Photo by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley
Alan Henney with another gem last night:
“METROBUS DISABLED AFTER STEERING WHEEL DETACHES– Massachusetts Ave at Ward Cir NW-DC. NO injuries. Need WMATA mechanic to respond.”
Jeff noted: “This backed up Massachusetts all the way to Macomb”
But Tony knows what’s up:
Glad to hear no injuries. God bless Keanu. pic.twitter.com/o3HjTwrnNW
— Tony Kowaleski (@Akowdc) November 15, 2018
A little kid left his stuffed turtle on the L2 bus and I’d like to try and get it back to him! At around 6:30pm Thursday 10/25 I was on the L2 bus traveling south toward Farragut square. I was sitting in the very back of the bus and a little boy (around age 3 or 4) got on the bus with his mother around the Van Ness area, they sat on the other side of the back of the bus. They got off at the stop right in front the Cleveland park library. A few stops later I noticed a little green stuffed turtle, which looked well loved, sitting on the seat.”
If its your child’s turtle please email [email protected] and I’ll put you in touch with OP.
Photo by PoPville Flickr user nevermindtheend
“Metro is encouraging customers to participate in the 2018 Bus Passenger Survey, which begins today. Because Metro’s funding from local jurisdiction is based in part on jurisdiction of residence, the survey is used to determine how transit funding is allocated based among the cities and counties that Metro services. The survey also provides data on ridership and travel characteristics to help support Metro’s planning efforts and collects general demographic information as required by federal regulations.
Over the next four months, surveys will be distributed and collected aboard buses by trained research contractors throughout the Metrobus service area. (more…)
“Metro is working to provide faster, better bus service by going cash-free on selected limited-stop MetroExtra routes and is seeking feedback from the public before implementing the change.
Passenger boarding and fare payment can take up to 25 percent of a bus route’s travel time. Research shows that cash payments take significantly longer than SmarTrip® taps, and takes even longer when customers add value to a SmarTrip card at the farebox. These transactions cause the bus to hold longer at the bus stop, resulting in a longer trip for all riders.
On designated cash-free routes, customers pay fare with a pre-loaded SmarTrip® card only. Cash and coins are not accepted and customers cannot add value to their SmarTrip card at the farebox. This makes boarding quicker because customers simply tap their card and board, instead of conducting more time-consuming transactions.
Metro is currently conducting a cash-free pilot program on a single route, the 79 MetroExtra along Georgia Ave/7th Street NW. The six-month pilot project runs through December 2018.
Metro is considering going cash-free on the following limited-stop routes: (more…)
Photo by National Mall and Memorial Parks
Not quite a possum in a liquor store but still…
In case you live in a cave or were kicked off twitter – this is surely the greatest post from the National Mall and Memorial Parks, from Sunday:
“Look who decided to take a ride on the bus! Take the DC Circulator National Mall Route around National Mall and Memorial Parks. It’s only a dollar! Spotting wildlife is not guaranteed…”
I was on a BestBus that caught on fire yesterday from NYC to DC (4 pm bus out of Penn station). The fire occurred just outside on Trenton. Thanks goodness everyone was OK, but there was at least one person with a non-life threatening injury. but we think that it blew a tire and by the time the drive got pulled over there was smoke and flames pouring out from under the bus. Everything under the bus and left up top was a total loss.
Response from Best Bus below. (more…)
Thanks to Mark Lyon for sending.
“Metro is reminding customers to plan for two upcoming summer capital improvement projects to keep Metro on its current path of improved safety and reliability. The work will impact customers who use the Red, Orange, Blue and Silver lines.
During the 10 commuting days of the Orange, Blue and Silver line work in particular, customers who use these lines are being encouraged to plan alternate routes now and use Metro only if absolutely necessary.
Metro announced both projects in February, scheduling the work for late summer when ridership is generally lighter.
One month from today, following Major League Baseball’s All-Star Week, Metro will close two stations on the Red Line – Rhode Island Ave and Brookland – to complete structural repairs at Rhode Island Ave, Metro’s oldest outdoor station. The work will begin Saturday, July 21, and continue through Labor Day, Monday, September 3.
The second capital project will impact all Blue, Orange and Silver line riders for 10 commuting days in August as Metro completely rebuilds the sharpest and most heavily traveled curve in the Metrorail system, located between Metro Center and Smithsonian stations.
For full details view news release.”
“Today, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), announced plans to install temporary bus lanes on Rhode Island Avenue NE to manage traffic during the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s planned closure of two Metrorail stations on the Red Line beginning July 21. (more…)
Looks like it’ll be turning at 11th and S Street, NW to Vermont to Florida back up to 11th. So for those who ride the 64 – good, bad, or meh?
Photo by PoPville flickr user Jacques Arsenault
During my daily commute home on the D6 bus, about 15 – 20 students from Duke Ellington School board the bus at the stop at 35th Street NW & Dent Pl NW, toward Dupont Circle. During the bus ride, their behavior is completely disrespectful to other passengers. They are loud, vulgar, and disruptive. I understand they are teenagers, but this behavior is beyond anything I have experienced before. I have spoken with fellow passengers about this, and we are at a loss about what do to.
One time the bus driver stopped the bus and asked them to quiet down, which was helpful. But when I asked another driver to do this, he said it was “against the rules.”
I have had many positive interactions with students from Duke Ellington – I was recently on a flight with students in the Museum program that were traveling to Miami, Florida, and they were an incredibly positive representation of the school.
I wrote an email to the principal, but is there anything else I should do? Contact WMATA?”
And while on the topic:
“Grosso expresses support for Ellington and fair resolution to residency claims
The following is a statement from Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large), chairperson of the Committee on Education, regarding the Duke Ellington School of the Arts: (more…)