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Metrorail weekend service adjustments Sep. 30 - Oct. 2

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:07:08 EDT

Work will affect Red and Orange lines. Buses will replace trains between Vienna and East Falls Church. -- September 27, 2016, WMATA



Man assaults officer, runs onto tracks at Foggy Bottom

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 07:29:47 EDT

Metro's Orange, Blue and Silver Lines experienced delays in both directions Friday after a man ran onto the tracks at the Foggy Bottom Station. Normal service has since resumed. -- Kendra Mann, September 30, 2016, WJLA



Noah's Law goes into effect in Md.; among toughest drunk-driving laws in US

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 07:27:53 EDT

Under Noah’s Law anyone convicted of a DUI in Maryland will now be required to install an interlock ignition device in their car. -- Jay Korff, October 1, 2016, WJLA



Traffic officers, signal retiming no match for crush of DC traffic

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 07:17:45 EDT

About 75 percent of D.C. traffic lights have been adjusted recently to improve the flow of traffic, but it has not been enough to address some major congestion. -- Max Smith, September 30, 2016, WTOP



New Jersey reaches deal to hike gas tax

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 07:13:32 EDT

Republican Gov. Chris Christie announced a deal on Friday with Democratic lawmakers to hike New Jersey’s gas tax by 23 cents, ending a stalemate over funding for the state’s roads, bridges and rail systems, according to the New York Times. -- Melanie Zanona, September 30, 2016, The Hill



New agreement will keep United at Dulles International Airport

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 07:08:01 EDT

It’s a rumor that seems to circulate every six months: United Airlines is shutting down its hub at Dulles International Airport. -- Lori Aratani, September 30, 2016, Washington Post



Dr. Gridlock's weekend travel tips

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 07:04:32 EDT

There are plenty of street festivals and foot races this weekend. -- Robert Thomson, September 30, 2016, Washington Post



Amtrak expands bicycle program

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 07:01:55 EDT

Trainside checked bicycle service is a new amenity available on the Cardinal, Sunset Limited, California Zephyr, Empire Builder, Southwest Chief, City of New Orleans, Lake Shore Limited and Texas Eagle. This service is also new for Northeast Regional trains with baggage service -- trains 65, 66 and 67 -- for travel between Boston and Newport News, Va. -- Kimberly Woods, September 21, 2016, Amtrak



Bus fire in Md. linked to battery pack

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:54:30 EDT

A Maryland county’s public transit agency says it has taken all its electric buses out of service after a fire linked to the battery pack on one of the vehicles. -- September 29, 2016, WTOP



Pedestrian hit by car on Columbia Pike

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:10:30 EDT

A pedestrian was hit by a car in Arlington early Friday morning, Arlington County police said. -- September 30, 2016, WUSA9



Circulator safety issues decline; extended hours planned

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:03:14 EDT

D.C. Circulator buses have fewer major safety problems than they did a year ago, but District leaders say there is still a long way to go. -- Max Smith, September 30, 2016, WTOP



Why are American traffic fatalities rising so quickly?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:51:01 EDT

Summer is barely over but this much is already clear: Traffic safety on American streets is taking a big step backward in 2016. -- Angie Schmitt, September 28, 2016, Streetsblog



Image of officer killed by drunk driver to appear on Md. ignition interlock devices

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:44:35 EDT

Motorists convicted of drunken driving in Maryland will have to look into the face of Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta every time they blow into the Breathalyzer of their vehicle’s mandated ignition interlock device. -- Katherine Shaver, September 30, 2016, Washington Post



D.C. rideshare starts and stops

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:37:55 EDT

A Washington (DC) planning agency launches a capooling app while a ridesharing company moves on. -- September 30, 2016, thetransitwire.com



Metrobus Explorer shows where buses go

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:44:51 EDT

Planners at WMATA have developed Metrobus Explorer, an online tool that gives users real-time arrival displays and a personalized spider map showing where bus lines from a given stop run to. -- Svet Neov, September 29, 2016, GGW



Commuter train crash in New Jersey

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:40:55 EDT

A New Jersey Transit commuter train crashed into Hoboken Terminal during rush hour Thursday morning, killing at least one woman and causing numerous injuries at one of busiest transportation hubs in the Northeast, Gov. Chris Christie (R) said. -- September 29, 2016, Washington Post



Pedestrian hit, killed in Seat Pleasant

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:10:07 EDT

A man was hit and killed in the intersection of Addison Road and Sheriff Road in Seat Pleasant, Prince George’s County Police said. -- September 28, 2016, WUSA9



Officials hope bus bay upgrades coax commuters out of cars

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:06:25 EDT

Most commuters would prefer not to stand in the hot sun or pouring rain, and shelter is just one element of bus facility improvements announced Wednesday at the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station. -- Kristi King, September 28, 2016, WTOP



SelectPass sales continue to grow

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:03:16 EDT

Metro added an additional seven price points to SelectPass starting in August, and customers have started to take notice. -- September 29, 2016, PlanItMetro



Germany to introduce first hydrogen-powered train

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:01:07 EDT

In December 2017, Germany will launch passenger rail service powered by hydrogen. -- September 29, 2016, thetransitwire.com



D.C. Circulator will extend hours for next SafeTrack surge

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:56:41 EDT

The District Department of Transportation is extending hours of service on the DC Circulator to help offset the impact of the next planned Metro SafeTrack surge, which is scheduled to shutter Red Line service between Fort Totten and NoMa stations from Oct. 29 to Nov. 22. -- Martine Powers, September 28, 2016, Washington Post



Metro Transit Police investigate kidnapping

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:53:00 EDT

The victim, an adult female, reported to police that she was waiting for a bus at the corner of New Hampshire Ave, NW, and Georgia Ave, NW, around 1 p.m. yesterday (Tuesday, September 27, 2016) when she was approached by two unknown men. -- September 28, 2016, WMATA



New Md. driving laws take effect Saturday

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:48:53 EDT

Get ready, Washington-area drivers. Maryland has some new driving laws on the books, starting Saturday. -- Katherine Shaver, September 28, 2016, Washington Post



Biking and SafeTrack -- highlighting the need for bike infrastructure

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:45:54 EDT

Transit and bikes go hand in hand. Not only can riders bike to and from stations for that first and last mile, but biking is a great way to get around when Metrorail is under maintenance.  It’s important that our policy makers understand the importance of having good bike infrastructure. -- September 28, 2016, PlanItMetro



D.C. Circulator extends hours to help Red Line riders during SafeTrack

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:17:18 EDT

The District Department of Transportation is extending hours of service on the DC Circulator to help offset the impact of the next planned Metro SafeTrack surge, which is scheduled to shutter Red Line service between Fort Totten and NoMa stations from Oct. 29 to Nov. 22. -- Martine Powers, September 28, 2016, Washington Post



Metro completes $5.5 million bus improvements at Franconia-Springfield

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:42:37 EDT

Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld and Fairfax County officials held a ribbon cutting today celebrating the completion of $5.5 million in bus improvements at the Franconia-Springfield Metro station. -- September 28, 2016, WMATA



Arlington County Board paves way for Ballston pedestrian bridge

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:17:37 EDT

The Arlington County Board today paved the way for a new pedestrian bridge to be built that will span Wilson Boulevard and connect the redeveloped Ballston Quarter to an existing pathway that leads to the Ballston Metrorail station. -- September 27, 2016, Arlington County



Electric TransIT bus catches fire in Frederick

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:37:32 EDT

The cause of a bus fire that closed U.S. 40 near the exit for U.S. 15 for several hours remained under investigation Tuesday afternoon, according to a county TransIT spokeswoman. -- Jeremy Arias, September 27, 2016, Frederick News-Post



Arlington again on hunt for Notable Trees

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:31:40 EDT

The Arlington County government is holding its annual nomination drive in its Notable Tree Program, with submissions due by Nov. 15. -- September 28, 2016, Inside NoVa



Va. budget shortfall to have impact on transportation

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:23:35 EDT

Virginia’s massive projected budget shortfall will likely hit transportation projects, but it is not clear yet exactly how. -- Max Smith, September 28, 2016, WTOP