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Metro has taken steps to improve its traction power system — the cause of “arcing” incidents like the one that started last year’s L’Enfant Plaza smoke disaster — but still does not have the staff or experience to perform adequate repairs and preventive maintenance.
Martine Powers, December 9, 2016, Washington Post
Christiana Briganti-Dunn, a project manager with the Virginia Department of Transportation, led what amounted to a driver’s ed class Wednesday night as she introduced people in the Haymarket community to the very different experience they are about to have with a highway interchange.
Robert Thomson, December 8, 2016, Washington Post
Contract workers at Dulles International and Reagan National airports will walk off their jobs sometime this month, joining a growing number of workers across the country staging strikes as part of a national push for better working conditions and a $15-an-hour “living wage.”
Lori Aratani, December 8, 2016, Washington Post
As Metro works to improve rail-car reliability through a $5 million “Get Well” program for its legacy fleet, the agency is also making tweaks to its newest rail cars after discovering an issue this summer that cut off the power supply to trains.
Faiz Siddiqui, December 8, 2016, Washington Post
The recently launched maintenance program is centered on a simple idea: Some of the most prevalent and disruptive issues on Metro’s rail cars might be solved with deceptively low-tech solutions.
Martine Powers, December 8, 2016, Washington Post
A year after releasing Vision Zero, a comprehensive plan to eliminate road deaths by 2024, Washington, D.C. officials say they are building momentum in a citywide effort to calm traffic, even though the number of people killed in crashes has remained the same year-on-year.
Martin Di Caro, December 7, 2016, WAMU
Metro today released holiday service information, including an announcement about special late-night rail service until 3 a.m. on New Year’s to offer riders a safe transportation option at a time when no track maintenance is scheduled.
December 8, 2016, WMATA
Reston Town Center has announced that Jan. 3, 2017 will be the formal activation date of its paid parking initiative.
Gregg MacDonald, Angela Woolsey, December 7, 2016, Fairfax County Times
A woman told officers that she had been touched inappropriately by a man who sat next to her on a bus.
December 7, 2016, ARLnow
"What I hope to do is to fill in the gaps, and one of the first things to initiate with that is looking at how we get Anne Arundel County residents to Anne Arundel County jobs."
Amanda Yeager, December 7, 2016, Capital Gazette
A Fort Washington woman suffered life-threatening injuries when she was struck Tuesday evening by vehicle while crossing Chapman Avenue near the Twinbrook Metro station in Rockville.
Andrew Metcalf, December 7, 2016, Bethesda Beat
Virginia is set to sign a contract Thursday with a group of private companies promising to bring two toll lanes in each direction to Interstate 66 between the Capital Beltway and Gainesville.
Max Smith, December 8, 2016, WTOP
Metro is set to provide the first actual alternative options for riders since cutting back late night rail service in June.
Max Smith, December 7, 2016, WTOP
The two major bike components are still the proposed W&OD Trail bridge over Lee Highway and the Custis Trail underpass at Bon Air Park, but now that have better conceptual drawings and diagrams.
December 8, 2016, WashCycle
Authorities are investigating a collision involving a Metrobus and a vehicle that injured 10 people in Southeast Washington.
Victoria St. Martin, December 7, 2016, Washington Post
An infrastructure funding boost that was approved and paid for by Congress last year is once again on hold because of a short-term spending bill.
Melanie Zanona, December 7, 2016, The Hill
The 495 Express Lanes on Virginia's side of the Beltway offer those a choice of avoiding congestion for a price, which normally ranges between $8 to $18 depending on traffic and time. For those commuting on Tuesday December 6 this went to new levels.
Mike Grinnell, December 7, 2016, GGW
A month ago, Baltimore got its first bikeshare system, Bmorebikeshare, and ridership is already high. Forty percent of the fleet is made up of electric bikes that make it easier to go up hills, and as the system expands people are likely to want more of those.
Jeff La Noue, December 7, 2016, GGW
Metro has hired former Virginia congressman Thomas M. Davis (R) to help the agency navigate the inner workings of Capitol Hill as it attempts to secure more federal money.
Lori Aratani, December 7, 2016, Washington Post
If a higher-speed rail line is added to the area’s corridor, the track would likely run through downtown Fredericksburg, according to a Tuesday presentation by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.
Scott Shenk, December 6, 2016, fredericksburg.com
Drivers who have had too little sleep are no different than those who have had three or four drinks and are too drunk to drive.
Ashley Halsey III, December 6, 2016, Washington Post
Metro is aiming to repair eight cars each night through April to deal with repeated problems with things such as the doors and brakes, and take the first steps toward reducing the significant delays their malfunction can cause.
Max Smith, December 6, 2016, WTOP
Fairfax County elected officials along with staff from Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT), Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES), Virginia Railway Express (VRE), and South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce (SFCC) celebrated the completion of the Lorton VRE Station Park-and-Ride expansion project.
December 1, 2016, Fairfax County
The Metropolitan Branch Trail saw a few great improvements this fall that we wanted to highlight.
Ursula Sandstrom, December 5, 2016, WABA
Amid tough contract talks that could include cuts, some members of Metro’s largest union are trying to oust their president.
Max Smith, December 5, 2016, WTOP
Right now, there isn't bikeshare in Prince George's County outside of a small system in College Park. But that could change, as the county recently wrapped up a study on what kind of system should come in (spoiler: it'll be Capital Bikeshare) and where its stations could go.
Bryan Barnett-Woods, December 5, 2016, GGW
Virginia Railway Express service was halted early Tuesday along the Fredericksburg line after the train struck a vehicle about 6 a.m. north of the Brooke station in Stafford County.
Arelis R. Hernández, December 6, 2016, Washington Post
On November 30th, 2016, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless launched commercial wireless service in the first underground subway tunnel segments on Metro's Blue, Orange and Silver lines between Potomac Avenue and the Stadium Armory tunnel portal.
December 5, 2016, WMATA
On Monday, December 5, representatives from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the U.S. Department of State celebrated the installation of a new Capital Bikeshare station at 22nd Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, next to the Harry S Truman Building in Foggy Bottom.
December 5, 2016, DDOT
Some area transit officials claim that Metro’s planned service hours cuts discriminate against minority and low-income riders under Metro’s internal standards, an issue that could add a lawsuit to the list of things that could prevent the changes from happening next year.
Max Smith, December 5, 2016, WTOP