December 3, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Red Line Cars That Separated Had Loose Bolts

Initial reports concerning a recent Red Line incident in which metro cars separated point to problems with loose bolts, according to the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission. The commission, WMATA and a coupler manufacturer reviewed the coupler assembly on the train cars that separated near the Glenmont station Nov. 24 and found that there were five […]

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December 1, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Metro’s ‘Barebones’ Proposed Budget Would Eliminate Weekend Rail Service

Due to reduced ridership and revenue during the pandemic, Metro has proposed drastic cuts, including eliminating weekend rail service and scheduling daily trains at 30 minute intervals, in its proposed Fiscal year 2022 budget. That budget, which is described as including “barebones service,” will be discussed Dec. 10 during a Finance Committee and full board […]

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November 30, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Two Years After Amazon Rejection, Leaders Discuss White Flint Metro Station Development

In Nov. 2018 the White Flint area was rejected as a second Amazon headquarters location. Two years later, Metro has potential ideas for development of its White Flint station in order to be better equipped for future opportunities. The three concepts for the station property are: urban neighborhood, corporate campus and entertainment/innovation district, said Metro […]

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November 25, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Metro Sidelines 6000-Series Railcars Following Separation Accident

For the second time in two months, metro cars separated, causing Metro to temporarily sideline its fleet of 6000-series railcars. On Tuesday at 1 p.m., an eight-car Red Line train had just departed Glenmont Station and was heading to the Wheaton Station when it reported mechanical trouble, according to a release from Metro. The train […]

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October 28, 2020 | Brendan Hartlove

Council Overrides Veto of High-Rise Housing at Metrorail Stations Act

The Montgomery County Council has overridden a veto of the “More Housing at Metrorail Stations Act,” a major housing initiative for Metrorail stations, according to a county press release. Originally enacted on Oct. 6, the new act has “the potential to generate thousands of affordable housing units and help spur economic growth,” the statement claims. The […]

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October 6, 2020 | Reid Flumbaum

Metro’s New Capital Project Plans Will Cause Disruptions Over Next Two Years

Metro announced plans on Monday for the continued revitalization of its station platforms and track systemwide, as the agency nears 45 years of operation. However, Montgomery County riders shouldn’t expect any major disruptions to their commute until fall, 2021. In a statement outlining the upcoming projects, Metro says three stations in the county will be […]

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September 29, 2020 | Reid Flumbaum

With Budget Cuts Looming, Metro Opens Public Comment Period

Metro opened its official Public Comment period Saturday as the transit agency faces an end to federal funding support, potentially forcing major budget cuts. In a press release Saturday, Metro said they have been heavily dependent on the CARES Act, which has provided much needed funding as ridership and revenue slip due to the COVID-19 […]

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September 29, 2020 | Reid Flumbaum

Medical Center Metro Construction Continues Tuesday; Portions of Rockville Pike Will Close

Street level and underground construction continues between Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the National Institute of Health with plans to close portions of Rockville Pike Tuesday evening. Starting at 9 p.m. Tuesday, construction workers will begin a double northbound lane closure from Wilson Drive to Woodmont Corner, where they will be installing lane […]

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September 18, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Metro Considering Layoffs, Service Cuts if Federal Funding Ends

The Metro Board of Directors held a special meeting Friday to approve potential service cuts and layoffs that may go into effect if federal funding does not come through.  The COVID-19 pandemic led Metro to cut back service causing as much as a 90% drop in ridership and revenue, according to a statement from the […]

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September 8, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Five Things to Know Today, Sept. 8, in Montgomery County

It’s Tuesday, Sept. 8, and MyMCMedia hopes that everyone had a relaxing Labor Day weekend. Here are five things to know in Montgomery County: 1. Metro Stations Open:  For the first time since March 19, all Metro Stations are officially open. Here’s more information. 2. Gaithersburg City Council Meeting:  There’s a Gaithersburg Mayor and City […]

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