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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.

by Tim Regan — February 8, 2016 at 3:15 pm 0

(Updated at 6:57 a.m. on Tuesday) Metrobuses are slated to run normally today, Metro announced earlier this morning.

The transit agency previously enacted its “moderate snow plan” ahead of today’s expected winter weather. Though wet snow continues to dampen roads across the area, it likely won’t accumulate much, says the Capital Weather Gang.

More infromation from Metro:

UPDATE: All Metrorail, Metrobus and MetroAccess service is operating on a regular weekday schedule today, Tuesday, February 9. There are no weather related issues to report.

by Tim Regan — January 27, 2016 at 4:25 pm 0

S2 busMetrobus service will be nearly back to normal tomorrow.

Buses will operate on a “light snow plan” on Thursday, meaning that all Metrobus routes will be in service but some lines may have detours.

On 16th Street, all buses will operate on a normal daily schedule.

On U Street, the 90, 92 and 93 buses will operate normally. Depending on road conditions, the 96 bus may take a detour, as might the X3 bus.

Information on which lines might be taking detours is available on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s website. (more…)

by Andrew Ramonas — January 26, 2016 at 4:25 pm 0

S2 bus travels past snow on 16th Street NW

Metrobus service is slated to get closer to normal tomorrow. But buses still won’t run on some routes.

Only buses on “moderate snow routes” will operate Wednesday.

On 16th Street, only the S4 buses will have normal service. The S2 and s9 buses will take detours, and the S1 bus won’t run.

For U Street, the 90, 92 and 93 buses will operate normally. But the 96 buses will take a detour, and the X3 buses won’t go out.

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by Andrew Ramonas — January 25, 2016 at 4:50 pm 0

Metrobus (Photo via Twitter/WMATA)More buses are set to hit the roads tomorrow. But some routes still won’t have service.

Metrobus is restricting its service to “severe snow routes” on 16th and U streets NW, among other roads.

On 16th Street, only the S4 buses will have normal service. The S2 bus will take a detour, and the S1 and S9 buses won’t run.

For U Street, the 90, 92 and 93 buses will operate normally. But the 96 and X3 buses are out of service.

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by Tim Regan — January 24, 2016 at 3:40 pm 0

Dupont Metro station escalatorsMetro today announced it will reopen its stations for limited — but free — Metrorail and Metrobus service tomorrow.

Red, Orange and Green line trains only will run between at 7 a.m. tomorrow and midnight.

Service on these lines will be limited to underground stops only, and trains will run every 20-25 minutes, Metro said.

Orange Line trains will run between Ballston and Eastern Market, Red Line trains will run between Medical Center and Union Station and Green Line trains will run between Fort Totten and Anacostia.

Buses will operate every 30 minutes on just 22 routes between 12 and 5 p.m. tomorrow. According to Metro, “many of these routes will operate on snow emergency routes only to keep vehicles off hilly terrain, narrow side streets and other problem areas.”

The following bus routes will have service throughout the day tomorrow:

  • D.C.: 32, 33, 36, 53, 70, 90, A6, A8, P12, S4, U8, X2
  • Maryland: C4, D12, K6, Q2, V4, Y2, Z8
  • Virginia: 16A, 16E, 28A

by Tim Regan — January 21, 2016 at 5:10 pm 0

As winter storm “Jonas” — or no, actually, “Gorf” — threatens to annihilate the D.C. area, locals have something new to worry about: Metro service suspensions.

Trains will shut down tomorrow night at 11 p.m. and cease service until Monday due to the blizzard, Metro announced today. Additionally, buses will only operate only on major corridors under a “severe” snow plan on Friday, then cease to run at 5 p.m.

“This is not a storm that anyone should take lightly, and I would urge all residents to plan to get to a safe place before the storm arrives Friday afternoon,” said Metro General Manager and CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld in a statement.

“The actions we are taking today are all in the interest of our customers’ and employees’ safety, and will help us return to service once the storm passes and the snow is cleared,” he added.

by Tim Regan — January 19, 2016 at 1:30 pm 1 Comment

Metro play, photo courtesy of Pinky Swear Productions

What’s the most memorable thing that ever happened to you on the Metro? A local theater company wants to know.

Brittany Willis, a playwright with women’s theater group Pinky Swear Productions, launched a survey to collect “unforgettable public transportation stories” last week. The idea, Willis said, is to incorporate some of those submissions into a new play she hopes write later this year.

“I am using the WMATA Metro as a framing device for small stories and experiences on the Metro,” Willis said. “We want the horror stories. People getting caught on the train for two hours. Those kind of stories.” (more…)

by Andrew Ramonas — January 14, 2016 at 12:30 pm 1 Comment

Police car light(Updated at 1:25 p.m.) Authorities have apprehended a teenage girl wanted for punching and kicking a man during a robbery on a Green Line train in November, the Metro Transit Police Department announced today.

The 15-year-old juvenile was charged with felony assault and robbery in connection with the violence between the Fort Totten and Shaw-Howard Metro stations on Nov. 22.

The girl was arrested at her home in Northeast D.C. without incident this morning, according to MTPD. She had a warrant out for her arrest.

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