Metroaccess paratransit service in the Washington, D.C. area.

MetroAccess Service to Resume After Winter Storm Stella

MetroAccess paratransit service for customers with disabilities will resume service on Wednesday morning in the Washington, D.C. area after winter storm Stella. The MetroAccess reservations call center has reopened as of noon today (Tuesday) to assist customers with scheduling trips for Wednesday and future dates.

Due to the nature of MetroAccess service, where vehicles often travel on secondary or tertiary streets, customers may experience lengthier trip times due to road conditions. In some cases, “door-to-door” service may be unavailable where driveways or sidewalks have not been cleared of snow and ice. In such cases, the driver will provide “curb-to-curb service” instead.

Customers with subscription trips reserved for Wednesday who would prefer not to travel are encouraged to call the MetroAccess call center to cancel as soon as possible.

(Photo via @donnisinmd on Twitter)

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During this morning’s moderate snow accumulation and light ice conditions, Metro is operating Metrobus under a moderate snow plan in the Washington D.C. area.

Service will be suspended on some routes and buses are detoured around roads prone to hazardous conditions, including many neighborhood streets. Passengers may experience increased wait times due to road conditions. See light snow routes and severe snow routes.

For a full list of moderate snow routes, click this link.

(Photo via nevermindtheend, on Flickr)

MS-13

The violent mestizo gang MS-13, the world’s largest, has stepped up efforts in Virginia and Maryland and they are recruiting kids from elementary schools.

Via WUSA 9

It starts early. WUSA9 learned Thursday, gang leaders are recruiting new members in a disturbing place: Elementary Schools.

“Oh grade-school. They’re recruiting in grade-school but generally 5th grade and on,” said Northern Virginia Regional Task Force Director Jay Lanham.

It may feel like they’re babies, but 5th grade and on, the time kids are starting to find themselves, has become a prime target age for MS-13 gang recruiting especially, according to Lanham.

His team is aiding the investigation into the gang-related murder of 15-year-old Alexandra Reyes-Rivas, the Montgomery County teen found dead in Springfield, Va. this past weekend.

Read more at this link.

Giant Panda Bao Bao at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit David Galen for the National Zoo)

Giant Panda Bao Bao Moving to China Feb. 21

Giant panda Bao Bao will depart the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for China Feb. 21. FedEx, the Zoo’s official transport sponsor, will fly Bao Bao from Washington, D.C., to Chengdu, China. One keeper and one veterinarian will fly with Bao Bao to China. The panda team will continuously monitor Bao Bao during the trip and will travel with a supply of her favorite treats, including bamboo, apples, pears, cooked sweet potatoes and water. 

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Metrobus and Metrorail Service Changes Proposed in Alexandria

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is proposing changes to Metrorail and Metrobus service as part of its Fiscal Year 2018 budget. Please visit this link by 9:00 AM on Monday, February 6, 2017 to provide feedback on these proposed changes.

WMATA proposes adjusting rush hour and non-rush hour service on all rail lines. Proposed changes for the Yellow and Blue lines serving Alexandria would include:

  • A reduction in rush hour Yellow Line service from every 6 minutes to every 8 minutes
  • An increase in rush hour Blue Line service from every 12 minutes to every 8 minutes
  • A reduction in non-rush hour and weekend service from every 12 minutes to every 15 minutes

Two bus routes with stops in Alexandria would be affected by the proposed budget. The proposal would eliminate the 7X (Lincolnia – Pentagon) and 28X (Leesburg Pike Limited) routes.

The proposed fare adjustments include increasing the Metrorail rush hour fare up to $0.10 and the Metrorail non-rush hour fare up to $0.25. Regular and express Metrobus fares would increase by $0.25.

Please visit this link for additional detail regarding proposed fare changes.

(Feature photo via Bossi, on Flickr)

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Track Work this weekend affecting three of six Lines

Metro is reminding weekend riders of a major track work project that will affect service on the Orange, Blue and Silver lines this weekend. Free shuttle buses will replace all trains between Foggy Bottom and Eastern Market stations on Saturday, February 4, and Sunday, February 5. As a result, six stations will be closed: Farragut West, McPherson Square, Federal Triangle, Smithsonian, Federal Center SW and Capitol South.

In addition, the lower level platforms will be closed at Metro Center and L’Enfant Plaza. (Metro Center will be open for Red Line service only; L’Enfant Plaza will be open for Yellow and Green line service only.)

Multiple Metro crews will perform work in the zone, including installation of cell phone and radio infrastructure to support improved communication in tunnels, fixing displaced ceiling tiles, and conventional track improvements to rails, fasteners, insulators and other components.   (more…)

Winter Weather Advisory issued in the Alexandria, Virginia for Sunday, January 29 (Image via @NWS_BaltWash on Twitter)

Winter Weather Advisory thru 10 AM Tuesday

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Alexandria, Virginia and the surrounding area from 10:00 PM Sunday, January 29, 2017 to 7:00 AM on Monday, January 30, 2017. Up to two (2) inches of snow are expected in the immediate Alexandria, Virginia area as well as ICE.


Winter Weather Advisories are normally issued in advance of a storm when travel conditions are expected to worsen.

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO
7 AM EST MONDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT
FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 AM EST MONDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS…A COATING TO 1 INCH. LOCALIZED AMOUNTS OF 1 TO
2 INCHES ARE EXPECTED SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 66 IN VIRGINIA AND
EAST OF INTERSTATE 95 IN MARYLAND.

* TIMING…SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE AREA BETWEEN 7 AND 10 PM THIS
EVENING. THE STEADIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED BETWEEN 11 PM AND 4 AM.
SNOW WILL END BY 6 AM ACROSS MOST LOCATIONS.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BE MAINLY WET THIS EVENING WITH
TEMPERATURES ABOVE FREEZING. UNTREATED SURFACES WILL BECOME
SLIPPERY AFTER MIDNIGHT WITH TEMPERATURES DROPPING TO NEAR OR
SLIGHTLY BELOW FREEZING.

* WINDS…NORTH TO NORTHWEST AROUND 5 MPH…BECOMING NORTHWEST
AROUND 10 TO 15 MPH TOWARD MORNING.

* TEMPERATURES…MID TO UPPER 30S THIS EVENING…FALLING INTO THE
UPPER 20S AND LOWER 30S OVERNIGHT INTO EARLY MONDAY MORNING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

(Image via @NWS_BaltWash on Twitter)

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