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U.S. House, Senate pass bill to reopen govenrment

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:10:04 EST

The measure now goes to President Trump Monday night for his signature, enabling the government to reopen for business Tuesday morning. -- January 22, 2018, CBS



Track fire disrupts Monday a.m. commute on Blue, Yellow lines

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:15:41 EST

An arcing fastener caused a fire on the tracks at Pentagon City that disrupted the morning commute, Metro said Monday afternoon. -- Dana Hedgpeth, Faiz Siddiqui, January 22, 2018, Washington Post



Metro Board set to approve refund policy

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:11:40 EST

The Metro Board is set to vote on Thursday to approve the new “Rush Hour Promise” program for the rest of the calendar year, but without locking in the precise details about which incidents would qualify. -- Max Smith, January 22, 2018, WTOP



D.C. residents take battle over airplane noise to federal court

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:02:34 EST

The three-year battle between residents in Northwest Washington and the Federal Aviation Administration over noise from flights at Reagan National Airport is now in the hands of a federal appeals court. -- Lori Aratani, January 21, 2018, Washington Post



Railroads and government shutdowns

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:22:39 EST

Whether a federal government shutdown lasts one day or for weeks or months, safety-critical functions affecting railroads are undisturbed. -- Frank N. Wilner, January 21, 2018, Railway Age



Metro again falls short of goal for hiring diverse contractors

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:57:28 EST

Metro has fallen short of its goal for contracting with businesses owned by minorities and women for the third straight year, according to preliminary data released by the agency -- even after it hired a senior-level administrator to improve its performance. -- Martine Powers, January 20, 2018, Washington Post



Improving walkability a goal for Vienna's new planning director

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:48:25 EST

The Town of Vienna has announced Cindy Petkaca as the new planning and zoning director as of Jan. 29. -- Emily Leayman, January 19, 2018, Vienna Patch



VRE will start week on normal schedule

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:56:41 EST

VRE will operate it's regular full service during the government shutdown. -- January 20, 2018, VRE



Lawmakers press to keep shutdown short-lived

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:58:02 EST

Congress prepared to return to work Saturday as negotiators pressed for a budget deal to keep a government shutdown that began at midnight short-lived. -- January 20, 2018, Washington Post



MARC will operate on normal schedule

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:51:26 EST

MARC Train will operate reguarly-scheduled, full service on all three lines next week, even if there is a Federal Government shutdown. -- January 19, 2018, MTA



Government shutdown begins

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:48:37 EST

The U.S. Senate ran out of time to strike a deal on funding the federal government Friday night, leading to a shutdown of many federal functions and services. -- Alex Koma, Greg Hambrick, January 20, 2018, Inside NoVa



Metro workers need to know radio dead spots

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 07:32:59 EST

Federal safety officials say Metro must better inform staff about the locations of radio “dead spots” inside subway tunnels, one of a slew of recommendations in a new safety directive issued Friday by the Federal Transit Administration. -- Martine Powers, January 19, 2018, Washington Post



Purple Line expected to open in 2022

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:56:30 EST

The Purple Line will begin carrying passengers in the Maryland suburbs later than expected because of a court fight over the project, but state officials believe it can still open in 2022, state Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn said Thursday night. -- Katherine Shaver, January 19, 2018, Washington Post



Unusual cracked rail at scene of Metro derailment

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:13:38 EST

The crack happened in an area where rails don’t normally break. -- Adam Tuss, January 18, 2018, NBC Washington



Silver Line construction on track

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:53:04 EST

Construction of Phase 2 of the Silver Line extension into Loudoun County is nearly 76 percent complete, according to a quarterly update by Capital Rail Constructors. -- Fatimah Waseem, January 18, 2018, Reston Now



Public transit becomes battleground in #MeToo movement

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:47:11 EST

Public transportation agencies like Metro face a number of challenges when it comes to combating sexual harassment on their railways or buses. -- Carmel Delshad, January 19, 2018, WAMU



U.S. Chamber of Commerce makes case for gas tax increase

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:05:43 EST

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday made its case for increasing the gas tax as it unveiled a plan to rebuild America’s roads, bridges and trains. -- Mallory Shelbourne, January 18, 2018, The Hill



Fairfax County opposes Saturday parking fee at Wiehle-Reston East Metro

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:02:44 EST

In a report to the board, county staff offered a litany of reasons for opposing parking fees on weekends. -- Michael Neibauer, January 18, 2018, Washington Business Journal



Police crack down on reckless driving on area parkways

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:17:23 EST

Hundreds of drivers were ticketed and arrested for speeding, reckless driving and drug and weapons offenses on D.C.-area parkways late in 2017, including nearly 12 dozen drivers who were cited for driving over 90 mph, the United State Park Police said. -- Dave Dildine, January 17, 2018, WTOP



Marches will bring traffic challenges this weekend

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:58:24 EST

Massive crowds, bearing banners and placards will be back in the nation’s capital this weekend -- presenting travel challenges for commuters and the participants themselves. -- Luz Lazo, January 18, 2018, Washington Post



Md. bill would make assaulting a transit operator a felony

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:51:13 EST

A Maryland state delegate has proposed boosting the penalty for assaulting a transit operator, a growing problem for Metro and other transit agencies. -- Martine Powers, January 17, 2018, Washington Post



Nice Ride may transition to dockless bike sharing

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:54:48 EST

Nice Ride Minnesota said Tuesday it has chosen a New York-based firm, Motivate International Inc., to launch a new dockless bike-sharing network in the Twin Cities. -- Janet Moore, January 16, 2018, Star Tribune



Metro riders expect the worst

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:28:11 EST

After all the other problems that have come to light in the past few years, it’s almost as if D.C. commuters expect a derailment now and then. -- Fredrick Kunkle, January 17, 2018, Washington Post



Red Line derailment is latest black eye for Metro

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:20:10 EST

A derailment over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend is only the latest problem for the dysfunctional D.C. subway system that Washingtonians love to hate. -- January 17, 2018, NBC Washington



Montgomery school board opposes Md. bus inspection bill

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:11:57 EST

MCPS staff says the measure could force buses to pull over at weigh stations, stop for roadside checks. -- Bethany Rodgers, January 16, 2018, Bethesda Beat



Red Line track inspected 5 days before train derailed

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:05:23 EST

Lavin said track inspectors last checked the stretch of track between the Farragut North and Metro Center station on Jan. 10. -- Amanda Iacone, January 16, 2018, WTOP



Man found guilty of armed rape on Metro train

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:56:22 EST

A D.C. man was found guilty Tuesday of raping a woman at knife-point on a Metro train near the Forest Glen station in Silver Spring. -- Cameron Luttrell, January 16, 2018, Takoma Park Patch



Trolley trestle could collapse on trail in Georgetown

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:53:30 EST

Many trail users have ignored the warnings and jumped over a fence to stay on track. -- Luz Lazo, January 17, 2018, Washington Post



I-66 toll signs went blank Tuesday morning

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:49:12 EST

Some drivers along the Interstate 66 in Northern Virginia paid a $39 toll in Tuesday morning’s rush hour, just as the system was also having a technical glitch of prices not showing up online and on the mobile app. -- Dana Hedgpeth, January 16, 2018, Washington Post



Majority of Americans worried about sharing roads with driverless cars

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:45:38 EST

Sixty-four percent of those surveyed said they are concerned about sharing the streets with driverless vehicles, according to a poll from Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety. -- Mallory Shelbourne, January 16, 2018, The Hill