Red & Blue Lines Closing This Weekend | News

Weekend Line Impact Stations Closed Work Performed
August 6-7, 2011 Blue lineOrange line Single tracking between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory
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None Replacement of rail fasteners
August 6-7, 2011 Red line Buses replace trains between Bethesda and Rockville
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Medical Center
White Flint
Leak-mitigation work in tunnels to reduce corrosion; platform rehabilitation at Twinbrook and White Flint stations; NTSB-recommended cable insulation testing; federally mandated installation of cable for enhanced cell phone coverage
August 7, 2011
(Sunday only)
Blue line Buses replace trains between Franconia-Springfield, Van Dorn Street and Eisenhower Ave. All Blue Line trains will originate/terminate at Huntington.
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Van Dorn Street
VDOT bridge work on Telegraph Road
August 20-21, 2011 Red line Buses replace trains between Glenmont and Fort Totten Takoma
Silver Spring
Forest Glen
Tie replacement, rail surface improvement (tamping), NTSB-recommended cable insulation testing, federally mandated installation of cable for enhanced cell phone coverage

For full major MetroRail track work calendar, click here.

(via WUSA9)

Two sections of two separate Metro lines will close this weekend, affecting thousands of commuters on the Red and Blue lines.

The biggest issue will be on the Red Line. There will be no service between the Rockville and Bethesda stations. That will close the Twinbrook, White Flint, Grosvenor-Strathmore, and Medical Center stations. The closure begins at 10:00pm Friday (August 5) and will last through Sunday night. Regular service should be restored for the Monday morning commute (August 8).

Metro will operate free shuttle buses between all of the affected stations. There will also be an express shuttle bus operating between the Rockville and Bethesda. Riders should add about 45 minutes to get through the closure. Red line service will operate normally between Bethesda, downtown Washington, and Glenmont.

Metro says the closure is needed to do some important maintenance and safety work.  According to its website, the transit agency will “install new rail, repair tunnel leaks, replace ties and fasteners, install new communications cables to enhance cell phone coverage, and conduct preventive maintenance on 23 elevators and 10 escalators.”

A section of the Blue Line will also be closed for part of the weekend. There will be no train service Sunday, August 7 between the Franconia-Springfield, Van Dorn Street, and King Street stations. The closure will be in effect all day Sunday.

Metro will operate free shuttles from the Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street stations to the Eisenhower Avenue station on the Yellow Line. Commuters should add on 30 minutes to their travel time. Blue line trains will depart from the Huntington station on their way through Northern Virginia, the District, and on to the Largo Town Center station.

The Blue Line issue is not due to Metro. The Virginia Department of Transportation is doing work on the Telegraph Road bridge near the King Street station. In order to allow VDOT to do its work safely, Metro will not be able to run trains along the southern end of the Blue Line near the bridge.

Customers on the eastern ends of the Blue and Orange Lines will have to deal with a slow down due to single-tracking. Trains will share the same track between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory. The single-tracking begins Friday night at 10:00 and goes through Sunday. Metro is telling customers to add 20 minutes of travel time.

Above Ground Metrorail Station Coming To Dulles Airport, Silver Line | News

This is great news! Hopefully some of the fare raises will show in this new metro station at Dulles Airport.

(via @wusa9)

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) — In an 11-1 vote, members of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) agreed to build an above-ground Metrorail station at Dulles International Airport.

While the move saves $300 million versus an underground station, even some of those board members who voted for the above-ground station aren’t happy with the decision.

Chairman Charles Snelling told 9NEWS NOW reporter Bruce Leshan he was disappointed, but it was a political reality and the only way to complete the project.

The lone dissenter, Robert Clarke Brown, said it’s an embarrassment to have a station like this as the gateway to the capital of the country.

The board approved an underground station in April, but some of the local counties involved in funding said they would pull their monies if the less expensive above-ground station wasn’t chosen.

The $3.5 billion Silver Line, expected to be completed in 2017, will be paid for mostly by Dulles toll revenues. A quarter of it will be paid by the counties and airports authority.

The 13-member MWAA board is appointed. Virginia’s governor appoints five people (Former Rep. Tom Davis is one them), Maryland’s governor appoints two, DC’s mayor appoints three, and the President of the United States appoints three. Snelling, who lives in Pennsylvania, is a presidential appointee.

Metro Confirms There Was A Sexual Crime On Green Line Train In April | News

(via @WUSA9)

TEMPLE HILLS, Md. (WUSA) — Metro spokesperson Dan Stessel confirmed a teenage girl was the victim of a sexual offense on a Green Line train in April.The Washington Examiner reported that Metro did not tell the public about the attack at the time.

Stessel told the Examiner and 9NEWS NOW: “There was no threat to public safety. The alleged assailant was immediately apprehended…With the suspect in custody, our interest was ensuring that the privacy of the teenage victim was protected.”

Stessel said the attack was not rape, but was a first degree sexual offense. He declined to be more specific about what happened during the attack that happened on an outbound Green line train.

The girl was under the age of 18 and did not know her attacker, confirmed Stessel.

She reported the incident at the Naylor Road station in Prince George’s County. Then, Metro Transit Police arrested the man before he left the Naylor Road Station, said Stessel.

The man was charged with first- and second-degree sexual offense and a kidnapping charge, Stessel told the Examiner.

The name of the suspect has not been released, but Stessel said the suspect is from Annandale and the case will go to trial soon.

These details came to light after the Examiner says noticed just one rape listed for this year in a report this month. When the Examiner asked about it, Stessel clarified that the incident was a sexual offense, not a rape. The Examiner reports that Stessel “noted the report would be amended.”

A Peek Inside Metro’s Newest Rail Car | News

(via @WashingtonPost)

Inside a warehouse near New Carrollton station sits a prototype of Metro’s newest rail car, the 7000 series.

Constructed of plywood and painted gray, the prototype is half the size of an actual subway car, but it was made to give transit officials and riders a place to test designs for the interiors of the new additions to Metro’s fleet.

The transit authority plans to order 428 of the rail cars from Kawasaki at a cost of $886 million. The cars will be assembled in Lincoln, Neb., and are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2013.

Three hundred of the new units will replace the oldest Metro rail cars, which date from the opening of the system 35 years ago and are known as the 1000 series. The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended they be removed from servicebecause of the damage they sustain in crashes.

The rest of the 7000 series cars are planned for the new rail line to Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County.


So…. is this where our increase in fare money is going? $889 Million dollars worth of new trains? And we can’t even get a functioning elevator or escalator to get to them?

Poll: What WMATA Metro Line Needs The Most Improvement?

What improvements does the line need? From the broken elevators and escalators to rider safety.

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Metro Elevator and Escalator Issues | News

How often do you get to the Metro Station and stand at the top of the escalator, which is now a staircase, while an entire train of people exit the station before you are able to enter?

Annoying right? It’s generally the same Stations that never have working elevators and escalators. Very inconvenient for elderly people, small children and riders with strollers and wheelchairs.

In June 2008, Metro set a new monthly ridership record with 19,729,641 trips, or 798,456 per weekday. In 2010 metro increased rail fares 18%, making a regular boarding fare $1.95. The fair for the Metro bus increased to $1.50 if paying with a SmartTrip and $1.70 if paying with cash. Can you imagine the kind of numbers Metro is seeing now? When is the increase in fare going to show in more place then just our wallets?

Check out this article posted in 2010 explaining the budget CUTS Metro’s 2011 budget will receive.

I guess the real issue, is WHY are the elevators and escalators not working? Not sure if you caught this video back in February 2011, when an escalator’s breaking system failed at Foggy Bottom Station, causing it to speed up and jolted riders forward and into the station. People were injured during this malfunction.

What station do you visit frequently with broken elevators and escalators. They always put that huge wooden box around the broken ones, like there’s some secret as to why no one is ever on the other side fixing them.