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Electric bus sets distance record

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:28:26 EDT

An electric bus traveled more than 1,000 miles on a single charge, setting a record for electric vehicles. -- September 21, 2017,

Metro worker receives electric shock from 7000-series train car

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:25:49 EDT

Metro’s largest union is calling for urgent action from management after a mechanic received an electric shock while performing an inspection on one of the transit system’s newest trains. -- Martine Powers, September 20, 2017, Washington Post

Va. offers commute options for I-66 corridor

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:22:12 EDT

At a commuter parking lot in Northern Virginia on Wednesday, with a backdrop of buses and shared bicycles, Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) snipped a ceremonial ribbon in the hope of cutting down on the time people spend sitting in traffic in the notoriously congested I-66 corridor. -- Martin Di Caro, September 20, 2017, WAMU

Airline baggage, cancellation fees rise to $7B

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:18:13 EDT

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the total annual revenue from those two fees has increased from $6.3 billion in 2010 to $7.1 billion in 2016. -- Melanie Zanona, September 20, 2017, The Hill

What's next for Metro funding?

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:28:59 EDT

Some key questions and answers to help make sense of it all. -- Martin Di Caro, September 20, 2017, WAMU

D.C. considers "parking cash-out"

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:18:27 EDT

A proposed bill called “parking cash-out” could give employees the chance to trade in their parking space for extra cash and encourage drivers to explore other commuting options. -- Susan Balding, September 20, 2017, GGW

Streamlined bus routes proposed for Columbia Pike

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:14:30 EDT

Recently Metro unveiled the latest proposed changes to the Metrobus network which includes a major restructuring to the 16 series bus lines on Columbia Pike in Arlington. The long-awaited restructuring is aimed at simplifying and improving bus service in the corridor. -- Peter Dovak, September 20, 2017, GGW

Amtrak campaign takes pain out of travel

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:11:56 EDT

Amtrak has launched a new marketing campaign, “Break the Travel Quo,” to remind consumers of the ease and convenience of rail travel over air and car. -- Stuart Chirls, September 20, 2017, Railway Age

Transit projects will accompany I-66 Express Lanes

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:37:38 EDT

The projects, already approved by the state, include enhanced regional bus service in the northern Virginia suburbs and expanded bikeshare options. -- September 20, 2017, NBC Washington

FTA awards $55M for low-no emission vehicles

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:01:44 EDT

The Federal Transit Administration awarded $55 million in grants to 51 projects in 39 states through the Low or No Emission Vehicle program. -- September 20, 2017,

Tree cutting for Purple Line can begin

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:58:45 EDT

Purple Line contractors can commence clearing trees along the now-closed Georgetown Branch of the Capital Crescent Trail in Montgomery County after a federal judge declined to issue an immediate ruling in opponents’ most recent legal attempt to delay the construction of the 16-mile light rail project. -- Martin Di Caro, September 19, 2017, WAMU

Phoenix Bikes moving to Arlington Mill Community Center

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:39:19 EDT

The Arlington County Board today approved a lease with homegrown non-profit Phoenix Bikes for vacant retail space along Columbia Pike in the Arlington Mill Community & Senior Center, 909 S Dinwiddie St. -- September 19, 2017, Arlington County

Reston has the best plaza on the Silver Line

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:12:51 EDT

Fairfax County is gaining a number of beautifully-designed public places along the Silver Line, but not enough attention has been paid to Reston Station. -- Canaan Merchant, September 19, 2017, GGW

Army Ten-Miler will close roads Oct. 8

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:19:30 EDT

The Arlington County Police Department will close several streets near the Pentagon on Sunday, October 8, 2017, for the 33rd annual Army Ten-Miler race. -- September 19, 2017, Arlington County

Man charged with sexual assault at Union Station

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:02:09 EDT

A 30-year-old man was arrested Monday and charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy on the platform of the Union Station Metro, according to D.C. police. -- Peter Hermann, September 19, 2017, Washington Post

Metro evaluates work on Red Line leaks

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:38:51 EDT

Metro is analyzing how the first round of drilled and filled holes in the tunnel walls is holding, General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said, before deciding whether to exercise a contractual option for a second stretch of work. -- Max Smith, September 18, 2017, WTOP

Metro, union bicker over cause of Monday's Orange Line delays

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:30:14 EDT

After a mobile concrete mixer broke down during weekend repairs Sunday, according to the transit agency, Metro had to call in extra workers to mix concrete by hand. -- Faiz Siddiqui, September 19, 2017, Washington Post

Elevated Crystal City roadway set to come down

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:14:46 EDT

The Arlington County Board on Sept. 16 voted to spend $6.6 million for demolition of an elevated roadway in Crystal City, part of an effort to make the corridor more user-friendly and free up space for development. -- September 17, 2017, Inside NoVa

Amtrak pitches itself as friendlier alternative to airlines

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:11:32 EDT

With a new CEO at its helm, the passenger railroad has launched an advertising campaign that seizes on customers’ biggest frustrations with air travel and paints Amtrak as a more comfortable -- and friendlier -- travel alternative. -- Melanie Zanona, September 15, 2017, The Hill

Metro union calls for more police on buses

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:08:10 EDT

Metro’s largest union says two bus operators were threatened with firearms Thursday, spurring labor officials to reiterate demands for long-term solutions to the chronic issue of assaults on bus operators. -- Martine Powers, September 15, 2017, Washington Post