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- Taking a bus across Virginia is now a Breeze
In the year and a half since the Breeze’s launch, the first route from Blacksburg in the state’s Southwest to Union Station in DC has exceeded initial ridership estimates by over 200%.
Wyatt Gordon, August 21, 2019, GGWash
- Metro stations to reopen next month -- a relief for bus riders
Metro had anticipated that 18,000 riders would take the shuttles daily, but the numbers surged to about 30,000 after Metro’s board decided shortly before the shutdown to offer free parking at the ends of the line at the Huntington and Franconia-Springfield stations.
Kery Murakami, August 20, 2019, Washington Post
- Va. laws on passing a stopped school bus
Here are the rules for driving through a school zone and passing buses with the 2019-20 school year starting in Virginia.
Deb Belt, August 20, 2019, Arlington Patch
- Road work is slated for the Bay Bridge this week
Officials are closing all or part of the westbound span at various times this week and into the weekend.
Samantha Kubota, August 20, 2019, WUSA9
- The debate around the Taxi-To-Rail pilot in DC [video]
The Taxi-To-Rail program is offering subsidized taxi rides to residents and visitors of Wards 7 and 8. But not everyone is on board with the plan.
August 21, 2019, WUSA9
- D.C. has hit 90 degrees almost 50 times this year
On average, the nation's capital only hits 90 degrees 36 times a year. So this is a lot.
Samantha Kubota, Topper Shutt, August 21, 2019, WUSA9
- I-66 toll lane construction to completely close bridge near Vienna Metro
A bridge over Interstate 66 will close for nearly a year as part of toll lane construction, and a ramp to the interstate will close permanently, complicating traffic near the Vienna Metro in Virginia.
Max Smith, August 21, 2019, WTOP
- D.C.'s first Revel moped crash was reported Sunday
The crash in Logan Circle on Sunday was the first involving one of the shared mopeds that went into service Friday as the latest entrants in the growing market of app-based, dockless vehicles available in the city.
Luz Lazo, August 20, 2019, Washington Post
- After four years, chiller system for two Metro stations isn't fixed
This summer’s string of steamy, 90-degree-plus days have created the perfect conditions to turn two of the District’s busiest Metro stations into underground saunas.
Luz Lazo, August 20, 2019, Washington Post
- 'Walking school buses' give kids safe, fun, and healthy walking routes to class
It’s back to school time for kids across the Washington region, and some families are already puzzling over the first practical exercise: How to get them there. A “walking school bus” could be the solution.
Caitlin Rogger, August 20, 2019, GGWash
- Eight ways the law incentivizes driving
Recently, University of Iowa law professor Greg Shill wrote a paper detailing how US law subsidizes driving.
Julie Strupp, August 20, 2019, GGWash
- New tool for Fairfax Co. parents, students waiting for the bus
Fairfax County, Virginia, students and parents won’t have to wonder how long before the school bus arrives, and it’s thanks to a new app.
Dick Uliano, August 19, 2019, WTOP
- Test-driving an electric moped
The Post's Alex Horton took to the streets of D.C. to test out the city's newest mode of transportation: mopeds.
Alex Horton, August 20, 2019, Washington Post
- We want dockless everything!
To be honest, most people forgot about the steamrollers once the hovercraft came to town, thanks to a start-up called Skim.
John Kelly, August 18, 2019, Washington Post
- 16 criminal, DUI arrests made in Montgomery crackdown
Sixteen people were arrested on drunk driving or criminal charges in Montgomery County last week, say Maryland State Police.
Alessia Grunberger, August 19, 2019, Takoma Park Patch
- Md. promised signal at Bethesda crossing where pedestrians were struck
SHA agreed in October with residents’ complaint about safety; work has not started.
Caitlynn Peetz, August 19, 2019, Bethesda Magazine
- Temporary parking limitations in place at Reston-Wiehle East Metro
Parking availability at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station will be reduced by up to a total of 40 spaces from Aug. 19 into September due to maintenance repairs on a number of levels in the garage.
August 19, 2019, Inside NoVa
- First crash on rentable moped in D.C. highlights risks of electric dockless vehicles
Just hours after moped-sharing service Revel launched in D.C., a nasty crash is highlighting the risks of electric dockless vehicles as they become a more popular way to get around the DMV.
Evan Lambert, August 19, 2019, Fox5
- Drive thru? Try a walk-up window instead
There are actually plenty of walk-up windows around the District serving everything from nachos to coffee to cocktails to chicken-topped ice cream.
Chelsea Cirruzzo, August 19, 2019, dcist
- Top eight places people are taking Bird scooters
The top destinations for Bird riders in D.C. include the Mall, George Washington University, and the National Gallery of Art, as well as Whole Foods and the Southwest Wharf.
Andrew Giambrone, August 19, 2019, Curbed
- Pay up or hit the road, Md. transit officials tell W.Va.
“The State of Maryland cannot continue to absorb the cost of transit services provided outside of the State at the expense of Maryland taxpayers,” reads a statement posted online by the Maryland Department of Transportation.
Bruce DePuyt, August 19, 2019, WTOP
- A guide to D.C. public transportation for freshmen
There are multiple transportation options to navigate D.C., including the Metro and Circulator, but deciding on the most efficient mode can be confusing if you’re not used to city living.
Molly Kaiser, August 19, 2019, GW Hatchet
- Upcoming forum to look at plans for I-66 in Vienna area
The Virginia Department of Transportation will host a community forum on upcoming work on Interstate 66 near the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metro Station on Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Providence Community Center, 3001 Vaden Drive in Fairfax.
August 19, 2019, Inside NoVa
- Va. transportation officials pin hopes on revenue boosts, Silver Line
Diminishing fuel-tax returns of about 45 percent have hampered Virginia’s infrastructure-funding efforts, but higher tax rates approved by the General Assembly this year will boost those efforts, Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine told the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce at an Aug. 7 panel discussion.
Brian Trompeter, August 16, 2019, Inside NoVa
- Revel offers free moped lessons
The electric moped sharing service is offering lessons seven days a week for registered customers who want to make sure they feel comfortable riding any of the 400 mopeds in their new D.C. fleet.
Liz Anderson, August 17, 2019, WTOP
- Fatal crash of 2 motorcycles doing wheelies closes I-270 for over 3 hours
A deadly crash involving two motorcycles doing wheelies in Montgomery County, Maryland, shut down all lanes of Interstate 270 for more than three hours on Saturday afternoon.
H.J. Mai, August 17, 2019, WTOP
- After years-long slump, Dulles International Airport bounces back
In the past two years, more than a half-dozen international carriers have announced new or expanded service from Dulles to destinations as diverse as San Salvador, Cape Verde and Hong Kong. And United, the dominant airline at Dulles, is beefing up its domestic offerings with more service to cities in Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
Lori Aratani, August 17, 2019, Washington Post
- Potomac Yard Metro construction drags
“Frankly, this summer we were not able to get the amount of work that we wanted to get done, done,” Fred Robertson, a project manager with WMATA, said.“ I think we were optimistic about what we could get done.”
August 15, 2019, Alexandria Times
- With the arrival of mopeds in DC, some concerned about pedestrian safety
"It’s a toss-up to me to see that D.C. is so energized, behind this effort but not so energized by making sure that our streets are safe,” Valentine said.
Anna-Lysa Gayle, August 16, 2019, WJLA
- Jack Evans threatened Metro officials in effort to conceal ethics violation
Former Metro chairman Jack Evans threatened the jobs of the agency’s top lawyer and board secretary in an effort to keep secret that the panel’s ethics committee had found he committed a violation, according to confidential agency documents.
Robert McCartney, August 16, 2019, Washington Post
- Rowers, bicyclists and pedestrians face off over new Anacostia River crossing
A proposal for a new pedestrian and bike bridge over the Anacostia River has pitted area rowers against the region’s bikers and pedestrians.
Luz Lazo, August 16, 2019, Washington Post
- City of Alexandria wants applicants for PARK(ing) Day
The City of Alexandria is currently accepting permit applications for “parklets” -- temporary parks located in parking spaces around Alexandria as part of PARK(ing) Day on September 20.
August 16, 2019, Zebra
- Pilot program allowing electric bikes, scooters on Montgomery trails gets mixed reviews
Some commenters say the electric vehicles, which can travel up to 20 mph, are a danger to pedestrians, particularly children and the elderly.
Caitlynn Peetz, August 16, 2019, Bethesda Magazine
- Metro expects everything to get back to normal Sept. 9 -- including parking fees
When six Blue and Yellow Line stations reopen at 5 a.m. on Sept. 9, Metro expects everything will return to normal, including the fees charged at the stations’ parking lots.
Max Smith, August 16, 2019, WTOP
- D.C. to present traffic safety recommendations for neighborhoods east of Rock Creek Park
On September 9, D.C. transportation officials will unveil street safety recommendations for the city’s northernmost neighborhoods east of Rock Creek Park, including Takoma, Manor Park, Shepherd Park, Brightwood, Lamond Riggs, and Colonial Village.
Andrew Giambrone, August 16, 2019, Curbed
- System shutdown impacts US customs at airports nationwide
Air travelers across the country were struck with delays Friday due to a computer issue that prevented customs officials from processing new arrivals.
Tal Axelrod, August 16, 2019, The Hill
- 11 area sports venues you can get to on transit
Nothing brings together a city much like its sports teams, and DC is fortunate to be represented by all five major sports leagues as well as lesser known leagues and a wealth of college teams. Happily for those of us who don’t drive, most of them are pretty accessible by transit, too.
Dave Murphy, August 16, 2019, GGWash
- Gasoline expenditures increase 11 percent from 2016 levels
The amount of money spent on gasoline in the United States increased 11 percent between 2016 and 2017, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, reaching a nominal per capita average of $1,072.
Melina Druga, August 16, 2019, Transportation Today
- Dupont Circle, Farragut North chiller fixes delayed again
Metro had most recently said the fixes would be done by mid-August, which would have been the end of this week, after blaming the last round of delays on the need to order more new pipe fittings to accommodate revised designs.
Max Smith, August 15, 2019, WTOP
- WMATA provides final month Metro platform project update
According to the Aug. 8 update, the project is on schedule for the planned Sept. 9 reopening of the Metro stations -- if a major storm or heat wave doesn’t cause any delays.
Cody Mello-Klein, August 15, 2019, Alexandria Times
- Council Approves First Bicycle Master Plan for Town of Herndon
With little fanfare and a nod to staff, the Herndon Town Council unanimously approved the town’s first bicycle master plan on Tuesday (August 13).
Fatimah Waseem, August 15, 2019, Reston Now
- Technology will help keep impaired drivers off the road
Gov. Larry Hogan is teaming up with Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) officials to launch a new program to help keep impaired drivers off the road.
Jonathan Franklin, August 15, 2019, ABC7
- VDOT will replace metal road reflectors
Some Virginia highways have turned into danger zones after metal road reflectors come loose and turn into missiles crashing into people's front windshields.
Scott Taylor, August 15, 2019, ABC7
- Rules for riding electric mopeds in D.C.
Before you get ready to roll out on one of those new electric mopeds in DC, our Verify team is giving you all the important rules you need to know.
Rhea Titus, August 15, 2019, WUSA9
- Pedestrian dies after being struck by driver in hit-and-run on N. Capitol Street
A 29-year-old man died Wednesday after succumbing to his injuries from a hit-and-run crash that took place Tuesday night in the 2600 block of North Capitol Street, say D.C. police.
Andrew Giambrone, August 15, 2019, Curbed
- New D.C. development rules are made for walking
A new suite of requirements will ensure that new buildings improve the walkability of the neighborhoods that surround them.
D. Taylor Reich, August 15, 2019, GGWash
- Vehicles you can rent in the D.C. region
Step outside in the D.C. region and you’re bound to see a few rentable vehicles. Cars, scooters, bikes and now mopeds abound.
Jordan Pascale, August 15, 2019, WAMU
- Group makes D.C. streets safer through do-it-yourself urbanism
The DC Department of Transformation -- not to be confused with the District Department of Transportation -- is helping cyclists and pedestrians one plunger, or traffic cone, or ad hoc handstand, at a time.
Natasha Riddle, August 15, 2019, GGWash
- Among D.C.'s bike lanes, the oldest and most popular has 'highest injury risk'
Researchers say that improvements could help reduce crashes and falls in the 15th Street lane.
Luz Lazo, August 15, 2019, Washington Post
- Get ready for more Metro shutdowns next summer
As Metro winds down its longest total track shutdown yet on the Blue and Yellow Lines, riders on other lines need to prepare for closures next summer.
Max Smith, August 14, 2019, WTOP
- Surge in e-scooters prompts safety training in Montgomery
Following the rise in popularity of shared bikes, electric scooters have overtaken docked bikes to become the most popular method of shared transportation.
Alex Hamer, August 14, 2019, Connection
- Fairfax County to limit parking at Wiehle-Reston East garage for three weeks
Commuters who park at the Wiehle-Reston East garage may need to make alternative plans for parking beginning August 19.
Fatimah Waseem, August 14, 2019, Reston Now
- How slowing your commute by 48 seconds could save lives
D.C. transportation officials say they’re getting ready to drop speed limits on city streets.
Pete Muntean, August 13, 2019, WUSA9
- Advocates call for Amazon to add protected bike lanes to HQ2 development plans
Sustainable Mobility for Arlington County is now calling on the tech giant to add protected bike lanes to its site plans. The group wants to see Amazon foot the bill for a low-stress bike network by making it part of the site plan for the first phase of HQ2.
Melissa Howell, August 14, 2019, WTOP
- D.C. finalizing recommendations for traffic calming in city's westernmost area
The recommendations range from new sidewalks, crosswalks, and bike lanes to intersection reconfigurations.
Andrew Giambrone, August 12, 2019, Curbed
- You can rent a moped in D.C. starting this weekend
Revel, which operates an electric moped rental service in the New York area, is bringing them to the District this weekend, the company announced Tuesday, joining a growing number of transportation companies that are changing the way residents and visitors get around in the nation’s capital.
Luz Lazo, August 13, 2019, Washington Post
- Sign a petition for a safer Seminary Road
Among the options under consideration by the City Council, the best one to improve the situation is Alternative 3, which adds two protected bicycle lanes, and converts to one through car lane in each direction with a middle left-turn lane.
August 13, 2019, FABB
- Arllington Police participate in national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign
During the 2019 Labor Day holiday, Arlington County Police will again partner with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to get drunk drivers off the roads and help save lives.
August 13, 2019, Arlington County
- Loudoun County looks to self-driving and other shuttles
Self-driving shuttle buses and publicly run, app-based, on-demand transit are probably coming to Loudoun County, Virginia, at least on a trial basis.
Max Smith, August 12, 2019, WTOP
- Bus loop to close for construction at College Park Metro
Temporary bus bay relocation and surface parking lot closure construction begins Sunday, September 1, 2019, for approximately nine months.
August 8, 2019, WMATA
- Md. proposes cutting MARC train service to W.Va.
MDOT Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) announced last week plans to possibly cut back its MARC train service, on the Brunswick Line, in West Virginia, from six trains to two by Nov. 4.
John Henry, August 12, 2019, WUSA9
- As summer wanes, schools start, adjust commuting schedules and expectations
Students in Virginia’s Fredericksburg City and Culpeper, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Orange, Warren, King George go back to class Monday.
Jennifer Ortiz, August 12, 2019, WTOP
- Where DC speed, red light cameras issue the most tickets
On D.C. 295, cameras caught 22,889 speeding drivers in June, compared to 9,438 in May.
Max Smith, August 12, 2019, WTOP
- Months-long Metropolitan Branch Trail detour to begin in Eckington August 12
The trail will receive design changes expected to be completed in November.
Andrew Giambrone, August 12, 2019, Curbed
- Can Uber and Lyft ever be profitable?
Uber’s road to profitability just got $5.2 billion further away.
Patrick Sisson, August 9, 2019, Curbed
- Send our kids back to school with a safer K Street NE
DC traffic engineers say that a K Street NE safety project, which eliminates a rush hour driving lane and adds curb extensions and bicycle lanes, will be complete just in time for the start of the school year.
Keya Chatterjee, Robb Dooling, August 12, 2019, GGWash
- Via sees growth during Metro shutdown
“Our expansion goes all the way out to the Alexandria/Springfield area. We wanted to make sure we covered all the metro stations in Alexandria that are shutdown,” said Via General Manager Ryan Sullivan.
Anna-Lysa Gayle, August 10, 2019, WJLA
- Town of Herndon to get first bicycle master plan
The Herndon Town Council is looking to move forward on its first bicycle master plan this month.
Fatimah Waseem, August 9, 2019, Reston Now
- What Metro's GM sees as the biggest issue ahead of next year's Silver Line opening
While the agency building the Silver Line extension’s rail stations and tracks to Dulles International Airport and Virginia’s Loudoun County plans to open the project to riders in less than a year, the agency that will actually be responsible for running the trains wants commuters to hold off before putting a date on their calendars
Max Smith, August 12, 2019, WTOP
- 2019 National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project
The information from this count of bicyclists and pedestrians is useful for many FCDOT projects to improve multimodal transportation options, including bicycle infrastructure.
August 11, 2019, FABB
- Fatal crash on GW Parkway Sunday
One person is dead after a crash early Sunday morning off the George Washington Memorial Parkway in McLean, Virginia.
Alejandro Alvarez, August 11, 2019, WTOP
- First bikes, then scooters, now mopeds. Next up: Trikes and e-cargo bikes.
D.C. transportation officials say they’re open to testing whatever happens to be the next big thing in transportation technology.
Luz Lazo, August 10, 2019, Washington Post
- New law gets drivers back on the road in Va.
Unpaid court fines no longer a barrier to driving.
Emily Sides, August 10, 2019, Inside NoVa
- Millions of gallons of sewage leak into Potomac River
Officials say its Broad Creek Wastewater Pumping Station leaked about 5.2 millions gallons of raw, unprocessed sewage into a creek feeding into the Potomac River since the overflow started 11 a.m. Friday.
August 10, 2019, Fox5
- To combat climate change, cities need to tackle sprawl
A new IPCC report offers stark reminder that land use policy needs to be radically changed.
Patrick Sisson, August 8, 2019, Curbed
- D.C.'s accessible Taxi-to-Rail service adds 2 more stations
Launched in June, the T2R pilot program seeks to make travel across the Anacostia more accessible by offering free taxicab rides of up to $10 to or from select Metro stations.
Alehandro Alvarez, August 9, 2019, WTOP
- Metro believes frustrated riders will return when shutdown ends
Metro believes that while frustration from the ongoing Blue and Yellow Line shutdown may have dented its ridership, its numbers will bounce back when service resumes in September.
Max Smith, August 9, 2019, WTOP
- Wrong font used on Van Dorn Street Metro sign
On Thursday, Metro offered reporters a tour of the revamped Van Dorn Street station, which is set to re-open with five other stations south of National Airport on September 9. The reporters tweeted photos. It took less than three hours for followers to notice something was amiss.
Jordan Pascale, August 9, 2019, WAMU
- Skip scooters to return to service in D.C.
Skip is returning its electric scooters to the streets of the District, Arlington and Alexandria this month, ending a six-week suspension of service following two fires involving its equipment.
Luz Lazo, August 9, 2019, Washington Post
- Montgomery advances two bus rapid transit projects
On July 30, the Montgomery County Council advanced two long-awaited Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects on Route 355 and Veirs Mill Road to the next stage of engineering. However, the Council put off selecting a preferred design for BRT on Route 355, and it’s not clear when it will decide.
Jane Lyons, August 9, 2019, GGWash