Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The primary obstacle for "Momentum," which includes a number of Orange Line projects, appears to be funding. What do you think about WMATA’s proposed capital plans? Tell us in the comments.
If you thought the Silver Line would continue to be the focus of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for the foreseeable future, think again. Metro has a proposed a series of improvements to help the system keep up with demand on other lines. For the past year and a half, the agency has been working to unveil "Momentum," a $26 billion spending plan that focuses on, among other things, creating new connections and bypassing others that are holding riders up. The Washington Post has a story here. For Orange Line riders, the Post details one proposed project that could make a huge difference for those on Vienna-bound trains: Planners suggest creating what they call the “Rosslyn bypass.” New tracks would be built west …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Phase 1 of new rail line expected to be turned over for testing and training in August.
Metro's Silver Line Phase 1 is 86 percent complete and on schedule for delivery by the end of August, says Pat Nowakowski, Executive Director of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project. Nowakowski gave an analysis at last week's Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority meeting. MWAA is not giving an exact date that Phase 1 of the Silver Line — which will run from Tysons Corner to Reston's Wiehle Avenue — will open, but is sticking with a general date of December 2013 for now, MWAA spokesman Rob Yingling said. Some of the highlights of Nowakowski's presentation: * Final Design – All design is complete. One permit needs to be secured. * Metro has paid out $2.255 billion so far. The final cost is expected to be $2,905,695,000. There is $81 …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
How to get around Washington on Inauguration Day, including Metro rail, bus, driving, biking and walking.
Click on each transportation mode above to reveal more information and links to resources about each. For additional District and Maryland transportation information, click here.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
When is metro running? Which stations are closed? How much will it cost? Vienna Patch has you covered.
Inauguration Day 2009 set the all time ridership record for Metro at about 1.54 million trips on rail and bus combined. The rail ridership in 2009 alone was 1.12 million trips. Metro is preparing for a crowded system this year as well, spokesman Dan Stessel told Patch. WMATA estimates 600,000 to 800,000 people will use Metrorail for the 2013 inauguration events. Metro has been working with external partners like the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Park Police and other agencies involved in inauguration activities to help alleviate some of the crowding that plagued metro during the 2009 inauguration. The transit agency is doing everything it can to communicate with riders about their best routes and about planning ahead to help reduce congestion …
Friday, January 4, 2013
From 10 p.m. Friday to closing Sunday, crews will shut down the stations for Silver Line additions.
Getting on the Metro from Vienna won't be so easy this weekend. Both of Vienna's metro stations -- Vienna and Dunn Loring -- will be closed to the public between 10 p.m. Friday and closing Sunday as crews integrate track signals for the new Silver Line extension. West Falls Church Station will also be closed for the project. According to Metro, riders will have to take shuttle buses from the affected stations to East Falls Church, where they can rejoin the Orange Line. Express shuttle buses will operate between Vienna and East Falls Church only, while local shuttle buses will operate between Vienna and East Falls Church with intermediate stops at Dunn Loring and West Falls Church stations. Passengers should allow extra time for their …
Monday, December 31, 2012
Metro will stay open two hours later on New Year's Eve.
Metro has announced the following holiday schedule: Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve) Jan. 1 (New Year's Day)
Friday, December 28, 2012
Metro has scheduled limited track work for the weekend before the New Year's holiday.
Taking the Metro to get around this weekend? Here’s what to expect Saturday and Sunday. According to a Metro news release: The only planned work will take place on the Green Line, and will only affect customers traveling to or from Greenbelt Station. Green Line trains will single track between Greenbelt and College Park to allow for construction associated with a new track to test 7000-series railcars. As a result:
Friday, November 30, 2012
Orange line trains on special schedule Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 as crews work on Silver Line.
Taking the Metro to get around this weekend? Here’s what to expect. According to a Metro news release: Orange Line Orange Line trains will single track between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly to allow for platform reconstruction, and between East Falls Church and West Falls Church for work associated with the Silver Line extension project. Throughout the weekend, trains will operate every 24 minutes between Vienna and New Carrollton. Customers using Orange Line trains should allow 15 minutes of additional travel time. Blue Line service will operate at regular weekend intervals, providing more frequent service through the downtown core. Red Line Buses will replace Red Line trains between Fort Totten and Forest Glen to allow for platform …
Friday, November 2, 2012
A look at what you need to know about Metro this weekend.
Taking the Metro to get around this weekend? Here’s what to expect. While there is no scheduled work on the Green or Yellow lines this weekend, extensive work on other lines will make for some logistically complicated metro travel. Read up and plan ahead! According to a Metro news release: Blue and Orange Lines Buses will replace Orange Line trains between Foggy Bottom and Court House and Blue Line trains between Foggy Bottom and Pentagon to allow for tie and insulator renewal, joint and fastener renewal, tunnel leak repair, station sign installation and fiber-optic cable work. Two stations — Rosslyn and Arlington Cemetery — will be closed. Throughout the weekend, Orange Line trains will operate in two segments: Blue Line trains will …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Limited rail, bus service returns Tuesday afternoon; full service expected by Wednesday.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announced Tuesday morning it would restore rail and bus service at 2 p.m., with trains and buses operating on a Sunday schedule. WMATA said normal weekday service — including rush hour service — would be restored in time for Wednesday opening. Metrorail, Metrobus and MetroAccess were suspended for all of Monday and Tuesday morning as the system braced for the effects of Hurricane Sandy. According to a release Tuesday morning, Metro plans to offer the following services: In the release, officials warned "residual effects of the storm are still possible. Customers traveling today should allow extra time. Buses may encounter detours due to downed trees, power lines or flooding. Customers …