Regional Transit News
- Reduced Metrorail service expected at least through end of this week; Customers encouraged to consider Metrobus and other travel alternatives
Reduced Metrorail service is expected to continue until at least Sunday, October 24, as the investigation into the October 12 derailment continues. Beginning tomorrow, trains will operate every 15 minutes on the Red Line and will continue to operate every 30 minutes on all other lines. Silver Line trains will operate between Wiehle-Reston East and Federal Center SW only.
WMATA Press Release, October 18, 2021
- County applying for $80M grant for Ballston Metro western entrance project
Arlington County is applying for an $80 million grant to help pay for a proposed west entrance to the Ballston Metro station.
Jo DeVoe, October 18, 2021, ARLnow
- Potentially 'catastrophic' Metro issue linked to derailment first found in 2017: NTSB
Equipment problems that appear to have caused the Metro derailment in Northern Virginia last week have been known since 2017, a preliminary investigation by federal safety investigators showed.
October 18, 2021, NBC Washington
- NTSB: Metro Blue Line train derailed 3 times that day before defect discovered
The D.C. Metrorail will pull almost 60% of its rail fleet from service on Monday, Oct. 18, after its safety oversight board found a recurring problem with the axles on the Metro's newest railcars, the agency said Sunday evening.
Anna Liss-Roy, October 18, 2021, WUSA9
- Metrorail limits service after pulling 60% of fleet for derailment investigation
Significant delays are in store for Monday commuters with Metrorail pulling more than half of its rail fleet out of service as it continues to investigate last week’s Blue Line derailment.
Alejandro Alvarez, Ivy Lyons, October 18, 2021, WTOP
- Metrorail to operate reduced service Monday, October 18
As part of the investigation into the Blue Line derailment, Metro is holding out of service all of its 7000-series railcars, which is nearly 60% of its rail fleet. Without these railcars, Metro will operate about 40 trains tomorrow – offering a basic service pattern on all lines of trains departing about every 30 minutes.
October 17, 2921, WMATA
- D.C.'s Metro pulls half of its rail cars over safety compliance problem
Washington D.C.'s Metro pulled more than half of its railcars Sunday night after the National Transportation Safety Board investigation found multiple axels out of compliance with manufacturing specifications.
Rachel Scully, October 17, 2021, The Hill
- Two Metro Yellow Line shutdowns scheduled for 2022
Metro’s Yellow Line, which runs through Arlington and Alexandria, could see some closures next year as the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) works to repair the Yellow Line Bridge between Virginia and D.C. and bring the Potomac Yard Metro station online.
Vernon Miles, October 14, 2021, ALXnow
- CSX earns award for emissions reduction program
The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and The Climate Registry have recognized CSX with a 2021 Climate Leadership Award.
Marybeth Luczak, October 15, 2021, Railway Age
- Virginia leaders push congress to pass infrastructure bill
U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) and Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam joined representatives from labor and business organizations in that state to urge the House to pass the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) quickly.
Liz Carey, October 15, 2021, Transportation Today
- Police and climate activists hurt in clashes at Interior Dept.
Police and climate activists clashed Thursday during protests at the Interior Department, with security personnel sustaining “multiple injuries” and one officer being taken to a hospital, agency spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz said.
Ellie Silverman, October 14, 2021, Washington Post
- Indigenous youths, climate activists to march to U.S. Capitol on final day of People vs. Fossil Fuels protests
Climate activists are concluding their five days of action in Washington with a march to the U.S. Capitol to demand that President Biden take more extreme measures to address climate change.
Ellie Silverman, October 15, 2021, Washington Post
- Train's holding brake was stuck before derailment, Metro said
Metro announced Thursday evening that normal rail service would resume for Friday’s commute.
Justin George, October 14, 2021, Washington Post
- Green Line Metro service suspended due to stabbing aboard train near Anacostia
Green Line train service has been suspended due to a stabbing aboard a Branch Avenue-bound train near Anacostia.
October 14, 2021, Fox5
- Weekend Road and Rail: Shutdown of I-66 and Md. 355; Metro single tracking
There is a possibility of rain Saturday night, but for now the Virginia Department of Transportation is planning to close Interstate 66 for a bridge demolition.
Mary DePompa, October 15, 2021, WTOP
- Metro renovations will require 'extended shutdown' of Yellow Line service
Metro will embark on a series of renovations to a 1970s-era bridge spanning the Potomac River and nearby tunnels next year, resulting in an “extended shutdown” of Yellow Line service between L’Enfant Plaza and the Pentagon.
Debbie Truong, October 14, 2021, dcist
- Normal service set to resume Friday amid ongoing investigation into Blue Line derailment
Normal service on Metrorail’s Blue, Orange and Silver lines are set to resume Friday, after two days of disruption following an investigation into a derailment that left hundreds of riders stranded.
Nick Ianelli, October 14, 2021, WTOP
- One arrested after alleged theft ends with fracas in Pentagon City Metro station
A D.C. man was arrested after allegedly stealing from a vehicle and fighting the victim in a Metro station.
October 14, 2021, ARLnow
- Record number of guns caught at airport checkpoints this year
The Transportation Security Administration says it has found a record number of guns at airport checkpoints this year.
Jordan Williams, October 14, 2021, The Hill
- Planners envision greener, more urban and less car-centric Pentagon City
With the construction of Amazon’s HQ2, a nearly 40-year-old planning document guiding development in Pentagon City has reached the end of its useful life.
Jo DeVoe, October 13, 2021, ARLnow
- Officials celebrate $1 billion capital improvement project at Reagan National Airport
A ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday marked “major completion” of a $1 billion improvement project at Reagan National Airport, which will have a big impact on travelers.
John Aaron, October 13, 2021, Inside NoVa
- 3 Blue Line stations remain closed as derailment investigation continues
For a second day in a row, there will be no rail line service between the Rosslyn and Pentagon Metro stations on the Blue Line, as Metro continues to investigate a train derailment that left riders stranded during Tuesday’s afternoon commute.
Alicia Abelson, October 14, 2021, WTOP
- USDOT releases climate adaptation, resilience plan
The U.S. Department of Transportation has published a climate action plan to ensure that “federally supported transportation infrastructure—as well as USDOT programs, policies and operations—both consider climate change impacts and incorporate adaptation and resilience solutions whenever possible.”
Marybeth Luczak, October 13, 2021, Railway Age
- Southwest operations restored after spate of cancellations
Southwest Airlines on Wednesday said that its operations have been restored after canceling thousands of flights due to air traffic control and weather issues.
Jordan Williams, October 13, 2021, The Hill
- Reagan National Airport checkpoints to open next month, bringing faster screening times to new concourse
The public will get its first look Wednesday at new security checkpoints set to open next month at Reagan National Airport — an upgrade that officials hope will speed screening times and ease congestion in time for the holiday travel season.
Lori Aratani, October 13, 2021, Washington Post
- Metro's Blue Line still stopped in Arlington as derailment investigation continues
The Washington Metrorail’s Blue Line remains suspended between Pentagon and Foggy Bottom as transit officials continue to investigate a derailment that left riders stranded in the dark during Tuesday afternoon’s commute.
Alejandro Alvarez, October 13, 2021, WTOP
- Autonomous train demonstrated in Germany
Siemens Mobility and Deutsche Bahn (DB) recently presented the world’s first train that operates by itself in rail traffic in Hamburg, Germany.
Melina Druga, October 13, 2021, Transportation Today
- Two fall onto tracks after Metro station dispute, transit agency says
Two people fell on the Metrorail tracks at a busy Northwest Washington station during a dispute at the height of the evening rush hour, according to the rail system. Both were taken to hospitals, a Metro official said.
Martin Weil, October 13, 2021, Washington Post
- Wiehle Reston East station to close this weekend for work on Silver Line second phase
After years of delays, the end of work on the second phase of Metro’s Silver Line may finally be in sight.
Tom Roussey, October 12, 2021, ABC7
- Major work on Metro's Yellow Line could shut a portion of it down for months in 2022
Newly released documents show a portion of Metro‘s Yellow Line will shut down next year, potentially for months.
Tom Roussey, October 12, 2021, ABC7