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Judgement against Md. towing company in class-action suit

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:31:00 EDT

The case resulted in a $22 million judgment against the company for improperly towing an estimated 28,000 vehicles from April 2012 to June 2017. It also led to judgments against more than 500 property owners who had hired the now-defunct towing company to police their lots. -- Fredrick Kunkle, April 19, 2018, Washington Post



Clarendon apartment building earns LEED platinum rating

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:24:22 EDT

An apartment building in Clarendon has earned LEED Platinum status from the United States Green Building Council, the first multifamily community in Arlington to do so. -- Bridget Reed Morawski, April 18, 2018, ARLnow



Deteriorated traffic calming fixtures to get TLC in Arlington

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:21:51 EDT

Aging speed bumps throughout the county are set to be replaced or repaired under a new contract. -- Bridget Reed Morawski, April 18, 2018, ARLnow



Md. trooper stops dozens of distracted drivers

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:15:22 EDT

"Anything from talking on the cellphones, texting, scrolling through the cellphones. I saw three drivers that actually had books on their steering wheel area, and they were reading a book as they were driving," he said. -- Pat Collins, Anddra Swalec, April 18, 2018, NBC Washington



Bikeshare Stations may come to Gravelly Point, Roosevelt Island

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:02:54 EDT

The Arlington County Board will discuss a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Park Service at their Saturday meeting. The agency has to approve the new stations because they would be located on NPS land. -- Cameron Luttrell, April 18, 2018, Arlington Patch



Va. House rejects tax increases for Metro

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:49:12 EDT

Virginia’s House of Delegates voted 50-48 to block proposed Northern Virginia hotel and real estate transfer tax increases to pay for Metro, dealing a blow to local government leaders of both parties who had warned it will lead to too much money being taken away from other Northern Virginia transportation projects. -- Max Smith, April 18, 2018, WTOP



TPB chooses bike-pedestrian projects for funding

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:45:01 EDT

Eleven construction projects planned for Northern Virginia have been chosen to receive federal funds to help create seamless links for cyclists and walkers between neighborhoods and jobs. -- Kristi King, April 18, 2018, WTOP



Fatal crash on I-66 Thursday

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:41:20 EDT

One person is dead following a two-vehicle crash along Interstate 66 Thursday morning that closed westbound lanes near Fairfax County, Virginia, for more than two hours. --



2019 to be a busy year in D.C. trails

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:37:05 EDT

Last November, DC amended the FY 2017-2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and it puts a lot of work of interest to cyclists into 2019. -- April 18, 2018, WashCycle



New Ballston bike store replaces Freshbikes

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:47:45 EDT

Less than three months after Freshbikes closed its Ballston location, another bike store has opened its doors in the space. -- Anna Merod, April 17, 2018, ARLnow



Tow truck driver loses leg after car hits him on I-395

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:42:09 EDT

The crash occurred Monday morning as the tow truck operator was working on the shoulder near the Seminary Road exit, getting ready to tow two vehicles involved in a crash. -- Julie Carey, Angela Jacob, April 17, 2018, NBC Washington



Volunteers fish bike-share bikes out of Rock Creek

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:38:56 EDT

The Rock Creek Conservancy held a park cleanup event on Saturday and found five bikes and a scooter in the water: three Mobikes, one Capital Bikeshare bike, one Limebike and one Lime-S Electric Scooter. -- Angela Jacob, April 17, 2018, NBC Washington



Arrive Alive in Arlington

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:26:02 EDT

“Arrive Alive” is a program that endeavors to show young people what driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances would feel like. -- Eden Brown, April 17, 2018, Arlington Connection



Bike rodeo in Arlington teaches safety lessons

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:23:10 EDT

Meg Rapelye, executive director of Phoenix Bikes, says the purpose of the event is for children to learn to ride bikes safely. -- Shirley Ruhe, April 17, 2018, Arlington Connection



Plans for Richmond Hwy. include widening, BRT

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:11:37 EDT

Plans are on the drawing boards to transform Richmond Highway in Alexandria, which call for a nearly 9-mile Bus Rapid Transit system from the Huntington Metro station to Fort Belvoir. -- Dick Uliano, April 18, 2018, WTOP



Md. delays consideration of fast-tracked highway contract

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:07:55 EDT

The Maryland Department of Transportation used an expedited and unusual process to select a group of firms to help manage a proposed multibillion-dollar project to rebuild parts of the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270. -- Michael Laris, April 17, 2018, Washington Post



Weigh in on plan to add toll lanes to Md. highways

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:17:43 EDT

Maryland’s governor has proposed an ambitious plan to widen lanes on the Beltway and Interstate 270, and now the state wants to hear from the public about its plans. -- Dave Dildine, April 17, 2018, WTOP



Three arrested for assault on Ride On driver in March

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:08:31 EDT

Police arrested three Montgomery County adults for assaulting and pepper spraying a Ride On bus driver in North Bethesda last month. -- Cameron Luttrell, April 16, 2018, Takoma Park Patch



Flooding affects commuters in D.C., Va. Monday

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:02:02 EDT

Torrential downpours and flooding led to an extended closure of the Interstate 95 Express and Interstate 395 HOV lanes Monday morning. -- Dave Dildine, April 16, 2017, WTOP



MARC service disrupted Monday afternoon

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:02:23 EDT

Service on MARC’s Penn Line, Acela Express 2172 and Amtrak lines was suspended between Washington and New Carrollton. Metro honored MARC tickets. Lines gradually reopened through the evening commute. -- Sarah Beth Hensley, April 17, 2018, WTOP



Amtrak train strikes, kills person north of Union Station

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 18:25:38 EDT

Amtrak’s Acela Express 2172 has been temporarily suspended and other Amtrak riders should expect delays after a Boston-bound train struck and killed a person just north of Union Station on Monday afternoon, officials said. -- Lori Aratani, April 16, 2018, Washington Post



Free rides in Rosslyn this summer with Sprynt

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:05:00 EDT

This summer, the Rosslyn BID is partnering with local startup Sprynt to bring you free, on-demand rides within the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. -- April 16, 2018, rosslynva.org



Road diet would create transit lanes, protected bike lanes on Army Navy Dr.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:58:55 EDT

Shortly after I wrote about this project in January, Arlington County had a public workshop about the Army Navy Drive Complete Streets project.  Some more material from that meeting is now available. -- April 16, 2018, WashCycle



Arrest made in Greenbelt Metro shooting

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:50:41 EDT

A suspect was arrested Sunday in the shooting Friday outside the Greenbelt Metro station, the Metro Transit Police said. -- Martin Weil, April 15, 2018, Washington Post



Two dead in Capitol Heights crash

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:40:59 EDT

Two people are dead after a car they were in hit a utility pole Sunday. -- April 15, 2018, WUSA9



Metro users scramble for parking space at Wiehle-Reston East

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:23:05 EDT

Limited spaces are available during weekday morning hours as construction continues in the area. -- Fatimah Waseem, April 13, 2018, Reston Now



Md. explores changing tolls to electronic only

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:16:03 EDT

The Maryland Transportation Authority is exploring phasing out all cash toll booths across the state. -- Katherine Brzozowski, April 16, 2018, WTOP



Flooding hits D.C. area roadways

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:12:28 EDT

D.C. area residents faced delays as some area roadways were closed due to high water from heavy rain overnight. -- Dana Hedgpeth, April 16, 2018, Washington Post



Play digs deep into lives of Metro riders

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 08:26:44 EDT

“This play takes something that you do every day -- riding the Metro -- and it makes it special,” said Toni Rae Salmi, the show’s director. -- Martine Powers, April 14, 2018, Washington Post



Fatal crash in Montgomery Friday

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 08:19:08 EDT

A Silver Spring man died Friday night after his motorcycle and an SUV collided in an Aspen Hill intersection that morning, Montgomery County police said. -- Joe Zimmermann, April 13, 2018, Bethesda Beat