District Digest: Moonbows and Metro changes
This week’s Digest includes attempted Metro suicides, arrests in the Senate, and potential Metro station name changes.
On Tuesday around 5 p.m., an individual intentionally threw himself onto the Metro tracks at the Clarendon station, disrupting Orange line service. At 6 p.m., the man, who survived his fall, was taken off the track by emergency dispatchers. Metro Riders of the train that hit him were not allowed to be released, and suffered for an hour in a hot car without power or electricity. Traffic in the orange line stations became unbearable during rush hour.
Stop the Machine
Also on Tuesday, six protesters were arrested by Capitol Police in the afternoon in the Senate Hart Office Building after trying to hang a banner related to the Stop the Machine protests. Part of a planned flash mob, about 100 people entered the building around 11:30 a.m. The individuals hanging the banner were asked to stop, refused, and were subsequently charged with unlawful conduct.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority came out with a map of the Metro system with potential changes to the names of various stations. Some of these changes better indicate nearby hospitals, like the proposal to change “Forest Glen” to “Forest Glen (Holy Cross Hospital).” Mongotmery Country, Alexandria, and the District have requested six possible name changes. WMATA has endorsed two of the potential changes: “King Street” to “King Street- Old Town” and “Navy Yard” to “Navy Yard-Ballpark.” Many other changes have been proposed by the District, including changing the “Smithsonian” station to “Smithsonian (The National Mall).”
On Monday night, the District witnessed a potential moonbow, which occurs when light is reflected off the moon through some other element. The phenomenon, pictured above, could also have been a 22 degree halo. Last week, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, located on H street NE, was officially added to the National Register of Historic Places.