Saturday, March 9, 2013
Congressmen Gerry Connolly and Jim Moran recently introduced legislation that would study the extension of Metrorail into Centreville, Woodbridge and the Richmond Highway corridor.
Pipe dream or forward-thinking? Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11th district) and Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th district), who represents Falls Church, have introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would authorize studying Metrorail's possible expansion beyond Vienna into Centreville and other areas of Northern Virginia. The Northern Virginia Metrorail Extension Act (H.R. 907), which is now before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, specifically cites the idea of extending the Orange line into Centreville. It also proposes studying the possibility of extending the yellow line along the Route One corridor and the blue line along the I-95 corridor to Woodbridge. “Residents in Prince William and western Fairfax …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Repairs to tracks expected to be done by midday.
The Orange Line is single tracking between West Falls Church and East Falls Church stations until midday, according to a release on Metro’s website. The delays are due to unscheduled track repairs outside the West Falls Church station. According to Metro, personnel discovered damaged signal equipment on the outbound track that needed to be repaired before trains could operate through the area. Preliminary findings suggest the damage is related to overnight testing associated with the Silver Line. Keep up with Falls Church news and events with the Patch email newsletter. Learn more here!
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Metro has scheduled limited track work for the weekend before Christmas.
Taking Metro to get around this weekend? Orange Line customers are in luck this weekend: There are no planned projects for Dec. 22 or Dec. 23 -- the best kind of holiday gift. According to a Metro news release: The only planned work will take place on the Green Line, and will only affect customers traveling to or from Greenbelt Station. Green Line trains will single track between Greenbelt and College Park to allow for construction associated with a new track to test 7000-series railcars. As a result:
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
More service during peak hours opens more seats, space for riders.
Jamal Cooper had a seat on the train on his way home from work Tuesday evening for the first time in a while. Cooper, 28, of Arlington, believes the seat he sat in from Farragut West to Ballston along the Orange Line, was made available by Metro’s new RUSH+ program. The program, which started Monday, is expected to reduce crowding along the Green, Yellow, Blue and Orange lines. “I appreciate Metro adding more service along the line,” Cooper said. “This is something they should have done a while ago. This is going to make a lot of people happy." The program is expected to improve service for about 110,000 riders, with more than 46,000 of those customers along the Orange Line. According to Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Residents speak out about $1.6 billion proposed operating budget, the system's largest in years.
Doris Ray didn’t hold back her feelings about Metro’s proposed fare increases during a meeting in Falls Church Wednesday night. Clutching a dollar bill in her hand, the Fairfax resident spoke loudly into a microphone, telling Metro officials their tactics to get riders to use SmartTrip cards were wrong: Under Metro's proposed plan, passengers on local and limited bus routes paying with cash would now pay $2 instead of $1.70. Those paying with SmartTrip would not pay the extra $0.30 per ride. “This is not an incentive it’s a penalty,” Ray said of Metro’s attempt to get people to use SmartTrip cards instead of cash. Metro said the strategy is designed to simplify Metro’s fare structure and encourage the use of SmartTrip cards, which it says …