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  • 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...
  • ‘Help!’: 82-Year-Old Woman Falls After Being Dragged Off Miami Train for Singing Gospel Hymns

    03/08/2013 4:06:20 PM PST · by Lera · 25 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 7, 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    Emma Anderson was kicked off of the Miami Metrorail train system after she was reprimanded for singing gospel music, yet refused to stop. The 82-year-old was booted off of the public transportation system by a security guard who reportedly wasn’t too gentle in his quest to remove her.
  • (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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Homeless Woman Charged in LA Train Track Death(pushes elderly woman on tracks)

    11/17/2010 10:46:27 AM PST · by mainestategop · 50 replies
    AolNews ^ | 11/16/2010 | Thomas Watkins
    LOS ANGELES (Nov. 16) -- Betty Sugiyama was rushing to catch a train for a shopping trip when authorities say the unthinkable happened: A homeless woman leapt from a bench and shoved her onto the tracks. Witnesses said the woman then calmly returned to her seat as Sugiyama writhed in pain on the tracks with a cracked skull. The 84-year-old Little Tokyo resident died soon after, and the suspect was arrested on murder charges. A sister of Sugiyama who witnessed the attack remained stunned Tuesday that anyone would want to kill her friendly younger sibling, a Japanese-American who had grown...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Escalators? Nope. Plan to hoof it on Jan. 20

    12/07/2008 1:54:09 PM PST · by muawiyah · 87 replies · 1,724+ views
    WTOP Radio website ^ | December 7, 2008 | Adam Tuss, WTOP radio
    WASHINGTON -- Plan on taking Metrorail to the inaugural ceremonies on Jan. 20? Be ready to hit the stairs. The transit agency says it expects to shut down and lock numerous escalators at high volume stations on the day of the inauguration. ..................... Metrorail is preparing to carry upwards of 1 million riders on inauguration day, a mark that will easily shatter the all time record high of 854,638 riders set this past summer.
  • Culberson's sway over Metro plans may be diluted -Lampson ...could affect rail project

    11/09/2006 11:21:24 AM PST · by weegee · 7 replies · 358+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 9, 2006, 1:31AM | By RAD SALLEE
    Culberson's sway over Metro plans may be diluted A Lampson appointment to key House panel could affect rail project Last throws U.S. Rep. John Culberson easily won re-election, but his party lost the House, which means the Houston Republican could lose some of the committee influence that has made him a force to be reckoned with in Metro's transit plans. But local House Democrats said it is virtually certain Culberson will keep his seat on a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee that authorizes transit funds and will continue to have a strong say on projects in his district. His...
  • Culberson says he'll oppose Metro rail line on Richmond (Hou, Tx)

    08/01/2006 10:02:47 AM PDT · by Jalapeno · 16 replies · 472+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | RAD SALLEE
    Aug. 1, 2006, 11:32AM Culberson says he'll oppose Metro rail line on Richmond U.S. Rep. John Culberson today announced that because of what he described as "overwhelming opposition of the community" to a Metro light rail line on Richmond Avenue, he will oppose the project. "I will vigorously protect the clearly expressed interests of my constituents, in particular those who live, work, or own property on Richmond," Culberson told a crowd of about 200 who gathered under a tent near James Coney Island, at Richmond and Shepherd, to hear his announcement. "Today I am asking Metro to adopt a resolution...
  • 8 injured in train-pickup collision (121 Metro train collisions to date)

    12/24/2005 8:38:10 AM PST · by PAR35 · 13 replies · 671+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 23, 2005 | RAD SALLEE
    Eight people were taken to hospitals Friday after a pickup and MetroRail train collided in Midtown. It was the 121st accident since light-rail operations began in late 2003 and the 54th in 2005. *** Roberts said the train was northbound on Main and had received a "vertical bar" signal to proceed into the intersection at Elgin when it and the eastbound pickup collided about 12:30 p.m *** The middle portion of the three-section train was knocked off the track
  • Keeping Score - How many Metro crashes? Depends who's counting.

    08/12/2005 8:45:35 PM PDT · by weegee · 4 replies · 462+ views
    Houston Press ^ | Published: Thursday, August 11, 2005 | As told to Richard Connelly
    Undaunted by bad publicity, Metro light-rail trains continue to barge recklessly into cars and pedestrians. Equally undaunted, some cars and pedestrians continue to barge into the trains. But just how many collisions have occurred? There is some dispute. Metro's count, as of August 4, is 99. In its world, Houston is waiting breathlessly for that historic 100th crash. For a lot of Metro-crash aficionados, though, that momentous entry into triple digits is old news. John Gaver, an IT guy who runs the conservative Webzine Action America, has kept an exacting eye on the number of Metro incidents, and he has...
  • Pickup driver killed in first fatality involving MetroRail

    05/11/2005 7:17:41 AM PDT · by weegee · 59 replies · 1,299+ views
    Houstonchronicle ^ | May 11, 2005, 1:43AM | Mike Glen
    A pickup driver was killed in downtown Houston late Tuesday when his vehicle was broadsided by a Metro light rail train, the first fatality on the rail line since it opened to the public in January 2004. The accident happened shortly before 10:30 p.m. on southbound Main at Jefferson. The driver, who was killed on impact, was believed to be a man in his 30s. He was the only person in the Dodge pickup truck, police said. Veda Flores was following the pickup truck when she said the driver drove through a red light and into the path of the...
  • Two injured in MetroRail collision Accident is 61st that has involved a light rail train

    09/20/2004 5:16:17 PM PDT · by pete anderson · 11 replies · 394+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 19, 2004 | Chronicle Staff
    Two people suffered minor injuries after a car ran a red light and collided with a MetroRail train Sunday in downtown Houston. The accident was the 61st involving a light rail train. The accident happened at about 4 p.m. at Main and Pierce. A northbound train collided with the car after the female driver failed to stop at a red light, said Metropolitan Transit Authority Police Chief Tom Lambert. The unidentified driver and two children, ages 5 and 9, were uninjured and declined medical treatment, said Metro spokesman Ken Connaughton. Lambert said the driver was cited for running a red...
  • (Houston) MOVE IT! Motorists fuming at area traffic lights

    12/13/2004 12:15:50 AM PST · by weegee · 57 replies · 2,044+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 12, 2004, 8:40PM | By LUCAS WALL
    continue(sic) to receive numerous reader e-mails concerning problems with traffic signals. Let's tackle a bunch of those questions today: Q: Is anything in the works to do something about this situation of so many drivers running red lights? — Peggy Garcia, Houston A: Houston plans to install cameras beginning next year to monitor red-light violations at up to 50 intersections with high collision rates. Mayor Bill White announced his support for the idea earlier this month and is expected to ask for City Council approval this week. The city attorney has concluded Houston may issue civil citations for motorists captured...
  • (Tom) DeLay legal fund returns $3,500 in contributions Donations from 2 lobbyists broke House rules

    12/08/2004 12:34:15 AM PST · by weegee · 8 replies · 631+ views
    Houston Chronicle Washington Bureau ^ | Dec. 7, 2004, 9:48PM | By JULIE MASON
    WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's legal expense fund accepted improper contributions from two registered lobbyists in 2001 and this week returned the checks, totaling $3,500, fund trustee Brent Perry said Tuesday. House rules prohibit lobbyists from making contributions to a member's legal defense fund. The Tom DeLay Legal Expense Trust has raised more than $900,000 since its creation in 2000, said Perry, a Houston attorney. The reimbursement was prompted by Public Citizen, a Washington-based watchdog group, which combed through DeLay's fund and identified the improper contributions. Asked why it took the fund so long to return the checks,...
  • Latenight rail service's fate riding on Metro evaluation Low ridership could spell end to last call

    12/05/2004 11:30:38 PM PST · by weegee · 15 replies · 697+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 6, 2004, 12:55AM | By LUCAS WALL
    RIDING THE RAIL Late-night rail service's fate riding on Metro evaluation Low ridership could spell end to 'last call' trains By LUCAS WALL Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle Late-night bar patrons downtown might be running out of time to use the train as their designated driver. Metro is reviewing whether to continue late rail service on Friday and Saturday nights. The extended weekend hours began in June at the request of city officials and downtown businesses who hoped the availability of the rail ride might lure more customers. It hasn't happened. "Ridership has been disappointing, but Metro leadership is now working...
  • Breaking in Houston: Prison bus collides with MetroRail train downtown.

    08/20/2004 10:14:14 AM PDT · by Jalapeno · 129 replies · 4,790+ views
    Headline on paper front page online. Controversial Metro Rail hits Prison bus. More details to follow.
  • Report: (Houston) Chronicle will no longer cover METRO accidents

    08/06/2004 12:24:58 PM PDT · by weegee · 21 replies · 939+ views ^ | August 06, 2004, 08:00 AM | Phil Magness has learned of an apparent new Houston Chronicle policy regarding light rail's notorious accident rate. The Chronicle will no provide coverage of many Metrorail collisions. News of the policy appears in an message by the Chronicle's Lucas Wall on Wednesday: From: Wall, Lucas; XXXX@XXXXX Date: Wed Aug 4, 2004 3:46 pm Subject: MetroRail Crash NumbersI’m not going to continue this debate. But FYI, the Chronicle is no longer reporting every light rail collision in the paper. This decision has to do with space constraints and the fact we do not report on every fender bender car crash. But we...
  • Corrupt Bargain in Houston Light Rail Contracts (FR Original Find)

    04/23/2004 10:47:01 AM PDT · by GOPcapitalist · 254 replies · 645+ views
    4/23/04 | me
    FROM TODAY'S HOUSTON CHRONICLE April 22, 2004, 11:55PM Metro agrees to contract for next 4 light rail lines By LUCAS WALL Metro has taken a significant step toward the construction of Houston's next four light rail lines. Directors on Thursday authorized signing a five-year contract estimated at $60 million with STV Inc. of New York, the same consortium that shepherded development of the Main Street line, which opened Jan. 1. ... Six firms competed for the project, which includes options for two two-year extensions. Dennis Hough, the Metropolitan Transit Authority's director of contracts, said STV and its 16 subcontractors stood...
  • [Houston] Trains' crash rate 25 times U.S. norm

    04/22/2004 2:44:14 AM PDT · by Action-America · 9 replies · 281+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 22, 2004 | Lucas Wall
    April 22, 2004, 12:58AMTrains' crash rate 25 times U.S. norm MetroRail records 36th collision of year By LUCAS WALL Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle RESOURCES Multimedia: • Metro train accidents • Take a tour of the rails(Requires Flash plug-in) Inside a rail car: Chronicle-produced Real Player video looking at the new Metro rail cars. • Metropolitan Transit Authority: Web site. The collision rate for MetroRail trains during the first quarter of this year is about 25 times the national average for light rail systems, according to data from the Federal Transit Administration. MetroRail's crash total reached 36 on Wednesday after a...
  • (Houston) Main Street was dangerous before the rail, records show

    04/18/2004 3:01:31 PM PDT · by Action-America · 9 replies · 238+ views
    Houston Chronicle (Front Page) ^ | April 18, 2004 | Lucas Wall
    Main Street was dangerous before the rail, records showBy LUCAS WALL Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle(Since this comes from the Houston Chronicle, I have added disgronifier comments in [bracketed blue Arial italic font].) RESOURCES Multimedia: • Metro train accidents • Take a tour of the rails(Requires Flash plug-in) Inside a rail car: Chronicle-produced Real Player video looking at the new Metro rail cars. • Metropolitan Transit Authority: Web site. Vehicles collided frequently along the Main Street corridor long before the MetroRail line was built, Texas Transportation Institute data show. Between 1998 and 2000, nearly 8,000 crashes were recorded along the...
  • Metro chairman seeks broad base of support

    04/11/2004 11:36:13 AM PDT · by weegee · 13 replies · 226+ views
    Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle ^ | April 11, 2004, 12:46PM | By LUCAS WALL
    David Wolff, chairman and president of the commercial development firm Wolff Cos., recently took over as chairman of the Metropolitan Transit Authority's board of directors. Mayor Bill White tapped Wolff to oversee transit policy and the Metro Solutions expansion plan, which voters narrowly approved in November. Wolff sat down recently in his Galleria-area office with transportation reporter Lucas Wall. Question: Metro has a lot of opponents in the community -- 48 percent of voters cast their ballots against the expansion plan. What can you do to improve the agency's image and promote the benefits of mass transit? Answer: It's unfortunate...
  • Jogger's powder shuts rail (Houston)

    03/31/2004 2:55:22 AM PST · by Flyer · 8 replies · 277+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 31, 2004 | Houston Chronicle
    A jogger caused a hazardous materials investigation Tuesday after he poured white powder on the ground at about 10 locations near Hermann Park, apparently to mark his trail, officials said. The suspicious substance, found about 7 p.m. around Ewing near San Jacinto, temporarily shut down light rail traffic through the area. Hazardous materials specialists analyzed about five samples of the power and concluded it wasn't toxic, said Houston Fire Department Inspector Javier Rodriguez. The jogger, found carrying a small bag of the substance, was questioned and released without charges.
  • Oddball facts about Metro trains and their first 25 accidents

    03/30/2004 6:01:05 AM PST · by Flyer · 92 replies · 362+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 29, 2004 | LANA BERKOWITZ
    Police reports for the first 25 vehicle accidents involving the Metro light rail reveal only one fact for certain: Aries are the safest drivers. The collisions began Nov. 19 although the light-rail system didn't open to the public until Jan. 1. The list keeps growing -- it hit 31 Monday -- but this roundup focuses on the 25 pioneers, a diverse group. Officers don't ask for drivers' horoscope signs, but a check of birth dates reveals no Aries among the crashers. But it seems Geminis like to drive on the wild side. There are two Marys and a Maria in...
  • Two adults, child hurt in 31st MetroRail accident

    03/29/2004 2:16:39 PM PST · by PeaceBeWithYou · 30 replies · 183+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 29, 2004, 3:41PM | By S.K. BARDWELL
    Two adults and a child suffered minor injuries today when a driver collided with a Metro train in the Medical Center about 2:30 p.m. today. Metro police officers said a woman ran a red light at Fannin and Binz, where lights in all four directions turn red when a train is passing. The driver, with an adult and child passenger, then stopped on the Metro tracks, police said, and was struck by a train. Police said no one on the train was injured. It is the 31st accident involving a Metro train since November.
  • A Streetcar Named Disaster

    03/07/2004 5:02:00 PM PST · by PeaceBeWithYou · 80 replies · 1,149+ views
    The Houston Review ^ | March 7, 2004 | Phil Magness
    After witnessing a weekend of self-congratulatory festivities marking the January 1st debut of Houston’s MetroRail transit system, the hometown newspaper’s editorial board could hardly contain its exuberance. “Viewed from any angle,” opined the Houston Chronicle, the kickoff celebrations were a sure “sign of good things to come.” To the board, itself a merciless campaigner for rail, the roughly 15,000 people in attendance suggested that a “large helping of crow” was in order for transit critics. Reports from Houston spread quickly causing the Arizona Republic’s editorial page to gloat “critics rail at light rail to no avail.” After all, what...
  • Houston appears on track for 40 crashes in first year

    01/28/2004 5:44:33 AM PST · by Dog Gone · 62 replies · 319+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 28, 2004 | LUCAS WALL
    Rail collisions worrisome The crash rate between MetroRail trains and vehicles has far exceeded that of other cities with new rail lines, prompting Metro officials Tuesday to consider more safety modifications. Since Friday, there have been three crashes involving Metropolitan Transit Authority light rail trains, including incidents Monday and Tuesday where drivers made illegal left turns. A collision Tuesday marked the 10th wreck since testing began in the fall. Five occurred during the testing phase and five more have taken place since passenger service commenced Jan. 1. Those numbers are much higher than recent experiences in Salt Lake City and...
  • Crowds Force METRORail To Cut Service (Houston)

    01/31/2004 3:50:04 AM PST · by Flyer · 82 replies · 305+ views
    Click2Houston - KPRC Television ^ | January 30, 2004 | KPRC Television
    Crowds Force METRORail To Cut Service 2 Park & Rides Closed HOUSTON -- For the second night in a row, large crowds at METRORail stations forced officials to shut down some of the light-rail route and implement their emergency plan. Service for the new transit system was stopped at Main and Walker Thursday and Friday night when METRO police became concerned that crowded streets could lead to trouble. "Once it got to a point that we had too many pedestrians to operate safely, we discontinued rail through the downtown area," said Chief Tom Lambert, with METRO Police. Since METRO expected...
  • METRORail and Me ~ A Frustrating Experience with Houston's Light Rail

    01/27/2004 5:11:21 AM PST · by Flyer · 32 replies · 11,683+ views
    Personal Experience | Tuesday January 27, 2004 | Flyer
    METRORail and MeI gave our new METRORail a chance at showing me it had practical applications. Most of us probably agree that this first 7.5 mile stretch of light rail does nothing to reduce traffic congestion and is not a commuting solution. It does, however, offer some practical niche uses such as easier access to the Medical Center for staff and visitors.My Dad is recovering from surgery at Park Plaza Hospital on Herman Drive, just one block from the rail's Museum District northbound station. I drove there several times, sometimes parking in a garage and sometimes at metered parking...