“Metro today officially opened the public comment period and announced the many ways the public can make their voice heard regarding the impact of Covid-19 budget cuts that must be considered as federal funding support ends. Due to the pandemic’s impact on ridership and revenue, Metro is heavily dependent on CARES Act funding that will run out by the end of the year. Read More
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“Today the Metro Board of Directors voted on potential service cuts, schedule changes, and other cost-cutting measures, including layoffs, that will be necessary to balance the budget if federal CARES Act funding runs out without new revenue. Metro is required to have a balanced budget, essentially forcing the Board to consider $200 million in spending cuts in the event that federal relief ends.
Metro has estimated that it will deplete its share of CARES funding by the end of the calendar year. The funding has been used to maintain essential public transit service in the region at a time when ridership and revenue has dropped as much as 90 percent on some lines. Read More
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From the Mayor’s Office:
“On Sunday, September 20, Mayor Muriel Bowser, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), and its six partner jurisdictions will celebrate 10 years of Capital Bikeshare, which provides affordable, convenient, and sustainable mobility to riders in the Washington metropolitan region. Riders have taken more than 27 million trips over Capital Bikeshare’s 10-year history and to celebrate the milestone, the program is offering one free classic bike ride to all users on September 20. Read More
14th and S Street, NW
Dave reports on Friday: “Police issuing $100 tickets for violators Friday morning around 9:30 am, S Street in front of Coffee Bar (12th and S). I stopped driving thru them”
First report I’ve heard of tickets being issued. Has anyone else seen and enforcement presence? If so, where?
Ed. Note: We recently spoke about experiences safe streets here.
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From the National Park Service:
“The U.S. Park Police and National Park Service have temporarily closed Beach Drive between Park Road NW / Tilden Street NW (near Peirce Mill) and Blagden Road NW following heavy rains to ensure public safety. No accidents have been reported in this area. This section of the road and the adjacent area will remain closed as engineers and work crews complete a storm water damage assessment. Read More
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“Please avoid the follow locations due to high standing water conditions:
-3rd Street Tunnel
-Constitution Avenue between 12th & 15th Streets NW
-1300 block 49th St NE
-5th & V St NE Read More
“Today, SmarTrip® — the way to pay for Metro and all regional transit providers in the Washington, DC area — is launching on iPhone and Apple Watch, giving riders new and unparalleled convenience. Riders can now add a SmarTrip card to iPhone and Apple Watch, and simply hold their device near the card reader to pay anywhere SmarTrip is accepted: all 91 Metrorail stations in DC, Maryland and Virginia; all Metro parking garages and lots; all Metrobus routes; and all regional bus providers, including ART, DASH, Fairfax Connector, Cue, Ride On, TheBus, Circulator, Loudoun County Transit, and Potomac and Rappahannock Transit/PRTC.
SmarTrip on iPhone and Apple Watch provides riders a “touch-free” experience and a safer way to pay. Riders do not need to touch card readers or vending machines, and with Express Transit, they can move quickly through stations and fare gates without the need to use Face ID, Touch ID, or wake their device. Read More
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From the Mayor’s Office:
“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced that the operating hours of three DC Circulator routes will extend to 11:00 p.m.
“As we continue through our COVID-19 response and simultaneous recovery, we remain committed to providing safe and socially distanced transit options,” said Mayor Bowser. “Over the past several months, the Circulator has helped many of our essential workers move around the District and get to work. We are proud to have this service available, and happy to be extending the hours so that it works even better for our community.”
Starting Sunday, August 30, the following routes will operate weekdays 6:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. and weekends 7:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.: Read More
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Nick asks around 8:12am: “any idea what’s going on at the post office north of Howard on Georgia? Street is closed and there were about a dozen police/ambulance/fire trucks blocking the northbound side if the road”
DC Fire and EMS reported: “Crash with vehicle striking building 3300 block Georgia Ave. NW. No entrapment. #DCsBravest treated 1 vehicle occupant and found no structural compromise.” Read More
As part of DC govt/DDOT’s initiative to create more recreational space to socially distance and make neighborhood streets safer by reducing the speed limit, “slow streets” barriers were put up. I live at North Capitol and Van Buren Sts NW and can confirm that this isn’t changing how drivers behave or get to their destinations. Read More