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Metrorail weekend service adjustments Feb. 17-19
Work will affect all lines. Glenmont station will be closed.
February 12, 2018, WMATA
Commuter Stores, call centers closed for Presidents Day
The Commuter Store, Mobile Commuter Store, CommuterDirect.com Customer Service Call Center, and ART - Arlington Transit Call Center will be closed Monday, February 19, in observance of Presidents Day. Arlington County government offices are closed. ART 41, 42, 43, 45, 51, 55, 77 and 87 will operate on Saturday schedules. All other ART routes will not operate. Follow the link for more information about ART service.
February 12, 2018, Commuter Store
Man arrested after gun allegedly pointed in road rage incident
A 41-year-old Virginia man was arrested Friday after a gun was allegedly pointed from one car at another in a suspected road rage confrontation on Interstate 95 near Laurel, Maryland State Police said.
Clarence Williams, February 16, 2018, Washington Post
Route 7 widening, BRT through Tysons set to move forward
Plans to widen Route 7 and bring bus rapid transit to the Tysons area are set to get a boost next week from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
Max Smith, February 17, 2018, WTOP
Traffic deaths edge lower in 2017
After spiking higher for two straight years, traffic deaths in the United States pulled back slightly in 2017, according to a new report by the National Safety Council. The NSC estimates there were 40,100 motor vehicle deaths last year, which would be a drop of about 1 percent from the total of 40,327 in 2016.
Phil LeBeau, February 15, 2018, CNBC
DDOT suspends construction work for Presidents Day
In observance of Presidents Day on Monday, February 19, 2018, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will suspend construction activities on the District's roadways and sidewalks.
February 16, 2018, DDOT
Four track projects will impact 79 days of rail service this year
In a press release issued on Tuesday, Metro announced 79 days of track shutdowns and single-tracking affecting all lines. The projects start in July and end in December.
Stephen Repetski, February 16, GGW
Comment period for Nice Bridge project closes February 20
"Option 2" for the design-build project would not provide separation between bicyclists and motorists. Watch a video about project plans and comment.
February 16, 2018, MDTA
Metro service on Presidents' Day
On Monday, February 19, Presidents' Day, Metrorail will operate on a Saturday schedule and Metrobus will operate on a Saturday supplemental schedule; off-peak fares will be in effect and parking will be free all day.
February 15, 2018, WMATA
Railroads tell Congress many won't meet PTC deadline
A decade after Congress ordered the nation’s railroads to install an automatic braking system that could have prevented more than 130 train wrecks, industry officials said Thursday most lines will need two more years to finish the job.
Ashley Halsey III, February 15, 2018, Washington Post
Amtrak threatens service cut on tracks lacking speed control
Amtrak’s president and CEO says the railroad will consider suspending service on tracks that don’t have speed controls in place by Dec. 31. That could affect service in much of the United States.
February 15, 2018, WTOP
Photos: Clarendon's 2018 Mardi Gras Parade
Despite the cancellation of the Mardi Gras Ball and the Jester Jaunt, Clarendon let the good times roll and carried on with the annual Mardi Gras parade.
Bridget Reed Morawski, February 14, 2018, ARLnow
DC apologizes for mistakenly fining 913 drivers
Hundreds of D.C. drivers can breathe a sigh of relief after the city acknowledged its Department of Motor Vehicles mistakenly sent out hundreds of letters fining drivers.
Megan Cloherty, February 14, 2018, WTOP
New path will connect UMD to Whole Foods
The path, which both pedestrians and bikers will be able to use, will connect Albion Road and Riverdale Park Station.
Jack Roscoe, February 14, 2018, DBK
Having three airports is great -- until you go to the wrong one
Amid the usual queries at the information counter at Reagan National Airport -- Where’s the bathroom? Where’s the Cinnabon? Where’s my gate? -- Leanne Omland gets a version of this whopper about once a day: Where’s my airport?
Steve Hendrix, February 13, 2018, Washington Post
Outstanding crossing guards
FABB congratulates Beeda Lee-Pawlak (Churchill Road Elementary and Haycock Elementary Schools) and Anne Rodriguez (Lake Anne Elementary and Hughes Middle Schools), for their selection as winners of Virginia's 2017-18 Outstanding Crossing Guard Award.
February 13, 2018, FABB
Major Metrorail projects will continue this year
Metro will conduct several maintenance projects this summer and fall that will dramatically affect service on almost every line -- including the shut down of two Red Line stations for 45 days, the transit agency announced Tuesday.
Martine Powers, February 13, 2018, Washington Post
2018 Virginia Bike legislation
There are several bills working their way through the Virginia legislature right now that are of interest to cyclists.
February 13, 2018, WashCycle
D.C. lays out welcome mat for self-driving cars
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser on Monday sent a  message to companies developing and testing driverless technology: The city is opening its doors to them.
Luz Lazo, February 13, 2018, Washington Post
Metro to take break from daytime track work cherry blossom weekends
Metro is preparing for the upcoming tourist season, with a spring break from daytime track work over the four weekends of the 2018 Cherry Blossom Festival, the transit agency announced today.
February 13, 2018, WMATA
Road used by VRE commuters closed
The weekend’s heavy rain caused a road frequently used by Virginia Railway Express commuters in Spotsylvania County to collapse into an 8-foot deep hole. Virginia Route 608/Benchmark Road will be closed for emergency repair until mid-June.
Reem Nadeem, February 13, 2018, WTOP
Trails part of cuts for Montgomery budget shortfall
Montgomery County is drawing up a savings plan in response to a budget shortfall of nearly $120 million, and it should be no surprise that this means a cut to capital improvement projects in the Department of Parks and Recreation. And that means trails.
February 12, 2018, WashCycle
Marijuana's 4/20 holiday tied to rise in fatal car crashes
Marijuana users' self-proclaimed holiday is linked with a slight increase in fatal U.S. car crashes, an analysis of 25 years of data found.
Lindsey Tanner, February 12, 2018, ABC
Rain put a million gallons of wastewater into Md. creeks
The weekend’s heavy rains caused more than 1.2 million gallons of untreated wastewater to flow into two creeks in Maryland, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission said Monday.
Dana Hedgpeth, February 12, 2018, Washington Post
Big transportation changes could be coming to Richmond Highway
Southeastern Fairfax County could see big transportation improvements along Richmond Highway (the local name for US Route 1), including an extended Yellow Line, Bus Rapid Transit, and new bike and pedestrian infrastructure.
Canaan Merchant, February 12, 2018, GGW
Metro's 7000-series cars require more electricity
Metro’s new 7000-series railcars are drawing more electricity from the railcar propulsion system than the old cars, causing the agency to need to set aside more money to power its trains.
Stephen Repetski, February 12, 2018, GGW
Uber mandates a six-hour rest period for frequent drivers
A new update from ride-hailing giant Uber takes aim at drowsy driving.
Faiz Siddiqui, February 12, 2018, Washington Post
Graphic arrest pictures spark debate over Metro fare evasion
The arrest of a young mother at a D.C. bus stop shined a light on the issue of fare evasion.
Michael Quander, February 11, 2018, WUSA9
I-66 toll lane project ramping up soon
Construction that will last four years is set to ramp up next month on new Interstate 66 toll lanes outside the Beltway.
Max Smith, February 12, 2018, WTOP
Problems switching students' Metro passes to SmarTrip
“The One card has not worked, it’s not going to work, and there’s a lot of reasons it doesn’t work,” said Evans, who also is a D.C. Council member.
Martine Powers, February 10, 2018, Washington Post
Weekend rainfall may drive out severe drought
A flood watch is in effect for much of the area, but the much needed precipitation may help offset the severe drought that has troubled the D.C. area.
Jennifer Ortiz, February 10, 2018, WTOP
If the money spent on Uber rides was invested instead...
For the average 20-something, the 25-year cost of those Uber rides is an eye-popping $323,190, according to a new analysis by investment platform Betterment. In other words, if you just skipped the Uber or Lyft ride and invested that money instead, you’d be well on your way to a decent retirement stash.
February 7, 2018, Money
Construction begins on second phase of Washington Blvd. Trail
Phase 2 will construct a 10-foot-wide paved bicycle and pedestrian trail along the west side of Washington Boulevard (VA Route 27).
February 9, 2018, Arlington County
Prosecutors seek 35-year sentence for July 4 Metro murder
D.C. prosecutors will ask a judge to sentence a man to 35 years in prison for fatally stabbing a Metro rider. Jasper Spires pleaded guilty to repeatedly stabbing Kevin Sutherland to death on July 4, 2015.
Neal Augenstein, February 9, 2018, WTOP
CSX train hits tractor-trailer in Point of Rocks
The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries, according to Kevin Fox, a spokesman for Frederick County Fire Department.
Dana Hedgpeth, February 9, 2018, Washington Post
Metro ridership turnaround hasn't arrived
Metro officials are forecasting decreases in ridership and revenue next year, and officials are poring over the system’s recent performance statistics for clues as to where to focus their efforts to curb the drop-off.
Martine Powers, February 8, 2018, Washington Post
Columbia Pike 'premium bus' service to streamline routes
Arlington County’s plan for a Columbia Pike corridor “premium bus service network” will start this summer, with more frequent, condensed bus service, improved bus transit stations, and off-vehicle fare collection points in the works.
Bridget Reed Morawski, February 8, 2018, ARLnow
Pentagon City pedestrian tunnel to open this spring
The pedestrian tunnel connected to the Metro is located at the northeast corner of the intersection of S. Hayes Street and 12th Street S. The tunnel opening was initially scheduled for 2015.
Anna Merod, February 8, 2018, ARLnow
Pedestrian killed by hit-and-run driver in Prince George's
A man is dead after he was struck by a white SUV in Marlow Heights Thursday evening, the Prince George's County Police report.
February 8, 2018, WJLA
VDOT will remove controversial guardrails
Five lawsuits have been filed against Lindsay Transportation Solutions claiming its X-LITE guardrail end terminal is defective. At least seven people have died after the guardrail speared their vehicles during crashes.
Meredith Royster, February 8, 2018, NBC4
Federal workers need to check with agencies before going to work Friday
Due to the federal shutdown, federal workers should refer to their agencies for guidance on reporting to work Friday, the Office of Personnel Management said on its website.
Colleen Kelleher, February 9, 2018, WTOP
Acela pull-apart preliminary findings
The Federal Railroad Administration has issued preliminary findings on the Feb. 6 incident in which an Acela Express trainset experienced a separation between two cars at a speed of approximately 125 mph.
William C. Vantuono, February 8, 2018, Railway Age
The story behind the carpeting in Metro's rail cars? It stinks.
Turns out that the carpet in Metro’s trains, that grimy, orangey-brown, 1970s-era relic that is a source of both nostalgia and derision among riders, has a rather checkered past.
Faiz Siddiqui, February 8, 2018, Washington Post
Metro falls from second- to third-busiest U.S. transit system
Before Metrorail’s recent safety and maintenance problems led to a ridership decline, Metrorail had long had the second-highest ridership of any of the country’s 13 heavy rail rapid-transit systems (what people commonly think of as “subways” or “metros.”)
DW Rowlands, February 8, 2018, GGW
Some Clarendon Mardi Gras events cancelled
The Mardi Gras Ball and the Jester Jaunt have been cancelled. The parade will still go on as scheduled.
Bridget Reed Morawski, February 6, 2018, ARLnow
Man charged with ramming pickup into D.C. police officers
Prosecutors filed charges of assault with intent to kill Wednesday against a Virginia man who they say drove his pickup onto a median in Adams Morgan, striking two uniformed police officers and a transit worker.
Keith L. Alexander, February 7, 2018, Washington Post
Pedestrian dies after being hit by commuter bus
A pedestrian has died after he was hit by a bus on the National Mall, officials say.
Andrea Swalec, February 7, 2018, NBC4
Army Navy Drive Complete Street Project survey
Arlington County wants your input about the Army Navy Drive Complete Street safety improvements project.
February 7, 2018, WashCycle
Arlington trail pavement assessment this month
Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation plans to evaluate the condition of asphalt pavement on off-street trails during the month of February 2018.
February 7, 2018, WashCycle
Acela cars came apart due to hardware failure
Amtrak officials said Wednesday that a “hardware failure” caused two Acela cars to come apart as the Boston-bound train was traveling through Maryland after leaving D.C.’s Union Station.
Lori Aratani, February 7, 2018, Washington Post
WMATA shifts focus to station platforms
Repair work is needed on platforms at most stations between National Airport down to Huntington, as well as others throughout the Metrorail system.
Stephen Repetski, February 7, 2018, GGW
Fewer Metro riders doesn't always mean less crowding
Ridership drops are uneven, so riders can still face crowding on both trains and buses.
Max Smith, February 6, 2018, WTOP
Wiedefeld says Red Line turn-backs could be phased out
Though Metro’s budget staff had offered a grim outlook on the potential return of full service to Glenmont and Shady Grove stations, a new letter from General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld to the Montgomery County Council delivers a more optimistic message.
Martine Powers, February 6, 2018, Washington Post
Amtrak train separates after leaving Union Station
No one was injured in the incident, which happened about 6:40 a.m. near Havre de Grace.
Lori Aratani, February 6, 2018, Washington Post
Feds reveal finalists for maglev train route
The Federal Railroad Administration narrowed its list of possible routes down to two for a high-speed magnetic levitating train that would travel between Baltimore and Washington in just 15 minutes.
Holden Wilen, February 5, 2018, Baltimore Business Journal
Fatal crash on Baltimore-Washington Parkway Monday
One person is dead and another was injured in a crash on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway Monday night.
Erica Jones, February 6, 2018, NBC4
Speed-camera tickets made $62 million for Md. last year
Maryland jurisdictions issued more than 1.5 million tickets for speed-camera violations last fiscal year and most went to motorists in the Washington suburbs, according to a new state report, building on the region’s reputation as a “speed trap” for drivers.
Luz Lazo, February 6, 2018, Washington Post
Red Line turn-backs unlikely to end, Metro says
As Metro finalizes its budget for the coming fiscal year, the Montgomery County Council is making one last-ditch plea: Get rid of the Grosvenor-Strathmore turn-backs on the Red Line.
Martine Powers, February 5, 2018, Washington Post
Anne Arundel sees 57 crashes in nine hours
Between midnight and 9:30 a.m. Monday, Anne Arundel County saw 57 crashes as icy conditions made for hazardous roadways for those traveling back home after the Super Bowl.
Phil Davis, February 5, 2018, Capital Gazette
End of the road for elevated portion of Arlington's S. Clark St.
An elevated portion of S. Clark Street is closing today ahead of a planned demolition project.
February 5, 2018, ARLnow
D.C. crash involved 10 vehicles, school bus
Part of Military Road westbound is closed in Northwest Washington after a crash that involved 10 vehicles and a school bus. D.C. Police said in a Twitter message that no one was seriously hurt.
Dana Hedgpeth, February 5, 2018, Washington Post
Parking prices rise at certain Metro garages
Starting Feb. 5, more Metro garages will charge extra to weekday drivers who pay with a credit card or a SmarTrip card that has not just been used to pay for a rail trip.
Max Smith, February 5, 2018, WTOP
Icy roads, sidewalks hit D.C. Monday
Drivers, bike riders and pedestrians are urged to use caution during Monday morning’s commute amid icy conditions on roads and sidewalks throughout the D.C. region after rain and cold temperatures.
Dana Hedgpeth, February 5, 2018, Washington Post
NTSB: PTC could have prevented S.C. train collision
The head of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Sunday that the correct implementation of a key train safety feature could have prevented the early morning Amtrak crash in South Carolina.
Mallory Shelbourne, February 4, 2018, The Hill
For public transit agencies losing riders, microtransit might be an answer
Declines in public transit ridership are pushing transportation agencies around the country, including in the District, to pursue partnerships with tech companies to incorporate ­on-demand, dynamic shared rides into their services.
Luz Lazo, February 3, 2018, Washington Post
Metro parking fee changes go into effect Monday
Starting Monday, drivers who park at Metro stations could be paying more - or less - depending on where they park and whether or not they ride Metrorail.
Angela Jacob, February 3, 2018, NBC4
Two killed in single-car crash in Silver Spring
Two people were killed after a car hit a utility pole in Silver Spring, Maryland, early Sunday morning.
Larry Frum, February 4, 2018, NBC4
Purple Line officials detail landscaping plans
The landscaping plans for the Purple Line’s route through Bethesda and Chevy Chase will include native plants selected to be low maintenance and trees to provide shade to passengers and users of the new trail that will run along the line.
Andrew Metcalf, February 1, 2018, Bethesda Beat
Amtrak train collides with freight train in South Carolina
An Amtrak train en route from New York to Miami collided with a CSX freight train and derailed near Columbia, S.C., leaving at least two dead and 70 injured, police and Amtrak officials said.
Alisa Tang, February 4, 2018, Washington Post
Rolling Road widening public hearing Feb. 27
This project includes a shared-use path to increase safety for bicyclists, pedestrians and other non-motorized users.
January 29, 2018, FABB
Metro Sales Office moving to Metro Center
Metro's in-person sales office is moving to a more convenient location inside Metro Center Station and will offer expanded hours, starting February 26, 2018.
January 26, 2018, WMATA
Transportation benefit cap increase in 2018
In 2018, the federal cap on tax-deductible transit benefits will increase $5 per month, from $255 to $260.
December 5, 2017, CommuterDirect.com