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Md. trooper, motorist hospitalized after Beltway crash

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:48:00 EDT

A Maryland State Police trooper and another person were injured after a crash on the inner loop of the Capital Beltway before 8 a.m. Sunday. -- Tracee Wilkins, October 24, 2016, NBC Washington

Metrorail power system still suffers from lack of basics

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:30:22 EDT

The deep-seated problems with Metro’s power system stem from a lack of follow-through on fixes, and failures in communications, basic design, cleaning and inspection, an internal safety report finds. -- Max Smith, October 25, 2016, WTOP

WMATA targets red-light problem

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:17:21 EDT

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (DC) hopes a combination of brighter signals and speed restrictions will keep Metrorail operators from running red lights. -- October 25, 2016, The Transit Wire

Budweiser and Lyft team up to offer free rides

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:12:40 EDT

Lyft and Budweiser are teaming up to offer free rides to D.C. area residents, in a bid to reduce drunk driving through the holiday season. -- Faiz Siddiqui, October 24, 2016, Washington Post

Amtrak bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:33:53 EDT

For anyone still carrying a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone, add all Amtrak trains and property to the list of places where your device is no longer welcome. -- Lori Aratani, October 24, 2016, Washington Post

VDOT launches new hearings on I-395 HOT lanes plan

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:32:12 EDT

The Virginia Department of Transportation has scheduled three hearings to review the design for the Interstate 395 HOT lanes and another to talk about easing a bottleneck in the highway’s regular lanes. -- Robert Thomson, October 24, 2016, Washington Post

Pedestrian fatality in Silver Spring Monday

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:28:35 EDT

Montgomery County police said they responded to Georgia Avenue and Regina Drive for the report of a collision involving a pedestrian at about 6:55 a.m. -- Dana Hedgpeth, Justin Wm. Moyer, October 24, 2016, Washington Post

VDOT launches new hearings on I-395 HOT lanes plan

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:26:41 EDT

The Virginia Department of Transportation has scheduled three hearings to review the design for the Interstate 395 HOT lanes and another to talk about easing a bottleneck in the highway’s regular lanes. -- Robert Thomson, October 24, 2016, Washington Post

London will ban deadliest trucks

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:25:15 EDT

Heavy trucks with big blind spots are a deadly menace to cyclists and pedestrians. -- Angie Schmitt, October 21, 2016, Streetsblog

Traffic congestion in DC region to explode in coming years

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:06:00 EDT

Vehicle hours of delay will increase by 74 percent and congestion will increase by 66 percent, according to projections the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board released last week. -- Kristi King, October 24, 2016, WTOP

Cyclist struck and killed at BW Parkway, US-50 interchange

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:59:58 EDT

A cyclist was struck and killed overnight in Prince George's County. Not much is known beyond that at this time. -- October 23, 2016, WashCycle

Inner loop of Beltway closed for trooper-involved crash Saturday

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:35:32 EDT

A Maryland State Police trooper and another person were injured in a crash along the inner loop of the D.C. beltway early Saturday morning. -- October 23, 2016, NBC Washington

Capital Bikeshare service enhancements for Surge 10

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 13:30:32 EDT

To better connect riders with available MARC and VRE rail service as well as other Red Line trains, Capital Bikeshare will offer afternoon Corral Service at Union Station from 3:30pm to 7:30pm at the Columbus Circle / Union Station station. Corral Service offers unlimited docks to members heading to Union Station to take other modes of transit. -- October 21, 2016, Capital Bikeshare

Stabbing on Ride On bus

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:30:41 EDT

A construction worker is recovering from serious stab wounds to his left eye and brain following a heated confrontation onboard a Montgomery County Ride On bus. -- Kevin Lewis, October 21, 2016, WJLA

M St. construction leaves little room for pedestrians

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:28:14 EDT

On M Street near 17th Street, NW in the District, a chain link blocks the way for pedestrians heading east. -- Rich Reeve, October 21, 2016, WJLA

WTOP track work guide: 10th surge, Oct. 29 - Nov. 22

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:20:43 EDT

The Metro work zone that could have the largest impact on the largest number of riders of any on the schedule runs from Saturday, Oct. 29, through Tuesday, Nov. 22, and regional planners expect the impact will go far beyond the rails. -- Max Smith, October 22, 2016, WTOP

Metro train nearly strikes federal inspectors on tracks

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:16:40 EDT

Officials with the Federal Transit Administration said Friday afternoon that two of their inspectors walking the tracks were forced to leap out of the way of an oncoming train that was traveling faster than the speed limit and never slowed down as it approached the inspectors. -- Martine Powers, October 21, 2016, Washington Post

What riders told WMATA about cutting late-night service

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:50:08 EDT

On Thursday, WMATA held a nine and a half-hour public hearing about its proposals to cut late-night Metro service. Lots of people turned out to say they depend on Metro, while others stressed an array of options to consider before moving forward with late-night cuts. -- Jonathan Neeley, October 21, 2016, GGW

N.Va. Transportation Authority seeks public input on priorities

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:02:28 EDT

A survey will be available at to help gauge reaction to a variety of possible transportation-infrastructure upgrades in the 2018-to-2023 period. -- October 21, 2016, Inside NoVa

REI and Fairfax Bikeshare - It's a big day

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:54:27 EDT

Two big things are going on today, the opening of REI along the Metropolitan Branch Trail in DC and the start of Capital Bikeshare in Fairfax County. -- October 21, 2016, WashCycle

Capital Bikeshare arrives in Fairfax

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:52:42 EDT

Bike-sharing rolls into Fairfax County on Friday as nearly 30 Capital Bikeshare stations open for business. -- Luz Lazo, October 21, 2016, Washington Post

Riders at Metro hearing ask for restoration of late night service

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:50:07 EDT

During an all-day public hearing Thursday at Metro’s headquarters in D.C., riders testified overwhelmingly in favor of bringing back late-night trains once the SafeTrack reconstruction program ends next spring. -- Martin Di Caro, October 20, 2016, WAMU

Part of NBT to close for construction

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:10:52 EDT

Part of the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) near the NoMa Metro stop may close for several months to make space for building construction, meaning there will be no direct route to avoid the treacherous intersection at Florida Avenue and New York Avenue. -- Edward Russell, October 20, 2016, GGW

WMATA considering scrapping Metroway BRT

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:04:52 EDT

Ridership on Metroway, the BRT route that runs from Braddock Road to Pentagon City, has been climbing since the service started in 2014. Yet WMATA is still considering shutting it down to save money. -- Mike Grinnell, October 20, 2016, GGW

VDOT skips public comment on big rigs in HOT lanes

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:36:14 EDT

Virginia’s Department of Transportation apologized to local leaders Wednesday for not letting the public comment on a hot topic — whether to let big rigs use toll lanes to be built outside the Capital Beltway on Interstate 66. -- Kristi King, October 19, 2016, WTOP

Metro holding marathon public hearing on possible service cuts

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:33:13 EDT

Ahead of Metro’s 9 1/2-hour public hearing Thursday on major service cuts, the region is divided on whether the cuts are necessary, and, if they are, what hours the rail system should continue to run. -- Max Smith, October 20, 2016, WTOP

Long-term transportation plan doesn't include Metrorail projects

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:28:55 EDT

Metro’s inability to lock down funding for major projects has again caused regional transportation planners to leave the transit agency’s needs out of their list of key infrastructure improvements in the coming decades. -- Martin Di Caro, October 19, 2016, WAMU

A look at the future Reagan National Airport

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:20:37 EDT

Reagan National will be getting a major facelift in the next few months, part of $1-billion modernization of the 75-year-old airport. -- Lori Aratani, October 19, 2016, Washington Post

Metrobus between Alexandria and National Harbor starts Sunday

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:16:33 EDT

Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld will join state and local officials from Maryland and Virginia along with the Peterson Companies on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate the launch of the NH2 Metrobus service between Alexandria and National Harbor. -- October 19, 2016, WMATA

Arlington receives top honor for mobility management

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:18:42 EDT

Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) is being recognized for weaving mobility into broader efforts to improve local quality of life and economic competitiveness. ACCS was named by the Association for Commuter Transportation as having the best transportation demand management (TDM) program among all large municipalities in the United States. -- October 18, 2016, Arlington County