- I’m done with WATCH shows for the year. No more driving until January!
Anderson, Heart of a Dog
“When L died, our teacher said, Every time you think of her, give something away, or, do something kind. And I said, Then I’d be giving things away non-stop. And he said, So?”
Category Archives: Transit in D.C.
Martin Di Caro briefs us on the outstanding reliability problems to be resolved before Phase 1 of the Silver Line can be opened. Safety is not at issue; rather, the signaling, communication, and control system glitches can lead to trains automatically stopping, requiring the operator to ask operations for an OK to proceed.
Rail safety experts say the Silver Line’s problems, while frustrating for the public, are not unusual in the world of railroad engineering.
“It happens any time new technology is employed with old technology, and it requires the testing of the system on paper and in design,” said Steve Sullivan, a managing director at R.L. Banks and Associates, an Arlington-based rail design and operations consulting firm, referring to the linking of the Silver to Orange Lines.
For the past 24 months, Matt Johnson has logged the car number for every Metro ride he’s taken.
Since I started logging car numbers, I’ve ridden 74.1% of the WMATA rail fleet. I’ve ridden 91.3% of the 6000 series cars, 82% of the 4000 series, 78.7% of the 3000 series, 74.5% of the 5000 series, 69.7% of the 2000 series, and 56.1% of the 1000 series.
Sand Box John predicts an opening of Phase I on a weekend in the first half of May.
A couple of months ago, signage in existing stations that the Silver Line will service began to be updated. In some cases, the line and its soon-to-be terminus are already identified, as here at East Falls Church, which is where it will join the Orange Line.
Elsewhere, signs are temporarily covered in Metro-brown wrappings (I suspect at underground stations where the adhesive isn’t exposed to the elements). But you can just pick out the “East” part of the station name, thanks to the bright light of my camera’s flash.
The first of the 7000-series rail cars has arrived at the yard at Greenbelt. Dan Malouf has the pic.
Sandbox John gave me the tip that signage was in place at the Wiehle station. The typography appears to be a mix of the heavier-weight Helvetica that has been used in the system from the start (over the station entrance) and a lighter weight on the pylon. I’m also seeing this fresh-looking lighter weight in new platform location signs along the Blue and Orange Lines downtown; the signs set aside empty space for the Silver Line route information to be added when the Line goes live.
John also reports:
The north end of the pedestrian bridge at the Wiehle-Reston East station is a little interesting. It just ends at the corner of the plaza of the Comstock Partners Reston Station property. No sloping canopy like at the bottom of the escalators at the entrance pavilions. There also is no entrance pylon marking its purpose. Adjacent to the end of the pedestrian bridge is a set of stairs that descend to the loading dock access road to the buildings that have not been built yet. Not sure why it is there, best guess is it there to allow access to the north side of the station from the location where the fire trucks would connect fire hoses from the fire hydrant to the dry standpipe.
Metro has released a map with Phase 1 Silver Line stations marked. Whiskers win out over pills.
It’s a race between the District’s H Street/Benning Road streetcar line and Metro’s Silver Line as to which one will go into revenue service first. The streetcar looks to have the, um, inside track, with passengers riding perhaps at the end of the year. Martin Di Caro has video of a test run.
Sand Box John keeps us up to date:
Wiehle-Reston East is mostly done. Finishing work was being done in the area of the south entrance pavilion, Reston Station Metro Comstock Partners property south of the station has begun work to ready their project accessible to the north pedestrian bridge.
A sneak peak at the reconfigured Metro map when Silver Line service opens (December is still promised).
Matt Johnson annotates a video, from film shot in the late 1950s, of a streetcar trip from downtown to Branchville in Prince Georges County.
Karen Goff recaps the quarterly progress report for Silver Line construction, as presented by Pat Nowakowski. The contractor completion date for Phase 1 is set for 29 August, with the work at the West Falls Church yards to finish on 20 December. The new 8000-series rail cars will not start arriving until 2014; service will begin with the existing rolling stock.
The contract for Phase 2 is expected to be awarded this May.
Take it away, Sand Box John:
The feeler car is now located in the Falls Church Yard. This could mean that WMATA is close to making the first run on the route under third rail power. Word has it this move should happen before the middle of December.
Yuck. Ersatz D.C. Metro system with a nonsensical map and extra helpings of brown and muddy orange in the color scheme.
The producers of TV’s Leverage slapped some signs on a Portland light rail station and rolling stock to make it look part of the Metro system—excuse me, the District of Columbia Subway Transit System. Perhaps the silliest sign is the one posted in the Washington Park station (the only fully underground station in that system): it says “DC Subway.” How many signs do you see inside a subway station that tell you, yes, you are indeed in a station of the system you are traveling on? Fox forbid that I should step out of a Chicago Red Line car at Jackson and need the reassurance that I’m not, in fact, somewhere on Boston’s T?
It’s been a while since I photographed the construction site at the future Wiehle Avenue (temporary) terminal. The building definitely resembles a station at this point. See how nice and clean all that gravel ballast is.