Just after the new year the intersection at the corner of 11th and Pennsylvania NW, right in front of the Trump Hotel, was changed, to the benefit of the new entrance to the hotel and the detriment of those traveling south on 11th. Now the light is green only about three or four seconds long for those going south and turning left on 11th, with a light that is even longer for the few cars exiting the Trump entrance. This is constantly causing backups and done in a way that clearly benefits the hotel. I assume DC still controls the streetlights in this town… what’s up?”
Dupont Circle June 29th 5:20pm. Photo courtesy Margaret
There. Now we can be friends again.
Thanks to all who passed on the thank you note from WMATA’s CEO:
“We appreciate your support during SafeTrack. It’s not been an easy journey as we performed three years of track work in just one year.
Your support helped us improve safety and reliability so that Metro can get back to good. Thank You!”
Photo by Kimberley
Another reader writes:
“Ways metro is trying to make riders happier:
1) air freshness
2) music in stations
3) McDonald coupons”
Photo by PoPville flickr user Paul Sirajuddin
“Metrorail will remain open until midnight on July 4, providing an additional half hour of service for customers returning from festivities on the National Mall and around the region. (Under Metro’s new operating hours, which took effect Sunday, the system would normally close at 11:30 p.m.)
During daytime hours, trains will operate at Saturday service levels (every 12 minutes on each line) until about 6 p.m., at which time service will ramp up to rush-hour service levels before and after the fireworks.
All stations will be open; however, after 9 p.m. the National Mall entrance at Smithsonian Station will become “entry only” to accommodate returning crowds.
Off-peak fares will be in effect all day, and parking will be free at all Metro-operated facilities. Bicycles and large coolers will not be permitted aboard trains due to space constraints.”
SoberRide to the rescue!!
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Has anyone else reported the odor or the u street metro? For the last two days it has smelled like raw sewage. Is there a burst pipe somewhere?”
1200 block of U Street, NW
Photo by Kate Campbell
Update from MPD:
“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Departments’ Homicide Branch and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating a fatal industrial accident that occurred in the 1200 block of New York Avenue, Northeast, on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.
At approximately 11:45 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location after reports of two pedestrians being struck by a train. DC Fire and EMS also responded. Both victims displayed no signs consistent with life. The victims remained on the scene and were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
The investigation at the scene determined that both victims were employees of CSX. The victims were inspecting a CSX train at the listed location. While they were on the tracks, the victims were struck by an Amtrak train traveling in their direction.
The two decedents have been identified as 20-year-old Stephen Deal, of Meyersdale, PA and 25-year-old Jake Lafave, of Cumberland, MD. (more…)
“Just a small portion of people outside Van Ness metro at 10am. A passerby told me there’s a fire and some medical emergencies? Anyway, if you’re a Lyft or uber driver you could make some serious cash taking people to downtown.”
“Red Line service suspended btwn Dupont Circle & VAN NESS -track problem outside Dupont Circle.”
Correction Red Line service suspended btwn Dupont Circle & VAN NESS -track problem outside Dupont Circle. Shuttles established. 10:03 #wmata
— Metrorail Info (@Metrorailinfo) June 23, 2017
Red Line: Train service restored btwn Dupont Circle & Van Ness. Expect residual delays as trains resume schedule & spacing. 10:42a #wmata
— Metrorail Info (@Metrorailinfo) June 23, 2017
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“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will reinstate standard rush hour parking restrictions on priority transit corridors following the June 25 end of SafeTrack.
Beginning Monday, June 26, 2017, rush hour parking restrictions will be 7 am to 9:30 am for the morning rush, and 4 pm to 6:30 pm during the evening rush period.
Extended morning and evening rush-hour parking restrictions were put in place to help alleviate the traffic impact of SafeTrack, WMATA’s yearlong accelerated track work plan to address safety recommendations and rehabilitate the Metrorail system. The following corridors will revert to the original rush hour times: (more…)
You can read more details on the coming changes here.
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“Every 1000- and 4000-series railcar — Metro’s oldest and least-reliable cars, respectively — will be decommissioned and permanently removed from passenger service by July 1, months ahead of original projections, Metro announced today.
Under Metro’s Back2Good program, announced earlier this year, Metro had accelerated the retirement of the 1000- and 4000-series railcars as new, more reliable 7000-series railcars arrive, resulting in improved service, fewer offloads and delays. (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user angela n.
Have you heard any updates from WMATA about the status of Dupont AC? It’s clearly still not working and it’s now been three years since I thought they said it would be fixed. I’m sure lots of people would love an update about whatever the heck they’re supposed to be doing.”
A couple weeks ago WAMU reported:
“Farragut North and Dupont Circle have been without reliable air conditioning for quite a while, and there’s no date certain for even temporary repairs, WMATA General Manager Paul Wiedefeld told reporters on Monday. As for a permanent solution, that could take years.
“For this summer what we’re looking to do is a temporary fix, which is to put a portable cooling tower,” said Wiedefeld, who would not commit to a date to having it in place. “We’re pushing as hard as we can. I’d love to get it in June. Let’s see what we can get to.”
“Update May 4, 2017
Farragut North and Dupont Circle stations currently have no cooling capacity due to the failure of 40-year-old water lines that run under Connecticut Avenue NW and connect the stations’ off-site chiller plant (located 40 feet below the median of Connecticut Ave) to a cooling tower located on the roof of a nearby building.
Since 2015, Metro and its contractors have made multiple attempts to repair the pipes, including identifying and patching individual leaks, followed by a complete relining of the pipes from within. Unfortunately, none of the repair strategies applied to date has been successful.
Currently, an independent engineering firm is reviewing the situation to determine the best course of action on a permanent fix, which may involve excavation of Connecticut Avenue NW to allow for complete replacement of the pipes. While that effort is underway, Metro is working cooperatively with the District of Columbia, Golden Triangle BID, and other stakeholders to install temporary cooling equipment while this complicated permanent fix is advanced.
Based on current project timelines, the temporary cooling capacity could be in place as early as June. We should note that, because these cooling lines run under Connecticut Avenue NW, the project may have an impact on motorists. The independent engineering review will identify solutions and strategies that minimize this impact to the extent possible, and we will continue to work with DDOT, Golden Triangle BID, and other stakeholders throughout the project.