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More Silver Line problems:

Last May, it was the 1,750 poorly-produced concrete wall panels, 150 of which had to be replaced outright. And the concrete beams holding the stations up. A Universal Concrete manager was fired and fine $700,000 for falsifying quality control records.

This time, it's the concrete cross-ties that are used where two rail lines cross. It turns out they are higher in the middle than on the ends -- which could cause a train to tilt.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/new-problems-for-the-silver-line-phase-2-officials-say-rail-ties-are-flawed/2018/12/11/6517bb24-fca3-11e8-ad40-cdfd0e0dd65a_story.html
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All the Maryland and Virginia directors on Metro's board say there's no way in hell the transit agency can afford to expand rush-hour service and stay within the 3 percent budgetary growth cap they have self-imposed.

They're voting it down.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/metro-funding-standoff-maryland-and-virginia-oppose-plan-for-more-service-to-win-back-riders/2018/12/11/fdf4141c-fd8b-11e8-862a-b6a6f3ce8199_story.html
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Meanwhile, there is good Silver Line news: Metro began running test trains on the Phase 2 track on Dec. 11.

https://wtop.com/tracking-metro-24-7/2018/12/trains-to-start-running-on-new-silver-line-tracks/slide/1/

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Huzzah! Midnight weeknights and 3AM Friday and Saturday night are returning this Summer!

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Be wary out there!! The heavy snow is causing a wide range of school and other closings, and the roads are very dangerous.

https://wjla.com/news/local/steady-snow-creating-dangerous-road-conditions-in-the-dc-metro-area

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WHAT THE HELL???????????????????

The Washington, D.C., NFL team want to build a new, 60,000-seat stadium on the site of RFK Stadium.

The land on which RFK sits is federally owned. The city controls the land only through 2038, and its lease requires that the land be used for "stadium purposes" or "recreational facilities, open space, or public outdoor recreation opportunities" only.

Proposed legislation would extend the lease for 99 years and open the site to commercial development.

Maryland is actively courting the team. Maryland is likely to offer a 300-acre site adjacent to MGM National Harbor. Virginia, which recently won half the Amazon 2 headquarters, is less interested.

Team owner Dan Snyder actively cultivates Republicans and donated $1 million to Trump's inauguration fund.

D.C. officials have long coveted the RFK site and a 67-acre tract to the south. The city sees the area as a "second Georgetown", where large open sections of land can be converted to luxury housing and retail with riverfront views.

The team currently plays at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. That lease expires in 2027. The team is extremely unhappy with Landover: The site is too distant for most fans, there is no Metro subway access, and fans loathe the vast parking lots surround the site. The stadium is 21 years old, and lacks many of the high-tech amenities that Cowboys Stadium has.

FedEx Field currently seats 79,000, down from a high of 91,000 when it was built.

RFK Stadium, built in 1961, seats 45,000 for football. It is a multi-use stadium, built for use by football, baseball, and soccer, and has poor seating and site lines for all these uses. It has no current tenant.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/redskins-dc-working-with-congress-to-slip-stadium-provision-into-spending-bill/2018/12/07/bfb40de8-fa3d-11e8-8c9a-860ce2a8148f_story.html
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George H.W. Bush’s casket arrives at Capitol --> http://bit.ly/2DXs4Qh

The casket bearing the remains of former President #GeorgeHWBush arrived at the #Capitol on Monday shortly after being transported to Andrews Air Base on the outskirts of #Washington.

#Washington #PresidentBush #Politics

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