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Updated March 24 service information from Metro

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:23:39 EDT

Metro is preparing for the hundreds of thousands of participants expected tomorrow for March for Our Lives, with special rush-hour service running throughout the day and hundreds of additional Metro staff on hand to assist visitors. -- March 23, 2018, WMATA

Metro service information for March for Our Lives

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:35:11 EDT

Metro has released its service schedule for the March for Our Lives which will take place in the nation's capital on Saturday, March 24. -- March 22, 2018, WJLA

D.C. Metro tips for visitors

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:25:11 EDT

We have gathered a list of tips and suggestions that out-of-towners, new transplants and even locals who rarely take Metro, need to know. -- Luz Lazo, March 22, 2018, Washington Post

Metrorail weekend service adjustments, March 24-25

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:12:35 EDT

All lines operate rush-hour service levels, every 8 minutes from end-of-line stations on Saturday, regular service levels on Sunday. -- March 19, 2018, WMATA

Metro gets final 'yes' as Md. commits to dedicated funding

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:51:42 EDT

Maryland will give Metro its full share of $167 million a year in new, permanent funding, the governor and leaders of both legislative chambers said Thursday, putting the transit system on track to win a historic regional deal to support it. -- Robert McCartney, March 22, 2018, Washington Post

Bullet fired on I-395

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:38:53 EDT

Virginia State Police are investigating a shooting on I-395 near the Pentagon. -- March 22, 2018, ARLnow

Congress OKs budget, averting shutdown

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:12:01 EDT

Senate passage shortly after midnight averted a third federal shutdown this year, an outcome both parties wanted to avoid. -- March 23, 2018, Fox5

Metro approves budget: No fare hikes or service cuts

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:06:08 EDT

Riders will not see any new fare hikes or service cuts in June after the Metro Board gave final approval Thursday to the agency’s budget for the coming fiscal year. -- Max Smith, March 22, 2018, WTOP

Metro lengthens Yellow, Green Line trains

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:01:46 EDT

Metro is adding more cars -- but not more trains -- to the Green and Yellow lines after crowding increased following service cuts last June. -- Max Smith, March 23, 2018, WTOP

Northern Va. leaders ask Northam for changes in Metro funding

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:57:09 EDT

Top elected officials in Northern Virginia agreed to ask Gov. Ralph Northam to use more state money or raise local taxes to pay for that state’s Metro bill, instead of using so much funding earmarked mostly for road projects. -- Robert McCartney, March 22, 2018, Washington Post

Four tips for taking Metro Saturday

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:22:28 EDT

If you’re planning on attending Saturday’s March For Our Lives, Metro is your best bet for reaching downtown D.C. But you’re going to need to plan your route and itinerary to ensure you don’t get stuck in the crowds that delayed many participants in last year’s Women’s March on Washington on the Mall. -- Martine Powers, March 22, 2018, Washington Post

Metro offers advice for busy spring season

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:50:56 EDT

Metro is putting all hands on deck for the massive crowds expected due to the March For Our Lives, the National Cherry Blossom Festival and spring break tourist season, and the transit agency is offering some specific advice for the hundreds of thousands of people expected to ride Saturday. -- Max Smith, March 22, 2018, WTOP

D.C.'s "carbon neutral" pledge will require big changes

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:43:38 EDT

The District of Columbia will be carbon-neutral and climate resilient by 2050, under a pledge that Mayor Muriel Bowser made while attending the North American Climate Summit in Chicago last December. DC now joins 25 other world cities (and Montgomery County) in making similar pledges. -- Payton Chung, March 22, 2018, GGW

March for Our Lives is Saturday

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:28:56 EDT

Big crowds are expected in Washington on Saturday for the March For Our Lives, an anti-gun-violence rally organized by students, that could bring as many as 500,000 protesters to downtown D.C. The event will cause travel and traffic problems. -- Luz Lazo, March 22, 2018, Washington Post

Cherry blossoms will survive snow

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:29:18 EDT

Worried about how Wednesday’s snowstorm may impact the Cherry Blossoms? Don’t be. According to the National Park Service, the snow isn’t expected to affect the blossoms at all. -- Chelsea Cirruzzo, March 21, 2018, WUSA9

Future Metro SmarTrip options may include key fobs, stickers

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:08:20 EDT

Metro is in the process of replacing all fare gates in the rail system and lining up a new contractor to provide SmarTrip cards or other payment technologies in the future, and each proposal requires the current fare payment system to remain in place for now. -- Max Smith, March 22, 2018, WTOP

Upgrades planned for Dulles Toll Road tolling system

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:06:00 EDT

Tolling system upgrades on the Dulles Toll Road could lead to some detours and delays over the next six months, and also allow for future changes in how tolls are charged. -- Max Smith, March 20, 2018, WTOP

Part of historic bridge will be preserved on Purple Line trail

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:11:23 EDT

Part of a historic Maryland bridge that served as a lifeline to African Americans during segregation will be preserved on a recreational trail that will run along the future Purple Line, Montgomery County officials said Tuesday. -- Katherine Shaver, March 20, 2018, Washington Post

Snow affects MARC, VRE, Amtrak, Metro service Wednesday

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 07:59:37 EDT

Virginia Railway Express has canceled service for Wednesday. All MARC train service is suspended for Wednesday. Metro is planning fewer trains than usual. -- Sarah Beth Hensley, March 21, 2018, WTOP

Federal offices, schools closed as snowstorm moves in

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 07:54:06 EDT

Federal offices in the D.C. area are closed Wednesday as are all major school systems in the D.C. area. The National Weather Service advises that travelers expect difficult commutes. -- Chantalle Edmunds, Nahal Amouzadeh, March 21, 2018, WTOP