Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
Share Stories  |  Traffic  |  Columns  |  Q&A     |  Get Gridlock:    Twitter |    Facebook  |     RSS   |  phone Alerts

Get There: October 22, 2006 - October 28, 2006

Metro Hours This Weekend

Metrorail is going to open two hours early on Sunday, because of the Marine Corps Marathon. The trains will begin running at 5 a.m. The race should start at 8:15 a.m. The buses that normally use the Pentagon Transit Center on Sunday will operate from Pentagon City instead Metrorail station instead between 4 a.m. and 4 p.m. Of course, all this comes on the weekend when the clocks fall back an hour. Metrorail will operate on its usual hours Saturday night into Sunday morning. The system will close for the night at 3 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Sunday....

By Robert Thomson  |  October 28, 2006; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

No Such Luck

Lisa Farbstein, Metro's spokeswoman, called to say that if you see an official looking sign at a bus shelter telling you that you can get a free ride if you're bus is late, it's a hoax. Your bus may be late, but you won't get a free ride out of it. The fake signs, which she says are 8-1/2 by 11 inches and have an official looking Metro "M" on them, say that if your bus is late, call Metro's customer service number about it, and in exchange, you'll get a pass for a free ride. She doesn't know how many such signs are out there, and suspected it might be a Halloween prank. She wanted to alert riders so they don't get there hopes up about this....

By Robert Thomson  |  October 26, 2006; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Metro  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Name That Smell

Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel saw this reader comment during my Live Online discussion Monday and pounced on it: "Metro Center and Gallery Place have stunk of dead mice lately. This morning, as I exited the Orange Line at Metro Center, there was a smell, and Gallery Place was whiffy, too. Two or three weeks ago, at Metro Center, the smell was so bad people were holding their noses on the platform. "Is there a dead rodent collection crew, or does Metro just wait for them to completely decompose? (yuck)" Steve says Metro had received complaints of a rotten fish smell in some stations. He says there's definitely a problem, but the animal kingdom is not the source. "What is it? Well, we checked and the smell is coming from new brake pads that were recently installed in our series 5000 CAF rail cars," he says. "We have 192 of these...

By Robert Thomson  |  October 25, 2006; 6:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Metro  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Meetings on Future of Roads and Buses

Here's a reminder about the meetings this week on various transportation plans affecting important auto and bus routes. For some commuters, finding out how their travel patterns could be affected may be worth missing the start of the World Series games. Tonight and tomorrow night, the Federal Highway Administration is hosting meetings to discuss the future of the 14th Street Bridge corridor. Tonight's session is at Aurora Hills Community Center, 735 18th St. South in Arlington. Tomorrow's is at Amidon Elementary School, 401 I St. SW in the District. Both sessions, which open at 6:30.p.m., include a presentation about minimizing driver delays, improving safety and enhancing the appearance of this Washington gateway. Also tomorrow night, the District Transportation Department will discuss work along Military Road. This session will be held at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW, from 6:30 to 8.p.m. In December, DDOT changed the lane...

By Robert Thomson  |  October 24, 2006; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

The Highways of the Future -- Or Not

Please join me today for a Live Online discussion of transportation topics at 1 p.m. The future of our roads and transit systems have been in the news lately and an election is coming up that could affect the destiny of some transportation projects, particularly in Maryland. With governments so reluctant to raise more money for transportation projects, many are looking to various forms of public-private partnerships to build roads and even transit systems. In Maryland, Gov. Robert Ehrlich's administration recently put out a call for new proposals along those lines. But in today's Post, Eric Weiss shows that this approach may have some real difficulties. See his story headlined "Beltway Toll Plan May Need Va. Funds" to see that the plan to have a private company build express toll lanes on the Capital Beltway in exchange for some of the toll revenue -- one of the major congestion-relief projects...

By Robert Thomson  |  October 23, 2006; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company