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Closed Friday for Inauguration Day

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:01:40 EST

The Commuter Store, Mobile Commuter Store, 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. 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,

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, 2016, 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

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

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

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

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

Transportation funding changes bring in the green

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:58:59 EST

The 2013 Virginia General Assembly revenue and appropriations bill established a dedicated funding stream for the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA), which oversees planning and funding for transportation projects in the Commonwealth’s Planning District 8, including Fairfax County. -- Angela Woolsey, January 13, 2017, Fairfax County Times

Union Station's main entrance to be closed Jan. 19

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:51:46 EST

Commuters who use D.C.'s Union Station on Thursday, Jan. 19 will find the main entrance and part of the station closed. -- Andrea Swalec, January 13, 2017, NBC Washington

Federal employees encouraged to telework during inauguration week

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:36:22 EST

In light of inauguration week travel disruptions and commuting delays, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management is asking federal employees who work in downtown D.C. to telework on Wednesday and Thursday, if possible. -- Hanna Choi, January 14, 2017, WTOP

Inauguration Day Metro service information

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:55:43 EST

Metrorail is open 4 am - midnight with rush-hour service and peak fares from opening until 9 pm; Metrobus will operate Saturday Supplemental service. -- WMATA Press Release, January 13, 2017

Travelling to, from Union Station January 18-22

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:22:29 EST

The presidential inauguration on Friday, January 20, and related events, are expected to bring large crowds to Washington, D.C. Amtrak, MARC, VRE, and Metrorail passengers arriving at or departing from Union Station should allow extra time. Tips from Amtrak. -- January 13, 2017,

Metro's next SafeTrack work to shut down portion of Blue line

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:17:01 EST

Major track work and possible delays are coming to Arlington as part of Metro’s first SafeTrack “surge” of the new year. -- Tim Regan, January 12, 2017, ARLnow

Why did Metro add more 24/7 track work, including some areas hit before?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:05:59 EST

Metro scheduled new 24/7 track work on Thursday, after uncovering additional problems that must be addressed and after juggling the competing crumbling parts of the system to outline a new schedule. -- Max Smith, January 13, 2017, WTOP