Friday, April 26, 2013
Work will impact riders on every line starting at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing Sunday night.
Metro will perform system rebuilding work on every line in the system for the weekend of April 26-28. On Sunday, the system will open early to accommodate runners in the Nike Women's Half Marathon. Sunday, Metro will open at 5 a.m. for the Nike Women's Half Marathon and runners can access the start line from Metro Center (Red/Blue/Orange lines), Federal Triangle (Blue/Orange lines) or Archives (Yellow/Green lines). Map: Click on your nearest station on the map to see when the next train arrives and to learn about any alerts. The track work will result in service changes on all lines beginning at 10 p.m. Friday. According to a Metro news release: Red Line - 10 p.m. Friday, April 26 through closing Sunday, April 28 Blue & Orange lines—10 p.…
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Robert Cole's "The Thought" will greet shoppers at the new Walmart in Tysons West.
Local officials and stakeholders gathered Monday at the site of the Tysons West Walmart for the debut of the public art piece that will grace the outside of of the store. Washington, DC's Robert Cole, who designed "The Thought" on commission, said it was a piece everyone will be able to enjoy. The Walmart could be open as early as September, according to officials. The 79,000-square-foot store will be part of developer JBG Retail's new building, anchored by Walmart and 24-Hour Fitness. Restaurants Noodles and Company and Smashburger have also signed leases. Approximately half of the Wal-Mart’s space will be devoted to groceries and a pharmacy. Unlike the massive superstores found in some areas, the Tysons location has been branded as an "…
Monday, April 15, 2013
Rodrigo Bitar was Metro's first general superintendent for elevator and escalator programs.
Rodrigo Bitar, Metro’s first general superintendent for elevator and escalator programs, is taking over the agency’s track and engineering services unit, according to The Washington Post. Bitar joined Metro’s quality assurance group in 2008 and worked on the 2000, 3000 and 5000 series railcars, which the Post reports experienced problems with brake pads falling off of them. The Delphi Automotive and General Motors veteran was promoted to the escalator post in December 2010, shortly after an incident that injured four passengers when an escalator at L’Enfant Plaza Station sped up to dangerous levels, according to The Post. Metrorail has a total of 588 escalators—more than any transit system in North America. As of July 2011, more than 100 …
Friday, April 12, 2013
Metro will not perform scheduled weekend track work during the 2013 Cherry Blossom festival.
MAP: Click on your nearest station on the map to see when the next train arrives and to learn about any alerts. This weekend marks the end of Metro's "Break for Blossoms," in which the transit agency has paused scheduled track work to accommodate crowds attending the 2013 Cherry Blossom festival. If you are attending the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, which is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, the closest stations to the parade route are the Navy Memorial on the Yellow and Green lines or Federal Triangle on the Blue and Orange lines. Next week, Metro will return to its weekend track work schedules, "part of a six-year, $5 billion Capital Improvement Program (CIP) that is focused on safety and bringing the Metro system into a state …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Metro stations will open early Sunday for the Cherry Blossom 10-miler, part of the 2013 Cherry Blossom festival.
There will be no scheduled weekend track work on the Metro this weekend, a courtesy to visitors attending the annual Cherry Blossom Festival during what could be the peak bloom this weekend. Metro is halting weekend track work activities through April 14 with the exception of work taking place after 10 p.m. Sundays, when ridership is expected to be light. Metro will open early Sunday at 5 a.m. to accommodate participants in the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run. Runners should travel to the following stations: The Vienna Metro Station, the closest station to Tysons, will likely be crowded Sunday morning, since it's the last point for the Orange Line in Virginia — get there early if you're headed to the race. MAP: Click on your …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Metro will triple the number of surveillance cameras in rail cars as part of a new security system.
Metro plans to triple the number of surveillance cameras throughout the Metrorail system—increasing the number of cameras to about 6,000—and will install them inside Metro rail cars for the first time ever, according to the Associated Press. The nearby Vienna Metro station was recently ranked No. 3 on a top 10 list of stations with the most crime in Virginia by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The expansion could cost an estimated $6.5 million, only some of which would come from federal grants, according to The Washington Examiner. "We have no greater responsibility than protecting the safety of our customers, visitors and employees," Metro spokesman Philip Stewart told the Examiner. "To that end, we are in the process …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Metro will not perform scheduled weekend track work during the Cherry Blossom festival.
There will be no scheduled weekend track work on the metro for Easter weekend, a courtesy to visitors attending the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. From March 23 through April 14, Metro is halting weekend track work activities with the exception of work taking place after 10 p.m. on Sundays, when ridership is light. MAP: Click on your nearest station on the map to see when the next train arrives and for any alerts.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Metro says system-wide capability not possible until 2015, but the Congressional deadline is Sept. 30 of this year.
Metro got a break this week on its Congressional deadline to install cellphone service system-wide; a continuing resolution pushed the due date from March 30 to Sept. 30, The Washington Examiner reports. But don't get your hopes up, Metro has said system-wide service will not happen until December 2015. Among other requirements to continue receiving $150 million in federal funding each year, Metro is supposed to offer cell phone service throughout the transit system. Metro's 20 busiest stations were wired for internet service in 2009, but many tunnels between stations and many stations still do not have cell phone or internet service capabilities. Currently AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless have mixed levels of service throughout…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Traffic information for Northern Virginia commuters, including traffic jams, delays, Metro, ART, DASH, Fairfax Connector and more. Click on the grey tabs below for more information.
Problems on your commute today? Tell other readers about it in the comment section below. Updated traffic information: Delayed Metro trains, buses and cars sitting in endless traffic on I-66 and the Beltway—even a 10-minute commute in the DC metro area can be extreme some days. In fact, a March 2013 report from the Census Bureau shows people in the DC metro area have the second-worst commute in the country. That report came on the heels of a Texas Transportation Institute report in February that DC area commuters face the worst traffic in the country. Patch is here to help! Click on any of the grey tabs above to expand it and get more information about congestion, delays or other traffic alerts. On the Metro rail map, click on any …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Metro ridership dropped, but a fare increase boosted revenues.
Although revenues increased for the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority in the last half of 2012, ridership dipped by 6 percent to below 100 million, according to transit authority statistics reported in the Washington Examiner. A revenue increase of about $15 million to $412.4 million, from July to December 2012, was attributed to a July 1, 2012 fare increase. While the uptick in revenue sounds good on the surface, Metro spokeswoman Caroline Lucas told the Examiner that “Metrorail revenue is still $20.2 million below budgeted expectations.” During the same July-to-December time span—the first half of fiscal year 2013—Metro experienced another financial difficulty described in a report released on March 14 by the transit authority …