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Metrorail weekend service adjustments July 21-23

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:52:25 EDT

Maintenance work will affect Red and Yellow lines. Medical Center and Bethesda stations will be closed. -- July 17, 2017, WMATA

Frequent bus breakdowns take toll on D.C. Circulator service

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:16:10 EDT

On any given day, as many as one-third of the Circulator’s 67 buses are taken out of service because of mechanical problems, city transportation officials said in an interview. -- Luz Lazo, July 21, 2017, Washington Post

Loudoun County says no to regional Metro sales tax

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:51:06 EDT

The Board of Supervisors on Thursday voted unanimously on a formal resolution brought forth by western Loudoun Supervisor Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin) expressing the county’s opposition to the plan proposed by a Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) panel. -- Sydney Kashiwagi, July 21, 2017, Loudoun Times-Mirror

Silver Line Phase Two construction 60 percent complete

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:21:16 EDT

According to a quarterly update provided Wednesday to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, construction of the Phase 2 of the Silver Line extension to Loudoun County has passed 60 percent completion. -- Kalina Newman, July 21, 2017, Reston Now

Biking and walking to DCA might actually become a thing

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:45:40 EDT

The Crystal City BID is funding a feasibility study for an improved connection between Crystal City and DCA. -- July 21, 2017, WashCycle

District will take over Circulator

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:08:10 EDT

The District will take over direct management of its troubled D.C. Circulator bus system, clearing the way for Metro to remove itself from responsibilities it assumed in 2005 when the bright red buses first appeared on city streets. -- Martin Di Caro, July 20, 2017, WAMU

Cycling advocates ask Va. to reconsider I-66 plans

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:51:14 EDT

Bicycling advocates say the current design proposal is flawed, because six segments of the trail, totaling five miles, would be built inside the I-66 sound wall, subjecting bike riders to overwhelming traffic noise along with debris and auto emissions without any shade. -- Martin Di Caro, July 21, 2017, WAMU

Happy birthday, VRE!

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:14:05 EDT

The Virginia Railway Express' Fredericksburg Line is 25 years old today. Happy birthday! -- Canaan Merchant, July 20, 2017, GGW

Court of Appeals restores federal approval for Purple Line

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:41:04 EDT

The U.S. Court of Appeals on Wednesday restored federal approval of the Purple Line project, clearing the way for construction to begin on the light-rail line. -- Andrew Metcalf, July 19, 2017, Bethesda Beat

Purple Line can move ahead

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:37:44 EDT

A federal appeals court ruling has cleared the path for Maryland to move ahead with a light rail project. -- July 19, 2017, WUSA9

Man arrested in stabbing of D.C. Circulator bus driver

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:27:43 EDT

A D.C. man accused of stabbing a D.C. Circulator driver on Tuesday night has been arrested, D.C. police said. -- Luz Lazo, July 19, 2017, Washington Post

Judge orders new elections for Metro union

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:24:33 EDT

A federal judge has ordered Metro’s largest union to conduct new officer elections under the supervision of the U.S. labor secretary, after former labor secretary Tom Perez alleged the union bent the rules in the most recent election, possibly affecting its outcome. -- Faiz Siddiqui, July 19, 2017, Washington Post

Passenger rail service returning to Roanoke

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:25:28 EDT

Roanoke’s new Amtrak service will start Oct. 31, according to the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. -- Jeff Sturgeon, July 18, 2018,

Condition of crossties linked to derailment had been noted

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:59:04 EDT

In a new court filing, Metro admits that the deteriorating crossties that contributed to last summer’s derailment near East Falls Church had been entered into a work order database eight months earlier. -- Max Smith, July 18, 2017, WTOP

First half of 2017 second hottest on record, behind 2016

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:10:20 EDT

Record warmth was measured in much of Mexico, western Europe, eastern Russia, eastern Africa and eastern China. The U.S. had its second warmest start. -- Seth Borenstein, July 18, 2017, Frederick News-Post

Crystal City BID to study pedestrian link to airport

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:08:38 EDT

The Crystal City Business Improvement District announced today (Monday) it is looking to study the feasibility of a new pedestrian link between Crystal City and Reagan National Airport. -- Chris Teale, July 17, 2017, ARLnow

Arlington seeks to reduce need for train horns in Crystal City

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:58:34 EDT

Under the theory it never hurts to ask, Arlington officials are seeking help from rail giant CSX to reduce the need for trains to blow their horns in Crystal City. -- Scott McCaffrey, July 18, 2017, Inside NoVa

Va. to spend $2M more for new I-66 toll lanes

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:48:16 EDT

The Interstate 66 rush-hour toll system inside the Capital Beltway that is due to begin charging solo drivers in December will cost at least $2 million more up front than previously planned. -- Max Smith, July 18, 2017, WTOP

House votes to authorize DC Metro safety commission

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:29:02 EDT

The House passed a measure on Monday to pave the way for establishing a safety commission for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority system. -- Cristina Marcos, July 17, 2017, The Hill

Two changes to MARC Penn Line weekend schedule July 22-23

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:46:04 EDT

Saturday Train 698 (normally the 10:35pm departure from Union Station) will depart at 11:05pm (30 minutes later).

Sunday Train 694 (normally the 7:00pm departure from Union Station) will depart at 7:25pm (25 minutes later). -- July 21, 2017, MTA