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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

Metro riders wonder: What did SafeTrack achieve?

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:25:02 EDT

For Metro, the two arcing incidents that clobbered the Red Line during Friday morning’s commute may have come at the worst possible moment. -- Martine Powers, Rachel Siegel, June 23, 2017, Washington Post

Loudoun supervisors put Metro area plan on hold

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:22:48 EDT

The county’s major land-use plan around the future Silver Line stops is being put on hold, possibly for another year. -- Sydney Kashiwagi, June 23, 2017, Loudoun Times-Mirror

Metro fare hikes, service cuts kick in Sunday

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:15:56 EDT

As Metro's aggressive, yearlong maintenance plan comes to an end, riders will start to see changes to the transit agency's fares, schedules and routes. -- Allison Pecorin, June 23, 2017, NBC Washington

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

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

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

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

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

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