Photo by Barbara Krawcowicz
“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
“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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“More trains, more stations, more buses, more hours. Metro is finalizing plans to restore most rail and bus service to pre-Covid levels across the region in the largest – and likely most complex – service change in the system’s 44-year history. To support the effort, thousands of frontline Metro employees will transition to new work schedules as the region continues its gradual recovery and more customers are expected.
“Thanks to our congressional delegation, CARES federal funding makes it possible for us to restore service in support of economic recovery for the national capital region,” said General Manager and CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld. “As they return, we want our customers to know that facial coverings are required everywhere on the system, and the more frequent trains and buses we are adding will help you ride socially distant.”
Metrorail service changes take effect Sunday, August 16, Read More
“Metro activates severe weather plan for Hurricane Isaias impacts, Cleveland Park Station to be closed Tuesday
Cleveland Park Station will be closed, as the station’s entrances are located in an area that is prone to flash flooding. The station will reopen when conditions allow. Customers should use Van Ness or Woodley Park stations as alternate boarding locations. Bus service is available along Connecticut Ave. NW.
The north entrance at King Street Station will also be closed Tuesday due to the potential for flooding. Customers should use the station’s south entrance instead.”
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“During a news conference [Tuesday] hosted by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) with industry leaders, Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Wiedefeld made the following comments:
“Here at WMATA, the scale of the financial crisis we are facing is enormous — on average we have been losing approximately $2M in revenues every weekday since March. Read More
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“Metro will add more buses, more trains, and more hours of service beginning on Sunday, August 16, 2020, restoring most service to pre-Covid levels while maintaining a strong response posture to Covid-19. Metrorail will add 15 hours more service per week, with opening times returning to normal and the system closing two hours later each night in anticipation of potential increases in ridership after Labor Day.
Metro today also announced a significant investment to support the region’s overnight workers by doubling the discount customers receive when using Lyft during times Metro is not available.
Metrobus will offer more buses, running more frequent service beginning Sunday, August 23 restoring approximately 75 percent of pre-pandemic service. Weekday service will improve on 174 routes with most routes operating close to normal. Buses will operate until midnight, an additional hour.
In an effort to provide additional transportation options for late-night workers, Metro is increasing the subsidy from $3 to $6 for on-demand transportation service after hours. Read More
Union Station – March 5th 2020
Reminder from Alert DC:
“The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) reports Union Station and NoMa-Gallaudet U Station are closed through July 25, 2020, due to Metro’s summer track work. Read More
From Metro Transit Police:
“MTPD is seeking the public’s assistance to identify the two individuals shown here. If you know them for have any information regarding yesterday’s shooting near Mt. Vernon Square Station, call 202-962-2121 or send a text to MyMTPD (696873).”
The Post reported:
“A shooting that apparently occurred on a Metro train in downtown Washington on Saturday afternoon left a victim in critical condition, the transit system said. Preliminary investigation indicated that he was shot on a Green Line train as it approached the station.”
Updates as more is known.
Photo by Pete Piringer
Pete Piringer reports:
“Update – Silver Spring Metro Station, outbound red line train the rail off track, That platform, no serious, @mcfrs WMATA ERT on scene”
“Update – Silver Spring Metro Station, metro train derailment at platform”
From WMATA: “Red Line Alert: Due to a derailment at Silver Spring, Metrobus routes S2 & S4 available southbound as an alternative.”
“UPDATED: Red Line Delay: Train service suspended btwn Takoma & Wheaton due to a derailment outside Silver Spring. Expect delays.”
“Red Line Delay: Expect delays in both directions due to a derailment outside Silver Spring.”
*Safe regarding Coronavirus/Covid-19…
As many federal agencies begin to require staff return to the office, @wmata isn't doing enough to make people feel safe. If they don't take more decisive action (visible deep cleaning and masking enforcement), ridership is going to stay down for a LONG time. @PoPville https://t.co/dNWslkt54U
— Cobun (not covid) Zweifel-Keegan (@cobun) July 6, 2020
To the polls: