Washington, DC


via Uber

Ed. Note: We spoke about the Ford self driving tests here.

From Uber:

“Uber Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) announced today it will begin data collection for self-driving vehicles on Washington, D.C. roads beginning Friday, January 24th. ATG self-driving vehicles – operated by two human drivers, better known as Mission Specialists – will collect road data to support the development of Uber’s self-driving vehicle technology. The announcement was made today by Uber ATG’s CEO Eric Meyhofer at the Washington Auto Show. Read More

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Juven Jacob

From MPD:

“On Friday, January 24, 2020, there will be First Amendment Demonstrations in the District of Columbia, to include the annual March for Life. In conjunction with this event, there will be several street closures that motorists should take into consideration. For specific information and details regarding this event please use the following link.”

From WMATA:

“At the request of the U.S. Secret Service (USSS), Smithsonian Metrorail Station will be temporarily closed on Friday, January 24, from system opening through the early afternoon hours due to an event on the National Mall and related security considerations. The station closure is necessary due to the station’s proximity to the event security perimeter. Read More

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Thanks to A for sending from 6th and M St, NW above. And thanks to Dan for sending the shot below: Read More

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“Porter Street, NW. Cars hit were in direction of rock creek/beach drive!”

A reader reports:

“Monday night at 1am a metro bus collided into 11 parked cars on Porter Street. I woke up at 1am to a huge crash and looked outside my window from my apartment building on Quebec Street, but didn’t see anything but the top of the metro bus. I found out this morning from my apartment building that the bus collided into the cars. I don’t know how much damage happened but I haven’t been able to find any information besides what my apartment building had sent the residents. I don’t know if anyone was hurt on the bus but sounds like so far just cars were damaged.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user DCbmyers

Ed. Note: Red Line riders please be aware that Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont stations will be closed this weekend for installation of cable/communication equipment.

From WMATA:

“Metrorail’s ridership growth trend can now be expressed in years, with the system posting a 4-percent increase in passenger trips for the 2019 calendar year, ending a downward trend that lasted most of the prior decade. Total rail ridership was 182 million trips, compared to 175 million in 2018, a net increase of seven million trips, reflecting increasing customer confidence in Metro’s reliability and on-time performance.

Ridership increased across all days of the week, including a 3.3 percent increase in weekday travel–the equivalent of 20,000 additional trips per commuting day. Metrorail’s average weekday ridership now stands at 626,000.

Notably, weekends accounted for a quarter of overall rail ridership growth, with average Saturday ridership increasing 9.4 percent to 264,000 trips, and average Sunday ridership increasing 6.5 percent to 168,000 trips. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

Behold, the 1300 block of 14th Street NW, which was under construction for more than a year and included lots of utility excavation. It was recently repaved, as the multi-million-dollar project is coming to and end.

And yet: a contractor has already dug up the road. Don’t these guys coordinate? Why is DDOT apparently rubber-stamping permits? What a waste of tax dollars and resources.”

Another reader echoes the sentiment: “Is there a timeline or estimated completion date for the road work that has been going on for months at 14th and R NW? I’ve lived above it since August and they’ve been opening new holes in the street about every other week. Now again this morning.”

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