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Planning Ahead Makes Evacuation Easier During An Emergency: DDOT Tells You How

Planning Ahead Makes Evacuation Easier During An Emergency: DDOT Tells You How

The earthquake earlier this week, and the ensuing traffic and Metrorail delays in the hours afterward, have generated quite a bit of conversation in our region about how we should approach evacuation procedures in the future. Fortunately, we were spared anything that could be called "devastation" compared to calamities which have taken place elsewhere (unless you are using the word ironically to mock the entire East Coast). However, the event did serve as a sort of "fire drill," and now, with local residents gearing up for Hurricane Irene, the District Department of Transportation and others are trying to get information out to prepare people for how to deal with transportation during emergencies.

Amtrak Service Cancellation

From AlertDC:

Amtrak and USDOT report that all rail service south of Washington D.C. has been cancelled from Friday through Sunday, due to expected impact from Hurricane Irene.  Amtrak will make further announcements regarding service as the storm progresses.

Metrorail to Resume Normal Operations

As of 5:00 a.m. this morning, metrorail has resumed normal operations. Extensive testing was done overnight last night after the 5.8 quake that shook the Washington D.C. area. WMATA's full release is available here.

HOV Restrictions Lifted for Today

According to VDOT, the HOV restrictions have been lifted (this afternoon only) for 66, 395, and 95.

DC DMV to Extend Online Research Requests for Customers

DC DMV to Extend Online Research Requests for Customers

 

This story comes to us from Sylvia T. Ballinger:

In the first two weeks of the Ticket Amnesty program, the District Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has collected $393,647 in revenue and 7,400 tickets have been paid.

 

Metro Track Work Planned for the Weekend of August 12-14

Metro Track Work Planned for the Weekend of August 12-14

From WMATA:

Metro's rebuilding efforts will continue this weekend on the Red, Orange, Blue and Yellow lines. The work will begin around 10 p.m. tonight and continue through closing on Sunday, August 14. 

*Here are the complete details!