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Metro today announced plans to accelerate major capital work on the Blue Line in Virginia that will modernize the signal...
11/13/2020

Metro today announced plans to accelerate major capital work on the Blue Line in Virginia that will modernize the signal system in the Alexandria Rail Yard, resulting in improved safety, reliability and on-time performance. Taking advantage of the historically low ridership during the pandemic, Metro will consolidate the project into a shorter series of outages that will close two stations – Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn St.

The work will take place over 10 weekends beginning Friday, November 27 and ending Sunday, March 14.

Learn more: https://www.wmata.com/about/news/Metro-to-advance-safety-critical-work-on-Blue-Line.cfm

#wmata

No Mask, No Metro. A face covering is required in Metro stations and on-board trains and buses for everyone's safety. 😷 ...
11/12/2020

No Mask, No Metro. A face covering is required in Metro stations and on-board trains and buses for everyone's safety. 😷

Want to stand out in the socially distanced crowd? Check out our Metro-inspired face masks, available for purchase via our online store: https://dcmetrostore.com/collections/face-masks

#wmata #DoingOurPart

The Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD) welcomed 10 new Transit Officers to the Metro family last week.After completi...
11/02/2020

The Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD) welcomed 10 new Transit Officers to the Metro family last week.

After completing 38 weeks of law enforcement training, this diverse group of officers graduated on October 23 while family and friends watched virtually from as far as the Philippines and London.

You can watch the graduation ceremony on our YouTube page: https://youtu.be/bbCnfxtVgeA

We wish our new officers from Class 119 success and welcome them to the Metro family!

Construction update! 🚧Platform reconstruction at Reagan National Airport Station is well underway and ahead of schedule....
10/30/2020

Construction update! 🚧
Platform reconstruction at Reagan National Airport Station is well underway and ahead of schedule. During the second phase of work, crews installed the granite platform edge on one side of the platform closest to the parking garage. They also added new edge light fixtures that blink when trains arrive, as well poured the topping slab (the layer of concrete below the tiles). Over the past two weeks, crews installed the new slip-resistant tiles on a majority of the platform.

The third and final phase will involve finishing work on sections of both platforms next to the center track, with station completion scheduled by the end of this year.

Learn more about our Platform Improvement Project:
https://www.wmata.com/service/rail/PlatformProject/Reagan-National-Airport-Construction-Update-October-29.cfm

Metro is piloting new #MetroAccess hybrid sedans to help better serve our shared-ride customers. These new vehicles are ...
10/29/2020

Metro is piloting new #MetroAccess hybrid sedans to help better serve our shared-ride customers. These new vehicles are intended to be a more sustainable addition to the fleet, offering better gas mileage than our current MetroAccess vans.

The first customer transported was Denise Rush, Vice-Chair of Metro's Accessibility Advisory Committee representing Prince George's County. Denise was pleased with the new, more comfortable addition to the fleet, and "hopes the public will be pleased as well."

The pilot phase lasts through January 2021. Learn more about our paratransit service on our website: https://www.wmata.com/service/accessibility

Metro employees participated in the Anacostia Watershed Society’s rescheduled #EarthDay Cleanup in Carver / Langston.The...
10/28/2020

Metro employees participated in the Anacostia Watershed Society’s rescheduled #EarthDay Cleanup in Carver / Langston.

The Anacostia Watershed Society's Earth Day Cleanup is a DC-area tradition where volunteers cleanup sites along the Anacostia River and its tributary streams throughout the watershed in DC, Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties.

Here's more info. about the cleanup event: https://www.anacostiaws.org/what-we-do/river-restoration-projects/earth-day.html

What's in a name? When it comes to Metro stations, a lot! Station names are important to riders finding their way and fo...
10/27/2020

What's in a name? When it comes to Metro stations, a lot! Station names are important to riders finding their way and fostering a "sense of place" for the surrounding neighborhoods.

Metro has received two requests to change the name of a station in the jurisdiction we serve:
🚇 Fairfax County is requesting Tysons Corner Station be changed to "Tysons Station"
🚇 Prince George's County has asked Prince George's Plaza Station become "Hyattsville Crossing"

To share your opinion on these changes, take our public survey at wmata.com/survey by Nov 2.

10/22/2020
Metro is Doing Our Part

At Metro, we're #DoingOurPart to keep the DC area moving. With deep cleaning, face masks and hand sanitizer... but remember... No Mask, No Metro!

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Metro has worked tirelessly to keep riders safe from infection from the coronavirus. By signing on to the American Public Transportation Association Health and Safety Commitments Program with more than 100 public transit systems, Metro and the public transit industry are actively working to instill confidence in riders that it’s committed to protecting their health and safety. Learn more at wmata.com/doingourpart

Visiting DC this weekend? With #SmarTrip on your iPhone and Apple Watch, you can reload whenever, wherever. It's like ha...
10/16/2020

Visiting DC this weekend? With #SmarTrip on your iPhone and Apple Watch, you can reload whenever, wherever. It's like having your own personal fare machine!

You can also download the SmarTrip App to purchase a One Day pass, check balances, and register your card – all from the palm of your hand. #wmata

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Metro’s Northern Bus Garage was originally built in 1906 as a streetcar storage and maintenance facility for the Capital...
10/16/2020

Metro’s Northern Bus Garage was originally built in 1906 as a streetcar storage and maintenance facility for the Capital Traction Company.⁠ #tbt

Now we're working on a project to completely reconstruct the current building into a modern bus facility while preserving the historic 14th Street facade. The new garage will house 150 buses and include infrastructure needed to support an electric bus fleet in the future, as envisioned under Metro's zero-emission bus plan.⁠
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We have a series of virtual community engagement meetings underway this fall to provide an update on the project and gather input on the latest draft designs.

To learn more, visit wmata.com/NBG

District Department of Transportation
10/15/2020

District Department of Transportation

Did you miss Tuesday's #moveDC public meeting? Join us TODAY at 1:30 pm for a second virtual public meeting to learn more about the moveDC plan, goals, and objectives:

📆 TODAY (Oct. 15)
⏰ 1:30 pm
🔗 https://bit.ly/3jX2htw

Para español deslice a la izquierda.

We need your feedback on proposals to balance Metro's budget: https://covid-19servicechanges.questionpro.comThe Metrobus...
10/14/2020

We need your feedback on proposals to balance Metro's budget: https://covid-19servicechanges.questionpro.com

The Metrobus and Metrorail service provided today is only possible thanks to emergency federal funding in the CARES Act, but that money will soon run out. Without additional federal help, Metro will have to use every option to cover a budget shortfall of more than $200 million.

We’re preparing to resume fare collection on Metrobus and cut costs by limiting the use of contractors, furloughing employees, and deferring some capital program expenses. But the budget shortfall is so large, service cuts and layoffs will also be needed.

Proposed service changes include:
• Cutting Metrorail service (less trains)
• Closing Metrorail earlier
• Continuing reduced Metrobus service levels and hours

Learn more at wmata.com/budget.

We need your feedback on proposals to balance Metro's budget: https://covid-19servicechanges.questionpro.comThe Metrobus...
10/14/2020

We need your feedback on proposals to balance Metro's budget: https://covid-19servicechanges.questionpro.com

The Metrobus and Metrorail service provided today is only possible thanks to emergency federal funding in the CARES Act, but that money will soon run out. Without additional federal help, Metro will have to use every option to cover a budget shortfall of more than $200 million.

We’re preparing to resume fare collection on Metrobus and cut costs by limiting the use of contractors, furloughing employees, and deferring some capital program expenses. But the budget shortfall is so large, service cuts and layoffs will also be needed.

Proposed service changes include:
• Cutting Metrorail service (less trains)
• Closing Metrorail earlier
• Continuing reduced Metrobus service levels and hours

Learn more at wmata.com/budget.

10/13/2020
Metro Public Hearing: Docket B20-03

Watch our public hearing to learn more about Covid-19's impact on Metro, along with the various proposals, streaming live now

The Covid-19 pandemic has cost Metro hundreds of millions of dollars, and six months after the pandemic began, ridership remains extremely low. In fact, the ...

*We want your feedback - details below*The Covid-19 pandemic has cost Metro hundreds of millions of dollars and ridershi...
10/13/2020
Covid-19 budget impacts. Provide your feedback on proposals to balance the budget. | WMATA

*We want your feedback - details below*

The Covid-19 pandemic has cost Metro hundreds of millions of dollars and ridership has plummeted. The service running today is only possible thanks to federal CARES Act funding, which will run out in just a few months.

We’re preparing to resume fare collection on Metrobus and cut costs by limiting the use of contractors, furloughing employees, and deferring some capital program expenses. But the budget shortfall is so large, service cuts and layoffs will also be needed.

Proposals include:
• Cutting Metrorail service
• Closing Metrorail earlier (Sunday-Thursday)
• Continuing reduced Metrobus service levels & hours

How will this impact you? Make sure to provide your feedback by 9 a.m. next Monday, October 19 at wmata.com/budget.

The Covid-19 pandemic has cost Metro hundreds of millions of dollars, and six months after the pandemic began, ridership remains extremely low. In fact, the combined ridership on Metrorail and Metrobus in September 2020 is down nearly 80% from pre-pandemic levels.

10/11/2020

Metro is proud to sponsor POW WOW DC once again this year! Through October 18, several artists from around the globe are here in DC painting larger-than-life murals at this annual celebration of art and creativity, with many artworks located next to the Metrorail tracks north of NoMa-Gallaudet U Station.

Check out this video with footage from last year's event and tuned for pics from this year's murals! 🖼

Learn more: https://www.powwowdc.com

Metro outlines next phases of platform reconstruction, additional capital projects in 2021 and beyondMetro will rebuild ...
10/05/2020
Metro outlines next phases of platform reconstruction, additional capital projects in 2021 and beyond | WMATA

Metro outlines next phases of platform reconstruction, additional capital projects in 2021 and beyond

Metro will rebuild deteriorating outdoor platforms at Arlington Cemetery, Addison Road, and four Green Line stations north of Fort Totten next year, continuing its robust capital program to keep the system safe and reliable for the next generation of riders. To date, Metro's Platform Improvement Project has completed full platform replacements at 10 stations — six on the Blue and Yellow lines and four on the Orange Line. Construction activity is currently underway at Reagan National Airport Station marking the project's halfway point, leaving nine stations to be completed in 2021 and 2022.

In addition to platform reconstruction, Metro on Thursday will outline plans for upcoming capital projects that will require service changes over the next two years.

More info: https://www.wmata.com/about/news/2021-2022-Capital-Projects.cfm

10/02/2020
10/02/2020
MetroVoices Live - October 2, 2020

Metro Employees! We're back. On Friday's show, we'll get the latest info on Metro’s financial condition in light of Covid impacts and go through last week's Board actions on budget cuts, including potential service cuts and furloughs/layoffs.

We'll also have information about returning to worksites for some administrative staff. We know many of you are concerned about our financial situation and the future of administrative office locations. This edition of Metro Voices Live will address those concerns and also answer your questions.

Hope you can join us for this FBL event!

10/02/2020

Metro Employees! We're back. On Friday's show, we'll get the latest info on Metro’s financial condition in light of Covid impacts and go through last week's Board actions on budget cuts, including potential service cuts and furloughs/layoffs.

We'll also have information about returning to worksites for some administrative staff. We know many of you are concerned about our financial situation and the future of administrative office locations. This edition of Metro Voices Live will address those concerns and also answer your questions.

Hope you can join us for this FBL event!

Metro is hosting a series of virtual community engagement meetings in October and November to provide a briefing and gat...
10/01/2020

Metro is hosting a series of virtual community engagement meetings in October and November to provide a briefing and gather input on the latest draft designs for the Northern Bus Garage Replacement Project. The project will completely reconstruct the current building into a modern bus facility while preserving the historic 14th Street façade.

In response to earlier public feedback and feedback from the District’s Historic Preservation Review Board, the project team has undertaken a significant project redesign, responding to concerns around safety, environmental impacts and aesthetics.

To register for the upcoming virtual meetings, visit wmata.com/NorthernBusGarage.

👷 Crazy how much can change in 40 years! Here's some #tbt pics of initial construction at Shady Grove Station in October...
10/01/2020

👷 Crazy how much can change in 40 years! Here's some #tbt pics of initial construction at Shady Grove Station in October 1980.

09/30/2020
Huntington Station escalator replacement prep

We're replacing the original escalators at Huntington Station's south entrance with modern units that will improve reliability and reduce inconvenience for customers.

Did you know? The total weight of each escalator is approximately 55,000 pounds! Each unit is comprised of 11 individual "truss" pieces, which are being moved into place in this timelapse video. The height of the assembled escalator from bottom to top will be about 57 feet, taller than a 5-story building.

Welcome aboard to another #tbt! 🚇Forest Glen & Wheaton stations opened their gates 30 years ago this week (September 22,...
09/24/2020

Welcome aboard to another #tbt! 🚇

Forest Glen & Wheaton stations opened their gates 30 years ago this week (September 22, 1990 to be exact 👍)

This week is EPA Pollution Prevention Week! Did you know that the majority of storm drains drain directly into our local...
09/23/2020

This week is EPA Pollution Prevention Week! Did you know that the majority of storm drains drain directly into our local waterways and ultimately to the Chesapeake Bay? Many people mistakenly think that storm drains carry this water to a treatment facility. To educate individuals on Metro property about storm water pollution, we've continued to install storm drain "medallions" at Metrorail stations over the past year. These medallions provide a reminder that “Only Rain Down the Storm Drain” is allowed and that the drains are connected to our waterways with “Don’t Pollute Drains to Bay.”

Here are a few stations where medallions were added over the past year:
Cheverly, Forest Glen, Glenmont, Greenbelt, Landover, Largo Town Center, Morgan Blvd., Naylor Road, Rockville, Shady Grove, Southern Ave., Suitland & West Hyattsville

09/21/2020

Moving existing SmarTrip cards to your Apple Wallet is easy!

1. Open your Wallet app
2. Tap the + sign
3. Choose SmarTrip from Transit Cards
4. Tap "Transfer Existing Card"
5. Provide your card & account information
6. Place your card against the back of your iPhone

Once the transfer is complete, your SmarTrip is now in Wallet!

Be mindful, once you transfer your plastic SmarTrip card to Apple Wallet, your plastic card cannot be used ever again.

SmarTrip mobile is compatible with most SmarTrip and Senior SmarTrip cards (some older cards may not be transferrable), and available on iPhone 8 and newer with iOS version 13.6 or above, as well as Apple watch series 3 and newer.

Learn more at wmata.com/applepay.

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