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Metrorail weekend service adjustments, Jan. 20-21
Maintenance work will affect all lines. Water leak mitigation continues on the Red Line. Silver Line will operate between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston only. Pentagon station wlll close Saturday for an emergency response drill; buses will be relocated to Pentagon City.
January 16, 2018, WMATA
Unusual cracked rail at scene of Metro derailment
The crack happened in an area where rails don’t normally break.
Adam Tuss, January 18, 2018, NBC Washington
Silver Line construction on track
Construction of Phase 2 of the Silver Line extension into Loudoun County is nearly 76 percent complete, according to a quarterly update by Capital Rail Constructors.
Fatimah Waseem, January 18, 2018, Reston Now
Public transit becomes battleground in #MeToo movement
Public transportation agencies like Metro face a number of challenges when it comes to combating sexual harassment on their railways or buses.
Carmel Delshad, January 19, 2018, WAMU
U.S. Chamber of Commerce makes case for gas tax increase
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday made its case for increasing the gas tax as it unveiled a plan to rebuild America’s roads, bridges and trains.
Mallory Shelbourne, January 18, 2018, The Hill
Fairfax County opposes Saturday parking fee at Wiehle-Reston East Metro
In a report to the board, county staff offered a litany of reasons for opposing parking fees on weekends.
Michael Neibauer, January 18, 2018, Washington Business Journal
Police crack down on reckless driving on area parkways
Hundreds of drivers were ticketed and arrested for speeding, reckless driving and drug and weapons offenses on D.C.-area parkways late in 2017, including nearly 12 dozen drivers who were cited for driving over 90 mph, the United State Park Police said.
Dave Dildine, January 17, 2018, WTOP
Major weekend work set for all Metro lines, with larger crowds expected
More Metro train service is planned Friday for the March for Life, but track work will limit service on all lines the remainder of the weekend.
Max Smith, January 18, 2018, WTOP
Marches will bring traffic challenges this weekend
Massive crowds, bearing banners and placards will be back in the nation’s capital this weekend -- presenting travel challenges for commuters and the participants themselves.
Luz Lazo, January 18, 2018, Washington Post
Md. bill would make assaulting a transit operator a felony
A Maryland state delegate has proposed boosting the penalty for assaulting a transit operator, a growing problem for Metro and other transit agencies.
Martine Powers, January 17, 2018, Washington Post
Nice Ride may transition to dockless bike sharing
Nice Ride Minnesota said Tuesday it has chosen a New York-based firm, Motivate International Inc., to launch a new dockless bike-sharing network in the Twin Cities.
Janet Moore, January 16, 2018, Star Tribune
Metro riders expect the worst
After all the other problems that have come to light in the past few years, it’s almost as if D.C. commuters expect a derailment now and then.
Fredrick Kunkle, January 17, 2018, Washington Post
Red Line derailment is latest black eye for Metro
A derailment over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend is only the latest problem for the dysfunctional D.C. subway system that Washingtonians love to hate.
January 17, 2018, NBC Washington
Montgomery school board opposes Md. bus inspection bill
MCPS staff says the measure could force buses to pull over at weigh stations, stop for roadside checks.
Bethany Rodgers, January 16, 2018, Bethesda Beat
Red Line track inspected 5 days before train derailed
Lavin said track inspectors last checked the stretch of track between the Farragut North and Metro Center station on Jan. 10.
Amanda Iacone, January 16, 2018, WTOP
Man found guilty of armed rape on Metro train
A D.C. man was found guilty Tuesday of raping a woman at knife-point on a Metro train near the Forest Glen station in Silver Spring.
Cameron Luttrell, January 16, 2018, Takoma Park Patch
Trolley trestle could collapse on trail in Georgetown
Many trail users have ignored the warnings and jumped over a fence to stay on track.
Luz Lazo, January 17, 2018, Washington Post
I-66 toll signs went blank Tuesday morning
Some drivers along the Interstate 66 in Northern Virginia paid a $39 toll in Tuesday morning’s rush hour, just as the system was also having a technical glitch of prices not showing up online and on the mobile app.
Dana Hedgpeth, January 16, 2018, Washington Post
Majority of Americans worried about sharing roads with driverless cars
Sixty-four percent of those surveyed said they are concerned about sharing the streets with driverless vehicles, according to a poll from Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety.
Mallory Shelbourne, January 16, 2018, The Hill
Bicycling, walking up in 2016 State of the Commute survey
Late in 2017, the MWCOG released its 2016 State of the Commuter survey results, and biking and walking were up in the region (which includes Alexandria; DC; and Fairfax, Arlington, Montgomery, Prince George's, Calvert, Charles, Frederick County, Loudoun and Prince William Counties).
January 16, 2018, WashCycle
Metro will stay slow Tuesday after derailment
Metrorail’s work to fix a Red Line train that derailed Monday morning will continue to impact the Tuesday morning commute.
Pete Muntean, January 15, 2018, WUSA9
Red Line single-tracking in downtown D.C. amid derailment repairs
At 5 a.m., the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority tweeted that Red Line trains would run every 10 minutes with single-tracking between Judiciary Square and Farragut North due to repairs after Monday’s derailment outside Farragut North, and commuters should expect delays.
Justin Wm. Moyer, January 16, 2018, Washington Post
US to 'carefully' consider GM petition to test self-driving car
The federal government says it will “carefully” review a petition from General Motors to deploy a fleet of self-driving vehicles, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Sunday.
Morgan Chalfant, January 15, 2018, The Hill
Broken rail likely cause of Red Line derailment
A preliminary investigation shows a Metro train derailment on a downtown stretch of the Red Line Monday morning was likely caused by a broken rail, officials said.
January 15, 2018, Washington Post
Metro train derails
A Metro Red Line train derailed Monday morning between the Metro Center and Farragut North stations, D.C. Fire and EMS said. No injuries have been reported.
Collen Kelleher, January 15, 2018, WTOP
Temperatures hit record low, record high five days apart
The top temperature of 70 degrees at Dulles International Airport tied a record for warmth there for Jan. 12. Only five days earlier, the low of minus-1 degree set a record there for the date for cold.
Martin Weil, January 12, 2018, Washington Post
Ralph Northam becomes Virginia's 73rd governor
Ralph Shearer Northam took the oath of office Saturday as Virginia’s 73rd governor, invoking the state’s “complex” history of both slavery and patriotic leadership to call for a new “Virginia way” forward.
January 13, 2018, Washington Post
Metro Transit Police arrest bank robbery suspect
Police say 33-year-old Jason Walker was arrested by Metro Transit Police at the Columbia Heights station in D.C.
January 12, 2018, ARLnow
Motorcyclist killed in D.C. Thursday
A motorcyclist was killed in the District Thursday afternoon after police said he lost control on a ramp off Interstate 295 before crossing the Anacostia River, struck a vehicle and went down an embankment.
Peter Hermann, January 12, 2018, Washington Post
Second traffic fatality in two days in Temple Hills
Police have identified a woman killed by a vehicle in Temple Hills on Thursday evening as Eleanor Beecher, 79.
Lynh Bui, January 12, 2018, Washington Post
Fatal head-on collision in Springfield
One person was killed and another injured in a crash Thursday afternoon in Springfield, Va., police said.
Ellie Silverman, January 12, 2018, Washington Post
An anniversary for Arlington's Car-Free Diet
Eight years ago this month, Arlington launched its search for two “car-free diet skeptics” to take the inaugural Car-Free Diet Challenge.
January 12, 2018, ARLnow
Delegate Norton: A few congressional parking spots holding up bike lane
While local commuters are urged to find alternatives to cars, a long-planned bicycle lane connecting Union Station to the Capitol is being blocked, said D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton.
Neal Augenstein, January 12, 2018, WTOP
Changes coming to parking at Metro stations
Effective Monday, February 5, 2018, Metro will expand hours when parking fees are charged, lower parking fees at two stations as part of a pilot program, and begin charging higher fees for "non riders" at additional stations. In addition, a $2 fee for Saturday parking will begin February 10.
January 12, 2018, WMATA
Woman testifies she was raped on Metrorail
Expected to finish as soon as Friday, the criminal trial against John P. Hicks is addressing a question that stunned Washington-area commuters when the case surfaced in 2016: How could someone be raped in broad daylight on a weekday Metro train as it was moving?
Dan Morse, January 12, 2018, Washington Post
Is Metro's 'Rush Hour Promise' as good as it sounds?
Here’s why riders who are expecting a sudden financial windfall from the the Rush Hour Promise are likely to be disappointed.
Faiz Siddiqui, January 11, 2018, Washington Post
Montgomery plans new bike lanes during Purple Line construction
Montgomery County plans to build protected bike lanes in downtown Bethesda for cyclists who can no longer use the Georgetown Branch Trail during five years of the Purple Line’s construction, an official said Thursday.
Katherine Shaver, January 11, 2018, Washington Post
Limited-stop bus route debuts on 14th St. in D.C.
This Monday, January 8, riders boarded the first 59 bus, a new limited-stop bus service for the 14th Street NW corridor.
David Whitehead, January 11, 2018, GGW
Metro board advances proposal to refund fares for late trips
A Metro board committee Thursday advanced General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld’s proposal to reimburse rush-hour rail and bus riders who encounter extended delays.
Faiz Siddiqui, January 11, 2018, Washington Post
Some motorcycles tolled on I-66
The laser scanner that determines vehicle size has been reading some motorcycles passing through as cars, a spokeswoman with the Virginia Department of Transportation said. VDOT is working to fix the glitch.
Luz Lazo, January 11, 2018, Washington Post
I-95 express lanes extension deal will fund Rappahannock River crossing
The agreement with Australia-based Transurban will result in the construction of the proposed 10-mile Interstate 95 express lanes extension in Stafford County as well as an influx of money to pay for the northbound Rappahannock River crossing, a major project that has been stuck in limbo.
Scott Shenk, January 10, 2018, fredericksburg.com
Fatal crash in Prince George's Wednesday
According to the Prince George's County Police, a vehicle was traveling northbound on Branch Avenue when it struck another car crossing the street in the 4400 block at around 8 p.m.
January 10, 2018, WJLA
Vienna officials aim to lessen regulations on bicycle-rack installations
Until now, installing a bicycle rack in the town of Vienna required filling out a three-page application and putting the proposal before the town’s Board of Architectural Review (BAR).
Brian Trompeter, January 11, 2018, Inside NoVa
PRTC staff say unheeded warnings indicative of culture at bus service
Top executives with Prince William County’s bus service said they were blindsided when a driver deviated from her route and led police on a lengthy highway chase this summer.
January 11, 2018, Inside NoVa
Metro suggests changes to Kids Ride Free
Repeated problems with free rides for D.C. students regularly create conflicts and could sometimes lead to attacks on Metrobus operators, a panel of transit industry experts are set to tell Metro’s Board Thursday.
Max Smith, January 11, 2018, WTOP
City of Falls Church kept in dark about WMATA plans
The plans, in the form of a “North (Fairfax) County Site Specific Amendment Proposal” to adjust Fairfax County’s Comprehensive Plan, were submitted by the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) to the county’s Office of Planning and Development on Dec. 5, 2017.
Nicholas F. Benton, Janary 10, 2018, Falls Church News-Press
Dockless bikeshare expands to Takoma Park
Four bikeshare companies have signed agreements to operate within Takoma Park.
January 11, 2018, WashCycle
10 more miles of toll lanes coming to I-95
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) announced a deal Wednesday that will add 10 more miles of Express Lanes to the Interstate 95 corridor, expanding the system of high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes to Fredericksburg by 2022.
Luz Lazo, January 10, 2018, Washington Post
How refunds for late transit trips work in other cities
Metro made headlines this week when transit agency officials announced a plan to automatically refund fares to riders whose rush-hour trips are more than 15 minutes late -- at least through the end of the year.
Martine Powers, January 10, 2017, Washington Post
Long Bridge project lacks ambition
Unfortunately, recent presentations show planners may not be including a bicycle and pedestrian facility after all. Even if it is included, it will provide the bare minimum in connectivity.
David Cranor, January 10, 2018, GGW
How will dockless e-bikes impact cities?
E-bikes of all kinds are rolling out in cities in the warmer regions of the US, some as part of an existing dockless bikeshare that is adding an electric option.
Julie Strupp, January 10, 2018, GGW
Nine schools join Metro's University Pass program
Metro today announced nine new schools are joining Metro's University Pass program for the Spring 2018 semester.
January 8, 2018, WMATA
Long Bridge needs to be longer
Imagine biking from Crystal City to DC’s waterfront along a brand new bike bridge next to the railroad tracks.
Katie Harris, January 10, 2018, WABA
New DDOT director confirmed
The Council of the District of Columbia today voted unanimously to confirm Acting Director Jeff Marootian as Director for the District Department of Transportation (DDOT).
January 9, 2018, DDOT
DDOT extends comment period for Circulator changes
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced it is extending the public comment period for the April 2018 Proposed Service Changes to allow the public more time to review and comment on the proposal.
January 9, 2018, DDOT
Metro airs ad during college football championship
A Metro ad that aired across the D.C. area during the second quarter of college football’s National Championship Monday night is part of the agency’s efforts to convince rush-hour riders to stick with the transit system.
Max Smith, January 9, 2018, WTOP
Bicycle-pedestrian projects could become regional priorities
At it's January 17th meeting, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' (MWCOG) Transportation Planning Board (TPB) will vote on whether or not to include two bicycle and pedestrian  initiatives into the Visualize 2045 plan, the long-range transportation plan for the Washington Region.
January 10, 2018, WashCycle
Metro, union spar over meetings on transit agency property
Sparring between Metro and its workforce continued this week with the agency telling its largest labor union it would not be allowed to hold informational meetings on Metro property.
Faiz Siddiqui, January 9, 2018, Washington Post
New this year, highway safety targets for the region
As part of new federal requirements for Performance Based Planning and Programming, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) like the TPB must collect and report data about highway safety for the region.
January 9, 2018, Transportation Planning Board
Metro gets serious about outsourcing Silver Line service
A proposal to outsource operations of the Silver Line took a significant step Monday, when Metro officials issued a formal “request for information” from potential contractors who might be interested in the job.
Martine Powers, January 9, 2018, Washington Post
USDOT teams up with Waze
The Department of Transportation (DOT) is teaming up with the popular navigation app Waze on a new initiative designed to make the nation’s roads safer, the agency announced Monday.
Melanie Zanona, January 8, 2018, The Hill
Montgomery's plan for pedestrian-friendly Veirs Mill corridor
The Montgomery County Planning Department will present preliminary recommendations this week for the Veirs Mill corridor master plan, with the goal of transforming the congested, accident-prone area into a safe, transit-friendly community with additional mixed-use development and higher density residential buildings in select areas.
January 8, 2018, WTOP
NoMa's light-up underpass art could come by March
The NoMa Business Improvement District (BID) has long sought to activate the dark underpasses created by railroad tracks that bisect the neighborhood. While various issues have delayed plans to do this on M Street NE and L Street NE since they were unveiled in 2015, the NoMa Parks Foundation aims to begin construction next week.
Edward Russell, January 8, 2018, GGW
Va., Md. to study Metro funding bills
In a bid to cover a financial gap that has hampered Metro since its creation, state lawmakers in Virginia and Maryland will consider bills to give the agency a permanent, dependable source of funding worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
Robert McCartney, January 8, 2018, Washington Post
Metro seeks to provide refunds for delayed trips
A new program, billed the “Rush-Hour Promise,” would provide full refund credits to peak-period rail and Metrobus riders who encounter delays of 15 minutes or more -- customers who are more likely than others to reduce their ridership or abandon Metro entirely, the agency said.
Faiz Siddiqui, January 7, 2018, Washington Post
Deep freeze causes nearly 80 water main breaks
Pipes busted all over the DC area after days of freezing temperatures.
Michael Quander, January 7, 2018, WUSA9
Women share #metoo experiences on Metro
Margaret Wroblewski’s photography project, “I Was on the Metro When,” explores riders’ experiences with sexual harassment, and their advice on how to combat it.
Martine Powers, January 8, 2018, Washington Post
Support, opposition mount for maglev
Opponents of a proposal to build a high-speed train line that could make the trip between Washington and Baltimore in 15 minutes are asking state and federal officials to kill the project.
Luz Lazo, January 6, 2018, Washington Post
With new tax law, will employers continue to subsidize your commute?
Of concern is a provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that eliminates tax write-offs for employers who subsidize the cost of their employees’ parking or transit passes -- as many as a third of employers in urban hubs such as Washington.
Martine Powers, January 6, 2018, Washington Post
Union Station briefly evacuated
No emergency was found after Union Station was briefly evacuated Saturday afternoon.
January 6, 2018, WJLA
Regional fast ferry concept moves forward
The idea of establishing commuter ferry service between D.C. and points south to Woodbridge, Virginia, is advancing, with the results of a fourth study fleshing out the proposal.
Kristi King, January 6, 2018, WTOP
Transportation benefit cap increase in 2018
In 2018, the federal cap on tax-deductible transit benefits will increase $5 per month, from $255 to $260. This includes parking, mass transit, and commuter highway vehicles. The monthly limit for bicycles remains at $20 per month. Ask your employer if your benefit will increase.
December 5, 2017, CommuterDirect.com