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Metro will open at 5 a.m. Saturday, add trains to accommodate march

Metro GM/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld today announced that the Metrorail system will open two hours early — at 5 a.m. — this Saturday and add up to two dozen additional trains to accommodate those attending the Women’s March on Washington.

Metrorail service will run on an “enhanced Saturday schedule” with no track work on any line. Under the schedule, trains will depart stations at the end of each line every 12 minutes, resulting in service every 4 to 6 minutes at all stations in Downtown DC.

For additional capacity on Saturday, Metro plans to add more than a dozen trains on the Red and Orange lines to accommodate expected high ridership traveling to the march. In addition, Metro will add trains between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt, running on the “Rush Plus” route via the Yellow Line Bridge from approximately 6 to 10 a.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.

“This is another example of how vital Metro is for the region and of our unique role in transporting people from across the country to national events in our capital city,” said WMATA Chair Jack Evans. “Metro heard from lots of customers about the need for additional service this weekend and worked quickly to respond.”

As a reminder, on Inauguration Day (Friday, January 20), Metro will open early at 4 a.m. and run 17 consecutive hours of near rush-hour service levels.

Metro is encouraging march participants to take note of the following travel tips when traveling Saturday:

  • Consider using L’Enfant Plaza or Capitol South. While Metro’s Federal Center SW station is closest to the march gathering location, participants should consider using the adjacent stations of L’Enfant Plaza or Capitol South to avoid crowding.
  • Buy/Load SmarTrip in Advance to Avoid Lines. Each Metro rider is encouraged to purchase a SmarTrip card in advance and ensure that it is loaded with enough fare value for all segments of travel. (Each Metro rider age 5 and up needs his or her own SmarTrip card to enter and exit the system.) SmarTrip cards are available at all Metrorail stations, and at CVS/Pharmacy and Giant stores throughout the Washington, DC, area.More info
  • Sign up for Inauguration Text Alerts from Metro. To get text alerts regarding Metroservice changes, parking lot status and other important updates, text POTUS to 90360.



Metro releases schedule information for 2017 SafeTrack surges

The City of Alexandria and DASH have been working with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and the region’s localities to assist travelers as WMATA’s SafeTrack initiative continues.

SafeTrack’s “Safety Surges” involve long-duration of track outages for major projects in key parts of the system that will cause delays throughout the region. The City of Alexandria urges commuters to telework and use alternative ways to commute that do not involve driving alone.

This week, Metro released schedule information for the remaining SafeTrack surges between February and June 2017. Surges will resume February 11 with an 18-day surge on the Blue Line.

Major work that impacts rush-hour service had been suspended during the month of January due to the inauguration and the potential for winter weather impacts.

The SafeTrack program will conclude in late June, after which, Metro will shift to a regimen of preventive maintenance.

Here’s what’s coming in Alexandria in 2017.   (more…)

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UPDATE (11:44 PM): Normal service has resumed the rest of the evening.

A blue line metro train hit a deer near Van Dorn Street this evening in Alexandria, Virginia according to WMATA. Metro says you can expect outbound delays to Largo Town Center.

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Track Work this weekend affecting four of six Lines

Via WMATA, reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of September 10-11 with track work and service adjustments on four of six lines.

Trains are operating as follows:

  • Orange and Green line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals
  • Free shuttle buses replace Blue Line trains between Franconia Springfield and Van Dorn Street
  • Blue Line trains will operate every 24 minutes between Van Dorn Street and Largo Town Center
  • Yellow Line trains will operate every 24 minutes between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Sq
  • Red Line trains will operate every 6-20 minutes
  • Silver Line trains will operate every 15 minutes between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston only

(Photo via Barbara Kracowicz, on Flickr)

Transit Police arrest man for threatening train operator with knife

Norman Polk

Metro Transit Police have arrested a 29-year-old man for assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly threatened a Green Line train operator with a knife this morning.

At approximately 8:40 a.m. today, Metro Transit Police officers responded to Anacostia Station after the operator of a southbound Green Line train reported that he had been threatened with a knife by a male patron, subsequently identified as Norman W. Polk.

Polk allegedly kicked and banged on the door leading to the train operator’s cab while the train was stopped servicing a station. When the operator opened the door to see what was going on, Polk allegedly displayed a three-inch folding knife and verbally threatened the operator for not moving the train fast enough. The operator secured the door and radioed for assistance.

Metro Transit Police responded, and the suspect was arrested on the platform at Anacostia Station without further incident. A knife was recovered at the scene.

The police activity resulted in Green Line delays of approximately 15 minutes during the morning rush hour, and two trains were single-tracked around the incident. There were no injuries.


Rhode Island Avenue Station to remain closed through end-of-day Sunday as structural inspections continue

After initial assessment of the structural soundness of Rhode Island Avenue Station following two incidents of falling concrete and a metal bracket, Metro is advising customers that the station will remain closed through the end of the day Sunday, September 4, 2016 to complete a top-to-bottom inspection and allow for necessary repairs.

The station will reopen and normal service on the Red Line is expected to resume when Metrorail opens at 7 a.m. Monday morning.

Customers traveling to or from Rhode Island Avenue should allow additional travel time or seek alternate transportation options. Red Line trains will bypass the station and free shuttle bus service will be provided between Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland stations. (more…)

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