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DASH Bus AT8 Detour Due to Water Main Break

Due to a water main break on Duke Street between Wheeler Avenue and Fort Williams Parkway in Alexandria, Virginia, the DASH Bus AT8 in both directions is detouring & may experience delays.

Metro SmarTrip Card

All fare machines now selling SmarTrip® only

Metro’s fare vending machines have sold their last paper farecards, marking an important milestone in the process of phasing out the older payment method. Customers purchasing fare media at any Metrorail station will receive a SmarTrip® card – not a paper farecard – from the vending machines.

The process to retrofit  fare vending machines and discontinue all sales of paper farecards began in October and was completed a month ahead of schedule. Metro upgraded more than 450 ‘blue’ fare vending machines in every Metrorail station to dispense SmarTrip cards only. The final two stations – Anacostia and Naylor Road – were completed overnight.  (more…)

Bike lane

The City’s Department of Transportation & Environmental Services (T&ES), Transportation Planning Division recently held a public meeting on an upcoming Complete Streets project along King Street between Radford Street and Janneys Lane.

The purpose of this meeting was to seek community input.  The project will be implemented in conjunction with the resurfacing of the roadway. Complete Streets are streets that are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities.

ICYMI, you can find the presentation from the meeting at this link (PDF) and compiled public comments are at this link (PDF).

For more information about the project, visit this link.

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The City of Alexandria recently released a memo (PDF) showing that in the 18 months since the King Street bike lanes were installed that crashes are starting to decrease.

The City claims that speeds have decreased as well but, if the City is going on the speed recorded from the speed display signs located both eastbound and westbound along Shuter’s Hill, these have historically been 3 – 5 mph off which would put speeds about the same as before. This would match with what we have tracked both before the and after the bike lanes were installed.

Have you noticed any changes in driver behavior since the bike lanes were installed in this corridor?

(Photo via Facebook)

metroVirginia delegation colleagues Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), and Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) joined Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC) to meet with incoming Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld yesterday.

“Paul Wiedefeld’s has the right priorities—safety and security, reliability, and fiscal responsibility—and he has the background and experience to bring them all to WMATA as a General Manager,” said Congresswoman Norton. “I stressed to Mr. Wiedefeld the need for WMATA to embrace safety oversight by the Federal Transit Administration and get both WMATA’s safety and fiscal house in order to stop the loss of riders. If Congress is to be helpful to the new General Manager, we must focus on restoring the full $150 million in annual capital safety funding for WMATA in the omnibus appropriations bill to match the $150 million the region’s three jurisdictions have allocated.”

“Metro is in need of a top-to-bottom overhaul that addresses safety, governance, workforce, financial, and operational issues, all of which are inextricably linked,” said Rep. Connolly. “It will be a very difficult task to reverse the stunning decline of Metro and restore a culture of safety, competence, and confidence. I and other members of the Virginia delegation expressed our full support to Mr. Wiedefeld in that endeavor. We need him to be successful.”

“More than 750,000 people in the national capital region ride Metro every day. Mr. Wiedefeld has an important challenge before him, and we stand poised to help. We communicated that, as well as our hopes and expectations of a safe, reliable future for Metro at today’s meeting,” said Rep. Beyer.

“Metro’s new General Manager Paul Wiedefeld has many challenges before him and he has our support as he embarks to fix Metro and upgrade management so that it can be a reliable source of transportation for the entire region. Metro must get its house in order so it can provide safe and reliable service to all of our constituents and visitors to the Capitol Region – failure is not an option,” said Rep. Comstock.

Bike lanes on Jamieson Avenue in Carlyle area of Alexandria, Virginia

New bicycle lanes have been installed on five streets in Alexandria, Virginia, adding three more lane miles of facilities to Alexandria’s bike network.

Bike lanes were installed on Wheeler Avenue and Braddock Road near the metro station in conjunction with the roadway resurfacing program.

The lanes that were installed on North Hampton Drive, East Monroe Avenue and Stevenson Avenue were all Complete Streets projects that also included traffic calming and pedestrian safety enhancements as well. These included upgrades such as new crosswalks, flashing pedestrian signs and pedestrian signals to improve crossings, as well as pedestrian refuge islands and curb extensions to shorten crossing distances.

For more information on current or completed projects in Alexandria, Virginia, visit this link.

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Via WMATA, reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of October 30 – November 1 with track work and service adjustments on ALL SIX lines beginning at 10:00 PM TONIGHT (Friday) and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

This weekend, trains will operate as follows:

  • Red Line trains will operate every 18 minutes.
  • Yellow Line trains will operate every 24 between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Sq only.
  • Green Line trains will operate every 16 minutes on Saturday only, regular weekend intervals on Sunday.
  • Orange, Silver and Blue line trains will operate every 24 minutes.

REMINDER: Late night service notice for Sunday’s end of Daylight Savings time.

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