Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Metro says system-wide capability not possible until 2015, but the Congressional deadline is Sept. 30 of this year.
Metro got a break this week on its Congressional deadline to install cellphone service system-wide; a continuing resolution pushed the due date from March 30 to Sept. 30, The Washington Examiner reports. But don't get your hopes up, Metro has said system-wide service will not happen until December 2015. Among other requirements to continue receiving $150 million in federal funding each year, Metro is supposed to offer cell phone service throughout the transit system. Metro's 20 busiest stations were wired for internet service in 2009, but many tunnels between stations and many stations still do not have cell phone or internet service capabilities. Currently AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless have mixed levels of service throughout…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Traffic information for Northern Virginia commuters, including traffic jams, delays, Metro, ART, DASH, Fairfax Connector and more. Click on the grey tabs below for more information.
Problems on your commute today? Tell other readers about it in the comment section below. Updated traffic information: Delayed Metro trains, buses and cars sitting in endless traffic on I-66 and the Beltway—even a 10-minute commute in the DC metro area can be extreme some days. In fact, a March 2013 report from the Census Bureau shows people in the DC metro area have the second-worst commute in the country. That report came on the heels of a Texas Transportation Institute report in February that DC area commuters face the worst traffic in the country. Patch is here to help! Click on any of the grey tabs above to expand it and get more information about congestion, delays or other traffic alerts. On the Metro rail map, click on any …
Friday, March 8, 2013
WMATA will answer questions about bus and rail service at Reston event.
Herndon and Reston-area residents will have another chance to ask questions about upcoming changes to bus and rail routes happening in conjunction with Metro's Silver Line opening later this year. WMATA will hold an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. on March 14 at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods. There will be informational exhibits about the Silver Line, as well as opportunities to speak with representatives and offer feedback about changes to bus service. There will also be activities for kids. The Silver Line's Phase 1, which will run from Tysons Corner to Reston's Wiehle Avenue, is slated to open in December. WMATA is seeking public comment through March 18. You can also submit feedback online at www.wmta.com/silverline. More: New …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Metro will operate on a Saturday schedule on Monday because of the Presidents' Day holiday.
Metro riders on Monday should anticipate trains running on a Saturday schedule and buses running on a "Saturday Supplemental" schedule due to the Presidents' Day holiday. Metrorail Schedule The system will open at 5 a.m. and close at midnight. Orange Line: Blue Line Red Line: Green Line: Yellow Line: Metrobus Schedule According to a Metro news release, "Metrobus service will operate on a "Saturday Supplemental" schedule; customers should check timetables for details." Find Herndon Patch via:
Friday, January 18, 2013
Your visual guide to District disruptions on Inauguration Day: blocked streets, including the parade route, and closed metro stations, plus live traffic incidents as they happen. Also find out where to park your bike, and watch the Inaugural Ceremonies.
Map by Martin Burch. Data from the U.S. Secret Service, WMATA and MapQuest.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
How to get around Washington on Inauguration Day, including Metro rail, bus, driving, biking and walking.
Click on each transportation mode above to reveal more information and links to resources about each. For additional District and Maryland transportation information, click here.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Metro will stay open two hours later on New Year's Eve.
Metro has announced the following holiday schedule: Monday (Christmas Eve) Tuesday (Christmas Day) Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve) Jan. 1 (New Year's Day) [Want to stay on top of news in Herndon? Sign up for our daily or breaking news emails.]
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
WMATA credits aggressive cost cutting for savings.
Cost-containing measures have left Metro with a $28 million operating surplus for the fiscal year that ended June 30, the organization announced Monday. Fiscal controls included a successful health care audit and fuel hedging, which locked in a favorable rate for fuel that saved the authority money, it says. The fiscal year ended one day before Metro raised fares for riders and increased taxpayer subsidies to meet a projected shortfall in the budget. “I am pleased to report that we ended the year with a surplus and we continue to identify cost savings opportunities to ensure we are operating efficiently,” Metro General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles sais in a statement. “We anticipate applying the surplus to offset budget challenges we …
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Extreme heat prompts transit authority to again make exemption to its no-drinking policy. The Fairfax Connector is allowing water through Saturday.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Thanks to the ongoing heat wave, Metro is again allowing passengers to carry and consume bottled water on trains, buses and access vehicles through the close of the system Sunday night. The exception to the transit authority's no-drinking policy applies to water only, Metro said in a news release. This is the second time in as many weeks that extreme heat has caused Metro to allow bottled water into the system. The Fairfax Connector is doing the same. They're allowing passengers to carry and drink water through closing on Saturday. The exception applies only to water. Connector is encouraging passengers to use water containers that can be tightly secured and use trash and recycling bins to dispose of water bottles and waste.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
'Rush Plus' expands service during rush hour
Metro rolled out its new rush hour program, "Rush Plus," on Monday during rush hour on the Green, Yellow, Blue and Orange lines. For those who use the Blue and Orange Lines, the changes will mean more frequent trains for Orange Line riders and longer waits for Blue Line customers. Rush Plus "is designed to ease crowding, improve the commuting experience for Metrorail riders on the Orange, Blue, Green and Yellow lines, and prepare for the future Silver Line," according to the metro press release about the changes. Expanded service will result in 18 new Orange Line trains during rush hour. The increased service will impact 21 stations, to include Foggy Bottom and Rosslyn. Though the same number of trains will travel through Foggy Bottom and …