Posted tagged ‘WMATA’

Meeting on Columbia Heights Dog Park Scheduled for Wednesday

January 29, 2018

Last week, it was learned that the Metro property at 11th and Park Rd, NW — which has been used as an unofficial dog park for years — was one of several properties WMATA would be considering to sell. This has caused great concern among neighbors who regularly use the site. In response to concerns expressed to WMATA and Councilmembers, Metro has postponed their discussion on the 11th and Park site, though still plans to consider it.

Newly elected ANC1A06 Commissioner Angelica Castañon has scheduled a meeting on Wednesday night beginning at 7 pm for the community to discuss the future of the property and potential solutions. The meeting will be at the Raymond Recreation Center.

Flyer with details below.

Columbia Heights & Georgia Avenue Metro Escalator Replacements Should be Completed in October

September 27, 2016

In February 2016 WMATA announced that they would begin replacing the escalators at the east entrances to the Columbia Heights and Georgia Avenue Metro Stations on April 18th and March 21st respectively. The duration of the replacement projects were estimated to be 35 weeks for the Columbia Heights Station and 45 weeks for the Georgia Avenue Station.

In looking at both stations over the weekend, both projects appear to be on track for completion in early October, with the escalators at Georgia Avenue appearing that they may be completed slightly ahead of the those in Columbia Heights.

cohi-escalators-2(View of Escalator Replacement Efforts at the Columbia Heights Station (above))

img_1540

(Above and Below: New Escalators at the Georgia Avenue Station)

img_1562

 

DDOT/WMATA Propose Change in Bus Stop Location

September 13, 2016

At the May 11, 2016, meeting of ANC1A, I introduced a resolution requesting that both DDOT and WMATA seek a new location for the northbound bus stop currently located on the east side of Georgia Avenue between Otis Place and Princeton Place. The request was based on the negative impact the noise and exhaust fumes are having on the outdoor spaces of Fish in the ‘Hood and EatsPlace.  In response to those concerns WMATA and DDOT agreed to propose relocation of the northbound bus stop on Georgia Ave. at Otis Place to the near side of Quebec Place. What do people think? Is this a good alternative location?

The image below shows the location of the current bus stop.bus-stop-1

The image below shows the proposed new location of the bus stop.bus-stop-2

Metro Mural Tells History of Georgia Avenue

August 5, 2016
Commuters depicted in the mural at the Georgia Avenue Metro station.

Commuters depicted in the mural at the Georgia Avenue Metro station.

With Metro’s current focus on repairing and upgrading the Metrorail system — and the disruption it is causing for daily commuters — it might be easy to overlook some of the things Metro has done well. One example that I appreciate every day is the mural at the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Station titled Homage to a Community.

The following description of the mural is from WMATA’s Web site,

Homage to a Community, by Florida artists Andrew Reid and Carlos Alves, is located at Georgia Avenue-Petworth station on the Green Line in the District of Columbia. The artwork consists of two components. The 130-foot-long stylized painted mural by Andrew Reid illustrates the rich history of the Georgia Avenue-Petworth community. The bold design of the contoured mural is a flowing chronology of defining events in the George Avenue-Petworth community in the context of local and world histories. The high energy of the handmade clay and cracked tiles of the accompanying frieze by Carlos Alves captures the spirit and promise of the Georgia Avenue-Petworth community.

In 2015, the Georgia Avenue station served about 6,300 daily riders. That’s a lot of people walking past the mural every day — yet I suspect  few pay much attention to the mural and possibly fewer still take time to appreciate some of the imagery and how it relates to the community. In looking at the images, the mural largely shows a history of Georgia Avenue south of the Metro station and reads from right to left.

Among the images are references to Native Americans; Abraham Lincoln, the civil war, & the emancipation proclamation; Schuetzen Park; Howard University; Griffith Stadium and the Senators & Grays; the Bakeries of lower Georgia Avenue, such as Corby and Bond Bread; Duke Ellington and U Street; World War II; Civil Rights; and modern commuters.

Below are a few images from the mural:

IMG_1295(Native Americans are depicted at the beginning of the mural as one enters the station from the west side. One of D.C.’s oldest continuous streets is Rock Creek Church Road, which likely started at a trail blazed by Native Americans.)

IMG_1294(Abraham Lincoln is prominently included in the mural. Lincoln summered at the nearby Soldiers’ Home and would  travel on Rock Creek Church Road and Georgia Avenue on his daily commute to the White House.)

IMG_1291(Germans drinking and shooting game refer to the old Schuetzen Park, located near Georgia Avenue and Irving Street.)

IMG_1292(Baseball at Griffith Stadium — located where Howard University Hospital now sits — is represented by this section of the mural.)

IMG_1287(The once active bakeries of southern Georgia Avenue are shown above. The section also includes a streetcar.)

IMG_1293(Duke Ellington and the vibrant U Street community are depicted above.)

Georgia Ave-Petworth Station east side escalator replacement begins March 21

March 18, 2016

Georgia avenue metro

From WMATA:

On March 21, 2016, Metro will begin a major capital project replacing the two entrance escalators at the east side entrance of Georgia Avenue station. To accelerate the project timeline and reduce customer impact, Metro will temporarily close the east side entrance where the escalator replacement work is taking place. The project will replace the current escalators, which were installed in 1999 and have exceeded their useful life, with brand new escalators that are more durable and reliable. Metro’s contractor, KONE, will install the new escalators as part of our ongoing project to replace 128 escalators across the Metrorail system.

How will this work affect my trip?
The east side entrance has two escalators providing access to Georgia Avenue station. While the escalators are replaced, customers can use the station’s west side entrance on the opposite side of Georgia Avenue.

How long will the project take?
This escalator replacement is expected to take about 45 weeks for site preparation, demolition, construction, installation and testing. Temporarily closing the entrance allows Metro’s contractor, KONE, to replace two adjacent escalators at the same time, effectively cutting the duration of the project in half.

How can I stay informed about the project?
We encourage you to sign up for MetroAlerts to receive project updates by email. You can also receive messages alerting you whenever there is a delay or service change. Sign up for free at wmata.com/metroalerts

Georgia Avenue Station Quick Facts

  • Georgia Avenue Station opened September 18, 1999
  • Georgia Avenue Station serves nearly 6500 passengers on an average weekday

Stay informed by visiting this page or calling Customer Service at (202) 637-7000

Metro to Begin Gradual Replacement of Carpet with Resilient Flooring

November 21, 2013
A 6000-series Metrorail car with resilient flooring

A 6000-series Metrorail car with resilient flooring

Among the news Metro announced earlier today (11/21/13) was that it will begin a process of gradually replacing the carpet in its metrorail cars with resilient flooring. I think this is a wise move that will keep the cars cleaner easier. I’ve often noticed how dirty and disgusting railcar carpets can get and am surprised that this change didn’t happen years ago.

Following is the full Metro announcement on this improvement:

Metro is moving forward with the replacement of carpet in its existing fleet of railcars with new slip-resistant resilient flooring.

The move is in response to customer feedback during the design of Metro’s new 7000-series cars, which will soon begin rolling off an assembly line in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Riders told Metro that they strongly preferred flooring to carpet for cleanliness reasons.

Resilient flooring does not absorb dirt and spills as carpet does, and will be much easier for Metro maintenance personnel to keep clean.  In addition, flooring is more durable and has a longer lifespan before needing replacement.

As an added benefit, the flooring reflects some interior and exterior light, creating a brighter, more open feel inside the car.

Already, Metro has installed the new flooring on more than a dozen cars.  Over the next two years, Metro expects to have flooring installed on all 5000- and 6000-series cars.

The work is being done in-house using existing Metro resources.

News release issued at 10:57 am, November 21, 2013.


<span>%d</span> bloggers like this: