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“Dear PoPville,

Any reports of what it’s like to fly American Eagle from #DCA right now, is it still #35X and a crowded bus?”

WMATAstuff replied: “Nope 35X is gone once and for all. They’ve been moved into the main terminal while they finish the new gate 35X terminal.”

UPDATE: Official word from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority:

American Airlines continues to operate several flights a day using Gate 35X. Once the new concourse, which is currently under construction, opens next year, then flights will stop operating from Gate 35X.”

From DCA:

With the demolition and removal of office buildings and aircraft hangars that once occupied the north end of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the palette is clearing for the construction of a New Commuter Concourse that will replace passenger movement through the infamously congested Gate 35X. Presently, six thousand passengers a day journey through 35X, boarding buses that drive them to remotely parked aircraft. When the new concourse opens in 2021, 14 gates with jetbridges will replace the busing system, and the less-than-pleasing traits of Gate 35X will be retired.” Read More

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Thanks to Justin for sharing with us earlier this morning: “Hey @Reagan_Airport, isn’t everyone supposed to be wearing masks including Senators?”

From Reagan National Airport’s website:

“As of May 29, face coverings are required for everyone at Reagan National Airport, per Gov. Ralph Northam’s mandate. Children under age 10 and people with medical conditions which prevent the wearing of face coverings are exempt.”

Justin’s follow up cracked me up too: Read More

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From @IAFF36 around 10:30pm:

“Special Operations units responding with National Airport companies, to a report of a large boat overturned at the end of Runway 1.”

Updates as more info becomes available.

Update from @rescue1dcfd:

“Three victims in the water. National Airport. Update. All three victims removed from water. Being transported by EMS.”

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From Ben’s Chili Bowl:

“There are some new food options coming to Reagan National Airport and I am happy to say that Ben’s Chili Bowl will be one of them! The deal is done and we are working hard on a design that will bring the food and flavor of U Street to National Hall in the airport. This new location will be just to the right of Terminal B (the center terminal) and will be pre-security so regardless of what airline you are flying or if you are taking a trip at all, everyone will have access to Ben’s Chili Bowl at National Airport. And we will have plenty of seats for customers to dine-in as well as carry-out that can go through security and be carried on the plane.

Look out for Ben’s at DCA around May of 2014.”

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And at the corner of 10th and H St, NE – Ben’s has applied for a liquor license:

“Restaurant serving American style food with 191 seats and occupancy load of 266. Summer Garden with 44 seats. Sidewalk café with 38 seats.”

Hours of operation hope to be Sunday through Thursday 6 am -2 am and Friday & Saturday 6 am – 4 am.

Ed. Note: Last week we learned of some scuttlebutt that Ben’s planned to open an Arlington location as well.

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From WMATA:

Red Line 10 p.m. Fri., Sept. 13 through closing Sun., Sept. 15
Regular weekend service except slight reduction in trains at stations north of Medical Center (Grosvenor to Shady Grove)

Red Line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals (every 6 to 15 minutes) throughout the weekend.

During daytime hours, every other train will run between Silver Spring & Medical Center, rather than between Silver Spring & Shady Grove. As a result, riders traveling to or from stations north of Medical Center (e.g. Rockville, Shady Grove) may experience an additional wait of up to 6 minutes.

Orange Line 10 p.m. Fri., Sept. 13 through closing Sun., Sept. 15
Trains every 20 minutes

Orange Line trains will operate every 20 minutes throughout the weekend.

Work Performed: Reconstruction of the station platforms at Minnesota Ave and Deanwood stations will continue, along with tie renewal, insulator renewal and structural improvements.

Blue Line 10 p.m. Fri., Sept. 13 through closing Sun., Sept. 15
Buses replace trains between Braddock Road & Pentagon City

Blue Line trains will operate:

Between Franconia-Springfield & Braddock Road at regular weekend intervals (every 12 minutes during daytime hours, and every 15-20 minutes at other times).
Between Largo Town Center & Pentagon City at regular weekend intervals (every 12 minutes during daytime hours, and every 15-20 minutes at other times).

Free shuttle buses will replace Blue Line trains between Braddock Road and Pentagon City to allow for rebuilding work. Shuttle buses will operate on two routes:

Express Buses will operate non-stop between Braddock Road and Pentagon City. Add 15 minutes of travel time.
Local Buses will operate between Braddock Road and Pentagon City, making intermediate stops at Reagan National Airport and Crystal City stations. Add up to 20 minutes of travel time.

Stations Closed: Reagan National Airport, Crystal City

Change to Last Train Times: The last train from Franconia-Springfield to Braddock Road will depart 22 minutes earlier than normal to allow for shuttle bus connections. The last train of the night will depart at 2:07 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, and at 11:07 p.m. on Sunday.

Work Performed: Crews will replace junction boxes (an NTSB safety recommendation), along with structural/grout pad rehabilitation, track maintenance and cover baord renewal.

Yellow Line 10 p.m. Fri., Sept. 13 through closing Sun., Sept. 15
Buses replace trains between Braddock Road & Pentagon City

Yellow Line trains will operate:

Between Huntington & Braddock Road at regular weekend intervals (every 12 minutes during daytime hours, and every 15-20 minutes at other times).
Between Mt Vernon Sq & Pentagon City at regular weekend intervals (every 12 minutes during daytime hours, and every 15-20 minutes at other times).

Note: Yellow Line trains will operate to/from Mt Vernon Sq this weekend. Riders traveling to/from stations north of Mt Vernon Sq should use Green Line trains to complete their trip.

Free shuttle buses will replace Yellow Line trains between Braddock Road and Pentagon City to allow for rebuilding work. Shuttle buses will operate on two routes:

Express Buses will operate non-stop between Braddock Road and Pentagon City. Add 15 minutes of travel time.
Local Buses will operate between Braddock Road and Pentagon City, making intermediate stops at Reagan National Airport and Crystal City stations. Add up to 20 minutes of travel time.

Stations Closed: Reagan National Airport, Crystal City

Change to Last Train Times: The last train from Huntington to Braddock Road will depart 22 minutes earlier than normal to allow for shuttle bus connections. The last train of the night will depart at 2:12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, and at 11:12 p.m. on Sunday.

Work Performed: Crews will replace junction boxes (an NTSB safety recommendation), along with structural/grout pad rehabilitation, track maintenance and cover baord renewal.

Green Line 10 p.m. Fri., Sept. 13 through closing Sun., Sept. 15
Trains every 16 minutes

Green Line trains will operate every 16 minutes throughout the weekend.

Work Performed: Between Fort Totten and Prince George’s Plaza, crews will perform necessary track upgrades, including tie and insulator renewal, tamping and ballast regulating.”

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It seems some folks are far more comfortable than perhaps they ought to be at a public airport. This is likely the prelude to the most awkward in-flight conversation ever…or the greatest.

The reader writes:

“I shot this video as I was waiting to board a flight at National Airport on Friday. Not sure what more there is to say, other than WTF? And I give the guy props for wearing the outfit better than I ever could.”

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