Thanks to Mark for sending:
“A new LED billboard has been turned on in the tunnel at the 11th and G Street entrance at Metro Center. It joins the two billboards that were installed several months ago at the street level of the entrance.”
In other metro ad news a few readers report:
“Heard my first audio ad (for Some school/program at GWU and Megabus ads) on an S bus this morning–I vaguely remember hearing something about this a while ago, but had yet to encounter one until now. Was weird.”
Photo from Brookland by Keegan Bursaw
“Due to weather conditions, all DCPS schools will be closed tomorrow, Monday, January 14, 2019”
Photo by Svectacular
From Alert DC:
“WMATA / Metro reports bus service has been suspended until further notice due to hazardous road conditions. Buses already en route will continue to the end of the line and go out of service. For more information please visit the link here.
Photo by PoPville flickr user angela n.
Update from Alert DC:
“DC Public Schools and Government will be closed tomorrow, January 14, 2019 due to the snow emergency.”
Update from OPM:
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.