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Metrobus Explorer shows where buses go

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:44:51 EDT

Planners at WMATA have developed Metrobus Explorer, an online tool that gives users real-time arrival displays and a personalized spider map showing where bus lines from a given stop run to. -- Svet Neov, September 29, 2016, GGW



Commuter train crash in New Jersey

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:40:55 EDT

A New Jersey Transit commuter train crashed into Hoboken Terminal during rush hour Thursday morning, killing at least one woman and causing numerous injuries at one of busiest transportation hubs in the Northeast, Gov. Chris Christie (R) said. -- September 29, 2016, Washington Post



Officials hope bus bay upgrades coax commuters out of cars

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:06:25 EDT

Most commuters would prefer not to stand in the hot sun or pouring rain, and shelter is just one element of bus facility improvements announced Wednesday at the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station. -- Kristi King, September 28, 2016, WTOP



SelectPass sales continue to grow

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:03:16 EDT

Metro added an additional seven price points to SelectPass starting in August, and customers have started to take notice. -- September 29, 2016, PlanItMetro



Germany to introduce first hydrogen-powered train

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:01:07 EDT

In December 2017, Germany will launch passenger rail service powered by hydrogen. -- September 29, 2016, thetransitwire.com



D.C. Circulator will extend hours for next SafeTrack surge

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:56:41 EDT

The District Department of Transportation is extending hours of service on the DC Circulator to help offset the impact of the next planned Metro SafeTrack surge, which is scheduled to shutter Red Line service between Fort Totten and NoMa stations from Oct. 29 to Nov. 22. -- Martine Powers, September 28, 2016, Washington Post



Metro Transit Police investigate kidnapping

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:53:00 EDT

The victim, an adult female, reported to police that she was waiting for a bus at the corner of New Hampshire Ave, NW, and Georgia Ave, NW, around 1 p.m. yesterday (Tuesday, September 27, 2016) when she was approached by two unknown men. -- September 28, 2016, WMATA



New Md. driving laws take effect Saturday

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:48:53 EDT

Get ready, Washington-area drivers. Maryland has some new driving laws on the books, starting Saturday. -- Katherine Shaver, September 28, 2016, Washington Post



Biking and SafeTrack -- highlighting the need for bike infrastructure

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:45:54 EDT

Transit and bikes go hand in hand. Not only can riders bike to and from stations for that first and last mile, but biking is a great way to get around when Metrorail is under maintenance.  It’s important that our policy makers understand the importance of having good bike infrastructure. -- September 28, 2016, PlanItMetro



D.C. Circulator extends hours to help Red Line riders during SafeTrack

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:17:18 EDT

The District Department of Transportation is extending hours of service on the DC Circulator to help offset the impact of the next planned Metro SafeTrack surge, which is scheduled to shutter Red Line service between Fort Totten and NoMa stations from Oct. 29 to Nov. 22. -- Martine Powers, September 28, 2016, Washington Post



Metro completes $5.5 million bus improvements at Franconia-Springfield

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:42:37 EDT

Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld and Fairfax County officials held a ribbon cutting today celebrating the completion of $5.5 million in bus improvements at the Franconia-Springfield Metro station. -- September 28, 2016, WMATA



Electric TransIT bus catches fire in Frederick

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:37:32 EDT

The cause of a bus fire that closed U.S. 40 near the exit for U.S. 15 for several hours remained under investigation Tuesday afternoon, according to a county TransIT spokeswoman. -- Jeremy Arias, September 27, 2016, Frederick News-Post



Arlington again on hunt for Notable Trees

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:31:40 EDT

The Arlington County government is holding its annual nomination drive in its Notable Tree Program, with submissions due by Nov. 15. -- September 28, 2016, Inside NoVa



Va. budget shortfall to have impact on transportation

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:23:35 EDT

Virginia’s massive projected budget shortfall will likely hit transportation projects, but it is not clear yet exactly how. -- Max Smith, September 28, 2016, WTOP



Nats fans taking Metro should keep an eye on the clock

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:07:36 EDT

Metro board Chairman Jack Evans is worried about the upcoming Nationals playoff series -- and not just about the prowess of the Los Angeles Dodgers. -- Martine Powers, Fenit Nirappil, September 27, 2016, Washington Post



Commuter Connections introduces carpooling app

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:57:41 EDT

CarpoolNow is a new free app that matches drivers and riders through their smartphones in the way that ride-hailing companies find you a driver. -- September 27, 2016, TPB



DDOT questions Metro's ability to protect paratransit customers

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:26:08 EDT

The District is questioning whether the Washington region’s transit authority can ensure the safety of people with disabilities as Metro moves closer to subcontracting with ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to provide thousands of low-cost trips in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. Metro has named the program ‘Abilities Ride.’ -- Martin Di Caro, September 27, 2016, WAMU



Make cities affordable by building for walkability

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:28:25 EDT

The Obama administration is taking on the crisis of rising rents in American cities, releasing a series of recommendations today to spur the construction of more affordable housing. Among the many ideas the White House endorses: allowing more multi-family housing near transit and getting rid of parking minimums. -- Angie Schmitt, September 27, 2016, StreetsBlog USA



Debris, power cables involved in Friday track fire at Metro Center

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:23:55 EDT

Debris that ignited on a tunnel floor and damaged a power cable was the source of a track fire at Metro Center that caused major delays during rush hour last Friday afternoon, the transit authority said on Monday. -- Martin De Caro, September 27, 2016, WAMU



How long will you live? It might depend on your Metro stop

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:17:43 EDT

The difference of a few Metro stops could determine whether D.C. area babies will live a long, healthy life or face a shorter life expectancy. -- Jenny Glick and Amanda Iacone, September 27, 2016, WTOP