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Metrorail weekend service adjustments, November 18-19

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:42:21 EST

Maintenance work will affect all lines. On the Red Line, buses will replace trains between Medical Center and Grosvenor. -- November 13, 2017, WMATA



New MARC Penn Line schedule Nov. 18

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:12:27 EST

There will be a Penn Line schedule change, effective Saturday, November 18 / Monday November 20. -- November 8, 2017, MTA



Metro: We're getting better, give us another chance

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:53:46 EST

Metro's new message to the region's disgruntled riders is akin to an exhortation from a repentant ex: We're getting better, and we want you back. -- Martine Powers, November 16, 2017, Washington Post



Montgomery asks for more transit in state tolling plan

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:44:45 EST

Montgomery County leaders on Thursday urged the state’s transportation chief to expand transit options as part of Maryland’s plan to relieve traffic by adding toll lanes to the Capital Beltway, Interstate 270 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. -- Katherine Shaver, November 16, 2017, Washington Post



VDOT pitches 'multimodal corridor' in I-66 forum

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:37:39 EST

State transportation planners are just about ready to kick off a massive widening project on Interstate 66 from Tyson’s Corner to Gainesville, a $2.3-billion construction effort in all. -- Alex Koma, November 17, 2017, Inside NoVa



Prince George's residents worried about high-speed train

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:03:30 EST

Several Prince George's County municipalities and residents have expressed concerns about the potential effects of a project to develop a high-speed superconducting magnetic train between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. -- Evan Silvera, November 17, 2017, Diamondback



Thanksgiving holiday a dangerous time for travel

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:26:58 EST

“People seem to get more stressed, and you see it in the way that they drive, they’re very aggressive and impatient,” said MDTA Police officer Howard Burnett. -- Tracey Leong, November 16, 2017, WJZ



Will the Purple Line make people healthier?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:17:57 EST

As construction on Maryland’s Purple Line gets underway, a University of Maryland researcher is starting to examine whether the light-rail line will make people healthier, or at least more physically active. -- Katherine Shaver, November 16, 2017, Washington Post



Prince George's has opportunity to change parking requirements

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:16:12 EST

As the county overhauls its zoning code, they now have the opportunity to enact more forward-thinking parking regulations. -- Bryan Barnett-Woods, November 16, 2017, GGW



What does Metro mean by 'on-time'?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:11:09 EST

At a time when Metro says more riders are getting to their destinations on time, WAMU asked the transit authority, outside observers and riders to weigh in on what “on time” means to them. -- Martin Di Caro, November 16, 2017, WAMU



Washington Post tests D.C. bike-share systems for speed

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:08:23 EST

Our Great Bike-Share Race turned out to be much more dramatic than expected. -- Sadie Dingfelder, November 16, 2017, Washington Post



New review scores ideas for reducing traffic

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:42:38 EST

Living closer to work or getting thousands more people to telework or ride transit were among the highest scoring ideas for the D.C. area’s future in a new regional review that suggests a new outer crossing of the Potomac River northwest of the clogged American Legion Bridge would do little to help regional congestion. -- Max Smith, November 16, 2017, WTOP



Metro funding is top priority for Montgomery lawmakers

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:38:29 EST

Officials in Montgomery County are highlighting dedicated funding for the Metro system as their top priority ahead of the next legislative session in Annapolis. -- Nick Iannelli, November 15, 2017, WTOP



Seven states look for greenhouse gas reductions from transportation

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:24:27 EST

On Monday, November 13,  a bi-partisan group of seven states  (NY, MD, MA, CT,  RI, DE and VT), and the District of Columbia announced that they will seek public input on how to craft a regional solution to greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, now the largest source of CO2 emissions in the region. -- Ken Kimmell, November 15, 2017, Union of Concerned Scientists



College Park TOD will update bike/ped Metro tunnel, add bike sharing

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:14:06 EST

The Prince George's County planning board has approved a 440-unit transit-oriented apartment complex on a parking lot just south and east of the College Park Metro Station. That project will also build a parklet and add amenities for cyclists. -- November 15, 2017, WashCycle



How could Metro improve its unlimited passes?

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:41:22 EST

Metro is interested in feedback about how to make its passes better, and we'd like to hear your thoughts. -- David Alpert, November 15, 2017, GGW



Amtrak gives hundreds of trains a makeover [video]

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:48:28 EST

Amtrak is spending $16 million to overhaul the interiors of 450 trains operating in the Northeast and Midwest, including new carpeting and seat cushions. -- November 14, 2017, Washington Post



Class-action suit filed against Uber

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:33:40 EST

A new class-action lawsuit filed in California alleges ride-hail giant Uber has created a system giving perpetrators of sexual assault, sexual harassment and physical violence access to thousands of “vulnerable victims” nationwide since it launched 2010. -- Faiz Siddiqui, November 14, 2017, Washington Post



Metro system robbers sentenced to prison

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:31:28 EST

As part of their pleas, prosecutors agreed to six years for Lee and seven years for Hayne. -- Dan Morse, November 15, 2017, Washington Post



Bikes and transit keep racking up U.S. ballot wins

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:16:08 EST

Last week, Denver became one of the latest cities to deliver overwhelming margins to a ballot measure that funded biking, transit, walking, pavement and traffic signal improvements citywide. -- Michael Andersen, November 14, 2017, Streetsblog USA



A rainbow of bicycles

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:12:36 EST

There has been a bike invasion in Washington, DC. It is hard to miss. The bikes are many colored and are what is termed “dockless” or “rack-less.” -- Karen Gross, November 12, 2017, HuffPost



Toll day on I-66 nears

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:55:53 EST

On Monday, Dec. 4, drivers on I-66 inside the beltway during morning and evening rush hours will need an E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex to travel on the highway, in accordance with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) newest tolling option to improve the traffic in Northern Virginia. -- Mike Salmon, November 14, 2017, Arlington Connection



Is Metrobus offering too much service?

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:54:12 EST

Metrobus fares are too low and the system may run too many inefficient routes, according to former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in his long-awaited report on Metro’s problems. -- Martin Di Caro, November 14, 2017, WAMU



When's the last time you checked your Metro on-time score?

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:23:52 EST

Last summer, WMATA launched “MyTripTime,” a tool that gives riders data about the performance of their individual Metro rides. -- Sarah Guidi, November 14, 2017, GGW



Va. wants to speed train service between D.C. and Richmond

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:20:46 EST

Virginia is studying how to run more and faster Amtrak trains between DC and Richmond. To do it, they need more tracks. But in the little town of Ashland, where trains rumble down the middle of the town's main street, adding more tracks may not be viable. -- Stephen Repetski, November 14, 2017, GGW



Sewage overflow reported at Arlington parks

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:23:39 EST

The Department of Environmental Services is warning Arlington residents of a sanitary sewage overflow at two county parks. -- Cameron Luttrell, November 13, 2017, Arlington Patch



New opiod testing rule for transportation workers

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:17:22 EST

The new regulation, issued Monday, will apply to railroad engineers, pilots, air traffic controllers, truck drivers and any other employees who are subject to federal drug and alcohol testing regulations. -- Melanie Zanona, November 13, 2017, The Hill



Why some lawmakers are pushing back against fare evasion crackdowns

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 07:54:47 EST

Metro is in the midst of a crackdown on fare evasion, spurred partly by financial pressure and partly in response to heightened concerns about crime in the system. -- Martine Powers, November 12, 2017, Washington Post



Recommendations from LaHood report on Metro

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 08:26:51 EST

The long-awaited report on Metro by former U.S. transportation secretary Ray LaHood urges the region’s three jurisdictions and the federal government to provide the agency with permanent, dedicated funding, but it sidesteps the politically charged question of what kind of tax or other mechanism should be adopted for that purpose. -- Robert McCartney, November 12, 2017, Washington Post



Help needed identifying man found unconscious on W&OD

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 08:29:19 EST

The man is currently in serious condition at Reston Hospital. He was found around 12:43 p.m. on the W&OD Trail near the Fairfax County Parkway, according to a police news release. -- November 12, 2017, Inside NoVa