How has Metro’s decreased rush hour service been impacting peoples’ commutes? How do we get the ridership data that informed WMATA’s decision about service levels? I travel from Georgia Ave to Archives, and since they reduced service (eliminated yellow line service and reduced frequency of cars), a lot of people at U Street and Shaw typically haven’t been able to board the trains, and today they closed the doors on people as they were trying to exist at Chinatown because there were so many people.”
Metrorail service levels
On Metrorail, changes are being made to service levels during rush-hours only, where trains will run every 8 minutes on each colored line, rather than every 6 minutes on most lines today. On the Red Line, trains will run every 4 minutes between Grosvenor and Silver Spring; trains between Shady Grove and Glenmont will run every 8 minutes.
The Blue Line, which today runs every 12 minutes during rush hours, will see an increase in service with trains running every 8 minutes — the same as all other lines.
Rush+ Yellow Line service between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt will be discontinued. During rush hours, all Yellow Line trains will operate between Huntington and Mt Vernon Square. (Yellow Line service will be extended to Fort Totten during off-peak hours.) Riders north of Mt Vernon Square should use Green Line trains for continuing service.
Rendering via The Wharf
Foo Fighters will be playing the grand opening of the new music venue, Anthem, in Southwest Waterfront.The show is October 12th.
While this will undoubtedly be a great show, the tickets are $100 – $175 before fees. I love the Foo Fighters and I don’t know how much the band controls ticket prices, but this seems like a jerk move to their fans.”
Since I really have no idea, I’m curious what you guys think – jerk move or not?
Well all the Wawa excitement has me thinking about fast casual (back in my day we called it fast food grumble grumble) so please indulge me. There are way too many today to do a poll so let’s just give our answer in the comments. I’ll list as many as I can think of here – but if (when I surely) leave some out please do include them in the comments. I’m thinking for lunch. Ok here goes, Sweetgreen, Chopt, Roti, Taylor Gourmet, A. Litteri, Buredo, Chipotle, Wiseguys Pizza, District Taco, Takorean, Cava Grill, Nando’s Peri Peri, Chix, SeoulSpice, Eatsa, Wiseguys NY Pizza, Ben’s Chili Bowl, Sundevich, Chaia, Merzi… God, we really do have a ton of options, anyway you get the idea. Where’s your favorite fast casual lunch spot? And remember today’s the last day for Pedro and Vinny’s Burrito Cart on K Street.
Looking for a little levity today so this one comes from a friend after we were just joking around about terrible restaurant concepts. And of course it can be real, like Cereal Bowl, or imagined. Have at it!
Thanks to a reader for passing on:
“DDOT has proposed their plans for “fixing” the Dave Thomas Circle at Florida/New York/Eckington Place. They presented their plans on Tuesday night in NOMA and are looking for the public’s feedback by April 21st.”
Given how maddening Dave Thomas Circle has become – which of the five proposals below do you like best?
Which do you think they’ll go with?
Check out all the proposals after the jump. (more…)
1919 L Street, NW
With Mackey’s moving and yesterday’s post about the Black Rooster Pub it got me wondering about the best happy hour spots downtown these days? If you work downtown and want to grab a drink with colleagues after work, where do you go? Do you usually stay downtown or do you all go to another neighborhood? It had been years since I stopped by Black Rooster – but they were as solid as I remembered (with Golden Tee too!) Is Bottom Line still popular? The Exchange?
We have pined for much in the DC dining world – bagels, pastrami, poke. Have we pined for poke? I do not know but it is sure fun to say, pine for poke. Anyway, pine or not, poke is coming. Pastrami and bagels (to a certain degree) are here. Laotian, Thai, proper pizza, Filipino, Pineapples and Pearls with your fancy Michelin stars are all here. We got it all now. Or do we? What is the DC dining world still missing? Obviously we need a WaWa but what else?
graphic via Council of DC
With all the talk about Jason Chaffetz bringing up it up again, could you do a poll about Retrocession? I know it’s a touchy subject, but I personally support it. I’ve lived in the district for almost 10 years and hate not having full representation. I know there’re many who’ve been here far longer and have a real sense of pride about being independent. I just think the DC political establishment has more to gain by selling the false hope of statehood than by advocating for a viable solution.
While we’re on the topic, side note from Councilmember Mary Cheh’s office:
“Members of Congress are quickly moving to pass a measure to prevent the District of Columbia’s Death with Dignity Act from becoming law. This effort is led by Congressman Jason Chaffetz, Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, who represents Utah’s 3rd Congressional District. Overturning this bill and superseding a local decision without so much as holding a public hearing, contacting the District’s elected leaders, or speaking to our residents raises the concern that the door will be open to future challenges to our right to local, self-governance.
We must defend our autonomy and find creative ways to express dissent against Congressional overreach. Already we understand Chaffetz’s office recently changed his office’s phone line after a barrage of calls by residents expressing displeasure with his meddling in local affairs. In addition to our local efforts, District residents can engage their own network of family and friends across the country to speak up on our behalf and demand that Congress leave the District alone.
Below is a list of Republican Congressmen from states with death with dignity laws. Of anyone in the House, perhaps they will be most sympathetic to our situation. Please share this list with your network, forward this email, and ask others to contact Congress. Perhaps Congressional Representatives will not listen to District residents; but, it will be difficult to ignore the phone calls, Tweets (#HandsOffDC), mail, and office visits of their own constituents on our behalf. (more…)
Since Toki has been toppled from their perch – where’s the best ramen in DC? Maketto? Bantam King? Daikaya? Sakuramen? Oki Bowl? Momofuku? Kintaro? Kanji-kana? Or is Toki Underground still tops? Where is your favorite? (please include neighborhood name or street where the restaurant is located.)
Ed. Note: We spoke about our favorite Thai restaurants in DC last Friday.