• Metro, MARC, MTA, and VRE coronavirus response

  • Discussion related to DC area passenger rail services from Northern Virginia to Baltimore, MD. Includes Light Rail and Baltimore Subway.
Discussion related to DC area passenger rail services from Northern Virginia to Baltimore, MD. Includes Light Rail and Baltimore Subway.

Moderators: mtuandrew, therock, Robert Paniagua

  by Sand Box John
 
"R36 Combine Coach"
The 5000s lasted less than 20 years (delivered 2001-2002). Very short, below the standard 25-30 years cited by UMTA and later FTA/USDOT for railcars.


The 5k cars were basket cases from the beginning and remained so to the end. WMATA chose to replace with new then do a mid life rehabilitation because new would last twice as long at a similar cost.

Are the money train cars (two 1000s) still active?

No. They were replace by a pair of 2k cars and a pair of 6k cars. I have one of the roll sign boxs that was saved before going to the scraper.
  by STrRedWolf
 
Mail from MARC came in Friday. In short, the Odenton stationmasters are coming back on the 18th.
  by STrRedWolf
 
MTA Maryland is working on resuming full service as Maryland's moving to Phase 2 Recovery as of tomorrow (Friday June 5th). I just got word that MARC will move to the full "R" schedule with 4 supplemental runs kept. Weekend service resumes June 20th.

https://www.mta.maryland.gov/service-alerts/6128
Supplemental weekday Penn Line service will remain - the following trains, which were added to the R schedule on March 17 to provide essential early evening and late night service, will continue to operate:

Train 403 (4:45am departure from Penn Station)
Train 502 (6:10am departure from Washington, which will continue to make all stops between Washington and Perryville)
Train 453 (9:37pm departure from Penn Station)
Train 452 (10:55pm departure from Union Station)
  by Sand Box John
 
WMATA will begin reopening stations on 06 28 2020 to accommodate growing ridership.

For immediate release: June 22, 2020
Metro to reopen 15 stations, reallocate bus service to address crowding, starting Sunday

Metro today announced that 15 rail stations that had been closed as part of the transit agency’s Covid-19 response will reopen on Sunday, June 28. In addition, beginning Monday, June 29, buses will be added to the system’s 14 busiest bus lines to provide more capacity and more frequent service as the region reopens.

Rail Stations

The following stations will reopen on Sunday, June 28. (Three stations on the Orange and Silver lines will reopen with shuttle bus service due to the ongoing platform reconstruction work at East Falls Church.)

Archives
Cheverly
Clarendon
Cleveland Park
College Park
East Falls Church*
Eisenhower Ave
Federal Center SW
Federal Triangle
Greensboro*
Grosvenor-Strathmore
Judiciary Sq
McLean*
Morgan Blvd
Mt Vernon Sq
Smithsonian
Van Dorn St
Virginia Sq

*Shuttle buses provided. No rail service due to platform reconstruction work.

In addition, selected entrances will reopen at Anacostia, Farragut North, Dupont Circle, Metro Center, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, U Street, Gallery Place-Chinatown, Friendship Heights, and L’Enfant Plaza.

Metro had originally closed these stations and entrances in March to conserve critical cleaning supplies at the early stages of its pandemic response. After Sunday, Arlington Cemetery will be the only Metrorail station without regular service, as Arlington National Cemetery is closed to the general public.

Bus service realignment effective Monday, June 29

Metrobus customers on the region’s busiest routes will notice more frequent buses, less crowding, and more regular service beginning Monday, June 29. An additional 136 trips are being added across 14 routes: 54, 70, 92, 30N, 30S, A4, A6, A8, P6, V4, W4, F4, P12, and T18.

To make these improvements possible, Metro will temporarily suspend bus service on four routes that currently have extremely low ridership – NH2, C14, G2 and M6. Customers along these routes are asked to use other Metrobus routes nearby.

Starting Monday, weekday service will be improved with additional buses on the 54, 70, 92, 30N, 30S, A4, A6, A8, P6, V4, W4, F4, P12, and T18.
Service will be temporarily suspended on the NH2, C14, G2 and M6. Use alternate bus service nearby.
Additional service adjustments will also be implemented on the following routes:
22A will operate every 60 minutes from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Service will only be provided between Pentagon Station and Shirlington. No service between Shirlington and Ballston-MU Station
62 will operate every 48 minutes from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30p.m.
D2 will operate every 40 minutes from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
E2 will operate every 60 minutes from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
H6 will operate every 60 minutes from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
U4 will operate every 30 minutes from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
X8 will operate every 40 minutes from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Rear door boarding will continue until further notice.

Covid-19 protections continue

Metro acted quickly, at the earliest stages of the pandemic, to protect frontline employees, customers and the general public. Many of those protections will continue as the region reopens, including frequent cleaning of buses, trains and high-touch surfaces, rear-door boarding, supply conservation, and a requirement that all customers and employees wear face coverings or masks on all trains, buses and stations.

Metro cannot guarantee that social distancing will be possible at all times, and the transit agency continues to ask customers to consider all of their transportation options, including walking, biking, or scooters whenever possible, to make space available for other riders.

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  by STrRedWolf
 
MTA's ramping up service. https://www.mta.maryland.gov/coronavirus

In short, on July 12th, full service on Light Rail, MARC, and Metro subway. Bus will have no express service and 2 locals suspended, but otherwise full schedule. Commuter Bus will be on "enhanced S schedule" on the 12th until the 27th.
  by mtuandrew
 
dcmike wrote: Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:21 pm
Sand Box John wrote:All of the 1k, 4k, and 5k cars have been scraped with the exception of 1000 and 1001 (non revenue preservation).
A minor point of clarification: 4000-4001 and 5000-5001 were all retained as "heritage fleet" along with 1000-1001.
Sand Box John wrote:The 5k cars were basket cases from the beginning and remained so to the end.
The last part is debatable.. WMATA vehicle engineering sunk enormous resources in to designing reliability improvements for both the HVAC and propulsion systems in the years just before disposal, in fact WMATA had let a contract with Merak to implement the HVAC upgrades, and they were at about 25% fleet completion when the decision was made to scrap. Design was complete and contract solicitation in development for the propulsion system upgrades that were out of scope for WMATA personnel; retrofits and iterative revisions that were possible using existing resources were 100% completed a few months prior to scrapping.

edit to add: the decision to scrap the 5Ks was entirely political, it was a concession made to appease Maryland board members who objected to the cost of unrelated traction power system upgrades.
Quoting this here, but I’m moving the actual post to the 5k thread.