ANC approves plans for a Georgetown Metro stop

Monday night the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E approved a resolution expressing Georgetown’s support for a Metro stop—a proposal previously rejected over 50 years ago. The resolution was approved unanimously. The ANC’s resolution has a deadline of 2028 for the Metro stop to be completed, but don’t get too excited. The ANC commissioners themselves are doubtful that […]

Metro SmartTrip cards now $2 for real

Let it be known to all that Metro riders can now purchase SmartTrip cards 60% cheaper than before. For those who haven’t popped their Georgetown bubble yet, SmartTrip is a rechargeable farecard for all transit providers of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. This includes Metrorail and Metrobus. Beyond the convenience of avoiding long lines […]

WMATA implements hike in Metrobus and rail service fares

Last Sunday, the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority increased Metrobus and Metrorail fares throughout the District, Maryland and Virginia. This is the third fare hike in the past five years for the WMATA, according to the Washington Post. Off-peak Metrorail rides will cost between $1.70 and $3.50, while peak hours on weekdays will increase the fare […]

WMATA aims to display real-time arrival info at important bus stops

According to TBD, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has issued a request for proposals from contractors to install what the request calls “Customer Information Electronic Display Signs” at important Metro stations and along high-usage Metrobus corridors. If all goes according to plan, the first 30 arrival data signs will be in place by the end […]

Proposed WMATA bus changes seal the Georgetown bubble a little tighter

Last week, the Washington Metro and Transit Authority proposed changes to bus services in all areas of its jurisdiction. These changes include attempts to fix the rampant problem of buses running behind schedule, and eliminate late-night service that is less popular among riders. But included in the services being cut, unfortunately for us on the Hilltop, are […]

G2 rerouted to Wisconsin during street construction

Metro announced yesterday that the G2 bus, which runs from Georgetown’s main gates to Dupont Circle and Howard, will not go past Wisconsin while the District Department of Transportation conducts road maintenance on O & P Streets near the University. DDOT will continue the work it began this spring repaving the streets and replacing the […]

WMATA increases fares for Metro bus and rail services

Last Thursday, Metro’s board of directors approved an $109 million array of fare increases that will impact all forms of public transportation in DC. The fare hike, which is the largest in Metro’s history, cannot go into effect until August at the earliest, according to the Washington Post. During peak riding times, Metrorail’s boarding fare […]

WMATA explores cuts in bus service to Georgetown

In effort to close its daunting $189 million budget gap in 2011, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is exploring a host of fiscal measures that involve raising fares, cutting rail service, and cutting bus service in 2011, including cutting buses to the Georgetown neighborhood (pdf, page 46). Local blogger Georgetown Metropolitan is reporting that […]

The District Digest: Bitch set him up

No matter how poorly your 4th of July went, it’s safe to say it was probably better than former “Mayor for Life” and current D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry‘s (D—Ward 8). Saturday evening Barry was arrested by the Park Police and charged with stalking his ex-girlfriend, Donna Watts-Brighthaupt. The stalking charges were dropped on Wednesday, but […]

The District Digest: WMATA’s ups and downs

National Transportation Safety Board investigators are getting closer to pinpointing the cause of last week’s Metro crash.  They discovered that WMATA had replaced a crucial component of the signaling component, the “Wee-Z bond” which maintains a safe distance between trains, and it malfunctioned.  There have already been a couple lawsuits filed against Metro, including one […]

The District Digest: Red Line tragedy

On Monday at about 5 p.m. two Red Line trains crashed into each other near the Fort Totten station, resulting in the deadliest crash in Metro’s 33 year history.  Nine people died, including Jeanice McMillan, the operator of one of the trains, Ana Fernandez, a mother of six, and Retired Major General David Wherely, Jr. […]