Friday, May 17, 2013
Work will impact riders on the Red, Orange and Green lines starting at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing Sunday night.
Traveling on Metro this weekend? Stay informed about delays. Metro will perform system rebuilding work on all but one line in the system for the weekend of May 17-19. This weekend's rebuilding work will result in service changes on the Red, Orange and Green lines. Blue or Yellow lines riders can breathe easy, there is no scheduled track work on either line this weekend. MAP: Click on your nearest station on the map to see when the next train arrives and to learn about any alerts. Weekend track work will result in service changes on three lines beginning at 10 p.m. Friday. According to a Metro news release: Red Line - 10 p.m. Fri., May 17 through closing Sun., May 19 Orange Line - 10 p.m. Fri., May 17 through closing Sun., May 19 Green Line…
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…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
New information released about investigation into the fire beneath a Red Line rail car Tuesday evening at the Silver Spring Metro station.
Metro investigators said Wednesday that they do not yet know the root cause of the fire that led to the evacuation of the Silver Spring Metro station Tuesday evening, but that they have ruled out the track conditions and are focusing instead on the Red Line rail car involved. Metro said it reported the fire under the rail car shortly after 6 p.m. Smoke billowed over downtown Silver Spring, but no one was injured, and firefighters brought it under control quickly. According to Metro, the rail car is a 1000-series car that is the oldest type in the fleet and scheduled for retirement with the arrival of the new 7000-series rail cars next year. Investigators "are looking at the way the electrical arc-flashing occurred beneath the car, which …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Silver Line appears on new map, but when might the Purple Line appear?
The Maryland Transit Authority has scheduled a series of five open houses to update citizens on the status of the much-discussed Purple Line, according to a Washington Post story. The Purple Line is a proposed light rail extension of the current Metro system and would run for 16 miles between Bethesda and New Carrollton, and connect with the existing Red, Orange and Green Lines. Among issues that have been discussed is how the line’s construction would be funded. A February Post article stated that for Maryland to receive federal funding, the state must demonstrate that it can pay its half ($2.15 billion) of the costs. The gas tax and public-private partnerships have been talked about as possible sources of funding, but no decisions have …
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 for the weekend of May 10-12. 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. 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. …
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.
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…
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 …
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 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 reported. "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 type of…
Friday, March 22, 2013
Taking the Red Line from Takoma? Weekend track work will take a hiatus.
Metro takes a break from its rigorous weekend track work schedule during the cherry blossom season, according to a statement on Metro's website. The break occurs on four consecutive weekends: March 23-24, March 30-31, Apr. 6-7, and Apr. 13-14. "The only planned weekend work during that time will take place late Sunday evenings, when ridership is light," Metro reported. "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 type of system we are working…