Five people were injured in an early morning crash involving a car and a Metrobus on Saturday. Two people became trapped in their vehicle and had to be rescued by D.C. Fire and EMS.
Metrobuses are crashing into people, cars and other things more often, adding to issues already facing the system. New data also show Metrobuses have been breaking down more frequently than in recent years. Metro blames “minor defects” for the breakdowns.
Facilities on Calvert Street, Colorado Avenue and Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase will be getting new doors, windows and restrooms.
A Metrobus driver suffered serious injuries after hitting a pole and avoiding another crash in Rockville, Maryland.
D.C.-area buses are going 9 percent more slowly and are carrying fewer riders than just a few years ago. Now, the outlines of a major overhaul are expected by April.
“Our preliminary analysis estimates that for an average weekday when the federal government is closed, Metro is losing approximately $400,000 in fare and parking revenue,” Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said in a letter.
Citing hazardous road conditions, Metrobus has suspended service on all its routes Sunday. Buses already on the road would operate until the end of their routes before going out of service Sunday night, WMATA says.
A man was sentenced to 21 ½ years in prison Friday after prosecutors said he took over a Metrobus and fatally struck another man with it two years ago in Northeast D.C.
Just before 6 p.m. Monday, Metro Transit police responded to a stabbing at an X2 bus outside the Minnesota Avenue Metro station. The victim was a 14-year-old girl.
The Metro Board is set to vote Thursday to extend a six-month pilot on a single line — Route 79 between Silver Spring and downtown D.C. — rather than take any permanent action on a proposal to expand the cash ban.
Because the Northern Bus Division garage near Petworth is not safe to house buses overnight, the Metro board is set to approve a new temporary home for those 20 long, accordion-like articulated buses through the lease of an empty parking lot on Georgia Avenue Northwest.
A series of significant commuter and local bus changes in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park in Virginia are the subject of public hearings that start Wednesday.
Instead of boosting bus lanes and other improvements all across the region, several people involved in the analysis for Metro’s Bus Transformation Project are concerned Metro may simply use it as cover to significantly cut Metrobus service in many areas.
Metro does not plan to raise fares next year, but it also does not necessarily plan to increase service, even as it hopes riders come flooding back to the system.
D.C. Fire and EMS said the crash happened near 22nd Street and Alabama Avenue in Southeast. A total of nine people were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, a spokesman said.
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