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…)
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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.”
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…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend
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.
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.