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A blue line metro train has struck 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. This is the second such incident within a month in this stretch of track.

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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…)

Braddock Road Metro
At about 10:51 AM EST on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, the Rail Operations Control Center (ROCC) was alerted that a four car non-revenue train was indicated to have passed a red signal protecting the double crossover interlocking located north of the Braddock Road station.   (more…)

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Metro to run enhanced midday service with extra trains for 2017 March for Life

Metro is running enhanced midday rail service on Friday, January 27, to support additional ridership expected for the 2017 March for Life being held in Washington, D.C.

During Friday’s midday hours, between the morning and evening rush hours, Metro will run trains about every 8 minutes on each line, resulting in service every 2-4 minutes at stations in the Downtown core. In addition, Wiedefeld announced that Metro will run more 8-car trains (the longest train length possible), all midday track work will be cancelled, and additional staff will be on hand to assist visitors.

If possible, March participants are encouraged to travel outside of the traditional rush hour periods when trains are most crowded.

In addition, March participants are urged to purchase and load their SmarTrip cards in advance to avoid potentially long lines at Metro entrances. Each rider age 5 and up needs his or her own card to enter and exit the Metrorail system. SmarTrip cards can be purchased in advance at any Metro station, as well as CVS/Pharmacy or Giant stores. Be sure the card is loaded with enough value to pay for all trips you plan to take during the day.

Regular fares and parking fees will be in effect Friday. (Peak fares are in effect from opening until 9:30 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Off-peak fares are in effect at all other times.)

Metrorail Train Arrives At Foggy Bottom

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.

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Metro Focus Episode 11

The Metro Focus television show is broadcast on public access stations throughout the greater Washington region (MD, DC, VA) and online. The 30 minute show provides riders a resource to learn about metro transit services, development, business partnerships, travel, entertainment and outreach initiatives.

This week’s episode includes visits to the Washington Capitals’ practice facility, Del Ray Artisans, the Stabler Leadbeater apothecary museum, and St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub in Alexandria. Then learn about the art installation at the Spring Hill Metrorail station and how you can save money with Metro’s Select Pass.

You can view more Metro Focus TV show episodes here.

(H/T Del Ray Artisans)

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