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Montgomery approves plans for bike facilities

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:16:59 EST

Last week the Montgomery County Council approved the Lyttonsville Sector Plan, which sets up a framework for how to reorient and rebuild the area once the Purple Line and Capital Crescent Trail are built through it. -- February 17, 2017, WashCycle

Dr. Gridlock's travel tips for Presidents' Day weekend

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:24:47 EST

The weather will be warmer for much of Presidents’ Day weekend, but it’s still not a big getaway time on the highways in the D.C. region, though there’s likely to be some extra traffic on Friday and Monday afternoons. -- Robert Thomson, February 17, 2017, Washington Post

What a weakened Metro means to the D.C. region

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:54:48 EST

For many decades -- as far ahead as it’s reasonable to look with an urban transportation system -- the heavy rail system is going to be the backbone of the capital area’s travel network. -- Robert Thomson, February 16, 2017, Washington Post

Metro makes case to local leaders for raising fares, cutting service

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:36:54 EST

Metro leaders took their case for higher fares and reduced service to area leaders Wednesday. The changes are proposed as part of Metro’s upcoming budget and could take effect in July. -- John Aaron, February 15, 2017, WTOP

Traffic deaths reach highest level in nearly a decade

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:24:20 EST

A total of 40,200 people died on U.S. roads in 2016, the highest level in almost a decade, according to preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council (NSC). -- Melanie Zanona, February 15, 2017, The Hill

Costs to fix Metro could bog down budgets for schools, police

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:22:20 EST

Schools, roads, public safety and other key budget needs could be squeezed out by ballooning needs at Metro after years of neglect, Nothern Virginia leaders were warned Tuesday. -- Max Smith, February 15, 2017, WTOP

Most drivers, not just young, are taking risks

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:09:16 EST

Well over half of drivers in every age group have texted behind the wheel, run a red light or driven faster than the speed limit in the last 30 days, according to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. -- February 15, 2017, WTOP

Met Branch Trail's Fort Totten section ready for design-build

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:49:05 EST

Last week, DDOT issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the design-build construction of the Fort Totten section of the Metropolitan Branch Trail. -- February 14, 2017, WashCycle

Weather Service suffered 'catastrophic' outage

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:01:24 EST

On a day when a blizzard is pasting Maine and Northern California faces a dire flooding threat, several of the National Weather Service’s primary systems for sending out alerts to the public failed for nearly three hours. -- Jason Samenow, February 13, 2017, Washington Post

Metro mulls food stalls, pop-up stores at stations

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:38:29 EST

New food stalls and other pop-up stores could emerge at Metro station entrances across the region if a pilot project coming to the Grosvenor-Strathmore station goes well. -- Max Smith, February 13, 2017, WTOP

Metro riders adjust to new SafeTrack commute

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:53:25 EST

The first weekday commute under the new SafeTrack maintenance project went fairly smoothly for thousands of displaced Blue Line riders, despite some extra crowding at the L’Enfant Plaza transfer station. -- Robert Thomson, February 13, 2017, Washington Post

Arlington says 'no thanks' to gondola

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 08:42:36 EST

A proposed gondola connecting Georgetown and Rosslyn across the Potomac River won’t be funded with money from Arlington because other transportation projects, such as Metro and Columbia Pike transit, take priority, the Arlington County Board said Friday. -- Patricia Sullivan, February 11, 2017, Washington Post