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Parts of Metro’s blue, orange and silver lines will be closed Super Bowl weekend, according to a WMATA release Wednesday.

Metro will close six downtown D.C. stations on those lines Feb. 4 and 5 to perform maintenance and install cell phone and radio infrastructure, according to the release.

All stations between the Eastern Market and Foggy Bottom stations will be shut down, but the Eastern Market and Foggy Bottom stations themselves will remain open, according to the release. Metro will operate shuttle buses to replace trains.

The Foggy Bottom and Farragut West Metro stations will also be closed this upcoming weekend, according to the release. Buses will replace Metro service between the Rosslyn and McPherson Square stations.

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A worker was rescued from the escalator pit at the Foggy Bottom Metro station Thursday morning. Dan Rich | Photo Editor

A worker was rescued from the escalator pit at the Foggy Bottom Metro station Thursday morning. Dan Rich | Photo Editor

This post was written by Hatchet editors Avery Anapol and Dan Rich.

D.C. Fire and EMS rescued a worker who suffered a medical emergency this morning while working in a below-ground escalator pit at the Foggy Bottom Metro station.

The department reported the emergency via Twitter at 9:19 am. The rescue was complete by 9:49 am, according to the department’s Twitter account.

Public Information Officer Vito Maggiolo said that the department’s technical rescue team used a tripod hoist to raise the worker out of the pit.

“The biggest challenge was the confined space he was working in,” Maggiolo said.

Maggiolo said the worker’s condition does not appear to be life-threatening, and that the rescued worker was taken to the emergency room at GW Hospital.

Although the department’s Twitter originally reported that an “injured worker fell in an escalator pit,” Maggiolo said that the worker suffered a medical emergency, not an injury, while already working in the pit.

“It’s an access point for the repair people that work on the escalator for the Foggy Bottom metro,” Maggiolo said.

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The Foggy Bottom Metro station name may be about to get a little longer.

A Metro committee on Thursday approved adding “Kennedy Center” to the current title of the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro stop, NBC Washington reported.

The Foggy Bottom station, the closest to campus, is also the closest Metro stop to the renowned performing arts center.

The same committee also approved officially renaming the Smithsonian station, the “Smithsonian-National Mall,” station, according to NBC Washington.

Both proposals will now go before the Metro board, where they will need to be approved by April 30.

If approved, the new signs would likely be installed in a few years when the next phase of the Silver Line opens, according to NBC Washington.

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WMATA lost $2 million when the Metro shut down for 29 hours last week. Hatchet File Photo.

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Lauren Gomez.

After last week’s safety checks, WMATA is out an estimated $2 million, the Washington City Paper reported.

The D.C. metrorail was closed for 29 hours starting last Wednesday in reaction to recent safety concerns. During the lockdown, WMATA inspected hundreds of cables and made necessary repairs, with one of the most substantial repairs needed at the Foggy Bottom-GWU station.

A WMATA document that was presented to the Metro’s board on Thursday listed that they lost $2 million, noting the combined loss of metrorail fare and parking revenue.

The document proposed that Paul Wiedefeld, the general of the Metro, would have the authority to “temporarily reduce fares during a declared emergency” in the future. For future emergency events, like last month’s fire at McPherson Square Station, the document suggested temporary fare reductions and waivers, so the system will not lose as much revenue in the future.

Along with a 15-minute entry and exit grace period that the Metro plans to implement in July, the proposed action argues that “future incidents may arise where additional flexibility is needed to waive fares during times of emergency.”

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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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