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Metrorail weekend service adjustments May 26-29

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:32:38 EDT

Track work will affect all but the Green Line. SafeTrack Surge 15 continues on the Orange Line, five stations remain closed. Rhode Island Ave. station will be closed on the Red Line. -- May 22, 2017, WMATA

Metro service for Memorial Day

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:53:04 EDT

Trains and buses will operate on a Sunday schedule. -- May 25, 2017, WMATA

Md. wants decision in all aspects of Purple Line lawsuit

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:39:23 EDT

The Maryland Attorney General’s Office says the state needs a speedy decision in all aspects of a lawsuit opposing the light-rail Purple Line project before it can appeal a recent ruling that could add months of more delay, according to a court brief filed Thursday. -- Katherine Shaver, May 25, 2017, Washington Post

Metro track workers to face discipline after near miss

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:35:54 EDT

Metro officials will seek disciplinary action against two employees who took an unauthorized contractor onto Yellow Line tracks near Eisenhower Avenue station and failed to follow safety protocol last week, causing a near miss incident when an oncoming train barreled in their direction. -- Martine Powers, May 25, 2017, Washington Post

Metro map morphs from diagram to geographic

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:32:42 EDT

Most people know the Metro map is not an accurate representation of geography, but how different is it? -- David Alpert, May 25, 2017, GGW

Map demystifies Washington's long-distance bus network

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:08:03 EDT

Of the pieces that make up the Washington region's extensive transit network, the region’s commuter bus networks might be the least known. -- Peter Dovak, May 24, 2017, GGW

Trump budget slashes federal aid for rail

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:29:20 EDT

President Trump’s transportation budget slashes federal aid to the nation’s rail systems by cutting funding for long-distance Amtrak service and severely limiting money to help expand transit lines and build new ones. -- Katherine Shaver, Lori Aratani, May 23, 2017, Washington Post

Driving seems irrational when there are alternatives

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:19:11 EDT

So why drive? And how do you get people to change? That’s the question posed in a new survey by Conduent, a business services provider based in New Jersey. -- Frederick Kunkle, May 24, 2017, Washington Post

Metro sees spike in bus fare evasion

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:07:16 EDT

Agency records show an almost 80 percent rise in police citations and warnings for bus “fare evasion” since 2016. -- May 23, 2017, NBC Washington

Judge's legal logic questioned after Purple Line ruling

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:55:58 EDT

Law professor says Judge Richard Leon did what Supreme Court has warned judges not to do by substituting his judgment for that of a federal agency. -- Andrew Metcalf, May 23, 2017, Bethesda Beat

Arlington PD 2016 report: Zero bicyclist, pedestrian, driver fatalities

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:48:38 EDT

Traffic statistics also reflected a decrease in 2016 as there were 140 fewer reportable crashes than in the previous year. -- May 23, 2017, Arlington County

Ballston pedestrian bridge torn down

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:40:04 EDT

The bridge was torn down over the weekend, closing part of Wilson Blvd in front of the under-construction Ballston Quarter mall and prompting a new location for the Taste of Arlington festival. -- May 22, 2017, ARLnow

Metro rationale to hike fares, cut service 1 week sooner

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:19:54 EDT

Metro staff detailed the justification for the earlier switch in a memo to the Metro Board that was made available on Monday. -- Max Smith, May 23, 2017, WTOP

DDOT releases D.C. State Rail Plan

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:15:18 EDT

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today released the District of Columbia State Rail Plan (SRP), the District's first comprehensive SRP. -- May 22, 2017, DDOT

Judge rules; Purple Line may be on hold indefinitely

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:24:04 EDT

A federal judge has dealt a potentially fatal setback to the $2 billion Purple Line light rail project in the Maryland suburbs, ruling that federal transit officials failed to properly assess Metrorail’s ongoing problems in the project’s environmental approval. -- Martin Di Caro, May 22, 2017, WAMU

Arlington Board approves contract for street improvements

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:25:35 EDT

The Arlington County Board today approved contracts to improve intersection access and safety on Arlington Boulevard at Irving Street and to reduce and filter stormwater runoff on Williamsburg Boulevard. -- May 20, 2017, Arlington County

D.C. traffic to get worse

Mon, 22 May 2017 07:30:45 EDT

Commutes across the D.C. region are projected to include significantly more time sitting in traffic in coming years, and a number of elected leaders believe there may not be much that can be done to change that. -- Max Smith, May 22, 2017, WTOP

Bethesda Metro station reopens after repairs

Mon, 22 May 2017 07:28:38 EDT

A broken water line temporarily closed the Bethesda Metro Station on the Red Line Sunday morning. -- Dennis Foley, May 21, 2017, WTOP

Memorial Day is May 29

Sun, 21 May 2017 08:00:53 EDT

The Commuter Store, Mobile Commuter Store, Customer Service Call Center, and ART - Arlington Transit Call Center are closed Monday, May 29, 2017 for Memorial Day. Arlington County government offices are closed. ART 41, 45, 51, 55 and 87 will operate on Sunday schedules. All other ART routes will not operate. orders placed after 2pm on Friday, May 26 will be processed and shipped on Tuesday, May 30. -- May 21, 2017,

Fares could rise on ART and STAR

Fri, 19 May 2017 08:47:43 EDT

Fares for Arlington Transit and Specialized Transportation for Arlington Residents could increase next month, subject to County Board approval. -- Chris Teale, Mapy 18, 2017, ARLnow