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Five Line Flush


First off, if you’re a Nats fan headed to the game with the Orioles on Sunday, good luck. You’re hosed.

Heads up to everyone travelling across the District this weekend: every single Metro line is seeing major track work and rail testing from Friday night through early Monday morning.

Blue Line
Sad to say, this one’s been hit the worst. First, customers traveling between the Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn Street Metrorail stations should add up to 30 minutes of travel time for their trips because of track maintenance. Inbound and outbound trains between these locations will share one track from 10 p.m. to closing (3 a.m.), Friday, June 27, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday, June 28, 10 p.m. to closing (3 a.m.), Saturday, June 28, and 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Sunday, June 29.

Additionally, if you’re traveling between the Pentagon City and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Metrorail stations, you should add 15 minutes of travel time for your trips because of track maintenance. Inbound and outbound trains will share one track between these locations from 10 p.m. to closing (midnight), Sunday, June 29.

Yellow Line
You get to piggy-back on the Blue Line’s woes. See above for sharing issues between Pentagon City and Reagan National.

Orange Line
Riders traveling between the Stadium-Armory and Cheverly Metrorail stations should add up to 20 minutes of travel time for their trips because of bridge repairs. Inbound and outbound trains between these locations will share one track from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 28.

Green Line
If you’re traveling between the Greenbelt and College Park Metrorail stations, add 15 minutes of travel time for your trips because of rail car testing. Inbound and outbound trains will share one track between these locations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, June 28.

Red Line
And finally, riders traveling between the Friendship Heights and Medical Center Metrorail stations should add 15 minutes of travel time for their trips because of track maintenance. Inbound and outbound trains will share one track between these locations from 9 p.m. to closing (midnight), Sunday, June 29.

Dupont Metro: Den of Iniquity

Who’d have guessed that anywhere on the list of places people would want to pay to have sex would be the Dupont Metro Station. Yeah, that’s what I thought. No one. However, that’s what recently arrested Metro employees were hoping for. Interestingly enough, it was the station manager and one of the custodian, both female, who were working on the Dupont Metro Sex Ring.

I’m sure there are train-going-into-tunnel metaphors that could be referenced, here, but I’ll be damned if I’ll make one.

I do wonder, though, if you could pay with your SmarTrip card…

Exiting Dupont Metro Station — Originally uploaded by eeliuth

Metro Recycles

Just in case you thought leaving that newspaper behind on the bench of the Metro train was polite for some rider henceforth, Metro would like to disabuse you of that notion. Please check out the latest entry into their video efforts. I think it’s better than Peeps, but not as good as the Pope.


Downtown Power Outage Affects 18k Businesses, Five Metro Stations

pepco-outages.png A Pepco substation serving a good portion of DC’s downtown business district failed at 7:30 this morning, leaving 10,000 businesses in the downtown area without power, and Metrorail stations McPherson Square (Orange/Blue), Farragut West (Orange/Blue), Farragut North (Red) and Dupont Circle (Red) without power. In addition to the outages, there’s been a fire reported by WMATA at Metro Center, and another reported by WAMU, WTOP and multiple twitters at Dupont Circle Station this morning as well.

DC Dept. of Transportation says that more than 30 traffic signals in the downtown core are also out, and has requested that people please treat them as four ways stops. I know there were more than a few people on my drive up 15th street who failed to treat them as such. Of course, when traffic’s flowing, it’s hard to treat them that way, I get it, but still.

Be aware, commuting today probably sucked ass, so please be nicer to your coworkers who looked like they slogged through a marsh of fire in order to come to work.

[Update, 9:56] Dupont Circle Metro is now closed due to the power outage. Apparently a lot of people were having trouble exiting the station on the long escalator climb to the surface.

Today’s WMATA Commute Pain: Red Line to Tardyville

Now that my commute to work is shortened to a quick stroll from the kitchen to my home office, I’m not so in touch with the morning rush. But that doesn’t mean I forgot the pain involved with a message like this from Alert DC:

Metro is reporting delays of over an hour on the Red Line. A small fire on the tracks in the Metro Center area has been put out, but major delays continue. Additionally, at least Dupont Circle, Shaw-Howard U, Farragut North, Farragut West and McPherson Square Metrorail stations have no power due to an unrelated power outage. Non-Red Line service is operating normally in those stations, but with low (emergency) lighting.

While I think the view in the stations would be pretty cool for some station photography – masses of people waiting in low lighting, an almost Orwellian feel if you find the right depressed look – I think it best to follow the last direction from Alert DC:

Avoid Metrorail entirely if you were planning to use the Red Line.

Happy Friday, everyone!

Orange Line Derailment between Rosslyn and Courthouse

Washington Post Express has the details on an afternoon derailment between Rosslyn and Courthouse, that’s likely going to flummox your attempt to head out of the District. Trains are single-tracking between Foggy Bottom and Clarendon as it stands right now.

There’s no word on the number or type of injuries aboard the train, but it was a passenger-carrying train that derailed between Rosslyn and Courthouse.

Check out DCist’s pictures from the derailed train!

Tonight, It’s Metrofail.

metrofail.png If you’re downtown still, get ready for a screwed up commute if you’re on the Orange, Yellow or Green line. Right now you can’t get further west that East Falls Church due to a power failure at that station. According to the service alerts from Metro, “Due to a power problem outside of East Falls Church, trains will terminate at the station. Shuttle bus service has been established. Expect delays in both directions.” The delays on the Green and Yellow lines are mostly related to a power failure at Georgia Ave/Petworth where all the escalators and elevators are out of service, but trains seem to be okay.

I’m reminded of Mitch Hedberg’s comments on escalators…

An escalator can never break. It can only become stairs. You would never see an “Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order” sign, just “Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience.”

Or, perhaps this video is more appropriate. Either way, something to do at the office if you haven’t left yet and need to get beyond East Falls Church.


Stroke that cock, Vegan!

As we were coming home from the Lewis Black show on Friday night, this was the ad on the Orange Line train back to Clarendon. I appreciate that being vegan will allow you to play with chickens, or something. Those folks I know who participate in farmers’ markets and CSA will frequently be able to go observe the chickens in their habitat.

So, I’m not sure that going vegan will really help the chickens anymore than, say, buying your eggs and chicken from a local farm who treat their chickens right.

But really, this whole entry is an excuse for the headline. Put your alternate headlines in the comments.

Stroke that cock, Vegan! — Originally uploaded by tbridge

Metro Misrepresented the Pope?

hisholiness.png His Pointy-hattedness is coming to town in a couple weeks, and Metro, seeking to repeat the godawfulness that was that insipid peeps video telling people to Metro to Nationals Park, decided to promote Metro for the Mass day. They did it with a Bobblehead version of the Pontiff, but the Archdiocese of Washington asked that they pull it down.

Because the Pope’s cape was the wrong color.

And because the Pope’s hat was wrong.

Now, it sounds like that they did this one right, complete with Car & Pontiff Magazine, and with good Latin chanting, but they got coerced by the protocol nazis.

Oh well.

Keeping Metro Boring

If you’ve ever seen a movie in DC that used the actual DC Metro raise your hand.

Okay, that’s two of you.

Want to know why you never see the real DC Metro in the movies? Here you go. It’s a story all about the agency in DC dedicated to making sure that no rules get broken in the movies on Metro.

See, I’d be okay with this if Metro actually enforced its own rules so furiously. But they don’t. How many times have I seen a guy chowing down on a sandwich on the Metro, or some guy finishing off the last of a can of Coke, slipping the can clandestinely into the platform trash can.

With rentals at $1,000/hr for movie production, and the city cashing in to the tune of $63M a year in films, it’d be nice if movie crews didn’t have to hike it up to Baltimore and pay their transit authority to fake like they’re in Washington. Didn’t Metro just announce that they’re short cash? Wouldn’t this be a perfect way to gin up some cash for some new cars?

Think, Metro! Think! “Sure, we’ll let you do something against the rules, but if you want to break our regs it’ll cost you double.”

They want the look and feel. They don’t want to move the crew to Charm City. They’ll pay!

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