“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will operate temporary bus lanes on Rhode Island Avenue NE to manage traffic during the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) planned closure of two Metrorail stations on the Red Line beginning July 21.
The temporary bus lanes on Rhode Island Avenue NE will extend from North Capitol to 12th Streets NE while repairs are completed at the Brookland and Rhode Island Metrorail Stations. The bus lanes will be operational from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, from July 21 through September 3, 2018.
During this period, WMATA will operate shuttle buses and enhanced service on the Metrobus G9 Limited route which will cause a significant increase in the volume of buses along Rhode Island Avenue NE.
In addition to the temporary bus lane, DDOT will also modify the following parking requirements along North Capitol Street and Rhode Island Avenue NE:
No Parking and No Standing or Stopping from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Monday to Saturday, on both sides of Rhode Island Avenue from North Capitol Street to 12th Street, NE.
Extend rush hour no parking restrictions by 30 minutes for morning and evening rush on North Capitol Street (600 to 3000 North Capitol Street NE/NW). Rush hours will be 7:00 am to 10:00 am and 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday. These same restrictions were in place during WMATA SafeTrack.”
From an email:
“As part of the shutdown, GGWash and I organized a petition drive to encourage DDOT and WMATA to do a “pop-up” bus lane along Rhode Island Avenue to expedite both shuttle buses and existing Metrobus options.
We’re having a happy hour on August 1 at Dew Drop Inn to talk with DDOT and the community about the process leading to the bus lane and the road (bus lane?) forward. All are welcome.”
“Metro is encouraging Red Line customers to prepare for a major capital improvement project that will result in Brookland and Rhode Island Ave stations being closed from Saturday, July 21, 2018, through Labor Day, Monday, September 3. On the weekend of July 28-29 the work zone will be extended to Silver Spring Station, closing Takoma Station and the Red Line platform at Fort Totten. (more…)
Streetcars do it too. Thanks to A. for sending from H Street, NE at 1:40pm
A reader reports:
“Every bus stop on 18th had a truck parked in it. Big traffic back up in Adam Morgan this morning behind busses needing to stop in the street.”
Keenan reports a few minutes ago:
“Right now in front of the 8th St. NE streetcar stop. It’s raining hard and a ton of people can’t board. Thanks DOH!”
Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend
Update “The WMATA Board of Directors today issued the following statement:
“First and foremost, it is important to keep the customers in mind–those who rely on Metro service every day, who support the regional economy and our federal government. To ensure that Metro is always there for the millions who rely on us, the region has made a commitment to increase capital investment in Metro with the understanding that a similar commitment be made by Metro to tackle tough issues, including solving growing costs. The General Manager and his team are working to make these difficult decisions while also protecting current employees. We must find solutions together by continuing to talk and listen, as Chairman Evans recently did in a meeting with union leadership. The collective bargaining process is the appropriate and legal path to finding solutions.”
“This year, the region gave Metro dedicated funding to repair and rebuild its system with a mandate to slow cost growth for operating buses and trains.. Since 2010, the region’s share of costs for bus and rail operations has grown about 8 percent a year at a time when revenues have been flat. Add to this the $2.8 billion in unfunded pension and health benefits for future retirees, and the Authority’s financial structure is not sustainable. (more…)
14th and U Street, NW
“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is scheduled to close two lanes of traffic on U St. NW between 14th Street and 17th Street and restrict curbside parking starting Monday July 16, weather permitting. At least one lane will be open to the traffic in each direction. (more…)
Since these dockless scooter companies arrived in DC, I’ve been hopping on Birds/Limes/Spins at every opportunity. My morning commute went from the worst to the best part of my day. The only problem is that I often can’t find a scooter available nearby when I need one.
I spent a few hours researching how much one of these puppy dogs would cost retail, and found the Bird scooters (manufactured by Chinese company Xiaomi) are only available from Amazon for $500 or other foreign re-sellers (Like Gearbest or AliExpress for even more than that. I feel like $500 isn’t bad at all, but am very hesitant to make the investment without a local servicing solution.
I’m wondering if anybody knows of either a retail scooter shop or scooter repair shop in the DMV? I’ve been spinning my wheels (haw haw) on Google and Yelp trying to find a spot, but given the multiple meanings of ‘scooter’, have not been able to locate a single store that deals in electric kick scooters like Bird or Lime.”
Since July 4th I have seen five patrol cars from the DFHV (Department of For-Hire Vehicles) out patrolling H Street, Union Station, and Navy Yard. I have never noticed cars from this agency before and they stood out from the usual mix of random agency patrol cars. The cars also look to be newer. (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown
I ride the red line from Silver spring to downtown dc frequently. Have you heard anything about them slowing the trains down between Rhode Island Avenue and Silver Spring Station?
Trains seem to be moving much slower and or stopping frequently. Checked the WMATA website and (shocker) didn’t find anything helpful.
Photo by DC Fire and EMS
DC Fire and EMS reported:
“Vehicle into building Division Ave and Sheriff Rd NE. Car into the 7-11 with person trapped. Extrication in progress.
Vehicle into building updated location 900 block Eastern Ave NE. #DCsBravest have extricated 1 patient who will be transported with serious traumatic injuries. Assessing structural stability of building. All utilities secured.
Update on the early morning incident involving a vehicle into the building on Eastern Ave NE. The trapped individual was a person inside the store, not the driver. Driver was uninjured.”
The Washington Post reported it happened at 12:30am and the building is a 7-Eleven.
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) July 3, 2018