With a monthslong closing of six Blue and Yellow lines stations south of Reagan National Airport, Metro does not want passengers to be dissuaded from using the transit system. Their message: Many of you can still take the train.
Metro must replace faulty wiring on every single one of its new 7000 Series rail cars in a process that could take a year or longer, according to a new internal review that also found other significant issues tied to the rail car manufacturing program.
In a statement Monday, Metro said it continues to work with law enforcement agencies on security surrounding Sunday’s “Unite the Right” rally in D.C. that comes one year after the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.
A six-week Red Line shutdown enters its third week this weekend, and separate single-tracking slows riders on the Blue and Yellow lines.
The weekslong Red Line shutdown begins Saturday of Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland stations, and other major weekend track work disrupts the Silver, Orange, Blue and Yellow lines.
The radio outage was caused by an overnight power problem, which kept the radios from returning to normal until about 9:40 a.m., a Metro spokesman said. The communications problem did not create any delays for riders though.
Metro is getting better, but has much more room for improvement, the transit system’s leaders said as they looked back on 2017 and forward to the new year.
Yet another major Red Line shutdown will disrupt travel this weekend, in addition to single-tracking on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines.
Metro Transit Police risk guns and ammunition falling into the wrong hands without some key changes, a heavily redacted audit released Thursday by Metro’s Office of Inspector General found.
Around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the suspect allegedly approached the victim and sexually assaulted him in the 700 block of First Street Northeast, in the area of Union Station.
The transit agency believes that to adequately improve reliability and bring back a significant number of riders, it has a long way to go.
Weekend and late-night parking at Metro stations is free now, but that could change as Metro looks for more ways to pull in cash.
Metro ridership continues to decline across all times of day and days of the week, according to new Metro data. The number of average weekday rail riders is down 9 percent, and bus ridership dropped by 4 percent. That’s even with the near record-setting ridership for January’s Women’s March.
“There is only one obstacle remaining to the realization of this project, and that is a judge,” said Rep. Jamie B. Raskin, D-Md. “We are here to try to communicate to him the urgency with which we would like him to come to a decision.”
The 4000 series cars are set for retirement starting next week. They average about 27,000 miles in between delays, while the more reliable 6000 Series trains travel more than 103,000 miles in between delays, Metro says.
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