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Three crashes and a carjacking lead to arrest

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:06:24 EDT

A motorist crashed into three vehicles, left the scene of two of the crashes, and carjacked a Virginia state government truck Tuesday evening in a few frenzied minutes on some of the busiest stretches of roadway in the Washington region, according to the Virginia state police. -- Martin Weil, September 18, 2017, Washington Post



Man charged with sexual assault at Union Station

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:02:09 EDT

A 30-year-old man was arrested Monday and charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy on the platform of the Union Station Metro, according to D.C. police. -- Peter Hermann, September 19, 2017, Washington Post



Calls for change along deadly stretch of road in Prince George's

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:56:02 EDT

It’s long been a dangerous road, but this year is shaping up to be one of the deadliest yet on Indian Head Highway in Prince George’s County. On Monday night, dozens of people came together to see what can be done. -- Tom Roussey, September 18, 2017, WJLA



Police investigate assault on C&O Canal Towpath

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:53:40 EDT

US Park Police say a man contacted them from the hospital saying he'd been assaulted along the trail last Tuesday around midnight, claiming someone struck him with a blunt object. -- Jay Korff, September 18, 2017, WJLA



Metro evaluates work on Red Line leaks

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:38:51 EDT

Metro is analyzing how the first round of drilled and filled holes in the tunnel walls is holding, General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said, before deciding whether to exercise a contractual option for a second stretch of work. -- Max Smith, September 18, 2017, WTOP



Metro, union bicker over cause of Monday's Orange Line delays

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:30:14 EDT

After a mobile concrete mixer broke down during weekend repairs Sunday, according to the transit agency, Metro had to call in extra workers to mix concrete by hand. -- Faiz Siddiqui, September 19, 2017, Washington Post



Driverless Uber involved in Pittsburgh crash

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:24:58 EDT

Only Uber employees were inside the self-driving vehicle when it crashed, the company told the Tribune-Review, and no serious injuries were reported. -- Melanie Zanona, September 18, 2017, The Hill



Arlington bike plan is taking shape

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:27:53 EDT

The Arlington Master Transportation Plan Bicycle Element Working Group has updated their draft framework and made it available to the public. -- September 18, 2017, WashCycle



Second phase of Washington Blvd. trail authorized

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:16:49 EDT

Arlington County Board members on Sept. 16 approved a $2.5 million construction project to continue moving forward with a trail project along Washington Boulevard. -- September 17, 2017, Inside NoVa



Elevated Crystal City roadway set to come down

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:14:46 EDT

The Arlington County Board on Sept. 16 voted to spend $6.6 million for demolition of an elevated roadway in Crystal City, part of an effort to make the corridor more user-friendly and free up space for development. -- September 17, 2017, Inside NoVa



FCDOT, residents discuss Parkway trail crossing

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:04:41 EDT

A handful of local residents joined Fairfax County Department of Transportation representatives Thursday at Dogwood Elementary School to discuss how best to increase pedestrian safety in the area of the Dulles Toll Road. -- Dave Emke, September 15, 2017, Reston Now



Fatal crash in D.C. early Sunday

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 20:55:41 EDT

One person is dead and three are in critical condition following a crash overnight in D.C. that left three people trapped in multiple vehicles, according to authorities. -- Stephen Pimpo Jr., September 17, 2017, WJLA



Fatal motorcycle crash in Rockville Saturday

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 20:52:37 EDT

A man is dead after a motorcycle crash in Rockville on Saturday evening, according to Montgomery County Police. -- Kendra Mann, September 17, 2017, WJLA



Metro board chairman says $15.5 billion request too conservative

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 20:49:17 EDT

In a break with Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld, board Chairman Jack Evans says the agency should be pushing for $25 billion over 10 years to cover the system’s long-term needs, significantly more than the $15.5 billion the agency chief has requested. -- Faiz Siddiqui, September 17, 2017, Washington Post



Noise complaints up at National, Dulles airports

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:36:48 EDT

Residents from across the Washington region filed a record number of complaints about noise from flights at Reagan National and Dulles International airports in 2016 -- more than four times the number recorded in the previous year, according to new data released this month. -- Lori Aratani, September 16, 2017, Washington Post



Two killed in crash in Great Falls Saturday

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:23:15 EDT

A female minor was also taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. -- Emily Leayman, September 17, 2017, McLean Patch



Man sentenced for rape on Four Mile Run Trail

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:45:19 EDT

An Alexandria man will spend 32 years in prison for raping a woman on the Four Mile Run Trail in 2012. -- Chris Teale, September 15, 2017, ARLnow



Amtrak pitches itself as friendlier alternative to airlines

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:11:32 EDT

With a new CEO at its helm, the passenger railroad has launched an advertising campaign that seizes on customers’ biggest frustrations with air travel and paints Amtrak as a more comfortable -- and friendlier -- travel alternative. -- Melanie Zanona, September 15, 2017, The Hill



Metro union calls for more police on buses

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:08:10 EDT

Metro’s largest union says two bus operators were threatened with firearms Thursday, spurring labor officials to reiterate demands for long-term solutions to the chronic issue of assaults on bus operators. -- Martine Powers, September 15, 2017, Washington Post



Silver Spring gets bike lane tiles

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:34:49 EDT

On Thursday evening workers installed new, separated bike lanes and bike boxes on Spring and Cedar streets in Silver Spring. -- Dan Malouff, September 15, 2017, GGW



DC Circulator releases draft TDP for comment

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:35:23 EDT

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today released the 2017 Transit Development Plan Update (TDP) for public review and comment. The public has until Friday, October 13, 2017, to weigh in on the plan. -- September 14, 2017, DDOT



Carjacking at Southern Ave. Metro Thursday

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:11:39 EDT

Metro Transit Police are investigating a carjacking that occurred this evening at Southern Avenue Metrorail Station. -- September 14, 2017, WMATA



Metro plans for longer buses

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:52:20 EDT

While eventually Metrobus planning director Jim Hamre hopes to have more articulated buses -- the extended buses with the accordionlike connection in the middle -- on routes like 16th Street in Northwest D.C., the 110-year-old Northern Division garage does not have room for any more. -- Max Smith, September 15, 2017, WTOP



Vienna looks at W&OD Trail changes

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:45:51 EDT

By creating more access points or adding signage that draws attention to nearby amenities and cultural or historical landmarks, Vienna could encourage more trail users to spend time in town and venture into local restaurants and businesses when they pass through. -- Angela Woolsey, February 15, 2017, Fairfax County Times



Bomb attack on London subway Friday

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:37:37 EDT

A homemade bomb sent a scorching cloud of smoke and flames through a London subway carriage Friday, injuring at least 18 rush-hour commuters and sending people scrambling for safety in what police are calling a terrorist incident. -- William Booth, Karla Adam, September 15, Washington Post



Self-driving tractor-trailers tested on I-66

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:31:41 EDT

News4's Adam Tuss took a ride inside what a Federal Highway Administration official called the future of transportation. [video] -- Adam Tuss, September 14, 2017, NBC Washington



Woman arrested for attempted kidnapping aboard Metrobus

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:24:32 EDT

A woman was arrested for trying to kidnap a 7-year-old aboard a Metrobus in Northeast, D.C. last month, Metro Transit police said. -- September 14, 2017, WUSA9



Metro details cost of next decade of fixes

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:14:12 EDT

Metro says it needs $15.5 billion over the next decade to maintain the system’s tracks and tunnels, rebuild crumbling platforms and bus garages and buy new trains, buses and paratransit vehicles. -- Martin Di Caro, September 14, 2017, WAMU



Cross County Trail improvements

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:08:44 EDT

The Fairfax County Park Authority began improving the surface of the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail last week. The trail will be paved between Braddock Road and Accotink Parkway. -- September 15, 2017, Fairfax County



D.C. sees possible end to the boom years

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:20:01 EDT

In a development that caught local leaders by surprise, the District of Columbia is one in just a handful of urban centers in the United States that did not enjoy gains in median household income in 2016, according to Census Bureau statistics released on Thursday. -- Julie Zauzmer, Ted Mellnik, September 14, 2017, Washington Post