The Commuter Store, Mobile Commuter Store, CommuterDirect.com Customer Service Call Center, and ART - Arlington Transit Call Center will be closed Monday, February 19, in observance of Presidents Day. Arlington County government offices are closed. ART 41, 42, 43, 45, 51, 55, 77 and 87 will operate on Saturday schedules. All other ART routes will not operate. Follow the link for more information about ART service.
February 12, 2018, Commuter Store
A 41-year-old Virginia man was arrested Friday after a gun was allegedly pointed from one car at another in a suspected road rage confrontation on Interstate 95 near Laurel, Maryland State Police said.
Clarence Williams, February 16, 2018, Washington Post
After spiking higher for two straight years, traffic deaths in the United States pulled back slightly in 2017, according to a new report by the National Safety Council. The NSC estimates there were 40,100 motor vehicle deaths last year, which would be a drop of about 1 percent from the total of 40,327 in 2016.
Phil LeBeau, February 15, 2018, CNBC
In observance of Presidents Day on Monday, February 19, 2018, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will suspend construction activities on the District's roadways and sidewalks.
February 16, 2018, DDOT
In a press release issued on Tuesday, Metro announced 79 days of track shutdowns and single-tracking affecting all lines. The projects start in July and end in December.
Stephen Repetski, February 16, GGW
On Monday, February 19, Presidents' Day, Metrorail will operate on a Saturday schedule and Metrobus will operate on a Saturday supplemental schedule; off-peak fares will be in effect and parking will be free all day.
February 15, 2018, WMATA
A decade after Congress ordered the nation’s railroads to install an automatic braking system that could have prevented more than 130 train wrecks, industry officials said Thursday most lines will need two more years to finish the job.
Ashley Halsey III, February 15, 2018, Washington Post
Amtrak’s president and CEO says the railroad will consider suspending service on tracks that don’t have speed controls in place by Dec. 31. That could affect service in much of the United States.
February 15, 2018, WTOP
Despite the cancellation of the Mardi Gras Ball and the Jester Jaunt, Clarendon let the good times roll and carried on with the annual Mardi Gras parade.
Bridget Reed Morawski, February 14, 2018, ARLnow
Hundreds of D.C. drivers can breathe a sigh of relief after the city acknowledged its Department of Motor Vehicles mistakenly sent out hundreds of letters fining drivers.
Megan Cloherty, February 14, 2018, WTOP
Amid the usual queries at the information counter at Reagan National Airport -- Where’s the bathroom? Where’s the Cinnabon? Where’s my gate? -- Leanne Omland gets a version of this whopper about once a day: Where’s my airport?
Steve Hendrix, February 13, 2018, Washington Post
FABB congratulates Beeda Lee-Pawlak (Churchill Road Elementary and Haycock Elementary Schools) and Anne Rodriguez (Lake Anne Elementary and Hughes Middle Schools), for their selection as winners of Virginia's 2017-18 Outstanding Crossing Guard Award.
February 13, 2018, FABB
Metro will conduct several maintenance projects this summer and fall that will dramatically affect service on almost every line -- including the shut down of two Red Line stations for 45 days, the transit agency announced Tuesday.
Martine Powers, February 13, 2018, Washington Post
Metro is preparing for the upcoming tourist season, with a spring break from daytime track work over the four weekends of the 2018 Cherry Blossom Festival, the transit agency announced today.
February 13, 2018, WMATA
The weekend’s heavy rain caused a road frequently used by Virginia Railway Express commuters in Spotsylvania County to collapse into an 8-foot deep hole. Virginia Route 608/Benchmark Road will be closed for emergency repair until mid-June.
Reem Nadeem, February 13, 2018, WTOP
Montgomery County is drawing up a savings plan in response to a budget shortfall of nearly $120 million, and it should be no surprise that this means a cut to capital improvement projects in the Department of Parks and Recreation. And that means trails.
February 12, 2018, WashCycle
The weekend’s heavy rains caused more than 1.2 million gallons of untreated wastewater to flow into two creeks in Maryland, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission said Monday.
Dana Hedgpeth, February 12, 2018, Washington Post
Southeastern Fairfax County could see big transportation improvements along Richmond Highway (the local name for US Route 1), including an extended Yellow Line, Bus Rapid Transit, and new bike and pedestrian infrastructure.
Canaan Merchant, February 12, 2018, GGW
Metro’s new 7000-series railcars are drawing more electricity from the railcar propulsion system than the old cars, causing the agency to need to set aside more money to power its trains.
Stephen Repetski, February 12, 2018, GGW
For the average 20-something, the 25-year cost of those Uber rides is an eye-popping $323,190, according to a new analysis by investment platform Betterment. In other words, if you just skipped the Uber or Lyft ride and invested that money instead, you’d be well on your way to a decent retirement stash.
February 7, 2018, Money
D.C. prosecutors will ask a judge to sentence a man to 35 years in prison for fatally stabbing a Metro rider. Jasper Spires pleaded guilty to repeatedly stabbing Kevin Sutherland to death on July 4, 2015.
Neal Augenstein, February 9, 2018, WTOP
Metro officials are forecasting decreases in ridership and revenue next year, and officials are poring over the system’s recent performance statistics for clues as to where to focus their efforts to curb the drop-off.
Martine Powers, February 8, 2018, Washington Post
Arlington County’s plan for a Columbia Pike corridor “premium bus service network” will start this summer, with more frequent, condensed bus service, improved bus transit stations, and off-vehicle fare collection points in the works.
Bridget Reed Morawski, February 8, 2018, ARLnow
The pedestrian tunnel connected to the Metro is located at the northeast corner of the intersection of S. Hayes Street and 12th Street S. The tunnel opening was initially scheduled for 2015.
Anna Merod, February 8, 2018, ARLnow
Five lawsuits have been filed against Lindsay Transportation Solutions claiming its X-LITE guardrail end terminal is defective. At least seven people have died after the guardrail speared their vehicles during crashes.
Meredith Royster, February 8, 2018, NBC4
Due to the federal shutdown, federal workers should refer to their agencies for guidance on reporting to work Friday, the Office of Personnel Management said on its website.
Colleen Kelleher, February 9, 2018, WTOP
The Federal Railroad Administration has issued preliminary findings on the Feb. 6 incident in which an Acela Express trainset experienced a separation between two cars at a speed of approximately 125 mph.
William C. Vantuono, February 8, 2018, Railway Age
Turns out that the carpet in Metro’s trains, that grimy, orangey-brown, 1970s-era relic that is a source of both nostalgia and derision among riders, has a rather checkered past.
Faiz Siddiqui, February 8, 2018, Washington Post
Before Metrorail’s recent safety and maintenance problems led to a ridership decline, Metrorail had long had the second-highest ridership of any of the country’s 13 heavy rail rapid-transit systems (what people commonly think of as “subways” or “metros.”)
DW Rowlands, February 8, 2018, GGW
Prosecutors filed charges of assault with intent to kill Wednesday against a Virginia man who they say drove his pickup onto a median in Adams Morgan, striking two uniformed police officers and a transit worker.
Keith L. Alexander, February 7, 2018, Washington Post
Amtrak officials said Wednesday that a “hardware failure” caused two Acela cars to come apart as the Boston-bound train was traveling through Maryland after leaving D.C.’s Union Station.
Lori Aratani, February 7, 2018, Washington Post
Though Metro’s budget staff had offered a grim outlook on the potential return of full service to Glenmont and Shady Grove stations, a new letter from General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld to the Montgomery County Council delivers a more optimistic message.
Martine Powers, February 6, 2018, Washington Post
The Federal Railroad Administration narrowed its list of possible routes down to two for a high-speed magnetic levitating train that would travel between Baltimore and Washington in just 15 minutes.
Holden Wilen, February 5, 2018, Baltimore Business Journal
Maryland jurisdictions issued more than 1.5 million tickets for speed-camera violations last fiscal year and most went to motorists in the Washington suburbs, according to a new state report, building on the region’s reputation as a “speed trap” for drivers.
Luz Lazo, February 6, 2018, Washington Post
As Metro finalizes its budget for the coming fiscal year, the Montgomery County Council is making one last-ditch plea: Get rid of the Grosvenor-Strathmore turn-backs on the Red Line.
Martine Powers, February 5, 2018, Washington Post
Between midnight and 9:30 a.m. Monday, Anne Arundel County saw 57 crashes as icy conditions made for hazardous roadways for those traveling back home after the Super Bowl.
Phil Davis, February 5, 2018, Capital Gazette
Part of Military Road westbound is closed in Northwest Washington after a crash that involved 10 vehicles and a school bus. D.C. Police said in a Twitter message that no one was seriously hurt.
Dana Hedgpeth, February 5, 2018, Washington Post
Starting Feb. 5, more Metro garages will charge extra to weekday drivers who pay with a credit card or a SmarTrip card that has not just been used to pay for a rail trip.
Max Smith, February 5, 2018, WTOP
Drivers, bike riders and pedestrians are urged to use caution during Monday morning’s commute amid icy conditions on roads and sidewalks throughout the D.C. region after rain and cold temperatures.
Dana Hedgpeth, February 5, 2018, Washington Post
The head of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Sunday that the correct implementation of a key train safety feature could have prevented the early morning Amtrak crash in South Carolina.
Mallory Shelbourne, February 4, 2018, The Hill
Declines in public transit ridership are pushing transportation agencies around the country, including in the District, to pursue partnerships with tech companies to incorporate on-demand, dynamic shared rides into their services.
Luz Lazo, February 3, 2018, Washington Post
The landscaping plans for the Purple Line’s route through Bethesda and Chevy Chase will include native plants selected to be low maintenance and trees to provide shade to passengers and users of the new trail that will run along the line.
Andrew Metcalf, February 1, 2018, Bethesda Beat
An Amtrak train en route from New York to Miami collided with a CSX freight train and derailed near Columbia, S.C., leaving at least two dead and 70 injured, police and Amtrak officials said.
Alisa Tang, February 4, 2018, Washington Post