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by Prince Of Petworth February 14, 2019 at 2:00 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Matt Calvert

A reader reports around 1:30pm:

“just left Gallery Place station – something on fire on the tracks, smoke everywhere

It was a classic scene – smoke filling the station, employee on platform yelling into a walkie talkie, guy on train says “oh no, i am not dying today” and runs off train, train conductor telling people to get on board then booking it out of the station.”


“DC Fire reports the Gallery Place / Chinatown Metro station is closed due to fire activity. Metro shuttle buses are in service.”

Update 2:39pm:

“Metro reports the fire activity is clear from the Gallery Place / Chinatown Metro Station and normal service has been restored.”

by Prince Of Petworth February 8, 2019 at 2:45 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley


“This weekend, Feb. 9-10, Metro will work around the clock to install new, brighter lighting at Farragut North and the Red Line platforms of Metro Center and Gallery Place stations. Due to the location of the lights in the middle of the tracks, trains cannot operate on either track while the work is taking place. As a result, buses will replace trains between Dupont Circle and Judiciary Square throughout the weekend. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth February 7, 2019 at 12:45 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

“Dear PoPville,

Do you know if anyone else has had issues with fare purchased online loading onto Smartrips? I purchased fare on January 15, followed the instructions re the waiting period and nothing happened. I reached out to WMATA customer service who essentially said “just keep tapping until it shows up.” I load it from my benefits card which runs from the 15th to the 14th so I can’t load more money from my benefits card yet. I wanted to know if anyone else had similar issues! Oh, and I ride the bus which has different waiting periods.”

Ed. Note: OP is NOT a fed affected by the shutdown.

by Prince Of Petworth February 1, 2019 at 12:45 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Kyle

The petition says:

“Metro promised the region that late night service would return on July 1, 2019. Now they’re trying to backtrack on that promise.

The Metro Board may soon vote on whether to break the promise and kill Metro’s late night rail service. Washington, DC needs a Metro system that meets the needs of our residents, our workers and our businesses. That means we need a Metro that stays open as late as our region does. Sign the #KeepMetroOpen petition to let the Metro board know that you agree with Mayor Bowser: we are a world-class city that deserves a world-class Metro.”

You can sign here.

Ed. Note: Reduced hours went into effect June 25th 2017.

by Prince Of Petworth January 17, 2019 at 3:30 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.

“Dear PoPville,

I’m hoping you can help me solve a metro mystery:

I commute in the afternoon from Crystal City up to Mt. Vernon Square on the Yellow Line. At Archives station, I almost always see a few people get off and seemingly wait for a train to come in the opposite direction. Why would they do this? If they were switching to the Green line south toward Branch Ave, why wouldn’t they get off at the stop before–L’Enfant? I can’t seem to figure out a logical reason but there are always a few people who do this.

I realize this is a relatively unimportant question related to the Metro but I’ve always been curious. Any thoughts?”

by Prince Of Petworth January 16, 2019 at 2:45 pm 0

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.”

by Prince Of Petworth January 11, 2019 at 9:25 am 0


“This weekend, Free shuttle buses replace trains between @Reagan_Airport, Crystal City, Pentagon City, Pentagon and Rosslyn on 3 routes. Blue Line Shuttle, DC-Airport Express Shuttle and Pentagon-Airport Shuttle. Details here.

Stations closed: Pentagon, Pentagon City and Crystal City”

Side note: Here’s a beautiful photo of Reagan National by Adam Brockett: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 9, 2019 at 3:30 pm 0

via Metro Transit Police


“MTPD arrested Leon Quarles, 23, of Washington, DC, on charges of felony assault following a violent and unprovoked attack on two innocent Metro customers at Navy Yard Station yesterday evening.

At approximately 5:50 p.m. Tuesday, MTPD officers received a priority call for an assault in progress at the station. Upon arrival, officers found two victims — a 59-year-old female and a 39-year-old male – who had been attacked by the suspect. Officers were able to apprehend the resisting and non-compliant suspect on scene. (more…)


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