Archives: Metro

  • Metro's track delays amount to more than expected

    Kytja Weir

    Published: Mon, Jun 10, 2013

    Metro warned its riders that it would have delays on all five rail lines this past weekend for track work. But riders suffered through more than the planned delays. The agency also had at least seven major failures that caused even longer waits on the system. Many riders attending Washington...

  • Escalator outages partially reported by Metro

    Kytja Weir

    Published: Mon, Jun 10, 2013

    When is an escalator outage on Metro listed as an actual outage? All four entrance escalators at the Tenleytown stop were out of service Monday morning. Metro reported the outage at 10:47 a.m. on Twitter, blaming a mechanical problem. Metro then tweeted at 11:59 a.m. that escalator service had...

  • Riders encounter more Metro escalator outages than numbers suggest

    Kytja Weir

    Published: Thu, Jun 6, 2013

    Metro has had 5 percent of its 588 escalators out of service this week. But what does that mean for riders? A reader pointed out that the likelihood of a rider encountering a downed escalator each day is much higher than 5 percent -- or one out of every 20 escalators. Instead it's more likely...

  • Commuter trains attract riders even as numbers flag on Metro

    Kytja Weir

    Updated: Wed, May 29, 2013

    Commuters are continuing to flock to local train services even as Metrorail numbers are declining. MARC scored record ridership in April, topping a record reached in November, the Maryland Transit Administration said this week. Virginia Railway Express has attracted increasing ridership...

  • Local Editorial: Ride Metro at your own risk

    Examiner Editorial

    Published: Wed, May 29, 2013

    Sovereign immunity ("The king can do no wrong") is a medieval legal doctrine that holds that a sovereign cannot be sued without its consent. By signing the interstate compact that created the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the courts have ruled, Virginia, Maryland and the...

  • SmartBenefits coming to Metro passes in 2014

    Kytja Weir

    Published: Mon, May 27, 2013

    Metro is starting to sell unlimited seven-day rail passes on plastic fare cards instead of just paper this week, a boon to riders. But it will be another few months before it may make sense for many riders to start buying them. Within "a little less than a year," Metro plans to let riders...

  • WMATA worker charged with stealing agency defibrillators

    Kytja Weir

    Published: Fri, May 24, 2013

    A Metro maintenance worker has been arrested and charged with stealing defibrillators from rail stations, the transit agency said Friday afternoon. Derrick Davis, 40, of Laurel was arrested Wednesday in an undercover sting after allegedly posting an ad on eBay to sell an automatic external...

  • False alarm announcement evacuates McPherson Metro

    Kytja Weir

    Published: Wed, May 22, 2013

    Metro riders had a surprising scare Wednesday morning when the public address system told riders to evacuate the station. Turns out there was no emergency, said Metro spokeswoman Morgan Dye. The announcement ran by mistake just after 10 a.m. at the station that serves the Orange and Blue...

  • Potomac Yard Metro station delayed again

    Kytja Weir

    Published: Tue, May 21, 2013

    Plans to build a Metro station at Alexandria's Potomac Yard have hit another snag, pushing back the opening of a potential station there to 2017 at the earliest.