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But it won't operate on Sundays and headways are too lengthy.
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Old Posted Feb 19, 2016, 11:37 PM
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^^^ true but they will assess Sunday service and more frequent headways after 6 to 12 months per several articles. plus they don't have enough streetcars right now but when the 6th is repaired that will help ameliorate some of the issues preventing more frequent service.
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WMATA: Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project progress update e-mail 02 19 2016

DC to Dulles and Beyond: Metrorail on Track


Future track supports travel through the snow-covered woodlands at Dulles
Photo by Jennifer Alcott, Capital Rail Constructors.

The blizzard of 2016 and February's ice, rain and snow slowed construction of the second Phase of the Silver Line, but not very much.

While the blizzard piled up to 29 inches at Dulles Airport and 25 to 30 inches at points along the alignment, simply getting to the work site was the main problem for workers, project officials said.

Once onsite, workers spent many hours clearing the snow from construction sites, including the median of the Dulles International Airport Access Highway corridor, around cargo areas at Dulles Airport and near car rental agencies.

The snows turned the airport into a winter wonderland.

This photo, above, shows the girders that will support the future guideway for aerial tracks for the Silver Line west of the terminal and bound for the Ashburn area where the terminus station is being built. Actually not, those are the columns for the yard lead elevated that connects the mainline to Dulles Yard.

Construction of Phase 2 of the Silver Line from Reston to Ashburn has hit the 30 percent mark.

"We have continued to build momentum through good weather prior to the recent snow storm, and work is continuing," said Kevin Volbrecht, Project Director for Phase 2, Package A. "The storm didn't impact the critical underground hand-mining for future utilities in the Dulles airport highway corridor." Hand mining is required because of vast amounts of below-grade granite in the corridor.

At Dulles Airport, workers have recovered and removed the snow and are setting 84 and 72 inch girders, should read 84 and 72 foot girders, according to Volbrecht. However, the pouring of the giant concrete slab for the future Dulles Airport Metrorail Station was delayed to allow the snow to melt and drain.

During the first week of February, crews erected a large tower crane at the site of the future station to be located between Daily Garage One and Saarinen Circle and began pile driving necessary to support construction of the future Reston Parkway station. The project launched extensive public outreach to notify those who live, play and work in the Reston Town Center and other areas where the pile driving noise may be heard.

Noise from blasting to remove granite at the site of the future rail yard being built along Route 606 west of the terminal can be heard near Mercure Business Park. Alerts continue to warn drivers of temporary road closings caused by blasting.

Meanwhile, construction continues in the median of the Dulles International Airport Access Highway, at the future Herndon, Innovation, Dulles Airport and Loudoun Gateway stations. Project officials continue to be optimistic about the pace of construction. "We are expecting to make tremendous progress in 2016," Volbrecht said.


A pile driver similar to the one shown is used to construct the supporting piers of the Silver Line's future Reston Town Center Station.
Photo, Capital Rail Constructors.

Pedestrian Bridge Closes to Make Way for the Silver Line
It should read pedestrian tunnel


Construction of the Dulles Airport Station. Photo Courtesy of Capital Rail Constructors.

The pedestrian tunnel between the main terminal and Garage 1 at Washington Dulles International Airport has been closed to permit construction of the future Dulles Airport Metrorail Station along the Silver Line.

The tunnel will remain closed for approximately two years, during which shuttle buses will carry travelers between the terminal and the garage. Shuttles will run every five minutes during peak travel hours to minimize delays.

"Maintaining pedestrian access is a primary concern as we undertake these changes," said Charles Stark, the Rail Project's Executive Director.

Extensive signage is in place throughout the airport to direct travelers. The Jan. 4 closing required extensive coordination with airport staff. Rail officials and airport staff will continue to monitor travelers' experience and make changes to signage, if needed.

Walkway access between Garage 2 and the main terminal remains open. The construction work includes multiple utility and communication line installations and reconfigurations. In addition, moving walkways must be shortened and adjusted to accommodate the new rail station at the mezzanine level of the airport.

When Metrorail opens, the tunnel will connect the station, as well as the garage, to the terminal.

Silver Line Support Straddle Bents Will Total 8
Gee, I wonder where they picked the term "Straddle Bent"


Photo, Capital Rail Constructors.

Crews working on the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project successfully completed a significant operation on Jan. 8, by pouring 473 cubic yards of concrete needed to construct a large "straddle bent" over the Dulles International Airport Access Highway.

A straddle bent supports a structure that spans a particularly wide area where piers cannot be used directly beneath the span.

Massive concrete operations require significant coordination between project crews and the airport.

The work on Jan. 8 required 49 truckloads of concrete, and caused minimal interruptions to eastbound traffic along the Access Highway. The concrete pour took about 6.5 hours to complete, including preparation time.

To ensure structural integrity, several tests are conducted prior to pouring the concrete. Test cylinders are poured and post-tensioning cables are tested to confirm compliance.

As the project continues, it will require seven additional large straddle bents on or near airport property, including two more over the eastbound Access Highway lanes and one over the westbound lanes. This work is scheduled to be completed by the third quarter of 2016. Work on the four remaining straddle bents over the eastbound lanes of the Dulles Greenway is projected to begin in late 2016.

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Link to PDF version at Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project web site.
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DC streetcar grand opening!

Here are a couple of photos I took with my phone yesterday from the much-anticipated H Street streetcar opening. I look forward to the photos from Cirrus and others.

There was a marching band from Eastern High School for the opening ceremony.










The streetcar car barn and training facility near the eastern terminus at Oklahoma Ave.
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Old Posted Feb 28, 2016, 5:45 PM
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^^^ true but they will assess Sunday service and more frequent headways after 6 to 12 months per several articles. plus they don't have enough streetcars right now but when the 6th is repaired that will help ameliorate some of the issues preventing more frequent service.
Do personal cars not operate on Sunday?????

If personal cars are usable on Sunday, then transit should be. Especially in a large metropolitan city like Washington DC.
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Do personal cars not operate on Sunday?????

If personal cars are usable on Sunday, then transit should be. Especially in a large metropolitan city like Washington DC.
Using your logic in reverse, should D.C. close all streets because all transit trains are shutdown? ;)
There's a local board making these decisions on whether to stay open on Sunday or not, aren't you willing to allow the local democratic processes decide these matters, or do you wish that a dictator from Toronto settle it?
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Do personal cars not operate on Sunday?????

If personal cars are usable on Sunday, then transit should be. Especially in a large metropolitan city like Washington DC.
Yes, I agree. The speculation is that there is no Sunday service in order to allow parishioners to park in front of the churches on H Street and Benning Road. It is especially ridiculous that there is no Sunday streetcar service considering that many of the destinations along the H Street corridor are restaurants, bars, and other retail that is busiest on the weekends.
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Using your logic in reverse, should D.C. close all streets because all transit trains are shutdown?
There's a local board making these decisions on whether to stay open on Sunday or not, aren't you willing to allow the local democratic processes decide these matters, or do you wish that a dictator from Toronto settle it?
This is why transit fails in the USA. Why would you not operate a streetcar line on Sundays, when it runs every other day of the week and on holidays?
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Why would you not operate a streetcar line on Sundays, when it runs every other day of the week and on holidays?
To save money, why else?
The local transit boards are faced with many tasks to perform with a limited budget. Money granted for one streetcar line on Sunday may take away money for more frequent subway services on many lines. The funding pot is only so large, priorities must be made.
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Come on folks, let's put this into prospective. The H Street Benning Road streetcar line is a small segment of a longer line the will eventual extend from east of the Anacostia River to Georgetown. The X bus routes operates 16 to 18 hour service in the corridor.

When WMATA opened its first segment on 03 27 1976 between Rhode Island and Farragut North it operated weekdays from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM, service was extended to midnight on 09 25 1978. Saturday and Monday Holiday service began on 09 30 1978 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, it was extend to midnight on 09 30 1978. . . Sunday service began on 09 02 1979 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, it was extend to 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on 04 26 1992. . .
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This is why transit fails in the USA. Why would you not operate a streetcar line on Sundays, when it runs every other day of the week and on holidays?
Because ridership is much lower then. Why is this even a question, pretty much every transit system runs much less at night or on weekends. In this case it doesn't run at all because ridership projections on Sundays are too low to justify it.
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Because ridership is much lower then. Why is this even a question, pretty much every transit system runs much less at night or on weekends. In this case it doesn't run at all because ridership projections on Sundays are too low to justify it.
Not true with the H St streetcar. The H Street corridor is lined with bars and restaurants, which are likely busiest on the weekends, including Sundays. In fact, the streetcar has been derided by some as the 'party trolley.' The reasons why the streetcar is not operating on Sunday's is that there is an insufficient number of vehicles to ensure service seven days a week, while allowing maintenance, and the unstated reason is that the churches did not want to lose access to their curbside parking.
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So if this streetcar is an overlay to an existing bus route. Then what is the reason for having the streetcar?
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Because ridership is much lower then. Why is this even a question, pretty much every transit system runs much less at night or on weekends. In this case it doesn't run at all because ridership projections on Sundays are too low to justify it.
In a large city, or any place for that matter, there is no reason to not operate on Sundays.

And no, most transit systems with good ridership actually run robust service, 7 days a week.
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In a large city, or any place for that matter, there is no reason to not operate on Sundays.

And no, most transit systems with good ridership actually run robust service, 7 days a week.
But D.C. runs trains, subways, and buses on Sunday, just not that relatively small in impact streetcar. You would have a far major point if the streetcar was the only transit they ran.
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The pro-roads Maryland governor has finally given approval to the selection of the contractor to build & operate the purple line in DC's Maryland suburbs.

Companies selected to build Purple Line

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Purple Line Transit Partners, a team of private companies, will build, operate and maintain the light-rail Purple Line, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says.

The team, led by Fluor Enterprises Inc., will start construction of the 16.2-mile line from New Carrollton to Bethesda, in late 2016. The line would be open for service in 2022.

The agreement with the Purple Line Transit Partners has the state paying $159.8 million in upfront construction costs. That’s $8 million less than Hogan originally said, according to a news release.

Purple Line Transit Partners is made up of the following companies: Fluor, Meridiam Infrastructure Purple Line LLC, and Star America Purple Line LLC.

“With great construction know-how, superior transit expertise and continued low interest rates, Purple Line Transit Partners is positioned to deliver a tremendous value to Maryland taxpayers,” says Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn, in a news release.
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But D.C. runs trains, subways, and buses on Sunday, just not that relatively small in impact streetcar. You would have a far major point if the streetcar was the only transit they ran.
I get what you mean. But, if this streetcar is serious transportation, and not some toy train for D.C. Then it has to run all the time.

Right now, it is coming across as a toy train, so D.C. can say they have a streetcar like all the other rejuvenating cities.
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But D.C. runs trains, subways, and buses on Sunday, just not that relatively small in impact streetcar. You would have a far major point if the streetcar was the only transit they ran.
This seems backwards: buses should be there to augment streetcar service, not vice versa.

Streetcars tend to generate much higher ridership than buses, for instance.
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I get what you mean. But, if this streetcar is serious transportation, and not some toy train for D.C. Then it has to run all the time.

Right now, it is coming across as a toy train, so D.C. can say they have a streetcar like all the other rejuvenating cities.
Aren't most of these short streetcar lines being built in American cities not much more than toy train lines? Poor frequency, often running in mixed traffic, reduced operating hours, often unidirectional loops.
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