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Metrorail weekend service adjustments Feb. 17-19

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:38:10 EST

Work will affect all lines. Glenmont station will be closed. -- February 12, 2018, WMATA



Commuter Stores, call centers closed for Presidents Day

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:05:04 EST

The Commuter Store, Mobile Commuter Store, CommuterDirect.com Customer Service Call Center, and ART - Arlington Transit Call Center will be closed Monday, February 19, in observance of Presidents Day. Arlington County government offices are closed. ART 41, 42, 43, 45, 51, 55, 77 and 87 will operate on Saturday schedules. All other ART routes will not operate. Follow the link for more information about ART service. -- February 12, 2018, Commuter Store



Reagan National rehab will create pain for drivers, travelers

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 08:25:29 EST

Work begins next week on a $1 billion revitalization project at Reagan National Airport that officials say will deliver a new concourse for short-hop flights and new security screening areas in 2021. -- Luz Lazo, February 17, 2018, Washington Post



Man arrested after gun allegedly pointed in road rage incident

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:54:38 EST

A 41-year-old Virginia man was arrested Friday after a gun was allegedly pointed from one car at another in a suspected road rage confrontation on Interstate 95 near Laurel, Maryland State Police said. -- Clarence Williams, February 16, 2018, Washington Post



Route 7 widening, BRT through Tysons set to move forward

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:25:30 EST

Plans to widen Route 7 and bring bus rapid transit to the Tysons area are set to get a boost next week from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. -- Max Smith, February 17, 2018, WTOP



Traffic deaths edge lower in 2017

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:07:23 EST

After spiking higher for two straight years, traffic deaths in the United States pulled back slightly in 2017, according to a new report by the National Safety Council. The NSC estimates there were 40,100 motor vehicle deaths last year, which would be a drop of about 1 percent from the total of 40,327 in 2016. -- Phil LeBeau, February 15, 2018, CNBC



DDOT suspends construction work for Presidents Day

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:29:51 EST

In observance of Presidents Day on Monday, February 19, 2018, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will suspend construction activities on the District's roadways and sidewalks. -- February 16, 2018, DDOT



Four track projects will impact 79 days of rail service this year

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:26:18 EST

In a press release issued on Tuesday, Metro announced 79 days of track shutdowns and single-tracking affecting all lines. The projects start in July and end in December. -- Stephen Repetski, February 16, GGW



Comment period for Nice Bridge project closes February 20

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:33:31 EST

"Option 2" for the design-build project would not provide separation between bicyclists and motorists. Watch a video about project plans and comment. -- February 16, 2018, MDTA



Metro service on Presidents' Day

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:24:06 EST

On Monday, February 19, Presidents' Day, Metrorail will operate on a Saturday schedule and Metrobus will operate on a Saturday supplemental schedule; off-peak fares will be in effect and parking will be free all day. -- February 15, 2018, WMATA



Railroads tell Congress many won't meet PTC deadline

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:54:40 EST

A decade after Congress ordered the nation’s railroads to install an automatic braking system that could have prevented more than 130 train wrecks, industry officials said Thursday most lines will need two more years to finish the job. -- Ashley Halsey III, February 15, 2018, Washington Post



Amtrak threatens service cut on tracks lacking speed control

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:38:11 EST

Amtrak’s president and CEO says the railroad will consider suspending service on tracks that don’t have speed controls in place by Dec. 31. That could affect service in much of the United States. -- February 15, 2018, WTOP



Photos: Clarendon's 2018 Mardi Gras Parade

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:03:06 EST

Despite the cancellation of the Mardi Gras Ball and the Jester Jaunt, Clarendon let the good times roll and carried on with the annual Mardi Gras parade. -- Bridget Reed Morawski, February 14, 2018, ARLnow



DC apologizes for mistakenly fining 913 drivers

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:46:15 EST

Hundreds of D.C. drivers can breathe a sigh of relief after the city acknowledged its Department of Motor Vehicles mistakenly sent out hundreds of letters fining drivers. -- Megan Cloherty, February 14, 2018, WTOP



New path will connect UMD to Whole Foods

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:22:54 EST

The path, which both pedestrians and bikers will be able to use, will connect Albion Road and Riverdale Park Station. -- Jack Roscoe, February 14, 2018, DBK



Having three airports is great -- until you go to the wrong one

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:59:12 EST

Amid the usual queries at the information counter at Reagan National Airport -- Where’s the bathroom? Where’s the Cinnabon? Where’s my gate? -- Leanne Omland gets a version of this whopper about once a day: Where’s my airport? -- Steve Hendrix, February 13, 2018, Washington Post



Outstanding crossing guards

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:22:59 EST

FABB congratulates Beeda Lee-Pawlak (Churchill Road Elementary and Haycock Elementary Schools) and Anne Rodriguez (Lake Anne Elementary and Hughes Middle Schools), for their selection as winners of Virginia's 2017-18 Outstanding Crossing Guard Award. -- February 13, 2018, FABB



Major Metrorail projects will continue this year

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:19:44 EST

Metro will conduct several maintenance projects this summer and fall that will dramatically affect service on almost every line -- including the shut down of two Red Line stations for 45 days, the transit agency announced Tuesday. -- Martine Powers, February 13, 2018, Washington Post



2018 Virginia Bike legislation

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:38:31 EST

There are several bills working their way through the Virginia legislature right now that are of interest to cyclists. -- February 13, 2018, WashCycle



D.C. lays out welcome mat for self-driving cars

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:28:24 EST

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser on Monday sent a  message to companies developing and testing driverless technology: The city is opening its doors to them. -- Luz Lazo, February 13, 2018, Washington Post



Metro to take break from daytime track work cherry blossom weekends

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:28:34 EST

Metro is preparing for the upcoming tourist season, with a spring break from daytime track work over the four weekends of the 2018 Cherry Blossom Festival, the transit agency announced today. -- February 13, 2018, WMATA



Road used by VRE commuters closed

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:08:09 EST

The weekend’s heavy rain caused a road frequently used by Virginia Railway Express commuters in Spotsylvania County to collapse into an 8-foot deep hole. Virginia Route 608/Benchmark Road will be closed for emergency repair until mid-June. -- Reem Nadeem, February 13, 2018, WTOP



Trails part of cuts for Montgomery budget shortfall

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:00:51 EST

Montgomery County is drawing up a savings plan in response to a budget shortfall of nearly $120 million, and it should be no surprise that this means a cut to capital improvement projects in the Department of Parks and Recreation. And that means trails. -- February 12, 2018, WashCycle



Marijuana's 4/20 holiday tied to rise in fatal car crashes

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:19:43 EST

Marijuana users' self-proclaimed holiday is linked with a slight increase in fatal U.S. car crashes, an analysis of 25 years of data found. -- Lindsey Tanner, February 12, 2018, ABC



Rain put a million gallons of wastewater into Md. creeks

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:27:12 EST

The weekend’s heavy rains caused more than 1.2 million gallons of untreated wastewater to flow into two creeks in Maryland, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission said Monday. -- Dana Hedgpeth, February 12, 2018, Washington Post



Big transportation changes could be coming to Richmond Highway

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:36:38 EST

Southeastern Fairfax County could see big transportation improvements along Richmond Highway (the local name for US Route 1), including an extended Yellow Line, Bus Rapid Transit, and new bike and pedestrian infrastructure. -- Canaan Merchant, February 12, 2018, GGW



Metro's 7000-series cars require more electricity

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:27:53 EST

Metro’s new 7000-series railcars are drawing more electricity from the railcar propulsion system than the old cars, causing the agency to need to set aside more money to power its trains. -- Stephen Repetski, February 12, 2018, GGW



Uber mandates a six-hour rest period for frequent drivers

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 08:18:40 EST

A new update from ride-hailing giant Uber takes aim at drowsy driving. -- Faiz Siddiqui, February 12, 2018, Washington Post



Graphic arrest pictures spark debate over Metro fare evasion

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 07:50:13 EST

The arrest of a young mother at a D.C. bus stop shined a light on the issue of fare evasion. -- Michael Quander, February 11, 2018, WUSA9



I-66 toll lane project ramping up soon

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 07:43:58 EST

Construction that will last four years is set to ramp up next month on new Interstate 66 toll lanes outside the Beltway. -- Max Smith, February 12, 2018, WTOP