WMATA Recap 2016-02-02

Tuesday
February 2nd 2016

MetroRail Hours: 5 AM to Midnight

This is a daily recap of WMATA’s operations, news, and other interesting bits that happened.
Last Updated: 02/03/2016 2:22 PM
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WMATA Recap 2016-02-01

Monday
February 1st 2016

MetroRail Hours: 5 AM to Midnight

This is a daily recap of WMATA’s operations, news, and other interesting bits that happened.
Last Updated: 02/03/2016 2:26 PM
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WMATA Recap 2016-01-31

Sunday
January 31st 2016

MetroRail Hours: 5 AM to Midnight

This is a daily recap of WMATA’s operations, news, and other interesting bits that happened.
Last Updated: 02/01/2016 5:27 PM
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WMATA Recap 2016-01-30

Saturday
January 30th 2016

MetroRail Hours: 5 AM to 3 AM

This is a daily recap of WMATA’s operations, news, and other interesting bits that happened.
Last Updated: 01/31/2016 6:47 PM
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WMATA Recap 2016-01-29

Friday
January 29th 2016

MetroRail Hours: 5 AM to 3 AM

This is a daily recap of WMATA’s operations, news, and other interesting bits that happened.
Last Updated: 01/29/2016 6:30 PM
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WMATA Recap 2016-01-28

Thursday
January 28th 2016

MetroRail Hours: 5 AM to Midnight

This is a daily recap of WMATA’s operations, news, and other interesting bits that happened.
Last Updated: 01/29/2016 5:30 PM
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WMATA Recap 2016-01-27

Wednesday
January 27th 2016

MetroRail Hours: 5 AM to Midnight

This is a daily recap of WMATA’s operations, news, and other interesting bits that happened.
Last Updated: 01/28/2016 8:55 AM
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WMATA Recap 2016-01-26

Tuesday
January 26th 2016

MetroRail Hours: 5 AM to Midnight

This is a daily recap of WMATA’s operations, news, and other interesting bits that happened.
Last Updated: 01/27/2016 3:59 PM
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WMATA Recap 2016-01-25

Monday
January 25th 2016

MetroRail Hours: 5 AM to Midnight

NOTE: Due to a blizzard MetroRail and MetroBus are running on a very limited basis.
This is a daily recap of WMATA’s operations, news, and other interesting bits that happened.
Last Updated: 01/27/2016 3:20 PM
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WMATA Recap 2016-01-24

Sunday
January 24th 2016

MetroRail Hours: CLOSED ALL DAY

NOTE: Due to a blizzard MetroRail and MetroBus are CLOSED all day.
This is a daily recap of WMATA’s operations, news, and other interesting bits that happened.
Last Updated: 01/27/2016 3:15 PM
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Out In The Cold

WMATA’s snow plan says that if more than 8 inches of snow is received they may transition to an underground-only service plan. Before the first snowflake of “Snowzilla” fell WMATA decided to close entirely and not even go to an underground-only plan. The reason for this was two-fold: 1) commercial power loss could cause trains and riders to be trapped in tunnels requiring evacuation and 2) by not providing underground-only service they could park the rail cars in the tunnels removing the extra task of digging them out and thus returning to regular service quicker after the storm.

I thought this was a great idea and even though it would inconvenience riders (who shouldn’t be out in the blizzard anyway) it helped protect the VERY expensive equipment from damage. I even went on the radio singing WMATA’s praises for choosing this option.

So Friday as WMATA started preparing for the storm they spent the last 5+ hours of service single-tracking while they parked trains in tunnels:

Then at 11 PM WMATA CLOSED:

Then something went wrong.

According to Wikipedia WMATA has somewhere around 1100 rail cars total. I think most of us assumed MOST of those would have been put into storage either in tunnels or in the covered areas of the rail yards. Even WMATA GM Paul Wiedefeld thought 900 were being parked in the tunnels:

Via Washington Post

Via Washington Post

Then on Saturday a few reporters took a ride in a de-icer with the WMATA GM and reported this back:

350. That’s it. 350 out of 1100+ rail cars. That’s approximately 31% of the entire fleet. Riders gave up underground-only service and WMATA only got 31% of the fleet parked in tunnels. Maybe they put 750 of them in side rail yard cover?

OK – so lets say 150 rail cars were parked inside at a rail yard – that’s now 500 rail cars that got shelter out of 1100+. Not even 50%. This means approximately 650 rail cars were left out in the snow.

When I asked about this I got this reply:

But wait – we gave up underground-only service so you could park rail cars in tunnels and you didn’t park rail cars in tunnels….

And even that seemed to be a load of yellow snow:

I guess WMATA has some unnecessary digging ahead…

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WMATA Recap 2016-01-23

Saturday
January 23rd 2016

MetroRail Hours: CLOSED ALL DAY

NOTE: Due to a blizzard MetroRail and MetroBus are CLOSED all day.
This is a daily recap of WMATA’s operations, news, and other interesting bits that happened.
Last Updated: 01/27/2016 3:14 PM
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Did WMATA do the right thing?

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WMATA Recap 2016-01-22

Friday
January 22nd 2016

MetroRail Hours: 5 AM to 11 PM

NOTE: Due to a blizzard MetroRail will close at 11 PM instead of 3 AM.
This is a daily recap of WMATA’s operations, news, and other interesting bits that happened.
Last Updated: 01/23/2016 11:22 AM
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WMATA Recap 2016-01-21

Thursday
January 21st 2016

MetroRail Hours: 5 AM to Midnight

This is a daily recap of WMATA’s operations, news, and other interesting bits that happened.
Last Updated: 01/22/2016 7:09 PM
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WMATA Recap 2016-01-20

Wednesday
January 20th 2016

MetroRail Hours: 5 AM to Midnight

This is a daily recap of WMATA’s operations, news, and other interesting bits that happened.
Last Updated: 01/21/2016 3:05 PM
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WMATA Recap 2016-01-19

Tuesday
January 19th 2016

MetroRail Hours: 5 AM to Midnight

This is a daily recap of WMATA’s operations, news, and other interesting bits that happened.
Last Updated: 01/21/2016 2:52 PM
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Twitter is Down

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Twitter has been down since around 4 AM Eastern time today. I’m also available on Facebook: FixWMATA.

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WMATA Recap 2016-01-18

Monday
January 18th 2016

MetroRail Hours: 5 AM to Midnight

This is a daily recap of WMATA’s operations, news, and other interesting bits that happened.
Last Updated: 01/20/2016 11:09 AM
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WMATA Recap 2016-01-17

Sunday
January 17th 2016

MetroRail Hours: 7 AM to Midnight

This is a daily recap of WMATA’s operations, news, and other interesting bits that happened.
Last Updated: 01/20/2016 11:10 AM
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