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Tips for navigating SafeTrack Surge 15

Mon, 15 May 2017 08:04:40 EDT

The next SafeTrack surge, involving a month-long shutdown of the eastern end of the Orange Line between New Carrollton and Stadium-Armory, starts Tuesday. -- Luz Lazo, May 15, 2017, Washington Post



Judge rules; Purple Line may be on hold indefinitely

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:24:04 EDT

A federal judge has dealt a potentially fatal setback to the $2 billion Purple Line light rail project in the Maryland suburbs, ruling that federal transit officials failed to properly assess Metrorail’s ongoing problems in the project’s environmental approval. -- Martin Di Caro, May 22, 2017, WAMU



Arlington Board approves contract for street improvements

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:25:35 EDT

The Arlington County Board today approved contracts to improve intersection access and safety on Arlington Boulevard at Irving Street and to reduce and filter stormwater runoff on Williamsburg Boulevard. -- May 20, 2017, Arlington County



D.C. traffic to get worse

Mon, 22 May 2017 07:30:45 EDT

Commutes across the D.C. region are projected to include significantly more time sitting in traffic in coming years, and a number of elected leaders believe there may not be much that can be done to change that. -- Max Smith, May 22, 2017, WTOP



Bethesda Metro station reopens after repairs

Mon, 22 May 2017 07:28:38 EDT

A broken water line temporarily closed the Bethesda Metro Station on the Red Line Sunday morning. -- Dennis Foley, May 21, 2017, WTOP



D.C. taxicabs on route to digital meters by the end of the summer

Sun, 21 May 2017 08:33:40 EDT

The modernization of the District’s taxi fleet enters its next phase this summer when it retires the hard-wired meters that have been at the heart of operations for more than a century. -- Luz Lazo, May 20, 2017, Washington Post



Memorial Day is May 29

Sun, 21 May 2017 08:00:53 EDT

The Commuter Store, Mobile Commuter Store, CommuterDirect.com Customer Service Call Center, and ART - Arlington Transit Call Center are closed Monday, May 29, 2017 for Memorial Day. Arlington County government offices are closed. ART 41, 45, 51, 55 and 87 will operate on Sunday schedules. All other ART routes will not operate. CommuterDirect.com orders placed after 2pm on Friday, May 26 will be processed and shipped on Tuesday, May 30. -- May 21, 2017, CommuterDirect.com



Alexandria adding signs for pedestrians [video]

Sat, 20 May 2017 07:48:57 EDT

New signs are going up in Old Town Alexandria to direct pedestrians to businesses. -- May 19, 2017, NBC Washington



Man found dead after crash had been shot

Sat, 20 May 2017 07:37:32 EDT

A man found dead after a crash involving a school bus in Temple Hills, Maryland, had been shot before he started driving, police say. -- May 19, 2017, NBC Washington



Fairfax to add bike lanes

Sat, 20 May 2017 07:24:46 EDT

Bike lanes will be added in both directions on Colts Neck Road, along with a road diet. -- Dave Emke, May 19, 2017, Reston Now



Fares could rise on ART and STAR

Fri, 19 May 2017 08:47:43 EDT

Fares for Arlington Transit and Specialized Transportation for Arlington Residents could increase next month, subject to County Board approval. -- Chris Teale, Mapy 18, 2017, ARLnow



Fatal one-car crash in Prince George's Thursday

Fri, 19 May 2017 08:43:27 EDT

One person is dead and two others are seriously injured after a vehicle overturned on Rt. 50 in Prince George's County Thursday night. -- May 18, 2017, WJLA



Express lane use up in Northern Va. [Video]

Fri, 19 May 2017 08:37:31 EDT

Drivers are deciding it's worth it to pay tolls to use express lanes in Northern Virginia. -- Adam Tuss, May 18, 2017, NBC Washington



Pedestrian struck, killed in Gaithersburg

Fri, 19 May 2017 08:34:37 EDT

Fire and rescue workers responded to the crash at the intersection of Emory Grove Road and Woodfield Road about 6:27 p.m. Thursday, Montgomery County police said. -- May 18, 2017, NBC Washington



Unusual road focus of Route 50 fatal crash

Fri, 19 May 2017 08:29:40 EDT

Police said the 22-year-old woman who drove into oncoming traffic on Route 50 was traveling on a road that can confuse those unfamiliar with the area and fool some into driving the wrong way onto the busy highway. -- Phil Davis, May 18, 2017, Capital Gazette



Fatal hit-and-run in Prince George's Friday

Fri, 19 May 2017 08:22:41 EDT

A woman who was walking in the Accokeek area overnight was fatally struck by a car, according to Prince George's County police. The driver did not stay at the scene. -- May 19, 2017, WUSA9



College Park's bikeshare network expands

Fri, 19 May 2017 08:06:47 EDT

The small bike share system that launched a year ago in College Park is expanding outside the city boundaries this week. -- Luz Lazo, May 19, 2017, Washington Post



Displaced Orange Line riders want to know what's going on with X2

Fri, 19 May 2017 08:02:21 EDT

As Orange Line riders east of the Anacostia River grapple with this month’s SafeTrack disruption, issues with Metrobus’ X-line are coming at perhaps the worst possible time. -- Martine Powers, May 19, 2017, Washington Post



Tips for biking in the heat

Fri, 19 May 2017 07:59:49 EDT

Well, it’s hot again, but with a little preparation you can still get where you’re going on your bike in relative comfort. -- Colin Browne, May 18, 2017, WABA



June 25 marks end of SafeTrack, beginning of fare hikes

Fri, 19 May 2017 07:55:49 EDT

The final surge in Metro’s emergency maintenance program, SafeTrack, is scheduled to take place over nine days in June, with changes to fares and service following in its wake. -- Ally Schweitzer, May 18, 2017, WAMU



Track workers nearly hit by Yellow Line train

Thu, 18 May 2017 16:29:33 EDT

A group of Metro track workers and a rail traffic controller have been taken off duty after near-miss on the Yellow Line on Thursday, the transit agency said. -- Faiz Siddiqui, May 18, 2017, Washington Post



Airline industry braces for record-high summer travel

Thu, 18 May 2017 16:27:35 EDT

About 234 million passengers, or approximately 2.5 million travelers per day, are expected to fly on U.S. airlines between June 1 and Aug. 31, according to Airlines for America (A4A). That travel volume would be a 4 percent increase from the previous summer. -- Melanie Zanona, May 18, 2017, The Hill



Purple Line is stuck

Thu, 18 May 2017 15:11:19 EDT

Thanks to one judge who seems determined to kill the project through endless delay, the Purple Line’s future at risk. -- Nick Sementelli, May 18, 2017, GGW



Last SafeTrack surge, starting June 17, will close part of Red Line

Thu, 18 May 2017 15:07:01 EDT

The western end of the Red Line will shut down for nine days starting June 17 for Metro’s last SafeTrack surge on a five-mile stretch between the Shady Grove and Twinbrook stations, the agency announced Thursday. -- Martine Powers, May 18, 2017, Washington Post



Comment on South Park proposals

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:59:28 EDT

Arlington County is seeking comments on South Park, the park that Arlington and Alexandria plan to build north of Four Mile run and between US-1 and Potomac Avenue. The park will create a new connection between US-1 and the Four Mile Run Trail. -- May 18, 2017, WashCycle



Celebrating the new Crystal City Multimodal Center

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:28:16 EDT

Arlington County Board Chair and Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) member Jay Fisette, along with NVTA Chairman Martin E. Nohe, county officials and representatives from the NVTA, celebrated the completion of Arlington’s new Crystal City Multimodal Center today at a ceremony outside the Crystal City Metrorail Station. -- May 18, 2017, Arlington County



How many people bike to work around D.C.?

Thu, 18 May 2017 09:01:10 EDT

The percentage of commuters in D.C. opting for two wheels ranks third in the nation. -- Jack Moore, May 18, 2017, WTOP



Buses collide in Pentagon City

Thu, 18 May 2017 08:24:30 EDT

One driver complained of neck pain after the crash, according to scanner traffic. There were no other injuries, and both buses were empty. -- Chris Teale, May 17, 2017, ARLnow



Pedestrian deaths mount in Langley Park, Md.

Thu, 18 May 2017 08:20:18 EDT

At least 138 pedestrians have been struck by vehicles in the past eight years on a lethal 2-mile stretch of state highway that runs through this low-income immigrant community in the Washington suburbs. Eight have died. -- May 17, 2017, Frederick News-Post



Child killed in D.C. collision Wednesday

Thu, 18 May 2017 08:14:03 EDT

A 6-year-old boy was struck and killed by a car in Southeast D.C. Wednesday night, police say. -- May 17, 2017, NBC Washington