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 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. 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 work …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Work will impact riders on every line starting at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing Sunday night.
Metro will perform system rebuilding work on every line in the system for the weekend of April 26-28. On Sunday, the system will open early to accommodate runners in the Nike Women's Half Marathon. Sunday, Metro will open at 5 a.m. for the Nike Women's Half Marathon and runners can access the start line from Metro Center (Red/Blue/Orange lines), Federal Triangle (Blue/Orange lines) or Archives (Yellow/Green lines). MAP: Click on your nearest station on the map to see when the next train arrives and to learn about any alerts. The track work will result in service changes on all lines beginning at 10 p.m. Friday. According to a Metro news release: Blue & Orange lines—10 p.m. Friday, April 26, through closing Sunday, April 28 EXCEPT between 5…
Friday, April 5, 2013
Metro stations will open early Sunday for the Cherry Blossom 10-miler, part of the 2013 Cherry Blossom festival.
There will be no scheduled weekend track work on the Metro this weekend, a courtesy to visitors attending the annual Cherry Blossom Festival during what could be the peak bloom this weekend. Metro is halting weekend track work activities through April 14 with the exception of work taking place after 10 p.m. Sundays, when ridership is expected to be light. Metro will open early Sunday at 5 a.m. to accommodate participants in the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run. Runners should travel to the following stations: The Vienna Metro Station will likely be crowded Sunday morning, since it's the last point for the Orange Line in Virginia — get there early if you're headed to the race. MAP: Click on your nearest station on the map to see when…
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Metro will triple the number of surveillance cameras in rail cars as part of a new security system.
Metro plans to triple the number of surveillance cameras throughout the Metrorail system—increasing the number of cameras to about 6,000—and will install them inside Metro rail cars for the first time ever, according to the Associated Press. The Vienna Metro station was recently ranked No. 3 on a top 10 list of stations with the most crime in Virginia by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The expansion could cost an estimated $6.5 million, only some of which would come from federal grants, according to The Washington Examiner. "We have no greater responsibility than protecting the safety of our customers, visitors and employees," Metro spokesman Philip Stewart told The Washington Examiner. "To that end, we are in the …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Metro says system-wide capability not possible until 2015, but the Congressional deadline is Sept. 30 of this year.
Metro got a break this week on its Congressional deadline to install cellphone service system-wide; a continuing resolution pushed the due date from March 30 to Sept. 30, The Washington Examiner reports. But don't get your hopes up, Metro has said system-wide service will not happen until December 2015. Among other requirements to continue receiving $150 million in federal funding each year, Metro is supposed to offer cell phone service throughout the transit system. Metro's 20 busiest stations were wired for internet service in 2009, but many tunnels between stations and many stations still do not have cell phone or internet service capabilities. Currently AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless have mixed levels of service throughout…
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Some work will be done late Sunday evenings. Click on your nearest station on the map to see when the next train arrives and to learn about any alerts.
Don't tell Metro, but they FORGOT to schedule weekend track work. Well, that's not entirely accurate. Now through April 14, Metro is halting weekend track work activities during the Cherry Blossom Festival, with the exception of late Sunday evenings. "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 a press release. "The spring break will give people an opportunity to experience the type of system we are working toward." Of course, there is always the possibility of unscheduled track work should something break during normal …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Traffic information for Northern Virginia commuters, including traffic jams, delays, Metro, ART, DASH, Fairfax Connector and more. Click on the grey tabs below for more information.
Problems on your commute today? Tell other readers about it in the comment section below. Updated traffic information: Delayed Metro trains, buses and cars sitting in endless traffic on I-66 and the Beltway—even a 10-minute commute in the DC metro area can be extreme some days. In fact, a March 2013 report from the Census Bureau shows people in the DC metro area have the second-worst commute in the country. That report came on the heels of a Texas Transportation Institute report in February that DC area commuters face the worst traffic in the country. Patch is here to help! Click on any of the grey tabs above to expand it and get more information about congestion, delays or other traffic alerts. On the Metro rail map, click on any …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Metro ridership dropped, but a fare increase boosted revenues.
Although revenues increased for the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority in the last half of 2012, ridership dipped by 6 percent to below 100 million, according to transit authority statistics reported in the Washington Examiner. A revenue increase of about $15 million to $412.4 million, from July to December 2012, was attributed to a July 1, 2012 fare increase. While the uptick in revenue sounds good on the surface, Metro spokeswoman Caroline Lucas told the Examiner that “Metrorail revenue is still $20.2 million below budgeted expectations.” During the same July-to-December time span—the first half of fiscal year 2013—Metro experienced another financial difficulty described in a report released on March 14 by the transit authority …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Improvements to Vienna station, among others, likely to be delayed as agency receives $8 million reduction in federal funding.
Sequestration will impact Metro’s long-term projects, likely delaying bus purchases, station improvements and possibly deferring the agency’s plan to replace its fare-card system with one allowing credit cards, according to a report from The Washington Post. The agency will receive $8 million less in federal funds as a result of the mandatory federal cuts. Metro had expected to lose as much as $12 million. It receives $150 million annually from the federal government, a number that is matched by local participating jurisdictions. • See: Sequestration to Affect Metro Maintenance, Long-Term Upgrades Metro is currently accepting bids from tech firms to develop a new system that would allow customers tap their credit card or mobile phone to …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Click on your nearest station on the map to see when the next train arrives and to learn about any alerts.
Metrorail track work will impact the Orange and Red Lines this weekend. On Saturday, March 16, the Metrorail system will open two hours early—at 5 a.m.—for the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. According to a Metro news release: Orange Line Red Line