by Prince Of Petworth June 20, 2019 at 3:30 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Daniel Kelly


“Metrorail customers on the Red Line may notice a quicker commute starting July 7, as Metro resumes use of trains’ automatic door-opening feature. Over the past several months, Metro has tested and tuned the system and trained hundreds of train operators in advance of the milestone.

The automatic door opening feature is part of the original design of the Metrorail system, but its use was discontinued years ago due to a decline in reliability. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth May 30, 2019 at 10:45 am 0

From the files of some people are the worst.

Around 4:30pm yesterday Metro tweeted:

“Red Line Delay: Trains are single tracking between Fort Totten & Rhode Island Ave due to a track obstruction at Brookland. Expect delays in both directions.”

Rachel reported:

“the reason the red line is/was currently single tracking is because someone threw a scooter *on the tracks* near Brookland. Our very nice train driver announced it while we were at Gallery Place. We had to hold while they single tracked around it so that they could turn off the third rail to go retrieve it…”

by Prince Of Petworth May 22, 2019 at 12:45 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

Fight on Greenline 5/22 10:30AM

I was traveling on the Green Ling towards Branch Ave. At L’Enfant Plaza stop there was a lot of screaming and yelling. There looked to be 4-6 teen boys jumping a teen girl. An older gentlemen jumped in to protect her and then the teens jumped him. He was down on the floor being kicked and punched, with bystanders calling for police, trying to get the kids off, etc. I was trying to record for a police report and one of the teens pushed me and in the scuffle ended up hitting me in the cheek/chin.

I ended up boarding the train with the girl and the man, still with no response from police. I called 911 (having had poor experiences with WMATA police in the past) but they explained since it happened on Metro it had to be taken care of through them–she then routed me to their dispatch who was beyond rude, explained to me that this had already been called in several times and there was a procedure to be followed. When I pressed about how I could submit photos/video and file my own police report since I was hit she told me that was not an option and hung up. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth May 21, 2019 at 2:45 pm 0

Dupont Circle – Washington, DC

Photo by PoPville Flickr user Eric P.

“Dear PoPville,

Just a simple question: Why is there no air conditioning at metro stations like Gallery Place? Has it always been this way? As if riding the metro weren’t stressful enough, now that the summer heat is here, can we expect any respite?”

Ed. Note: Didn’t realize Gallery Place was also a hot station. Last October we learned that Chilled Air would return to Dupont Circle and Farragut North Metro stations this Spring.

by Prince Of Petworth May 21, 2019 at 9:15 am 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown

So how did this affect your commute this morning?


“Metro overnight temporarily removed all 3000-series cars from service after we received a report of a door malfunction for which we need to identify the cause. This voluntary safety action reduces the number of available rail cars by ~15%. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth May 20, 2019 at 12:45 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Erinn Shirley


“Metro today announced it will begin running all Yellow Line trains to Greenbelt more than a month earlier than expected – starting Saturday, May 25 – when the Platform Improvement Project begins at six Yellow and Blue line stations south of Reagan National Airport. The service adjustment, originally scheduled to take effect in July, will allow Metro to provide more reliable service between the airport station, downtown DC and points north during the summer shutdown. (more…)


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