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Metrorail weekend service adjustments July 28-30

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:40:03 EDT

Medical Center and Bethesda stations will be closed again this weekend. Yellow line will operate between Huntington and National Airport only. -- July 24, 2017, WMATA

Reduced Metrobus service to BWI causes problems for travelers

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:09:29 EDT

Service was significantly reduced last month on the B30, the only Metro bus to BWI, and the changes caught many travelers by surprise. -- Luz Lazo, July 26, 2017, Washington Post

More protected bike lanes planned for Pennsylvania Ave.

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:57:07 EDT

The vast expanse of concrete and cars that is Pennsylvania Avenue NW west of the White House could become a street with world-class bicycling and pedestrian facilities. -- Susan Balding, July 26, 2017, GGW

Metro to open early for Marine Corps Marathon in October

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:01:19 EDT

Metro will open at 6 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22 for this year’s Marine Corps Marathon. -- July 25, 2017, WTOP

Montgomery nudges along revived Purple Line project

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:18:23 EDT

Montgomery County Council members approved a measure to allow the state to build and operate the Purple Line light rail project on county land. -- Kate Ryan, July 26, 2017, WTOP

D.C. Director of Transportation announces resignation

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:04:40 EDT

Leif Dormsjo, the director of the District Department of Transportation, will resign from his post, effective Aug. 11. -- July 25, 2017, Washington Post

One month after the end of SafeTrack, has much changed for Metro?

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:49:26 EDT

When Metro commuters boarded their trains Tuesday, it marked one month since the conclusion of the year-long SafeTrack program that upended the routines of thousands of riders while giving workers time to repair the crumbling system. -- Andrew Grant, July 24, 2017, Washington Post

DDOT holds training on how to do construction work around bike, ped facilities

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:18:08 EDT

These trainings are a big step towards ensuring that bicyclists and pedestrians can move safely past the city’s ever present construction, and WABA is glad to hear that DDOT will hold more of them. -- Colin Browne, July 24, 2017, WABA

Trump administration appoints two fiscal wonks to Metro board

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:12:47 EDT

Two fiscal-minded policy experts have been appointed to replace outgoing safety experts as federal representatives on the board of the D.C. Metro system -- a move that suggests the Trump administration may be looking to institute further financial changes at the budget-challenged transit agency. -- Faiz Siddiqui, Martine Powers, July 24, 2017, Washington Post

Rosslyn Sector Plan honored with Holzheimer Award

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:07:11 EDT

Arlington County’s Rosslyn Sector Plan has won the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association’s Holzheimer Award for Economic Development. -- July 24, 2017, Arlington County

Metro shows safety improvement, but track fires persist

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:17:27 EDT

Metro’s efforts to crack down on track fires appear to have yielded some progress — even if arcing-insulator headaches continue to plague Metro riders. -- Martine Powers, July 24, 2017, Washington Post

Regional leaders aim to launch Metro Safety Commission by end of year

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:16:55 EDT

As the federal government withholds millions of dollars in transportation funding because regional officials missed a deadline to set up a Metro oversight commission, local leaders say they are working on the practical aspects of the new panel and hope to launch it by year’s end. -- Faiz Siddiqui, July 23, 2017, Washington Post

Trump administration to replace Obama-era picks on Metro board

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:15:33 EDT

More than a year after President Barack Obama’s transportation secretary appointed a trio of safety experts to Metro’s governing panel, the Trump administration will replace two of them with its own appointees this week. -- July 23, 2017, Washington Post

Fatal crash in Prince George's Sunday

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:09:32 EDT

A woman is dead and her juvenile passenger was taken to the hospital after their car crashed into a guardrail early Sunday morning in Glenarden, police say. -- Stephen Pimpo Jr., July 23, 2017, WJLA

$6.7 million in Little River Turnpike improvements sought

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:45:30 EDT

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors this week will be reviewing for approval a package of bicycle and pedestrian transportation improvement projects developed from FCDOT's Little River Turnpike Bicycle Corridor Study, which covers portions of Braddock, Mason and Providence Districts. -- July 23, 2017, FABB

Smart cars to be tested on Interstate 95 express lanes

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:29:53 EDT

The agreement calls for initial testing to be done when the express lanes are closed. -- Scott Shenk, July 22, 2017,

Fredericksburg trails as popular as any area amenity

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:27:12 EDT

The construction over the years of the two asphalt pathways -- together making a loop of about 3.2 miles -- is one of the best things Fredericksburg has done. -- Rob Hedelt, July 22, 2017,

BWI lures D.C. region's travelers

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:17:59 EDT

The low fares and the addition of more nonstop flights and airport amenities in recent years have made BWI an attractive alternative to National and Dulles International — so much so that in 2016, BWI beat both airports on passenger traffic. -- Luz Lazo, July 22, 2017, Washington Post

Frequent bus breakdowns take toll on D.C. Circulator service

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:16:10 EDT

On any given day, as many as one-third of the Circulator’s 67 buses are taken out of service because of mechanical problems, city transportation officials said in an interview. -- Luz Lazo, July 21, 2017, Washington Post

D.C. street gets traffic calming after 6-year-old hit and killed

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:09:02 EDT

“It took somebody to die for them to do it,” said Donald J. -- Anna-Lysa Gayle, July 21, 2017, WJLA

Loudoun County says no to regional Metro sales tax

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:51:06 EDT

The Board of Supervisors on Thursday voted unanimously on a formal resolution brought forth by western Loudoun Supervisor Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin) expressing the county’s opposition to the plan proposed by a Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) panel. -- Sydney Kashiwagi, July 21, 2017, Loudoun Times-Mirror

Md. man arrested in road rage shooting in Alexandria

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:37:01 EDT

A 33-year-old female driver was shot Wednesday morning in what police say was a road rage incident in Alexandria, and a suspect was arrested after an hours-long search. -- Ellie Silverman, Rachel Weiner, July 19, 2017, Washington Post

Silver Line Phase Two construction 60 percent complete

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:21:16 EDT

According to a quarterly update provided Wednesday to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, construction of the Phase 2 of the Silver Line extension to Loudoun County has passed 60 percent completion. -- Kalina Newman, July 21, 2017, Reston Now

Biking and walking to DCA might actually become a thing

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:45:40 EDT

The Crystal City BID is funding a feasibility study for an improved connection between Crystal City and DCA. -- July 21, 2017, WashCycle

District will take over Circulator

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:08:10 EDT

The District will take over direct management of its troubled D.C. Circulator bus system, clearing the way for Metro to remove itself from responsibilities it assumed in 2005 when the bright red buses first appeared on city streets. -- Martin Di Caro, July 20, 2017, WAMU

More bike racks at Wiehle-Reston East Metro

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:05:28 EDT

According to development plans, bike racks will be placed on the plaza outside the station entrance. We're pleased to report that a new set of inverted U racks was recently installed near the bike share station. -- July 21, 2017, FABB

Cycling advocates ask Va. to reconsider I-66 plans

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:51:14 EDT

Bicycling advocates say the current design proposal is flawed, because six segments of the trail, totaling five miles, would be built inside the I-66 sound wall, subjecting bike riders to overwhelming traffic noise along with debris and auto emissions without any shade. -- Martin Di Caro, July 21, 2017, WAMU

Md. launches pilot program for digital driver's license

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:04:26 EDT

Maryland has launched its pilot program for a phone-based digital driver's license. -- July 20, 2017, Frederick News-Post

Md. may sue EPA over unanswered Clean Air Act petition

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:03:04 EDT

The petition asks the federal agency to require five states upwind of Maryland to continuously run existing pollution controls at power plants during the ozone season from May 1 to Oct. 31. -- Samantha Hogan, July 21, 2017, Frederick News-Post

Two dead in Indian Head Hwy. head-on crash

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:27:43 EDT

Two people are dead after a head-on crash early Friday morning on Indian Head Highway, Prince George's County police said. -- July 21, 2017, WUSA9