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WMATA's plans bring hope for easier commutes
hose tired of the wait times and crowds on the Blue Line between the Pentagon and Rosslyn stations in particular will be especially victorious, with WMATA proposing two solutions to improve commuter flow.
July 12, 2024, Virginia Living
Construction of second entrance to Crystal City Metro station gets underway
Included in the 2o1o Crystal City Sector Plan, the new entrance was one of several infrastructure projects that the county and state agreed to deliver in 2018 in order to secure Amazon’s HQ2.
Daniel Egitto, July 12, 2024, ARLNow
Heat waves cause Amtrak travel delays, slow Metro
Prolonged high temperatures can cause outdoor rail tracks to expand and deform. As a result, Amtrak and Metro trains operate at slower speeds when heat spikes and railways are closely monitored for kinks.
Anna Spiegel, July 12, 2024, Axios
What US transit agencies worry most about right now
Ridership, traffic congestion, finances, safety and transitioning bus fleets to cleaner fuels were top of mind for transit agency leaders in a Keolis survey released today.
Dan Zukowski, July 11, 2024, Smart Cities Dive
Cautious excitement from Bethesda residents as Purple Line trains were unveiled
The project, which initially was projected to be completed in 2022, is not expected to be done until the winter of 2027.
Max Marcilla, July 11, 2024, DC News Now
Some road closures lifted as NATO summit wraps up, easing DC traffic woes
Commuters taking public transportation had their bus routes changed and Metro stations closed. Those driving experienced some of the worst traffic they had ever seen with road closures all around downtown D.C.
Joy Wange, July 12, 2024, ABC7 News
Fairfax County secures funding to buy new hybrid Connector buses
The new hybrid buses will replace about 20% of the county’s 300 Connector buses, which carry roughly 26,000 riders daily on 93 different routes. Some new routes recently took effect, while others are under consideration.
James Jarvis, July 11, 2024, FFXNow
Metro looks into concerns after implementing auto doors on all lines
On Thursday morning, a rider informed 7News of a troubling incident on the Orange Line in which, upon arriving at a station, the doors quickly opened and closed so no one could get on or off, missing their destination.
Tom Roussey, July 10, 2024, ABC7 News
Study: Transportation upgrades that would provide the best congestion relief in Northern Va.
The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority will present its ranked recommendations Thursday, for funding nearly $700 million in projects to advance the region’s multimodal transportation network.
Neal Augenstein, July 10, 2024, WTOP
Biden awards $1.7 billion to boost electric vehicle manufacturing and assembly in eight states
The Energy Department will issue grants totaling $1.7 billion to create or retain thousands of union jobs and support auto-based communities that have long driven the U.S. economy, the White House said Thursday.
Matthew Daly, July 11, 2024, DC News Now
WMATA operating auto doors on all Metrorail lines
Auto door mode will allow for faster entries and exits, with doors opening within three to five seconds after the train stops on the station platform. The time saved per stop is up to 10 seconds.
July 9, 2024, Mass Transit Magazine
2024 bike network ratings for Fairfax County
The City Ratings score bike networks on a scale of 0 – 100. A low score (0-20) indicates a weak bike network, meaning the city lacks safe bikeways or there are gaps in the network. 
July 10, 2024, Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling
FTA awards $1.5b in grants to modernize bus fleets
Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, FTA has awarded nearly $5 billion in the past three years to replace and modernize transit buses on America’s roadways, building new technology with American workers. U.S. factories will produce more than 4,600 of these new buses.
July 9, 2024, Metro Magazine
OmniRide ridership update: Express buses see slight increase, local routes decline in May 2024
Factors contributing to this decline included the impact of a holiday and the completion of the college spring semester. Despite the decrease in weekday ridership, weekend ridership significantly increased, exceeding expectations for both Saturdays and Sundays.
Uriah Kiser, July 9, 2024, Potomac Local News
2024 NATO Summit: Security closures, protests impacting DC area traffic
For Metrorail customers, Federal Triangle station will be closed from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 9 and Mt. Vernon Square will be closed between 11 a.m. July 9 to 5 a.m. July 12. Trains will pass through the stations without stopping during these times.
July 10, 2024, ABC7 News
Metro to upgrade bicycle parking, including at some Fairfax County stations
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will install hundreds of new bicycle lockers and racks at 74 different stations, replacing amenities that, in some cases, date back to when the stations were first constructed 30 to 40 years ago.
Angela Woolsey, July 9, 2024, FFXNow
Save the date! Tour de Mount Vernon 2024
Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to explore a beautiful Fairfax County community on two wheels. Mark your calendars, rally your friends and family, and get ready for an unforgettable experience!
July 8, 2024, Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling
Amid extreme heat, US infrastructure and transportation systems buckle under pressure
Higher temperatures also put a strain on aging signal infrastructure and electric grids, which are needed to cool trains and stations, according to Radley Horton, a professor at Columbia University's Climate School and a member of the New York City Panel on Climate Change.
Nicole Tan, July 8, 2024, NBC Connecticut
Bloomingdale residents concerned over WMATA's Better Bus Network Redesign
One of those affected routes runs down First Street NW, leaving people who live in the Bloomingdale neighborhood with concerns over what they say is an already heavy traffic area. 
Melissa Kim, July 8, 2024, WUSA9
New Virginia-North Carolina intercity passenger rail line starts construction
Portions of the route will allow train speeds of up to 110 mph, potentially saving more than an hour of travel time between the two cities, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
Dan Zukowski, July 8, 2024, Smart Cities Dive
VRE considers Manassas Airport-Alexandria shuttle service
The new shuttle service between Manassas and Alexandria aims to fill the gap in VRE's current schedule, primarily during morning and evening peak hours.
Uriah Kiser, July 8, 2024, Potomac Local News
Central Virginia bus riders reap benefits of zero fare and new services
According to RVA Rapid Transit’s just-released 2024 State of Transit Report, 45% of riders use the bus to get to work, with the majority of riders – 70% – being Black. And in terms of gender breakdown, 49.4% are female riders.
Ian Stewart, July 9, 2024, Streetsblog USA
Bikeshare Beat: June ridership breaks all-time record, again
With June’s staggering system use, CaBi has now recorded 30 consecutive months of year-over-year monthly ridership increases. Members continue to carry the network as 63% of June trips were taken by riders who hold an annual pass. 
Samuel Littauer, July 8, 2024, Greater Greater Washington
This change — years in the making — could shave seconds off your Metro trip for every stop you make
The move comes five years after Metro previously tried to revive automatic door operations and then abruptly suspended the feature after doors started unexpectedly closing.
Jack Moore, July 8, 2024, WTOP
Amtrak agrees to better bicycle access
In response, Amtrak has committed to increasing bike storage on new Airo cars, which will be on routes like the Northeast Regional, serving the DC Metro area. 
July 6, 2024, Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling
Auto Doors now operating on all Metrorail lines
Customers will notice faster entries and exits with doors opening within 3-5 seconds after the train stops on the station platform. The time saved per stop is up to 10 seconds. 
July 8, 2024, WMATA
Metro reports highest Fourth of July ridership since 2015
Metro said there were 66,000 trips at the Smithsonian Metro Station and also reported the highest ridership day ever at Herndon and Innovation Center.
Makea Luzader, July 5, 2024, DC News Now
Metro rolls out fare charts in Spanish at all stations
The signs feature the fare rates for all Metro stations, advertise adding SmartTrip cards to riders’ mobile wallets and explain who might be eligible for reduced fare rates.
Gabby Allen, July 4, 2024, DC News Now
FTA offers $1.9M in grants for tech that improves riders' public transportation experience
Transit ridership, hit hard by effects from the COVID-19 pandemic and increased flexible work arrangements, remains at about 80% of 2019 levels. 
Dan Zukowski, July 3, 2024, Smart Cities Dive
'Let Freedom Ride': Metro unveils Fourth of July train design
The design features fireworks, with white, blue, and red highlights. Written on the side of the train is “Let Freedom Ride.”
Odyssey Fields, July 3, 2024, DC News Now
Are U.S. cities demanding the equitable micromobility access their residents need?
Bike and scooter share can be a powerful tool to give underserved communities a better alternative to car — but only if those communities can actually use it.
Kea Wilson, July 3, 2024, Streetsblog USA
DOT awards $1.8B in transportation infrastructure grants
Funding under this program, divided equally between urban and rural areas, this year will go to 148 projects across all 50 states and the District of Columbia along with American Samoa, Guam and Puerto Rico.
Dan Zukowski, July 2, 2024, Smart Cities Dive
How cities can put equality first through sustainable transportation
"One equality that good cities construct is that rich and poor meet as equals in many places — [especially] in public spaces."
July 2, 2024, Streetsblog USA
Washington, D.C. to get $25M grant for trail project
The New York Avenue Bridge and Lincoln Connector Trail Project will see the construction of nearly two miles of multimodal pathways as well as the rehabilitation of the New York Avenue NE Bridge. 
Liz Carey, July 1, 2024, Transportation Today
That person in the next travel lane may be a 'supercommuter'
Many super-commuters use public transit to get where they are going. Those in the super-commuter ranks tend to be higher-income-earners who work in a central city but live in more bucolic surroundings.
July 2, 2024, Gazette Leader
Metro adjusts shuttle bus travel times for riders affected by shutdown of Red Line stations
The “Limited 2” shuttle, which stops at Forest Glen, Silver Spring and Fort Totten stations, will be replaced by two new, “more-efficient express shuttle loops,” Metro said in a news release.
Tadiwos Abedje, July 1, 2024, WTOP
Baltimore's Red Line will be light rail, not rapid buses, governor says
Moore said the light rail line emerged as the best choice during outreach events that involved “thousands” of people in the Baltimore region. Residents, businesses and commuters expressed a strong preference for rail over rapid bus.
Pamela Wood/Daniel Zawodny/Brenda Wintrode, June 27, 2024, The Baltimore Banner
Metro fares will increase starting this week. Here's what to expect
The 12.5% increase will make fare rates range from $2.25 to $6.75. Metro says these changes will help them maintain their services with no cuts and keep up with inflation.
June 30, 2024, NBC4 Washington
Metro changing Red Line shuttle bus service to improve travel times
Currently, the Red Line Limited 2 shuttle loop travels from Forest Glen to Silver Spring to Fort Totten and those travel times have taken longer than originally estimated.
June 28, 2024, WMATA

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