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Closed Friday for Inauguration Day

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:01:40 EST

The Commuter Store, Mobile Commuter Store, CommuterDirect.com Customer Service Call Center, and ART - Arlington Transit Call Center will be closed Friday, January 20 for Inauguration Day. Arlington County government offices will be closed. CommuterDirect.com orders placed after 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 19 will be processed and shipped on Monday, January 23. ART service for Jan. 20 -- January 17, 2017, CommuterDirect.com



Metro safety and travel tips for Inauguration visitors

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:42:10 EST

As tens of thousands of visitors arrive for the 58th Presidential Inauguration, Metro has some important safety and travel tips for those planning to use the rail system. -- January 19, 2017, WMATA



2016 sets new mark as Earth's warmest year on record

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:54:48 EST

For a third consecutive year, Earth has set a new mark for global warmth. -- Scott Dance, January 18, 2017, Capital Gazette



Man struck while trying to retrieve wheel from Beltway

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:49:31 EST

A man suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a vehicle just west of the New Hampshire Avenue exit on the inner loop of the Capital Beltway on Tuesday night as he attempted to retrieve a wheel that fell off his own vehicle, according to Maryland State Police. -- Andrew Metcalf, January 18, 2016, Bethesda Beat



Biking in D.C. during Inauguration, Women's March

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:42:23 EST

It might be easier to bike downtown than  drive, especially Friday, but cyclists should keep a few things in mind if traveling into the city. -- Luz Lazo, January 19, 2017, Washington Post



Bridge and road closures have started for Inauguration Day

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:40:12 EST

Several D.C. area bridges and parts of roadways near downtown are closed starting Thursday for the following day’s inauguration ceremonies. -- Dana Hedgpeth, January 19, 2017, Washington Post



Plans for new Reagan National Airport

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:35:34 EST

Plans for a new commuter concourse at perennially space challenged Reagan National Airport are moving forward with completion of the project set for 2021. -- Lori Aratani, January 18, 2017, Washington Post



Walking guide for Inauguration Day

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:29:27 EST

Most people traveling in central Washington on Friday will need three things: a map, a SmarTrip card and sensible shoes. -- Robert Thomson, January 18, 2017, Washington Post



Metro will open at 5 a.m. Saturday for Women's March

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:23:50 EST

Metro GM/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld today announced that the Metrorail system will open two hours early -- at 5 a.m. -- this Saturday and add up to two dozen additional trains to accommodate those attending the Women's March on Washington. -- January 18, 2017, WMATA



Montgomery offers prizes to name bus system

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:50:25 EST

Montgomery County officials need help naming the bus rapid transit system, and they’re willing to give away an iPad to get it. -- Bethany Rogers, January 17, 2017, Bethesda Beat



What you need to know about the Women's March on Washington

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:38:24 EST

Thousands of people are expected to be in the region Saturday for the Women’s March on Washington, an event that could draw larger crowds than Inauguration Day itself, and present travel challenges for participants and residents. -- Luz Lazo, January 18, 2017, Washington Post



Candlelight dinner on inauguration eve to impact Union Station travel

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:36:31 EST

Thousands of people are expected to arrive at Union Station by Amtrak and bus to attend Inauguration events starting Thursday. But in addition to the crowds, travelers and commuters at Union Station will face difficulties getting around the grand terminal. -- Luz Lazo, January 18, 2017, Washington Post



Inauguration Day travel from the Virginia side

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:32:26 EST

Pentagon Metro station closed. The station is one of five in the rail system scheduled to be closed Friday. -- Robert Thomson, January 17, 2017, Washington Post



FTA issues new rules designed to stop trains from running red signals

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:29:02 EST

Officials with the Federal Transit Administration on Tuesday released new rules aimed at ending red signal overruns in transit systems across the country, including Metro. -- Faiz Siddiqui, January 17, 2017, Washington Post



Grant will pay for safety device for Metro track workers

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:26:44 EST

Metro will receive nearly $2 million in grants from the Federal Transit Administration to outfit workers with special armbands designed to warn them when trains are close by. -- Lori Aratani, January 17, 2017, Washington Post



Part of Met Branch Trail to close temporarily

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:21:52 EST

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has issued a permit to close a section of the Metropolitan Branch Trail adjacent to 150 M Street NE beginning Sunday, January 22 from 9 pm to 5 am. This closure will continue Sunday through Thursday for approximately three weeks. -- January 17, 2017, DDOT



WABA guide to biking in D.C. inauguration weekend

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:00:44 EST

Here’s our best understanding of how to navigate on your bike this weekend. -- January 17, 2017, WABA



MARC Penn Line trains will not include bike car this weekend

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:09:40 EST

Due to anticipated high ridership this weekend, the MARC Penn Line weekend service will not operate with the MARC Bike Car this weekend. As a result, only folding bicycles will be accepted on MARC trains.  The Bike Car is being replaced this weekend only with a regular railcar to ensure that there is adequate seating capacity. -- January 17, 2017, MARC



Capital Bikeshare changes for inauguration week

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:02:55 EST

Stations within the security perimeter will be shut down for the event beginning after 12 p.m. on January 18, 2017. This includes stations near the Capitol, National Mall, the White House and along the Inaugural Parade route on Pennsylvania Ave NW from the Capitol to the White House. -- January 9, 2017, Capital Bikeshare



HOT lanes toll gantries going up on I-66

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:51:44 EST

Activation of the high-occupancy toll lanes system on Interstate 66 is months away, but over the next few days, drivers inside the Capital Beltway will notice some changes that are part of the set-up. -- Robert Thomson, January 17, 2017, Washington Post



RFK parking lots could become park space with trails

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:48:28 EST

EventsDC recently released concepts for the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus and if these concepts became reality they would make use of, and expand, DC's Anacostia River Trail that currently passes through the campus. The concept would build 3 new bridges and a pair of new paths. -- January 17, 2017, WashCycle



Four bike lane projects considered in Bethesda plan

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:16:41 EST

The Montgomery County Council is scheduled to begin its review of the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan next week. While the 168-page draft plan approved by the Planning Board covers land use guidelines ranging from building heights to the location of parks -- part of it is dedicated to improving the network of bike lanes and paths downtown. -- Andrew Metcalf, January 16, 2017, Bethesda Beat



Why has Indian Head Highway had so many fatal crashes?

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:12:31 EST

On Tuesday, AAA Mid-Atlantic released data from its analysis of crash data provided by Prince George’s County police. According to AAA, at least 14 people have been killed in crashes along Md. 210 in the past four years. -- Rich Johnson, January 16, 2017, WTOP



Five top concerns about inauguration week travel

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:07:12 EST

Getting around central Washington on inauguration Friday will be difficult, but those challenges are pretty well known. What’s confusing people is the local travel plan for pre-inauguration events Thursday and the Women’s March on Saturday. -- Robert Thomson, January 16, 2017, Washington Post



On Inauguration Day, two wheels may be better than four

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:04:33 EST

Two wheels may work better than four, but those thinking of trying Capital Bikeshare for the inauguration on Friday or to attend the Women’s March on Washington Saturday will need to get an early start. Demand for the city bikes is expected to soar. -- Martin Di Caro, January 16, 2017, WAMU



Woman struck by car in Montgomery

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:21:33 EST

An 82-year-old woman has been hospitalized after she was struck by a car in Wheaton, Maryland, police say. -- January 15, 2017, NBC Washington



Public transit and other ways to get to inauguration events

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:19:56 EST

Getting to the National Mall for the presidential inauguration successfully will involve some planning and extra time. -- Mike Murillo, January 16, 2017, WTOP



Town of Chevy Chase opposes interim trail on town streets

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:18:27 EST

The Town of Chevy Chase is blocking Montgomery County’s request to route part of an interim bike and walking trail through its streets once the Georgetown Branch Trail closes for Purple Line construction. -- Andrew Metcalf, January 16, 2017, Bethesda Beat



Two armed robberies reported near CCT

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:00:06 EST

Two gunpoint robberies have been reported within the past two weeks in the Georgetown area near the entrance to the Capital Crescent Trail, a scenic recreational site and rail trail that runs from the District to Silver Spring. -- Martin Weil, January 14, 2017, Washington Post



How to get to -- or around -- Inauguration Day festivities

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:56:25 EST

As many as 1 million visitors are expected for the swearing-in of Donald Trump as the 45th president, the inaugural parade, the balls -- and several planned demonstrations. -- Luz Lazo, January 14, 2017, Washington Post