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  • Metro’s crumbling crossties may be too small to begin with

    11/17/2016 10:13:41 AM PST · by detective · 23 replies
    WTOP ^ | November 17, 2016 | Max Smith
    The Federal Transit Administration is raising questions about whether Metro rail ties are the proper size to keep tracks safely in place. A federal inspection report released Wednesday says inspectors have “consistently noted” WMATA crossties on mainline track that are 7 1/2 inches. Metro’s own standards call for rail ties at switches to have at least an 8-inch face. The inspection report noted that as of Sept. 24, Metro had not responded to federal inspectors’ questions about crossties that are a half inch narrower than internal standards. It is not clear how many of the smaller crossties exist in the...
  • Man Hijacks Metrobus; Pedestrian Fatally Struck: Police (Armed Teens Hijack DC Metro Bus)

    05/03/2016 9:07:00 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 28 replies
    NBC Washington DC ^ | 03 MAY 16 | News staff
    A man attacked a Metrobus driver with a weapon and hijacked his bus Tuesday morning, D.C. police said. The bus then struck a pedestrian, who later died. It's not clear where the bus was taken from, but police say the bus in now stopped at a gas station in the 4300 block of Minnesota Avenue in Northeast Washington. Police say the suspect got on the bus and attacked the bus driver with a weapon. The driver managed to get off the bus, but suffered a back injury in the process. He is expected to be OK. The suspect then drove...
  • Feds appoint safety experts to Metro board (Washington DC)

    04/29/2016 7:38:32 AM PDT · by deks · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/28/16 | Melanie Zanona
    The Department of Transportation is appointing three new members to the board that oversees Washington’s Metrorail system to improve safety at the beleaguered transit agency. The announcement on Thursday comes amid heavy frustration with Metro’s continued safety problems and rail disruptions, including an unprecedented shutdown of the entire system for emergency inspections last month. “Building a safety culture is not easy and requires relentless focus at every level,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement. “These three new Federal members will build on our promise to bring a laser-like focus on making the transit system of our nation’s capital...
  • The Tragic Deterioration of Washington’s Great Society Subway

    04/12/2016 3:38:18 PM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    Human Events ^ | Apr 12, 2016 | Michael Barone
    If you live any distance beyond the Capital Beltway you probably didn’t notice, but an important part of government in Washington shut down on Wednesday, March 16. That’s when the Metro subway system’s recently installed general manager, Paul Wiedefeld, ordered a one-day shutdown of the entire 117-mile system for emergency inspection of track-based power cables.
  • Here’s how to really make America great again

    03/30/2016 12:59:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Market Watch ^ | March 17, 2016 | Jeff Reeves
    What the heck is wrong with us? On Wednesday, Washington, D.C.’s entire Metro subway system shut down with almost no notice to perform emergency inspections, just days after a cable fire “crippled” three lines. The nation’s second-busiest rail system has been plagued by safety problems in recent years, including a 2015 incident where smoke from an electrical malfunction killed one person and a deadly 2009 crash on the system’s Red Line that killed nine people. And with a new Metro chief that has been vocal about returning to a culture that puts safety first, many say that Wednesday’s move is...
  • Metro Shutdown Highlights Risks of Democratic Transportation Autopilot Formula Proposal

    03/24/2016 7:45:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    MCGOP ^ | March 22, 2016 | Mark Uncapher
    In an unprecedented move to protect Washington Metro riders’ safety, the entire transit system was closed for a day last week in order to conduct emergency inspections of electric cables. This had to be done, since a rash of fires, fatalities and other breakdowns has raised concerns about the 40-year-old rail system’s continued capacity to deliver safe, reliable service. Currently the Metro Rail fares cover only a portion of its operating expenses. The system is completely dependent on its parent jurisdictions for paying any capital costs. Without state support, the necessary money would not be available. Few events better highlight...
  • Washington DC is shutting down the entire subway system on Wednesday with no notice - safety checks

    03/16/2016 2:24:19 AM PDT · by Libloather · 42 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/15/16 | Kelly Mclaughlin & AP
    Washington DC is shutting down the entire subway system on Wednesday with no notice for urgent safety checks The entire Washington, DC, subway system will shut down for at least 29 hours to inspect electrical components on the tracks following a fire near one of the system's tunnels, officials said on Tuesday. The shutdown comes after a fire broke out on Monday about 4.30am in the tunnel outside the McPherson Square station in downtown Washington. The fire led to delays on the orange, blue and silver lines, which go through the station. The Metro subway system will shut down at...
  • Entire Metrorail system to shut down Wednesday (Washington DC)

    03/15/2016 2:38:52 PM PDT · by OwenKellogg · 86 replies ^ | 3/15/2016 | WTOP Staff
    WASHINGTON — Metrorail will shut down entirely for more than a day beginning at midnight Wednesday for safety checks, Metro has announced. Metrorail will reopen at 5 a.m. Thursday. Metro General Management Paul Wiedefeld says that the 29 hours should be enough time to inspect 600 underground jumper cables that provide power to the energized third rail to run the trains. There is no word yet of the closure’s impact on federal offices or its employees — many of whom rely on Metro to get to work. The Office of Personnel Management says it will provide an update later today....
  • “Youths” Jump Couple at DC Metro Station in Latest Knock-Out Style Beating (VIDEO)

    01/19/2016 2:59:29 PM PST · by lowbridge · 35 replies
    gateway pundit ^ | january 17, 2016 | jim hoft
    A DC couple was brutally beaten at a Metro station in Washington DC after watching a movie Saturday night. Police are looking for several youths in a spree of recent Metro beatings. The youths sucker-punched the couple and kicked their faces. This is the fourth such attack in the last month on Metro passengers. The media has mostly covered up this story. The young couple said they would have likely found another way home if they would have heard about the number of recent beatings.
  • Union Station Metro Closed Due to Police Activity

    11/14/2015 5:59:30 PM PST · by revivaljoe · 20 replies
    NBV4 ^ | 11/14/2015 | NBC4
    Union Station Metro is closed due to police activity, Metro reported. Bus service is being requested to transport passengers. No other information about the nature of the incident was immediately confirmed. Stay with News4 and NBC Washington for more on this developing story.
  • Hogan says no to Red Line, yes to Purple

    06/25/2015 4:03:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | June 25, 2015 | Michael Dresser
    Dashing Baltimore's hopes for an east-west light rail line, Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday that he will not build the $2.9 billion Red Line. "The current proposal makes no sense whatsoever," the governor told a State House news conference. But Hogan, making his first appearance since announcing Monday he has cancer, gave mass transit advocates a limited victory by giving the green light to construction of a slimmed-down version of the Purple Line light rail project in the Washington suburbs. During his campaign last year, Hogan had said the state could not afford either project. After he took office, however,...
  • Assassin’s Veto: Washington Transit Authority Shuts Down Free Speech, Suspends All Issue-Related Ads

    05/28/2015 3:26:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 5/28/15 | Pamela Geller
    WMATA has submitted to the assassin’s veto.Following the cowardly policy change for the New York MTA, the Washington MTA has suspended all issue-oriented ads through the end of year after we submitted our free speech ad.Oh, the irony.This is an end run around the first amendment.These cowards may claim that they are making people safer, but I submit to you the opposite. They are making it far more dangerous for Americans everywhere. Rewarding terror with submission is defeat. Absolute and complete defeat.More demands, more violence will certainly follow. The message is that terror works.This is sharia in America.The only upside...
  • L'Enfant Plaza Metro station closed, evacuated due to smoke (D.C.)

    01/12/2015 1:56:26 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    Fox5 ^ | 11-12-2015 | Fox5
    The L'Enfant Plaza Metro station has been evacuated due to smoke in the station. Metro says trains are bypassing the station and the station has been temporarily closed. Metro says the source of the smoke has not been determined and it has activated tunnel fans to ventilate the area.
  • Springsteen, Eminem Concert to Close Metro to Arlington Cemetery on Veterans Day

    10/22/2014 9:10:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 10/22/14 | Jim Swift
    Washingtonians and visitors seeking to attend Veterans Day ceremonies or to pay their respects to the fallen at Arlington National Cemetery this year will need to allocate extra time in getting there. That's because the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has cancelled all Blue line rail service on the federal holiday, and it's the only line that services the Arlington National Cemetery Metro train station. The public transportation authority isn't shutting down for mandated safety repairs, which have plagued the agency since a 2009 fatal accident. Rather, service is being cancelled for "a major concert." The concert, billed as "The...
  • Census: D.C. Suburbs Dominate Wealthiest List; Falls Church, Va

    01/02/2014 3:17:23 PM PST · by markomalley · 31 replies
    CNS News ^ | 1/2/2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The small suburban independent city of Falls Church, Va.—which is treated as the equivalent of a county by the Census Bureau--had a higher median household income in 2012 than any county in the United States, according to data released in December by the Census Bureau.In the Census Bureau’s ranking of the 30 counties with the highest median household incomes, the City of Falls Church rose from the No. 2 spot in 2011 to the No. 1 spot in 2012, overtaking Loudon County, Va.While treated as the equivalent of a county by the Census Bureau, the City of Falls Church had...
  • DC Metro’s Silver Line is coming to Tysons, but don’t look for lots of new commuter parking

    11/28/2013 3:46:04 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 41 replies ^ | By Lori Aratani
    Fairfax County residents have watched cranes and bulldozers rip up roads and disrupt commutes for the dramatic aerial structures that will carry Metro’s newest rail line through Tysons Corner and into Reston. Now that the Silver Line is about to open, many potential riders have one simple question: Where do we park? The answer: You probably don’t. Fairfax officials did not include parking garages at the four Silver Line stations in Tysons. That decision has been cheered by “smart growth” advocates, but residents are concerned that their streets will become de facto Metro parking lots. And some potential Silver Line...
  • Black violence surges from D.C. rail line to Master's

    05/12/2013 5:24:25 AM PDT · by Anila · 74 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 05/11/13 | Colin Flaherty
    It has been a busy month for black mob violence, starting in the nation’s capital. Just one day before journalists and celebrities from around the world gathered for the White House Correspondent’s Dinner on April 27th, police prepared for mob violence. Not from Georges Will or Clooney. But from a black mob that created violence the day before at Union Station just a few blocks from the White House. And was rumored to be preparing an encore performance. On a Friday conference call, police convinced each other they were ready. Turns out they were not. This episode of black mob...
  • Virginia Builds $1 Million “Super” Bus Stop [which can shelter only 15 people]

    04/07/2013 9:50:43 AM PDT · by grundle · 38 replies ^ | April 4, 2013 | Tiffany Kaiser
    It expects to build 23 more at over $900,000 a piece The city of Arlington just recently opened an impressive bus stop with a not-so-impressive price tag of $1 million. The “super stop” in Arlington, Virginia is unlike any other bus stop. It has a custom designed roof made of glass and steel; a wall of etched glass; heaters in the floor; gorgeous landscaping, and concrete/stainless steel benches. The bus stop has 10-inch high curbs, 90 feet of concrete and can shelter 15 people at a time while waiting for buses to arrive – all at a cost of $1...
  • Black mobs take over Washington Metro

    12/13/2012 2:27:40 AM PST · by Anila · 181 replies
    WND ^ | 12/13/12 | Colin Flaherty
    No one knows what the two white women were doing on that Metro in that part of Washington, D.C. Ads by Google Clothes and DressesUp to 90% Discount at CashCashPinoy. Join Now! Trade Forex with FxProStart trading Forex online now. Open an account for free! They “did not want any trouble,” they said on the video. To the black mob that confronted them, threatened them, beat them and robbed them, it was no trouble at all. So they grabbed their iPhones, but not before the girls fought back to retrieve them. Unsuccessfully. All the while one of the...
  • U.S. Lawmaker: Boycott Subway Over Anti-Jihad Ad

    10/10/2012 10:28:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 67 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/10/12 | Elad Benari
    A U.S. lawmaker called Wednesday for a boycott of public transit systems in Washington and other cities running a pro-Israel advertisement that denounces "the savage" in Muslim countries, AFP reported. The advertisements, which have also run on trains in New York and buses in San Francisco, went up this week at four stations in the U.S. capital area after a federal judge ruled that the group enjoyed a right to free speech. Citing security concerns, the operator of the Metro had sought to delay the billboards, which read, "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the...
  • L'Enfant Plaza escalator accident injures five people (DC Metrorail)

    08/07/2012 9:35:56 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 3 replies ^ | August7, 2012 |
    At least five people were injured at the L'Enfant Plaza metro station during the Tuesday morning rush hour due to a malfunction on an escalator, officials say. D.C. Fire officials say that three people were taken to area hospitals for treatment after the accident, which happened just after 8:30 a.m. The other two injured people were treated at the station. Metro spokesperson Cathy Asato says that they believe a bag or piece of clothing belonging to a customer caught a side panel of an escalator, detaching it and causing some people to lose their balance. Several pictures and reports on...
  • 'Confused' French woman tries to cross [Wash DC] Metro tracks (VIDEO)

    07/19/2012 7:03:41 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 18 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | 19 July 2012 | Paul D. Shinkman
    WASHINGTON - Riders at Metro Center were surprised to find a reportedly confused woman standing on the median between two tracks on Wednesday night, according to eyewitnesses. The woman, dressed in black and carrying a red bag, appeared to try to cross over both sets of Red Line tracks between 9:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night before stopping on the center barrier. She appeared "lost, almost confused," says Jen Voss, who tweeted a picture of the incident. Metro reports the 37-year-old woman is French, does not speak English and was trying to cross from the Shady Grove side...
  • [D.C.] Metro defibrillator failed during rider's fatal heart attack [government health care]

    04/20/2012 10:57:26 AM PDT · by grundle · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 19, 2012
    Metro is inspecting all of its defibrillators after one failed to work Monday when a 51-year-old rider suffered a fatal heart attack on the Yellow Line. The agency announced the news after The Washington Examiner started asking questions about the broken automated external defibrillator Thursday morning. Metro now says it plans to inspect all the defibrillators in its stations within 24 hours after determining the one at the Pentagon station had a dead battery. Metro has 46 defibrillators, meaning not every one of the 86 stations has one. The agency said Thursday it plans to add units at all remaining...
  • Why I no longer feel safe on Metro

    04/17/2012 3:31:08 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 65 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/13/2012
    “[Expletive] the white man! [Expletive] the white man!” The man’s yells reverberated through the Metrorail car, breaking the quiet typical of an early-morning ride. I turned down the music on my iPhone. What was that? “[Expletive] the white man!” he screamed again. My fellow Blue Line riders and I looked around uneasily. I couldn’t see the man, but I did note that I seemed to be one of very few white men in the car. Still, I brushed it off. It’s not unusual to encounter crazy behavior while riding Metro. Rarely do things turn serious. As the train arrived at...
  • Metro derailed by culture of complacence, incompetence, lack of diversity

    03/27/2012 6:09:20 AM PDT · by Road Glide · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 26, 2012 | Luke Rosiak
    Ninety-seven percent of the bus and train operators at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority are black, with only six white women out of more than 3,000 drivers, according to Metro documents — a lack of diversity at one of the region’s largest employers that has led to an acknowledgment of failure in affirmative-action documents and spawned a series of lawsuits. The homogeneity, interviews with dozens of current and former Metro workers indicated, is a proxy to a clubby culture of favoritism in which merit has little to do with promotions, and accountability, such as noting safety violations, is a...
  • Is there an enhanced degree of security on the DC metro? Does anyone know why?

    03/26/2012 6:04:29 PM PDT · by Stosh · 12 replies · 22+ views
    Does anyone know if the DC Metro system is experiencing a higher-than-normal degree of security? Family members of mine are visiting the Capitol, mostly traveling by Metro, and they've seen a noticeable number of both armed and (what appears to be) plainclothes security. They've mentioned their observations to a couple of locals, both of whom said the number of armed personnel seems unusual. We're not locals, so we don't have any standard to go by - does anyone in the area know if security has been stepped up, and why?
  • Loudoun County in hot seat on approving Metro’s Silver Line decision

    03/24/2012 10:15:24 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, March 24, 2012 | Fredrick Kunkle and Caitlin Gibson
    With the clock ticking on whether Northern Virginia’s two richest counties will go along with the next phase of extending Metrorail to Dulles International Airport, all eyes are on Loudoun County’s recently elected, all-Republican Board of Supervisors. If the vote were held today, elected officials and business leaders in Fairfax and Loudoun counties say they would not be surprised if Loudoun’s board opted out of the second phase of a $2.7 billion project that would extend the new Silver Line from Reston. Citing uncertainty over future ridership and potential costs, at least two members of Loudoun’s nine-member board have indicated...
  • 'Go to Hell Barack': Row Over Washington Metro Ad

    03/03/2012 2:40:21 PM PST · by lbryce · 38 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | March 2, 2012 | Staff
    In the heat of a US presidential election year, with Americans immune to the polarized and bitter nature of political discourse, it takes a lot to shock them, especially in Washington. But one ad at a DC Metro station -- which starts off criticizing Obama's health care reforms and ends up telling the president to "go to hell" -- goes beyond the pale, says Jim Moran, a Democratic congressman from Virginia. The advertisement is for "Sick and Sicker: When the Government Becomes Your Doctor," a documentary that interviews Canadian doctors and patients in the hope of showing how dangerous "Obamacare"...
  • Wary eyes on Dulles rail project’s bottom line

    10/01/2011 11:47:06 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 1, 2011 | Dana Hedgpeth
    <p>The first phase of the Dulles rail project — extending Metrorail service to Dulles Airport and Loudoun County — is scheduled for completion in December 2013. An important part of the project is underway in the Tysons Corner area.</p> <p>The Metrorail extension through Tysons Corner has burned through more than 70 percent of its contingency fund. With two years of construction remaining, the jurisdictions paying for the line — and Dulles Toll Road drivers — could be on the hook for millions in possible cost overruns, transportation experts say.</p>
  • McLean woman committed in Red Line bomb threat [DC Metro train]

    06/13/2011 1:06:43 PM PDT · by freespirited · 11 replies
    Wapo ^ | 06/13/11 | Dr. Gridlock
    A woman who allegedly made a bomb threat aboard a Red Line train Monday morning has been transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation, a Metro official said. Metro and emergency officials said there was no evidence that there was an explosive device, but the threat shut down rail service at Rockville Station. The station reopened about 9:45 a.m., according to reports from Metro. Trains were temporarily stopped between Shady Grove and Grosvenor. Shuttle bus service was established to transport passengers. Dan Stessel, a Metro spokesman, said a passenger made “a claim of a bomb threat” around...
  • Pak-born American gets 23-year jail for assisting al-Qaeda terrorists

    04/20/2011 2:45:14 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Indian Express ^ | April 12, 2011
    A Pakistan-born computer engineer has been sentenced to 23 years in prison by a US court after he pleaded guilty to charges that he tried to assist suspected members of al-Qaeda in planning bombings at Metrorail stations in the Washington area. A resident of Virginia, Farooque Ahmed (35) pleaded guilty to the charges of attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organisation and collecting information to assist in planning an attack on a transit facility. He was arrested by the FBI on October 27, 2010. In a plea agreement, the defence and government jointly recommended a sentence of...
  • DC Metro concedes gun carry often legal on trains, buses

    12/18/2010 1:33:49 PM PST · by majstoll · 1 replies ^ | December 18, 2010 | Mike Stollenwerk
    Some months ago it was reported here that - despite all the hallabalu arising from Congress’ recent mandate that AMTRAK allow passengers to transport unloaded guns in checked luggage - it’s generally NOT a crime under federal and most states’ laws to carry loaded handguns on AMTRAK trains. Now . . . WMATA has publicly acknowledged that gun carry on the DC Metro system is not banned, but merely governed by the laws of each of the 3 member jurisdictions: Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
  • Feds: Man threatened transit system in D.C.

    12/14/2010 12:33:07 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | Dec. 14, 2010
    (CNN) -- A Virginia man has been accused of threatening to place pipe bombs along the Metro transportation system in Washington. According to a federal complaint, Awais Younis, who was arrested December 7, related his plans to someone on the social networking site Facebook. Younis, also identified as Sundullah Ghilzai, told an FBI complainant through Facebook how how to build a pipe bomb "and what type of shrapnel would cause the greatest amount of damage," according to federal authorities.
  • Facebook chats alert authorities to Va. man's bomb threats [Muslim?]

    12/13/2010 2:24:47 PM PST · by · 7 replies
    An Arlington man is accused of threatening to set off bombs around D.C., including in the Metro system, but was caught through messages he sent on Facebook before a plot was developed. Awais Younis, who also goes by Sundullah "Sunny" Ghilzai as well as Mohhanmed Khan, was charged in federal court in Alexandria with making threatening communications. Younis, who was born in Afghanistan, used Facebook to threaten to set off explosives, according to an affidavit for his arrest by Joseph Lesinski, a special agent with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force. Authorities were tipped off to Younis by an unidentified...
  • VA. Man Arrested For Plotting DC Attacks

    10/27/2010 1:04:48 PM PDT · by Doogle · 29 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 10/27/10 | FOX
    A Virginia man has been arrested for allegedly trying to help Al Qaeda plan multiple bombings around the nation's capital, according to U.S. officials. Farooque Ahmed, 34, of Ashburn, Va., was arrested today by the FBI and charged with providing material support to terrorists and collecting information for a terrorist attack. “It’s chilling that a man from Ashburn is accused of casing rail stations with the goal of killing as many Metro riders as possible through simultaneous bomb attacks,” said Neil MacBride, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “Today’s arrest highlights ... our ability to find those...
  • (Muslim) Va man charged in fake bomb plot against DC subway

    10/27/2010 11:45:35 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 27, 2010
    A Virginia man has been arrested and indicted on charges he tried to help people he believed were al-Qaida operatives in planning to bomb subway stations in and around the nation's capital. The FBI says the public was never in danger because its agents were aware of the man's activities before the alleged planning took place and monitored him throughout. Farooque Ahmed, 34, a naturalized citizen born in Pakistan, was arrested Wednesday. He was indicted on charges of attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization, collecting information to assist in planning a terrorist attack on a transit...
  • Feds investigate plot to attack Metro (DC)

    10/27/2010 11:13:58 AM PDT · by TSgt · 20 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, October 27, 2010; 1:47 PM | Peter Finn and Greg Mille
    Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating a nascent plot to carry out a series of terrorist bombings at stations in the Washington Metro system, according to intelligence and law enforcement sources. The investigation is focused on a naturalized U.S. citizen, originally from Pakistan, who became the target of an undercover sting operation, the sources said. An administration official said the man drew the attention of law enforcement officials by seeking to obtain unspecified materials. The planned attack was not imminent, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the matter remains under investigation.
  • Second phase of Silver Line project sees costs soar ( DC Metro train )

    09/23/2010 9:37:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 16, 2010 | Derek Kravitz
    The second part of Metrorail's extension from Falls Church to Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County could cost as much as $1.3 billion more than original estimates, which may mean higher rates for people who use the Dulles Toll Road. The new estimate was provided Wednesday to members of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which is overseeing construction. The first phase is costing $2.75 billion, the authority said. Early estimates had placed costs of the second phase in the same range. The new price range increases the cost by at least $690 million and potentially twice as much. The plan...
  • Dupont Circle escalator incident prompts Metro to take action ( DC )

    08/05/2010 5:00:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 23, 2010 | Ann Scott Tyson
    Metro plans to put bullhorns in rail stations and improve crowd-management techniques after rush-hour escalator breakdowns at Dupont Circle Station last week left hordes of customers struggling up broken, 130-foot escalators -- with some people forced to crawl over the handrail to avoid falling into a hole. Metro Transit Police Chief Michael Taborn told Metro's board of directors at a meeting Thursday that an investigation into the incident, which started with a report of smoke at the Q Street NW entrance, determined that there were failures in radio communications and that for a short time the station's only open entrance...
  • DC Metro crash spurs federal oversight push

    08/05/2010 4:39:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies · 1+ views
    ap ^ | July 30, 2010 | SARAH BRUMFIELD
    Supporters of a bill that would give federal regulators power to force transit agencies to make safety improvements are rallying around a ruling that the lack of federal oversight contributed to the fatal Metro crash in Washington last year. Supporters believe the National Transportation Safety Board's strong language favoring federal oversight will make it easier to convince lawmakers that it is needed nationwide. But Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., put a hold on the bill to keep it from being fast-tracked through Congress after Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., introduced it last week.
  • Pentagon Alert - Metro entrance closed - Police with guns drawn

    06/11/2010 10:18:42 AM PDT · by elc · 41 replies · 3,008+ views
    Pentagon Alert System/Twitter | elc
    Pentagon alert notification just popped up. Pentagon Metro entrance closed. Quick search of twitter shows police with guns drawn. Possible suspicious package. Hmm, wasn't there an alert from the FBI earlier this week about terrorists trying to disrupt things with fake suspicous packages.
  • 2 police officers shot at Pentagon entrance (Update)

    03/04/2010 5:48:30 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 16 replies · 984+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 3/4/2010 | Washington Post
    Chris Layman, a spokesman for the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, said the suspect walked up to the main entrance of the Pentagon at 6:40 p.m. and opened fire. He hit two officers, both of whom have injuries that are not life-threatening. The officers fired back, and the suspect was hit. His injuries are more serious. Layman declined to speculate on a motive.
  • Shooting of 2 Pentagon Force Protection Agency, Perp Shot at Pentagon Transit Center

    03/04/2010 6:03:37 PM PST · by jessduntno · 20 replies · 1,024+ views
    Local News | Now | JessDuntno
    Live local TV from DC; Two Pentagon police officers and a gunman are hospitalized after a shoot-out at the Metro station entrance to the Pentagon. Eyewitnesses say it started at 6:40pm. Pentagon Force Protection Agency says suspect walked up and wounded two officers. Despite their injuries, those officers fired back and wounded the suspect...EMT first responders rushed all three to local conference at 8:45pm. The Pentagon Metro station and Pentagon Transit Center have been reopened.
  • 2 Pentagon officers shot near Metro station - feds say shooting not an act of terrorism

    03/04/2010 6:57:15 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 45 replies · 2,055+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 4, 2010
    A gunman coolly drew a weapon from his pocket and opened fire at the teeming subway entrance to the Pentagon complex Thursday evening, wounding two police officers before being shot and critically wounded, officials said. Authorities said all three were taken to a hospital. Richard Keevill, chief of Pentagon police, said the two officers suffered grazing wounds that were not life-threatening. The suspect, identified as 36-year old John Patrick Bedell, allegedly walked up to a security checkpoint at the Pentagon in an apparent attempt to get inside the Defense Department headquarters, at about 6:40 p.m.
  • Fox News: Pentagon on Lockdown; Shooting at Pentagon Metro Station

    03/04/2010 4:17:20 PM PST · by kristinn · 602 replies · 25,060+ views
    Thursday, March 4, 2010
    Nothing on the wires yet. No more news given than what I put in the headline.
  • Red Line Metro train derails near Farragut North station

    02/12/2010 10:35:02 AM PST · by Perdogg · 7 replies · 305+ views
    A crowded Red Line Metro train heading from Farragut North toward Dupont Circle derailed Friday morning between the two stations, trapping 345 people underground for an hour and a half before they could be pulled to safety. The incident paralyzed the subway system and downtown street traffic on federal workers' first morning back after a snowbound week.
  • 2 Metro workers killed in latest track accident

    01/26/2010 7:37:05 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 10 replies · 635+ views
    Breitbart (AP) ^ | January 26, 2010 | Sarah Karush
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Metro workers were struck and killed by a maintenance truck on a track Tuesday, the latest in a string of fatalities since last year in the Washington area's transit system. The men were installing safety equipment on a track that was closed to regular service for the night when they were hit, Metro said. One worker died at the scene, a few blocks from the Rockville Metro Station, and the other on the way to a hospital. Both men were automatic train control technicians and the crash involved a large truck equipped to drive on the...
  • Obama Administration Seeks Federal Regulation of Nation's Subways

    12/05/2009 12:52:19 PM PST · by yoe · 114 replies · 4,338+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 4, 2009 | Brian Wilson
    Brushing aside tradition, the Obama administration is pushing for federal authority to regulate the nation's subway and light commuter rail systems following last summer's subway crash in Washington, D.C., that left nine people dead. Next week, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will formally ask Congress to give his department authority to regulate and oversee those rail systems, a move that some Republicans on Capitol Hill worry is another alarming example of an ever-expanding federal government. "In this case, it sounds good, safety and enforcement over transit systems, but it may not be that effective," Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., told Fox News....
  • 3 workers hurt in DC subway crash; injuries minor

    11/29/2009 2:39:39 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 3 replies · 386+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-11-29
    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Officials say a Washington Metro subway train crashed into the back of another at a rail yard, injuring three workers. The Metro transit agency says injuries were minor and not life-threatening. No passengers were on board when the crash occurred at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Metro says a six-car train was returning to the West Falls Church Rail Yard in northern Virginia when it rear-ended a parked six-car train. Two workers were cleaning the parked train to get it ready for service.
  • Obama Proposes Federal Oversight Of Transit Safety

    11/15/2009 4:22:36 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 189 replies · 7,595+ views
    Obama Proposes Federal Takeover Of Mass Transit White House Hopes For Federal Oversight Of Safety Regulations On All Local Subways, Light Rails In US Reporting Hazel Sanchez Who should run mass transportation? If the White House has its way, New York and other subway systems nationwide could be in for a federal safety takeover. It comes as a surprise to many straphangers. Unlike airplanes and highways, the nation's subways systems operate with no federal oversight. "That makes me uncomfortable to hear that," subway rider Rhonda Jordan said. "I do take the subway quite often." One City College transportation expert says...