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“Officers received a call for a report of an assault that took place yesterday Saturday, April 20, 2019, around 3 pm in the area of the waterfront metro station. The victim states he was struck in the face several times by two suspects. During the altercation, the victim’s phone fell from his possession and slid across the ground. After the assault was over he realized that his phone was gone. The suspects were last seen heading Eastbound on M ST SW. There is currently no lookout for the suspects.
If you have any information about this incident, please contact the First District Detectives Office at (202)299-2025, or the Metropolitan Police Department’s Command Information Center at (202)727-9099. You can also send us your anonymous TEXT TIPS to 50411″
“Later this month, Metro will begin work to install a specially designed canopy over the north entrance of Dupont Circle station, the transit authority announced today. The canopy will enhance safety and convenience by protecting riders from precipitation on the system’s sixth longest escalators, which are 190 feet long and rise 95 vertical feet from the station mezzanine to street level.
When installation is complete early next year, the canopy will protect customers and the escalators themselves from the negative impacts of rain, ice, and snow, which have fallen into the original escalators since the station opened in 1977. Current escalator regulations require that any new escalators be covered from the elements, so installation of a canopy will allow for the eventual replacement of the escalators when they reach the end of their useful current service life.
Dupont Circle’s north entrance’s unique size and shape posed an engineering and design challenge because it is significantly larger than other Metro station entrances. (more…)
Wanted to alert you and others about an individual (see red shirt) that accosted my girlfriend and I as we tried to enter the Columbia Heights metro station after an otherwise nice night out. Official reports filed with WMATA too, of course. It was near closing so the gates were partially up and thus limited egress into station. Individual in question blocked our way at the bottom of the escalator and menacingly stared us down while mumbling and grunting. (more…)
Thanks to Max for sending:
“Looks like the NoMa Metro station is getting a new (and pretty large) digital board (I assume for ads). (more…)
14th and Irving Street, NW from a previous incident.
During yesterday morning’s commute (8:40am 3/26/19), I ran into a large group of teenagers gleefully running to the up escalators at Columbia Heights. I entered the station to find an adult male unconscious on the floor and a rider cursing about how the child had stomped on his head. Civilian medical professionals wandered up and the station manager said the medics were called. I could not ID the teenagers, so I left. But I can’t forget the sight of the man — or the laughter of the teenagers. (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley
“Metro has issued a request for proposals to provide discounted on-demand transportation for late-night employees during hours when Metrorail is closed. Under a one-year pilot program, Metro would subsidize trips taken with ride-hailing or taxi companies during late-night hours to support more cost-effective options for eligible workers, primarily in the hospitality and health care industries.
The on-demand service will be offered seven days a week for trips within Metro’s service area between midnight and 4 a.m. Metro would pay the first $3 of the fare, up to a maximum of 10 trips per week per registered rider. The budget for the one-year pilot will be capped at $1 million. (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user wolfpackWX
Ed. Note: Peak bloom was announced for April 3rd-6th.
“Metro is planning to welcome area residents and visitors traveling during the busy Cherry Blossom season with a four-week suspension of almost all weekend track work beginning Saturday, March 23. Many of Metro’s highest ridership days occur during Cherry Blossom season when weekend ridership can nearly double. (more…)
Oof, thanks to Jimmy for sending.
From WMATA earlier: “UPDATED: Red Line Delay: No longer single tracking. Residual delays continue in both directions due to an earlier police investigation at Rhode Island Ave.”
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.”
From ALERT DC:
“DC Fire reports the Gallery Place / Chinatown Metro station is closed due to fire activity. Metro shuttle buses are in service.”
“Metro reports the fire activity is clear from the Gallery Place / Chinatown Metro Station and normal service has been restored.”