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Metrorail weekend service adjustments Feb. 17-20

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:30:55 EST

Red, Silver, Yellow lines affected by weekend work. SafeTrack Surge 12 is ongoing, no Blue Line service. -- February 13, 2017, WMATA

Metro police seek to identify suspect in assault on bus

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:17:54 EST

A teenage boy reported being touched inappropriately Tuesday. -- February 17, 2017, Bethesda Beat

Montgomery approves plans for bike facilities

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:16:59 EST

Last week the Montgomery County Council approved the Lyttonsville Sector Plan, which sets up a framework for how to reorient and rebuild the area once the Purple Line and Capital Crescent Trail are built through it. -- February 17, 2017, WashCycle

Metro announces new controls on absenteeism

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:42:32 EST

Metro General Manager and CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld announced new controls on absenteeism this week to improve productivity and reduce use of overtime, as part of his management team’s actions to reduce operating expenses. -- February 17, 2017, WMATA

Dr. Gridlock's travel tips for Presidents' Day weekend

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:24:47 EST

The weather will be warmer for much of Presidents’ Day weekend, but it’s still not a big getaway time on the highways in the D.C. region, though there’s likely to be some extra traffic on Friday and Monday afternoons. -- Robert Thomson, February 17, 2017, Washington Post

Metro GM: Commuting changes causing ridership decline

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:22:02 EST

What’s to blame for the steady drop in Metro ridership? Changing commuting patterns from cheaper gas, telecommuting and Lyft. That was Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld’s take when he was asked by a D.C. oversight committee Thursday about the lower ridership and its impact on the transit agency. -- Dennis Foley, February 17, 2017, WTOP

Circulator gets new stop flags

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:33:39 EST

Beginning February 15, 2017, the DC Circulator stop flags are getting a new look. -- February 15, 2017, DC Circulator

Metro to reduce call center hours

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:57:25 EST

Metro will reduce its call center hours as part of ongoing belt-tightening at the cash-strapped agency. -- Faiz Siddiqui, February 16, 2017, Washington Post

What a weakened Metro means to the D.C. region

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:54:48 EST

For many decades -- as far ahead as it’s reasonable to look with an urban transportation system -- the heavy rail system is going to be the backbone of the capital area’s travel network. -- Robert Thomson, February 16, 2017, Washington Post

New Loudoun Metro estimates are in, and they aren't pretty

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:59:01 EST

After an outpouring of questions from constituents and the media on how much Metro will cost Loudoun, county administration worked over the past week to gather the latest estimates. -- Sydney Kashiwagi, February 15, 2017, Loudoun Times-Mirror

How the 4000 series became Metro's worst cars

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:53:01 EST

The rail cars -- which began arriving in 1991 and have been in service a quarter-century -- will leave behind memories of stalled trains, maddening delays and the unsettling experience of doors opening mid-ride. -- Faiz Siddiqui, February 15, 2017, Washington Post

Metro makes case to local leaders for raising fares, cutting service

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:36:54 EST

Metro leaders took their case for higher fares and reduced service to area leaders Wednesday. The changes are proposed as part of Metro’s upcoming budget and could take effect in July. -- John Aaron, February 15, 2017, WTOP

Metro begins retiring 4000-series cars

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:29:08 EST

Metro’s 4000-series, riddled with problems in recent years and then deemed unworthy of a mid-life overhaul, reached the end of its life Wednesday as the agency began retiring the first of the fleet. -- Faiz Siddiqui, February 15, 2017, Washington Post

Traffic deaths reach highest level in nearly a decade

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:24:20 EST

A total of 40,200 people died on U.S. roads in 2016, the highest level in almost a decade, according to preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council (NSC). -- Melanie Zanona, February 15, 2017, The Hill

Costs to fix Metro could bog down budgets for schools, police

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:22:20 EST

Schools, roads, public safety and other key budget needs could be squeezed out by ballooning needs at Metro after years of neglect, Nothern Virginia leaders were warned Tuesday. -- Max Smith, February 15, 2017, WTOP

Flight cancellations, mishandled bags fall to record lows

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:59:46 EST

The number of cancelled flights, mishandled bags and bumped passengers fell to historic lows last year, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced Tuesday. -- Melanie Zanona, February 14, 2017, The Hill

New tool from DDOT visualizes transit data

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:53:48 EST

What are the most and least congested bus corridors? A new tool from DDOT visualizes that and much more. -- Faiz Siddiqui, February 14, 2017, Washington Post

Reagan National sets passenger count record

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:41:21 EST

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport set another in a string of record passenger counts in 2016, while Washington Dulles International Airport also was in positive territory from the previous year, according to new data. -- February 14, 2017, Inside NoVa

Metro mulls food stalls, pop-up stores at stations

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:38:29 EST

New food stalls and other pop-up stores could emerge at Metro station entrances across the region if a pilot project coming to the Grosvenor-Strathmore station goes well. -- Max Smith, February 13, 2017, WTOP

Metro riders adjust to new SafeTrack commute

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:53:25 EST

The first weekday commute under the new SafeTrack maintenance project went fairly smoothly for thousands of displaced Blue Line riders, despite some extra crowding at the L’Enfant Plaza transfer station. -- Robert Thomson, February 13, 2017, Washington Post