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- D.C. Mayor Bowser states #FairShot Budget investments will expand mobility, sustainability
Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said her Fiscal Year 2022 #FairShot Budget will invest in infrastructure as a way to expand mobility options.
Liz Carey, June 21, 2021, Transportation Today
- New program aims to make roads safer for bicyclists in part of Montgomery Co.
Bicyclists in Montgomery County, Maryland, are celebrating a first-of-its-kind project they say will keep them safer.
Michelle Murillo, June 20, 2021, WTOP
- New bike parking option at Reston Town Center
The new racks, made by the company Bikeep, contain a locking arm that is activated by using a Metro SmartTrip card or the Bikeep app.
June 20, 2021, FABB
- Route 1 could go from elevated highway to an 'urban boulevard' in Crystal City
Northern Virginia’s Route 1 was never meant to be much more than a highway -- and it shows.
Teo Armus, June 19, 2021, Washington Post
- DNR raising awareness on keeping Md. parks 'clean and green'
The sheer number of visitors, compounded with many newcomers inexperienced with outdoor, resource-based recreation has led to substantial increases in litter, trail damage, parking issues, user conflicts and other resource impacts.
June 19, 2021, Frederick News-Post
- '20 is Plenty' speed limit initiative begins on five county roads
The program lowers speed limits to 20 miles per hour to encourage bicycle and pedestrian safety awareness.
Steve Bohnel, June 17, 2021, Bethesda Magazine
- New renderings illustrate Metro's 8000 series rail cars, expected in 2024
The contract, valued at around $2.2 billion, represents an order of 256 cars, which are expected to start being delivered in 2024. The contract includes an option to increase the order to 800 cars.
Courtney Pomeroy, June 18, 2021, ABC7
- One dead after crash on Pennsylvania Ave.
One person is dead following a crash in Southeast D.C. on Friday night, police said.
Julie Gallagher, June 19, 2021, WTOP
- Authorities call on drivers to slow down at two Reston crossing areas
Fairfax County police and a local supervisor are asking residents to slow down and be more careful, especially at two Reston crosswalks often used by pedestrians and bicyclists.
Matt Blitz, June 18, 2021, Reston Now
- No cut-through traffic relief in new Duke Street plan, but could be addressed in fall
Jill Hoffman, a resident of the Taylor Run neighborhood just north of Duke Street, said that over the last several years navigation apps have diverted traffic off the crowded Duke Street onto smaller, residential streets that can’t handle the traffic.
Vernon Miles, June 18, 2021, ALXnow
- Mobility group advocates for more low-cost, high-impact transit projects
A mobility advocacy group is asking the county to build a three-year plan for funding projects that make non-car transit faster, more desirable and safer.
Jo DeVoe, June 18, 2021, ARLnow
- Arlington officials: 'Lee Highway' will still be acceptable to Postal Service
To borrow from a phrase of Barack Obama: If you like your Lee Highway address, you can keep your Lee Highway address.
June 18, 2021, Inside NoVa
- Indecent exposure, assault arrest on C&O trail: Park Police asking victims to come forward
United States Park Police (USPP) is asking for the public's help after arresting a man they believe has been exposing himself and assaulting people on the C&O Canal trail.
June 18, 2021, ABC7
- D.C. neighborhood leaders push to make U and 16th street intersection safer after hit-and-run
As police search for the two vehicles, ANCs and community members are sounding the alarm for the city to make immediate safety upgrades.
Jess Arnold, June 18, 2021, WUSA9
- Capitol Heights car crash kills one
A man is dead after his car collided with a pick-up truck in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Thursday afternoon.
Luke Garrett, June 17, 2021, WTOP
- Plan unveiled for new rail tunnel near Baltimore
Amtrak and the Maryland Department of Transportation on Friday announced revised plans to replace the rail tunnel just south of Baltimore that’s been the cause of delays for years. And they’ll be naming it after the Maryland abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass.
Rick Massimo, June 18, 2021, WTOP
- FedEx to test autonomous delivery vehicle
FedEx Corp. and Nuro, an autonomous delivery vehicles designer, recently signed a multi-year, multi-phase agreement to test an autonomous delivery vehicle within FedEx’s operations.
Melina Druga, June 18, 2021, Transportation Today
- Here's the latest on Arlington's growth plan along Route 29
Plan Lee Highway, Arlington’s long-awaited plan for future growth along US Route 29*, is slowly but surely moving forward.
Brian Goggin, June 18, 2021, GGWash
- Speak Up! on Richmond Highway design
The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) is seeking community input through July 9, 2021, on the preliminary design for the Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit system.
June 18, 2021, FABB
- VDOT recommends at-grade Route 1, study of pedestrian crossings
It’s official: The Virginia Department of Transportation recommends turning Route 1, which is elevated over 12th, 15th and 18th streets, into an at-grade urban boulevard.
Jo DeVoe, June 17, 2021, ARLnow
- D.C. issues 50K parking tickets in two weeks since resuming enforcement
The city held off from issuing tickets for more than a year as its residents dealt with the pandemic, but parking enforcement is back in full gear.
Mark Segraves, June 17, 2021, NBC Washington
- Montgomery County looking at reducing speed limit to 20mph on up to 70 streets
With 2020 having proved to be a deadly year in the county, local leaders are hoping that decreasing the speed limit to 20 miles per hour will slow drivers down and save lives.
Megan Rivers, June 17, 2021, WUSA9
- Lyft to offer free rides in DC region on July 4 to prevent drunk driving
Lyft will offer free rides this Independence Day to prevent people from driving drunk, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) announced.
Anna Gawel, June 17, 2021, WTOP
- D.C. budget proposes street repairs, trails, traffic cameras
Bowser’s 2022 budget aims to repair roads, sidewalks and alleys, and add 30 miles of bike lanes and 70 miles of trails by 2025.
Megan Cloherty, June 17, 2021, WTOP
- Backers of Hogan's highway plan scramble to get project back on track
One day after a regional transportation panel dealt a major blow to the planned widening of two interstate highways that run through Montgomery County, project backers scrambled to salvage the beleaguered plan.
Bruce DePuyt, June 17, 2021, WTOP
- Montgomery County to pilot 20 mph speed limits on five streets
Montgomery County announced Thursday that it will drop the speed limit to 20 mph on five streets as part of its Vision Zero efforts to make roadways safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.
Jordan Pascale, June 17, 2021, dcist
- Amtrak debuts long-distance train improvements
Amtrak unveiled refreshed railcar interiors and other onboard improvements for riders this week at Chicago Union Station, as part of a three-year, $28 million initiative to modernize more than 450 long-distance service cars.
Marybeth Luczak, June 17, 2021, Railway Age
- Metro commemorates Juneteenth as a federal holiday
Because Juneteenth falls on a Saturday this year, Metro will observe the federal holiday on Monday, June 21, and Metro’s rail, bus and MetroAccess services will operate on a normal weekday schedule Friday, June 18 and Monday, June 21.
June 17, 2021, WMATA
- Metro takes one step back from automation (again)
The automated system that opens doors when trains arrive at stations, which Metro rolled out on the Red Line in January, has once again been turned back off.
Stephen Repetski, June 17, 2021, GGWash
- New Virginia laws aimed at boosting safety for cyclists start July 1
Bicycle safety is a constant concern across the D.C. area, and two new Virginia laws going into effect on July 1 aim to address it.
Matt Small, June 17, 2021, WTOP
- Where people of color can't access opportunity without a car
Even the most transit-rich cities in America are failing to connect people without cars -- who tend to be disproportionately low-income or people of color -- to job opportunities, a new analysis finds.
Kea Wilson, June 17, 2021, Streetsblog USA
- Show your support for Safe Routes to School
FABB was pleased to hear that, for the eighth year in a row, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will receive Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program funding.
June 17, 2021, FABB
- Lanes shutdown on Crain Highway due to fatal crash
A deadly two-vehicle crash on Crain Highway in Brandywine has shut down the road Thursday morning as crews and police investigate, according to Maryland State Police.
Khalida Volou, June 17, 2021, WUSA9
- Maryland Board of Public Works approves additional $183 million Purple Line oversight
The Maryland Department of Transportation continues to grapple with the abrupt departure of the Purple Line’s prime subcontractor last year.
Bruce DePuyt, June 17, 2021, WTOP
- Plan to widen Beltway and Interstate 270 suffers major defeat in key vote
A regional transportation panel dealt a potentially crippling blow to one of the Hogan administration’s top priorities -- the widening on I-495 and I-270, and the replacement of the American Legion Bridge -- on Wednesday.
Bruce DePuyt, June 116, 2021, WTOP
- Regional transportation board vote may quash hopes for toll lane project on I-495/I-270
The region’s Transportation Planning Board has voted to remove Maryland’s I-495/I-270 toll project from its long-term plans, putting the future of the project in question.
Jordan Pascale, June 16, 2021, dcist
- GM increasing spending on electric vehicles, opening two battery plants
General Motors on Wednesday said it will boost its spending on electric and autonomous vehicles and open two new battery manufacturing plants as it works to compete with Ford and other manufacturers on offerings of reduced and zero-emission vehicles.
Celine Castronuovo, June 16, 2021, The Hill
- New Va. law will change rules of the road for drivers and bicyclists starting July 1
A new law going into effect July 1 will require drivers to switch lanes if they can’t maintain three feet of distance when passing cyclists.
David Taube, June 16, 2021, Reston Now
- Amtrak is a top travel choice in the Northeast. With an ally in the White House, it wants trains in the rest of America.
Biden is helping to put passenger rail back in the spotlight -- and train enthusiasts hope his influence will put more trains on the tracks.
June 15, 2021, Washington Post
- Washington must be part of plan to expand nation's passenger rail network, says Amtrak president
The proposed expansion could mean 20 million more passengers annually using Amtrak, the passenger rail says.
Luz Lazo, June 15, 2021, Washington Post
- Amazon will help fund 1,000 affordable housing units near Metro stations
Amazon and Metro are joining forces in the Washington region’s latest effort to boost a dwindling supply of affordable housing.
Teo Armus, Justin George, June 16, 2021, Washington Post
- New Pay-By-Plate option now available to Md. drivers
After opening an account, tolls are automatically billed to a registered credit card each time you use Maryland facilities, with no need for a transponder or pre-paid toll balance.
Kristin Danley-Greiner, June 15, 2021, Takoma Park Patch
- Bicycle advocates hope protected bike lanes pilot is just the beginning
Local bicycle and transportation advocates are excited to see part of University Boulevard in Wheaton converted to protected bicycle lanes, hoping the 1.35-mile pilot project will spur similar projects countywide.
Steve Bohnel, June 15, 2021, Bethesda Magazine
- What will the 'office of the future' post-pandemic look like?
Only five percent of office workers in downtown DC were in their workplaces at the end of July, according to a new report from the Downtown DC BID.
John Gonzalez, June 15, 2021, ABC7
- Foot and bike traffic to be detoured on Rock Creek Park trail as extensive renovation project begins
The rehabilitation project will also help widen existing trails in the area, construct new trails for pedestrians and bike users, update pedestrian safety.
Diego Mendoza, June 15, 2021, WUSA9
- Three suspects sought in carjacking of ride-sharing driver in DC
D.C. police hope the public can help them find the three men who carjacked a ride-sharing driver early Monday.
Jack Pointer, June 15, 2021, WTOP
- A first look at the future Purple Line's railcars
Details were shared during an online community forum Tuesday night on the vehicles that will eventually be used on Maryland’s upcoming Purple Line.
Matt Small, June 16, 2021, WTOP
- From fare changes to boosted bus service, here's what to expect from Metro this year
The Metro Board approved a set of changes on Thursday that will bring the return of some rail service as well as enhance a network of fairly-frequent bus routes.
Stephen Repetski, June 15, 2021, GGWash
- Rock Creek Park trail construction!
After more than 20 years of advocacy, the Rock Creek Park Trail is finally getting a much needed makeover!
Jonathan Kincade, June 15, 2021, WABA
- Learn about Richmond Hwy. BRT preliminary roadway design on June 30
Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) will host an online community meeting on preliminary roadway design, Wed., June 30 at 6:30 p.m.
June 15, 2021, Fairfax County
- Virginia is a rising leader in passenger rail
Ask Shannon Valentine how passenger rail rose to the top of Virginia’s transportation priority list and she will take you to the crawling traffic of Interstate 95.
Luz Lazo, June 15, 2021, Washington Post
- Metro service changes will help draw riders, officials say
Metro service changes announced last week -- including increased services, late night hours, and reduced fares -- are being praised by many in the community.
Matt Blitz, June 15, 2021, Reston Now
- Bollards, all-day restrictions come to crash-prone intersection
For years the intersection of Old Dominion Drive and Little Falls Road has been the scene of numerous crashes.
June 15, 2021, ARLnow
- APTA releases new report on high-performance rail's return on investment
The report, “Assessing the Business Case ROI for Intercity Passenger Rail Corridor Investment: Guide for Decision Makers,” provides a consistent methodology to quantify the economic and social benefits of passenger rail corridor investments.
Liz Carey, June 15, 2021, Transportation Today
- Opinion: D.C.'s cheap parking permits are the Achilles' heel of the Comprehensive Plan
Last month, the D.C. Council passed an updated Comprehensive Plan for the District that the council members and Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) hope will pave the way toward more affordable housing, more inclusive growth, and streets that are safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
Ike Brannon, June 14, 2021, Washington Post
- Opinion: Rail is central to Maryland's future
Rail systems are a vital piece of the nation’s infrastructure and serve as the backbone of our transportation system. Rail creates economic development, connects communities and reduces traffic.
Anthony G. Brown, Jared Solomon, June 14, 2021, Washington Post
- Preliminary work underway to prepare for W&OD bridge at Wiehle Avenue
Preliminary work necessary for the eventual construction of a new pedestrian bridge on the Washington & Old Dominion Trail over Wiehle Avenue has begun.
Scott Fields, June 14, 2021, Reston Now
- Final vote to rename Lee Hwy. in Arlington pushed back a month
It appears more a speed bump than a roadblock, but the effort to rename Lee Highway in Arlington will be taking a one-month detour.
Scott McCaffrey, June 14, 2021, Inside NoVa
- Metro summer Red Line project could have big impact on federal workers
With many people continuing to work from home, the impact on feds remains unknown, because it is unclear when orders will go out to return to the office.
Mike Murillo, June 14, 2021, WTOP
- High-speed rail getting last minute push in Congress
High-speed rail is getting a last-minute push from lawmakers and lobbyists as Congress debates how to revamp the nation’s infrastructure.
Karl Evers-Hillstrom, June 15, 2021, The Hill
- Capital Trails Coalition impact report highlights benefits of a full trail network
Back in April, the Capital Trails Coalition released the National Capital Trail Network (seen above) impact report which showed that a billion dollar investment in trails would pay off with over $2.4 Billion in savings PER YEAR.
June 14, 2021, WashCycle
- Alexandria launches $75M Duke Street transit project planning
The City of Alexandria is giving the green light to its $75 million Duke Street transit project, dubbed “Duke Street in Motion” — and it’s reaching out to residents to gather feedback.
Will Vitka, June 14, 2021, WTOP
- Md. to test new system for I-270 traffic management
Maryland transportation officials will demonstrate a ramp metering system on Interstate 270 next week, with the goal of alleviating congestion and simplifying mergers on one of the state’s busiest roadways.
Alejandro Alvarez, June 14, 2021, WTOP
- Take a first glimpse inside a real Purple Line railcar
The 26 light rail trains that will someday carry Purple Line passengers are looking closer and closer to being ready.
Dan Malouff, June 14, 2021, GGWash
- American Trucking Associations creates climate committee
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) recently created the Climate and Clean Energy Advisory Committee to take action on key environmental issues and help shape the organization’s policies.
Melina Druga, June 14, 2021, Transportation Today
- National Dump the Pump Day
This Thursday, June 17, is National Dump the Pump Day, when everyone who isn’t traveling by bike is encouraged to ride public transportation instead of driving.
June 14, 2021, FABB
- Full overnight I-66 West closures planned at Beltway interchange
The Virginia Department of Transportation is conducting overhead bridge work that will close the westbound direction of I-66.
Emily Leayman, June 11, 2021, Vienna Patch
- Montgomery County will continue shared streets program through summer
Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation will continue its “shared streets” program through the summer, in which select roads and parkways are closed to vehicular traffic.
Dan Schere, June 11, 2021, Bethesda Magazine
- More than 50 volunteers gather to help clean up Rock Creek Park
More than 50 volunteers with ASEZ WAO (Save The Earth From A to Z- We Are One) showed up Sunday to help clean up Rock Creek Park, according to the organization.
Samantha Mitchell, June 13, 2021, ABC7
- NHTSA: Despite fewer cars on road, fatalities spiked in 2020
The federal agency estimates road crashes killed more than 38,000 people nationwide.
Zach Merchant, June 13, 2021, WUSA9
- Officials to consider permanently closing long portion of Beach Drive to motorists
The National Park Service is now planning a meeting next month on what to do with Beach Drive Northwest, from Broad Branch Road all the way to the Maryland border.
Stephanie Ramirez, June 13, 2021, Fox5
- New red light camera in Manassas to start issuing warnings
A new red light camera will be up and running starting on Monday in Manassas, Virginia. It will issue warnings for its first month and will begin charging drivers who run the light after that.
Valerie Bonk, June 13, 2021, WTOP
- Pedestrian dead after suspected drunk driver crashes near bus stop in DC
A pedestrian was killed early Sunday morning after a driver hit a bus stop near Logan Circle in the District.
Sandy Kozel, June 13, 2021, WTOP
- Arlington plans to rename Lee Highway for abolitionist John Langston
The Arlington County Board said at its Saturday meeting that it plans to vote next month to rename Lee Highway for abolitionist John Langston, who also was the first Black person to be elected to Congress from Virginia.
June 12, 2021, NBC Washington
- TSA screens more than 2 million travelers, most since start of pandemic
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened more than 2 million people on Friday, making it the highest number screened in one day since the start of the pandemic last year.
Lexi Lonas, June 12, 2021, The Hill
- Road rage shootings kill or injure someone every 18 hours
A person has been killed or injured in a road rage shooting every 18 hours in 2021, an analysis done by Everytown for Gun Safety, a group that works to stop gun violence, found.
Lexi Lonas, June 12, 2021, The Hill
- D.C. mayor's budget amplifies goal of reducing car travel in the nation's capital
The city’s transportation spending plan fixes roadway infrastructure while advancing projects aimed at buses, bikes and pedestrians.
Luz Lazo, June 11, 2021, Washington Post
- Part of Beach Dr. will stay closed to cars while NPS studies permanent closure
The National Park Service will keep part of Beach Drive car-free through Rock Creek Park while it analyzes what would happen if it made the restriction permanent, the agency said Friday.
Michael Laris, Luz Lazo, June 11, 2021, Washington Post
- D.C. residents unhappy with city response to stop sign camera complaints
A D.C. Council member says promised improvements to better warn drivers about the District's most lucrative stop sign camera have not been delivered, despite what the Department of Transportation said in an email to residents last week.
June 11, 2021, NBC Washington
- Uber, Lyft prices surge amid driver shortage, demand for service
An Uber and Lyft driver shortage is causing higher prices and longer wait times.
Natalie Rubino, June 11, 2021, Fox5