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- Free Capital Bikeshare ride offered for Earth Day 2021
Capital Bikeshare riders can redeem a free trip under 30 minutes on Thursday, April 22.
Emily Leayman, April 22, 2021, Arlington Patch
- Bike to Work Day is back and set for next month
Set for Friday, May 21, Arlington and the entire D.C. region will be participating in the 20th anniversary of this event.
Matt Blitz, April 22, 2021, ARLnow
- Delays persist on I-66 eastbound after crash involving tractor trailer and bus
There are lingering delays on I-66 eastbound in Centreville, before the Fairfax County Parkway, after a crash involving a tractor-trailer and a bus.
Courtney Pomeroy, April 22, 2021, ABC7
- DC crosswalk transforms into dance floor as group entertains drivers
A group of dancers strutted their stuff on a crosswalk in D.C. this week as they entertained drivers waiting at a stoplight with laughter and music.
April 21, 2021, Fox5
- Threat against Metro prompted Alexandria roads to be closed and residents evacuated
Hundreds of people in Alexandria are back in their homes Thursday morning after being evacuated in the Virginia city. Police said the evacuation occurred after a neighbor made threats against Metro.
Nardos Mesmer, April 22, 2021, WTOP
- Final report- I-495 American Legion Bridge Transit/TDM Study
The purpose of the I-495/American Legion Bridge Transit/TDM Study was to identify a range of current and future multimodal solutions that can be implemented to reduce congestion, improve trip reliability and regional connections, and enhance existing and planned multimodal mobility and connectivity.
April 22, 2021, Virginia DRPT
- Metro to begin multi-year escalator replacement project starting with Gallery Place April 26
As part of a $179 million investment to improve safety and reliability, Metro will begin work to replace the oldest, least reliable escalators in the system starting with Gallery Place Station, Monday, April 26. It’s the first of 130 escalators to be replaced over seven years.
April 21, 2021, WMATA
- Lower speed limits, bicycle lanes, crosswalks part of new road safety goals
Lower speed limits, new bike lanes and sidewalks, and more speed and red light cameras are in Montgomery County’s plans to eliminate traffic-related deaths and serious injuries by 2030.
Briana Adhikusuma, April 22, 2021, Bethesda Magazine
- Mountain bikers continue seeking access to Arlington's dirt trails
The Arlington Department of Parks and Recreation recently reiterated its policy on reserving natural surface “dirt” trails to walkers and hikers while allowing cyclists on paved trails.
Jo DeVoe, April 21, 2021, ARLnow
- Transit study begins of Springfield-Quantico corridor
The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation is considering transit improvements between the Franconia-Springfield Metro station and Marine Corps Base Quantico, floating possibilities such as expansion of Virginia Railway Express, bus rapid transit or even Metro in a new survey of area residents.
Jared Foretek, April 22, 2021, Inside NoVa
- 7News examines Metro safety as woman recovers from devastating attack in Northeast
After D.C. police say a man followed a woman out of Metro station and attacked her from behind, 7News looked into both the safety of riding Metro during the pandemic and the safety of the neighborhood surrounding the NoMa-Gallaudet station.
Tom Roussey, April 21, 2021, ABC7
- High tech car thieves now hacking your entry fob signals, investigators say
Fairfax County Police are searching for the people who stole three vehicles from driveways in an Alexandria neighborhood Sunday morning. The thieves stole the vehicles by hacking signals from the keyless entry fobs that were inside the homes at the time.
Natalie Rubino, April 21, 2021, Fox5
- Loudoun, Montgomery counties look to reopen a ferry across Potomac River
The historic White’s Ferry that once carried hundreds of commuters between the states closed in December following a court decision that said the ferry’s landing site had trespassed on land owned by Rockland Farm.
Luke Lukert, April 21, 2021, WTOP
- Pittman: proposal for third Bay Bridge span should be put 'on hold'
Before the pandemic, motorists traveling eastbound through Anne Arundel County toward the Bay Bridge endured tedious backups, particularly during beach season when commuters, contractors and vacationers mingled unhappily.
Bruce DePuyt, April 21, 2021, WTOP
- Tickets issued for aggressive driving, excessive exhaust noise in Montgomery County
Maryland law enforcement agencies issued more than 100 tickets in an effort to combat street racing, aggressive driving and excessive exhaust noise in Montgomery County.
Abigail Constantino, April 21, 2021, WTOP
- Regional trail awareness and safety -- focus group
In September 2020, Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) conducted a focus group to better understand trail awareness and safety among DC area residents and to understand barriers (those real and perceived) that may prevent residents from utilizing trails more regularly.
April 21, 2021, WABA
- DOT appoints chief science officer for first time in 40 years
The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced on Wednesday it is appointing a chief science officer, the first time in more than 40 years the role will be filled in the department.
Alex Gangitano, April 21, 2021, The Hill
- After six years of failure, it's time to start over on Vision Zero
Six years after Mayor Muriel Bowser committed DC to the goal of ensuring that “no lives are lost on our streets or at our intersections,” DC is on pace for its deadliest year of traffic violence in over a decade.
Conor Shaw, Nick Sementelli, April 21, 2021, GGWash
- Also roaring back from pandemic: earth-warming emissions
Global warming emissions are expected to spike this year as the world emerges from the coronavirus pandemic and economies begin to recover.
Matt Ott, April 20, 2021, Frederick News-Post
- Arlington to again receive Tree City USA honors
The Arlington County government on April 30 will receive its 24th annual “Tree City USA” designation from the National Arbor Day Foundation, honoring the community’s efforts in tree planting and preservation.
April 21, 2021, Inside NoVa
- Bike lane basics from VDOT
VDOT has recently started releasing educational material and videos on various bicycle and pedestrian treatments.
April 21, 2021, FABB
- Amazon launches Alexa Transit
The new service supports major systems in the U.S. with more to be added in the coming months.
Mischa Wanek-Libman, April 20, 2021, Mass Transit
- County bill proposes permits for soliciting on roads, medians, sidewalks
County Council Member Craig Rice, who proposed the legislation on Tuesday, said the new iteration would help meet Vision Zero goals to protect pedestrians from traffic-related injuries or fatalities.
Brianna Adhikusuma, April 20, 2021, Bethesda Magazine
- Metro to approve $4.7 billion budget, preventing service cuts but delaying Silver Line Phase II to 2022
Metro’s Board of Directors is set to approve a $4.7 billion capital and operating budget on Thursday (April 22) that includes $723 million in federal relief.
Matt Blitz, April 20, 2021, Reston Now
- Montgomery County works toward climate equity with new initiatives
According to environmental experts, climate change has hit communities of color especially hard, from higher rates of pollution to less access to green space.
Aimee Cho, April 20, 2021, NBC Washington
- Report: DC area among top 25 worst in US for ozone
The D.C. area ranks 22nd worst in U.S. for ozone, according to the American Lung Association’s 2021 “State of the Air” report.
Kristi King, April 21, 2021, WTOP
- Biden dispatches Cabinet members to sell infrastructure plan
Four members of President Biden's Cabinet took to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to sell his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, pushing back on Republican criticisms that the plan was too large and wide-ranging.
Niv Elis, April 20, 2021, The Hill
- How a protected bike lane could improve safety on Lincoln Road
Lincoln Road NE is a crucial connection between Edgewood and the center of the city, but its current design encourages speeding and dangerous driving.
Doug Knight, April 20, 2021, GGWash
- District issues RFP for first public-private patrtnership, to modernize streetlight network
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT), and the Office of Public-Private Partnerships (OP3), issued the Request for Proposals (RFP) to three short-listed offerors for the DC Smart Street Lighting project, the District’s first-ever public private partnership.
April 19, 2021, DDOT
- Balllston Quarter pedestrian bridge wins 2021 IDEAS2 award
The "Ballston Quarter Pedestrian Bridge," a 2019 public art installation linking Ballston Quarter and Ballston Exchange, is the winner of a 2021 IDEAS² Award, according to a post on the Arlington Cultural Arts Division's Twitter account.
Michael O'Connell, April 19, 2021, Arlington Patch
- West End bus lines locked in battle with regional projects for funding
Alexandria is seeking state funding for a couple of transportation projects, but competition is fierce in a region full of localities hoping to overhaul their transit systems despite the pandemic’s dire financial ramifications.
Vernon Miles, April 19, 2021, ALXnow
- Slightly divided Board of Supervisors backs 495 NEXT proposal
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted 8-2 April 13 to endorse the Virginia Department of Transportation’s 495 Express Lanes Northern Extension (495 NEXT) project and expressed hope that Maryland officials would expand highway capacity on their side of the Potomac River.
Brian Trompeter, April 20, 2021, Inside NoVa
- Man killed in motorcycle crash that blocked River Road for hours
Westbound lanes of River Road were closed for several hours Monday near Beech Tree Road in Bethesda, Maryland, after a fatal collision involving a motorcycle.
Jack Pointer, April 19, 2021, WTOP
- Nearly 1 in 3 DC-area traffic deaths were on foot or bike
Nearly one-third of the people killed in traffic crashes in the D.C. area last year were pedestrians or bicyclists, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments said Monday.
Rick Massimo, April 19, 2021, WTOP
- Debris on Outer Loop causes flats for drivers
WTOP Traffic Reporter Jack Taylor reports “upwards of two dozen” drivers had flat tires.
Colleen Kelleher, April 20, 2021, WTOP
- GOP eyes new strategy to derail Biden infrastructure plan
Republicans say President Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure package will have a tough time getting through the Senate intact because of several key provisions that will open the legislation up to parliamentary challenges under the arcane Byrd Rule.
Alexander Bolton, April 20, 2021, The Hill
- D.C. to offer amnesty for overdue tickets, as ticketing for all parking violations resumes
In a step toward pre-pandemic normalcy, the District is set to resume full enforcement of parking violations this spring.
Luz Lazo, April 19, 2021, Washington Post
- Harris says 'hard work' ahead to get infrastructure package through Congress
Vice President Harris on Monday acknowledged the tough road ahead for President Biden's $2.3 trillion infrastructure package, but said the administration is committed to getting the proposal through Congress.
Alex Gangitano, April 19, 2021, The Hill
- Complete trails network report release set for 28 April
FABB encourages local riders to join the Capital Trails Coalition on Wednesday, 28 April, at 2:00 pm for the release of its new report: The Economic, Health, and Environmental Benefits of Completing the Capital Trails Network.
April 19, 2021, FABB
- Bike safety classes offered in Alexandria, Springfield April 30, May 1
In the free Smart Cycling classes -- open to anyone who lives or works in Northern Virginia -- participants will learn specifically how to ride with safety and comfort in various traffic conditions, terrains, and climates.
Kevin Dauray, April 19, 2021, Zebra
- ParkMobile users might want to change password after cybersecurity 'incident'
“In March, ParkMobile became aware of a cybersecurity incident linked to a vulnerability in a third-party software which we use,” the company said in a news release.
Will Vitka, April 19, 2021, WTOP
- No one driving Tesla before Texas crash that killed two, authorities say
A Tesla vehicle that struck a tree near Houston on Saturday, killing two passengers, did not appear to have anyone in the driver's seat at the time of the crash and may have been the result of a failure of the car's self-driving feature, according to police.
?ohn Bowden, April 19, 2021, The Hill
- Fearing a post-pandemic talent exodus, agencies view telework as key retention tool
Now more than a year after the pandemic forced government to expand telework in ways they hadn’t previously imagined, agencies fear remote work flexibilities will make or break their recruitment and retention strategies.
Nicole Ogysko, April 16, 2021, Federal News Network
- Maryland Transportation Authority customer service to go offline on Tuesday
Motorists who use Maryland toll facilities will not be able to reach the Maryland Transportation Authority’s customer service department during a nine-day period that begins on Tuesday.
Bruce DePuyt, April 19, 2021, WTOP
- Interstate 95 express lanes traffic remains low
Traffic on Transurban’s many electronic toll roads across the globe is creeping back to pre-COVID-19 figures, but express lanes traffic in the Washington metro area is lagging, according to a quarterly report released Thursday.
Scott Shenk, April 18, 2021, Free Lance-Star
- Rules to abide by for safety on trails, roads and bike paths
As the world slowly reopens, the issue of safety on shared-use paths comes back into focus.
Bob Cawood, April 18, 2021, Capital Gazette
- Local leaders not lacking in ideas to reduce aircraft noise around Reagan National
The Federal Aviation Administration will make the final decisions, but regional leaders are pressing forward in examining possible solutions to lessen the noise impact of aircraft coming to and departing from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Brian Trompeter, April 18, 2021, Inside NoVa
- After Gate 35X gets the ax, a new concourse blooms at Reagan National Airport
Reagan National Airport on Tuesday will celebrate the “soft” opening of its new 14-gate passenger concourse that will replace the infamous Gate 35X, which requires travelers to ride shuttle buses to their flights.
Lori Aratani, April 17, 2021, Washington Post
- Md. man accused of stealing over 100 air bags
A Maryland man accused of stealing 100 air bags was arrested Thursday while driving a stolen car, police say.
Sophia Barnes, April 17, 2021, NBC Washington
- Driver dead in Gaithersburg head-on crash
A man is dead after two vehicles crashed head-on in Gaithersburg, Maryland, on Sunday morning.
Matt Small, April 18, 2021, WTOP
- Potomac Yard Metro station begins to take shape
A new Metro station is being built at Potomac Yard in Alexandria, Virginia.
Adam Tuss, April 16, 2021, NBC Washington
- Elon Musk's Boring Company removes D.C.-Baltimore tunnel from list of projects
Elon Musk’s tunnel-digging business no longer lists a proposed high-speed D.C.-to-Baltimore transit system on its website and a Federal Highway Administration spokesman said the company has given the agency no indication it intends to move ahead with the project.
Ian Duncan, April 16, 2021, Washington Post
- Putting cars and trucks back on track to meeting climate goals
The White House is getting ready to release the next round of targets for its commitment under the Paris Agreement.
Dave Cooke, April 16, 2021, UCS
- Three District teenagers plead guilty to day-long spree of armed carjackings
Three young District men pleaded guilty Thursday and face up to years in prison for a day-long spree of eight armed carjackings last October across Northwest and Northeast Washington.
Spencer S. Hsu, April 16, 2021, Washington Post
- DASHing Words in Motion poetry bus honors 10 Alexandria poets, poet laureate
On April 15, ten local poets were honored by the Alexandria Transit Company and The City of Alexandria Office of the Arts for their poetry submissions.
Grace Arnold, April 16, 2021, Zebra
- Buttigieg casts proposed transportation budget as down payment on infrastructure
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg presented his department’s budget to lawmakers Thursday as a miniature version of the administration’s mammoth infrastructure plan, with new money for transit, rail and racial justice.
Ian Duncan, April 15, 2021, Washington Post
- Maryland businesses hurt by Purple Line construction eligible for $2.5 million in aid
Businesses hurt by construction of the Purple Line are eligible for $2.5 million in financial aid allotted by the Maryland General Assembly over the next three fiscal years, a lawmaker said.
Katherine Shaver, April 15, 2021, Washington Post
- Car engulfed in flames blocks traffic on GW Parkway for four hours
Arlington County Fire personnel extinguished a burning vehicle Tuesday morning on the George Washington Parkway.
Michael O'Connell, April 15, 2021, Arlington Patch
- Traffic Gardens in D.C., Virginia show kids how to practice bike and street safety
A traffic garden is an outdoor miniature network of small streets with lane markings and street signs, just like the real world.
Stacey Rusch, April 16, 2021, ABC7
- Hundreds of DC cyclists remember Jim Pagels
More than 500 cyclists gathered in Northwest D.C. Thursday to remember the life of yet another person hit-and-killed by a driver on D.C. streets.
John Henry, April 16, 2021, WUSA9
- SBA executives 'beyond doubt' that teleworking employees are more productive
Now they’re considering the benefits of making long-term telework a permanent feature for the agency workforce.
Jory Heckman, April 15, 2021, Federal News Network
- Man found lying on Outer Loop in Prince George's County
Police in Maryland are investigating why a man was found lying in the travel lanes of Interstate 495 after he allegedly jumped out of his vehicle.
Abigail Constantino, April 15, 2021, WTOP
- Changes made to DC intersection after crash that killed 4-year-old boy
An intersection in Northwest D.C. near the site of a crash that killed a 4-year-old boy has received new signage and a raised strip in the center of the roadway.
Kate Ryan, April 15, 2021, WTOP
- Here's what the new concourse at National Airport looks like
The new 14-gate, 230,000-square-foot concourse will serve American Airlines flights, and it spells the death of the dreaded Gate 35X, which forced passengers to board buses for short rides to smaller planes.
Jordan Pascale, April 15, 2021, dcist
- CSX starts sale for Virginia's $3.7B rail initiative
CSX said it will sell certain interests in three CSX-owned line segments for a total of $525 million.
Marybeth Luczak, April 15, 2021, Railway Age
- Programs that pay residents to give up cars gain support worldwide
France may soon pay its residents to trade their private cars for e-bikes, vehicle-share services, and even transit passes -- and the move is re-igniting the conversation about unconventional ways our governments can subsidize the greenest modes of transportation.
Kea Wilson, April 16, 2021, Streetsblog USA
- FAST Act reauthorization prospects dim
The five-year Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) authorized federal spending on highways and public transportation through FY 2020 and was extended a year through Sept. 30, 2021.
Ed Roberts, April 15, 2021, Transportation Today
- Equity and sustainability will be the focus of a revamped USDOT grant program
The US Department of Transportation is re-branding one of its largest discretionary grant programs in order to reward regional and local governments who put “equity” and “sustainability” first in their transportation projects.
Kea Wilson, April 15, 2021, GGWash
- W. Glebe Road bridge slated for repairs, upgrades
Improvements include replacing the top of the bridge, repairing its supports and making it more pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly.
Jo DeVoe, April 15, 2021, ARLnow
- Metro encourages Green and Yellow line customers to plan ahead for May 1-9 track work
Metro is reminding Green and Yellow line customers to plan ahead for scheduled track work May 1-9 that will require free shuttle buses to replace trains at four stations over one weekend and the weeklong closure of West Hyattsville. The work will upgrade the interlocking system at Fort Totten, which allows trains to safely cross from one track to another.
April 14, 2021, WMATA
- Woman killed in road rage incident Friday evening in Riverdale, police say
A woman who was fatally shot in a car Friday evening in the Riverdale area was the victim of a road rage incident, police said.
Emily Davies, April 15, 2021, Washington Post
- As Biden shifts infrastructure focus to climate and racial justice, cities and states alter pitches
Cities and states across the country are pitching new kinds of infrastructure projects and offering fresh assessments of existing proposals as they chase $2 billion in grant funding the Biden administration has tied to environmental and racial-justice goals.
Ian Duncan, April 15, 2021, Washington Post
- Third attempt to tighten Md.'s public-private partnership law fails in Senate
A third attempt to require more scrutiny of Maryland’s public-private partnerships -- the kind of arrangement being pursued to add high-occupancy toll lanes to the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270 -- failed on Monday in the final hours of the General Assembly session.
Katherine Shaver, April 15, 2021, Washington Post
- Pie shop says ongoing County construction has cost them thousands
About six weeks ago, Heather Sheire arrived to work at Livin’ the Pie Life at 2166 N. Glebe Road to find bulldozers tearing up the pavement in front of the shop.
Matt Blitz, April 14, 2021, ARLnow
- Modern Mobility: Five ways to build back better
This is an opportunity to reset our priorities and “build back better” to a transportation system that is safe and sustainable.
Chris Slatt, April 14, 2021, ARLnow
- 7News asks Metro: What will you do to help people start commuting again?
7News On Your Side is asking Metro what it will do to help as more and more people begin commuting again, in some cases for the first time in more than a year.
Tom Roussey, April 14, 2021, ABC7
- Beltway widening project could threaten some Bethesda homeowner's property [video]
Some properties in one Bethesda neighborhood might be compromised due to a Beltway construction project.
April 14, 2021, NBC Washington
- Woman suspected of shooting man in possible DC road rage incident
Authorities are searching for a woman they say is suspected of shooting a man in a possible road rage incident early Thursday morning in Northwest D.C.
April 15, 2021, Fox5
- MTA wants your input on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge
If you’ve ever sat in traffic on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and let out a few choice words, well, now’s your chance to say it to the Maryland Transportation Authority directly.
Josh Rosenthal, April 14, 2021, Fox5
- Man tried to strangle woman on walking path in Arlington neighborhood
A man tried to strangle a woman who was out for a walk, early Tuesday night, in the residential Arlington County, Virginia, neighborhood of Colonial Village.
Neal Augenstein, April 15, 2021, WTOP