Sunday, April 6, 2008

More Red Lights

The red platform lights that Metro riders have seen in some stations will spread to 15 more over the next two months: Navy Yard, Waterfront, Archives, Mount Vernon Square, Foggy Bottom, Capitol South, Farragut West, Federal Triangle, McPherson Square, Federal Center SW, Woodley Park, Dupont Circle, Farragut North, Judiciary Square and Fort Totten's Red Line platform.

Each lamp has 34 LED bulbs. They consume less power than the old ones, and Metro expects them to last 10 to 12 years. The lamps are at half power when riders are waiting for a train; they flash at full power when the train approaches the station.

Parking Rate Increases

Montgomery County is proposing increases in the parking rates at Silver Spring and Wheaton.

The Silver Spring rates would rise from 45 cents an hour to 50 cents an hour for long-term parking and from 60 cents to 75 cents an hour for parking under three hours. For Wheaton, the rates would increase from 35 cents to 50 cents an hour for long-term parking. There are no proposed changes to the hours of collection.

Cherry Blossom Traffic

The annual Cherry Blossom Parade is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday along Constitution Avenue NW between Seventh and 17th streets.

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