Cellular Service to be restored during an upcoming weekend

Metro and the four major wireless providers are working to restore cellular service to four downtown Washington, D.C. stations. The cause of the outage has been determined to be damage to a communication cable that provides wireless signal to the affected stations:

  • Mount Vernon Square
  • Gallery Place
  • Judiciary Square
  • Union Station

Approximately 2,500 feet of cable will need to be replaced in order to restore service. The work will require track and tunnel access, and thus will need to be scheduled for an upcoming weekend.

Metro understands wireless service is a priority for customers, and are working with the wireless providers to have this cable repaired as quickly as possible.


UPDATE (12:55 PM): Callahan Drive re-opened to thru traffic.

Callahan Drive in Alexandria, Virginia

UPDATE (12:38 PM): Sounds like all units were released – heading out to check on road closure.

UPDATE (12:18 PM): Photos from scene and units are waiting on the Fire Marshal.

UPDATE (12:02 PM): We have confirmed report of a fire in the ceiling of the train station.

It sounds like the Alexandria Fire Department is investigating a report of smoke at Alexandria’s Union Station located on Callahan Drive in Alexandria, Virginia.

Use alternate routes around the closure for the time being.

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Here is our favorite new photo from the Red Brick Town Flickr Pool, depicting the best of Alexandria, Virginia.

Check out this photo of an Amtrak train arriving at Alexandria, Virginia’s Union Station at sunset. You can see other Flickr submissions we have posted about at this link.

Do you have a picture that depicts Alexandria, Virginia area? A GREAT way to contribute to our website is to share your photos in our Flickr pool by submitting your own!

Santa_204716bJoin Whistle Stop Hobbies and take a ride aboard the Virginia Rail Express (VRE) with Santa and Mrs. Clause this year for the 10th year! The train departs from King Street Station in Alexandria at 1:25 PM and travels to the Old Town Manassas Train Station. Passengers will disembark at the Manassas Station for holiday stories and treats, boarding the train 30 minutes later and returning to King Street at 3:30 PM. While on the train and at the station Santa and Mrs. Clause will be meeting and greeting our guests, passing out treats and collecting those Christmas wish lists.

Dates for the 2014 Santa Railway Express:

  • Monday December 8th,
  • Monday December 15th,
  • Friday December 19th, and
  • Monday December 22nd

Tickets are $27.50 each and are on sale exclusively starting Monday, October 13 at  the Whistle Stop Hobbies store located at 1719 Centre Plaza in Fairlington.

Via The Library of Congress, here’s a look at Alexandria’s Union Station, which is located in the Upper King Street section of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, from circa 1921. The station was built in the Federal Revival style.

The station is located at 110 Callahan Drive just below the George Washington Masonic Temple and directly across from the King Street – Old Town station of the Washington Metro. It is served by both Amtrak and Virginia Railway Express (VRE) commuter rail lines.

How does the station look like today? Here’s a more recent shot from a similar perspective.


The Majestic
Photo credit: Aaron Webb on Flickr

Interesting Area News

While you slept, showered, shaved, and got your Starbucks, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and websites to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed.

  • Candidates in September 4 Special Election Are on Opposite Sides of Key Issues (Alexandria Gazette)
  • A how-to guide on attending summer restaurant week (We Love DC)
  • Alexandria’s Union Station: A Nexus of Past & Present (Alexandria Times)
  • Soup products sold at Wegman’s stores recalled (WJLA)
  • Kids help to design playground in North Old Town (Old Town Alexandria Patch)
  • TBD was a good idea while it lasted (DCist)
  • Bryce Harper gives back – holds free baseball camp today in Fairfax (WJLA)


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