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- Woman on bike is fatally struck by vehicle in Bowie, Md.
A bicyclist was struck and killed by a vehicle Thursday morning on a road in Bowie, Md.
Dana Hedgpeth, July 4, 2020, Washington Post
- People are driving less and skipping the toll roads, leaving less money for local projects
Add another victim to the list of industries hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic: toll road operators.
Luz Lazo, July 4, 2020, Washington Post
- Support Mt. Vernon Trail safety improvements
The National Park Service (NPS) recently issued the “Mount Vernon Trail Corridor Study,” the first comprehensive analysis of the design, condition, usage, and crash history of the Mount Vernon Trail (MVT).
July 5, 2020, FABB
- Police investigate fatal motorcycle crash on Walter Reed Drive
The Arlington County Police Department’s Critical Accident Team is investigating a fatal single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle, that occurred on the evening of July 3, 2020.
July 4, 2020, Arlington County
- Woman dies after being hit by pickup truck in Prince George's County
A woman was killed and another critically injured Thursday after a pickup truck went off a road in Temple Hills and struck them as they were doing landscaping work.
Emily Davies, July 3, 2020, Washington Post
- Pedestrian reportedly struck by errant gunfire on W&OD Trail in Leesburg
A man walking on the Washington & Old Dominion Trail in Leesburg Wednesday evening reportedly felt a projectile pellet hit him after he had heard gunfire, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.
July 2, 2020, Loudoun Times-Mirror
- Construction work continues to advance at Reagan National
Passengers may be in relatively short supply at the moment, but work continues on the new 14-gate concourse pier at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
July 2, 2020, Inside NoVa
- Loudoun Co. leaders slam 'outrageous' proposed toll increase for Dulles Greenway
Elected leaders in Loudoun County, Virginia, are loudly critical of the proposed toll increase for the Dulles Greenway, calling it “egregious” and “outrageous,” especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting financial hardship.
Neal Augenstein, July 3, 2020, WTOP
- What you need to know about getting around on Fourth of July weekend
Metro has announced modified service for July 4, including more trains and service beyond 9 p.m. at designated stations close to the National Mall.
Nathan Diller, July 2, 2020, dcist
- MPD officer struck by Metrobus weeks ago goes home Thursday
A Metropolitan Police Department officer who suffered significant injuries after being hit by a Metrobus in May will be released from the hospital Thursday.
Khalida Volou, July 2, 2020, WUSA9
- Assaults by bicyclist reported on W&OD Trail
Vienna Police have taken multiple reports of assaults on the Washington and Old Dominion Trail on Monday.
Emily Leayman, July 2, 2020, Vienna Patch
- Md. to begin restoring normal MTA bus, subway, light rail, MARC service in July
The Maryland Transit Administration, which limited service in March on its buses, subway, light rail and trains to curb the spread of the coronavirus, will begin the process of restoring more normal service in July.
Colin Campbell, July 1, 2020, Mass Transit
- Drivers must stop for pedestrians in Va. crosswalks
Drivers must now fully stop, not just yield, for pedestrians in all crosswalks in Virginia or they could be slapped with a $500 fine.
Adam Tuss, July 1, 2020, NBC Washington
- After multitude of issues, Silver Line Phase Two almost done
After a variety of issues and delays, Silver Line’s Phase Two is now aiming for completion in spring 2021.
Catherine Douglas Moran, July 1, 2020, Reston Now
- Metro Connection buses resume on Monday
Loudoun County Transit will resume service for Metro Connection Bus Routes 990 and 992 on Monday, July 6, after stopping them in March as the county government began its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. And, for now, bus rides are still free.
June 30, 2020, Loudoun Now
- Scooter operator killed in Southeast Washington crash
The operator of a motor scooter was killed Tuesday in a crash in Southeast Washington, the D.C. police said.
July 1, 2020, Washington Post
- Heavy traffic on Baltimore Washington Parkway due to multiple collisions
At least four crashes have occurred between Powder Mill Rd. and the capital beltway.
July 1, 2020, WJLA
- Alexandria recommends e-scooters for errands and social distancing
Electric scooter companies have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, and the city says the transportation option “can be an alternate mode of travel while distancing.”
James Cullum, June 30, 2020, ALX Now
- Parking spaces removed for expanded outdoor dining in Shirlington, Clarendon
Arlington has been removing some parking spaces to facilitate the expansion of outdoor dining in two local neighborhoods.
June 30, 2020, ARLnow
- Are you planning to ride Amtrak during the pandemic? Here's what you can expect.
A spokesperson said as restrictions start to ease and as services are being restored, Amtrak has enhanced safety and cleaning protocols.
Kristen Powers, June 30, 2020, WJLA
- What happens to public space when everything moves outside
As restaurants and bars dramatically expand their outdoor seating, questions are emerging about who gets to occupy the streets.
Feargus O'Sullivan, June 29, 2020, Bloomberg CityLab
- ATV operator killed in collision in Prince George's
The operator of an ATV was killed Monday in Prince George’s County in a collision with a car, the county police said.
Martin Weil, June 29, 2020, Washington Post
- New Va. drivers law takes effect July 1
Law is meant to protect pedestrians by decreasing injuries and deaths from vehicle collisions.
Kevin Dauray, June 29, 2020, Zebra
- New bus service plan proposed for Silver Line, Reston, Herndon
The Fairfax County Department of Transportation has selected its preferred bus service plan for the Fairfax Connector in Reston and Herndon.
Fatimah Waseem, June 29, 2020, Reston Now
- D.C.'s first streatery in Adams Morgan proves popular, with more on the way
D.C.’s first streatery pilot along 18th Street in Adams Morgan appeared to be popular over the weekend.
Hannah Schuster, Jordan Pascale, June 29, 2020, dcist
- As reopening plans continue, how can D.C. keep pollution at bay?
A pandemic induced shutdown is a harsh way to achieve cleaner air, but it has done just that.
Ethan Goffman, June 29, 2020, GGWash
- Pedestrian struck and killed in Prince George's
A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle and killed Saturday night in Prince George’s County, police said.
Martin Weil, June 28, 2020, Washington Post
- VRE ridership plummets
Last month there were just 508 average daily rider trips.
Scott Shenk, June 28, 2020, fredericksburg.com
- Metro expands bus service, reopens 15 stations closed to due COVID-19 pandemic
As of Sunday, June 28, Arlington Cemetery is the only Metro train station that remains closed, and that's because the cemetery is still closed to the general public.
Lesly Salazar, Tom Roussey, June 29, 2020, WJLA
- Metrobus reallocates bus service to prevent overcrowding
With the D.C. region slowly reopening after a monthslong coronavirus shutdown, Metrobus is reallocating buses to provide more frequent service and up its capacity for passengers starting Monday, June 29.
Alejandro Alvarez, June 29, 2020, WTOP
- Purple Line stations need safer access for pedestrians, planners say
Suburban roads designed to move traffic need better sidewalks and crosswalks to make Purple Line stations easier and safer to reach on foot and bicycle, according to a new study by Montgomery County planners.
Katherine Shaver, June 27, 2020, Washington Post
- Complaints about airline service have skyrocketed during the covid-19 pandemic
The vast majority of them are about refunds.
Lori Aratani, June 26, 2020, Washington Post
- Md. road projects will slow traffic for weeks -- or more
Several road projects in Maryland will slow up traffic for anywhere from weeks to more than a year.
Rick Massimo, June 26, 2020, WTOP
- New Union Station passenger platform will open in 2022
Work is underway on a project to dust off an old Union Station platform and make it a new passenger platform to increase rail capacity.
Jeff Clabaugh, June 26, 2020, WTOP
- DASH to launch new tracker in beta July 1
After months of gathering feedback from riders and the community, DASH will launch a new real-time bus tracker on Wednesday, July 1.
June 25, 2020, DASH
- Metro releases plans for accommodating 'Salute to America' July 4th celebration in D.C.
Although the transit system expects much smaller crowds than normal due to the pandemic, it will add extra train service starting at 4 p.m. to help handle crowds that may choose to come to the National Mall for the fireworks show.
Tom Roussey, June 26, 2020, WJLA
- Anticipating return to offices, Revel puts more shared scooters on DC streets
Shared electric moped company Revel is betting on more demand as more D.C. workers return to their place of work.
Jeff Clabaugh, June 26, 2020, WTOP
- Montgomery Co. leaders say Md. must get disputes resolved and Purple Line finished
Disputes about cost overruns and other delays are getting more acrimonious between the state of Maryland and the Purple Line Transit Partners, the consortium building the light rail project between Bethesda and New Carrollton.
John Domen, June 26, 2020, WTOP
- How the Silver Line has impacted the Metrorail system and Tysons commuters
When Metrorail’s Silver Line opened in 2014, officials had high hopes for its ridership numbers. Though it ultimately did not meet those expectations, it fared better than other lines that have lost ridership since the Silver Line’s launch.
Emily Hamilton, June 26, 2020, GGWash
- American Airlines says it will fill planes to capacity starting July 1
American Airlines will book flights to capacity effective July 1, the company said in a press release on Friday.
Alex Gangitano, June 26, 2020, The Hill
- Nearly 30 years after ADA, nation's transit agencies report successes and shortfalls
“Many of our buses were decades old with nonfunctioning wheelchair lifts, so I was frequently being left on the side of the road,” said Crawford, 54.
Matt Alderton, June 26, 2020, Washington Post
- More bikeshare stations coming to Alexandria
The City of Alexandria will install four new Capital Bikeshare stations this summer.
Mary Wadland, June 25, 2020, Zebra
- Purple Line contractors file notice of plan to lay off more than 700 employees
A dispute over the Purple Line light rail escalated another step on Wednesday as the contractors filed a notice to lay off more than 700 employees working on the project -- if there’s no settlement by an August deadline.
Briana Adhikusuma, June 24, 2020, Bethesda Magazine
- Bethesda neighborhood fights to save tree from sidewalk construction
A Bethesda neighborhood is battling the county over plans to build a sidewalk, threatening the life of a 60-year-old, 100-foot-tall Norway Spruce tree.
Dana Gerber, June 26, 2020, Bethesda Magazine
- King St. Metro access improvements project likely delayed past August
The completion of the King Street-Old Town Metro Access Improvements Project will likely be delayed past August, but it’s not clear for how long.
James Cullum, June 25, 2020, ALX Now
- Montgomery Co. residents can request "slow streets" in their neighborhood
Residents can request that their neighborhood streets get the “shared streets” treatment of barricades and signs at the end of a block indicating local traffic only. The idea is to open them up for safer walking, biking and play.
Jordan Pascale, June 25, 2020, WAMU
- Virginia sues 'predatory' Arlington towing company
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is going “toe to tow” with a towing company accused of predatory and illegal practices.
Will Vitka, June 25, 2020, WTOP
- Report: Engineer error caused train derailment
An engineer error caused a CSX freight train to derail as it crossed the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, sending two cars into the water and damaging a footbridge that is part of the Appalachian Trail, according to a report from the Federal Railroad Administration.
June 25, 2020, WTOP
- D.C. Attorney General sues fossil fuel companies over misleading consumers
D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine is suing fossil fuel companies Exxon Mobil, BP, Chevron and Shell “for systematically and intentionally misleading District consumers about the role their products play in causing climate change,” his office announced Thursday.
Ally Schweitzer, June 25, 2020, dcist
- ABA report estimates motorcoach industry will lose $11B due to COVID-19
The American Bus Association (ABA) recently estimated that the motorcoach industry would realize an economic loss of nearly $11 billion, representing a 71 percent decline in annual business amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Douglas Clark, June 25, 2020, Transportation Today
- Planning for happy commuters
Adding amenities to improve commuting experiences produces numerous benefits for everyone.
June 25, 2020, FABB
- With more of us turning pedestrian, now's a good time to practice safe walking
If walking is as simple as putting one foot in front of the other, how come so many people seem to get it wrong?
John Kelly, June 24, 2020, Washington Post
- Town of Herndon Named 'Bicycle Friendly Community'
The Town of Herndon has been named a bicycle-friendly community by the American League of Bicyclists. The recognition comes after the Herndon Town Council adopted the Herndon Bicycle Network Master Plan last year.
Fatimah Waseem, June 24, 2020, Reston Now
- Man riding Uber 'JUMP' electric scooter dead after Wednesday night hit-and-run
A man was struck by at least one car and killed Wednesday night as he rode a scooter on Suitland Parkway in Prince George's County, according to police.
Elliot Henney, June 24, 2020, WJLA
- Purple Line builders will exit project in 60 days if there's no deal on overruns
The consortium of companies that agreed to build and operate the Purple Line in suburban Maryland said it will walk away from the $2 billion light-rail project in about two months unless the state comes to agreeable terms on work delays and expenses that go beyond the scope of the original deal.
June 24, 2020, WTOP
- Metro to reopen Silver Line and one Orange Line station weeks earlier than planned
Construction projects are ahead of schedule, the transit agency said.
Justin George, June 24, 2020, Washington Post
- Could urban-village living fall victim to COVID concerns?
After witnessing several consecutive years of urban revival, the new trend looks to be in the suburbs, as more companies allow greater flexibility to work from home,” Yun said.
June 24, 2020, Inside NoVa
- Man dead in Southeast DC hit-and-run
One man is dead after a hit-and-run in Southeast D.C. on Tuesday evening.
Andrea Cambron, June 24, 2020, WTOP
- Could Maryland finally be ready to replace Baltimore's oldest rail tunnel?
Baltimore Penn Station and the trains which pass through it are set for some pretty exciting changes over the next few years.
Alex Holt, June 24, 2020, GGWash
- Purple Line consortium says it will dissolve public-private partnership with Md. if it can't reach a deal
The consortium of companies overseeing the Purple Line told Maryland officials Tuesday that it will dissolve the project’s entire 36-year public-private partnership in 60 days if it can’t reach a settlement with the state over extensive delays and cost overruns.
Katherine Shaver, June 23, 2020, Washington Post
- Segway, popular with police but not the public, hits brakes
Segway, which boldly claimed its two-wheeled personal transporter would revolutionize the way people get around, is ending production of its namesake vehicle.
Matt Ott, Cathy Bussewitz, June 24, 2020, Frederick News-Post
- A streetcar resurrection? Arlington candidates not so sure
Nearly six years after the Columbia Pike streetcar proposal came crashing down -- much to the dismay of Fairfax County officials -- there seems to be no stomach to resurrect the idea among candidates in the July 7 Arlington County Board special election.
Scott McCaffrey, June 24, 2020, Inside NoVa
- Metro Transit Police add oversight with new review panel
In the wake of nationwide calls for police reform, the Metro Transit Police are taking a step toward more oversight for their officers.
Luke Lukert, June 23, 2020, WTOP
- A stretch of 18th St. in Adams Morgan will become a pedestrian zone this weekend
A stretch of 18th Street NW in Adams Morgan will be closed to vehicular traffic from Friday through Sunday, forming a temporary pedestrian and bicycle zone, the city confirms to DCist.
Natalie Delgadillo, June 23, 2020, dcist
- After repeated safety incidents, Metro replaces its rail operations control director
WMATA General Manager Paul Wiedefeld has reassigned the leader of the agency’s rail control center and is beginning an external search for a new one, according to a staff notice issued on Monday and obtained by GGWash.
Stephen Repetski, June 23, 2020, GGWash
- Bike routes for social distancing
We’ve written before that biking is a great antidote to quarantine fatigue. It helps to reduce stress while improving happiness, mental focus, and sleep.
June 23, 2020, FABB
- Montgomery County puts new focus on Vision Zero
The county is working on a new 10-year plan, hoping to reduce and end serious and fatal crashes by 2030.
Briana Adhikusuma, June 22, 2020, Bethesda Magazine
- Dispute over Purple Line rages, and Md. lawmakers want info on highway project bidders
Amid a contract dispute involving the Purple Line that a leading lawmaker described as “very serious,” key members of the General Assembly served notice on Monday that they intend to exercise rigorous oversight over the Hogan administration’s plan to add express toll lanes to the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270.
Bruce DePuyt, June 23, 2020, WTOP
- Express Lane tolls creep up from April lows as Covid-19 restrictions ease
The cost of using the I-95 and I-495 toll is up, but they're still several dollars cheaper than they were pre-Covid.
Jonathan Capriel, June 22, 2020, WBJ
- Dulles Greenway seeks to hike rates nearly 30 percent over next five years
Toll Road Investors Partnership II, or TRIP II, the Australia-based company that owns the Greenway, is seeking a 6 to 6.8 percent toll rate increase each year over the next five years.
Nathaniel Cline, June 22, 2020, Loudoun Times-Mirror
- Alexandria Potomac Water Taxi service resumes with limited service
On June 22 the Potomac Water Taxi resumed service between Alexandria, National Harbor, and the District.
Kevin Dauray, June 22, 2020, Zebra
- Fairfax supervisors OK renaming of two Metro stations
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on June 9 unanimously approved changing the names of a pair of Metrorail stations in the Falls Church and Tysons areas.
Brian Trompeter, June 23, 2020, Inside NoVa
- Metro lifts pandemic-related closures of 18 stations next week
Starting Sunday, several Metro stations will reopen after months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. And, starting next Monday, Metro is adding more buses to its 14 busiest bus lines to provide more capacity and more frequent service.
Jack Pointer, Megan Cloherty, June 22, 2020, WTOP
- Metro reopening stations, rearranging bus service as region reopens
Metro is reopening 15 rail stations that were closed due to low ridership during the coronavirus pandemic.
Jordan Pascale, June 22, 2020, dcist