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Person in custody after brandishing knife at Anacostia Metro

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:09:16 EDT

Metro riders on the Green Line experienced some delays Wednesday morning after police received a report about a person brandishing a knife. -- March 22, 2017, NBC Washington



Arlington salutes employers for creativity in transportation options

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:06:10 EDT

Twenty-two businesses and organizations were honored March 21 as “Platinum Champions” in the Arlington government’s efforts to promote a variety of transportation options. -- March 22, 2017, Inside NoVa



Metro wants to expand student pass program

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:49:35 EDT

Metro wants to expand its U-Pass program for university students, extending the pilot program at American University and potentially signing on five other schools to participate. -- Martine Powers, March 20, 2017, Washington Post



Columbia Pike transit network delayed

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:28:49 EDT

Those who live and work along Columbia Pike will have to wait another year for the implementation of a “Premium Transit Network” along the corridor. -- March 20, 2017, ARLnow



Major changes planned for Reagan National Airport

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:17:22 EDT

Two huge construction projects are being designed to help the flow of passengers, including a brand new concourse and new security checkpoints planned between the Metro station and roadways. -- Adam Tuss, March 20, 2017, NBC Washington



Fight looms over proposed federal transit cuts

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:09:01 EDT

A battle is brewing over federal funding not only for Metro but also for the proposed Purple Line light rail project. -- Jack Pointer, Dick Uliano, March 21, 2017, WTOP



Your chance to weigh in on 95 Express Lanes extension

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:05:08 EDT

Commuters can weigh in this week on Virginia’s plans to extend the 95 Express Lanes 10 miles south toward Fredericksburg and add a new exit from the lanes near Quantico over the next five years. -- Max Smith, March 21, 2017, WTOP



Airlines brace for record spring travel season

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:57:19 EDT

An estimated 145 million passengers are expected to fly on U.S. airlines from March 1 to April 30, up 4 percent from the previous spring, according to Airlines for Americas (A4A). -- Melanie Zanona, March 20, 2017, The Hill



Metro launches bus line between NE, downtown D.C.

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:52:02 EDT

Bus riders in Northeast Washington got a nice addition to their transit options Monday. Metro launched the G9, a limited-stop bus connecting Ward 5 residents to downtown. -- Luz Lazo, March 20, 2017, Washington Post



Damage found in Metro tunnel where residents complained of vibration

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:32:04 EDT

Federal track inspectors who examined the Metro tunnel beneath Georgia Avenue Northwest in the Petworth neighborhood found damage to fasteners “designed to reduce the magnitude of vibrations transferred to the tunnel structure and the environment above,” according to inspection reports published by the Federal Transit Administration. -- Martin Di Caro, March 20, 2017, WAMU



VRE cancels Gainesville, Haymarket expansion

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 07:17:32 EDT

Virginia Railway Express is now shelving any further study of an expansion to Gainesville or Haymarket for the foreseeable future, opting instead to move ahead with plans to overhaul its Broad Run station. -- Alex Koma, March 17, 2017, Inside NoVa



Federal inspectors find mixed success for Metro

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 07:11:48 EDT

Metro deliberately ignores some of its own safety rules for convenience, a new batch of federal inspection reports show, but the agency is making progress in areas such as communication between train operators and central controllers. -- Max Smith, March 17, 2017, WTOP



SafeTrack Surge 13 extended

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:42:34 EDT

Metro is extending SafeTrack Surge #13 by three days to make up time lost during Tuesday's winter storm and the wind and cold temperatures that followed. -- March 17, 2017, WMATA



Proposed interim Georgetown Branch Trail would route cyclists onto busy roads

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:51:46 EDT

Montgomery County planners tasked with rerouting the Georgetown Branch Trail to guide users around future Purple Line construction have settled on a proposal that largely uses Jones Bridge Road to transport cyclists and walkers between Silver Spring and Bethesda. -- Andrew Metcalf, February 16, 2017, Bethesda Beat



Trump budget another roadblock for Purple Line project

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:44:10 EDT

Under President Trump’s spending plan, federal money for transit projects like the Purple Line would be restricted to existing projects -- ones that are already funded. The Purple Line isn’t. -- Kate Ryan, March 16, 2017, WTOP



Va. State Police will crack down on drunk drivers this weekend

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:39:21 EDT

St. Patrick's Day is quickly approaching, and Virginia State Police are reminding residents that no luck of the Irish will help them when it comes to drunk driving. -- Cameron Luttrell, March 16, 2017, Arlington Patch



Purple Line, other U.S. transit funding would be cut under Trump budget

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:35:46 EDT

President Trump’s proposed budget would cut off access to a major source of transit funding, known as New Starts. -- Michael Laris, March 17, 2017, Washington Post



Plans for VRE expansion to Haymarket crumble

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:29:45 EDT

The Virginia Railways Express operations board is expected to vote Friday to scrap a proposed 11-mile extension of the Manassas line into western Prince William County. -- Luz Lazo, March 17, 2017, Washington Post



For some, Capital Bikeshare remains the most convenient way to travel

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:25:48 EDT

More than three-fourths of Capital Bikeshare members have a station within five blocks of their house, and about one-third started using the system more after Metro started SafeTrack. These numbers -- and many other facts about CaBi users -- come from CaBi’s most recent membership survey. -- Bryan Rodda, March 16, 2017, GGW



SoberRide taking new route on St. Patrick's Day

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:54:27 EDT

SoberRide is teaming up with Lyft, the ride-hailing service, to provide the free rides. Until now, the program has been working with taxi companies in the D.C. region. -- Robert Thomson, March 16, 2017, Washington Post