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Christmas Holiday

Next Event: December 25, 2017 (Repeats on 12/25/2017, 12/26/2017)

The Commuter Store, Mobile Commuter Store, CommuterDirect.com call center, and ART call center will be closed Christmas Day, Monday, December 25 and Tuesday, December 26. Arlington County government offices will be closed. On Dec. 25, ART will operate on a holiday schedule -- ART 41, 45, 51, 55, and 87 will operate on Sunday schedules. All other ART routes will not operate. On December 26, ART will operate on a normal weekday schedule, but the call center will be closed. More information about ART holiday service.

Latest News

Power outage at Atlanta airport disrupts flights nationwide
A power outage crippled air traffic at the world’s busiest airport for hours Sunday, stranding thousands of travelers and disrupting flights nationwide just as people begin the busy Christmas travel week.
FAiz Siddiqui, December 18, 2017, Washington Post
Is Metro Back2Good?
Riders say things are more complicated than the $400,000 marketing campaign could have communicated.
Faiz Siddiqui, December 16, 2017, Washington Post
Governor proposes higher Northern Va. taxes for Metro
If approved by the General Assembly, the measure would be a breakthrough for Metro -- the only large transit system in the country that does not obtain a significant amount of its funding from a tax or other dedicated source.
Robert McCartney, December 18, 2017, Washington Post
Man lying in roadway killed by car Saturday
Police said a man was already injured when he was struck and killed by a car in Montgomery County, Maryland, early Saturday morning.
December 16, 2017, NBC Washington
Fatal collision in Rockville Saturday
A man on a scooter was struck and killed by a car in Rockville, Maryland, late Saturday night.
December 17, 2017, NBC Washington
Red Line defect similar to one that caused 2009 collision
Metro officials said Thursday that this week’s Red Line disruptions and coming weekend shutdown stem from defects in the line’s signal system similar to the one that caused the fatal 2009 train collision near Fort Totten.
Martine Powers, December 14, 2017, Washington Post
Fairfax transportation planner honored for efforts in Tysons
The Fairfax County Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC) on Dec. 5 honored Senior Transportation Planner Martha Elena Coello with the 2016 Transportation Achievement Award, recognizing her efforts to enhance the quality of transportation in Fairfax County.
December 15, 2017, Inside NoVa
Trash on trails: More than an annoyance
Studies have found that litter on trail decreased trail use by 20%.
Ursula Sandstrom, December 15, 2017, WABA
Red Line waterproofing project expanded
Metro is advising customers of evening and weekend service changes on the Red Line starting Friday, December 22, and continuing through Thursday, February 15, in order to extend a water leak-mitigation project and improve reliability.
December 15, 2017, WMATA
Northern Va.'s slugline culture
The process is called “slugging,” and it’s been a part of Northern Virginia’s commuting culture since the early 1970s, when it began along Shirley Highway, which is now part of I-95.
Martin Di Caro, December 15, 2017, WAMU
DDOT announces Vision Zero grant awards
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced the Fiscal Year 2018 Vision Zero Grant Winners. Vision Zero is Mayor Muriel Bowser’s initiative which aims to eliminate all traffic fatalities and serious injuries from Washington, DC streets by 2024.
December 14, 2017, DDOT
Montgomery seeks comments on bicycle master plan
Cyclists, pedestrians and other travelers in Montgomery County can comment on a draft bicycle master plan, a document that will guide officials as they plan bike networks.
Bethany Rodgers, December 14, 2017, Bethesda Beat
Holiday DUI patrols start in Arlington
Starting Dec. 13 and going through New Year's Eve, Arlington police will be increasing the number of patrols, setting up roadblocks and using local media to reach out to all drivers.
Cameron Luttrell, December 13, 2017, Arlington Patch
Trail connections for a new Long Bridge
Stakeholder agencies need to hear from our biking and walking community to ensure that the Project includes bike and pedestrian improvements.
Garrett Hennigan, December 14, 2017, WABA
Record month for Amtrak revenue
Ahead of the holiday travel season, Amtrak achieved record revenue in November, reaching $204.7 million in system-wide adjusted ticket revenue, the best month in the company’s history.
Stuart Chirls, December 14, 2017, Railway Age
I-66 toll hits new high, $44
The toll for driving 10 miles on Interstate 66 express lanes in Northern Virginia hit a new high of $44 on Thursday morning.
Dana Hedgpeth, December 14, 2017, Washington Post
DOJ confirms criminal investigation into Uber
The Justice Department is conducting at least one criminal investigation into ride-hailing company Uber, according to a letter made public Wednesday.
Max Greenwood, December 14, 2017, The Hill
Free Wi-Fi now at 30 Metro stations
Metro today announced the availability of free customer Wi-Fi service at 24 additional underground stations, dramatically expanding the number of Wi-Fi enabled stations to 30.
December 14, 2017, WMATA
Metrorail will be open late New Year's Eve
Metro today announced special late-night rail service until 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve, three hours later than normal Sunday closing hours, to provide customers a safe transportation alternative.
December 14, 2017, WMATA
MWAA reduces number of cabs at Dulles
At Dulles, taxi drop offs are down 32 percent since 2015. Uber and Lyft pick ups are up 71 percent in 2017.
Sam Sweeney, December 13, 2017, WJLA
Pedestrian fatally struck near Rockville Metro
A man is dead after he was hit by an SUV near the Rockville Metro Station Wednesday night, according to authorities.
Stephen Pimpo Jr., December 14, 2017, WJLA
Uber driver wanted for attacking passenger
D.C. police say they have identified an Uber driver wanted for trying to sexually assault a woman blocks away from the U.S. Capitol.
December 13, 2017, NBC Washington
Hundreds of companies attend Md. express lanes meeting
Around 400 professionals from the transportation and construction industries gathered in Maryland Wednesday, hoping to land a spot working on a massive project to ease traffic congestion in the region.
Nick Iannelli, December 13, 2017, WTOP
Metrobus adding new service to Pentagon
Metro will add new trips to the Pentagon Transit Center in Arlington beginning Sunday, Dec. 17, officials said.
Cameron Luttrell, December 13, 2017, Arlington Patch
Va. governor-elect names transportation team
Virginia Gov.-elect Ralph Northam on Wednesday unveiled his transportation team, naming Shannon Valentine secretary of transportation.
Lori Aratani, December 13, 2017, Washington Post
D.C. refuses to support regional Metro funding plan
D.C. officials withdrew their support from a regional Metro funding proposal on Wednesday, threatening months-long efforts by elected leaders to speak in a unified voice about the vexing political problem of establishing a dedicated revenue source for WMATA.
Martin Di Caro, December 13, 2017, WAMU
A second Metro station for Rosslyn?
Metro officials are taking a small but symbolic step in their hope of someday building a second station in Rosslyn.
Martine Powers, December 13, 2017, Washington Post
Bike, pedestrian projects included in NVTA plan update
The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority adopted a TransAction Plan Update in October and it includes more than two dozen projects meant to make bicycling easier and better.
December 13, 2017, WashCycle
Arlington to receive permission for W&OD Trail improvements
As part of a wider project near Shirlington between S. Arlington Mill Drive and S. Four Mile Run Drive, the county plans to install new sidewalks, lighting and signals where the trail meets S. Walter Reed Drive.
Chris Teale, December 12, 2017, ARLnow
Metro wants to address capacity issues at Rosslyn
Metro wants to more seriously consider building a new Blue Line station in Rosslyn that would include a new rail line through Georgetown, as part of a plan that has been on Metro’s long-term list of priorities for several years.
Max Smith, December 12, 2017, WTOP
What NYC explosion means for D.C.
Public safety and security leaders in D.C. have been carefully monitoring developments in New York following a pipe bomb explosion in a subway corridor near Times Square Monday that appears to have been an attempted terrorist attack.
Michelle Basch, December 11, 2017, WTOP
Automatic train operation still on hold for Metro
Documents prepared for a Metro Board committee meeting Thursday acknowledge many maintenance and rider benefits from the automated system, but raise potential concerns about turning it back on.
Max Smith, December 12, 2017, WTOP
Bus-only lanes may soon be possible on Columbia Pike
The Arlington County Board will consider a resolution at its meeting this week that could help pave the way for HOV or bus-only lanes on Columbia Pike.
December 11, 2017, ARLnow
Alexandria parking task force finalizes recommendations
If approved by city council, these new requirements would significantly reduce the amount of parking that developers and business owners would need to provide in new construction or when existing buildings are redeveloped for more intensive uses.
Denise Dunbar, December 7, 2017, Alexandria Times
Persons of interest wanted in Metro shooting
According to officials, a man was transported to the hospital after being shot at Minnesota Avenue Station.
December 12, 2017, WUSA9
Fatal wrong-way crash on Capital Beltway
A motorist was killed Monday night on the Capital Beltway in Prince George’s County, the state police said. A second was seriously injured.
Martin Weil, December 11, 2017, Washington Post
Officials still can't agree on how to fund Metro
After months of negotiations, the Metro Strategy Group remains divided over how to raise the money.
Martin Di Caro, December 11, 2017, WAMU
How safe is 'safe enough' for driverless cars?
As fully autonomous cars become a reality, there will be collisions between them, and there will be collisions with conventional cars. Fewer than before? Yes, but there will be crashes nevertheless.
Ashley Halsey III, December 10, 2017, Washington Post
Md. funds WB&A bridge, National Harbor bikeshare
The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced $20,395,834 in grants to support improvements for bicycle and pedestrian safety and connectivity across the state.
December 11, 2017, WashCycle
Federal court rules for Metro on Christmas ad
Metro will not be required to use a Christmas-themed ad from the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.
December 9, 2017, WJLA
Cities turn to 'missing middle' housing to keep older millennials from leaving
Cities and close-in suburbs looking to the future see a troubling trend: The millennials who rejuvenated their downtowns over the past decade are growing older and beginning to leave.
Katherine Shaver, December 9, 2017, Washington Post
With two weeks of private bus shuttles, Metro dips a toe into outsourcing
Metro riders inconvenienced by a two-week partial shutdown on the Red Line probably didn’t give much thought to the branding of the bus shuttles carrying them on their plodding ride between the Silver Spring and Fort Totten stations. But those buses --- private coaches with drivers hailing from out-of-state — could be a sign of things to come at Metro.
Martine Powers, December 9, 2017, Washington Post
Were commuters misled about I-66 tolls?
“All the discussion about this was in terms of averages,” Coy said. “So that would fundamentally require that at many other times tolls would be considerably higher and considerably lower.”
Fredrick Kunkle, December 9, 2017, Washington Post
Police cite 20 for failing to yield to pedestrians on Columbia Pike
The Arlington County Police Department cited 20 drivers yesterday (Thursday) on Columbia Pike for failing to yield to pedestrians, as part of an active enforcement effort.
Chris Teale, December 8, 2017, ARLnow
Contract awarded for improvements to I-66 eastbound
The Commonwealth Transportation Board on Dec. 6 approved an $85.7 million contract to add a through-lane on eastbound Interstate 66 between the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) and Fairfax Drive (Route 237).
December 8, 2017, Inside NoVa
Fire Marshal, FBI agent killed in !-270 crash
Two off-duty law enforcement officers were killed in a Friday night crash on I-270 in Rockville that involved several vehicles.
December 9, 2017, Bethesda Beat
What happens to I-66 tolls when it snows?
Neither snow nor rain nor the gloom of an early sunset will keep the Interstate 66 tolls for solo drivers and the newly expanded HOV hours from kicking in on weekdays.
Max Smith, December 9, 2017, WTOP
Arlington snowfall guide
Arlington crews have been preparing year-round to make sure they can quickly make Arlington's roads, sidewalks, bus stops and trails safe and passable after a winter event.
Cameron Luttrell, December 8, 2017, Arlington Patch
Cheverly residents write letters to preserve green space
State and town officials, as well as residents, testified that, while they encourage transit-oriented development in Cheverly, they do not believe the green space is an appropriate location for it.
Rachel Cain, December 6, 2017, The Sentinel
Hundreds of adults learn to ride a bike
This year our team of instructors led 30 adult Learn to Ride classes across DC, Arlington, and (for the first time!) Prince George’s County, and the City of Falls Church.
Doug Smith, December 8, 2017, WABA
Ports, unions in dispute over automation
Leaders of longshore unions walked out of the start of talks aimed at extending the current contracts for dockworkers at East and Gulf coast ports in a dispute over automation.
Stuart Chirls, December 8, 2017, Railway Age
Apps for getting around D.C.
Here’s what GGWash contributors say they use now.
Maxime Devilliers, December 8, 2017, GGW
How will I-66 toll cheaters be caught?
HOV cheaters were a major problem on Interstate 66 inside the Beltway before rush-hour tolls began this week, but Virginia’s transportation secretary is hopeful that the new system will allow those who choose to keep cheating to be caught.
Max Smith, December 7, 2017, WTOP
It's a wonderful bus
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will roll out its inaugural Winter Wonder Bus -- a special DC Circulator bus wrapped and decorated with a festive winter theme -- on Monday, December 11.
December 8, 2017, D.C. Circulator
Metro employee credited with safe recovery of illegal firearm
An alert off-duty Metrobus operator is being credited with the safe recovery of loaded firearm that was carried onto the rail system this morning.
December 8, 2017, WMATA
Average I-66 tolls
While the peak of the peak tolls have been high, they don’t tell the whole story. Most  road users are paying a lot less, according to early data from the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Luz Lazo, December 8, 2017, Washington Post
Jackie Jeter is still Metro union president
Members of Metro’s largest union voted Wednesday to reelect Jackie L. Jeter president, in a special election that was monitored by the Department of Labor after accusations of election fraud.
Martine Powers, December 7, 2017, Washington Post
W&OD Trail in Arlington will be pretreated this winter
Crews will pre-treat the Washington & Old Dominion Trail for the first time this winter when accumulating snow or ice is in the weather forecast.
Chris Teale, December 5, 2017, ARLnow
Get Arlington project info with new tool
This new tool is a map view of mostly County government projects happening around Arlington. Projects can be filtered by type and status. You also can look up projects based on an address or by civic association.
December 6, 2017, Arlington County
Allen wants more transparency when public subsidizes parking
The public will be paying $36 million to subsidize 600 underground parking spaces at Union Market.
David Alpert, December 6, 2017, GGW
With a peak near $23, Day 3 brings lower tolls for I-66 drivers
Day 3 of new toll lanes along Interstate 66 came with lower prices for Northern Virginia drivers than the previous two mornings.
Dana Hedgpeth, December 6, 2017, Washington Post
McAuliffe says Virginia has done its part to fix Metro
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said Tuesday that his state has done its part for Metro by urging board reforms and pledging to provide dedicated funding, and he called on Maryland and the District to join the effort.
Robert McCartney, December 6, 2017, Washington Post
Bill would let poor D.C. drivers keep licenses
A bill introduced Tuesday in the D.C. Council would prevent the city from suspending low-income residents’ driver’s licenses because they have unpaid parking fines and traffic tickets, a practice some say unfairly punishes the poor.
Justin Wm. Moyer, December 5, 2017, Washington Post
Pedestrian struck on Beltway near I-270
Maryland State Police are at the scene of an accident where a pedestrian was struck on the Inner Loop of northbound I-495 near the I-270 split.
December 5, 2017, WJLA
Montgomery aims to cut greenhouse emissions to zero
Wealthy, progressive Montgomery County on Tuesday became one of the first jurisdictions in the nation to declare a “climate emergency,” heeding a call from environmental advocacy groups to counter Trump administration policies by dramatically cutting greenhouse emissions in coming years.
Rachel Siegel, December 5, 2017, Washington Post
I-66 toll traffic numbers show drivers figuring out new commutes
Traffic has increased on several alternative routes since the start of rush-hour tolls for solo drivers on Interstate 66 inside the Beltway Monday morning, preliminary Virginia Department of Transportation data suggest.
Max Smith, December 5, 2017, WTOP
Fatal crash shuts down Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring
Georgia Avenue is shut down in Silver Spring after a crash sent two men to the hospital, where one died, police said.
December 6, 2017, NBC Washington
WABA's position on dockless bikeshare
Dockless bikeshare has the potential to expand bike sharing and bike ridership in the District and local neighboring jurisdictions.  With opportunity comes risk, however.
Tamara Evans, December 5, 2017, WABA
Looking for an E-ZPass? You're not alone.
Retail outlets that sell the transponders, which allow tolls to be collected electronically, reported a significant uptick in sales in the days before the start of tolling on I-66, with some retailers running out.
Lori Aratani, December 5, 2017, Washington Post
I-66 tolls offer insight into commuter psychology
Which would you prefer in general: Being forbidden from doing something at all, or allowed to do it at high cost?
David Alpert, December 5, 2017, GGW
D.C. installs Barnes Dance intersection [video]
A Barnes Dance Intersection (also known as a “pedestrian scramble”) operates differently from a standard traffic signal-controlled intersection and allows pedestrians to cross diagonally while vehicles on all sides of the intersection are stopped at a red signal.
December 5, 2017, DDOT
New I-66 tolls FAQ
Tolls for solo drivers and expanded rush-hour periods began Monday, Dec. 4, on Interstate 66 inside the Capital Beltway.
Max Smith, December 5, 2017, 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
I-66 toll in Va. reaches new high of $40 on Day 2
Tolls reached $40 during the Tuesday morning rush to travel 10 miles on Interstate 66 from the Virginia suburbs into Washington. It was the second day of new tolls for express lanes inside the Capital Beltway.
Dana Hedgpeth, December 5, 2017, Washington Post
Tolls stabilize during first afternoon rush hour on I-66
The first day of dynamic tolling for solo drivers on Interstate 66 inside the Beltway saw tolls reach near $35 in the morning before reaching more moderate levels during the Monday afternoon rush hour.
Rick Massimo, Reem Nadeem, December 4, 2017, WTOP
MCS will be at L'Enfant Plaza, but not in its usual spot
The Mobile Commuter Store (MCS) will be at L'Enfant Plaza as scheduled, but not in its usual spot. Parking is restricted until December 25. The MCS will be at the same intersection (7th and D SW), in a visible spot.
December 4, 2017, Commuter Store