Metro to shut down National Airport station for Labor Day weekend. A lot of people are upset about this. WMATA will be shutting down the Blue/Yellow lines from Pentagon to Braddock Road. This means the National Airport, Crystal City and Pentagon City stations will all be shut from Friday at 9:30 pm until Tuesday at opening. Labor day is a prime travel weekend, however the amount of work WMATA will be doing is extensive:
This weekend, Metro will replace the entire rail interlocking (four switches) at the Pentagon City Metrorail station, replace 2,000 feet of rail, 735 ties, perform concrete and deck joint repairs along the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Metrorail station aerial structure, and conduct fire line maintenance from 9:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4, to closing, Monday, Sept. 7.
I acknowledge the fact that Metro does have to occasionally suspend service to perform repair work. We all talk about how Metro needs to get things into shape. I'm continuing to research the bigger picture problems with safety, but I'm not going to bicker too much over this. It's unfortunate the condition of the track and stations has deteriorated to the point of suspending service for a long weekend, but Labor Day is a traditionally car-oriented travel day, and airlines are expecting less passengers this year.
@MayorFenty Twitter feed is not the Mayor's official feed. To everyone who wrote about how the feed sucked, shame on you for not finding out if it was real. City Paper's Mike DeBonis asks the Mayor's office, who confirms it is not Fenty's feed. Fenty's office should consider having an official feed... I'll even manage it, and I won't demand $100k.
DPW sort-of confirms they removed the Alice Swanson ghost bike. I received a vague, unsigned email from DPW last night that said all street memorials are removed within 30 days of notification. Furthermore, DPW writes "We apologize for any grief the removal of this memorial has caused the family of Alice Swanson." As of yet, still no information on who requested the memorial be removed, or why. I'll note that the memorial remained for more than 13 months before being removed.