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Acela train derails in New York

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:08:14 EDT

A D.C.-bound Acela train derailed at New York’s Pennsylvania Station about 9 a.m. Friday, forcing a temporary suspension of the rail service, officials said. -- Lori Aratani, March 24, 2017, Washington Post



Laurel wins fight to keep historic MARC station

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:03:54 EDT

Maryland and CSX Transportation have agreed to allow the construction of a new MARC stop in Howard County, while keeping  current levels of service at the historic Laurel station, just a few blocks south. -- Luz Lazo, March 24, 2017, Washington Post



Dr. Gridlock's cherry blossom weekend travel tips

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:01:15 EDT

This is the best weekend for viewing the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin, and the annual festival’s opening ceremony is Saturday in downtown Washington. Expect good-sized crowds, despite the diminished bloom caused by the untimely cold spell. -- Robert Thomson, March 24, 2017, Washington Post



Employers offer Capital Bikeshare perk to lure millenials

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:58:52 EDT

More than 160 employers in the District are corporate members of the region’s bike system, giving their workers free or subsidized access to the network of 3,700 bikes. -- Luz Lazo, March 24, 2017, Washington Post



Arlington police to conduct safe bicycling initiative

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:17:31 EDT

With the arrival of spring and warm weather comes an increase in bicyclist traffic. The Arlington County Police Department, in partnership with Bike Arlington, is conducting the spring Safe Bicycling Initiative (SBI) in an ongoing effort to make Arlington County a safe place to ride a bicycle. -- March 24, 2017, Arlington County



Va. State Police seek alleged hit-and-run driver

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:43:12 EDT

Virginia State Police Trooper A.S. Johnson is seeking the public’s help with a felony hit-and-run in Fairfax County. The crash occurred March 21 at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Interstate 495, just north of the Dulles Toll Road. -- March 23, 2017, Fairfax County Times



Gov. Hogan's office says Purple Line, Metro are among priorities

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:34:28 EDT

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan discussed the state’s need for the Purple Line and additional federal funding for Metro during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao Wednesday, according to materials from the meeting provided by the governor’s office. -- Andrew Metcalf, March 23, 2017, Bethesda Beat



Metro to hike fares, cut service starting in July

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:29:15 EDT

The changes will raise Metro peak rail fare by $0.10, off-peak rail fare by $0.25 and bus fare by $0.25. -- March 23, 2017, NBC Washington



Va. governor orders review of Metro

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:27:08 EDT

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he has asked former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to conduct a "top-to-bottom" review of the Washington region's struggling subway system. -- March 23, 2017, NBC Washington



Uber to pilot 'digital slug lines' in D.C. region

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:21:58 EDT

Ride-hailing giant Uber is set to launch a new “Commute” feature targeting the legions of carpoolers in the D.C. region. -- Faiz Siddiqui, March 24, 2017, Washington Post



Metro GM prepares to pivot as Metro "austerity" budget passes

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:18:08 EDT

WMATA enters an era of austerity today as the transit authority’s board gave final approval to a “shared sacrifice” plan to close a projected $290 million shortfall in the system’s  $1.8 billion operating budget. -- Martin Di Caro, March 23, 2017, WAMU



Will Metro fare hikes lead to recovery or "dealth spiral?"

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:08:01 EDT

Metro’s board of directors is expected to give final approval today to a slate of fare hikes and service cuts to help close a projected $290 million shortfall in the transit authority’s $1.8 billion operating budget. -- Martin Di Caro, March 23, 2017, WAMU



Better bus service for Columbia Pike delayed until 2019

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:05:28 EDT

Three years after cancelling a streetcar project planned for Columbia Pike, Arlington County transportation officials say implementation of their Plan B -- enhanced bus service -- will be delayed by another year. -- Martin Di Caro, March 23, 2017, WAMU



Fairfax County is building a new trail

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:02:48 EDT

Fairfax County is building a new levee in the Huntington neighborhood to reduce flooding, and an added amenity of the project are 4800 feet of new 8-foot wide multi-use trail from the existing trails near Arlington Terrace and Hunting Creek Roads to Fenwick Drive and possibly beyond. -- March 23, 2017, WashCycle



Is it worth a penny more at the pump to support roads, bridges, transit?

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:58:04 EDT

Rep. Peter A. DeFazio is betting that Americans will pay a penny more at the pump to pay for infrastructure investment, and he’s doubling down on the wager with the belief they wouldn’t even notice. -- Ashley Halsey III, March 22, 2017, Washington Post



Md. governor lists transportation priorities

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:55:54 EDT

Notably missing from Hogan’s list were the Washington region’s sagging Metro system, the Purple Line light-rail project connecting Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, and the Corridor Cities Transitway, a bus rapid-transit project in Montgomery. -- Michael Laris, March 22, 2017, Washington Post



Metro unveils new escalators in Bethesda

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:40:35 EDT

The entrance escalators that went into service were the final step in an $8 million project that took about two and a half years, Metro said in a statement. -- Rick Massimo, March 22, 2017, WTOP



Metro GM discourages walking on escalators

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:36:21 EDT

The head of Washington's Metro system said Wednesday that the custom of standing on the right side of a Metro escalator to clear the way for people to walk on the left damages escalators. -- Mark Segraves, Andrea Swalec, March 22, 2017, NBC Washington



Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off Saturday

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:28:37 EDT

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is now just a few days away, with the official kickoff set for Saturday, March 25. -- Dan Taylor, March 22, 2017, Arlington Patch



What you need to know about the airline electronics ban

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:23:02 EDT

The U.S. decision this week to ban laptops, tablets and other personal electronic devices aboard U.S.-bound flights from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries has left travelers we a lot of questions. -- Luz Lazo, March 23, 2017, Washington Post



Person in custody after brandishing knife at Anacostia Metro

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:09:16 EDT

Metro riders on the Green Line experienced some delays Wednesday morning after police received a report about a person brandishing a knife. -- March 22, 2017, NBC Washington



Arlington salutes employers for creativity in transportation options

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:06:10 EDT

Twenty-two businesses and organizations were honored March 21 as “Platinum Champions” in the Arlington government’s efforts to promote a variety of transportation options. -- March 22, 2017, Inside NoVa



Metro wants to expand student pass program

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:49:35 EDT

Metro wants to expand its U-Pass program for university students, extending the pilot program at American University and potentially signing on five other schools to participate. -- Martine Powers, March 20, 2017, Washington Post



Columbia Pike transit network delayed

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:28:49 EDT

Those who live and work along Columbia Pike will have to wait another year for the implementation of a “Premium Transit Network” along the corridor. -- March 20, 2017, ARLnow



Major changes planned for Reagan National Airport

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:17:22 EDT

Two huge construction projects are being designed to help the flow of passengers, including a brand new concourse and new security checkpoints planned between the Metro station and roadways. -- Adam Tuss, March 20, 2017, NBC Washington



Fight looms over proposed federal transit cuts

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:09:01 EDT

A battle is brewing over federal funding not only for Metro but also for the proposed Purple Line light rail project. -- Jack Pointer, Dick Uliano, March 21, 2017, WTOP



Your chance to weigh in on 95 Express Lanes extension

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:05:08 EDT

Commuters can weigh in this week on Virginia’s plans to extend the 95 Express Lanes 10 miles south toward Fredericksburg and add a new exit from the lanes near Quantico over the next five years. -- Max Smith, March 21, 2017, WTOP



Airlines brace for record spring travel season

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:57:19 EDT

An estimated 145 million passengers are expected to fly on U.S. airlines from March 1 to April 30, up 4 percent from the previous spring, according to Airlines for Americas (A4A). -- Melanie Zanona, March 20, 2017, The Hill



Metro launches bus line between NE, downtown D.C.

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:52:02 EDT

Bus riders in Northeast Washington got a nice addition to their transit options Monday. Metro launched the G9, a limited-stop bus connecting Ward 5 residents to downtown. -- Luz Lazo, March 20, 2017, Washington Post



Damage found in Metro tunnel where residents complained of vibration

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:32:04 EDT

Federal track inspectors who examined the Metro tunnel beneath Georgia Avenue Northwest in the Petworth neighborhood found damage to fasteners “designed to reduce the magnitude of vibrations transferred to the tunnel structure and the environment above,” according to inspection reports published by the Federal Transit Administration. -- Martin Di Caro, March 20, 2017, WAMU