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by Prince Of Petworth May 20, 2018 at 4:51 pm 0


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From WMATA:

“Metrorail will remain open an additional hour Monday night for fans attending the Capitals v. Lightning game at CapitalOne Arena.

The $100,000 cost associated with keeping open the 234-mile, 91-station Metrorail system for an additional hour is being funded by Uber.

“Planes, trains, and automobiles – it’s going to take it all to get the Caps a win on Monday and then back to Tampa to close out the series,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “The more fans we have out the better, and the more transportation options the better. Thank you, Uber, for helping move our city and this series forward.”

by Prince Of Petworth May 18, 2018 at 4:30 pm 0


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From WMATA:

“Here is a summary of Metrorail service changes for Saturday, May 19 & Sunday, May 20 to allow for safety and maintenance work:

Highlights

Green Line trains operate regular weekend service.
Free shuttle buses replace Red Line trains between Van Ness and Dupont Circle.
Silver Line trains operate every 24 minute, Wiehle-Reston East to Ballston.
Orange and Blue line trains operate every 24 minutes.
Yellow Line trains operate every 24 minutes, Huntington to Mt Vernon Sq. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth May 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm 0


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Thanks to a reader for the reminder:

“From WMATA’s Twitter an hour ago: “Red Line trains are operating every 6-12 min with single tracking due to warehouse fire near tracks. Crowding conditions possible.”

And about 2 hours ago “Red Line: Due to ongoing fire activity, single tracking continues btwn Silver Spring & Fort Totten w/trains every 12 min Shady Grove-Glenmont + add’l trains Grosvenor-NoMa every 6 min. Rush Hour Promise remains suspended today for Red Line trips; in effect for other lines.”

by Prince Of Petworth May 9, 2018 at 8:45 pm 0


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From Alert DC:

“WMATA reports Red Line service suspension may continue into tomorrow morning rush hour due to ongoing fire activity near the tracks. If so, Rush Hour Promise will not be in effect on the Red Line but will continue for all others. Check wmata.com for all updates before traveling.”

From WMATA:

“Red Line service has been restored at Brookland and Fort Totten. Shuttle bus service remains from Fort Totten, Takoma and Silver Spring. Delays and crowded conditions continue.”

“Red Line service suspension may continue into tomorrow AM rush hour due to ongoing fire activity adjacent to Metro tracks. If so, Rush Hour Promise will not be in effect on the Red Line; in effect for all others. Check http://wmata.com for updates before traveling.”

by Prince Of Petworth May 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm 0


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From WMATA:

“Updated 5/8/18 – added Red Line last train times

Here is a summary of Metrorail service changes for Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13 to allow for safety and maintenance work:

Highlights

Free shuttle buses replace Red Line trains between Van Ness and Dupont Circle.
Silver Line trains operate every 24 minute, Wiehle-Reston East to Ballston.
Orange and Blue line trains operate every 24 minutes.
Yellow Line trains operate every 15 minutes, Huntington to Mt Vernon Sq.
Green Line trains operate every 15 minutes.

Weeknight service adjustments (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth May 7, 2018 at 1:45 pm 0


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From WMATA:

“Metro is planning a three-year capital project that will reconstruct the outdoor platforms at 20 outdoor Metrorail stations to address structural deficiencies after decades of exposure to the elements. At many of these stations, temporary measures have been installed to stabilize the platforms to ensure passenger safety until reconstruction can take place. The project is estimated to cost between $300-400 million and will be the first major construction project to benefit from dedicated capital funding recently approved by the legislatures in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Rebuilding platforms is heavy construction activity that requires that tracks be taken out of service to allow for demolishing existing structures, access to the construction area, and concrete pouring.

Metro has already rebuilt platforms at 10 of the system’s 45 outdoor stations; however, the process used previously resulted in years of single tracking and customer inconvenience. Rebuilding the two most recently reconstructed platforms, at Minnesota Avenue and Deanwood stations, took approximately three years.

Following extensive internal planning and consultation with construction contractors with the goal of minimizing customer impact, Metro developed a program that advances the reconstruction of the next 20 platforms primarily using extended shutdowns during summer months–rather than single tracking–to provide contractors with 24-hour access to selected work sites. The approach improves safety while significantly reducing project duration because workers do not have to repeatedly set-up and break down their equipment. The approach also minimizes customer impact by allowing Metro to continue to provide normal rail service elsewhere on the system.

Under the first phase of the plan, beginning next year, Metro is planning to demolish and rebuild the station platforms at Braddock Road, King Street and Eisenhower Avenue stations, resulting in a shutdown of rail service south of Reagan National Airport during the summer of 2019. Blue and Yellow line service will operate at regular intervals between the airport and Largo Town Center (Blue Line) and Fort Totten/Mt Vernon Square (Yellow Line). Six of Metro’s 91 stations will be closed between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2019: Braddock Road, King Street, Eisenhower Avenue, Huntington, Van Dorn Street, and Franconia-Springfield.

Metro will partner with the jurisdictions and other transportation agencies to develop traffic mitigations and customer travel alternatives. Metro customers will be given at least three months of advance notice prior to any service change under the program.

Following the 2019 summer shutdown, Metro will reconstruct the platforms at Van Dorn Street, Franconia-Springfield, Huntington, and Reagan National Airport between September 2019 and May 2020. The location and configuration of these stations allows construction to take place while all rail stations remain open. During this phase, rail service is expected to operate normally except for the Blue Line in September 2019, which will be impacted by the reconstruction of Van Dorn Street Station.

The remaining 13 station platforms to be reconstructed in 2020-2021 are: West Hyattsville, College Park, Greenbelt, Rhode Island Avenue, Vienna, Dunn Loring, West Falls Church, East Falls Church, Cheverly, Landover, New Carrollton, Addison Road, and Arlington Cemetery. Service plans for these stations are being developed, including possible coordination with construction activity associated with the Purple Line in Maryland and the widening of I-66 in Virginia.

The platform reconstruction plan will be presented Thursday at the Metro Board of Directors Capital and Strategic Planning Committee meeting.”

by Prince Of Petworth April 17, 2018 at 9:30 am 0


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blueprintgreen reports succinctly from Chinatown around 8:45am:

“Not a great situation in Chinatown this morning!”

Eric reported on an Uber queue from Cleveland Park: “It’s like Dunkirk, people are jumping on anything!”

WMATA reported around 8:30 am:

“Red Line: Trains are single tracking btwn Farragut North & Judiciary Square due to a track condition outside Farragut North. Expect delays.”

“Red Line single tracking continues between Farragut North & Judiciary Square. All trains servicing the Shady Grove platforms at Gallery Place, Metro Center and Farragut North. 8:55a”

DCFD reported:

“UPDATE: @dcfireems is turning the scene over to @wmata as the incident has been declared a maintenance issue. #DCsBravest are preparing to clear the scene. One patient with a minor injury, unrelated to the incident, is being transported for evaluation.”

by Prince Of Petworth April 11, 2018 at 10:15 am 0

From WMATA:

“In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and International Stop Street Harassment Week, Metro Transit Police and local advocacy groups are partnering to raise awareness about sexual harassment.

On Wednesday, April 11, Metro Transit Police and volunteers with Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS) and Stop Street Harassment will be at several Metro stations across the region to provide information to customers about how to report incidents of sexual harassment.

“Metro has a long-standing partnership with advocates in the community that lets riders know everyone on our trains, buses and in stations deserves to be treated with respect and that they have a right to speak up if they feel they’re being harassed,” said Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik. “Through these efforts, we are increasing awareness and reporting when an incident occurs.”

In an effort to heighten awareness, Metro Transit Police will conduct a high visibility outreach event on Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the following stations: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 10, 2018 at 10:45 am 0


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If you thought the color coordinated escalator handrails were cool, hold onto your hat!

From WMATA:

“Metro today announced that it is working with its fare payment vendor to become “mobile ready” by next year, enabling customers to pay for their Metro trip using a mobile device rather than a SmarTrip card.


via WMATA

As part Metro’s initiative to upgrade its fare collection system, Metro is also developing a new fare payment app that will allow customers a quick and easy way to pay and manage their SmarTrip account from anywhere. (more…)

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