On Oct. 24, RT&S reported that the Silver Line Extension of Washington, D.C.’s Metro line would, according to officials, be open in time for the Thanksgiving holiday travel weekend.
The top news stories we were following the week ending Sept. 23.
In less than a month, WMATA will begin significant construction to repair the Yellow Line tunnel and bridge, as well as advance critical improvements needed to open the future Potomac Yard Station later this fall.
At approximately 7 a.m., Aug. 3, Metro’s Rail Operations Control Center (ROCC) identified an intermittent IT network connection issue that impacted communications between systems.
Metro took control of the Silver Line Extension last week.
After years of safety and technical difficulties, with the most recent story of 72 train operators removed from service because of their certification lapse last year, Metro Board Chair Paul Smedberg, on behalf of the Board of Directors, released a statement on management changes at the agency.
In a recent letter, Canek Aguirre, chair of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, urged Paul Wiedefeld, General Manager/CEO of WMATA to move “swiftly to design a solution to relieve train congestion at the Rosslyn Tunnel ahead of any broader Blue Line, Orange Line or Silver Line rail expansion desires.”
Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Wiedefeld said he will not resume the placement of 7000-series trains into passenger service for about 90 days to allow Metro engineering and mechanical experts time to focus on root cause analysis and acquire technology to measure 7000-series wheelsets.
Metrorail customers saw improved service Monday morning (Nov. 1), including the extension of Silver Line service, as a result of around-the-clock efforts by rail maintenance teams to get more trains into service.
Metrorail in Washington, D.C. will continue with significantly reduced service next week.
Passengers riding a Washington, D.C. Metro train at about 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12 experienced a significant disruption to their travel plans.
RT&S Editor-in-Chief Bill Wilson goes over the top stories of the week.
Metro has released a report on progress it has made over the past three years, after it received a significant infusion of dedicated funding.
WMATA begins a significant tunnel ventilation project this weekend.
Continuing safety issues are front and center at Washington Metro.
Capital investments continue safety and state of good repair rehabilitation
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has selected the design-build team of Hensel Phelps-Stantec to design and deliver the WMATA Rail Heavy Repair and Overhaul (HRO) Facility, located in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
Beginning Saturday, December 19 through Sunday, January 3, Metro will close two Blue Line stations – Franconia-Springfield and Van Dorn St – to advance safety improvements. The two-week station closures will allow
Metro [earlier this month] 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,
Back in September, RT&S reported on the safety audit that was conducted for the Washington Metro transit system (WMATA) by the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission. We reported the following: “When the commission