Thursday, May 16, 2013
Tuesday's Metrorail fire caused commuters to sound off on Twitter.
Metro troubles reared their ugly head again on Tuesday as a track fire on the Red Line in Silver Spring caused significant delays during evening rush hour. Commuters took to Twitter to share their woes. @MROBart of Washington, DC was happy to have Twitter as a communication channel: "thank u #twitterverse for keeping us folks on the redline informed about the #silver spring FIRE when @wmata has failed to do so!" @wisemetis of Silver Spring had her evening plans impacted: "Red line train on fire at Silver Spring. Guesd I'm missing knit night tonight." @jonathanbtucker of DC might have come up with a new pick-up line: ""Baby, you look like the Red Line.... on fire!" -- no really tho, there's a fire on the DC metro Red Line near Silver Spring…
Friday, May 10, 2013
Work will impact riders on the Red, Orange, Blue and Yellow lines starting at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday night.
Metro will perform system rebuilding work on all but one line in the system for the weekend of May 10 through 12. This weekend's rebuilding work will result in service changes on the Red, Orange, Blue and Yellow lines. Green Line trains will operate normally between Greenbelt and Branch Avenue. Additionally, Metrorail will open at 5 a.m.—two hours early—on Sunday to accommodate the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. According to Metro, race participants traveling to the starting line should use the following stations: • Metro Center (Red/Blue/Orange lines) • Federal Triangle (Blue/Orange lines) • Smithsonian (Blue/Orange lines) MAP: Click on your nearest station on the map to see when the next train arrives and to learn about …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Metro will open at 5 a.m. on Sunday for the Nike Women Half Marathon.
Free shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains this weekend between the NoMa-Gallaudet and Takoma stations, according to a Metro news statement. The service changes will allow for bridge work at New York Avenue Station, and for tie replacement, insulator renewal and communication system upgrades. Starting at 10 p.m. on Friday, April 26, and continuing through closing on Sunday, two stations will be closed: Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland. Also, the Fort Totten Station will be open for Green and Yellow Line service only. Trains will operate between Glenmont and Takoma and between Shady Grove and NoMa-Gallaudet every 10 minutes during daytime hours and at regular weekend intervals at other times. Free shuttle buses will operate on two …
Friday, April 19, 2013
The weekend track work schedule picks up again this weekend.
Metro's track work-free weekends of cherry blossom time are over. This weekend—from 10 p.m. on Friday, April 19, through closing on Sunday, April 21—Red Line trains will be replaced by free shuttle buses between Gallery Place and Union Station "as workers install 600 feet of new lighting fixtures between the tracks at Judiciary Square Station. ... Rail service must be suspended because the light fixtures are located within inches of both third rails," Metro reported on its website. The Judiciary Square Station will be closed all weekend, and trains will run between Glenmont and Union Station every 10 minutes during daytime hours and at regular weekend intervals at other times. Between Shady Grove and Farragut North, trains will run every …
Friday, April 12, 2013
On Thursday, Metro revealed details about its plan to test design concepts at Bethesda that could be used system-wide.
Metro on Thursday unveiled a video simulation and new details surrounding its plan to use the Bethesda Metro station to pilot new design concepts as a part of its strategic plan, "Momentum." Patch broke the news last month that Bethesda has been selected for the "Model Station of the Future" pilot project. The concepts tested at Bethesda may be used system-wide in the future, according to a Metro statement. The pilot program will bring "improved lighting, better information and improved customer convenience" to the station. According to Metro, some of the new concepts being considered include: “The National Capital Region is growing at an accelerated rate,” Metro General Manager Richard Sarles said in the statement. “It is imperative that …
Friday, March 29, 2013
No work is scheduled for Metrorail tracks and stations this weekend.
Metro takes a break from its rigorous weekend track work schedule during the cherry blossom season, according to a Metro news statement. This year, the break occurs on four consecutive weekends. The remaining weekends are: March 30 to 31, April 6 to 7 and April 13 to 14. "The only planned weekend work during that time will take place late Sunday evenings, when ridership is light," Metro stated. "While the work we do almost every weekend is necessary to get the system back to a steady state of safety and reliability, we are in a position where we can take a short break to let everyone enjoy the season," Metro General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles said in the statement. "The spring break will give people an opportunity to experience the …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Weekend track work on Metrorail will take a break for four consecutive weekends.
Metro takes a break from its rigorous weekend track work schedule during the cherry blossom season, according to Metro's website. This year, the break takes place on four consecutive weekends: March 23 to 24, March 30 to 31, Apr. 6 and 7, and Apr. 13 and 14. "The only planned weekend work during that time will take place late Sunday evenings, when ridership is light," Metro reported on its website. "While the work we do almost every weekend is necessary to get the system back to a steady state of safety and reliability, we are in a position where we can take a short break to let everyone enjoy the season," Metro General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles said. "The spring break will give people an opportunity to experience the type of system …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Red Line customers traveling by shuttle bus through the work zone are advised to add 40 minutes to their trip times.
Red Line trains will single track in two zones this weekend, from 10 p.m. on Friday, March 15, through closing on Sunday, Metro's website reported. Three stations will be closed during this time: Rhode Island Avenue, Brookland and Fort Totten. Trains will run between Glenmont and Takoma, and between NoMa-Gallaudet and Shady Grove. They will operate every 10 minutes from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and every 15 minutes at other times. Free shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains between the NoMa-Gallaudet and Takoma stations so that work crews can perform ongoing platform reconstruction, track upgrades and bridge work, Metro reported. Metro advised customers using the shuttle buses between Takoma and NoMa-Gallaudet to add about 40 minutes to …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Red Line passengers should allow for about 10 minutes of additional travel time this weekend, Metro advised.
Red Line trains will single track between Judiciary Square and Rhode Island Avenue this weekend, starting at 10 p.m. on Friday, March 8, and continuing through closing on Sunday, according to Metro's website. The single tracking will occur to allow for track renewal and communication system upgrades, Metro reported. Throughout the weekend, Red Line trains will operate every 20 minutes, with the exception of between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, when additional trains will operate between Shady Grove and Judiciary Square, resulting in service at about every 10 minutes between those stations, Metro stated. Metro advised Red Line passengers to allow for about 10 minutes of additional travel time. Read more about scheduled track …
Monday, March 4, 2013
A woman went on the tracks at the Bethesda Metro station, the Washington Examiner reported.
A train operator was able to stop in time before hitting a woman on the tracks at the Bethesda Metro station Friday, according to the Washington Examiner. The incident happened around 5:30 p.m. during the Friday afternoon rush hour, The Examiner reported. The woman refused to move after the train stopped, at one point lying down on the tracks, according to the report. It took officials about 15 minutes to remove the woman from the tracks. She was committed involuntarily at a local hospital. Read the full story at the Washington Examiner.