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Old January 8th, 2016, 04:17 AM   #541
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3rd Quarter 2015 Daily Ridership numbers for DC-Baltimore


Light Rail
Baltimore / LRT - 19,700 (2015)
: -21.20%

Heavy Rail
Washington / Metro - 899,200 (2015) : 6.20%
Baltimore / Metro - 41,700 (2015) :
- 14.91%

Suburban/Regional/Commuter Rail
Washington-Baltimore / Marc - 35,900 (2015) : 2.89%
NOVA / Virgina Railway Express - 12,863 (2015)
: -6.79%

Bus Ridership
Washington DC / WMATA - 444,400 (2015) : 3.10%
Baltimore / MTA Bus - 262,000 (2015) : 4.21%
Rockville / Montgomery County Ride-On - 83,700 (2015) : 4.64%
Fairfax / Fairfax County Dept trans. - 32,300 (2015) : -9.71%
Alexandria / Alexandria Transit Company - 14,700 (2015) : 3.21%
Woodbridge / PRTC Omni-Ride - 11,400 (2015) : -10.52%
Arlington / Arlington Transit - 10,000 (2015)
: 1.38%
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Judging from the numbers: I cant wait to see how many people the city looses over the past year, maybe 5%?
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Old January 9th, 2016, 08:20 AM   #543
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You're talking about population loss in Baltimore?
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Old January 9th, 2016, 07:08 PM   #544
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Seems kind of odd that there would only be one door per side on such large double deck railcars. Must be pretty bad for dwell times.
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Old January 9th, 2016, 10:56 PM   #545
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You're talking about population loss in Baltimore?
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Old January 9th, 2016, 10:57 PM   #546
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Also, I thought DC metro ridership was down?
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Old January 11th, 2016, 09:22 PM   #547
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Seems kind of odd that there would only be one door per side on such large double deck railcars. Must be pretty bad for dwell times.
I believe those passenger transportation devices are modeled on livestock carriers (a.k.a. cattle cars).
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Old January 12th, 2016, 09:53 AM   #548
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Gallery Cars seem to be the least efficient passenger rail cars ever, I cannot find a single good reason for their continued use.
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Modern Gallery Cars, with wide entrance doors, are actually reasonably efficient for certain applications. To be specific, they are good for cases where there is highly directional traffic flow. A fair amount of people can board at once, and immediately spread in both directions into the car, as well as up the staircases into the galleries. This apparently speeds loading quite a bit. An additional benefit is that the people in the galleries place their tickets along the edges of the gallery. Therefore, the conductor only has to reach up a bit to get their ticket, so they can punch tickets much faster.

There are very good reasons why gallery cars continue to be built even 60 years after their introduction in Chicago.
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Old January 13th, 2016, 04:28 AM   #550
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Some photos taken by Chris of the Baltimore LRT


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Old January 26th, 2016, 09:42 PM   #551
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The situation with buses in Baltimore



https://www.facebook.com/mtamaryland...type=3&theater

In Baltimore, subway is only running below ground (between Mondawmin and Johns Hopkins Hospital) due to recent blizzard



https://www.facebook.com/mtamaryland...type=3&theater

In northern Virginia, metro service is still suspended on above-ground stretches of Orange and Silver lines.

This was the situation during the weekend:


https://www.facebook.com/MetroForwar...type=3&theater


https://www.facebook.com/MetroForwar...type=3&theater


https://www.facebook.com/MetroForwar...type=3&theater


https://twitter.com/wmata/status/691247254301249536


https://twitter.com/wmata/status/690965263307685888


https://twitter.com/wmata/status/690965263307685888


https://twitter.com/HokiePhotog/stat...50458773487616
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Old January 28th, 2016, 05:13 PM   #552
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New bus service begins 2016.02.01 between Prince William County and Alexandria along express lanes on I-395 and I-95.



http://www.prtctransit.org/commuter-...rk-center.html
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From Railway Gazette:

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Bombardier to overhaul Maryland commuter coaches
05 Feb 2016



USA: Maryland Transit Administration announced a $36·8m contract for Bombardier Transportation to overhaul 63 MARC III coaches on February 4. The double-deck commuter cars have been in service for coming up to 17 years.

‘Overhauling our MARC III cars is a cost-effective way to improve the safety and reliability of our fleet’, said MTA Administrator & CEO Paul Comfort

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From WUSA:

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DC streetcar system could open as soon as Feb. 26
Associated Press, AP 8:38 p.m. EST February 12, 2016



WASHINGTON (AP) - City safety officials say Washington could launch passenger service on the rail cars by the end of the month.

The D.C. fire department said in a letter to the Federal Transit Administration that the streetcar system's grand opening could be "on or about Feb. 26" if "all final requisite activities are successfully completed by" transportation and safety officials"

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2016.02.27 - first day of Washington DC streetcar

http://greatergreaterwashington.org/...7-says-bowser/
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2016.02.27 - first day of Washington DC streetcar

http://greatergreaterwashington.org/...7-says-bowser/
Only about seven years behind schedule, too. I'm glad that it's finally opening, but the whole construction (and testing) process has been pathetic on the part of DDOT and has given streetcar-haters (and just general transit-haters) ammunition to attack any further extensions beyond the one route already built. At this rate, it would take more than a century to give DC a real streetcar network.

No adequate explanation has ever been given why this short stretch of proven technology needed several years of "safety testing" to be allowed to open. We're talking about a streetcar running down an asphalt road. I'm pretty certain that NASA's Apollo space program was developed and tested in less time than the DC Streetcar was. Some other cities have built entire metro lines (or systems!) in the time it took DC to build one tram line.

The DC streetcar was sold as an economical complement to the DC Metro but it doesn't look like it's turning out that way. It remains to be seen if there will be any streetcar routes opened after the initial segment.
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I hope no one gets offended if I articulate my agreement with the tone of this article.

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Feb 25th 2016, 16:47 BY A.W. | WASHINGTON, DC

“LATE and over budget, streetcars are finally rumbling to life in Washington, DC. The long-awaited service, which has cost at least $135m to build, spans 2.4 miles along H Street in the city’s north-east. But it is not taking passengers yet.”

This newspaper printed those words in August 2014, but it really could have done so at just about any point this decade. The streetcar was originally supposed to launch in 2009, in an impoverished part of the capital’s south-east quadrant. Those plans fizzled, and were replaced by a promise to bring the trolley to H Street in 2012. Then 2013 passed. So did 2014. As late as December 30th of that year, Mayor Vincent Gray’s administration wouldn’t say for sure whether the streetcar would be operational by the year’s end (it wasn’t). Mr Gray was ousted in an election in which he wasn’t helped by the project’s continued embarrassments. His successor, Muriel Bowser, failed to learn from his mistakes and promised a streetcar service by the end of 2015. That deadline came and went, too.

Now it is 2016, and at long last the streetcar will begin carrying passengers. It is not quite Berlin’s disastrously fated airport, which was scheduled to open in 2010 but will be lucky to see its first flyers by the end of this decade. But it is close. At least few in the German capital doubt that a new airport will be useful. The same can’t be said of the streetcar. It will run westward in a straight line from an economically depressed and largely residential stretch of Benning Road until it terminates atop a bridge, across the street from the parking garage attached to Union Station. Even for those few Washingtonians for whom that route is useful, it is made less so by the fact that it is already covered exactly by the X2 bus. Indeed, the X2 holds two distinct advantages. First, it can move around double-parked cars or other obstructions, while the streetcar must patiently wait for them to correct themselves. Second, it actually continues on to somewhere useful—namely, over the bridge and downtown to DC.

The catastrophic execution of the streetcar project has somewhat obscured the fact that even if everything had gone smoothly, the planning itself is rotten. Streetcars are a wonderful addition to transit networks in cities across Europe—including Berlin—because they are sensibly laid out, usually with dedicated lanes. While they may not move quite as quickly as subways, they function essentially in the same way, not having to contend with cars and getting priority signalling. And of course they are much cheaper to build than an underground line. But Washington’s planners seem to have been so fixated on the low price tag that they have not asked themselves the central question that should guide any transit plan: will it actually be useful in moving people? In DC, for the time being, the answer seems to be no. (There are separate questions that have less definitive answers, such as whether the streetcar plans have helped spur development, and whether people who think the bus is dirty or dangerous might be more amenable to taking the streetcar, despite its drawbacks.)

That won’t change anytime soon. The only other streetcar line that is firmly in the city’s plans is an extension of the current one through downtown to Georgetown. That would finally provide geographically beneficial connections, and a portion of it might even get a dedicated lane. But the bad news is that the city is projecting that it will be completed in 2022. Which, given the track record on the inaugural line, likely means around the time that today’s preschoolers are learning to drive.

Two hundred miles to the north, New York’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, has observed the low-speed car crash that is happening in DC and decided he wants one, too. This month, Mr de Blasio announced plans for a 16-mile line connecting Brooklyn and Queens. The estimated cost is $2.5 billion, which may be optimistic given that it might require building two new bridges. And what portion of the route will have the all-important dedicated right-of-way? Mere details to be sorted out later.

The sad thing about the current streetcar folly is that this technology was once vital to American cities. The Dodgers baseball team are so called because residents of their native Brooklyn spent so much time dodging trolleys, which transported a huge number of New Yorkers to work. (Then the trolley went defunct, and the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles where the only thing people have to sidestep is freeway traffic.) In Washington, streetcars ran for 100 years, from 1862 to 1962, when the advent of mass car ownership and the flight to the suburbs rendered it more of a nuisance than a benefit. These days, resurgent population growth and an emphasis on transit-oriented development mean the streetcar could once again be a boon to the city—if only it were designed well.

The good news in all of this mess is that when it starts transporting passengers on Saturday, the streetcar will offer free rides. That’s because the city hasn’t yet decided how much to charge, or even how to collect the fares. Again, mere details to be sorted out later.
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DC Streetcar is finaly opened. System's FAQs on Washington Post:
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Updated map on urbanrail.net:
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