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Metro weekend service adjustments June 23-25

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:49:26 EDT

SafeTrack Surge 16 continues through Sunday. Many service changes will take effect Sunday. An emergency drill will close Pentagon station on Sunday. -- June 19, 2017, WMATA



Transit fare hikes, schedule changes beginning June 25

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 07:39:00 EDT

Adjustments are coming to various transit systems around the region that include schedule or fare changes. -- Max Smith, June 18, 2017, WTOP



MARC Penn Line schedule change effective June 26

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:22:16 EDT

There will be a schedule change on the Penn Line effective Monday, June 26. -- June 16, 2017, MTA



Fatal crash on Fairfax County Parkway Friday

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:46:03 EDT

Fairfax County police are investigating a fatal crash Friday morning on the Fairfax County Parkway at Braddock Road. -- Jack Moore, June 23, 2017, WTOP



Hundreds stranded on Red Line due to arcing insulators

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:43:24 EDT

Metrorail put Red Line riders through an excruciating commute on Friday morning, as two incidents of arcing insulators shut down rail service on separate segments of the line’s western side. -- Martin Di Caro, June 23, 2017, WAMU



VRE turns 25

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:38:05 EDT

We're incredibly proud of our record of serving thousands of Virginians' commuting needs for so long. -- June 22, 2017, VRE



Parking rates going up in Bethesda

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:03:25 EDT

The county has announced a list of increases that will bump most rates by 25 cents in July. -- Bethany Rodgers, June 22, 2017, Bethesda Beat



Montgomery school bus cameras highlight worst spots for illegal passing

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:01:10 EDT

East West Highway in Silver Spring and River Road in Bethesda have emerged as hotspots for drivers who illegally blow by stopped school buses, according to new data from the county's bus camera program. -- Bethany Rodgers, June 22, 2017, Bethesda Beat



Metro at a crossroads: Which way will riders go?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:55:08 EDT

While reliability is improving, helped by the influx of new railcars, it was so bad for so long that some riders are simply exhausted. -- Martin Di Caro, June 23, 2017, WAMU



Metro weekend guide

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:46:52 EDT

Metro riders will face several service disruptions this weekend in addition to the launch of the transit system’s new hours, fares and service schedules. -- Max Smith, June 23, 2017, WTOP



16th St. NW to lose parking to buses

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:36:22 EDT

The D.C. Department of Transportation says it is moving to lengthen 22 bus zones along 16th Street to better accommodate articulated buses. In the process, it would remove up to 66 parking spaces. -- Luz Lazo, June 23, 2017, Washington Post



Fiery fatal crash on New York Ave. Friday

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:33:25 EDT

D.C. Fire Department officials said in a Twitter message that the crash happened early Friday morning and involved four vehicles. -- Dana Hedgpeth, June 23, 2017, Washington Post



DDOT returning to standard rush hour parking restrictions June 26

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:15:37 EDT

Extended morning and evening rush-hour parking restrictions were put in place to help alleviate the traffic impact of SafeTrack, WMATA's yearlong accelerated track work plan to address safety recommendations and rehabilitate the Metrorail system. -- June 22, 2017, DDOT



Maryland seeks 'emergency' court ruling to allow Purple Line construction

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:59:07 EDT

Maryland officials have asked a federal appeals court for an “emergency” order to suspend a lower-court ruling that has delayed construction on the Purple Line, saying the light-rail project faces a “crisis point.” -- Katherine Shaver, June 22, 2017, Washington Post



Metro will extend service hours for special events — for a price

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:57:20 EDT

Metro will extend service hours for up to 10 special events over the coming year, ending its freeze on any early openings or late closures in effect since the start of SafeTrack one year ago. -- Rachel Siegel, June 22, 2017, Washington Post



VRE fare increase effective July 1

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:07:28 EDT

In order to pay for increased operations costs, a 3% fare increase will soon take effect. Additionally, the Amtrak Step-Up tickets will increase from $5 to $7. -- June 22, 2017, VRE



Metro GM promises less-dramatic hikes to local contributions

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:49:46 EDT

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said he hoped to cap any requests for increased contributions from the various jurisdictions that make up the transit authority at 3 percent per year. -- Chris Teale, June 21, 2017, ARLnow



Fatal crash in Greenbelt Wednesday

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:32:35 EDT

One person has died and two others were injured after a car crash in Greenbelt, Md. on Wednesday night. -- June 21, 2017, WUSA9



Seven things to know about Metro fare hikes

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:29:04 EDT

Metro is raising fares Sunday for bus, rail and some paratransit riders. Other local bus systems -- such as the Fairfax Connector and Montgomery County’s Ride On, which generally keep fares in line with Metro -- are mirroring the fare increases. -- Max Smith, June 22, 2017, WTOP



End of SafeTrack brings little relief for D.C. nightlife

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:23:33 EDT

As the D.C. region’s transit authority prepares to permanently scale back rail operating hours with the end of SafeTrack, businesses benefiting from Washington’s thriving nightlife and cultural scene must find practical ways to get their employees to and from work. -- Martin Di Caro, June 22, 2017, WAMU



College Park will lose Yellow Line

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:15:45 EDT

The Yellow Line will stop servicing the College Park Metro Station on Sunday, eliminating the city's direct service to Reagan International Airport and Virginia. -- June 21, 2017, Diamondback



Montgomery extends legal trail hours

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:30:53 EDT

Under the previous rules the default hours for trails were sunrise to sunset. Now, as before, "An Administrative Directive may provide alternate hours of operation for a Park Property or Facility, including alternate hours deemed appropriate for any trail or trail segments that facilitate bicycle and pedestrian commuting." -- June 25, 2017, WashCycle



No VRE Firecracker Special this year

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:19:49 EDT

We have had many inquiries if we are operating our Firecracker Trains this year to see the fireworks in DC. Since Independence Day falls on a Tuesday, we did not expect enough riders to justify the costs of operating the train. -- June 21, 2017, VRE



Advertising may be coming to Capital Bikeshare bikes

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:29:25 EDT

Capital Bikeshare, the popular Washington-area bicycle program, may get a corporate sponsor and advertising on its iconic red-and-yellow bikes next year. -- Patricia Sullivan, June 20, 2017, Washington Post



Six things to know about Metro's new hours

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:16:42 EDT

Metro plans to significantly change its operating hours starting Sunday, June 25. Here are six things riders need to know about the service cuts. -- Max Smith, June 21, 2017, WTOP



PTC safety technology coming to MARC

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:35:43 EDT

MARC has secured more than $9 million in federal funds to bring PTC on board. -- Alex DeMetrick, June 20, 2017, CBS Baltimore



Metro opts for low-tech solution to track safety

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:08:33 EDT

The new protocol relies on a simple concept: If you want to make sure people understand instructions, tell them face-to-face. -- Martine Powers, June 20, 2017, Washington Post



Trail crossing not yet part of Susquehannah Bridge project

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:04:02 EDT

Since planning began the East Coast Greenway and bicycle activists have been pushing for the bridge to include a bicycle and pedestrian path. -- June 20, 2017, WashCycle



Ride On's most popular bus routes

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:01:25 EDT

Montgomery County’s Ride On is the busiest bus system in the Washington region after Metrobus, carrying 75,000 riders each day. Its most popular bus routes, however, might surprise you. -- Dan Reed, June 20, 2017, GGW



Klingle Valley Trail to open on Saturday

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:00:15 EDT

One of the most contentious battles in the war on cars comes to its final conclusion this Saturday when, in a resounding victory for the all-powerful bike lobby, the Klingle Valley Trail opens. -- June 20, 2017, WashCycle