Federal inspections of Metro found a variety of safety issues, including concerns about Metro’s power systems, worker safety, and continuing problems with water leaks and extremely dark tunnels.
Metro moved closer Thursday to keeping its current hours for at least another year, even as the District threatened to block the plans in two weeks over concerns that the reduced service could remain indefinitely.
The incident happened about 5:18 p.m.on the Blue Line train in the area of the Stadium-Armory Metro stop Friday, Feb. 1, according to police.
Although Metro has made “significant progress” in reducing track defects and electrical fires, it has failed to fully consider other problems such as nonelectrical fires, “which represent about 30 percent of all fires on the system,” the report found.
Metro wants to extend its reduced rail service hours for track maintenance for at least another year — and Mayor Muriel Bowser hasn’t been shy to let Metro know she’s unhappy the rail system is not ready to restore full service.
The sealant is intended to prevent the panels, which were revealed last year to have an incorrect mix that could create problems, from deteriorating over coming decades.
The four U.S. senators who represent Maryland and Virginia are raising concerns that spies could potentially infiltrate Metro if the transit agency decides to buy rail cars from China.
The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend and two separate marches in downtown D.C. mean traffic and transit changes for the region from Friday through Monday.
The move follows the D.C. Council’s approval of the bill in a 10-2 vote last month. It would make evasion a civil offense, subject to a fine of up to $50. Currently a criminal offense, fare evaders face arrest, jail time and a significantly higher fine.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has put eight Metro-owned surplus properties in D.C., Maryland and Virginia up for sale, and is pitching them as ripe for commercial or residential development.
Virginia’s Loudoun County has been working to connect missing portions of partially existing roads, to make sure its infrastructure is ready to handle increased congestion that’s expected next year with the addition of a Metro station in Ashburn.
The Pentagon, Pentagon City and Crystal City stations are closed Saturday, Jan. 12, and Sunday, Jan 13. The closure also means there are no Yellow Line trains south of L’Enfant Plaza. Metro has planned several shuttle bus routes to help people get around.
A $2 fee for weekend parking at Metro facilities had been implemented a year ago as part of a pilot program, but it is now being scrapped — at least for Saturdays.
The change starts Monday, Jan. 7. Since 2001, bikes have been allowed on trains, except between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Late to work because of Metro? Perhaps Metro’s latest New Year’s resolution can bring some relief. Soon, Metro customers who are delayed 10 minutes or more during rush hour will receive a credit toward future Metro rides.
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