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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...
  • Police officer for D.C. subway system accused of trying to help ISIS

    08/03/2016 8:31:49 AM PDT · by NRx · 46 replies
    WaPo ^ | 08-03-2016 | Rachel Weiner
    A Metro Transit police officer has been arrested and charged with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State, marking the first time a U.S. law enforcement officer has been accused of trying to aid the terrorist group. Nicholas Young, 36, of Fairfax, Va., was arrested Wednesday morning at Metropolitan Police Headquarters in Washington and his employment was terminated. Young, at the request of an undercover federal agent, sent codes for mobile messaging cards that Young believed would be used by Islamic State fighters overseas to communicate, according to an indictment filed in federal court in Alexandria, Va.
  • Portions of Orange and Silver lines to remain closed following Metro derailment

    07/29/2016 4:47:49 PM PDT · by Fraxinus · 9 replies
    WTOP ^ | July 29, 2016 | Jack Moore
    Because of a derailment at the East Falls Church Metro station portions of the Orange and Silver lines will remain closed for the rest of the day. WASHINGTON — Service on parts of the Orange and Silver Lines will remain suspended through at least Saturday, following an early-morning derailment near the East Falls Church station that damaged two train cars, sent one rider to the hospital and scrambled passengers’ Friday morning commutes. Service on the Silver Line between the McLean and Ballston stations and on the Orange Line between West Falls Church and Ballston will remain suspended through the end...
  • 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.
  • BREAKING: Brussels Metro Station Attacked

    03/22/2016 1:27:53 AM PDT · by springwater13 · 314 replies
    Explosion at Brussels metro station close to EU institutions: Belgian broadcaster RTBF.
  • 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....
  • Metro lays out missteps before officers shot, killed fugitive holding cell phone

    01/05/2016 8:33:38 AM PST · by redreno · 14 replies ^ | January 4, 2016 - 10:47pm | By Rachel Crosby
    Las Vegas police Monday outlined a handful of missteps, including miscommunication from the U.S. Marshals Office, that led up to the moment two Metro officers shot and killed an unarmed fugitive holding a cell phone in front of a west valley home on New Year's Eve. Eighteen minutes before the shooting, Metro knew nothing about the fugitive, Keith Childress. Though the agency often works with U.S. Marshals to catch fugitives, Metro had its eye on the Strip that afternoon, where about 1,000 officers were working with the Nevada National Guard to secure the area for celebrations, Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said....
  • [Leftist] Megan Barry elected first woman mayor of Nashville [Mega Barf!]

    09/12/2015 11:37:32 AM PDT · by re_nortex · 50 replies
    WSMV ^ | Sep 10, 2015 10:21 PM CDT | Jennifer Johnson and Tracy Kornet
    Megan Barry has been elected mayor in Nashville’s runoff election. Barry called the night historic. “This one is going down in the history books,” she said. “This one is all about the fact that today, you went to the polls and you elected the first woman mayor.” As Barry’s victory speech went on, the crowd began chanting her name. “Tomorrow our real work begins,” she said.
  • Horrified passengers witnessed brutal July 4 slaying aboard Metro car

    07/07/2015 9:08:07 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 7, 2015 | Peter Hermann, Michael Smith and Keith L. Alexander
    Jasper Spires boarded the Red Line Metro train at Rhode Island Avenue shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday, joining passengers from the District and elsewhere headed to various Fourth of July festivities, among them the Foo Fighters concert at RFK Stadium. As the train rumbled toward its next stop, at NoMa-Gallaudet, a three-minute ride, D.C. police said, the 18-year-old Spires — who may have been high on synthetic drugs — tried to grab a cellphone tucked into the waistband of a recent American University graduate headed to a gathering with friends. The two struggled, police said, and the terror began.
  • The 10 US metro systems that lose the most money per passenger

    06/04/2015 7:31:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/04/2015 | ALISON BURKE, THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTION
    Though many public transit systems across the U.S. have increased fares in recent years, chances are your local transit system still isn’t breaking even on your ride: According to a Hamilton Project (THP) post, of the more than 1,800 mass transit systems in the United States—including those running trains, buses, or other transport modes—only about two percent reported that fare revenue exceeded operating expenses in 2013. And when it comes to metro rail systems across the U.S.—which include heavy rail, such as subways and elevated trains, and light rail, which operates at street level—all U.S. systems reported operating at a...
  • Washington's Metro Is a Mess Right Now. And Congress Would Like to Give it Less Money.

    05/12/2015 5:43:58 AM PDT · by don-o · 14 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 12, 2015 | Marina Koren
    Since 2008, Congress has annually appropriated $150 million for Metro's capital improvement budget under the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act. The District, Maryland, and Virginia have matched that, contributing $50 million each. The proposed GOP legislation would mean Metro would start its fiscal year in July with just $75 million in federal money. Lawmakers who represent House districts in the Washington metropolitan area criticized the spending bill when it was unveiled last month. "It really feels like a betrayal of trust," Democratic Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia said then. "It also is a failure to recognize that Metro is...
  • Man trespassing in Southeast D.C. Metro tunnel shot, killed by police officer

    03/12/2015 9:25:37 PM PDT · by VanShuyten · 12 replies
    ABC 7 DC ^ | March 12, 2015 - 11:29 pm | Jay Korf
    The fatal shooting of a man by police along Metrorail tracks in the District Thursday night disrupted service for the Orange, Blue and Silver lines. The Potomac Avenue station in Southeast D.C. was also shut down as firefighters removed the body from the tracks about 400 feet east of the station, inside the tunnel.
  • NTSB Urges Immediate Action on Metro Tunnel Ventilation [Washington, DC]

    02/11/2015 12:31:21 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 8 replies
    NBC 4 Washington ^ | February 11, 2015 | Matthew Stabley
    The National Transportation Safety Board sent Metro three urgent recommendations Wednesday regarding the ventilation of tunnels in response to the fatal smoke incident Jan. 12 in Washington, D.C. In a letter to interim General Manager Jack Requa, NTSB said Metro should assess its ventilation system, write a procedure for tunnel ventilation and establish ongoing ventilation training for control center staff and emergency responders. "Procedures for ventilation of smoke in emergencies can be critical, but they vary across systems, and in some systems are inadequate — as we have found in the present WMATA investigation,” acting NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart said...
  • 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.
  • L'Enfant Plaza Metro station closed, evacuated due to smoke (D.C.)

    01/12/2015 1:28:27 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 76 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.
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 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 via The Drudge Report / ^ | January 4, 2011 - 7:38am | Adam Tuss,
    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 - 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?