Posts Tagged ‘Metro’

Is Metro Totally Fucked or Just Kinda Fucked?

How fucked is your Metro commute home going to be today? Not fucked? Kinda fucked? Or, alas, totally fucked?
Columbia Heights resident Kyle Jennings created a website for local commuters to determine just how severely Metro plans to screw with its transportation plans. The site,, is an offshoot of the similar and lets users know the real-time schedules of [...]

WMATA Sued Over Strict Criminal Background Check Policy

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's criminal background screening policies for employees unfairly discriminate against black workers, a class action suit filed today alleges.
The suit, filed by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, and law firm Arnold & Porter, alleges that Metro and three [...]

51,000 People Rode the Silver Line This Weekend

Metro notched approximately 51,000 trips to or from one of its five new Silver Line stations this weekend, the Washington Area Transit Authority announced today. As of 10 a.m. today, 9,715 people had entered or exited one of the five new stations this morning, the line's first rush-hour day.
Here are this morning's ridership numbers for the five new [...]

The Needle: Ride Round and Round

YOLO: This Virginia man successfully (?) hit all 86 Metro stations on his day off, a mission that took him 19 hours and cost $70. +1
Pigskins Predictions: Sports Illustrated's Peter King believes the Washington football team will have a new name by 2016. +3

District Line Daily: Blue Line Blues

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Metro riders aren't happy that some rush-hour Blue Line trains will be cut to make [...]

The Needle: The Members of Congress Among Us

Above the Traffic: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton sent a letter to the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation (USRC) asking it to get a plan together to address traffic congestion in front of Union Station because her office has received complaints "from residents, Members of Congress, congressional staff and bus companies that they are missing trains or having to [...]

Reminder: These Are Your New, Pricier Metro Fares

When Metro approved its 2015 fiscal year budget, it also approved fare hikes across the board. These price increases went into effect this weekend.
Here's a look at what you'll be paying now:

Fares will increase about 10 cents per trip, or by about 3 percent.
Short trips of 3 miles or less will increase from $1.70 to $1.75 during [...]

The Needle: Guinea Pig Recipe

Keeping It Real: José Andrés says he will consider putting a guinea pig dish—a traditional Peruvian delicacy—on the menu of his new Peruvian-Chinese restaurant, China Chilcano, set to open in Penn Quarter this fall. As long as it's not a small plate (well, a plate not much smaller than a guinea pig, anyway), could be interesting. +2
Red [...]

The Needle: Look at Him Now

Still Not Over: Chris Brown rejected a plea deal on his misdemeanor assault charges in D.C. Court today, which means this still isn't over and there could be a trial in D.C. -4
Pony Up: Increased Metrorail and bus fares go into effect on Sunday. Metrorail fares will increase an average of 3 percent, or 10 cents per trip, [...]

In New Metro Ads, the Silver Line Solves All Your Problems

Metro seems confident the Silver Line will open on July 26 and just unveiled three TV spots that will air later this week touting the benefits of the new line.
Single? The new line will expand your dating pool.
Stuck at home because of terrible D.C. traffic? The Silver Line will get you out there.
Hate your job? Fear not, Metro [...]

Silver Line Will Open for Business July 26

The long-awaited and much-delayed Silver Line will be open for business on July 26 (of this year!), Metro General Manager Richard Sarles announced today.
Metro has missed numerous deadlines for the line's opening in the past and in recent months has been wary of providing a firm opening date, presumably fearing that it would miss yet another one.
But today, Sarles [...]

Metro Crime Is Down Big Time This Year

Crime was down on the D.C. Metro system by 31 percent in the first quarter of 2014, according to a new report from Metro Transit Police Department.  The report compares crime occurring during the first three months of 2014 with the same period in 2013. The decrease was driven by a drop in robberies, snatches of electronic devices, and [...]

So Long, Paper Metro Farecards

Metro wants to end the sale of paper fare cards and switch entirely to SmarTrip cards over the next 18 months. The plan is part of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's capital budget for fiscal year 2015, which is being voted on tomorrow.
The budget includes $8.7 million to convert the machines that currently dispense paper fare cards to only [...]

The Needle: Sterling and the Pigskins

Sherman Talk: The Seattle Seahawks Richard Sherman said in an interview with Time magazine that if the NFL had its own Donald Sterling, it would not ban him from the league. "Because we have an NFL team called the [Pigskins]. I don’t think the NFL really is as concerned as they show. The NFL is [...]

The Needle: Popping the Cherry

Cherry Don't Blossom: Because it is March—and still so freaking cold—experts are pushing back the expected date of the cherry blossom's peak bloom from April 9 to April 13. -4
Parking Jam: D.C. was ranked the seventh worst city in the country for parking by some study. -3