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 Sunday night.
Metro will perform system rebuilding work on all but one line in the system through Sunday. 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. Sunday, two hours early, to accommodate the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. According to Metro, race participants traveling to the start 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 any alerts. Weekend track …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Work will impact riders on the Red, Green, Blue and Orange lines starting at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing Sunday night.
Five Red Line stations will be closed for the weekend of May 3-5 as Metro does track work: Glenmont, Wheaton, Forest Glen, Silver Spring and Takoma. This weekend's rebuilding work will also result in service changes on the Red, Orange, Blue and Green lines, beginning at 10 p.m. Friday. Four stations on the Green Line will be closed (see below for details). Yellow Line trains will operate normally between Huntington and Fort Totten. MAP: Click on your nearest station on the map to see when the next train arrives and to learn about any alerts. According to a Metro news release: Red Line - 10 p.m. Fri., May 3 through closing Sun., May 5 Orange Line - 10 p.m. Fri., May 3 through closing Sun., May 5 Blue Line - 10 p.m. Fri., May 3 through …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Metro will open 5 a.m. Sunday for the Nike Women Half Marathon.
On Sunday, Metro will open at 5 a.m. to accommodate the Nike Women Half Marathon, whose start line is Metro accessible. Also, due to bridge work, free shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains this weekend, between the NoMa-Gallaudet and Takoma stations, according to a Metro news statement. Free shuttle buses will operate on two routes: The service changes will allow for bridge work at New York Avenue Station, and for tie replacement, insulator renewal and communication system upgrades. To allow for shuttle bus connections, the last train from Glenmont to Takoma will depart 38 minutes earlier than normal on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The train will leave Glenmont at 1:59 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 10:59 p.m. Sunday. Also, …
Friday, April 26, 2013
The County Council president tweeted a letter from the council to County Executive Leggett.
The Silver Spring Transit Center has become a $120 million headache for Montgomery County taxpayers. When the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority told the county it would not operate the transit center as planned, the pain got worse. County Council President Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring tweeted on Friday, referencing WMATA's decision and including a link to a letter the council sent to County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) on the topic. The letter requested that Leggett appear before the council Wednesday to discuss the ramifications of WMATA's decision.
Monday, April 15, 2013
After explosions at Boston Marathon, WMATA takes extra security measures.
Metro Transit Police day shift officers are being held on duty until further notice, running extra security patrols of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority bus and rail systems through rush hour, according to WMATA's official Twitter account. The news comes in the wake of two explosions which occurred as runners were crossing the finish line at the Boston Marathon. Boston Police have told the Associated Press that there were three people killed and at least 22 injuries as a result of the explosion. For up to the minute information about the Boston Marathon explosions, check Back Bay Patch. WMATA has also taken to Twitter to remind commuters of the phone number for the Metro Transit Police, which is 202-962-2121. WMATA …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
No work is scheduled for Metrorail tracks and stations this weekend, and Metrorail will open at 5 a.m. on Sunday for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run.
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 two weekends are Saturday and Sunday, and April 13–14. The only planned weekend work during that time will take place late Sunday evenings, when ridership is light, according to Metro. Read more about the track work break on Metro's website. In other news: Metrorail will open two hours early—at 5 a.m.—on Sunday for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run. Race participants should travel to the following stations, according to Metro's website:
Saturday, March 30, 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. Metro's Red Line ends at Shady Grove near Rockville and Gaithersburg. 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. Metro said the only planned weekend work would happen late Sunday evenings, when ridership wes light. "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. According to Metro, …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Police: Suspect was 'yelling and acting erratically' before stabbing.
Update: 1:10 p.m., March 14: A 24-year-old male was charged with second-degree assault with a weapon after police said he stabbed a man while boarding a Ride On bus Wednesday evening at the Shady Grove Metro station, a county police spokesperson said. Mustapha Bamba, of an unconfirmed address, used a pocket knife to stab a 21-year-old man in the leg following an argument, Officer Rebecca Innocenti said. Police were called to the Metro station at 5:41 p.m. and the victim was transported to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries, she said. Witnesses told police Bamba and victim, among others, were gathered at a bus stop when Bamba started yelling and acting erratically, Innocenti said. Bamba approached the victim and accused him of …
Friday, March 1, 2013
Red Line trains will run every 10 minutes between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., and every 15 minutes at other times.
Red Line trains will operate in two segments: between NoMa-Gallaudet and Shady Grove and between Glenmont and Takoma, according to Metro's website. Trains will operate every 10 minutes from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., and every 15 minutes at other times. Free shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains this weekend between the NoMa-Gallaudet and Takoma stations "for ongoing platform reconstruction, communication system improvements, rail renewal and DDOT bridge work," Metro reported. The work will start at 10 p.m. on Friday and will continue through closing time on Sunday. During that time, three stations will be closed: Rhode Island Avenue, Brookland and Fort Totten. Customers using the free shuttle bus service between NoMa-Gallaudet and Takoma …