The worst Metro track work disruptions will affect Virginia riders will along the Orange Line. Single-tracking is planned on the Green and Red lines.
Metro’s Finance Committee was told that track work, delays and increased competition from Uber and Lyft could play a part in driving riders away from the Metro system.
The latest FTA inspection report finds ‘poor radio fidelity’ and several other problems along multiple Metro lines.
Starting Feb. 5, more Metro garages will charge extra to weekday drivers who pay with a credit card or a SmarTrip card that has not just been used to pay for a rail trip.
“Every other train” stops at Grosvenor-Strathmore instead of running to the Red Line’s end, said Rockville’s mayor, and Metro’s proposed budget doesn’t fulfill a promise to restore it this summer.
Metro is refunding nearly 600 rush-hour riders for significantly delayed trips Friday, the first day of Metro’s new automatic rush-hour refund program. Metro said 92.6 percent of the approximately 600,000 rail rider trips were on time Friday.
The base of the 8-foot section of rail appeared to be rusting, Metro said, even though previous automated and human inspections had not identified any problems.
Citing “accidents, filthy facilities, and crime,” Rep. Barbara Comstock said Metro is getting worse, not better, and said even with a continued influx of money, nothing is going to change until there’s “better governance” of the system.
In all, it took about 28 hours from Monday’s derailment on Metro’s Red Line for investigators to document the scene, repairs to be made and trains to be up and running again.
Metro’s Red Line will single track Tuesday morning after Monday’s derailment. Trains will run every 10 minutes between Glenmont and Shady Grove Metro stations. Commuters should plan for extra travel time.
A Red Line train bound for Glenmont derailed Monday morning leaving dozens of passengers stranded for 90 minutes before they were evacuated safely. No injuries were reported. The derailment marks the first time one of the new 7000 series trains derailed. Red Line riders should expect delays while trains continue to single-track through Farragut North.
Metro will no longer allow passengers to board a bus or exit a rail station if it would lead to a negative balance on their SmarTrip cards starting Monday.
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.
Metro would permanently get $150 million per year from regional taxes collected across Northern Virginia, if Maryland and D.C. do it, too.
A resolution, passed Wednesday by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Board of Directors, urges D.C., Maryland, Virginia and the federal government to each chip in $125 million annually.