Good Wednesday morning, Alexandria!
⛅ Today’s weather: Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High of 52 and low of 41.
☔ Tomorrow: Light rain until evening. High of 52 and low of 38. Sunrise at 7:25 am and sunset at 5:14 pm.
🚨 You need to know
Metro announced on Monday that Blue, Orange and Silver line trains would be running every 25 minutes, then WMATA walked that back a few hours later to say trains would continue arriving every 15 minutes.
The crux of the issue is a rift between the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission (WMSC) and WMATA.
Metro had planned to put more 7000-series trains into service and roll back inspections of trains from every four days to every seven days, DCist reported, which drew the ire of the WMSC. The WMSC later put a stay on their own safety directive until Jan. 24.
The back and forth between WMSC and WMATA had been tense this month, with the safety commission releasing a scathing report showing that some WMATA train operators are unqualified for the job and alleging that Metro was ignoring its own train operator training and certification.
The WMSC has granted Metrorail a stay until January 24, 2023 of our directive requiring Metrorail to provide a list of train operators Metrorail certified despite not meeting Metrorail’s safety training requirements.
— Washington Metrorail Safety Commission (@MetrorailSafety) January 16, 2023
This is ridiculous.
There is a lot of blame to go around, but I do not understand why the interests of transit riders are considered last.
We don’t do that with ANY other (far more dangerous) mode of transportation.
We must do better. https://t.co/D6p3kvsegq
— Justin Wilson (@justindotnet) January 16, 2023
📈 Tuesday’s most read
The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for Jan 17, 2023.
- Alexandria leaders watching marijuana retail legislation ‘grow’ with interest (457 views)
- New renderings of massive Landmark redevelopment show Inova’s vision for glassy new hospital (435 views)
- Tatte Bakery & Cafe files permit for new King Street location (238 views)
- Notes: Alexandria nominated for ‘Best Cities’ list, voting available online (162 views)
🗞 Other local coverage
- What Will the New Alexandria Hospital Look Like?
Zebra (Tuesday @ 9:05 pm)
- Racial Justice Essay Contest Open To Alexandria City Public Schools Students
Zebra (Tuesday @ 7:27 pm)
- Little Theatre Of Alexandria Snags WATCH Award Nominations
Patch (Tuesday @ 4:09 pm)
- The Arden, Affordable Housing Community Near Huntington Metro, Opens
Patch (Tuesday @ 2:52 pm)
- Second Part Of African American Trail To Be Launched In Alexandria
Patch (Tuesday @ 1:09 pm)
- Alexandria Symphony Celebrates Strings with an American Premiere!
Zebra (Tuesday @ 10:10 am)
- Child Abducted In Lincolnia Reunited With Family, Suspect Sought
Patch (Tuesday @ 9:32 am)
- Lego Discovery Center to Open This Summer in Springfield
Alexandria Living (Tuesday @ 7:48 am)
- NVAR: Real Estate Closer to Pre-Pandemic Market
Alexandria Living (Tuesday @ 7:43 am)
🐦 Tweets of note
Coffee with a Cop was a great success, great hearing ideas, and feedback from the community. Hopefully, see you at the next event. @AlexVASheriff pic.twitter.com/gvnxvkugrK
— Alexandria Police (@AlexandriaVAPD) January 17, 2023
Wonderful holiday serving my city and celebrating Dr. King. Enjoyed serving w/neighbors in ALX cleaning up Four Mile Run, and then celebrating with our city the 50th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Program. Let’s honor Dr. King’s #service and make #MLKDay every day. pic.twitter.com/CkrWm3Nw1c
— Michelle J. Millben (@mjmesq) January 17, 2023
Do you know that when rabbits are comfortable, they perform an action known as loafing, laying flat on the ground with their hind legs sticking out behind them. Lunar and Thumper are obviously very comfortable in their #AwesomeFoster homes, loafing to their hearts' content. pic.twitter.com/cgRz805SzN
— AWLA Alexandria (@AlexAnimals) January 17, 2023
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Time flies when you’re having fun! The T.C. Williams High School Class of 1973 will hold its 50th reunion July 21-23, 2023 in Alexandria. All graduates and their adult nears and dears are welcome. Events include a Friday evening icebreaker, Saturday dinner dance, and a Sunday brunch. For more information: tcwilliams73.com, 770.789.3534.