Metro Discounts & Service Improvements Start Sept 5
Starting Sept 5 Metro will add more buses and trains and offer discounts to encourage riders to return to Metro. News Release
● $2 transfer discount between bus and rail (must use SmarTrip card)
● $2 for all one-way trips all weekend (includes free transfers)
● $12 7-Day Regional Bus Pass (20% discount)
● 1AM closing (was midnight) on Fri & Sat
● 7AM opening (was 8AM) on Sun
● More frequent rail service all day
Bus Stop Relocations at Ballston Metro Starting August 1
Starting on Sun, Aug 1, ART and Metrobus service at the Ballston Metro station will be relocated. Bus stops along Stuart and Stafford will move to the newly opened stops on Fairfax and to temporary stops on the west side of Stuart. Details
Metro Service Extended to Midnight Sun Jul 18
Metro will expand train service to midnight, 7 days a week, starting Sun, July 18. In Sept service on Fri & Sat nights is expected to start running until 1 AM. Other expected improvements will reduce weekend fares to a flat $2 per trip, increase train frequency, and start Sun service an hour earlier, at 7 AM. News Release
New Faregates at Clarendon Metro
Metro is testing new fare gates at 6 stations, including Clarendon. If all goes well, the new fare gates will enhance safety, have larger displays, and operate faster. These fare gates will not accept older-style FareCards, which must be replaced with new-style cards.News ReleaseFareCard Replacement
55 Bus Nash & Lee Stop Moved June 6
The ART 55 bus runs along Lee Hwy between the East Falls Church & Rosslyn Metro stations. In the eastbound direction the stop located at Lee & Nash in Rosslyn will be relocated to Lee & Moore starting Sun, June 6. The relocated bus stop will serve ART, Metrobus and Omniride. The Rosslyn slug line will be relocated to 1777 N Kent, near 19th St. The stop relocation is expected to last 2 years during the redevelopment of the Holiday Inn. ART announcement
Blue Line is Back Sun, May 23
Addison Road and Arlington Cemetery stations reopen on Sun, May 23, after 3 months of “reconstruction.” This will reopen Metro’s Blue Line south of Rosslyn permitting a quicker trip from Arlington to Pentagon, Crystal City, National Airport, King Street, and points south. This completes reconstruction of all 12 stations in Virginia — hooray!.
On May 29 Metro will close parts of the Green and Yellow line in Maryland to accommodate reconstruction of 4 stations. The closure will extend through Sept 6. News Release
Metro Phasing Out Older SmarTrip Cards
Metro is installing new faregates starting in June that won’t be compatible with the oldest plastic SmarTrip cards. The best way to tell if you need to replace your card is to check the serial number on the back. All newer SmarTrip cards start with the serial number “0167,” others will need to be replaced. Click to enlarge imageInstructions for Card Replacement
More Cuts Threatened By Metro
WMATA’s proposed budget threatens to close up to 22 MetroRail stations, including Clarendon, Virginia Square, Arlington Cemetery and East Falls Church. Metro also proposes to cut train schedules to just 2 trains per hour all day long and shut down daily at 9PM. Bus service would be halved with many lines consolidated or eliminated. The 38B, which runs through Clarendon, would be eliminated. Metro Proposal
VA & MD Senators Offer WMATA $350M With Strings Attached
The Metro Safety, Accountability and Investment Act of 2021 introduced by US Senators Warner, Kaine, Cardin and Van Hollen would reauthorize for the next 10 years $150 million per year of Federal funds and $50 million in matching funds each from VA, MD, & DC.
The bill would also authorize an additional $50 million per year contingent on a series of safety, oversight, and governance reforms. Click to Continue Reading…
Metro Clamps Down for Inauguration
Metro will close 13 stations: 11 on Friday and 2 on Saturday. Stations will remain closed until Friday morning. Trains will pass through the closed stations without stopping. Beginning Friday and continuing for 6 days trains will operate on a Saturday schedule: every 15 minutes, except every 12 minutes on the Red Line. On Jan 16 (Sat) Metro Center & Gallery Place will also close.
Buses on 26 routes will detour around the security perimeter from Fri to Thur. Buses will operate normal service on weekdays and weekends, except on Jan 20 buses will operate on a Saturday schedule. News Release
Rosslyn Hotel to be Imploded Sunday Where to avoid: Rosslyn Holiday Inn, 1900 N Fort Myer Drive When: Sunday, Dec 13 at 8AM
Adjoining roads and sidewalks will be temporarily closed: I-66, Lee Hwy, N Fort Myer Dr, N Moore St, etc. Roosevelt Bridge traffic will be diverted to the GW Parkway & Route 50. Bus routes 4B, 5A & 38B will detour and 5A will not stop at Rosslyn Station all day. The Gateway Dog Park will remain closed after the implosion for cleanup; estimated to reopen Tue, Dec 15. Citizens are advised to avoid being in front of windows at the time of the implosion. The implosion can be viewed live on Facebook Live.County News ReleaseMap of Exclusion Zone & Closed Streets
Clarendon & Va Square Metro Stations May Close
Due to a projected $500 million shortfall in its $1,945 million budget, Metro is proposing to close 19 MetroRail stations, eliminate all weekend rail service, run only 2 MetroRail trains per hour on each line during rush hour, shut MetroRail at 9PM, and eliminate half of its MetroBus routes. The 38B bus line, the only bus route WMATA operates in LV, is among those proposed for elimination. WMATA employees would be reduced by 3,800. These cutbacks would begin July 1, 2020. Some citizens are wondering if it is worth $1,445 million per year to fund the meager service that would remain. Some are troubled by the economic impact on the region of diminished transit. Story at WaPo WMATA 2022 Proposed Budget WMATA 2020 Financial Report
All 91 Metro Stations Now Open
Vienna & Dunn Loring stations have reopened. Parking continues to be limited for several additional months at the 4 Orange Line stations west of Ballston: Vienna, Dunn Loring, West Falls Church & East Falls Church. News Release
● Face coverings required (but not enforced) on trains, buses & in stations
● Silver Line beyond Wiehle-Reston East (Phase 2) is expected to open in 2021.
Ballston Metro Station Plaza Improvements
18 months of construction begins in June on major improvements to the bus stops and seating areas along N Fairfax Dr and N Stuart St. Bus stops E, F & G along Fairfax Dr will be relocating on Sun, May 31. Details on the project page
Arlington Loses Seat on WMATA Board
For the first time in recent memory, Arlington will not have a representative on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) board of directors. WMATA operates the MetroRail and MetroBus systems.
Story at Sun Gazette
Metro board weighs penalizing Dorsey for $10K ATU donation Story at WaPo
Dorsey to return $10,000 donation from ATU Local 689. He will be reprimanded by the Metro Board and removed as chairman of Metro finance committee.