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by Tim Regan — August 24, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Metro display ads Aug 2016

Fully animated advertisements might soon catch your eye at Metro stations across the District and the surrounding area.

A national billboard and transit ad company is working to install brand new digital displays at key stations across the city, according to Metro.

“Over the next few weeks, our partner OUTFRONT Media will be replacing some existing, static advertising dioramas in the Metrorail System with new 65″ digital panels,” said Metro representative Morgan Dye.

The displays, which loop video advertisements in crystal clear quality, were recently installed at seven Metro stations across the District, including Columbia Heights, Dupont Circle and McPherson Square, Dye said.

Additional digital displays are set to be installed soon at Metro’s Farragut West and Foggy Bottom stations, Dye added.

Here’s Metro’s full list of the stations included in the project’s first phase:

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by Courtney Brown — July 28, 2016 at 2:30 pm 1 Comment

Adams Morgan

Advocates for restaurants and stores downtown and in Adams Morgan are blasting a Metro proposal to permanently cut its evening operating hours for train service, warning that the plan could have a dire effect on local businesses.

Officials with the Downtown and Adams Morgan Partnership business improvement districts said in statements yesterday that axing hours would leave workers and visitors without a major mode of transportation to and from their neighborhoods late at night on weekends.

The plan, which Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld proposed this week, calls for the system’s closure at 10 p.m. on Sundays and midnight on other days, indefinitely, in an effort to better maintain Metro’s infrastructure. Before SafeTrack repairs in June brought midnight closures every day, trains ran until 3 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

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by Andrew Ramonas — July 25, 2016 at 9:50 am 0

Partial power outage at the U Street Metro station on July 25, 2016

(Updated at 10:40 a.m.) The lights have come back on at the  U Street Metro station after a power outage this morning.

Crews responded to the problem about 9:40 a.m., according to a tweet from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Metrorail Info account. By 10:30 a.m., the electricity was working again.

Although trains continued to run during the outage, delays were reported on the Green and Yellow lines.

Photo by Courtney Brown

by Alyse Mier — July 19, 2016 at 3:00 pm 7 Comments

About two dozen young men and few other people converged on Dupont Circle this afternoon to vent their frustration over Metro’s delays and safety, demanding the privatization of the transit system.

Angered by Metro’s slow service and what they said are the system’s “hazardous” conditions, the demonstrators stood in a line near the Dupont station’s north entrance yelling, “Metro’s a loser! We took an Uber!”

Metro, which is undergoing a massive effort to rehabilitate its aging rail system, is “always a long delay,” the demonstrators chanted to the tune of “Tomorrow” from “Annie.”

The protesters also expressed their frustration by waving a collection of handmade signs that said, “Metro=Hazard Privatize Now,” “Can’t PokeGo Metro Slow,” “The Metro is More Lit Than My Mixtape” and “Bro, do you even Metro?”

When a Borderstan reporter asked one demonstrator for a comment, he declined.

“We can’t talk,” he said dismissively. “We’re protesting.”

The young man and his fellow demonstrators disbanded soon after.

by Tim Regan — July 18, 2016 at 11:00 am 0

Dupont Circle MetroWhen will chilled air flow in Metro’s Dupont Circle and Farragut North stations? Not any time soon, it seems.

That’s because the transit agency has again pushed back repairs of the “chillers” that help cool those Red Line stations.

“Metro’s contractor has completed pressure tests of the pipes under Connecticut Ave NW (off Metro property) that provide chilled air service to Dupont Circle and Farragut North stations,” Metro said in a statement last Friday. “The test results are currently being evaluated to determine next steps. Unfortunately, chilled air service has not yet been restored.”

The chillers stopped working last summer due to leaks in the 40-year-old pipe that feeds water into the system, officials said. Metro originally estimated it would repair those leaks by July 1, then again by July 16.

As for when those chillers might actually come online, Metro did not set a firm date.

“We are working with the contractor and other outside parties to resolve this issue as soon as possible,” the agency said. “In the meantime, tunnel fans will remain on at all times to provide air circulation to the two stations. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.”

by Borderstan.com — July 1, 2016 at 8:50 am 0

(Updated at 9:30 a.m.) A trash truck collided with a Metro bus in Logan Circle this morning.

The crash happened near the intersection of Vermont Ave. and 11th St. NW around 7:30 a.m. this morning, according Metro spokesman Richard Jordan.

Jordan said the bus was stopped when a trash truck drove its dumpster into it, shattering a window.

Nobody was injured in the collision, Jordan and D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Doug Buchanan confirmed.

by Tim Regan — May 24, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Dupont Chillers update sign

Two stations on Metro’s Red Line will likely be hotter than normal again this summer.

The Dupont Circle and Farragut North stations will begin the hot season without air conditioning thanks to broken pieces of equipment known as “chillers,” WMATA said earlier this month.

“Both Dupont Circle and Farragut North stations are cooled by a common chiller plant that is located in the median of Connecticut Avenue opposite the Farragut North L Street entrance,” read a press release. “Delivery of chilled air to the stations has been disrupted by a leak in the underground line that runs between the chiller plant and the stations.”

In order to fix the problem, Metro will dig up a portion of Connecticut Avenue and repair that leaky line. Though the transit agency has said the chillers could come back online as soon as July, we all know Metro has an issue with unexpected delays.

So, we want to know: do you think Metro will actually fix these chillers by July, or are we in for a red hot summer on the Red Line?

by Tim Regan — May 6, 2016 at 11:35 am 0

Your daily commute might be affected at some point over the next year as Metro embarks on a massive effort to rehabilitate its aging rail system.

Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld today announced its “SafeTrack” plan to “improve Metrorail safety and restore service reliability.” The plan includes 15 “safety surges” over the next year that will include closing stations at midnight all week and reducing service on many of its lines at various times, according to a press release.

“Metrorail riders will be encouraged to consider using alternate travel options while safety surge work is in effect on their line,” the press release cautions. At a press conference held this morning, Wiedefeld said “the level of service will go down during these surge periods.”

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by Tim Regan — April 21, 2016 at 5:13 pm 0

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(Updated at 5:18 p.m.) Metro employees briefly closed the Dupont Circle Station’s south entrance after two escalators and the overhead lights inside lost power during rush hour earlier today.

Power was restored and the entrance reopened just before 5:20 p.m.

Conditions were treacherous as riders slowly made their way down the stopped escalator this afternoon. Several Metro employees and one D.C. Police officer were spotted helping riders down the escalator just before 5 p.m.

See a video of the outage below:

by Andrew Ramonas — April 13, 2016 at 4:30 pm 1 Comment

Columbia Heights Metro station (Photo via Google Maps)Metro riders who use the Columbia Heights station are slated to have one less way to get in and out of it during the next several months, starting next week, according to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

The entrance at the northeast corner of 14th and Irving streets NW is scheduled to close Monday for about nine months of work to install new escalators. Without the complete closure of the entryway, crews would spend about 18 months on the project, according to WMATA.

“Metro will begin installing two new entrance escalators on the east side of Columbia Heights Station, marking the final phase of a major capital project to replace all seven of the station’s escalators,” a WMATA notice says. “To date, five of the station’s escalators have been replaced with safer, more reliable units.”

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by Tim Regan — April 13, 2016 at 10:40 am 0

Bus stopping at 1336 14th St NW

Some frequent Metro bus riders and at least one Logan Circle community leader have differing opinions on whether to remove a shelter that covers a bus stop on 14th St. NW.

Members of Logan Circle’s ANC 2F voted last week to ask DDOT and WMATA to consider removing the shelter above the stop at 1336 14th St. NW. Among their concerns was that the stop was infrequently used, and sometimes attracted litter and the occasional loiterer.

Prior to last week’s meeting, a group of residents and a representative from the forthcoming Jinya Ramen bar came before the commission’s Community Development Committee and asked that the bus stop be removed altogether.

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by Tim Regan — March 15, 2016 at 4:15 pm 1 Comment

(Updated at 9:29 a.m. Wednesday) Surprise! Metro closed its rail system to riders for a full 24 hours at midnight. The transit agency announced the news at a press conference yesterday afternoon.

The Metrorail system will closed midnight and will remain closed until 5 a.m. Thursday, according to officials. All six Metrorail lines and all 91 stations will be closed on Wednesday.

More information from a Metro press release:

Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld, with support from the Authority’s Board of Directors, today announced the full closure of the Metrorail system on Wednesday, March 16, for emergency inspections of the system’s third-rail power cables following an early morning tunnel fire yesterday.

The inspections of approximately 600 “jumper cables” will occur along all tunnel segments on the Metrorail system. At the conclusion of the inspection process, there may be a need for additional rail service outages. Any further service impacts will be announced to the public as soon as they are known.

Despite the closure, D.C. Public Schools remained open.

News of the shutdown also appeared to briefly crash the WMATA website yesteday afternoon:

The move comes days after an early morning cable fire caused massive delays on Metro’s Blue and Orange lines.

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