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Old December 19th, 2016, 07:26 AM   #321
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"Metro to Propose Closing at 11:30 PM on Weeknights and 1 AM on Fridays and Saturdays"

https://www.washingtonian.com/2016/1...closing-hours/
Incredibly frustrating. This world-class city, with a GDP per capita of $170,000, can't afford metro past 11:30pm? What is wrong with WMATA?
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Old December 19th, 2016, 08:29 AM   #322
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Incredibly frustrating. This world-class city, with a GDP per capita of $170,000, can't afford metro past 11:30pm? What is wrong with WMATA?
Years of deferred maintenance will do that. See the New York subway in the 70s.
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Old December 20th, 2016, 06:09 AM   #323
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Incredibly frustrating. This world-class city, with a GDP per capita of $170,000, can't afford metro past 11:30pm? What is wrong with WMATA?
Won't be so bad assuming they provide adequate bus service for those late hours.
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Old December 20th, 2016, 04:18 PM   #324
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Won't be so bad assuming they provide adequate bus service for those late hours.
That's a pretty big assumption, and I doubt if it actually happen.

WMATA is retreating a bit to Washington Metro's original purpose as a weekday, commuter-focused, suburban rail-subway hybrid system rather than trying to take it to the next level and offer service more in the vein of say, New York. It may just be the reality of their situation.
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Old December 20th, 2016, 05:39 PM   #325
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Years of deferred maintenance will do that. See the New York subway in the 70s.
Isn't it then a better idea to close certain parts of the network entirely for a longer period of time so the maintenance can be more efficient? A longer period could as well be for example from Friday evening until Monday morning.
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Old December 20th, 2016, 05:58 PM   #326
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You're assuming these maintenance issues aren't serious and aren't spread out across the network. They can't just focus on one area first and let the other area get dangerous.
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Old January 24th, 2017, 06:28 PM   #327
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"Metro ridership tops 1 million, sets Saturday record"

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Metro officials said Saturday was the busiest in Metro’s history. The transit agency tweeted Sunday that 1,001,616 trips were taken on the rail system on Saturday, the day of the Women’s March on Washington.

Metro spokesman Dan Stessel had said that on Friday, the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration, just over 570,000 trips were taken on the rail system.

Saturday’s ridership number topped the previous Saturday ridership record set in 2010 on the day of the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear hosted by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. More than 825,000 trips were taken that day.
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Old June 1st, 2017, 08:29 AM   #328
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Kevin Spacey, the president from "House of Cards"



more photos here: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/...tos-pete-souza
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Old June 1st, 2017, 03:44 PM   #329
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Is the Silver Line extension to Dulles coming along fine?

Once per year I visit the DC area and find out that there's still no Metro stop at Dulles.
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Is the Silver Line extension to Dulles coming along fine?

Once per year I visit the DC area and find out that there's still no Metro stop at Dulles.
The second (and final) phase of the Silver Line construction is more than half-way done (nearly 60% when I last checked), and is due for completion either towards the end of 2019, or early 2020.


http://www.dullesmetro.com/
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Old June 1st, 2017, 07:29 PM   #331
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I want to visit the station where he pushed that girl
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I want to visit the station where he pushed that girl
That scene was shot in Baltimore.
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Old June 2nd, 2017, 09:09 AM   #333
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That scene was shot in Baltimore.
Charles Center station, which stood in for Cathedral Heights.
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End of an era

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Metro to retire all 1000- and 4000-series railcars by July 1, months ahead of schedule

Every 1000- and 4000-series railcar - Metro's oldest and least-reliable cars, respectively - will be decommissioned and permanently removed from passenger service by July 1, months ahead of original projections, Metro announced today.

Under Metro's Back2Good program, announced earlier this year, Metro had accelerated the retirement of the 1000- and 4000-series railcars as new, more reliable 7000-series railcars arrive, resulting in improved service, fewer offloads and delays. New 7000-series cars are up to six times more reliable than the cars they are replacing, traveling more than 176,000 miles between delays in April. By contrast, Metro's least-reliable 4000-series cars traveled an average of only 27,259 miles between delays in 2016.

"By retiring the last of our oldest and least reliable railcars, we will be in a much better position to deliver more reliable service for our customers," said Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld. "We have already seen the positive results of this effort in the form of fewer railcar-related delays and fewer offloads."

Replacing the 1000-series with safer 7000-series cars also responds to an open recommendation from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Since Metro began retiring problematic cars more than a year ago, the number of offloads has dropped by half, from an average of 120 per month during 2016 compared to only 62 offloads in April. In addition, customers are encountering fewer delays, nearly two thirds of which are caused by railcar mechanical issues. In May, more than 91 percent of the 13.6 million weekday trips taken on Metrorail arrived within 5 minutes of schedule.

Metro currently has 43 new trains in passenger service (344 7000-series cars) and is receiving new cars at a rate of up to 20 per month. The transit system has purchased 748 new railcars in total.

Metro is making available a number of decommissioned 4000-series railcars to emergency response agencies in the region for training purposes. In addition, a pair of Metro's original railcars, numbered 1000 and 1001, will be refurbished and preserved for historical purposes.
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Old June 12th, 2017, 11:57 PM   #335
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That scene was shot in Baltimore.
Kinda frustrating when movies do that. The DC metro is so unique both in station form and rail car types that its obvious when they try to slap "DC" on another city's bland metro.
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Old June 23rd, 2017, 10:18 PM   #336
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At least no one died this time LOL.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.33cb3dfc97e0

Third-world metro for a second-rate capital city.
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What Washington Metro Should Build, by Alon Levy. tl;dr: Increase capacity on the Orange-Silver lines by truncating the Blue line at Rosslyn and requiring riders to transfer; relocate the Yellow Line to eliminate the overlap with the Green Line and further truncating the Blue Line at Pentagon, and... OK, look at the map. Interesting, and a lot cheaper than the $26 billion scheme that the planners came up with.

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