Monday, March 18, 2013
Improvements to Vienna station, among others, likely to be delayed as agency receives $8 million reduction in federal funding.
Sequestration will impact Metro’s long-term projects, likely delaying bus purchases, station improvements and possibly deferring the agency’s plan to replace its fare-card system with one allowing credit cards, according to a report from The Washington Post. The agency will receive $8 million less in federal funds as a result of the mandatory federal cuts. Metro had expected to lose as much as $12 million. It receives $150 million annually from the federal government, a number that is matched by local participating jurisdictions. • See: Sequestration to Affect Metro Maintenance, Long-Term Upgrades Metro is currently accepting bids from tech firms to develop a new system that would allow customers tap their credit card or mobile phone to …
Friday, March 15, 2013
The Silver Line's first phase is on schedule to take riders to Reston by December 2013; a construction contract for Phase II should be awarded in May.
The first phase of the Silver Line is on schedule to be taking Metro passengers as far as Reston in December 2013, officials confirmed this week. During a Tuesday meeting of Fairfax County’s commission for the Phase I Transportation Improvement District, Mark Canale, Dulles Rail Project Manager for the county’s Department of Transportation, said construction on the first phase is about 89 percent complete. Canale told the commission, led by Chairman Sharon Bulova, that 98 percent of tracks for the extension from East Falls Church to Wiehle Ave in Reston have been laid down. Some track work remains, as well as construction on garages and stations, but Canale said service in December was looking very likely. The West Falls Church rail yard …
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Metrorail track work will impact the Orange and Red Lines this weekend. On Saturday, March 16, the Metrorail system will open two hours early—at 5 a.m.—for the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon. According to a Metro news release: Orange Line Red Line
Monday, March 11, 2013
After Daylight Saving Time switch, Metro charged some riders peak fares even though they traveled during off-peak hours.
A yet unknown number of Metrorail riders accessing the system at unknown stations were charged peak fares Monday morning even though they traveled during off-peak hours, The Washington Post reports. Peak fares were charged until 10:30 a.m. instead of ending 9:30 a.m. Caroline Lukas, a metro spokesperson, discussed the accidental charges withThe Washington Post: Lukas said she didn’t know what caused the additional hour of peak fares, and she wouldn’t speculate on whether the problems stemmed from the change to daylight saving time. NBC Washington's transportation reporter Adam Tuss tweeted Monday afternoon that only a few faregates were impacted. "Metro says its clocks were NOT adjusted to daylight saving time this am," Tuss tweeted. It's …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Congressmen Gerry Connolly and Jim Moran recently introduced legislation that would study the extension of Metrorail into Centreville, Woodbridge and the Richmond Highway corridor.
Pipe dream or forward-thinking? Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11th district) and Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th district) have introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would authorize studying Metrorail's possible expansion beyond Vienna into Centreville and other areas of Northern Virginia. The Northern Virginia Metrorail Extension Act (H.R. 907), which is now before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, specifically cites the idea of extending the Orange line into Centreville. It also proposes studying the possibility of extending the yellow line along the Route One corridor and the blue line along the I-95 corridor to Woodbridge. “Residents in Prince William and western Fairfax County already experience some of…
Friday, March 1, 2013
From March 1 to 3, click on your nearest station on this map to see when the next train arrives and to learn about any alerts.
From 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday closing, Orange Line trains will single track between East and West Falls Church stations. It's among the Metro weekend track work March 1 to 3 that will impact the Orange, Red, Blue and Yellow Lines. There is no scheduled work on the Green Line. Buses will replace trains on portions of the Red, Blue and Yellow lines. According to a Metro news release: Orange Line Red Line Blue Line Yellow Line
Friday, February 22, 2013
Four Orange Line stations will be closed Feb. 22 to 24; shuttle buses will take riders between Vienna and East Falls Church.
Taking the Metro to get around this weekend? If you're trying to take the rail from Vienna, it's going to be more difficult than usual. Metro is planning to shut down four Orange Line stations — Vienna, Dunn Loring, West Falls Church and East Falls Church — as it integrates signals with the upcoming Silver Line. Shuttle buses will be available — read on for details. According to a Metro news release: Orange Line Red Line There is no work planned on the Yellow, Blue or Green lines. Stay up to date on all Vienna news by subscribing to our free daily email newsletter.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
A look at what you need to know about Metro from Feb. 16 to 18.
Saturday, February 16
Planning on catching the Metro to get around this Presidents Day weekend? Here’s what to expect. According to a Metro news release: Orange Line Blue Line Red Line Green Line
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Vienna on the list of 10 most dangerous stations in WMATA security report released Monday.
The Vienna Metro station was ranked No. 3 on a top 10 list of stations with the most crime in Virginia by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Most of the crime increase on the Metro systemwide is attributable to a 30 percent increase in snatches of small electronic devices and pickpockets, according to WMATA's 2012 security report, released Monday. There were 671 pick-pocketing incidents and electronic snatchings on the Metro system overall in 2012, up from 520 incidents in 2011. Metro Transit Police Chief Michael Taborn will discuss the report Thursday during his security report to the Metro Board Safety and Security Committee. The report was released to the public Monday. The full list of the top 10 stations in Virginia …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Fairfax County officials host program as part of weeklong outreach effort around bus service to the Metro line.
Fairfax County officials answered residents’ questions Tuesday regarding the first half of the Silver Line and the new Connector bus routes that will launch when the Metro line opens at the end of the year. Nick Perfili, Dulles Rail Project Planner, and Christy Wegener, Connector’s manager of operations, led the discussion, part of a weeklong effort to gather input on the many changes coming to Connector service in the area. The Fairfax County Department of Transportation’s (FCDOT) plan includes the addition of 12 new routes and restructuring of 20 existing routes, as well the elimination of six others. One chatter in Tuesday's discussion asked about Route 722, which would run down narrow Churchill Road and past Churchill Road Elementary …