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- Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday
Arlington Commuter Stores, Mobile Commuter Stores, CommuterDirect.com Customer Service Call Center, and ART - Arlington Transit Call Center will be closed Monday, January 21, 2019, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Odenton and Takoma Langley Crossroads stores will be open. CommuterDirect.com orders placed after 2 p.m. Friday, January 18 will be processed and mailed on Tuesday, January 22.
January 16, 2019, Commuter Store
- Metro Transit Police seek person of interest in assault
Metro Transit Police are seeking the public's assistance to identify a person of interest in connection with a first-degree assault that occurred at approximately 9 p.m. last night outside the Addison Road Metro Station.
January 18, 2019, WMATA
- Amtrak modifies Northeast service in advance of winter storm
Amtrak will operate a modified service on Saturday, January 19, and Sunday, January 20, due to forecasted severe winter weather. Full scheduled service will be restored pending improved conditions.
January 18, 2019, Amtrak
- Residents, museums take sides in meeting about Dupont bike lane
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has been studying options for “north- and south-running protected bicycle lanes between Dupont Circle, the western side of Downtown, and the National Mall that provides a safe environment for people biking of all ages and abilities on either 20th, 21st, or 22nd Street NW.”
David Alpert, January 18, 2019, GGW
- Pentagon Metro cleared Thursday evening
Authorities evacuated the Pentagon Metro station Thursday evening as a precaution after a Pentagon police dog signaled an alert in an area of the station, the agency said.
Clarence Williams, January 17, 2019, Washington Post
- Montgomery capital budget plan delays funding for Metro improvements
Funding has been delayed for improvements at two Metrorail stations at opposite ends of the Red Line in Montgomery County.
Dan Schere, January 17, 2019, Bethesda Magazine
- Plan unveiled for development at West Falls Church Metro
For the first time in a public meeting, the scope of a three-party cooperative effort to put over 40 acres of dense mixed-use development adjacent the West Falls Church Metro station was unveiled Tuesday night at a forum on the campus of the Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Graduate Center.
Nicholas F. Benton, January 17, 2019, FCNP
- Variably priced parking could be coming to Arlington
Virginia is considering providing $5.4 million for a system that would detect the number and location of empty and full street parking spaces in the Crystal City area and the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor in order to raise prices on busy blocks and lower prices where there are more spaces available.
Max Smith, January 18, 2019, WTOP
- Amtrak brings more hot food to Capitol Limited
What Amtrak is now calling “Contemporary Dining Improvements” includes three hot entrées and “deluxe breakfast choices,” up from one hot-meal choice brought back in July 2018.
William C. Vantuono, January 17, 2019, Railway Age
- March for Life and Women's March bring traffic challenges this weekend
Protesters are back in the nation’s capital this weekend, presenting travel challenges Friday and Saturday.
Luz Lazo, January 18, 2019, Washington Post
- Metro is losing $400,000 a day during shutdown
The loss of federal workers is cutting into ridership, and the agency could be forced to scale back service, or ask local jurisdictions for more money.
Faiz Siddiqui, January 17, 2019, Washington Post
- Va. bills aim to curb distracted driving
House Bill 1811 and its companion Senate Bill 1341 would make any interaction with a cellphone while driving a primary offense.
Evie King, January 16, 2019, fredericksburg.com
- Suspect in custody after stabbing at Wheaton Metro
Officials say one person was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect was taken into custody shortly after.
January 17, 2019, Fox5
- Mayor Bowser commits to fixing one of D.C.'s most vexing intersections
Dave Thomas Circle is a key pedestrian and bike connection between the residential neighborhood of Eckington to the north and the commercial core of NoMa to the south along First Street NE.
Edward Russell, January 17, 2019, dcist
- TSA acknowledges shutdown is forcing officers to stay home
Significant numbers of TSA agents have not been coming to work, either because of financial hardship or to underscore their opposition to being forced to work without pay.
Michael Laris, Ashley Halsey III, January 17, 2019, Washington Post
- Will D.C.'s yellow poles help protect pedestrians?
The pylons are meant to slow down drivers and force a more 90-degree left turn.
Jordan Pascale, January 17, 2019, WAMU
- Arlingtonian brings donated bicycles to the poor
With his mom, he started Wheels to Africa, an organization that for the past 14 years has taken bicycles donated from residents of the Washington metropolitan area and shipped them across the world to people in need.
Tara Bahrampour, January 17, 2019, Washington Post
- Metro seeks public input on FY2020 budget proposal
Metro is inviting the public to comment on its proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget, which is committed to delivering better service and value to riders while controlling costs and identifying efficiencies.
January 16, 2019, WMATA
- Alexandria installs Leading Pedestrian Intervals
In order to increase traffic safety, City of Alexandria staff recently installed 17 new Leading Pedestrian Intervals in high crash intersections or corridors as part of the implementation of the City’s Vision Zero Initiative to eliminate traffic-related deaths and serious injuries by 2028.
January 17, 2019, WashCycle
- Pedestrian fatality in Prince George's
A man was struck and killed in Prince George’s County on Wednesday night, according to police.
January 16, 2019, Fox5
- What Va. road, bus projects will be funded this year?
Bus rapid transit lines, roadway extensions and commuter lots are among the projects newly recommended for funding under a Virginia rating system that found some key Northern Virginia priorities did not stack up.
Max Smith, January 17, 2019, WTOP
- What to expect on area transit with long weekend, marches
The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend and two separate marches in downtown D.C. mean traffic and transit changes for the region from Friday through Monday.
Max Smith, January 17, 2019, WTOP
- Metrorail weekend service adjustments Jan. 19-21
Yellow Line trains will single track between Pentagon City and National Airport. No work on other lines until after 10 p.m.
January 17, 2019, WMATA
- Mayor Bowser vetoes D.C. Council bill decriminalizing Metro fare jumping
Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) has rejected the D.C. Council’s decision to decriminalize Metro fare jumping, issuing her second-ever veto Wednesday amid concern the measure would exacerbate the transit agency’s financial problems.
Faiz Siddiqui, January 16, 2019, Washington Post
- Mayor Bowser got booed for suggesting fewer cars on 16th St.
On Tuesday afternoon, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser gave a speech about her second term agenda that included some meaningful statements about making streets safer. In one spot though, some people in the crowd apparently booed when she suggested reducing car dependence.
David Alpert, January 16, 2019, GGW
- Metro to sell surplus properties
Metro today announced that eight surplus properties are up for sale in Maryland, Virginia and the District with potential for commercial, residential and/or mixed-use development.
January 15, 2019, WMATA
- DDOT extends deadline for comments on bike lanes
DDOT has extended the comment period on the 20th/21st/22nd Street bike lanes (aka the Western Downtown bike lanes) to allow the local ANCs to weigh in on the options.
January 16, 2019, WashCycle
- Bikes on Metro during rush hour: so far, so good
Despite some riders' concerns that bikes would make already crowded trains feel even more packed, and commuters' fears of bicycle grease on their work clothes, the change hasn’t brought many complaints.
Kery Murakami, January 15, 2019, Washington Post
- D.C. names new traffic safey office director
Mayor Muriel E. Bowser has selected a transportation policy veteran to lead the city’s ambitious plan to dramatically reduce traffic fatalities.
Luz Lazo, January 16, 2019, Washington Post
- FCDOT Seeks Input on Fairfax Connector Service in Herndon, Reston
The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) is seeking public input on the Fairfax Connector in the Herndon-Reston area as it looks toward improvements for the local bus service.
Catherine Douglas Moran, January 15, 2019, Reston Now
- Shutdown leads to lighter traffic
This January’s shutdown traffic looks a lot like the regular July/August travel months when traffic volumes shrink with residents vacationing and Congress out of town.
Jordan Pascale, January 15, 2019, WAMU
- Hogan plan to ease road congestion struggles to win support
Nearly 16 months after Hogan announced his plan, officials from the two counties that would benefit the most from it continue to express concern, skepticism and opposition.
Bruce De Puyt, January 15, 2019, WTOP
- FOCCT sue the Army Corps of Engineers over Purple Line
The anti-purple line group - the "Friends" of the Capital Crescent Trail - have sued the Army Corp of Engineers arguing that a permit for the project was issued erroneously.
January 15, 2019, WashCycle
- More could be done to slow drivers down
Speeding is a persistent factor in nearly one-third of crash-related deaths, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. The group believes more should be done to try to save lives.
Kristi King, January 15, 2019, WTOP
- Will sidewalks and bike lanes get shoveled this year?
The region's governments are aggressively plowing roads for motor vehicles, but how will other infrastructure fare?
David Alpert, January 14, 2019, GGW
- Public hearing on e-bike use on trails
The Fairfax County Park Authority and Northern Virginia Park Authority are holding a joint public hearing on Thursday, February 7, on proposed changes to regulations on the use of e-bikes on park trails in northern Virginia.
January 14, 2019, FABB
- Man arrested in sex assault at Wheaton Metro
Authorities said they have arrested and charged a Maryland man who they said grabbed a woman at the Wheaton Metro stop.
Dana Hedgpeth, January 14, 2019, Washington Post
- Fairfax man killed in crash at library
John Jasper, 72, of Fairfax Station was killed when his vehicle struck a parked vehicle at the Burke Centre Library on Fred’s Oak Road.
Martin Weil, January 14, 2019, Washington Post
- DC's 1st major snowstorm of the year leaves icy roads, closures
The region’s first major snowstorm was a record-setter, causing government offices and all public schools in the WTOP listening area to close Monday -- and more snow is on the horizon.
Alehandro Alvarez, Tiffany Arnold, January 14, 2019, WTOP
- Gas prices are dropping across U.S.
Average gas prices across the U.S. have dropped 12 cents within the past three weeks, the Associated Press reported Sunday.
Michael Burke, January 13, 2019, The Hill
- Metro cancels track work due to weather, all rail stations open Sunday
Metro has canceled its track work plans for the weekend and reopened three rail stations due to winter weather conditions affecting the region.
January 13, 2019, WMATA
- Union Station prepares for a concourse makeover
The concourse at Washington’s Union Station will undergo a makeover beginning in the fall, a project that will double its capacity, relieve crowding and make for a more accessible and comfortable customer experience, Amtrak says.
Luz Lazo, January 12, 2019, Washington Post
- Weekend winter storm dumps 4-6 inches on D.C. so far
A winter storm has brought as much as 6 inches of snow to parts of the D.C. region -- and it's not done yet.
January 13, 2019, NBC Washington
- Plans for Grist Mill Trail are great but can be better
The good news is that a $6.5 million project to complete the missing segments of the Grist Mill Trail is currently under way.
January 12, 2019, FABB
- Air traffic controllers working without pay sue over shutdown
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) sued the federal government on Friday because its members are working without pay during the government shutdown.
Alex Gangitano, January 11, 2019, The Hill
- Purple Line lawsuit still causing problems
During a Purple Line forum Thursday evening in College Park, project leaders said they are struggling to make up for lost time.
Nick Iannelli, January 11, 2019, WTOP
- Metro turns to other industries for bus driver safety ideas
After making only modest gains in reducing attacks on bus drivers, even after taking steps such as putting in plexiglass barriers by many drivers, Metro says it’s going to try thinking outside the box.
Kery Murakami, January 10, 2019, Washington Post
- Aviation system hits crunchtime as workers face payless 'payday'
The nation’s airports remain fully operational despite the government shutdown, but with federal aviation workers expected to miss their first paycheck Friday, union leaders said the system may begin to feel the strain.
Ashley Halsey III, January 10, 2019, Washington Post
- Metro revenue at risk as shutdown enters 'uncharted territory'
Metro officials are concerned the government shutdown is cutting into the agency’s revenue as the system that carries a sizable share of the federal workforce runs full service despite thousands of employees staying home on furlough.
Faiz Siddiqui, January 11, 2019, Washington Post
- Loudoun County readies road network for Metro
With all of its growth and Metro’s Silver Line barreling in, Loudoun County has been working to connect missing portions of partially existing roads, to make sure its infrastructure is ready to handle increased congestion that’s expected next year.
Neal Augenstein, January 10, 2019, WTOP
- Arlington calls on property owners to help clear snow
With snow in the forecast, it's important to remember that residents also play a vital role in dealing with winter’s fallout.
January 10, 2019, Arlington County
- Richmond Highway corridor could be getting fast buses
In March 2018, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the Embark Richmond Highway plan to bring more density to this eight-mile stretch of road that stems from the Huntington Metro Station. The revised plan aims to do this through medium and high-rise housing, more targeted retail and restaurants, and perhaps most importantly, a bus rapid transit (BRT) system.
Joanne Tang, January 10, 2019, GGW
- Fiat Chrysler to pay nearly $500M to settle claims of emissions cheating
Fiat Chrysler will pay almost $500 million to settle claims that the auto giant used integrated vehicle software to cheat on emissions tests, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Thursday.
Miranda Green, January 10, 2019, The Hill
- Purple Line may open a year late
The opening of Maryland’s Purple Line is at least a year behind schedule, and delays have added at least $215 million to the light-rail line’s cost, according to project documents.
Katherine Shaver, January 10, 2019, Washington Post
- Metro shutdown cuts Reagan National off from DC this weekend
The Pentagon, Pentagon City and Crystal City stations are closed Saturday, Jan. 12, and Sunday, Jan 13. The closure also means there are no Yellow Line trains south of L’Enfant Plaza. Blue Line trains run between Largo Town Center and Arlington Cemetery during the day, and between Largo Town Center and Rosslyn after the Arlington Cemetery stop closes at 7 p.m.
Max Smith, January 10, 2019, WTOP
- Arrest made in attack on two Green Line riders
Metro Transit Police arrested a 23-year-old D.C. man Tuesday on felony assault charges after he allegedly assaulted two customers at Navy Yard station.
Faiz Siddiqui, January 9, 2019, Washington Post
- Metro to expand Abilities-Ride
Program offers on-demand taxi service as alternative to MetroAccess.
January 9, 2019, WMATA
- Highway, transit projects grind to a halt as shutdown continues
Highway construction projects across the country have been jeopardized by the federal shutdown as state officials hesitate to authorize projects planned for 2019 without the assurance of federal funding.
Ashley Halsey III, January 8, 2019, Washington Post
- More drivers complying with 'Move Over' laws
Maryland drivers are increasingly following a “Move Over” law in the five years since it was expanded to protect other emergency and service workers stopped on highway shoulders.
Charlie Wright, January 8, 2019, Bethesda Magazine
- Lime scooters, bikes come to Alexandria
San Francisco-based dockless electric scooter and electric bike operator Lime has received a permit from the city of Alexandria, Virginia -- the first operator to win approval there as part of a nine-month pilot program.
Jeff Clabaugh, January 8, 2019, WTOP
- Will the government shutdown affect your next flight?
As the shutdown moves into its third week, some fear it’s only a matter of time before the nation’s air-traffic system begins to feel the impact.
Lori Aratani, January 8, 2019, Washington Post
- Pedestrian struck, killed on Arlington Blvd.
The Arlington County Police Department is investigating a fatal pedestrian crash that occurred on Tuesday, January 8 at the intersection of Arlington Boulevard and N. Manchester Street.
January 8, 2019, Arlington County
- Could a Chinese-made Metro car spy on us?
The warnings sound like the plot of a Hollywood spy thriller: The Chinese hide malware in a Metro rail car’s security camera system that allows surveillance of Pentagon or White House officials as they ride the Blue Line -- sending images back to Beijing.
Robert McCartney, Faiz Siddiqui, January 7, 2019, Washington Post
- PTC still not operating on MARC Penn Line
The federally mandated improvement called Positive Train Control (PTC) was supposed to be completed by the end of 2018, but very few of the nation's railroads met that goal.
Jodie Fleischer, January 7, 2019, NBC Washington
- DDOT releases new version of parkDC app
The updated version of the parkDC app expands the scope of the application by allowing users to search for on-street and off-street parking throughout the District.
January 7, 2019, DDOT
- Reagan National Airport closing some arrival doors for construction
Passengers arriving at Reagan National Airport can expect some more construction-related changes to the lower, baggage claim level at Terminal B/C.
Alex Koma, January 7, 2019, ARLnow
- Lyft will offer low-cost rides to grocery stores in Wards 7, 8
Last month, Lyft and Martha’s Table announced a six-month partnership to provide low-income residents in Wards 7 and 8 with low-cost rides to the grocery store.
Joanne Tang, January 7, 2019, GGW
- 2019 Va. transportation bills
From a potential ban on hand-held cellphones behind the wheel to proposals to widen Interstate 95 and lock in toll increases for the Dulles Greenway, Virginia’s breakneck General Assembly session could mean some changes to how we get around.
Max Smith, January 7, 2019, WTOP
- Nova Parks to consider new e-bikes on trails regulations
Nova parks will be holding a hearing on February 7th in Lorton, VA on proposed changes to regulations on the use of Electrically Assisted Bicycles, or e-bikes, in Fairfax County and NOVA Parks.
January 7, 2019, WashCycle
- Pedestrian struck and killed in Adelphi Sunday
The accident occurred at New Hampshire Avenue and Metzerott Road.
January 7, 2019, WJLA
- Woman shot while driving on I-295
A woman driving on I-295 in southeast D.C. had to make an abrupt detour to the hospital after being shot by another driver.
Susan Phillips, January 7, 2019, WUSA9
- Ford's futurist, and city planners, try to see past the conventional car
As self-driving vehicles and electric scooters mix with pedestrians, cyclists and traditional motorists in congested communities from Washington to Arizona, government and corporate leaders have been pushed in new ways to try to predict the future and plan for what’s coming.
Michael Laris, January 5, 2019, Washington Post
- D.C. ramping up street safety measuress
After a year marked by a rise in traffic fatalities, the District is entering 2019 with a plan city officials hope will make streets safer for its 700,000 residents and the hundreds of thousands more who visit and work in the nation’s capital.
Luz Lazo, January 5, 2019, Washington Post
- PGPD officer accused of sexual assault at New Carrollton Metro
A Prince George's County Police officer has been suspended following accusations into an alleged sexual assault that occurred at the New Carrollton Metro Station early Friday.
January 4, 2019, WJLA
- More enforcement promised on Indian Head Highway
There are still no charges for the person suspected of driving under the influence and speeding on Indian Head Highway in Oxon Hill, Maryland, causing a crash that killed three children late last year.
Michelle Basch, January 4, 2019, WTOP
- I-66 tolls turn 1-year-old
Extrapolating from the HOV data, bus ridership numbers from the first half of 2018, and assuming all toll payers were driving alone, Deputy Transportation Secretary Nick Donohue said 52.8 percent of people using the road are in carpools, 12.6 percent are on buses, and 34.6 percent are paying tolls.
Max Smith, January 4, 2019, WTOP
- MLK Day of Service: Find a trail cleanup near you!
Our region is connected by its trails, rivers and roads. Your efforts at one trail spot will not only help that trail but the neighbors down the watershed by reducing trash flow or making the trails a more pleasant place to be.
Ursula Sandstrom, January 4, 2019, WABA
- Prince George's has a new trail plan
Last month, Prince George’s County’s Planning Board adopted a new plan to improve, greatly expand and better care for the county’s network of paved off-street trails.
Garrett Hennigan, January 4, 2019, WABA
- Amtrak to double Union Station concourse capacity
Amtrak put out a call on Friday for contractors to bid on the project that modernizes the 70,000 square-foot space and would double the capacity by 2022. Construction is expected to begin this fall.
Jordan Pascale, January 4, 2019, WAMU
- Fireworks on Metro train cause panic at Gallery Place
Fireworks ignited on a Green Line train at Gallery Place Metro station Wednesday night caused panicked passengers to flee and dozens of police to swarm the station platforms, authorities and witnesses said Thursday.
Faiz Siddiqui, January 3, 2019, Washington Post