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Public hearings this week on Transform 66 Inside the Beltway

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:39:10 EST

On Monday and Thursday the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will host hearings to allow the public to review and provide comments on the preliminary design plans and Environmental Assessment for the Transform 66 Inside the Beltway Eastbound Widening Project. -- December 3, 2016, FABB



Latest designs for Purple Line stations

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 07:58:43 EST

Construction on the Purple Line may be stalled, but design work is soldiering on. -- Andrew Metcalf, December 1, 2016, Bethesda Beat



D.C. mayor proposes amending bike-ped safety law

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 07:47:38 EST

Most of the changes are trivial or semantic, such as replacing the word "accident" with "crash" or "rate" with "frequency". Others seem to be clearing up an oversight such as changing a requirement about reporting on pedestrian crashes to also include bicyclists. But there are some other, more substantive changes as well. -- December 2, 2016, WashCycle



D.C. is telling us more about blocked sidewalks, car crashes

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 07:04:04 EST

DC has created a map that shows where it has issued permits to block sidewalks and bike lanes for construction projects, and soon, the city will begin releasing more detailed data about where vehicle collisions have happened. Both will tell us more about where in the city pedestrians and bicyclists are at risk, which will make it easier to make those areas safer. -- Ralph Lindeman, December 1, 2016, GGW



Metro has a plan for late-night buses

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 07:57:08 EST

As Metro seeks to cut back late-night service, officials are hoping to provide a “lifeline” bus network to help transport late-shift workers home on Friday and Saturday nights -- but it’s up to the board to come up with the money to make the plan a reality. -- Martine Powers, December 1, 2016, Washington Post



EPA decides not to weaken car efficiency rules

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:02:25 EST

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) won’t weaken the car fuel efficiency standards it set in 2012, despite pleas from the auto industry. -- Timothy Cama, November 30, 2016, The Hill



Metro's plan to get "Back2Good"

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:45:24 EST

Marking his first anniversary since taking the helm of Metro, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer (GM/CEO) Paul J. Wiedefeld today laid out next steps for the Authority that move beyond track work to get trains running safely and reliably. -- November 30, 2016, WMATA



Purple Line groundbreaking on hold

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:35:36 EST

As each day passes, it appears more unlikely that Maryland officials will celebrate the groundbreaking for construction of the Purple Line later this year as originally planned. -- Andrew Metcalf, November 29, 2016, Bethesda Beat



Thanksgiving weekend traffic deaths see slight drop in Va.

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:20:20 EST

Virginia authorities said that even with a record level of travelers on area roadways for the Thanksgiving holiday, the number of traffic-related deaths for the season dropped. -- Dana Hedgpeth, November 29, 2016, Washington Post



Is there any reason not to have a sidewalk?

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 07:09:32 EST

There are parts of DC and other cities with no sidewalks. As pedestrian safety has become a higher priority in road design, DC and other cities have been adding them, though sometimes residents oppose the idea. -- Malcolm Kenton, November 28, 2016, GGW



When people without cars move to places built for driving

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 06:58:43 EST

In Langley Park in Prince George's County, an increasing number of people want to walk to jobs and retail—even though doing so isn't all that safe (yet). -- Carolyn Gallaher, November 28, 2016, GGW



Mayor Bowser announces FY 2017 Vision Zero grant winners

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:55:57 EST

Five programs will benefit from the grants totaling $600,000. The Vision Zero grants are designed to encourage innovative approaches to transportation safety. -- November 23, 2016, DDOT