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Metro Announces Oct. Weekend Schedule

For the first time, the transit authority has put out a schedule for an entire month's worth of weekend track work, so riders can anticipate delays.

That's a bit of a breakthrough, though commenters on my online discussion today clearly would prefer to do away with weekend track work altogether.

The monthly notice replaces a system in which the transit authority would put out announcements on Thursday about track work and delays for the following weekend.

"We want our rail riders to use this schedule as a tool so they can plan their weekends and see where our maintenance crews will be in the rail system," Dave Kubicek,
the assistant general manager for Metrorail, said in a statement.

So what's up in October? The transit authority will be installing new rails, upgrading sections of track, replacing floating slabs and conducting switch replacement work on the Red, Orange, Blue and Green lines. (It's Yellow that's missing.) The delays resulting from track-sharing around the work zones will be 15 to 20 minutes.

You can read the full details at this link on Metro's Web site. At the end of each month, the transit authority says, it will post a similar announcement on its site about the following month's schedule.

By Robert Thomson  |  September 29, 2008; 3:07 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Metro , Weekend Work  
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Why all the stories on Metro and bus routes? How about an occasional story on a road project? Some ideas:

1 - How does VDOT justify removing 1-2 exit lanes from I-495 North - I-66W to make room for HOT lanes? There are currently 3 exit lanes, 2 higher-speed left exit lanes, and one slow, tight radius right exit lane. After HOT lanes, there will be one or two right exit lanes with the same tight radius. Also look at how those two lanes will probably have to merge into the current 3 lanes on I-66W before the I-66W bridge over the inner loop. HOT lanes are OK, but creating them shouldn't reduce the current capacity.

2 - How is the quality of the relatively new Roosevelt Bridge acceptable? It is bumpy and need to be smoothed out. Who resurfaced the bridge and who was responsible for accepting it with such a poor quality surface?

Posted by: Herndon | September 30, 2008 6:51 AM | Report abuse

Dr. Gridlock kept saying last year that he didn't see what the problem was (check the old blogs and discussions), I've noticed it. It's not smooth and the responses to it are excuses.

I'd like to know why the Roosevelt Bridge was closed a few weeks ago due to police action on a Sunday. No word from anyone.

Unfortunatly, the traffic desk, for all they do, takes too many excuses and reports them as fact. Lena does it all the time with Metro. Eric is a jokester who doesn't ever answer a question, he dances around it with a joke. Dr. Gridlock does a good job, but too often, I hear something that he writes as a quote from Metro or VDOT or another agency and doesn't go any further.

When the answer is, "Metro is working on this to not let it happen again," the next question should be, "What, specifically, is Metro doing?" Their answer will be, "We're looking at many different ways to aleviate the situation and not let it happen again," to which the response is, "Well, can you tell us what one of those things is so that our readers and your customers can feel confident that something is being done? Don't you think it's fair to your customers that they know exactly what you mean when you say a delay of 15 minutes? Don't you think it's fair to your customers who are waiting on the platform for a train that's not going to come?"

If they stop talking to you, then you have an even better story to write. "Metro Closes Doors to Media". Your editors write scathing reviews on Metro's unwillingness to cooperate and there you go. Metro either cooperates and looks good or they don't and confidence falls further.

Same can be done when talking to VDOT about light timing issues. Or DC's DOT about the quality of some of their roads. Or PG Police about why they refuse to enforce basic traffic laws (I didn't realize the speed limit on the Beltway in PG Co was 80).

Nobody is accountable for their actions because nobody is doing anything about it. Maybe someone needs to hold these agencies accountable for their lack of attention to detail.

Posted by: Jarrod | September 30, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

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