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Teen struck by car near Washington-Lee High

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:54:11 EST

A 17-year-old girl was struck by an SUV on Washington Blvd in front of Washington-Lee High School this morning. -- December 9, 2016, ARLnow



Driver sentenced to 12 years in crash that killed three

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:45:17 EST

A 21-year-old Potomac man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday for speeding on River Road at more than 100 mph and causing the February collision that killed three members of a Bethesda family. -- Andrew Metcalf, December 9, 2016, Bethesda Beat



Feds order Metro to take new safety actions

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:32:33 EST

Federal authorities are ordering Washington’s Metrorail system to address critical problems with its deteriorating track power system. -- Melanie Zanona, December 9, 2016, The Hill



Feds: Despite improvements, Metro's power system is 'deteriorated'

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:25:47 EST

Metro has taken steps to improve its traction power system — the cause of “arcing” incidents like the one that started last year’s L’Enfant Plaza smoke disaster — but still does not have the staff or experience to perform adequate repairs and preventive maintenance, according to a new report by the Federal Transit Administration. -- Martine Powers, December 9, 2016, Washington Post



Va. readies new-style interchange on I-66

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 08:10:44 EST

Christiana Briganti-Dunn, a project manager with the Virginia Department of Transportation, led what amounted to a driver’s ed class Wednesday night as she introduced people in the Haymarket community to the very different experience they are about to have with a highway interchange. -- Robert Thomson, December 8, 2016, Washington Post



Contract workers at National, Dulles airports vote to strike

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 08:08:21 EST

Contract workers at Dulles International and Reagan National airports will walk off their jobs sometime this month, joining a growing number of workers across the country staging strikes as part of a national push for better working conditions and a $15-an-hour “living wage.” -- Lori Aratani, December 8, 2016, Washington Post



Metro tweaks new 7000-series cars

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 07:43:44 EST

As Metro works to improve rail-car reliability through a  $5 million “Get Well” program for its legacy fleet, the agency is also making tweaks to its newest rail cars after discovering an issue this summer that cut off the power supply to trains. -- Faiz Siddiqui, December 8, 2016, Washington Post



Small fixes to keep Metro trains in service

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 07:41:31 EST

The recently launched maintenance program is centered on a simple idea: Some of the most prevalent and disruptive issues on Metro’s rail cars might be solved with deceptively low-tech solutions. -- Martine Powers, December 8, 2016, Washington Post



Vision Zero has not reduced traffic fatalities

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 07:31:59 EST

A year after releasing Vision Zero, a comprehensive plan to eliminate road deaths by 2024, Washington, D.C. officials say they are building momentum in a citywide effort to calm traffic, even though the number of people killed in crashes has remained the same year-on-year. -- Martin Di Caro, December 7, 2016, WAMU



Metro holiday service, extended hours New Year's Eve

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:05:15 EST

Metro today released holiday service information, including an announcement about special late-night rail service until 3 a.m. on New Year’s to offer riders a safe transportation option at a time when no track maintenance is scheduled. -- December 8, 2016, WMATA



Reston Town Center to implement paid parking Jan. 3

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:08:33 EST

Reston Town Center has announced that Jan. 3, 2017 will be the formal activation date of its paid parking initiative. -- Gregg MacDonald, Angela Woolsey, December 7, 2016, Fairfax County Times



Woman reports sexual battery on bus in Clarendon

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:04:28 EST

A woman told officers that she had been touched inappropriately by a man who sat next to her on a bus. -- December 7, 2016, ARLnow



Anne Arundel gets first transit director

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:57:13 EST

"What I hope to do is to fill in the gaps, and one of the first things to initiate with that is looking at how we get Anne Arundel County residents to Anne Arundel County jobs." -- Amanda Yeager, December 7, 2016, Capital Gazette



Pedestrian seriously injured near Twinbrook Metro

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:52:25 EST

A Fort Washington woman suffered life-threatening injuries when she was struck Tuesday evening by vehicle while crossing Chapman Avenue near the Twinbrook Metro station in Rockville. -- Andrew Metcalf, December 7, 2016, Bethesda Beat



Va. to sign I-66 toll lane deal

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:48:25 EST

Virginia is set to sign a contract Thursday with a group of private companies promising to bring two toll lanes in each direction to Interstate 66 between the Capital Beltway and Gainesville. -- Max Smith, December 8, 2016, WTOP



Metro offers late-night bus alternatives, six months after rail changes

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:46:45 EST

Metro is set to provide the first actual alternative options for riders since cutting back late night rail service in June. -- Max Smith, December 7, 2016, WTOP



Transform I-66 has new renderings for W&OD, Custis trails

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:42:26 EST

The two major bike components are still the proposed W&OD Trail bridge over Lee Highway and the Custis Trail underpass at Bon Air Park, but now that have better conceptual drawings and diagrams. -- December 8, 2016, WashCycle



Ten injured in Metrobus crash

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:35:05 EST

Authorities are investigating a collision involving a Metrobus and a vehicle that injured 10 people in Southeast Washington. -- Victoria St. Martin, December 7, 2016, Washington Post



Transportation funding boost on hold

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:32:50 EST

An infrastructure funding boost that was approved and paid for by Congress last year is once again on hold because of a short-term spending bill. -- Melanie Zanona, December 7, 2016, The Hill



495 and 95 toll prices were very high on Tuesday

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:29:29 EST

The 495 Express Lanes on Virginia's side of the Beltway offer those a choice of avoiding congestion for a price, which normally ranges between $8 to $18 depending on traffic and time. For those commuting on Tuesday December 6 this went to new levels. -- Mike Grinnell, December 7, 2016, GGW



Baltimore just got bikeshare, and lots of its bikes are electric

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:25:16 EST

A month ago, Baltimore got its first bikeshare system, Bmorebikeshare, and ridership is already high. Forty percent of the fleet is made up of electric bikes that make it easier to go up hills, and as the system expands people are likely to want more of those. -- Jeff La Noue, December 7, 2016, GGW



Metro hires former Va. congressman to help secure federal dollars

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:22:17 EST

Metro has hired former Virginia congressman Thomas M. Davis (R) to help the agency navigate the inner workings of Capitol Hill as it attempts to secure more federal money. -- Lori Aratani, December 7, 2016, Washington Post



DRPT presents preliminary recommendations for higher-speed rail

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:01:18 EST

If a higher-speed rail line is added to the area’s corridor, the track would likely run through downtown Fredericksburg, according to a Tuesday presentation by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. -- Scott Shenk, December 6, 2016, fredericksburg.com



Sleep-deprived drivers have plenty in common with drunk drivers

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 08:10:04 EST

Drivers who have had too little sleep are no different than those who have had three or four drinks and are too drunk to drive. -- Ashley Halsey III, December 6, 2016, Washington Post



Behind the scenes on Metro car repairs

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 07:48:08 EST

Metro is aiming to repair eight cars each night through April to deal with repeated problems with things such as the doors and brakes, and take the first steps toward reducing the significant delays their malfunction can cause. -- Max Smith, December 6, 2016, WTOP



Lorton VRE station Park-and-Ride expanded

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 14:14:21 EST

Fairfax County elected officials along with staff from Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT), Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES), Virginia Railway Express (VRE), and South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce (SFCC) celebrated the completion of the Lorton VRE Station Park-and-Ride expansion project. -- December 1, 2016, Fairfax County



'Climbing sidewalk' installed on Met Branch Trail

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 09:03:28 EST

The Metropolitan Branch Trail saw a few great improvements this fall that we wanted to highlight. -- Ursula Sandstrom, December 5, 2016, WABA



Rift in Metro's largest union

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:23:12 EST

Amid tough contract talks that could include cuts, some members of Metro’s largest union are trying to oust their president. -- Max Smith, December 5, 2016, WTOP



Bikeshare may be coming to Prince George's

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:09:10 EST

Right now, there isn't bikeshare in Prince George's County outside of a small system in College Park. But that could change, as the county recently wrapped up a study on what kind of system should come in (spoiler: it'll be Capital Bikeshare) and where its stations could go. -- Bryan Barnett-Woods, December 5, 2016, GGW



VRE delays after train strikes vehicle Tuesday

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:02:16 EST

Virginia Railway Express service was halted early Tuesday along the Fredericksburg line after the train struck a vehicle about 6 a.m. north of the Brooke station in Stafford County. -- Arelis R. Hernández, December 6, 2016, Washington Post