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Could a tweak to Metro's map fix Blue Line overcrowding?

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:28:51 EST

With Metro’s most recent SafeTrack shutdown, Northern Virginia riders are finally doing the thing that Metro has been asking them to do for years: They’re switching from the historically overcrowded Blue Line to roomier Yellow Line trains. -- Martine Powers, February 22, 2017, Washington Post



Metro to reduce call center hours

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:57:25 EST

Metro will reduce its call center hours as part of ongoing belt-tightening at the cash-strapped agency. -- Faiz Siddiqui, February 16, 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



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 Cemetery Metro to close for maintenance

Sat, 4 Feb 2017 07:02:58 EST

The Metro station that serves Arlington National Cemetery will be closed Feb. 11 through Feb. 28, due to Metro’s latest round of system wide safety fixes. A free shuttle will be available from the Pentagon to Arlington National Cemetery, above the Arlington National Cemetery Metro station on Memorial Avenue. -- Tiffany Arnold, February 3, 2017, WTOP



DDOT invites public comment on revised rules for Vision Zero

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:13:21 EST

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) invites the public to comment on the revised rulemaking for Vision Zero. Public comments will be accepted from now through Monday, March 6, 2017. -- January 26, 2017, DDOT