Friday, June 23, 2017

Fare Hike, Major Changes Coming to Metrobus & Rail

Metro/WMATA enters a new phase next week, starting Sunday June 25. Long debated structural changes are coming and we'll have to adjust to the new normal of less service and higher fares. Whether the performance rates improve will be one of the big questions, but Friday morning's Red Line meltdown was *not* a good omen. Here are some of the biggest changes. 

Biggest news for Carver/Benning Rd/H Street NE:
  • Bus fares for regular routes, including the X2 and X8, will now be $2.00 (up from $1.75). 
  • The X2 bus will run additional late night service until 4 AM, daily. Late night service will include ~30 minute headways.
  • Metrorail will close at 11:30 PM on weeknights (M-T).
  • Sunday rail service will end at 11:00 PM. 
  • Friday and Saturday night rail service will close at 1:00 AM.
  • Minimum and maximum rail fares during peak hours will be $2.25 and $6.00, respectively. 
  • Minimum and maximum rail fares during non-peak hours will be $2.00 and $3.85 respectively. 
Further afield:
  • The 90 bus will run additional late night service until 2 AM, daily.
  • Airport buses 5A (Dulles) and B30 (BWI) will now cost $7.50 per trip.
  • A new one day rail and bus pass debuts for $14.75.
Other changes:
  • Kennedy Center is being added the the station stop currently called "Foggy Bottom-GWU." The new name will be "Foggy Bottom-GWU Kennedy Center."
  • Rush Plus is being closed out, meaning all Yellow Line trains will north run to Mt Vernon Sq during rush hours, and Fort Totten all other times.
  • Still no flat fare ride-all-you-want monthly rail pass, but Select Pass has more options and is still great if you commute the same route during rush M-F.
  • To make the last downtown bound Green Line train from Nats Park on a weeknight game, you'd have to board by 11:09 PM. This should be OK for 9 inning contests starting at 7:05 PM; except for rain delayed games.

Friday, May 19, 2017

H St Could Get Second Vegan Resto from Philadelphia

The Apollo Apartment Building; H Street NE.

Eater DC is reporting some pretty cool news. We've known for a while that Philadelphia based vegan street food restaurant V Street was coming to the Apollo apartment building at 6th and H Sts NE. The new "news" is that the owners of that restaurant are now considering bring a second all vegan restaurant called Wiz Kid with, too. Amazing. Wiz Kid features a vegan take on the famous/infamous Philly Cheesesteak. 

The idea is not new. For years Moms/Gianna's in Philadelphia served up meatless versions of the cheesesteak. Hip City Veg has a version, too. Hopefully this all comes to pass. Good luck V Street & Wiz Kid!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Kiehl's Open, "Studio Xfinity" Coming to PQ

Kiehl's, a skin care and cosmetics store, has opened inside of Union Station. Kiehl's is adjacent to similar stores MAC and Blue Mercury; on the first floor near H & M. This will be the second stand-alone DC location joining a Kiehl's at 3110 M St NW in Georgetown. Other area stores exist in Bethseda and Tysons. The company began as an apothecary and pharmacy in late 1800s New York.

Once slated for a Modell's Sporting Goods Store, it appears that 715 7th St NW in Penn Quarter will soon be home to a "Studio Xfinity." Xfinity is the brand name for a line of telecommunications products offered by Comcast. Comcast owns NBC, Telemundo, multiple cable channels, and by revenue, is the largest media corporation in the world. Their 2015 revenues were $74,510,000,000. Whoa.

Anyway, Xfinity is a brand under which they deliver cable television, internet, and telephone services. The Studio appears to be a retail center in which customers can interact with company by securing services, paying for them, and buying or leasing related tech and equipment. If you've ever been to the Comacast service center at Rhode Island Metro, think that, but with more of a customer service angle and perhaps more of a retail look.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Femme Fatale DC Pop Up Starts This Week

A new pop up space is coming to H Street NE and it's launching this week. Femme Fatale DC is a local community building collective of and for women artists, creatives, other workers, and business owners. Here's their description from the website
FFDC is the District's womyn-only collective of local womyn creatives & small business owners. We highlight different entrepreneurs & creatives at each of our parties, with a giant networking party held every other month. Our goal is to foster and sustain our local community of womyn who support one another's creative & business endeavors. We build meaningful friendships & business relationships, and appreciate one another's gifts. Be real, genuine, & ALWAYS have fun, so drop the prejudice and competitiveness at the door & come ready to party!
The pop up looks to occupy two storefronts that make up 1371-1375 H Street NE that have been on the market for a while as retail locations and were last occupied by a Salvation Army Thrift store. There were (are?) also plans to eventually convert 1371-1375 into a 27 unit residential building

The actual pop up experience sounds *amazing.* From the organizers:
Come shop from the sweetest up and coming local, womyn owned businesses in DC, including fashion, art, ceramics, up cycle furniture, organic and infused beauty products, and so much more. Oh and we have a pop up photography studio you can rent by the hour, a beauty bar, a lounge area for you to use for free and get your work done, and a whole lot more. 
The pop up store launch party is this Thursday May 4, from 7 PM to 11 PM. The particular event is women only and you can RSVP here. There is a $10 cover. Post launch party, the pop up opens for everyone. It will run until July 30.

Good luck Femme Fatale DC!

1371 H Street NE