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- No Mobile Store at Clarendon Monday, June 17
Due to maintenance issues, there will not be a Mobile Commuter Store at the usual Clarendon stop on Monday, June 17.
June 14, 2019, Commuter Store
- Virginia Railway Express fares to increase July 1
There will be a three percent average fare increase to coincide with the start of the new fiscal year.
Andi Wenck, June 13, 2019, WUSA9
- Route 7 widening project aims to deliver relief for commuters
Transportation leaders broke ground Thursday on a project that will widen the busy road to six lanes from four between Reston Avenue and Jarrett Valley Drive, and add pathways for cyclists and pedestrians.
Lori Aratani, June 15, 2019, Washington Post
- Honors student struck, killed by car in Prince George's
The teen was crossing at Church Road and Fairview Vista Drive around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday when he was hit by a car, police said.
Darcy Spencer, Christian Paz, June 15, 2019, NBC Washington
- Who has oversight of Metro shutdown construction?
The Washington Metrorail Safety Commission says it is still watching at Metro’s six closed stations south of Reagan National Airport this summer, even though Metro has designated it as a construction zone rather than an active part of the rail system.
Max Smith, June 15, 2019, WTOP
- June 12 pedestrian crash on Columbia Pike now fatal
The Arlington County Police Department’s Critical Accident Team (CAT) is investigating a now fatal pedestrian crash that occurred on Wednesday, June 12 at the intersection of Columbia Pike and South Four Mile Run Drive.
June 15, 2019, Arlington County
- Arlington police investigate fatal pedestrian crash on George Mason Dr.
At approximately 10:51 p.m. on Friday, June 14, police responded to the report of a crash involving a pedestrian. The pedestrian, identified as Robert Bramwell, 66, of Washington D.C., was transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.
June 15, 2019, Arlington County
- Officials green-light fix for dangerous intersection in Fairfax County
Virginia Department of Transportation data shows that over the last two years, the intersection has seen at least 12 crashes, more than any other intersection along Old Dominion between Georgetown Pike and Dolley Madison Boulevard.
Whitney Wild, June 14, 2019, WUSA9
- How many people are adding to traffic during Metro shutdown?
Though regional efforts to quantify the exact traffic impacts will take more time, in Alexandria, the city found heavier traffic on the roads in the first week.
Max Smith, June 14, 2019, WTOP
- D.C. councilmember questions the need for bike lanes in his ward
Some Southeast residents are reportedly frustrated about the installation of new bike lanes on Alabama Avenue SE -- a major west-east thoroughfare stretching from Congress Heights to Fort Davis Park -- because the lanes have replaced on-street parking spaces they used.
Andrew Giambrone, June 14, 2019, Curbed
- CPB identifies over 100 imposters with facial recognition
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said Friday it has processed more than 19 million travelers using facial recognition technology in airports and at borders, but has only identified a little more than 100 "imposters" whose identities do not match their ID documents.
Emily Birnbaum, June 14, 2019, The Hill
- Park Service picks plan to simplify traffic, boost safety at Memorial Circle
The National Park Service has completed its preliminary plan to untangle the hard-to-predict lane changes and traffic patterns for drivers leading up to the circle, while making it safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Neal Augenstein, June 14, 2019, WTOP
- Leesburg Pike expansion will add lanes, bike paths
Construction is coming to Leesburg Pike/Route 7 for the next five years, but Virginia Department of Transportation officials say that when the seven-mile project is done, it will bring relief to the congested corridor.
Jordan Pascale, June 14, 2019, WAMU
- No one in D.C. is checking to see if fare evasion fines are paid
The District, unlike jurisdictions such as Arlington and Montgomery counties, doesn’t track whether people actually pay up, believing that doing so is Metro’s responsibility, city officials said.
Kery Murakami, June 13, 2019, Washington Post
- Herndon drafts first Bicycle Master Plan
The Town of Herndon is in the process of drafting its first bicycle master plan, which lays out a longterm plan for bicycle route locations and a vision for the town’s bicycle network.
Fatimah Waseem, June 13, 2019, Reston Now
- I-395, I-66 projects causing contractor shortages, higher costs
“We believe the shortage of qualified contractors resulting from the abundance of work generated by the I-66 & I-395 Express Lanes projects is contributing to the higher than expected bid prices,” according to a county staff report.
Airey, June 13, 2019, ARLnow
- Prince William commuters tackle summer Metro shutdown
Instead of driving, OmniRide, Virginia Railway Express, SlugLines or joining a vanpool or carpool can be alternatives for commuters during the summer shutdown.
Emily Sides, June 13, 2019, Inside NoVa
- Uber drivers across the U.S. are manipulating fares
Since ABC7’s initial story in May about the artificial surges, rideshare drivers from across the U.S. confirmed on YouTube the artificial surge is happening all over and not just an isolated incident as Uber originally told ABC7.
Sam Sweeney, June 13, 2019, WJLA
- Metro shutdown a headache for people living near tracks
The racket rattling living room walls near Metro stops south of Reagan National is adding to the challenges facing thousands of Virginians struggling with the Metro summer shutdown.
Max Smith, June 14, 2019, WTOP
- Airline food workers authorize strike at Reagan National
Dozens of workers in hair nets and white coats walked out of a nondescript building just south of Terminal A at Reagan National Airport on Wednesday having voted unanimously to authorize a strike, just as similar votes took place at airports across the country.
Jonathan Capriel, June 13, 2019, WBJ
- Montgomery Planning Board votes to end road diet, move trail
Last night the Montgomery County Planning Board voted on a permanent change to the Little Falls Parkway/Capital Crescent Trail intersection that would move the crossing to Arlington Road and restore the road to four lanes. This wasn't even one of the options planning staff analyzed - it's a worse version of the worst of the three options presented last fall.
June 14, 2019, WashCycle
- Md. will pursue toll lanes on lower part of I-270 first
Montgomery County leaders say traffic relief is most needed on the upper section of the highway, but the state says toll profits from the lower part are needed to help pay for new lanes on upper I-270.
Katherine Shaver, June 13, 2019, Washington Post
- Arboretum Bridge and Trail is a once-in-a-lifetime connection
The Arboretum Bridge and Trail is a project that will connect Wards 5 and 7 in DC for people who walk and bike.
Katie Harris, June 13, 2019, WABA
- White House pulls rule that would require two-member crew in locomotives
The White House has pulled an Obama era proposal that would have mandated two crew members in most locomotives, and it has banned states from requiring railroads to do so.
Ashley Halsey III, June 13, 2019, Washington Post
- Suitland Metro station is inaccessible to people walking
Unfortunately, federal agencies often design their campuses and otherwise plan around automobiles. Perhaps the most egregious case of this is the Suitland Metro station.
Dave Murphy, June 13, 2019, GGWash
- I said goodbye to my car a year ago. I don't miss it.
Here’s how I’ve gotten around without the car in the year since I watched it get taken away by a tow truck.
Matt Friedman, June 13, 2019, GGWash
- New car-sharing service expanding to Arlington
A European company’s car-sharing service will expand into Arlington in July after rolling into D.C. last October.
Airey, June 12, 2019, ARLnow
- New DC-sponsored app will give you a free ride across the city
The District has a fleet of passenger vans picking people up in certain neighborhoods.
Pete Muntean, June 12, 2019, WUSA9
- Construction on Silver Line extension hits a new snag
New Silver Line construction delays could push back the opening of the extension to Dulles Airport and Loudoun County by more than two more months.
Max Smith, June 13, 2019, WTOP
- Metrorail weekend service adjustments, June 15-16
Green Line trains every 24 minutes, shutdown continues on Blue, Yellow lines. Regular weekend service on Red, Orange, Silver lines.
June 13, 2019, WMATA
- Designs for Dupont Circle pedestrian plaza to be discussed
City transportation officials will present refined concepts for a pedestrian plaza in Dupont Circle, proposed to be built on Connecticut Avenue NW between the neighborhood’s traffic circle and Q Street NW, at a June 25 public meeting.
Andrew Giambrone, June 12, 2019, Curbed
- Metro looks set to win more federal funding
Metro appears likely to win another decade’s worth of federal funding in the coming months -- but the troubled transit agency’s prospects of locking in a larger annual appropriation from Congress look considerably more gloomy.
Alex Koma, June 12, 2019, WBJ
- Surface Transportation Board proposes to extend negotiation period for railbanking
The federal Surface Transportation Board has proposed a change to the rules dealing with negotiation time limits for railbanking that should be helpful to those trying to create rail trails.
June 12, 2019, WashCycle
- Montgomery analyzing streets for pedestrian comfort and safety
Montgomery planners have their eyes on increasing walkability along county roads and are undertaking a multiple-year effort to analyze each street and make recommendations for improvements.
Caitlynn Peetz, June 11, 2019, Bethesda Magazine
- How to get reimbursed for Alexandria Water Taxi commute
The City of Alexandria has a program in place during the summer shutdown of Alexandria’s metro rail stops that offers reimbursement of certain Potomac Riverboat Company Water Taxi tickets from May 25 through September 8.
Mary Wadland, June 10, 2019, Zebra
- Arlington County Board to vote on paving new W&OD Trail connection
Arlington County Board members are scheduled to consider paving a connection between the W&OD Trail and 9th Street S. in Barcroft by the Buchanan Community Garden.
Airey, June 11, 2019, ARLnow
- Smoking cocoa powder to blame for MARC delays
The MARC Brunswick Line saw significant delays Tuesday morning after a suspected loading mishap led to a fire on a freight train carrying cocoa powder.
Alejandro Alvarez, June 11, 2019, WTOP
- D.C. transportation officials to present Florida Ave. NE street safety changes
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is set to hold a meeting on street safety improvements on Florida Avenue NE from 2nd to 14th streets NE roughly two months after cyclist and vocal bike advocate Dave Salovesh was fatally struck by a driver on the avenue in April.
Andrew Giambrone, June 11, 2019, Curbed
- DC Councilmembers try out the H & I pilot bus lanes
Braving the drizzle, councilmembers Anita Bonds, David Grosso, Brianne Nadeau, Brandon Todd, and Chairman Phil Mendelson shared the ride organized by DC Sustainable Transportation, and councilmembers Charles Allen and Elissa Silverman and Vincent Gray’s chief of staff appeared later to voice their support.
Caitlin Rogger, June 11, 2019, GGWash
- Safety, equity top concerns at regional scooter workshop
On May 30, 2019 the TPB hosted its third in a series of regional workshops on Dockless Scooters and Bicycles.
Michael Farrell, June 11, 2019, TPB
- Intercity bus company to serve Rockville
Buses travel from Rockville to a pair of stops in New York City, one in Baltimore and another in the District. Customers can take buses from those locations, along with Richmond, Virginia, to the Rockville stop.
Charlie Wright, June 10, 2019, Bethesda Magazine
- Federal government to study helicopter noise in D.C. area
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) says it has accepted a request by five Congress members who represent local districts to examine what’s driving such noise and ways to mitigate it.
Andrew Giambrone, June 10, 2019, Curbed
- Prince George's Co. planners weigh in on Beltway-widening plans
Planners in Prince George’s County, Maryland, have expressed to the County Council their misgivings about Gov. Larry Hogan’s plan to relieve traffic congestion in the region by widening portions of the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270 and installing toll lanes.
Dick Uliano, June 11, 2019, WTOP
- Will Potomac Yard Metro have a second entrance?
As Virginia Tech finalized the location of a new campus Monday near the future Potomac Yard Metro station, Alexandria officials are still trying to figure out whether the station will have the two entrances originally promised.
Max Smith, June 10, 2019, WTOP
- Montgomery County officials agree to ditch their cars this week
This week, from June 10 to June 16, several Montgomery County elected officials and planning board members have pledged to leave their personal vehicles parked at home.
Sanjida Rangwala, June 10, 2019, GGWash
- Construction begins on 10-mile extension of I-95 toll lanes to Fredericksburg
The $565-million project will deliver another milestone in the state’s vision to create a network of more than 90 miles of HOT lanes in Northern Virginia by 2022.
Luz Lazo, June 10, 2019, Washington Post
- On the water taxi, a different kind of Metro shutdown
For the nearly 2,275 people who Alexandria’s transportation department said commuted on the Potomac Riverboat Company water taxi last week, the shutdown is very different -- one with lingering views and beer.
Kery Murakami, June 9, 2019, Washington Post
- In poll, residents say drivers are the worst
Nearly 6 in 10 Washington-area residents say drivers frequently violate traffic laws in the region, more than say the same about pedestrians, bicyclists or electric scooter riders, according to a Washington Post-Schar School poll.
Luz Lazo, Emily Guskin, June 10, 2019, Washington Post
- Changes to Capital Crescent Trail could become permanent
Little Falls Parkway would remain a two-lane road permanently at the Capital Crescent Trail crossing in Bethesda, Maryland, if a new plan to boost safety in the area is approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board this week.
Keara Dowd, June 9, 2019, WTOP
- Metro's new team running rail operations
In a memo dated late last month, Metro made it official: Lisa Woodruff was named senior vice president for rail services, responsible for overall management and planning for all of the transit agency’s rail operations.
Lori Aratani, June 10, 2019, Washington Post
- Join in on National Dump the Pump Day
Thursday, June 20, is the 13th annual National Dump the Pump Day, and FABB encourages everyone to mark the day by biking to a local bus stop or Metro station.
June 8 2019, FABB
- Arrest made in fatal stabblng outside Metro station
D.C. police announced the arrest of one of two suspects sought in the robbery and stabbing death of a man attacked in April outside the Potomac Avenue Metro station in Southeast Washington.
Peter Hermann, June 7, 2019, Washington Post
- Capital Crescent Trail safety improvements have reduced crashes
After a bicyclist was struck by a car and killed in 2016 at the intersection of the trail and Little Falls Parkway in Bethesda, the county implemented a “road diet,” decreasing the cross-section from four lanes to two lanes by closing the outside travel lane in each direction.
Caitlynn Peetz, June 6, 2019, Bethesda Magazine
- VDOT to reveal potential changes for Shirlington interchange
The somewhat labyrinthine interchange has been the scene of several notable crashes over the past few years.
June 7, 2019, ARLnow
- Bulova, Hudgins receive state transit accolades
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova (D) and Supervisor Catherine Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) recently were among those honored by the Virginia Transit Association for their work on transit issues across the commonwealth.
June 7, 2019, Inside NoVa
- Person struck, killed on Inner Loop in Va.
One person has died after being struck by a tractor trailer on the Inner Loop past the Interstate 66 interchange, Virginia State Police confirm.
Teddy Gelman, June 8, 2019, WTOP
- Oak View Elementary excels beyond the (bike) bell
Not only did Oak View Elementary students learn how to ride, but the progressive curriculum included lessons on traffic rules, bike-handling skills and safe travel routes.
Carm Saimbre, June 7, 2019, WABA
- Safe streets advocates in Ward 8 say we need to address both car and gun violence
Last Friday, two vigils were held back to back on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue in Congress Heights. One memorialized the victims of gun violence, and the other, people killed by drivers.
George Kevin Jordan, June 7, 2019, GGWash
- Boom in electric scooters leads to more injuries, fatalities
As stand-up electric scooters have rolled into more than 100 cities worldwide, many of the people riding them are ending up in the emergency room with serious injuries.
Cathy Bussewitz, Amanda Morris, June 6, 2019, NBC Washington
- Va. formally urges Metro board to release findings of Jack Evans ethics probe
Virginia on Thursday formally called on the Metro board to make public the findings of its ethics investigation into board chairman Jack Evans, saying the disclosure was necessary for “accountability and transparency.”
Robert McCartney, June 7, 2019, Washington Post
- Nearly one in six D.C. residents ride e-scooters
In all, 7 percent of D.C.-area adults say they rode an electric scooter to get from one place to another in the past year, including about 1 in 6 District residents (16 percent).
Emily Guskin, June 7, 2019, Washington Post
- The car is still king in the Washington region
Most people in the Washington region drive their own car to get around on a daily basis, according to a Washington Post-Schar School poll, indicating that the region’s love affair with the automobile isn’t waning despite worsening traffic and growing efforts to promote transit and other modes of transportation.
Luz Lazo, Emily Guskin, June 7, 2019, Washington Post
- Potomac Yard Metro southern entrance returns to chopping block
The saga of the Potomac Yard Metro station’s controversial southern entrance returns, and according to a city news release, the entrance is likely to be scaled back -- again.
Missy Schrott, June 6, 2019, Alexandria Times
- Planning Commission gives thumbs down to Beltway, I-270 toll lanes
A regional planning commission gave the six options being considered for adding toll lanes to Interstate 270 and the Beltway an unfavorable recommendation in a vote Thursday.
Dan Schere, June 6, 2019, Bethesda Magazine
- Mayor Wilson proposes pedestrian zone for Alexandria's lower King St.
“We view this moment as the perfect time to see these blocks, connecting Market Square with our Waterfront, as not just roads to carry cars, but vital space to support commerce, visitation and the history of our community,” Wilson wrote.
James Cullum, June 6, 2019, Zebra
- Va. officials warn of possible measles exposure at Dulles Airport
Health officials in northern Virginia are warning the public about potential exposure to measles after a child contracted the illness and returned to Dulles from an international trip.
Sophia Barnes, June 6, 2019, NBC Washington
- Seven vehicles involved in Montgomery crash
Emergency responders took several trauma patients to the hospital Thursday night after a serious high speed crash in Montgomery County.
Samantha Kubota, June 7, 2019, WUSA9
- Study may help D.C. residents get relief from helicopter noise
GAO to study the impact of noise on residents who say the problem is growing.
Lori Aratani, June 6, 2019, Washington Post
- Automakers warn Trump about weakening emissions standards
The world’s largest automakers warned President Trump on Thursday that one of his most sweeping deregulatory efforts -- his plan to weaken tailpipe pollution standards -- threatens to cut their profits and produce “untenable” instability in a crucial manufacturing sector.
Coral Davenport, June 6, 2019, New York Times
- Safety updates coming to Alabama Ave. SE
A 2017 DDOT study said Alabama Avenue was “identified as one of the 15 corridors throughout the District that had more than one fatality during the period of 2010 – 2014.”
George Kevin Jordan, June 6, 2019, GGWash
- Don't blame Metro shutdown for traffic
Metro shuttered six Virginia stations on May 25 for a massive repair project, but that did not have a major impact on traffic, according to Alexandria officials.
Pete Muntean, June 5, 2019, WUSA9
- Md. woman dies two days after being hit by car in Beltsville
Lisa Layton, 57, of Beltsville, was in the roadway near the 3600 block of Powder Mill Road about 9 p.m. on June 1 when a car traveling north hit her, Prince George’s County police said.
Lynh Bui, June 5, 2019, Washington Post
- Plan to add toll lanes to Beltway, I-270 clears key vote, with changes
In a change to Hogan’s initial proposal, the I-270 lanes will be built first. Adding toll lanes to the American Legion Bridge and Interstate 495 in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, which has been more controversial, will be phases 2 and 3.
Katherine Shaver, June 5, 2019, Washington Post
- State board advances I-270 widening, delays Beltway plans
The board decided to delay the governor’s proposed toll-lane additions to the Beltway in Montgomery County for more study and evaluation.
Dan Schere, June 5, 2019, Bethesda Magazine
- Why Arlington County leaders are creating clearer rules for electric scooters
It’s like the wild west of transportation with scooters on the streets and Arlington County officials say they’re trying to get a handle on it by meeting with electric scooter companies, other jurisdictions in the DMV and offering an online survey to iron out rules.
Victoria Sanchez, June 5, 2019, WJLA
- Metrobus ridership spikes as commuters find new ways to get to work
Metro says a number of Metrobus lines have seen big increases in riders since the summer shutdown of six stations began a week and a half ago, with ridership more than doubling on one line.
Tom Roussey, June 5, 2019, WJLA
- Adams Morgan voices concern with Metro subsidizing Uber rides
Adams Morgan's ANC Commission believes the proposal could lead to more traffic in the neighborhood.
John Henry, June 5, 2019, WUSA9
- New Md. law increases fine for passing stopped school bus
A new law has permanently increased the fine for passing a stopped school bus to $500 in Maryland.
Anne Cutler, June 5, 2019, Fox5
- Self-driving shuttle bus operating at National Harbor
A self-driving shuttle bus is at National Harbor and is coming to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.
John Aaron, June 5, 2019, WTOP
- Work underway on Silver Spring bikeways
Montgomery County DOT (MCDOT) broke ground on the protected bike lanes on 2nd Ave. and Wayne Ave. between Spring St. and Georgia Ave. last fall, but they were delayed by utility issues and weather.
June 5, 2019, WashCycle