Bad night on the Green Line

January 31, 2013

Even if you’re stranded for hours, Metro insists you stay on your train. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)

However bad your commute was Wednesday evening, if you weren’t one of the Metro passengers stuck for hours on Green Line trains under the Anacostia River, it could have been a lot worse. The outage, which followed a small fire along the tracks, not only trapped passengers, but fouled trains along the rest of the line during the height of the rush hour. Meanwhile, according to Post transportation reporters, passengers in one stranded train attempted a self-evacuation, leaving a train between the Navy Yard and Anacostia stations against the advice of Metro officials. And once passengers emerged, they had to deal with pouring rain and a deficit of shuttle buses.

In other news:

Does Inspector General Charles Willoughby have the guts to get to the bottom of the D.C. government’s most controversial issues? (Post)

Inside “an arbitrary, biased, and politically motivated police discipline process” (City Paper)

Suspect in two recent D.C. shootings was on the street pending trial for murder (Post)

Thousands stranded on Green Line trains after fire knocks out track power (Post)

The State of the Union would be a fine time for Barack Obama to speak out for D.C. voting rights (Post editorial)

Bloomingdale flooding task force issues wholly unsurprising report (DCist)

Anti-bullying task force will issue its report today (Blade)

Power-line-burial task force report delayed a month (Examiner)

Ski-mask anxiety in Ward 4 (WaTimes)

LivingSocial’s balance sheet is still a mess (PostWBJ)

Drivers say proposed taxi credit card rules were too complicated (Examiner)

Vincent Orange, Yvette Alexander say they’ll move to disapprove clouded hospital contract (WaTimes)

Council candidate John Settles had an “entrepreneurial” bankruptcy a few years back (Loose Lips)

School Without Walls parents are unsurprisingly not happy that their kids will be sharing a building with a middle school (Examiner)

School reform guru: “Chartering is the replacement system for the failed urban system” (D.C. Schools Insider)

Construction is underway on Fort Totten Wal-Mart (WBJUrbanTurf)

“In the least surprising policy position ever,” Wal-Mart opposes living wage bill (WBJ)

Contra WRC-TV, DDOT says streetcars will run this year (GGW)

Why the D.C. Public Library’s book inventory has declined (Housing Complex)

Search is underway for Walter Reed developer (WBJ)

Gray unveils “resource center” for ex-offenders (Examiner)

Is police pedestrian safety campaign “blaming the victim”? (GGW)

Rush hour bus stabbing along H Street NE (Crime Scene)

Shaw resident sleeps through burglary (WRC-TV)

Juvenile charged in string of Capitol Hill robberies (Crime Scene)

Deborah Simmons says Jack Evans is the second coming of John Wilson (WaTimes)

Embattled pain doc shuts down practice as city boards ponder whether to revoke his license (WUSA-TV)

Longtime Dupont gay club will become a luxurious alley dwelling (UrbanTurf)

A grassroots effort opposing a grassroots effort to impose a liquor license moratorium on 14th Street (Borderstan)

“The new Hawk doesn’t smell, but to some, that’s precisely why it stinks.” (Young & Hungry)

“NoPa”? No mo’. (@tomsietsemaDCist)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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