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The 2019 Washington Area Travelers Advisory

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It's back hons!  This thread is a place where Otakon goers can stay ahead of any potential troubles getting to or from the 26th Otakon.

I'm opening the thread early because the con is a little sooner in 2019, but also because Metro are about to consider one of FOUR different options concerning operating hours.  They are:

OPTION 1
:  Maintain current hours (Mon-Thu 5:30a - 11:30pm / Fri 5am - 1am / Sat 7am - 1am / Sun 8am - 11pm)
OPTION 2:  Revert to pre-2016 hours (Mon-Thu 5am - MIDNIGHT / Fri 5am - 3am / Sat 7am - 3am / Sun 7am - MIDNIGHT)
OPTION 3 [Alternative 1]:  Reduce weekend morning service, and increase late night service w/weeknight single tracking (Mon-Thu 5:30am - MIDNIGHT / Fri 5:30am - 3am / Sat 9am - 3am / Sun 10:30am - MIDNIGHT)
OPTION 4 [Alternative 2]:  Add an hour to Fri. & Sat. night and Sun. morn, but also increase weekend single tracking (Mon-Thu 5am -11:30pm / Fri 5am - 2am / Sat 7am - 2am / Sun 7am - 11pm)

Each of these options will have an effect on how Otakon goers get around on Metro.  More on this story as decisions are made.

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A committee vote by Metro today (3-1) means the system is closer to maintaining its current hours, though it may not be the final decision.  Stay tuned hons.
WTOP Article

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The vote was likely influenced by the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) threat to withhold $1.6B in federal funds if Metro voted to run trains later into the night. After the spate of accidents on the Metro line, the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2015 assigned the FTA " to assume temporary and direct safety oversight of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail system." It was the January 2015 electrical fire in the tunnel and resulting death that triggered the U.S. DOT to take action. WMATA's excuse for allowing the electrical system to deteriorate so badly was that there wasn't enough "down-time" to adequately inspect the system before the next morning's service started. For WMATA to then consider reducing the down-time even MORE by running the evening trains later into the early morning hours likely caused the FTA to issue the threat.

Edited by Fadamor
Corrected timeline of FTA's assignment

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As expected, Metro have voted to maintain the current operating hours.  More details in this article.

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A NOTICE for some Otakon goers, the BLUE / YELLOW line will be CLOSED south of the Reagan National Airport station from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  This is part of a three-year project that will eventually see platform rebuilds at EVERY outdoor platform in the system.
Story from NEWS4

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