Photo by Olaf Zerbock


“Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld today accepted a recommendation of the transit authority’s Pandemic Task Force that face coverings or masks be required when traveling on Metro effective Monday, May 18. The move strengthens Metro’s position on the matter, which has “strongly recommended” the use of face coverings since early April, in accordance with CDC guidance. While the overwhelming majority of riders already comply voluntarily, the requirement is viewed as a necessary step as Metro plans for an eventual recovery with more riders using the system. Read More


“Dear PoPville,

The last several nights- there are two mysterious trucks with what looks like giant vacuums on them next to the train tracks above 2nd and K St NE. They seem to start late evening and run non-stop until about midnight and are so loud! I’m a block away and Indoors, a decibel app messures 45dB and if I open the window of my apartment it reads ~80dB. Loud enough to be super annoying at night. Wondering if anyone in the community has insight as to what this machinery is and/or what the project is?”


Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown

From Amtrak:

“Acela Nonstop
Starting Monday, September 23

On the new Acela Nonstop you can travel uninterrupted from New York to Washington DC, and back again. No stops and no disruptions mean you can travel faster than ever from the Big Apple to the Capitol. Starting September 23, weekday trains depart from New York at 6:35 am and Washington DC. at 4:30 pm, so you can make an easy day trip and be home with time to enjoy your evening.” Read More


Photo by PoPville flickr user Dave Bloom

Speaking of vaping etiquette

From a press release:

“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today she has introduced the Banning Smoking on Amtrak Act of 2019, which would codify Amtrak’s internal policy prohibiting smoking, including electronic cigarettes, on its trains.  The bill is modeled after Norton’s bill, enacted into law in 2018 as part of the FAA Reauthorization Act, that clarifies that the smoking ban on airplanes includes electronic cigarettes. Read More


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