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Get There: April 8, 2007 - April 14, 2007

Big Weekend Downtown

As you make your travel plans for the weekend, watch in for some nasty weather that will roll in on Saturday and linger through Sunday. Here are some things you should know about getting around. Cherry Blossom Parade: The two-week long festival climaxes with the parade, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street and heading west along Constitution to 17th Street. Road closures in the Mall area begin at 5 a.m. and the last of them, on Constitution, are scheduled to end at 6 p.m. The festival ends on Sunday. Ice Show: If you're heading for Champions on Ice at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Verizon Center downtown, you're best bet is to take Metrorail to the Gallery Place-Chinatown Station and just walk upstairs. IMF/World Bank: Because of the IMF/World Bank spring meetings in downtown Washington, the D.C. police department is closing some streets and restricting...

By Robert Thomson  |  April 13, 2007; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Weekend Work  
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Metro Explains Rail Car Fire

Steve Feil, Metro's chief of rail operations, told the transit authority's board of directors this morning that "the system is safe to operate" following an investigation into the cause of Sunday's rail car fire. He said it a software problem aboard the train failed to prevent a voltage surge that built up heat in an electrical component in the undercarriage, and that led to the fire in one of the 6000 series cars, the newest in Metro's fleet. The passengers on the Green Line train were evacuated at the Waterfront-SEU Station. No injuries were reported. With the help of the manufacturer, Alstom, Metro has fixed the software problem in most of the 190 cars that have this version, but still has more than 40 left to repair, Feil said. That should be done by Friday or Saturday morning, since it takes half an hour or less to make the fix...

By Robert Thomson  |  April 12, 2007; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro  
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Transit Riders Invited to Metro Workshop

Metro and its Riders Advisory Council will hold a workshop tonight at 7:30 during which people can comment on improvements they would like to see in Metrorail service. The session will be on the Lobby Meeting Room of Metro's headquarters, 600 5th St. NW. The riders council, a group of people drawn from across the region that Metro serves, could benefit from your experiences with the trains and buses. Also, the more people who contribute suggestions, the more credibility the council has in getting Metro to pay attention to the ideas. You can get to Metro's downtown headquarters by train or bus: It's near the Gallery Place-Chinatown or Judiciary Square stations on the Red Line, and Gallery Place on the Yellow and Green lines; also, Metrobus routes D1, D3, D6, P6, X2, 70, 71, and 80 will get you there. You can stay in touch with Metro's public meetings --...

By Robert Thomson  |  April 11, 2007; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. Commuters vs. Tourists

Springtime is the tensest time for Washington commuters. The rest of the year, we have a tough enough time sharing the roads and rail cars with each other. Springtime brings on the tourists, who don't know their way around and aren't used to anything that we do. The crowding highlights problems with the transportation system. Here are a couple of letters that reflect those concerns. Good Morning: After all of these years with Metro in the D.C. area, why is it that there still are no visitor handouts at Metro stations, directing tourists on what are good times to use Metro instead of having them crowding onto Metro at rush hour and also to stand to the right on the escalators? Tourists come from around the globe and are not aware of this region's routine in commuting and it is not the tourist's fault. A large sign reading : TOURIST...

By Robert Thomson  |  April 10, 2007; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
Categories:  Commuting  
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How Commuting Stresses Mind and Body

Settled in at work after a long commute? Bet you're feeling worse about the experience if you read Post staff writer Eric Weiss's story headlined "Your Car + Your Commute = A Visit to Your Doctor." Many of you with long and complex commutes may need physical or emotional therapy. The physical toll may become apparent in your blood pressure, your neck or your spine. The emotional toll may include a level of stress that hurts your performance at work. (And we were worried about the tolls on the HOT lanes.) A Fredericksburg orthopedic surgeon told Eric that some patients say the best thing about a back operation was that it forced them to suspend their daily commutes during recovery. Interesting point: One researcher says that drivers with multiple route changes are at greater risk. (I'm thinking about the shift going from the express toll lanes at the Dulles plaza...

By Robert Thomson  |  April 9, 2007; 7:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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