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- Potholes have hit D.C. particularly hard this year, and complaints are mounting
More than 7,000 complaints were reported to the city from January to mid-March, the highest since at least 2015.
John D. Harden, March 22, 2019, Washington Post
- Loudoun County supervisors approve project near future Metrorail stations
The project, developed by Soave Enterprises, includes up to 3,706 residences and more than 1 million square feet of non-residential uses.
Nathaniel Cline, March 22, 2019, Loudoun Times-Mirror
- Purple Line 10 percent complete
Construction of the Purple Line, a planned 16-mile light rail line between Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, is 10 percent complete and work on the Bethesda station tunnel is 50 percent complete, project managers told a County Council committee Thursday afternoon.
Dan Schere, March 21, 2019, Bethesda Magazine
- Cherry blossom crowds limit Metro track work
Metro is limiting weekend track work the next few weeks due to expected Cherry Blossom crowds around the National Mall.
Max Smith, March 22, 2019, WTOP
- Self-driving shuttles coming to Northern Va.
Self-driving shuttles are set to hit the streets of Northern Virginia in coming months, in what could just be the first of several deployments across the region.
Max Smith, March 22, 2019, WTOP
- Core of Rosslyn study proposes sidewalk-level bike lanes
Rosslyn could get a network of sidewalk-level protected bike lanes by 2030 if the plans imagined by the County come to fruition.
March 22, 2019, WashCycle
- Va. will chip in $3.6M during Metro summer shutdown
The Commonwealth Transportation Board said it would cover 80 percent of a $4.4 million mitigation plan, which includes extra buses, free shuttles and water taxies. Much of that, more than $2 million, will go to Alexandria, which will take the brunt of the shutdown's affects.
Jonathan Capriel, March 21, 2019, WBJ
- Md., Purple Line contractor 'still far apart' on line's cost and opening date
Maryland officials and the contractor building the Purple Line are “still far apart” over when the light-rail line will begin carrying passengers and how much it will cost to offset construction delays, a top state transit official said Thursday.
Katherine Shaver, March 22, 2019, Washington Post
- Alexandria Council makes Old Town parking pilot permanent
Council voted unanimously to make a pay-by-phone parking pilot permanent at its public hearing on Saturday.
March 21, 2019, Alexandria Times
- Proposals for DC intersection at 'Dave Thomas Circle' include demolishing Wendy's
D.C. Mayor, Muriel Bowser's proposed budget calls for the city to buy the Wendy's in the middle of "Dave Thomas Circle" in the Northeast near New York Avenue. The plan calls for the structure to be demolished and for the redevelopment of the intersection to improve safety.
March 21, 2019, Fox5
- Va. outlines alternatives during monthslong closure of Blue, Yellow lines
Virginia will spend $3.6 million to let buses run past traffic on part of the Capital Beltway, discount Amtrak trips for VRE riders and to support expanded bus and water taxi service during this summer’s monthslong Metro shutdown of six Blue Line and Yellow Line stations.
Max Smith, March 22, 2019, WTOP
- 'Congestion emergency' costs DC-area drivers around $2,000 a year
The average driver in the D.C. area lost 87 hours to traffic congestion in 2017, at a cost of $2,007 in lost time and wasted fuel, according to the transportation group TRIP.
John Aaron, March 21, 2019, WTOP
- Md. Gov. Hogan calls for state takeover of BW Parkway
In a letter sent to Maryland’s U.S House and Senate members Wednesday, Hogan urged them to “strongly support the transfer” of the parkway from the park service to the state of Maryland.
Nick Ianelli, March 21, 2019, WTOP
- More D.C. Circulator and Capital Bikeshare service could be coming to the District
New budget proposal includes funding for additional transportation infrastructure and Vision Zero.
Andrew Giambrone, March 21, 2019, Curbed
- DC's Capital Improvements Plan
Here's a list of every project in DC's FY20-25 Capital Improvements Plan that I could find that's relevant to cycling.
March 21, 2019, WashCycle
- The District's streets are dangerous, and unjust, by design
On March 13 and 14 road safety advocates and leaders gathered to discuss the District's progress on Vision Zero, its committment to eliminating road deaths and serious injuries by 2024. The initiative is badly needed -- we as a region, and as a nation, face a traffic safety crisis, particularly for people walking.
Heather Zaccaro, March 21, 2019, GGWash
- Exhibit on Arlington bus documents inspiring stories of local immigrants
Local artist Gail Rebhan’s “Immigration/Assimilation” presents the migration stories of six Arlington families spanning several generations through a collage of historical documents, portraits and other artifacts.
Stephanie Williams, March 20, 2019, Washington Post
- Pedestrian deaths rising in Va., but safety improvements working
More pedestrians are being killed on Virginia’s roads, but safety strategies implemented at problem-prone areas are working, according to a highway safety update presented to the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board on Wednesday.
Kristi King, March 20, 2019, WTOP
- Arlington government salutes transportation partners
The Arlington County government on March 19 recognized the 243 recipients of its 2018 “Arlington Transportation Partner Champions” awards, in particular saluting the 31 businesses, organizations and housing providers that reached platinum status.
March 20, 2019, Inside NoVa
- Seven people rescued from Metro elevator in Arlington
Firefighters freed seven people trapped in an elevator at the Crystal City Metro station Wednesday morning, according to a report.
Dan Taylor, March 20, 2019, Arlington Patch
- Lime scooters coming to Fairfax County
Lime says it will place its scooters in areas including Fairfax City, George Mason University, Vienna, Merrifield and Falls Church.
Jeff Clabaugh, March 20, 2019, WTOP
- Metrorail weekend service adjustments, March 23-24
Regular weekend service on all lines until at least 10 p.m.
March 21, 2019, WMATA
- Maryland Bikeways funding bill passes house, heads to the Senate
This year, Sen. James Rosapepe (Dist. 21) and Del. Brooke Lierman (Dist. 46) introduced a bill (SB 787/HB 1281) that will increase funding for the Maryland Bikeways Program by $4 million, helping to transform and connect Maryland by funding local bike projects.
March 20, 2019, WashCycle
- Montgomery Co. leaders voice concerns about I-270, I-495 toll lane plan
A plan to ease traffic with new toll lanes on Interstate 270 and Maryland’s section of the Capital Beltway isn’t going over well with some Montgomery County leaders, who believe more should be done to include transit.
Kristi King, March 19, 2019, WTOP
- At six DC intersections, bus customers now get a jump on traffic
Metrobuses now get the green light ahead of other traffic at six key intersections in the District of Columbia. New "bus only" traffic signals allow buses to proceed through the intersections before the standard traffic signals turn green, allowing the bus to proceed ahead of other vehicles.
March 19, 2019, WMATA
- The Circulator is now free. Why just the Circulator?
Following two months of free rides on DC’s Circulator bus in February and March, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that Circulator rides will now be free, permanently.
Caaitlin Rogger, March 19, 2019, GGWash
- What's the K Street Transitway?
In her State of the District address Monday evening, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser pledged $122 million to build the K Street Transitway.
David Alpert, March 19, 2019, GGWash
- Lyft fills in some blanks, but not the big one
The company can’t answer the essential question of whether its business is viable or what price investors should put on the company’s potential and its pitfalls.
Shira Ovide, March 19, 2019, Washington Post
- Delays for riders on VRE commuter trains
VRE officials said crews are working to fix the problem with its PTC, or positive train control, which helps to run trains.
Dana Hedgpeth, March 19, 2019, Washington Post
- Woman says scooter's brake failure caused crash
An Arlington, Virginia, woman says she had to jump off of an electric scooter moving 15 mph to avoid oncoming traffic because the rented scooter's brakes weren't working.
Adam Tuss, Jacob Wallace, March 18, 2019, NBC Washington
- Dulles up, National flat, BWI down in new passenger totals
Year-over-year passenger traffic was up to start the year at Washington Dulles International Airport, but was flat at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and down at Baltimore-Washington International-Thurgood Marshall Airport.
March 19, 2019, Inside NoVa
- Mayor Bowser extends free Circulator rides indefinitely
Rides will be free indefinitely on the DC Circulator, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Monday during her State of the District speech at the University of the District of Columbia.
March 18, 2019, Fox5
- Metrorail safety oversight handed back to local leaders
Local leaders took back control of Metrorail safety oversight Tuesday, marking a long-awaited milestone and freeing up millions in federal funding for the region.
Max Smith, March 18, 2019, WTOP
- National Zoo to lose entrances, gain fences under approved security plans
The zoo will maintain its three main entrances but shed seven pedestrian access points.
Andrew Giambrone, March 18, 2019, Curbed
- FTA, states strengthen SSO Programs; WMATA oversight transferred
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced March 18 that it has partnered with the requisite 30 states to strengthen and certify 31 State Safety Oversight (SSO) Programs prior to the April 15 safety deadline, and is transferring WMATA safety oversight to the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission (WMSC).
Andrew Corselli, March 18, 2019, Railway Age
- Metrobus ads are talking
For the last few months, Metro has run GPS-enabled audio ads on certain bus routes promoting everything from spring break transportation to local hospitals. And people are starting to notice.
Jordan Pascale, March 18, 2019, WAMU
- Bus-only lanes proposed for downtown D.C.
Your bus ride in DC may get quicker this summer, thanks to a proposed downtown bus lane pilot. Buses on H and I Streets past the White House will get dedicated bus lanes during rush hours from early June to late September.
Caitlin Rogger, March 18, 2019, GGW
- Cost of parking to blame for Arlington's high child care costs
Child care in Arlington County is the most expensive in the region -- and it’s among the most expensive in the country. One reason for this is a regulation that says child care facilities must have one parking space for each employee, regardless of whether those employees drive to work.
Martin Austermuhle, March 15, 2019, WAMU
- Vesper Trail ribbon-cutting, take two
Inclement weather forced the postponement of the March 1 ceremony inaugurating the new Vesper Trail linking Tysons and north Vienna. We’re pleased to announce that Fairfax County now plans to hold the ribbon cutting for the trail on Tuesday, April 16 at 10:00 to 11:00 am.
March 18, 2019, FABB
- Arlington Board approves multimillion dollar Amazon package
Under the proposed package, Amazon could receive a direct payout estimated to be worth $23 million directly from the county and benefit from $458 million in transportation, housing and infrastructure spending over a 10-15 year period.
Sophia Barnes, Christian Paz, March 17, 2019, NBC Washington
- Park service doesn't have money to fix potholes
As commuters complain about potholes, the National Park Service believes it has less than half the money it would need to fix key routes like the George Washington Parkway, Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Rock Creek Parkway.
Max Smith, March 17, 2019, WTOP
- Metrobus involved in crash with injuries
Five people were injured and one person is in critical condition after a car ran a red light and crashed into a Metrobus early Saturday morning in DC, according to police.
Jonathan Franklin, March 16, 2019, WJLA
- Circulator won't go to Audi Field this season
The DC Circulator will not run buses to the stadium on match days as it did last year. Instead, the Eastern Market to L’Enfant Plaza route will remain on its regular route along M Street, which is about half a mile away from Audi Field.
Max Smith, March 16, 2019, WTOP
- Water main break behind rush-hour Orange Line delays
Two days of rush-hour service cuts on the Orange Line in Maryland and eastern D.C. are due to a water main break, Metro said Friday evening.
Max Smith, March 15, 2019, WTOP
- New bus lanes coming this summer to downtown D.C.
Jammed downtown streets near the White House will get bus lanes this summer in place of current rush-hour lanes of traffic.
Max Smith, March 15, 2019, WTOP
- Capital Bikeshare to provide 500 electric bikes across D.C. area
The rollout begins on March 18 and comes after a pilot program for the motorized bikes launched last year.
Andrew Giambrone, March 15, 2019, Curbed
- The CDC is studying e-scooter injuries
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a spike in injuries related to the use of electric scooters.
Luz Lazo, March 15, 2019, Washington Post
- Air pollution more deadly than smoking, new study finds
Air pollution causes more deaths than smoking and almost double the number of deaths researchers had previously thought, according to a new study published on Tuesday.
March 15, 2019, Fox5
- Electric Capital Bikeshare bikes will now cost more than traditional ones
Capital Bikeshare’s popular electric pedal-assist bikes will cost more to use starting next month.
Max Smith, March 15, 2019, WTOP
- Bicycle lanes on Woodley Place would fill a critical infrastructure gap
Bicycle lanes on Woodley Place NW would fill in a critical gap in Woodley Park's bicycle infrastructure. On Monday, March 18 ANC 3C commissioners will discuss a District Department of Transportation (DDOT) proposal to add the lanes.
Josh Rising, March 15, 2019, GGW
- SEC charges Volkswagen, former CEO with defrauding investors
U.S. regulators charged Volkswagen and former CEO Martin Winterkorn with defrauding investors during its massive diesel emissions scandal.
March 15, 2019, WJLA
- Metro announces break from weekend track work during Cherry Blossom season
Metro is planning to welcome area residents and visitors traveling during the busy Cherry Blossom season with a four-week suspension of almost all weekend track work beginning Saturday, March 23. Many of Metro's highest ridership days occur during Cherry Blossom season when weekend ridership can nearly double.
March 14, 2019, WMATA
- Why Metro is trying to hack into its own railcars
Metro plans to hack its own new 7000 Series railcars over the next few months to figure out whether missing cybersecurity requirements in the contract left Metro data exposed or riders at risk.
Max Smith, March 15, 2019, WTOP
- Person struck, killed by Metro train
A person died after being struck by a Metro train outside Fort Totten Thursday night, according to D.C. Fire and EMS.
Reem Nadeem, March 14, 2019, WTOP
- Five takeaways from Washington Pedestrian Safety Summit
The Washington Area Bicyclist Association hosted its third Vision Zero Summit Thursday gathering transportation leaders, elected officials, decision-makers and the private sector to discuss best practices and regional commitment to eliminating traffic deaths.
Jordan Pascale, March 14, 2019, WAMU
- Metro 2020 budget extends Yellow Line to Greenbelt, increases Red Line service
The Metro board gave unanimous preliminary approval on Thursday to its $3.5 billion fiscal year 2020 budget, which starts in June of this year.
Natalie Delgadillo, March 14, 2019, WAMU
- VRE advancing Crystal City expansion ahead of Amazon vote
Virginia Railway Express is moving forward with plans to build an expanded Crystal City Station, a key step needed to expand and improve service.
Max Smith, March 14, 2019, WTOP
- Injured bald eagle found on Metro tracks near Morgan Boulevard
A bald eagle was found on the tracks near the Morgan Boulevard Metro station in Prince George’s County on Wednesday with apparent injuries, forcing trains to single-track during the evening rush hour.
Marissa J. Lang, March 13, 2019, Washington Post
- Ford announces U.S. job cuts
Ford Motor Co. announced Wednesday it is cutting U.S. salaried jobs as part of a reorganization, but did not specify how many workers would be affected.
Tal Axelrod, March 13, 2019, The Hill
- Metro seeks proposals to provide subsidized late-night transportation
Metro has issued a request for proposals to provide discounted on-demand transportation for late-night employees during hours when Metrorail is closed.
March 13, 2019, WMATA
- WMATA plans to rebuild 14th St. bus garage with retail, keep diesel fleet
WMATA is revamping its crumbling northern bus garage on 14th Street using state-of-the-art “green” construction and electric systems. The proposed new garage will bring retail to enliven the street, but many residents are disappointed it won't replace polluting diesel buses with electric ones.
Alex Dodds, March 13, 2019, GGW
- Fiat Chrysler recalling 850K vehicles in US that don't meet emissions standards
The recall is the result of an EPA emissions investigation and follows testing conducted by Fiat Chrysler, the EPA said.
Michael Burke, March 13, 2019, The Hill
- Md. moving ahead with road-widening, tolls on I-495, I-270
A no-build option is still there, but the remainder of possible changes boil down to simply widening these highways by adding new lanes with a variety of toll, high-occupancy vehicle (HOV), or reversible travel lane options.
Ross Filice, March 13, 2019, GGW
- Area law enforcement agencies to practice traffic management plan
Northern Virginia Emergency Response System is sponsoring a full-scale exercise on March 31, 2019 in Arlington, VA through funding provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Members of the public will see an increase in public safety vehicles and law enforcement officers in the area.
March 13, 2019, Arlington County
- Plans taking shape for Rosslyn streets
Plans are coming together for a major transformation of Rosslyn’s streets, as county officials advance a series of proposals designed to someday make the neighborhood a bit more friendly to cyclists and pedestrians.
Alex Koma, March 12, 2019, ARLnow
- Developers may help fund Ballston Metro entrance
Some local developers are now set to hand over more than $6.8 million to help the county afford a second entrance to the Ballston Metro station, a project officials have hoped to finish for years in order to open up access to the subway stop for people living and working along N. Glebe Road.
Alex Koma, March 12, 2019, ARLnow
- Group of teens attack people walking in Arlington
Police are asking for the public's help in locating four teens who they say attacked two people walking in an Arlington neighborhood Friday afternoon.
Dan Taylor, March 12, 2019, Arlington Patch
- Riders on all Metro lines slowed St. Patrick's Day weekend
Single tracking slows riders on all lines St. Patrick’s Day weekend, with the most significant delays scheduled on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines.
Max Smith, March 12, 2019, WTOP
- Can you find the cherry blossom-themed Capital Bikeshare bike?
Peak bloom for D.C.’s tourist-attracting cherry trees is just three weeks away, per the latest forecasts, but you might be able to get started on the celebration sooner than that by taking Capital Bikeshare.
Andrew Giambrone, March 12, 2019, Curbed
- Uber to pay $20 million to settle fight over driver benefits, pay
The ride-hailing company Uber will pay $20 million to settle lawsuits filed in the state of California contesting the company's classification of its drivers as independent contractors and not full employees.
John Bowden, March 12, 2019, The Hill
- More people living near Metro stations, fewer riding trains
Metro’s drop in ridership has been widely discussed. Getting less attention is that it happened during a time when the number of people living right near Metro’s 40 stations in D.C. grew by the tens of thousands.
Kery Murakami, March 11, 2019, Washington Post
- Honda to recall one million previously-recalled vehicles
Honda is likely to recall around 1 million older vehicles in the U.S. and Canada because the Takata driver's air bag inflators that were installed during previous recalls could be dangerous.
March 12, 2019, NBC News
- Passenger found dead on Amtrak train at Union Station
A passenger was found dead on an Amtrak train at Union Station on Monday evening, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.
Erin Roby, March 11, 2019, WUSA9
- Teen stabbed at Congress Heights Metro
A 15-year-old was stabbed at the Congress Heights Metro Station on Monday, according to Metro officials.
March 11, 2019, Fox5
- What's in, what's out of final Metro budget plan
Metro would significantly improve service through Columbia Heights, Fort Totten and Hyattsville by extending all Yellow Line trains to Greenbelt, and add service on the Red Line near Glenmont under a final budget proposal set for preliminary approval Thursday.
Max Smith, March 11, 2019, WTOP
- President's budget proposal includes key money for Metro
Metro would continue to get a critical $150 million per year in special federal funding under President Trump’s budget proposal unveiled Monday, even as the budget proposes cuts to transportation spending in many other areas.
Max Smith, March 11, 2019, WTOP
- Why fewer people are riding Metro now than in 2000
Metrorail ridership is at a nearly 20-year low, according to the latest Metro ridership report.
Jordan Pascale, March 11, 2019, dcist
- Arlington tests the future of protected bikeways
On two streets in Crystal City, Arlington is testing out new ways to separate protected bikeways from cars. If the barriers prove more effective than traditional flexposts, you may see them built elsewhere.
Julie Strupp, March 11, 2019, GGW
- Delays for Amtrak, MARC after person struck
Amtrak officials said the incident started about 8:30 a.m. when a person went onto the tracks at the West Baltimore station and was struck by a train headed to Washington from St. Albans, Vt. The person’s condition wasn’t known.
Dana Hedgpeth, March 11, 2019, Washington Post
- I-66 bike trail update
FABB’s February monthly meeting featured an update on the I-66 Outside the Beltway project by Susan Shaw, the Virginia Department of Transportation Northern Virginia Megaprojects Director.
May 11, 2019, FABB