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.”
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…)
“Our Teammate Nina” — A touching tribute to Nina Brekelmans, the Georgetown student who lost her life in the tragic Riggs Place fire last week, from the members of her running club. [Georgetown Running Club]
Metro changes — The new 7000 series of rail cars made its debut on the Red Line on Monday. Metro plans to replace the entire 1000-series, which have been in service since the system’s opening in 1976. [DCist]
Dupont Development — The St. Thomas’ Parish’s planned development project on 1772 Church Street is one step closer to approval. [DC Urban Turf]
Crime — A man has pleaded guilty to a Meridian Hill Park sexual assault that occurred in April. Glen Green, 23, faces a possible 19-year prison sentence. [Borderstan]