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Metrorail weekend service adjustments August 19-20

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:15:48 EDT

Mainenance work affects Red and Green lines. Extended shutdown on Green Line ends Monday morning. -- August 14, 2017, WMATA



More supervision at Metro stations as DC goes back to school

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:10:15 EDT

As part of the District’s Back to School Safety Campaign, Mayor Muriel Bowser is set to announce Friday that the city and Metro Transit Police have partnered to “increase adult supervision” at a number of Metro stations and a major bus corridor. -- Max Smith, August 18, 2017, WTOP



Riders, agencies adapt to Green Line closure

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:29:27 EDT

SafeTrack may be officially over, but Metrorail riders in southern Prince George’s County are still adapting their travel habits as the system closes two stations for much of this month. -- Emily Blackner, August 16, 2017, Sentinel



Rt. 1 bicycle facilities upgraded

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:17:21 EDT

FABB member Kelley Westenhoff reports that on 1 August there was a ribbon cutting ceremony near Ft. Belvoir celebrating the completion of the Route 1 Expansion, a 3.6-mile-long road improvement project between Jeff Todd Way and Telegraph Road. -- August 17, 2017, FABB



Va. lawmakers oppose plan for I-66 trail

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:39:59 EDT

Some Virginia lawmakers, like their constituents, are unhappy with plans that put a bike and pedestrian trail alongside traffic lanes on busy Interstate 66. -- Luz Lazo, August 17, 2017, Washington Post



Airlines brace for Labor Day travel surge

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:14:31 EDT

The airline industry is bracing for a huge surge in travel over Labor Day amid low fuel prices, an improving economy and decreasing airfares. -- Melanie Zanona, August 16, 2017, The Hill



DDOT announces new Multimodal Accessibility Advisory Council

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:03:19 EDT

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Equity and Inclusion Division seeks community participation for its new District-wide Multimodal Accessibility Advisory Council. The Council will advise the Mayor, the City Council and multiple District agencies on how to effectively increase local transit and public space access for individuals with disabilities. -- August 14, 2017, DDOT



Bicycle racks at MARC stations to be replaced

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:54:48 EDT

There will be no bike racks available on the dates indicated. Any bikes that are attached to the old racks will be removed. -- August 14, 2017, MTA



Police investigate fatal crash on Stevenson Ave.

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:00:27 EDT

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred on Friday, August 11, 2017, at Stevenson Avenue and Yoakum Parkway. -- August 15, 2017, City of Alexandria



More than 18,000 died on U.S. roadways in first half of 2017

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:08:42 EDT

After soaring in the first six months of last year, traffic deaths this year have declined slightly but still are well above the all-time low set in 2011, according to statistics released Tuesday. -- Ashley Halsey III, Agust 15, 2017, Washington Post



Metro, wireless carriers announce additional service

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:41:44 EDT

Metro and the nation's leading wireless carriers -- AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless -- today announced the availability of additional wireless voice and data service in the first downtown tunnel segments on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines. -- August 15, 2017, WMATA



Capital Bikeshare app has arrived

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:43:36 EDT

The new Capital Bikeshare app, available for iOS and Android users, connects riders to the growing bike system in real time. -- Luz Lazo, August 15, 2017, Washington Post



U.S. bus ridership in decline

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:28:27 EDT

Ridership on city buses around the country was down 13% in the second quarter of 2017 compared with the same quarter in 2007, according to Transportation Department data, a drop that has left transit agencies scrambling to make up for lost fare revenue and contemplating additional service cuts on top of ones they have already made. -- David Harrison, August 12, 2017, WSJ



Montgomery to offer free rides on RideOn Extra

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:19:38 EDT

Montgomery County is offering free rides on a new bus line it’s launching in October to attract attention to the limited-stop, rush-hour service on Rockville Pike. -- August 14, 2017, Bethesda Beat



Speed restrictions in place for Metrorail

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:08:30 EDT

Red, Orange, Silver, and Blue Line riders might have much longer commutes beginning this week. There’s a new, 35 mile per hour speed restriction in place between Medical Center and Union Station, and between Rosslyn and the Minnesota Avenue and Benning Road stations as of Sunday the 13th. -- Stephen Repetski, August 14, 2017, GGW



D.C.'s last streetcar trestle could be repurposed

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:23:39 EDT

A plan to turn it into a pedestrian walkway could breathe new life into it, taking it off the list of the most endangered places in the District and putting it back in service, decades after the trolley line from Georgetown to Glen Echo ceased. -- Luz Lazo, August 13, 2017, Washington Post



Loudoun leaders pitch alternative Metro funding plan

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:20:22 EDT

As regional leaders continue to grapple with the idea of a one-cent regional sales tax proposal to fix the beleaguered Metro system, Loudoun County -- a vocal opponent of the plan -- has come up with an alternative. -- Sydney Kashiwagi, August 11, 2017, Loudoun Times-Mirror



LaHood plan for Metro soon to be public

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:03:41 EDT

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe earlier this year hired former U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to come up with a comprehensive plan that political leaders in the region could get behind. -- John Domen, August 13, 2017, WTOP



D.C. electric cab drivers lack charging stations

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:55:13 EDT

“When we need a charge, we have to go Virginia or Maryland. Daily I can charge two or three times, so I have to go to Virginia or Maryland two or three times,” said Tarekegn. -- Martin Di Caro, August 14, 2017, WAMU



Lawsuit over MetroAccess contracts

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 08:06:32 EDT

A recently unsealed lawsuit alleges that MetroAccess and MetroAccess contractors steered taxpayer-funded paratransit service to favored firms and subcontractors, resulting in longer trips and more expensive rides for the region’s most vulnerable commuters. -- Faiz Siddiqui, August 12, 2017, Washington Post



D.C., Md., Va. officials to meet to narrow differences over Metro

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 10:30:11 EDT

The District’s mayor and the governors of Virginia and Maryland will meet Aug. 28 to discuss Metro amid hopes that they will start to narrow the wide gap that separates them over how to fund the transit system. -- Robert McCartney, August 11, 2017, Washington Post



Pedestrian-only street could attract people to Rosslyn

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:46:00 EDT

Arlington County Board vice chair Katie Cristol said the plan to make a stretch of a Rosslyn street pedestrian-only could attract more people to the neighborhood. -- Chris Teale, August 10, 2017, ARLnow



Feds to expand review of emissions standards for cars

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:53:20 EDT

In a Federal Register notice Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it would consider whether to loosen the emissions standards for cars beginning in model year 2021 rather than model year 2022. -- Devin Henry, August 10, 2017, The Hill



D.C. no longer defendant in smoke incident lawsuit

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 07:50:35 EDT

A federal judge has dismissed the District from a federal lawsuit filed by victims of the January 2015 L’Enfant Plaza smoke incident, leaving Metro as the sole defendant in the case. -- Martine Powers, August 10, 2017, Washington Post



D.C. unveils plans for new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 07:46:48 EDT

The District is set to begin its largest construction project in history: replacing the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge, which opened in 1950 over the Anacostia River and is one of its busiest commuter gateways, carrying 70,000 vehicles each day. -- Luz Lazo, August 10, 2017, Washington Post



Map shows best Metrobus lines

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 07:41:57 EDT

MetroExtra is Metro's brand for faster-than-usual buses. This map shows them all, plus related lines like the Metroway BRT and the Richmond Highway Express (REX). -- Dan Malouff, August 10, 2017, GGW



Metro inspectors falsified documents for years

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 07:37:44 EDT

Metro’s internal investigators and top managers were aware inspectors filed bogus records for years, but they failed to take disciplinary action against any employees, according to a newly released report by WMATA’s Office of Inspector General. -- Martin Di Caro, August 10, 2017, WAMU



Helping students take Capital Bikeshare to school

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 07:34:00 EDT

We've made it harder for high school students to use it to get to and from school than we need to. -- August 10, 2017, WashCycle



Construction on I-395 HOV lanes begins

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 14:52:11 EDT

Construction to convert the Interstate 395 HOV lanes to toll lanes officially kicked off Wednesday with a ceremonial groundbreaking. -- Max Smith, August 9, 2017, WTOP



ACLA sues Metro for rejecting ads

Wed, 9 Aug 2017 14:49:27 EDT

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Metro, alleging the transit agency’s ad restrictions violate the First Amendment. -- Martine Powers, August 9, 2017, Washington Post