It had been 35 days since our last heads up…
“WMATA reports delays on the red line at Farragut North (1705 K St NW) subway station due to fire activity. FEMS is on scene investigating and track inspections are being conducted.”
“Red Line: Expect residual delays in both directions due to an earlier track problem outside Farragut North.”
Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend
So much for stopping the bleeding.
“Metro has completed its review of a safety concern raised by ATU Local 689 regarding inspection procedures for an electrical component on 7000-series railcars. The review, conducted with Metro engineers and engineers from the railcar manufacturer, found that the inspection procedures currently in place are appropriate and consistent with manufacturer guidelines. As such, mechanical inspections of 7000-series railcars will resume this afternoon following additional safety briefings with employees to reinforce these procedures.
“Part of creating a safety culture means taking immediate action to address concerns raised by employees. If a concern cannot be immediately resolved or requires further investigation, sometimes additional steps–such as a safety stand-down–must be taken in an abundance of caution,” said Metro Chief Safety Officer Patrick Lavin. “We encourage the reporting of safety concerns, and thank our customers for their understanding as we place safety first.”
Overnight, consistent with Metro’s position that “safety trumps service,” the transit agency voluntarily initiated a “safety stand-down,” temporarily suspending mechanical inspections of 7000-series cars until the union’s concern could be reviewed. The action resulted in about 18 percent fewer trainsets being available for service this morning.
The resolution of this matter means approximately 20 additional 7000-series trains will be available for the afternoon rush hour, and customers can expect a relatively normal afternoon commute. (The proportion of six-car trains versus eight-car trains may be slightly higher than normal this afternoon as Metro works to resolve the inspection backlog and place more cars in service.)” (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend
“Metro customers are experiencing fewer train offloads, better on-time performance, and fewer unscheduled delays as a result of new railcars, improved maintenance programs, and schedule enhancements – positive trends that show Metro is delivering on its commitment to move the system “back to good.”
Following the conclusion of the SafeTrack emergency maintenance program in June, Metro customers have seen improvements in Metrorail service reliability. In August, 89 percent of trips (13.6 million trips) arrived on time based on actual customer “tap in/tap out” travel time data. Metro credits the accelerated delivery of popular 7000-series railcars–combined with the retirement of all 1000- and 4000-series railcars months ahead of schedule, fewer track delays, improved railcar maintenance and recent schedule adjustments–with helping to keep customers on time. (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user Clif Burns
“Metro today announced the completion of a major escalator replacement project at U Street Station. On Friday, the 13th Street entrance will reopen with two brand-new escalators in service.
The project, originally scheduled to take six months was completed a month ahead of schedule. (more…)
From Metro Transit Police:
“Metro Transit Police today arrested Opal L. Brown, 38, of Southeast Washington, DC, for assaulting a Metrobus operator by throwing her own urine on Saturday, August 28, 2017.
Brown was arrested by MTPD detectives at L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station shortly before noon today.
According to police, Brown was riding an X2 Metrobus on Saturday evening. Shortly before 6 p.m. on-board digital cameras captured Brown relieving herself into a cup toward the rear of the bus. (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.
“Weekend service adjustments August 26-27 for scheduled maintenance
Advisory Effective: 8/25/17 – 8/27/17
Maintenance work over the weekend of August 26-27 to keep trains operating safely and reliably.
Yellow and Green line trains operate regular weekend service
Red Line trains will operate regular weekend service all day Saturday and after 2:00 p.m. on Sunday
Buses replace trains between Foggy Bottom and Federal Triangle, see below for details
Silver Line trains operate regular weekend intervals between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston (more…)
From a press release:
“The American Civil Liberties Union and its affiliates in the District of Columbia and Virginia today challenged the Washington area transit system’s advertising restrictions as violations of the First Amendment. The free speech lawsuit follows the rejection of ads from four groups that hail from across the political spectrum, images of which are here.
The case was filed on behalf of the ACLU; women’s health care collective Carafem, specializing in family planning and abortion care; Milo Worldwide LLC, the company of conservative commentator and writer Milo Yiannopoulos; and animal rights non-profit People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority rejected a series of ACLU ads displaying the text of the First Amendment in English, Spanish, and Arabic; a Carafem ad for medication abortions using what is described as the “10-Week-After Pill”; and several PETA ads suggesting that people “Go Vegan.” Ads for Yiannopoulos’ new book, “Dangerous,” were first accepted by WMATA, then removed from the transit system after riders complained. (more…)
Sarah writes at 9am: “We should not have to wait 13 minutes for a train from U St during rush hour!”
Ed. Note: Obviously we never all agree on something so, is 9am considered rush hour?
But for the record I too think 13 minutes wait is an excruciating one at that hour (unless it is because of an emergency/breakdown.)
12th and G Street, NW
Thanks to Dave for sending the photo above.
“A bomb threat in Northwest DC has shut down an entrance to Metro Center’s station, DC police confirmed Monday afternoon.”
Wondering if you knew what’s up with TSA doing random security checks at the Columbia Heights metro this morning?”
We’ve spoken frequently about Metro Transit Police inspections but this is the first I’m hearing of TSA security. Anyone else see increased security at other stations? If so, did you notice if it was TSA or Metro Transit Police?