for customers with no other travel alternatives. Customers should allow additional travel time and expect some crowding as trains will arrive less frequently than normal. (more…)
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“Here is a summary of Metrorail service changes on Saturday, November 18, and Sunday, November 19, to allow for safety and reliability maintenance work:
Orange, Blue, Yellow and Green line trains every 24 minutes
Silver Line trains every 24 minutes between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston
Free shuttle buses replace Red Line trains between Medical Center and Grosvenor (more…)