Sunday, March 16, 2008

Douglass Bridge Rededicated

There's a new sign on the Frederick Douglass Bridge commemorating the abolitionist leader who lived a quarter-mile from the foot of the bridge in Anacostia. The bridge was rededicated Thursday, marking the successful completion of a major restoration effort that included the shutdown of the span for two months last summer.

The project is timely, because the north end of the bridge lies next to the new baseball stadium. But the restoration also is part of the District's plan to turn South Capitol Street into a grand boulevard approaching the Capitol.

Metro Weekends

Gerald Francis, Metro's deputy general manager, says he has heard complaints from many rail riders about delays that accompany track work, particularly Red Line riders who have endured months of service interruptions because of two switch replacement projects and the rehabilitation of a track bridge at Metro Center.

He says Metro will work on improving its planning for such projects so they don't overburden any line and are coordinated to avoid slowing service during big events that will draw extra riders.

Adding Bike Racks

Eric Gilliland, executive director of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, says bikers were upset by inadequate bicycle parking at DC USA, a shopping and entertainment complex that recently opened as part of the revitalization of Columbia Heights. WABA and the D.C. Department of Transportation found some underused bike racks at RFK Stadium that could be moved to the DC USA building.

DC USA, at 14th and Irving streets NW, has 1,000 spaces for cars.

MARC Tickets

Because Good Friday is a holiday for CSX employees, only the Camden and Dorsey ticket offices will be open on the Camden Line, and only the Brunswick, Frederick and Martinsburg ticket offices will be open on the Brunswick line. All ticket offices will be open on the Penn Line.

Wilson Bridge

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