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Railroads and government shutdowns

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:22:39 EST

Whether a federal government shutdown lasts one day or for weeks or months, safety-critical functions affecting railroads are undisturbed. -- Frank N. Wilner, January 21, 2018, Railway Age

Metro again falls short of goal for hiring diverse contractors

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:57:28 EST

Metro has fallen short of its goal for contracting with businesses owned by minorities and women for the third straight year, according to preliminary data released by the agency -- even after it hired a senior-level administrator to improve its performance. -- Martine Powers, January 20, 2018, Washington Post

VRE will start week on normal schedule

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:56:41 EST

VRE will operate it's regular full service during the government shutdown. -- January 20, 2018, VRE

Lawmakers press to keep shutdown short-lived

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:58:02 EST

Congress prepared to return to work Saturday as negotiators pressed for a budget deal to keep a government shutdown that began at midnight short-lived. -- January 20, 2018, Washington Post

MARC will operate on normal schedule

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:51:26 EST

MARC Train will operate reguarly-scheduled, full service on all three lines next week, even if there is a Federal Government shutdown. -- January 19, 2018, MTA

Government shutdown begins

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:48:37 EST

The U.S. Senate ran out of time to strike a deal on funding the federal government Friday night, leading to a shutdown of many federal functions and services. -- Alex Koma, Greg Hambrick, January 20, 2018, Inside NoVa

Metro workers need to know radio dead spots

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 07:32:59 EST

Federal safety officials say Metro must better inform staff about the locations of radio “dead spots” inside subway tunnels, one of a slew of recommendations in a new safety directive issued Friday by the Federal Transit Administration. -- Martine Powers, January 19, 2018, Washington Post

Purple Line expected to open in 2022

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:56:30 EST

The Purple Line will begin carrying passengers in the Maryland suburbs later than expected because of a court fight over the project, but state officials believe it can still open in 2022, state Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn said Thursday night. -- Katherine Shaver, January 19, 2018, Washington Post

Unusual cracked rail at scene of Metro derailment

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:13:38 EST

The crack happened in an area where rails don’t normally break. -- Adam Tuss, January 18, 2018, NBC Washington

Silver Line construction on track

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:53:04 EST

Construction of Phase 2 of the Silver Line extension into Loudoun County is nearly 76 percent complete, according to a quarterly update by Capital Rail Constructors. -- Fatimah Waseem, January 18, 2018, Reston Now

Public transit becomes battleground in #MeToo movement

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:47:11 EST

Public transportation agencies like Metro face a number of challenges when it comes to combating sexual harassment on their railways or buses. -- Carmel Delshad, January 19, 2018, WAMU

U.S. Chamber of Commerce makes case for gas tax increase

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:05:43 EST

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday made its case for increasing the gas tax as it unveiled a plan to rebuild America’s roads, bridges and trains. -- Mallory Shelbourne, January 18, 2018, The Hill

Fairfax County opposes Saturday parking fee at Wiehle-Reston East Metro

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:02:44 EST

In a report to the board, county staff offered a litany of reasons for opposing parking fees on weekends. -- Michael Neibauer, January 18, 2018, Washington Business Journal

Md. bill would make assaulting a transit operator a felony

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:51:13 EST

A Maryland state delegate has proposed boosting the penalty for assaulting a transit operator, a growing problem for Metro and other transit agencies. -- Martine Powers, January 17, 2018, Washington Post

Metro riders expect the worst

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:28:11 EST

After all the other problems that have come to light in the past few years, it’s almost as if D.C. commuters expect a derailment now and then. -- Fredrick Kunkle, January 17, 2018, Washington Post

Red Line derailment is latest black eye for Metro

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:20:10 EST

A derailment over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend is only the latest problem for the dysfunctional D.C. subway system that Washingtonians love to hate. -- January 17, 2018, NBC Washington

Montgomery school board opposes Md. bus inspection bill

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:11:57 EST

MCPS staff says the measure could force buses to pull over at weigh stations, stop for roadside checks. -- Bethany Rodgers, January 16, 2018, Bethesda Beat

Red Line track inspected 5 days before train derailed

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:05:23 EST

Lavin said track inspectors last checked the stretch of track between the Farragut North and Metro Center station on Jan. 10. -- Amanda Iacone, January 16, 2018, WTOP

Man found guilty of armed rape on Metro train

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:56:22 EST

A D.C. man was found guilty Tuesday of raping a woman at knife-point on a Metro train near the Forest Glen station in Silver Spring. -- Cameron Luttrell, January 16, 2018, Takoma Park Patch

Bicycling, walking up in 2016 State of the Commute survey

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:01:13 EST

Late in 2017, the MWCOG released its 2016 State of the Commuter survey results, and biking and walking were up in the region (which includes Alexandria; DC; and Fairfax, Arlington, Montgomery, Prince George's, Calvert, Charles, Frederick County, Loudoun and Prince William Counties). -- January 16, 2018, WashCycle