Good Friday morning, Alexandria!
⛈️ Today’s weather: There is a 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, gradually transitioning to mostly sunny conditions with a high near 88°F and a south wind of 7-9 mph during the day. On Friday night, there is a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly before 9pm, followed by partly cloudy skies and a low around 73°F with light and variable winds. New rainfall amounts could range from a tenth to a quarter of an inch, with potentially higher amounts in thunderstorms.
🚨 You need to know
As any expert in medieval siege warfare would tell you, gates are the weakest point of any fortified perimeter, and Metro has been shoring up its defenses.
The new gates are taller and bulkier — harder for fare evaders to clamber over. Earlier this week, Metro said fare evasion has dropped by more than 70% at stations where the new gates have been installed.
The gates are part of a broader effort to crack down on fare evasion, which cost WMATA $40 million according to internal projections from 2022.
The new gates were installed at six Metro stops around the region, none of which are in Alexandria yet, but WMATA said the new gates are likely to be installed across the rest of the Metrorail system eventually.
“After testing multiple prototypes and getting feedback from customers, the new faregate design is having its intended effect – reducing fare evasion,” Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Randy Clarke said in a release. “It is critical for Metro to collect as much fare revenue as possible and keep the system safe so we have a transit system worthy of this great region.”
📈 Thursday’s most read
The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for Aug 24, 2023.
- Alexandria rolls out timeline for massive housing reform project
- City sheds light on contentious Hammond Middle School light pole
- Used car dealership off Duke Street rebrands with new new ownership
📅 Upcoming events
Here is what’s going on today and this weekend in Alexandria, from our event calendar.
With emergency medical incidents taking up nearly 75% of calls for service, the Alexandria Fire Department (AFD) is planning to redeploy some of its resources, Fire Chief Corey Smedley tells…
From the 21st Annual Alexandria Old Town Art Festival to Oysterfest 2023, there’s something for everyone this weekend in Alexandria. Here’s a look at what’s happening for events, live music,…
The Alexandria Police Department (APD) said one man was injured in a robbery near the Mark Center. APD said the victim sustained minor injuries. Two male suspects reportedly attacked the…
Step into a world of flavor, creativity and philanthropy at the upcoming Halstead Food, Wine & Art Festival on Saturday, October 7 — where every moment is dedicated to giving…
If you have been thinking about buying your first home or haven’t owned one in the last three years, THIS IS FOR YOU!
In the DMV area, it can be difficult to save the downpayment necessary for you to get into your own home. We have a solution. The Funder’s Summit!
We have assembled a summit with different municipalities to tell you how to access their funds for your home purchase.
Our local therapy practice is delighted to welcome Stacey Cali, Resident in Counseling, who has openings now for new clients. Stacey specializes in therapy for women, couples, teens and families. A graduate of George Mason University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Masters Program, Stacey is also passionate about working with people with addiction.
Stacey’s approach: “Therapy’s a powerful combination of reflection, support and action. You’ll find sessions are filled with empowerment, compassion, goal setting and a metaphorical shovel to dig deep to find the root of your difficulties and how to move past them.”
Adds Stacey, “As a therapist who works with women, teens, couples and families, I use a personalized style of counseling, tailored to you as an individual. You’re the expert in your life, I’m just here to guide you towards transformation and healing.”