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Metrorail weekend service adjustments July 21-22
Extended Red Line shutdown begins between NoMa-Gallaudet & Fort Totten. Buses replace train service through September 3, 2018.
July 18, 2018, WMATA
Silver Line concrete problem may not be as bad as feared
Initial tests on faulty concrete panels triggered by a whistleblower lawsuit suggest a widespread reworking of the Silver Line extension to and beyond Dulles Airport may not be necessary.
Max Smith, July 18, 2018, WTOP
7000-series railcar deliveries on hold
A “workmanship deficiency” in wiring has caused Metro to halt deliveries of new 7000-series railcars until the issue is resolved, according to the agency.
Stephen Repetski, July 18, 2018, GGW
SmarTrip cards honoring Capitals available at Commuter Stores
New SmarTrip cards honoring the Washington Capitals are available at the Commuter Stores.
July 17, 2018, Commuter Store
FAA pulls out of discussions on airport noise
The Federal Aviation Administration has halted discussions with Maryland airport officials and a citizens group after challenges were filed last month on behalf of residents seeking changes in flight paths because of noise.
Michael Laris, July 17, 2018, Washington Post
Questions remain after major flooding on GW Parkway
The George Washington Parkway has reopened after flash flooding but questions remain for city agencies trying to figure out why this problem appears to be more severe lately and more common in the area.
John Gonzalez, July 18, 2018, WJLA
Dulles up, National down in latest passenger counts
Declines posted by its dominant carrier sent Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport’s year-over-year passenger count down in May, while Washington Dulles International Airport continued to show strength, according to new data.
July 17, 2018, Inside NoVa
UMD weekend bus to College Park Metro is back
After significant pushback from the campus community, the University of Maryland's Department of Transportation Services announced Tuesday that it will reinstate weekend service for several Shuttle-UM routes in the fall, including the #104 College Park Metro Station route.
Christine Condon, July 17, 2018, Diamondback
Md. study eyes ways to trim Beltway, I-270 congestion
Maryland transportation leaders are suggesting 18 possible ways to reduce congestion on the Capital Beltway in the state and part of Interstate 270, and they want to know what residents think.
Michelle Basch, July 17, 2018, WTOP
Metro, union leaders meet amid strike threat
Leaders of Metro’s largest union have met with Metro officials in the first meeting since workers overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike, but little appears to have been resolved.
July 18, 2018, WTOP
Do new Metro cost caps include raises for workers?
As Metro’s largest union threatens a strike, an arbitration ruling is expected any day on a new contract for the approximately 9,000 workers that may trump new restrictions on the growth of Metro’s budget.
Max Smith, July 17, 2018, WTOP
Roads, Metro station flood Tuesday
Tuesday's rain is bringing with it some epic-looking flooding.
Rachel Kurzius, July 17, 2018, dcist
40 people rescued from cars on flooded George Washington Parkway
Arlington County Fire Department crews helped rescue 40 people from their flooded vehicles on the George Washington Parkway after heavy rain left standing water on the roadway Tuesday afternoon.
Sarah Beth Hensley, July 17, 2018, WTOP
Selling Metro headquarters might not be easy
Some of the building’s characteristics could make it a difficult sale.
Stephen Pepetsi, July 17, 2018, GGW
WTOP track work guide: Red Line shutdown July 21 to Sept. 3
Tens of thousands of commuters must figure out another way around from July 21 through Labor Day, Sept. 3 as Metro shuts down part of the Red Line for work that is expected to slow traffic far from the two stations that are closed.
Max Smith, July 16, 2018, WTOP
Metro union's strike vote was two years in the making
Tension between Metro and its unionized workers is at its highest level in four decades, both sides say -- the culmination of management’s aggressive push to instill a safety culture and hold down costs as the union battles to protect workers.
Faiz Siddiqui, Martine Powers, July 16, 2018, Washington Post
Construction set to snarl traffic near Pentagon parking
Construction around one of the Pentagon’s parking lots kicking off this week could produce some big headaches for drivers and bus riders alike.
Alex Koma, July 16, 2018, ARLnow
MDTA cracks down on motorcycle racing on ICC
The Maryland Transportation Authority is cracking down on motorcyclists treating the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 like a grand prix racetrack.
Kevin Lewis, July 16, 2018, WJLA
Save on I-66 tolls by changing when you leave
Drivers paying a toll on Interstate 66 inside the Beltway can save a significant amount of money by just leaving a few minutes earlier or later, a new study finds.
Max Smith, July 17, 2018, WTOP
Metro: Dialogue 'ongoing' after union strike threat
Metro and its largest union remain in discussions after the union voted Sunday to let its leaders call a strike, Metro said Monday afternoon.
Max Smith, July 16, 2018, WTOP
Cyclist's death moves D.C. to make changes to intersection
Four parking spaces on M Street NW, near the intersection with New Hampshire Avenue, have been removed; and the sidewalk will be widened to improve visibility for drivers making a right turn across the road’s bike lane.
Luz Lazo, July 16, 2018, Washington Post
Showdown looms as Washington Metro workers approve strike
A showdown looms in Washington now that Metro’s largest union has overwhelmingly authorized a potential transit system strike, just as thousands of tourists arrive in the nation’s capital for this week’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
Washington Post, July 16, 2018
Arlington to buy land for ART bus parking
The $23.86 million purchase, made with funding from state, regional, and dedicated local transportation sources, will help solve a pressing facilities challenge as the County’s bus transit system continues to expand.
July 14, 2018, Arlington County
Montgomery police warn residents about traffic camera email scam
County residents have reported receiving fraudulent emails seeking payment for speed camera and red-light camera violations, Montgomery County police say.
Danielle E. Gaines, July 13, 2018, Bethesda Beat
Metro union authorizes strike, not clear if or when it might happen
The vote permits union leadership to call a strike but does not require one.
Max Smith, July 15, 2018, WTOP
Memorial ride for cyclist stops traffic briefly
Traffic along M Street NW came to a stop for a few moments during Thursday’s evening commute -- and not because of the typical rush hour gridlock.
Luz Lazo, July 14, 2018, Washington Post
Fatal single car crash in Prince George's
Prince George's County Police are investigating an accident that left one man dead Saturday night. Officials were called to the 8600 block of Glenarden Parkway for a single vehicle accident around 9 pm.
Sharae Griffin, July 14, 2018, WUSA9
Two dead in crash on Fairfax County Parkway
Northbound Fairfax County Parkway has reopened following a crash that left two people dead and four others injured early Sunday morning.
Patrick Roth, July 15, 2018, WTOP
myVDOT web page now more bike and pedestrian friendly
myVDOT recently added an option titled "I need to report an issue on a sidewalk, or pedestrian or bicycle path."
July 14, 2018, FABB
Person dies in single-vehicle crash in D.C.
One person died in a single-vehicle crash early Saturday at the John Philip Sousa Bridge in Southeast Washington, according to the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department.
Peter Hermann, July 14, 2018, Washington Post
Thieves steal airbags in Arlington
Dozens of vehicles were damaged at apartment parking lots in the Pentagon City and Crystal City area this past weekend. According to police, “approximately 35 vehicles were smashed and [had] airbags stolen.”
July 13, 2018, ARLnow
U.S. agency urges automakers to speed up Takata air bag recalls
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement Friday that Heidi King, it's top official, has met with 19 affected companies urging them to accelerate the recalls and to post recall plans on their websites.
July 13, 2018, WJLA
Metro's largest union calls for mandatory emergency strike vote
Metro’s largest union sent its members notice of a mandatory, emergency strike vote just days before the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
Adam Tuss, July 13, 2018, NBC Washington
Save this flyer during Red Line closure
Metro has issued a helpful flyer offering tips on other Metrorail options, bus routes, and parking.
Tim Lemke, July 12, 2018, DC Commute Times
Bicycle, scooter parking at new Audi field
D. C. United and Audi Field are proud to announce a partnership with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) to provide bike valet service for Major League Soccer’s D.C. United home matches and other special events.
July 13, 2018, WABA
Md. plans to replace guardrail end caps
A number of lawsuits claim the X-LITE end terminal is defective. Several people have died and others have been seriously injured after the guardrail speared their vehicles.
Meredith Royster, July 13, 2018, NBC Washington
Bus lanes may speed up the ride on 16th St.
During rush hours, buses on 16th Street will be able to bypass traffic in a bus lane, hopefully by 2020.
David Alpert, July 13, 2018, GGW
U.S. cities drowning in car storage
New research presents credible estimates of the total parking supply in several American cities for the first time.
Angie Schmitt, July 12, 2018, Streetsblog USA
Scooters and dockless bikeshare in Arlington, FAQ
Arlington is developing a time-limited pilot demonstration project to provide structure to the deployment, operation and use of scooters and dockless bikes within the County and to evaluate the overall performance and gauge the impacts of these mobility devices.
July 13, 2018, Arlington County
In D.C., no more license suspensions for drivers with unpaid tickets
Drivers who have unpaid traffic tickets or miss court hearings to address them will no longer see their licenses suspended under legislation approved by the D.C. Council this week.
Reis Thebault, July 12, 2018, Washington Post
Arlington County will give dockless a try (officially)
Arlington County expects to roll out a pilot program for dockless bikes and scooters this fall, clearing the way for formal agreements with the companies that operate them.
Jeff Clabaugh, July 12, 2018, WTOP
Metro-union dispute delays 1 in 5 Thursday-morning buses
Thousands of commuters across the region were delayed Thursday morning by an apparent work action by Metro’s largest union.
Max Smith, July 12, 2018, WTOP
Metro Board approves sale of headquarters
The WMATA Board voted unanimously with one abstention to the sale and the simultaneous search for a new owned or leased headquarters somewhere in D.C. at its Thursday meeting.
Jordan Pascale, July 12, 2018, WAMU
Metro will seek to sell downtown D.C. headquarters
Metro will seek to sell its downtown Jackson Graham headquarters and decamp to smaller office spaces in the District, Maryland and Virginia, according to a proposal released Thursday in advance of a Metro board meeting.
Martine Powers, July 12, 2018, Washington Post
Person struck, killed by Amtrak train in New Carrollton
A person is dead after they were struck by an Amtrak train just north of the New Carrollton train station Wednesday.
July 11, 2018, WJLA
Annapolis prepares to launch bike-share program
A new bike-share program will arrive in the city in mid-August as part of a partnership between Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and start-up Zagster.
Danielle Ohl, July 11, 2018, Capital Gazette
Metro preparing to close two stations for 45 days
Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland stations will be closed for from July 21 to September 3. The 45-day shutdown effectively blocks trains from Fort Totten to NoMa–Gallaudet.
Pete Muntean, July 12, 2018, WUSA9
Metro ready to end Grosvenor turnback
Metro would run all rush-hour Red Line trains to Shady Grove, doubling service through Rockville, under a recommendation set to be voted on Thursday by the Metro Board.
Max Smith, July 12, 2018, WTOP
Lawmakers worry about rise in drugged driving
Lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing Wednesday on the dangers of drug-impaired driving.
Jasper Goodman, July 11, 2018, The Hill
Climate bill would make D.C. a leader in clean energy
On Tuesday, DC Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced legislation that would make DC a leader in moving away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy.
Mark Rodeffer, July 11, 2018, GGW
Vision Zero: We're not going to make it zero by 2024
If we really want to make the roads significantly safer, we're going to have to do more.
July 11, 2018, WashCycle
NTSB hearing focuses on railroad safety following two fatal Amtrak crashes
Federal safety investigators Tuesday pressed railroad officials on whether enough is being done to ensure passenger safety in the wake of two fatal Amtrak crashes, in Washington state and South Carolina.
Lori Aratani, July 10, 2018, Washington Post
Fatal pedestrian crash in Annandale
Police say a preliminary investigation reveals 78-year-old Ok Soon Kim, of Annandale, was hit shortly after 5 a.m. this morning while attempting to cross Columbia Pike at Gallows Road outside of a marked crosswalk.
July 10, 2018, Fairfax County Times
Virginia State Police busy with July 4 DUI arrests
Police rounded up a lot of drunken drivers during the Fourth of July holiday last week, but deadly crashes were down this year.
Scott Shenk, July 10, 2018, fredericksburg.com
BWI proposes concourse expansion for Southwest Airlines
BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport wants the state to spend $60 million to expand Concourse A to handle Southwest Airlines’ growth.
Colin Campbell, July 10, 2018, Capital Gazette
DDOT completes 'Vision Zero' upgrades at five intersections
The upgrades include new signage, better signaling and pavement markings.
Tim Lemke, July 10, 2018, DC Commute Times
Monday was D.C.'s first Code Red air quality day since 2012
For the first time in six years, the D.C. area experienced "code red" level air quality on July 9, which is air that is unhealthy to breathe for everyone.
Natalie Delgadillo, July 10, 2018, dcist
Traffic, transit changes for MLB All-Star Game
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Police Chief Peter Newsham and District Department of Transportation Director Jeff Marootian announced a host of preparation plans ahead of next week’s MLB All-Star Game -- which include road closures, new parking restrictions and transit changes.
William Vitka, July 10, 2018, WTOP
Va., U.S. sue company behind defective Metro Silver Line concrete
Virginia and the federal government sued a concrete manufacturer Monday, alleging that it lied and falsified documents in connection with panels it manufactured for the second phase of Metro’s Silver Line that were later found to be defective.
Faiz Siddiqui, Lori Aratani, July 9, 2018, Washington Post
Pedestrian bridge at Wiehle Ave., W&OD Trail moves forward
A grade-separated crossing and bridge at the Washington & Old Dominion Trail at Wiehle Avenue could be coming closer to reality.
July 9, 2018, Reston Now
Metro work slows traffic
As Metro prepares for two significant 24/7 track work zones, a review of traffic data from the last round of major single-tracking and shutdowns shows the work zones lead to significantly slower commutes -- even for those who never use the Metro system.
Max Smith, July 10, 2018, WTOP
More bike lanes coming to downtown Silver Spring
Montgomery County transportation crews will begin work soon on two separated lanes.
Tim Lemke, July 9, 2018, DC Commute Times
Cyclist dies after being struck by truck on M St. NW
A 36-year-old cyclist was killed after being hit by a truck in the 2100 block of M Street NW on Saturday afternoon, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.
Rachel Sadon, July 9, 2018, dcist
Guide to biking around Red Line closures
For all of us who can’t take off a leisurely July 21st to Sept 3rd vacation and avoid some very humid days, the Metro closure of the Brookland and Rhode Island Ave Red Line stations are going to affect many travel patterns.
Ursula Sandstrom, July 9, 2018, WABA
Bicyclists, pedestrians to be separated on part of W&OD Trail
It may be for just a fraction of the 45-mile-long Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Regional Trail, but within the next year, pedestrians and bicyclists will be able to use separate, parallel sections along the trail in the city of Falls Church.
Brian Trompeter, July 9, 2018, Inside NoVa
D.C. plans to spend Volkswagen settlement on railroad switchers, clean buses
The District says it plans to spend its portion of a national settlement with Volkswagen on new locomotive switchers for Union Station and electric buses that serve communities more adversely affected by air pollution.
Martin Austermuhle, July 6, 2018, WAMU
Another portion of Beach Drive reopens Monday
As work ends on the 1.5-mile stretch of roadway between Broad Branch Road/Blagden Avenue NW and Joyce Road NW, an additional 2.7 miles will be shut to traffic.
Luz Lazo, July 8, 2018, Washington Post
Federal researchers looking at Waze for crash data
Waze, the ubiquitous navigation app cherished by millions of traffic-harried drivers and begrudged by others who live along suggested shortcuts, is being tapped by the federal government to try to make roads safer.
Michael Laris, July 7, 2018, Washington Post
Metro cybersecurity audit highlights growing concerns at agencies across the country
Metro officials say they plan to focus on improving security throughout the transit system after a classified inspector general’s report concluded that the agency remains vulnerable to hacks and attacks that could imperil safety and day-to-day operations.
Martine Powers, July 7, 2018, Washington Post
Prince William plans to get more commuters out of cars
Two recently approved projects embrace the use of Uber-like apps to expand commuting options in this sprawling area of Northern Virginia where car dependency is high, transit is limited and the once-popular van-pooling services are in decline.
Luz Lazo, July 7, 2018, Washington Post
Building demolition for Purple Line to start Monday
Purple Line Transit Partners announced this week that construction crews on Monday will begin demolishing the former FedEx and Kinkos buildings in a strip mall near the intersection of Colesville Road and East West Highway in downtown Silver Spring.
Andrew Metcalf, July 6, 2018, Bethesda Beat
VRE nears deal with Metro to cut Franconia-Springfield parking fees
Since February, VRE riders have been paying nearly twice as much as Metro riders to park in the same spaces at Franconia-Springfield, but Metro and VRE are said to be close to an agreement to end those higher charges.
Max Smith, July 6, 2018, WTOP
Metro will spend $2.2 million to study bus business model
Metro has hired engineering firm Aecom to conduct an analysis of the business model of the Metrobus system.
Faiz Siddiqui, July 6, 2018, Washington Post
As weather heats up, air quality worsens
Air quality and heat are closely related, according to Dr. Mona Sarfaty, the climate and health program director for George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication.
Angela Woolsey, July 6, 2018, Fairfax County Times
Second entrance at East Falls Church Metro may be on hold for a decade
Arlington likely won’t be able to add a second entrance at the East Falls Church Metro station until sometime in the 2030s, as county officials re-examine their funding priorities for the next decade.
Alex Koma, July 5, 2018, ARLnow
Arlington police looking for pushy bike thieves
A woman tried to stop a quartet of bike thieves from leaving her apartment building, but they shoved her out of the way and fled the scene before police arrived.
July 5, 2018, ARLnow
National Zoo wants to reduce 13 pedestrian entrances to 3
Casually jogging through the National Zoo may be a thing of the past as the zoo aims to amp up security. The zoo is proposing to set up a perimeter fence to close all the gaps surrounding the zoo and reducing the pedestrian entrances from 13 to three.
Erin Thacker, July 5, 2018, WUSA9
Where Metro stands on federally mandated safety fixes
The transit agency updated its progress report last week on corrective action plans tied to Federal Transit Administration directives, National Transportation Safety Board recommendations and internal reviews.
Max Smith, July 5, 2018, WTOP
Metro union says workers showed up late July 4 over disputes
About a quarter of Metrobus operators, mechanics and station managers came in late to work on one of the District’s busiest holidays. While buses were slightly delayed, some as long as 45 minutes, because of the lack of workers, Metro largely avoided more widespread issues on July 4.
Jordan Pascale, July 5, 2018, WAMU
Two dead in separate vehicle accidents in D.C. Tuesday
Police said a teenager died when a car struck his scooter, and a motorcyclist died after hitting a parked vehicle.
Paul Schwartzman, July 4, 2018, Washington Post