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Get There: October 1, 2006 - October 7, 2006

Weekend Work at Roosevelt Bridge

Lots to watch out for on the Roosevelt Bridge this weekend as part of the reconstruction work. The District Department of Transportation plans to close the ramp from the westbound bridge to Route 50 in Virginia) and the ramp from the westbound bridge to the northbound George Washington Parkway from 8 p.m. Friday until 4 p.m. on Sunday, weather permitting. Watch for detour signs. DDOT says the $6.9 million project is on schedule for completion in December. Workers are placing a concrete deck overlay and repairing the Potomac River bridge. This includes repairs to the deck surface, replacement of the existing joint assemblies at the abutments and other upgrades, according to DDOT. I drove across the bridge last week in both directions. Had to take it real easy on the westbound side, where a lot of the surface had been removed and, as a result, the metal joints were sticking...

By Robert Thomson  |  October 4, 2006; 6:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Weekend Work  
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Metro Rolls Out New Train

On the way home this afternoon, some of you may be riding on the first six-car train composed completely of the new 6000 series cars. Those are the ones that were modified to create more space and draw passengers toward the center of the car, rather than clustering around the front and rear doors. Tangherlini, at left, discusses new design with reporters. (Robert Thomson) This new six-car train left Greenbelt Station late this morning on its inaugural run to Branch Avenue on the Green Line. Interim General Manager Dan Tangherlini and Yellow/Green Line Manager Rita Davis were among those along for the ride. Some readers -- especially shorter people and older people -- have expressed concerns about whether the new design, with more poles in the middle of the car but fewer near the doors, will accommodate their needs. They're concerned that as a crowded train slows, and maybe lurches,...

By Robert Thomson  |  October 3, 2006; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro  
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Route 50 Reopens Following Morning Accident

Route 50 was blocked at Watson Road east of Route 15 -- Gilbert's Corner for most of the morning. Eastbound traffic was diverted at Route 15, according to Maptuit. Lanes reopened around 11 a.m....

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Report on Yellow Line Incident

I promised during Monday's Live Online discussion that I'd try to learn more about a morning incident on Metro at Pentagon Station, and Metro spokeswoman Candace Smith was able to get back to me later in the day. First, here's what the questioner said during our discussion: "I am concerned about an incident that happened this morning on the Yellow Line. A women who appeared sick passed out in one of the cars while we were stopped in the Pentagon Station. We pressed the emergency call button and notified the train operator, but he still attempted to close the doors and move on. We held the doors open, and eventually through the passengers waiting in the platform, the operator got the message to stop. We told the train operator and as many WMATA employees we could find that there was an emergency, and at least two people on the train...

By Robert Thomson  |  October 2, 2006; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro  
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SmarTrip, Smart Man

Just got back from Metro's formal unveiling of the new SmarTrip express lanes at the Anacostia Station. Metro has installed at five stations now. The others are New Carrollton, Vienna, Bethesda and Pentagon City. Each of those stations has a high volume of SmarTrip users, and those of us who use the electronic fare card tend to get impatient when we're lined up behind people trying to slip the paper fare cards through the slot. This is one of several instances in which Metro managers are trying to think like customers. They have occurred under the leadership of interim general manager Dan Tangherlini, who is withdrawing today as a candidate for the permanent job because Adrian Fenty has asked him to become D.C. city manager, next year. Given the extreme likelihood that Fenty will win the mayoral race, that was a pretty safe bet by Tangherlini. The express lane idea...

By Robert Thomson  |  October 2, 2006; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro  
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Big Loss for Transit Riders

Given a choice between a firm job offer from one potential boss, versus a possible job offer from multiple bosses, Dan Tangherlini, Metro's interim general manager, went with option A. David Nakamura and Lena Sun report in today's Post that mayoral candidate Adrian M. Fenty offered Tangherlini the job of D.C. city manager and Tangherlini will take it. The D.C. government wins. Metro may still come out of this okay, following it's nationwide search for a new leader, but it has lost the management momentum created by Tangherlini following the forced departure of Richard White, whose administration had become sluggish and disconnected from riders and employees. Tangherlini had brought new ideas and -- maybe more important -- a new spirit to the top spot. He connected both with the workforce and with the customers. How do you see it? Was Metro wrong to follow process and conduct a search for...

By Robert Thomson  |  October 2, 2006; 7:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bicyclist Struck in Falls Church

Westbound lanes of Arlington Boulevard are blocked this morning due to an accident involving a bicyclist near Annandale Road in Falls Church. Maptuit reports that traffic is getting by on the service road. Authorities are now working to reconstruct the accident. Update: Post coverage of the accident is online here....

By Kyle Balluck  |  October 2, 2006; 7:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Join Our Discussion Today

Join me at 1 p.m. for a Live Online discussion. We can talk about the express SmarTrip fare gates that Metro is introducing, the District's study on whether to pull down the Whitehurst Freeway, the unproductive special session of the Virginia General Assembly and the extensive changes in Metro's bus routes last week. Or just about anything else on your mind concerning getting around in the Washington region. You can submit questions anytime....

By Robert Thomson  |  October 2, 2006; 5:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting  
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