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Arlington tax increase all goes to schools and Metro

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:06:19 EDT

The Arlington County Board unanimously voted to raise its property tax rate by 1.5 cents Saturday, a hike that elected officials said was entirely attributable to higher costs for Metro and schools. -- Patricia Sullivan, April 22, 2017, Washington Post



VRE Manassas line delayed by car on the tracks

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:38:59 EDT

There were delays on the VRE commuter line Monday morning after a car was reported on the tracks south of Alexandria. -- Dana Hedgpeth, April 24, 2017, Washington Post



Earlier Metro delays after train struck a deer

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:26:45 EDT

A Metro train struck a deer early Monday morning, causing delays on the Blue and Silver lines. -- Dana Hedgpeth, April 24, 2017, Washington Post



Arlington police investigate fatal single-vehicle crash

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:20:51 EDT

At approximately 5:40 p.m. on April 22, police were dispatched to the 2400 block of S. Glebe Road for the report of a single-vehicle crash involving a moped. -- April 23, 2017, Arlington County



Is riding the bus finally becoming cool?

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:30:19 EDT

Even as Washington-area residents malign the subway -- vowing after each rush-hour meltdown that they’ll never take a train again -- there is an increasingly vocal cohort of bus evangelists. -- Martine Powers, April 22, 2017, Washington Post



Woman cut while walking in Alexandria

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:28:13 EDT

Police are looking for an unknown suspect that wounded a woman with a knife in the Fairfax County area of Alexandria Wednesday night. -- Emily Leayman, April 20, 2017, Vienna Patch



Person fatally struck by train in Fredericksburg

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:06:05 EDT

One man is dead and another is critically injured after being hit by a train in Fredericksburg, Virginia early Saturday morning, police said. -- April 22, 2017, WUSA9



Metro to begin escalator replacement at Stadium-Armory

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:03:55 EDT

Metro will begin a project to install two brand new escalators to benefit customers at Stadium-Armory Station starting on May 15, 2017. -- April 21, 2017, WMATA



CommuterDirect.com ending Greenbelt sales

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:03:24 EDT

Due to a lack of customer interest, CommuterDirect.com staff will not be at the Greenbelt Metro Station the week of April 24, as had been announced previously. -- April 22, 2017, CommuterDirect.com



New Va. bike, sidewalk projects aim to provide a way out of driving

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:24:26 EDT

A series of projects aimed at making it easier to get around without sitting in traffic are moving forward in Virginia. -- Max Smith, April 21, 2017, WTOP



Wiedefeld's new role: chief lobbyist

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:11:11 EDT

With his plan to bring in billions to restore Metro’s sprawling rail and bus systems, Paul Wiedefeld is assuming an unusual role for the transit authority’s chief executive. -- Martin Di Caro, April 21, 2017, WAMU



Second suspect arrested in Red Line robbery

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:57:00 EDT

Metro Transit Police today announced the arrest of a second suspect wanted in connection with Sunday's strong-arm robbery aboard a Red Line train at Wheaton. -- April 20, 2017, WMATA



Higher ART fares proposed

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:28:47 EDT

It would cost an extra quarter to ride Arlington Transit (ART) beginning in July, if a proposal headed to the County Board is enacted. Arlington board members are being asked to raise the adult fare from $1.75 to $2, to align it with upcoming increases in Metrobus charges. -- April 20, 2017, Inside NoVa



D.C. to install "green" alleys as part of repaving

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:16:11 EDT

Of the alleys set to be revamped, five will feature permeable pavement, which captures and filters stormwater runoff, preventing some of it from going into the city’s combined sewer system. -- John Aaron, April 20, 2017, WTOP



Union dissent highlights difficulty of enacting Metro plan

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:56:22 EDT

General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld’s ambitious rescue plan for Metro drew a generally positive response Thursday, but a bitter dissent from the agency’s largest union was a sign of the formidable obstacles he faces. -- April 20, 2017, Washington Post



Metro must reinstate worker fired after smoke disaster

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:41:54 EDT

A federal court has ordered Metro to rehire a senior mechanic who was fired in the aftermath of the investigation into the January 2015 L’Enfant Plaza smoke disaster. -- Martine Powers, April 20, 2017, Washington Post



Alexandria driver convicted in pedestrian fatality

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:08:27 EDT

On April 20, 2017, Kyeshia Arrington, a 25 year-old Alexandria resident, pled guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol for causing the death of Peter Palm, a 62 year-old city resident. -- April 20, 2017, City of Alexandria



Sidewalk near White House closes permanently

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:16:15 EDT

The Secret Service announced Wednesday that the sidewalk along the south fence of the White House has been closed permanently at 11 p.m. Wednesday. -- Rick Massimo, April 19, 2017, WTOP



Contract workers at National, Dulles airports win pay increase

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:44:55 EDT

Wheelchair attendants, baggage handlers and food workers at Reagan National and Dulles International airports will get a boost in pay starting next year -- the result of a two-year campaign for higher wages. -- Luz Lazo, Lori Aratani, April 19, 2017, Washington Post



Metro GM proposes 'new business model'

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:42:28 EDT

Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld plunged into the high-stakes debate over how to save the troubled transit agency Wednesday by proposing far-reaching changes to extract major concessions from labor unions and seek new, dedicated funds from local governments to provide $500 million a year for equipment and maintenance. -- Robert McCartney, April 19, 2017, Washington Post



Plan for continuous Washington Blvd. bike lanes nixed

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:36:07 EDT

A proposal to add bike lanes to a western portion of Washington Blvd has been shelved after neighbors raised concerns at losing on-street parking spaces. -- Chris Teale, April 19, 2017, ARLnow



Megabus adding stop in Virginia Beach

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:28:17 EDT

Discount coach company Megabus is adding a stop in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with plans to eventually add another in Norfolk. -- April 19, 2017, NBC Washington



Northern Va. commutes eat up more time than distance

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:19:29 EDT

Average daily trip lengths in Northern Virginia measure under 10 miles, but average commute times clock in at over 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in Harrisonburg, where average trips are around 11 miles long, commutes average less than 10 minutes. -- Max Smith, April 20, 2017, WTOP



I-66 express lanes hit speed bump over design changes

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:16:48 EDT

A portion of the Interstate 66 express lanes project has been temporarily delayed because of strong opposition from neighbors worried about noise, pollution and the design. -- Max Smith, April 19, 2017, WTOP



Metro GM calls for more funding, reduced pensions

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:11:30 EDT

Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld officially charged into the region’s political arena Wednesday, unveiling an ambitious plan to save the transit system’s sinking finances. -- Martin Di Caro, April 19, 2017, WAMU



Transit-oriented development moves forward in Prince George's

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:06:01 EDT

Whole Foods’ grand opening in the county has been heralded with much fanfare, but other development projects in Prince George’s are moving forward as well. -- Emily Blackner, April 19, 2017, Sentinel



Arrest in connection with robbery and beating on Red Line

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:51:53 EDT

Metro Transit Police arrested a 21-year-old D.C. man Wednesday in connection with a beating and robbery that occurred on the Red Line on Sunday, the transit agency said. -- Faiz Siddiqui, April 20, 2017, Washington Post



Another Red Line meltdown, another day of questions

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:48:22 EDT

For the riders caught in Tuesday’s arcing incident that caused major Red Line disruptions during the evening commute, two questions may have come to mind: What’s with these ‘smokingstud bolts’ that have disrupted several rush-hour commutes in recent weeks? And why wasn’t Metro better in providing riders with information? -- Martine Powers, April 19, 2017, Washington Post



Wireless service activated in first Metro Red Line segment

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:18:42 EDT

Metro and the nation’s leading wireless carriers - AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless - today announced the availability of wireless voice and data service in the first tunnel segment on the Red Line. Metro riders traveling between Glenmont and Silver Spring can now enjoy uninterrupted wireless access when traveling between these stations. -- April 19, 2017, WMATA



Md. govenor points out judge's conflict of interest in Purple Line case

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:13:04 EDT

Today at a press conference about Interstate 270, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan had some sharp criticism for Judge Richard Leon, who blocked the Purple Line days before the final agreements with the federal government could be signed. -- David Alpert, April 19, 2017, GGW