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Archive - Jan 2014


Letter to ANC 6B on CSX's Virginia Avenue Tunnel

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the January 16th community meeting with Mayor Gray about CSX’s proposed plan to expand the Virginia Avenue Tunnel freight rail line. The meeting was well attended by more than 400 neighbors, businesses, organizations, agencies, and environmental and rail experts.

DCSafeRail submitted this letter to the ANC 6B Commissioners as a point-by-point response to a January 19 blog post by Commissioner Oldenburg. That blog post was very similar to Commissioner Oldenburg’s later opinion piece in the Hill Rag.  DCSafeRail welcomes discussion and open communication about this important topic.  We would be happy to meet with Commissioner Oldenburg to discuss the matter further.

DCSafeRail is a grassroots coalition of residents and business owners in Washington DC, who serve to educate the public about the adverse health and safety impacts to the Capitol Hill, Southwest, and Navy Yard neighborhoods presented by CSX's proposed expansion of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel.  Don't be railroaded.  #MayorNoBuild;; @DCSafeRail.

Police Seeking Person of Interest in Emerald Street NE Robbery

Police are looking for a person of interest relating to a robbery that took place on Jan. 13 at 8:30 p.m. on the 1300 block of Emerald St. NE. A video of the person is below.

Anyone with information should call 911.

In Other News

There was a car stolen on the 800 block of 21st St. NE.

There were thefts on:

  • the 1600 block of Maryland Ave. NE at a doctor's office;

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on Jan. 31, 2014 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listerv.

January 30th

Say No To CSX

When someone decides to renovate their business – say, a coffee shop – to improve service, and ultimately to improve their profits over the long term, they expect to underwrite some losses during the renovation period. They typically either need to temporarily close the shop, or relocate to temporary space, sometimes even renting from a competitor with similar infrastructure.

Virginia Avenue Resident

Thank You

DCSafeRail would like to thank the400+ OF YOU who attended the CSX Virginia Avenue Tunnel meeting with Mayor Gray on January 16th. As you know, the citizens of the District deserve better than enduring a 3-5+ year project that endangers our health, safety, and security without providing any benefit to the District in return. We already live with risks. We're asking Mayor Gray to not allow CSX to exponentially raise those risks.

You can learn more about the CSX Virginia Avenue Tunnel expansion project at Like us on Facebook at Follow us on Twitter at @DCSafeRail. View video clips of important meetings on our YouTube channel:

Bomb Trains

People call them bomb trains: highly flammable oil from the Bakken Fields in North Dakota shipped by rail across North America. A spate of derailments and fires on the rails have concerned federal regulators that this particular oil is extremely flammable and corrosive to the tank cars used to transport it. On December 30th, just outside Casselton, ND, two trains collided, spilling nearly half a million gallons of crude. But last summer, the residents of Lac-Megantic, Canada were not so lucky, when a train carrying crude oil derailed and laid waste to half the downtown, killing 47 people.

Anya Landau French 

Setting The Record Straight on The Virginia Avenue Tunnel

There are many reasons to have major concerns about the proposed project to rebuild the CSX Rail Virginia Avenue Tunnel: the potential social, economic, and health impacts of a huge construction project at the edge of a swatch of residential neighborhoods, businesses, and recreational areas are numerous. ANC6B voiced its concerns, asked for mitigations, and requested compensating benefits in its letter in response to the NEPA draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) released last year. Many other government agencies, organizations, and individuals did the same.

Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee May Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee Minutes

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Eastern Market North Hall

Present: Monte Edwards, Chuck Burger, Tom Kuchenberg, Maurice Walters, Anita Jefferson,  Ivan Frishberg, and Richard Layman.

The meeting was called to order at 7:09 PM.  In the absence of Ms. Scheeder, Mr. Burger presided.

It was moved and properly seconded to approve the agenda as presented. The motion passed unanimously.

Handicapping The Race

The District Beat

The first real glimpse of the mood of the District electorate appeared in The Washington Post's January poll of voters conducted by Abt-SRBI. There were few surprises. Mayor Vincent C. Gray's support hovered at 27 percent of likely voters. In the next rank, Councilmembers Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) and Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), each garnered half his support in a statistically even split of roughly 36% of the electorate. The other candidates in this crowded field, mired in the single digits, divided 18 percentage points.