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.”
“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…)
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…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user Paul Sirajuddin
Last night around 9:30pm I was riding a northbound Yellow line train home and had a frightening experience. When our train came to a stop into Gallery Place we heard 15-20 loud gunshot-like bangs from the car in front of us. As the train doors opened everyone in the station and cars sprinted to an exit or dove under their seats– it was total chaos. (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown
“Starting next week, Metro customers will be able to bring their bikes with them on the train – at any time – as Metro ends a longstanding restriction that prohibited bicycles during rush hours.
The policy change, which takes effect Monday, is expected to make Metrorail a more attractive travel option for reverse commuters (i.e. customers traveling outbound in the morning and inbound in the evening) who want to take their bike to travel between the rail station and their workplace.
Metro reviewed its policy and determined that it could respond to requests from the bicycling community by ending the rush-hour bike restriction without significant negative effects. (more…)
Cellular, data service and more from WMATA:
“In less than six months, Metro has installed new trackbed lighting systems at 15 underground stations – making them an average of six-times brighter – as part of a multi-year $50 million capital investment in state-of-the-art, energy efficient LED lighting. The new lighting infrastructure improves visibility and enhances safety and security, all while cutting energy use in half and reducing ongoing maintenance requirements.
All of Metro’s 48 underground stations will be upgraded to LED systems over the next 30 months.
To date, Metro has installed new LED trackbed lighting at the following 15 stations: Union Station, Court House, Rosslyn, Foggy Bottom, McPherson Square, Farragut West, Federal Triangle, Bethesda, U Street, Columbia Heights, Archives, Waterfront, L’Enfant Plaza (upper level), Metro Center (lower level), and Gallery Place (lower level).
Each of the stations measured 3-to-9 times brighter once the new lights were installed. Installation of new pylon and parapet lighting is ongoing and the platforms are expected to be even brighter once complete.
Three stations – Van Ness, Tenleytown, and Friendship Heights – are 50 percent complete, with new light fixtures installed along the inbound track only. Installation on the outbound track is scheduled for the weekend of January 26, 2019.
Eleven more stations will be upgraded in the first half of 2019: (more…)
via Metro Transit Police
Ed. Note: I think it’s important to read this whole post through to the end. Twice. There is a lot to unpack here, on many levels. And props/respect to the Metro Transit Police Detective who worked this case.
My son and his friends took video of him. As the video ends, you can hear the kids freaking out because they say he took his penis out of his pants.
Here’s what REALLY grabbed my attention about this…the kids were very upset that not a single adult on the train came to their defense. He said there were at least 20 other people in the car with them. I can’t imagine not at least standing up and telling this guy to leave the kids alone.
I also want this to become a topic in DC parents’ minds. They should talk with their kids about riding public transportation and how to react if someone approaches them or behaves inappropriately. My son and his friends almost didn’t tell me because they were so upset and ashamed that this happened and kinda blamed themselves. One of his female friends was terrified that her dad would find out and she would “get in trouble.” That blew my mind. And it’s worth mentioning that the station manager at Union Station laughed at them when they got off the train and tried to report it to them. That probably added to their shame.
The detective we spoke to was really sweet to the kids and told them (and us parents) that they may feel a certain way about it today but things might be different tomorrow or in a few days because that’s how trauma works.
The detective wanted to make sure all the kids had the text tip info. If they don’t want to cause a scene but want to report something that makes them feel weird or unsafe, they can text 696-873
From Metro Transit Police:
“Metro Transit Police arrest suspect who exposed himself to juveniles (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend
“Today Metro and the nation’s leading wireless carriers, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless announced that more than half of Metro’s tunnels are now wired for cellular and data service. The milestone was accompanied by the formal announcement of three new tunnel segments coming online as “wireless ready.”
The three new “wireless ready” tunnel segments announced today are: (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user DCbmyers
The Washington Post reported yesterday:
“Metro board members who represent the District will move this week to restore late-night service beginning in July, bringing back 3 a.m. closings for the first time in three years.”
Ed. Note: reduced hours went into effect June 25th 2017 so if this goes through, God willing, it would be for the first time in two years. Or am I missing something? Anyway let’s all send our thoughts and prayers to make sure this happens.
The Post continues:
“The measure up for consideration Thursday (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user Elvert Barnes
“Red, Orange and Silver line trains operate regular weekend intervals
Blue Line trains operate every 16-20 minutes, see below for details
There is no Yellow Line service
Free shuttle buses replace Green Line trains between Navy Yard and Mt Vernon Sq (more…)