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D.C. Fire and EMS responded to a bus fire on 23rd Street on Thursday. Dan Rich | Contributing Photo Editor

D.C. Fire and EMS responded to a bus fire on 23rd Street on Thursday. Dan Rich | Contributing Photo Editor

D.C. Fire and EMS worked to put out a tour bus fire by the Foggy Bottom Metro Thursday evening.

After a double-decker CitySights DC bus caught fire on 23rd and I streets near JBKO Hall around 5 p.m., D.C. Fire and EMS personnel began extinguishing the fire. Officers from the University Police Department and the Metropolitan Police Department directed traffic and pedestrians. D.C. Fire and EMS pulled parts of the bus apart and sprayed the bus with a hose.

D.C. Fire and EMS extinguished the fire by about 5:45 p.m.

D.C. Fire and EMS extinguished the fire by about 5:45 p.m. Katie Causey | Photo Editor

D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Tim Wilson said that the department had “no indication that anyone was injured or that anyone was transported.” He said the department had not yet determined the fire’s cause.

“We have a fire investigator on the scene to determine what caused the fire,” Wilson said.

Ebony Scales, the driver of the bus, said she was stopped at a red light when she smelled smoke and heard someone outside the bus yell that the bus was on fire. She then evacuated the people on the bus, including Glenda Herring and Darlene Jenkins, who are visiting family in D.C. from Oklahoma. Herring said she wasn’t scared because of how quickly Scales evacuated the bus.

“She got us off really quick,” Herring said.

D.C. resident and Street Sense vendor Ron Verquer responded to the fire by helping to extinguish it, drawing on his experience in automechanics.

D.C. resident and Street Sense vendor Ron Verquer responded to the fire by helping to extinguish it, drawing on his experience in automechanics. Katie Causey | Photo Editor

The fire was extinguished by around 5:45 p.m., according to an alert from D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.

Police closed off the intersection while they worked to put out the fire and then opened the street to traffic after the fire was extinguished.

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Updated: July 22,2015 at 2:27 p.m.

Two suspects are now in custody after an attempted off-campus carjacking early Wednesday morning, a Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman confirmed.

MPD officers shot at the suspects as they fled in the direction of campus, according to a campus alert. MPD spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said the suspects were not injured by the gun shots.

MPD officers notified the University Police Department of the situation at about 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, according to a campus alert.

A male suspect had been captured by police by 3:40 a.m., and another unarmed suspect had fled in the direction of campus. The second suspect was captured after a resident student alerted UPD to a “a suspicious person hiding” by Munson Hall at 22nd and I streets, according to a campus alert.

GW sent two text messages and three emails about the incident, with the first text alert arriving at 3:42 a.m.

“Residual” police activity on campus continued into the morning, according to the alert. As MPD continues its investigation, officers are at the Foggy Bottom Metro station, on 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. and at 23rd Street,. 23rd Street between H and G streets was partially shut down as part of the investigation, but fully reopened by 8:45 a.m.

“Campus safety is a community responsibility, and we thank our community member for her awareness and actions, which led MPD to be able to make a quick arrest,” one campus alert said.

Jacqueline Thomsen contributed reporting.

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The University Police Department responded to a report of an attempted sexual assault outside the Foggy Bottom Metro station early Sunday morning.

A man had allegedly attempted to sexually abuse a female student, University spokeswoman Maralee Csellar said.

Officers found the suspect hiding in the bushes near the station, and arrested him at about 3:20 a.m., according to GW’s crime log.

UPD was also informed at about the same time that another female student had reported that a man matching the same description had tried to pull her into the bushes near the Metro station, Csellar said.

“Since the suspect was immediately caught and arrested, no crime alert was issued, as there was no ongoing or imminent threat to the community,” Csellar said.

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Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 2:49 p.m.

D.C. to begin ethics probe of Jack Evans

Foggy Bottom’s D.C. Council representative, Jack Evans, is facing an ethics investigation into his dealings with GW. Hatchet File Photo

The District’s ethics board has launched a preliminary investigation into Foggy Bottom representative and mayoral candidate Jack Evans for allegedly turning over a public alley to GW this summer in exchange for support in his campaign.

Evans introduced a bill to give away the alley – between H and I streets at the “superdorm” construction site – against the wishes of local representatives.

Jackson Carnes, a member of the Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission questioned by the board last week, told the Associated Press that Evans wanted to hand GW the alley without demands for reimbursement so the University would support his mayoral bid. Carnes, a senior at GW, is endorsing and volunteering for one of Evans’ competitors, Council member Muriel Bowser.

Local leaders pushed the city to attach conditions to the closing of the alley, valued at $2.8 million, including a stipulation that GW would contribute $700,000 toward a second entrance for the Foggy Bottom metro station.

The D.C. Council’s code of conduct bars legislators from using their public office for private gain, but Evans shot down the accusation.

“What Jackson is alleging never happened. It’s honestly absurd,” Evans said in a phone interview Friday. “Maybe he misunderstood. I’ve only met with him two times in my life.”

Federal tax law bars GW, a nonprofit institution, from supporting political candidates, and University spokeswoman Candace Smith said in a statement to the AP that “GW strictly complies with this law and does not endorse political candidates or make contributions to political candidates.”

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The Foggy Bottom Metro station will not run Virginia-bound trains throughout the weekend due to scheduled maintenance.

Passengers can board free shuttles, which will run every five minutes outside the Foggy Bottom station, to stops in Virginia. Rosslyn and Arlington Cemetery stations will be closed this weekend.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority warned customers that travel time could increase by about a half hour.


Metro service into Virginia has been halted for the weekend and will resume Monday. Hatchet File Photo.

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Metro riders will not be able to enter stations with a negative balance starting Saturday. Hatchet File Photo.

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Julie Alderman.

Metro riders will need to have at least $1.20 on their SmarTrips before entering a station starting Saturday.

Passengers will no longer be able to hit negative balances but can receive $3 rebates on their SmarTrip purchases after registering the card online.

Seniors and individuals with disabilities must have a minimum of $0.35 loaded. Paper fare cards already have minimum balance requirements.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority installed SmarTrip machines at 47 Metro stations, including Foggy Bottom, as part of a plan to discourage the use of paper fare cards, according to a WMATA press release. All 86 stations will have the machines by November.

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The Avenue, Square 54

Residences at The Avenue began pre-leasing apartments out in March 2011, after about three years of construction. Hatchet File Photo.

The Avenue nabbed the “deal of the year” title Friday from the Washington Business Journal list of 2011′s top real estate projects.

The commercial investment property that drives revenue into the University’s pockets was lauded on the list for leasing out 95 percent of its office space, according to the Journal.

“Now the site has taken on another moniker, The Avenue, and what stands there has burst onto downtown D.C.’s landscape as one of the most successful mixed-use developments in recent history,” the Journal wrote.

Square 54 – the lot where The Avenue resides – sat vacant for about six years after GW Hospital moved to its location next to the Foggy Bottom Metro in 2002. Boston Properties signed onto a 60-year lease in 2008, closing on a $220 million deal after initially agreeing to redevelop the site in 2004.

Whole Foods Market landed a lease in 2010 to open its doors at the about 500,000 square foot property that also includes two 12-story residential towers with more than 300 apartments, as well as six restaurants and a Citibank.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012 3:08 p.m.

Person struck by train at Foggy Bottom Metro

Foggy Bottom Metro, accident

Medics emerge from the Foggy Bottom Metro with an unidentified male who was struck by a train Thursday. Francis Rivera | Assistant Photo Editor

Updated: 3:50 p.m.

Services resumed at the Foggy Bottom Metro after a man in his 50s was struck by a train shortly after 2 p.m. today.

The unidentified man was pronounced dead upon arrival at GW Hospital, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority spokesman Dan Stessel said. The man appeared to have stepped into the tracks intentionally, Stessel said.

The blue and orange line trains, which bypassed the station during about 30 minutes of investigation, are running on one track.

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A Metro train prepares to depart during the evening rush hour. Hatchet File Photo

Metro riders should factor an extra 20 to 30 minutes into their commute this weekend while the rail system shuts down some trains for track work.

Starting 10 p.m. Friday, shuttle buses will run in place of Orange Line trains from Court House to Foggy Bottom, as well as along the Blue Line between Pentagon and Foggy Bottom, according to a Metro release. The shutdown will “allow for rail fastener renewal, insulator replacement and sludge removal from the tunnel beneath the Potomac River.”

The Rosslyn and Arlington Cemetery stations will close for the weekend, but free shuttle buses will run between Court House, Rosslyn, and Foggy Bottom, and also between Pentagon, Arlington Cemetery, Rosslyn and Foggy Bottom. Blue Line trains will be split to run from Franconia-Springfield and Mt. Vernon Square, cutting through the Yellow Line, and between Foggy Bottom and Largo Town Center.

Orange Line trains will also be divided to run from Vienna to Court House at 20-minute intervals, and between Foggy Bottom and New Carrollton at the normal weekend service levels.

The track work is part of a six-year capital improvement program worth $5 billion to rehabilitate the rail system.

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Foggy Bottom, GWU, metro

The Foggy Bottom Metro station is one of several Metro stations that will receive minor name changes next year. File photo

Metro’s board of directors approved changing four station names Thursday and adding “H” symbols on maps for stops near hospitals.

An “H” symbol will be added to locations including the Foggy Bottom Metro station, next to GW Hospital, according to a release. Revised Metro maps  are expected to roll out in June.

The city submitted recommendations to revise four station names last month.

Green Line stop “Waterfront – SEU” will abandon the “SEU” portion of its name, as Southeastern University shuttered in 2009. “Navy Yard” will change to  “Navy Yard – Ballpark” after Nationals Park.

“New York Ave. – Florida Ave. – Gallaudet U.” will turn into “NoMa-Gallaudet U.,” but the stop will show “New York Ave.” as a secondary name to provide riders a yearlong transition period.

“King Street” on the Yellow and Blue lines will become “King St-Old Town.”

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