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  • Metro rips out Phantom Planter’s flowers at Dupont Circle station

    07/07/2013 1:24:23 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 79 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7-7-13 | Robert McCartney
    It turns out I underestimated Metro bureaucrats’ capacity for folly. Two weeks ago, I wrote that the transit system would look silly if it let perish 1,000 flowers planted secretly at the Dupont Circle station by local garden artist Henry Docter, the self-described Phantom Planter. I feared that Metro would merely neglect the flowers. Instead, last Sunday, it sent workmen to yank them out.
  • S.F. Muni Metro shutdown snarls commute [San Francisco is a "transit first" city]

    12/03/2012 11:07:53 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Monday, December 3, 2012 | Vivian Ho and Joe Garofoli
    A blown transformer at the Van Ness Muni Station in San Francisco caused the shutdown of the Metro subway system Monday evening. Muni officials said the transformer blew at about 6 p.m. as a result of rain damage from Sunday's storm. Subway service had not reopened late Monday, but light-rail vehicles were running on surface lines in the western part of the city. Also, cars on the F-Market line, which runs above ground, had been turned around at 11th Street for a time because of an earlier accident at Market and Dolores streets. The line was reopened at 8:35 p.m....
  • Jewish man knocked unconscious in Paris metro

    10/14/2012 1:01:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    JTA.org ^ | 10/14/12 | staff
    MARSEILLE, France (JTA) -- A Jewish man was attacked and rendered unconscious in a Paris metro, a local watchdog reported. The 52-year-old victim entered the subway directly from his synagogue but wore no markings that would identify him as Jewish, according to a report on the late September incident by the National Bureau of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, a nonprofit watchdog organization. The incident occurred on the eve of Rosh Hashanah. He may have been targeted because of a Jewish philosophy book by the chief rabbi of Paris that he was reading in the metro when he was attacked,...
  • L'Enfant Plaza escalator accident injures five people (DC Metrorail)

    08/07/2012 9:35:56 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 3 replies
    WJLA.com ^ | August7, 2012 | WJLA.com
    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...
  • Metro Green Line reopened with likely delays

    07/08/2012 7:15:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 8, 2012 | Meredith Somers
    High temperatures caused a “heat kink” along a stretch of Metrorail track, officials said, closing a portion of Green Line service throughout the weekend and likely impacting the Monday morning rush hour. Service between Fort Totten and Prince George’s Plaza was suspended Saturday and Sunday while crews repaired the 1,000-foot section of track bent out of shape because of the hot weather. Metro officials announced Sunday night that service had restarted between the two stations, but trains were single-tracking.
  • Metro: Heat likely the cause of train derailment

    07/08/2012 7:02:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2012 | Matthew Cella
    Metro officials on Saturday said excessive heat was the probable cause for a train derailment Friday in Prince George’s County. Investigators said a “heat kink” due to extreme high temperatures and direct exposure to sunlight likely caused the rails to expand, resulting in the derailment. The derailment was reported on the inbound stretch of the Green Line near the West Hyattsville Station around 4:45 p.m.
  • D.C.-area temperatures approach all-time record highs

    07/07/2012 6:54:41 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 58 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2012 | Elizabeth Sallie
    <p>Triple-digit temperatures expected to feel as hot as 110 degrees have prompted excessive heat warnings across the D.C. area on Saturday and could threaten all-time highs.</p> <p>The day continued a trend in the area that hasn’t seen high temperatures lower than 95 degrees since the month began.</p>
  • (DC) Metro proposes 5 percent fare increase (Rat Incompetence on Parade)

    01/10/2012 6:04:42 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 8 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | January 10, 2012 | Dana Hedgpeth
    Metro proposes to increase bus and rail fares by about 5 percent, raise parking rates and eliminate a controversial rush-hour surcharge this summer to overcome a $116 million shortfall in its next operating budget. Riders who use paper Farecards would face the biggest change. Whether going two stops or 10, they would pay one-way flat fares: $6 during rush hour, $4 in off-peak times. For a group traveling together, hailing a taxi might quickly become more palatable. (snip) Metro officials, however, are promoting the simplification of fares as a plus. The new fare structure would eliminate the “peak-of-the-peak” rate, in which...
  • The pointlessness of Mitt Romney

    12/29/2011 7:50:36 PM PST · by Fred · 105 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | 122911 | Theo Caldwell
    “Pointless … like giving caviar to an elephant.” ~ William Faulkner Leave it to Faulkner to create a simile so apt that it reaches across decades to apply, very neatly, to the futility of foisting Mitt Romney upon the Republican Party as its presidential nominee. The image of the elephant is self-evidently appropriate. As for caviar, despite its association with money and privilege, one wonders who actually enjoys its taste. Truth be told, it is over-rated, as most delicacies are. Caviar is a lot like Marmite, only more expensive and lacking its nutritional value. So it is with Romney, moneyed...
  • Wheel Falls Off DC Metrorail Train!

    12/20/2011 10:30:32 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Unsuck DC Metro ^ | December 20, 2011 | Unsuck DC Metro
    For anyone in the DC area who relies on metrorail, a wheel fell off one of the trains on the Orange Line this morning and the entire system is snarled, with people still stuck on the train. Those who made it off are reporting that Metro still made them pay exit fare and somehow find their own alternative transportation.
  • Videos from Tuesday’s light rail, truck wreck [Houston, TX]

    10/05/2011 9:00:26 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 11 replies
    blog.chron.com ^ | 5 Oct 2011 | unattributed
    Here is a series of videos from Metro showing the truck-train accident Tuesday morning (Related news article and photos).
  • CEO online scandal shocks Metro (LIBERAL UNION project defended, excused and swept under rug)

    07/29/2011 2:43:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 29, 2011 | CAROL CHRISTIAN
    Greanias suspended over accessing 'adult' websites on agency's system The Metropolitan Transit Authority's efforts to rebuild public confidence suffered a setback Thursday with the announcement that President and CEO George Greanias, the public face of the "new Metro," has been suspended for visiting sexually explicit websites using the agency's Internet access. Some observers said Greanias, who has led Metro since last September, has been so good for the agency that the embarrassing bombshell should not prevent his continued leadership...... Metro suspended Greanias for one week without pay effective immediately, a punishment that Chairman Gilbert Garcia said was harsher than typically...
  • Witness: Saturday commute had beating at Anacostia station, rowdy teens at L'Enfant Plaza

    04/25/2011 8:28:19 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    TBD ^ | April 25, 2011 | Sarah Larimer
    The woman was heading to to Anacostia on Saturday when she noticed a group of people at the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station acting a bit unruly. They were punching the cars, she says, spooking the passengers inside. Through the ruckus, the woman kept moving to catch a green line train. That scene alone might be enough to rattle Metro passengers, but on this night, it was hardly the worst of it. The young woman, who didn’t want her name used in this report, on Sunday described a commuters’ nightmare — a rowdy mess at L'Enfant, followed by a scary confrontation...
  • Las Vegas Police beat unarmed man for video taping

    04/23/2011 3:02:32 PM PDT · by DariusBane · 134 replies
    Live Leak.com ^ | Apr-23-2011 | DCM Fox
    When Mitchell Crooks checked out of the county jail last month and checked into a Las Vegas hospital, the 36-year-old videographer knew he had a fight on his hands. His face was bloodied and bruised. His $3,500 camera had been impounded by police, and he faced criminal charges for battery on a police officer. One month later, things have changed for Crooks. The Clark County district attorney's More..office has dropped all charges, and Crooks has retained an attorney of his own. The Metropolitan Police Department has opened an internal investigation into the Las Vegas police officer, Derek Colling, who Crooks...
  • 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.
  • Maryland man gets five years for fraud, after making terrorist threats

    03/01/2011 7:25:07 AM PST · by wonders · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 1, 2011 | Maria Glod
    A Silver Spring man convicted of falsifying immigration documents had threatened to blow up the White House, the U.S. Treasury building, a federal courthouse and a Metro stop, vowing to "slaughter the enemies of Islam," federal prosecutors said Monday in court. Lajqi, an ethnic Albanian who came to the United States through Mexico in the mid-1980s, is a self-described "extremist militant," who said he was trained by Bosnian Muslim rebels, according to court papers. He was angry about American military involvement in Kosovo in the 1990s, and "blamed all Albanian deaths in Kosovo on the United States," the court papers...
  • Man attacked by kids at L'Enfant Metro -- bystanders watch, film it (DC)

    01/06/2011 1:26:26 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 132 replies · 1+ views
    TBD ^ | 01/06/2010 | Dave Jamieson
    On Sunday night, Allen Haywood was randomly and viciously attacked by two kids on the platform of the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station. Dozens of people witnessed it. Several people filmed it. Nobody helped. Haywood was trying to transfer to the Yellow Line around 7:15 p.m. when the assault happened. He was headed home to Fort Totten after working out at Results on Capitol Hill, a gym bag slung over his shoulder and a book in his hands. As he read with his back to the station wall, “all of a sudden someone whacked me on the back of the head...
  • Whizzing by takes on new meaning at Metro

    01/05/2011 1:19:55 AM PST · by thecodont · 7 replies
    WTOP.com via The Drudge Report / drudgereport.com ^ | January 4, 2011 - 7:38am | Adam Tuss, wtop.com
    WASHINGTON - When you have to go, you have to go, but exactly where some Metro train operators have been going is disturbing. Train operators have routinely been using "pocket tracks" as restrooms, according to a recent employee safety report by Metro's inspector general. Pocket tracks are sections of track just beyond certain stations where trains can be stopped and parked. According to the report, which looked at safety in Metro's office of track and structure systems maintenance: "This safety and health hazard is the result of inadequate time being allowed at the end of the line for train operators...
  • Washington subway police to begin random bag checks

    12/16/2010 1:40:00 PM PST · by ConjunctionJunction · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 16, 2010 | Jeremy Pelofsky
    Officers will start random bag inspections on the sprawling Washington subway system, the Washington Metro Transit Police said on Thursday, a week after a man was arrested for making bomb threats to the rail system. Metrorail police officers plan to randomly select bags before passengers enter subway stations and they will swab them or have an explosives-sniffing dog check the bags, according to the Metro police.
  • 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.
  • Authorities on Lookout for 2 Men Seen Videotaping D.C. Subway Station

    11/12/2010 3:47:06 PM PST · by traumer · 33 replies
    WASHINGTON -- Metro has circulated an internal memo asking employees to be on the lookout for two men seen videotaping the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station. An internal memo says the individuals were "attempting to videotape inconspicuously, by holding the camera at their side, between their chest and waist." Metro was alerted by a rider who took a picture of the men last week while they were sitting on the train. The alert comes just after the recent arrest of a Northern Virginia man in a sting where he videotaped two Metro facilities for what we thought was going to be...
  • Metro Officers, Sheriff, & District Attorney Oppose Changes To Coroner's Inquest

    11/11/2010 3:22:56 PM PST · by Casey Hendrickson KDOX · 62 replies
    This is a post I don't want to write. Unfortunately, I have to. Yesterday on the program we discussed the proposed changes in the horrendously biased coroner's inquest process here in Las Vegas. During that segment, I had the lamentable task of telling you that many police officers, the Sheriff, and even the DA all opposed the basic changes to the inquest process demanded by the public.
  • Metro loses more than a million riders on bus, rail ( DC )

    10/05/2010 3:17:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Examiner ^ | October 1, 2010 | Markham Heid
    Metrobus ridership plummeted and the number of rail passengers fell well below staff projections during the first month of the agency's new fiscal year -- and the first month of higher fares. Metrobuses transported 11.66 million passengers in July, nearly 1.3 million fewer than during the same month last year. Metro officials had anticipated a much smaller drop, projecting about 200,000 fewer trips. Rail ridership was also down... Beginning in late June, Metro officials raised the cost of all trips for bus and rail passengers. The fare increases included a 25- to 35-cent increase for bus riders, depending on payment...
  • DC Metro Open Doors for Democrats-Not Tea Party

    09/29/2010 3:41:05 PM PDT · by HarleyD · 18 replies
    DC Metro ^ | 09-29-2010 | Myself
    Metro did not open early or run extra trains on August 30th for the Glenn Beck Rally, despite them knowing there were be crowded conditions. Yet they are announcing today opening early and running extra trains for the Oct 2nd union-sponsor rally. From their website _________________________________ System opening at 6 a.m. Saturday for the One Nation Rally On Saturday, Oct. 2, the Metrorail system will open at 6 a.m., one hour earlier than usual, and operate additional Blue Line service to accommodate the large crowd expected to attend the One Nation Rally on the National Mall. The organizers for Saturday’s...
  • Russia kills Moscow metro attacks mastermind

    08/21/2010 7:43:48 PM PDT · by csvset · 14 replies
    DAWN ^ | 21 August 2010 | AFP
    MOSCOW: Russian security forces Saturday killed a top militant suspected of organising the deadly attacks on the Moscow metro and who was reportedly married to one of the female suicide bombers. Magomedali Vagabov was killed in a clash with security forces in the Caucasus region of Dagestan that left four other militants dead, the national anti-terror committee said in a statement published by Russian news agencies. The double bombings carried out by two female suicide bombers on the Moscow metro on March 29 killed 40 and wounded more than 100. “Vagabov was the organiser of the suicide bombings on the...
  • High Speed Trains And Stupid Solutions

    08/10/2010 1:47:43 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 25 replies
    The feds, since 1991, have had a plan of creating high speed rail corridors throughout the nation including one between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and since Obama took office $8 billion has been shoved into this opium-pipe dream with billions more expected although that hope may change come November. Texas and the Sourth outside Florida haven't gotten much of this loot for some strange reason albeit Pennsylvania's not much ahead nabbing a paltry $25.6 million for the Keystone Corridor project. Grand schemes like this would be great if resources were infinite and the simple building of it was the hardest and...
  • 3 Charged, 4 to Hospital, in 70-Person Brawl at L'Enfant Metro

    08/10/2010 7:06:49 AM PDT · by Braak · 9 replies
    WJLA-TV ^ | 8/07/10 | Don Parker
    A brawl broke out at the L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station at about 11 p.m. Friday night, with an estimated 70 people involved, according to police. Numerous injuries were reported, with four of those requiring hospital treatment, two adults and two juveniles. One adult was listed as having serious but not life-threatening injuries. DC Fire/EMS, DC Police, and Metro Transit Police all responded, police said. An EMS mass casualty unit was called to the station near 6th St & Maryland Ave SW. Roads were closed by police.Three male teens were arrested, police say. They said most of those involved left when...
  • ICE Removes Man After Investigating A Terroristic Threat on Metro in January

    08/07/2010 4:31:40 PM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 1+ views
    ICE.gov - News Release ^ | August 6, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: August 06, 2010 ICE removes man after investigating a terroristic threat on Metro in January Convicted murder who escaped from jail abroad returned to Panamanian law enforcement WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Panama man convicted of murder in his native country was returned Thursday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Juan Alberto Barrera-Candelaria, 36, illegally entered the United States in 2008 after he escaped from a Panama detention center where he was being held to serve a more than 13 year sentence for murder. In January 2010, ICE special agents assigned to the FBI's...
  • 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.
  • Senate committee allocates $150 million for Houston METRO light-rail projects

    07/28/2010 11:53:49 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 38 replies · 2+ views
    Progressive Railroading ^ | Wednesday, July 28, 2010 | ?
    The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (METRO) is in line to receive $150 million for the North and Southeast Corridor light-rail lines as part of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s fiscal-year 2011 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill approved last week. The House version of the FY2011 appropriations bill set aside $152 million for the projects. The full House will vote on the bill later this week. The $150 million proposed by the Senate committee would be in addition to $150 million secured in FY2010, bringing the total amount of federal funds allocated for the two light-rail projects...
  • WMATA one step closer to ordering new railcars

    07/09/2010 9:14:26 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 2 replies
    Hornell Evening Tribune ^ | Friday July 9, 2010 | Tyler Briggs
    That puts Alstom nearer to possible subsystem workHornell, N.Y. — The Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is closer to the purchase of new railcars, which means Alstom may soon know the fate of their bid for subsystem work on the project. Metro’s Board of Directors approved a contract on May 27 for the manufacture of 428 new generation Metrorail cars, known as the Series 7000 cars, at a cost of $886 million. The cars will address Metro’s number one safety priority: to replace its oldest rail cars, the 1000 Series. Of the 428 cars, 128 of the cars will...
  • Wired Up, Ready to Go: D.C. Council approves overhead lines for streetcars

    06/30/2010 2:20:09 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 26 replies
    NBC Washington ^ | Wed, Jun 30, 2010 | P.J. ORVETTI
    The D.C. Council approved emergency legislation Tuesday that permits overhead power lines as part of the construction of the streetcar line along H Street and Benning Road. The move came after a transparent power play by National Capital Planning Commission Chairman L. Preston Bryant Jr. Last week, Bryant -- who lives in Richmond, Va., 100 miles away from the impacted area -- asked the Federal Transit Administration “to withhold federal funds from the District” for the streetcar system because of the overhead wires. While such wires were banned under 1888 and 1889 laws, Greater Greater Washington’s David Alpert argues that...
  • DC Citizens: How About a "Do Not Ride Metro" Day

    06/28/2010 2:35:45 PM PDT · by YourAdHere · 19 replies
    Hey DC Freepers. I'm tired of Metro raising its fares again and again, while service declines at an incredible rate. Are you sick of it too? I'd like to organize a day where everyone avoids Metro. Find another way to get to work, or stay home! Hit Metro in the pocketbook. Who's interested?
  • Valet service is a 'necessary evil' in busy parts of city

    06/27/2010 8:20:16 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 22 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 27, 2010 | Taraa Dooley
    Religion, politics and valet parking.The first two are recognized throughout the world as topics best not tackled in mixed company. In Houston, valet parking can also divide friends and get blood boiling."Valet parking is definitely a lightning rod," said Mark Sullivan of On the Mark Communications, an agency that handles marketing and public relations for many restaurants. "It is part of going out. It is part of our social fabric."Whether one makes use of the service or not, valet parking has a spot in the Houston area's landscape. The podiumlike stands with uniformed attendants sit like landmarks in front of...
  • 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.
  • A rough road for bus safety - Records show (METRO) drivers had 1,029 wrecks last year (in Houston)

    06/07/2010 11:20:57 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 17 replies · 25+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 7, 2010, 5:55AM | YANG WANG
    ...On average, that's nearly three accidents or fender benders each day. Two accidents this year involved buses and Metro's light rail — both the result of bus drivers running red lights... The Chronicle's review of accidents, citations and breakdowns involving the Metropolitan Transit Authority's 1,210 buses documented a total of 1,029 wrecks last year. Metro Police classified 338 of them as “preventable,” meaning the bus drivers involved could have taken measures to prevent the accidents; 220 caused at least $1,000 in damages or resulted in people ending up at hospitals. Altogether, at least 334 people were injured in bus or...
  • False Dreams and Broken Promises: The Wasteful Federal Investment in Urban Mass Transit

    05/31/2010 2:55:32 PM PDT · by narses · 56 replies · 1,274+ views
    Cato ^ | Jean Love and Wendell Cox
    Over the past quarter century, U.S. taxpayers have pumped more than $100 billion in subsidies into the nation's urban mass transit systems. That massive taxpayer investment has paid for urban public transportation systems that fewer and fewer Americans are using. Incredibly, mass transit ridership is lower today--not only as a percentage of commuter trips taken but also in absolute numbers of riders-- than it was in the early 1960s. Despite the low and declining use of bus and rail systems, federal grants for urban transit now appear to be as popular as ever: bills before both houses of Congress would...
  • Perry seeks to pin Houston transit problems on ex-Mayor White

    05/24/2010 6:30:17 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 19 replies · 359+ views
    AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN ^ | Sunday, May 23, 2010 | Jason Embry
    One of Houston Mayor Annise Parker's most visible goals since taking office in January has been to shake up the agency that oversees buses, rail and other forms of transit in and around the city. Parker's criticisms of the Metropolitan Transit Authority (known as Metro to those who speak Houston) have been music to the ears of Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who is trying to hold off a November challenge from Parker's predecessor, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White. Through press statements and Web videos and under the predictable mantra of "Metrogate," Perry's team has packaged Parker's criticisms with a series...
  • Caption Obama, looking old and tired

    04/21/2010 4:38:20 AM PDT · by reaganrevolutionin2010 · 86 replies · 2,972+ views
    Daylife Photos ^ | 4/20/10 | staff
  • Blast in Moscow Metro Kills at Least 25 (terrorism)

    03/28/2010 10:09:56 PM PDT · by bitt · 132 replies · 4,304+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | 3/29/2010 | Reuters
    Blast in Moscow Metro Kills at Least 25 Reuters At least 25 people were killed in an explosion that rocked the Lubyanka metro station in central Moscow on Monday, Itar-Tass news agency reported. MOSCOW -- At least 25 people were killed in an explosion that rocked the Lubyanka metro station in central Moscow on Monday, Itar-Tass news agency reported. At least 10 people were wounded in the blast, it said, quoting the Emergencies Ministry.
  • Katy needs big train park, museum

    03/17/2010 4:07:42 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 17 replies · 585+ views
    The Katy Times ^ | Tuesday, March 16, 2010 | Michael Watkins
    Dear Editor: I moved to Katy about three years ago. I was surprised that Katy did not have a big train park and museum, which I believe would draw a lot of tourists to the community, plus also bring more family oriented business into Katy. As Ike destroy the Galveston Railroad Museum, it would be nice to offer Katy as relocation for this. Reason why? I travel by rail and have a small model railroad in my garage. I've seen lots of places that talk about Katy, Texas and the Katy railroad line. I even get a lot of e-mails...
  • Critics blast (Houston) Metro's $2.6 billion bond plan (~4x what voters approved in 2003)

    03/10/2010 12:12:17 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 29 replies · 364+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 9, 2010, 11:25PM | BRADLEY OLSON and MIKE SNYDER
    The Metropolitan Transit Authority intends to issue an estimated $2.6 billion in bonds in the next four years to help pay for five new light rail lines, about four times the debt capacity voters authorized in a 2003 referendum, Metro officials confirmed Tuesday. Metro leaders insist the borrowing will not exceed the $640 million debt ceiling set by voters because the agency is allowed other borrowing capacity by state law, and much of the bonds will be paid with money from ridership fares. But critics sharply criticized the plans as going far beyond what voters approved, noting that revenues from...
  • Galveston County pitches public transit district

    03/10/2010 6:41:07 AM PST · by Willie Green · 6 replies · 226+ views
    The Galveston County Daily News ^ | March 10, 2010 | TJ Aulds
    County commissioners today will consider creating a transit district that eventually could lead to expanded public transportation options — including high-speed rail. The high-speed rail option has long been talked about in the county as a way to connect Houston to Galveston, with a station possibly in League City. Last year, the city of Galveston commissioned a study on the proposed rail line that would connect with Houston’s Metropolitan Transit Authority’s light rail line. Forming the Galveston County Urban and Rural Transit District, which would have representatives from all 13 of the county’s municipalities, also could lead to increased federal...
  • Tech Issues Cripple Metro Services, MoCo Traffic Lights

    11/04/2009 7:06:39 AM PST · by Braak · 22 replies · 1,569+ views
    NBC Washington (WRC-4 TV) ^ | 11/4/09 | JIM IOVINO
    A power outage at Metro's headquarters has led to massive problems systemwide, allowing people to ride some buses for free and shutting down WMATA's Web site, call center and e-mail alert system. Metro said it experienced a power outage at about 2:45 a.m. that took down the data center responsible for communication functions. Besides the Customer Call Center not being able to make or receive calls, Metro said the following problems have developed: Some Metrobus fareboxes are not functioning and if that is the case, customers are being allowed to ride without paying a fare. The NextBus system is not...
  • Take A Look At Metro Detroit's Races

    11/04/2009 2:54:58 AM PST · by Son House · 11 replies · 864+ views
    http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/21516255/detail.html ^ | November 4, 2009 | Click On Detroit
    DETROIT -- In metro Detroit, voters were asked to decide on everything ranging from mayor, council members, taxes and liquor license terms. Below is a breakdown of the most watched races. Macomb County: 12 cities and one township had elections. Six cities had mayoral matchups: Sterling Heights elected Richard Notte, Mount Clemens elected Barb Dempsey, Centerline elected David Hanselman, New Baltimore elected Thomas Goldenbogen, Roseville elected John Chirkun and Memphis elected Daniel Weaver. Countywide, voters decided on two issues. Residents voted in favor of a an executive-style government similar to those in Oakland and Wayne. Macomb County voters overwhelmingly approved...
  • Councilmember's Former Intern Pleads Guilty in Metro Station Shooting

    10/09/2009 12:18:26 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 549+ views
    WJLA.com (ABC 7 News) ^ | 09/30/09 2:07 pm
    WASHINGTON - SNIPPET: "Black had started a summer internship in Council member Jim Graham's office four days before the June 18 shooting, and Graham went with Black when the teenager turned himself in to police." SNIPPET: "Officials say Black was riding the Metro at about 3 p.m. when he saw a person he had a fight with about a month before. According to prosecutors, Black and his friends followed the person up the escalator, where Black shot him in both legs. One of the bullets also struck a bystander in the leg."
  • Muslim in...DC: "I'm not scared to die! I will kill you! I will blow people up and the Metro!"

    10/09/2009 2:45:30 AM PDT · by Cindy · 31 replies · 3,429+ views
    (MyFoxDC) via JIHAD WATCH.org ^ | Posted October 8, 2009 9:39 PM | n/a
    "Muslim in Washington, DC: "I'm not scared to die! I will kill you! I will blow people up and the Metro!"" SNIPPET: ""Three blocks of Wisconsin Avenue Northwest were cleared of cars and pedestrians. Adjacent buildings and restaurants were evacuated..." "DC Security Scare Becomes Federal Case," by Bob Barnard for MyFoxDC, October 8 (thanks to Heidi): WASHINGTON, D.C. - A man who was arrested in a security scare in Northwest D.C. on Tuesday night threatened to blow up the Friendship Heights Metro station, according to a criminal complaint in the case. It was a chaotic scene Tuesday night in Friendship...
  • WAR IN IRAN, SEX CRIMES & THE OLYMPICS (barf alert -- Spike Lee compared to Polanski)

    10/01/2009 2:53:13 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 2 replies · 390+ views
    Metro ^ | October 1, 2009 | Marc Lamont Hill
    This week, I’m addressing three questions that people have been asking me all week:
  • Metro Delivers Hundreds of Thousands to 9/12 Rally

    09/20/2009 6:10:19 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 104 replies · 6,770+ views
    Metro Delivers Hundreds of Thousands to 9/12 Rally Posted September 15th, 2009 at 4.58pm in Ongoing Priorities. Much has been made over the attendance at the march and rally in DC on September 12. Reports varied, with many on the left clinging to an unofficial DC Fire Department estimate of 60,000 to 70,000. Some reports from overseas went as far as to say two million. However, one completely objective source of information is the number of people who rode Metro, Washington, DC’s mass transit subway system. Washington Metro measures and releases its ridership numbers and these numbers have been used...
  • Report: Metro crash failure may be widespread

    07/22/2009 1:44:58 AM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies · 1,212+ views
    WTOP.com ^ | July 21, 2009 - 7:52pm | n/a
    SNIPPET: "WASHINGTON - A terrifying report has surfaced regarding last month's deadly crash on Metro's Red Line. It says the train control system -- designed to prevent Metro crashes -- is malfunctioning across the railroad. This means the technological failure at the heart of last month's crash may be widespread."