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Dr. Gridlock: May 30, 2010 - June 5, 2010

Kenilworth Avenue NE cleared

Two lanes are blocked on northbound Kenilworth Avenue NE at Burroughs Avenue because of police activity. Authorities are asking motorists to use an alternate route.

By Washington Post Editors  | June 5, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New York Ave. lanes reopened in NE D.C.

Updated, 12:34 p.m.: All lanes have been reopened on New York Ave. in NE D.C. after crews finished work to repair a broken water main at Montana Ave. Updated, 4:46 p.m.: It looks like big delays are going to be...

By Editor  | June 5, 2010; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congestion, Construction, District  
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By Michael Bolden  | June 5, 2010; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Headaches on the horizon

Race for the Cure D.C. and Metro officials have announced street closings and bus detours because of Saturday morning's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at the Mall. Here's the rundown.

By Robert Thomson  | June 4, 2010; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories, Events  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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No shots fired at Union Station

Union Station was closed for a half hour this afternoon after a "large group" of up to 30 young people began fighting. One 16-year old was transported to a hospital after his shoes were stolen. Contrary to a WMATA press release, "There was no one shot; there were no shots fired." The victim was unconcious with non-life-threatening head injuries, and police said he was "struck" by a person. Witnesses, including the victim's mother, saw what appeared to be guns, but in a press release, Metro said the weapons recovered likely weren't real pistols.

By Luke Rosiak  | June 4, 2010; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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By Michael Bolden  | June 4, 2010; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The weekend and beyond

So you're heading to the Race for the Cure on Saturday or a weekend Nats game, or the Beltway BBQ Showdown at Watkins Regional Park. The Capital Weather Gang predicts a hot, sticky weekend with chances of storms in the evenings. I predict crowding in downtown D.C., Tysons, West Falls Church and various other points across the Washington region, because of traffic and transit delays. See the details and look ahead to next week.

By Robert Thomson  | June 4, 2010; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories, Weekend Work  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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Passengers trapped in Red Line railcar

The doors on a red line train malfunctioned this morning, leaving some passengers unable to get out at the Farragut North station.

By Michael Bolden  | June 4, 2010; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Blue and Orange Line delays

Blue and Orange Line delays

By Mark Berman  | June 4, 2010; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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MARC Brunswick Line delays

Delays on the MARC Brunswick Line.

By Mark Berman  | June 4, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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I-495 North slow at I-66

a roundup of the headaches facing commuters

By Mark Berman  | June 4, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting, Congestion  | Tags:  Morning commute, morning roundup, rock creek parkway  
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Headaches on the horizon

As the strong thunderstorms move off, the chance of rain will diminish Thursday night, the Capital Weather Gang says. Here are some reminders about the road work the night owls and early-morning travelers may encounter. See our new construction map of the D.C. region for a wider-ranging review.

By Robert Thomson  | June 3, 2010; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories, Capital Beltway, Congestion, Construction  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the Horizon  
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Metro oversight panel gets new Web site

The Tri-State Oversight Commission (TOC), which is responsible for overseeing the safety of the Metro system, now has its own Web site, www.tristateoversight.org.

By Michael Bolden  | June 3, 2010; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro bus driver disputes firing

A Metro bus driver who was photographed texting while driving a bus and later fired has filed a grievance over her dismissal, according to Metro.

By Michael Bolden  | June 3, 2010; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Tough p.m. travel for trains, cars and planes

Problems abound this evening for people traveling around the Washington region whether it be by car, train or plane.

By Michael Bolden  | June 3, 2010; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Weather delays affecting airports

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, departure delays due to thunderstorms are affecting the Boston, Newark and Washington-area airports. Airport officials advise that you check with your airline to see if you're affected. BWI airlines | Dulles airlines | Reagan-National...

By Michael Bolden  | June 3, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dump truck overturns on 295

4:40 p.m. Update: -- Northbound lanes of Interstate 295 have been closed after two dump trucks collided, critically injuring both drivers. D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer says the crash was reported about 2:45 p.m. Thursday near the Laboratory Road...

By Michael Bolden  | June 3, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Md. commits $200K for free rides at Fort Meade

The state of Maryland says it is committing $200,000 a year to give free rides home to Fort Meade workers who must leave early or stay late.

By Michael Bolden  | June 3, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. delays N.Y. Ave. traffic shift

The District Department of Transportation has decided to delay the change in the traffic pattern at New York and Florida avenues NE until June 11. The department had planned to make the change this Friday night, but announced Thursday that it needs to complete adjustments to the traffic signal timings and make some other technical adjustments.

By Robert Thomson  | June 3, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories, Construction, District  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, New York Avenue  
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Md. official: Highway worker violated protocols

Authorities investigating the death of a highway worker killed by a hit and run driver on Route 50 in Anne Arundel County early Thursday say the contract employee was violating protocols that might have saved his life.

By Michael Bolden  | June 3, 2010; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More flights on time in April

U.S. airlines operated more flights on-time in April and far fewer passengers were stuck in long tarmac delays, the government said Thursday

By Michael Bolden  | June 3, 2010; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Feds reject HOV exemption for military

Virginia has lost its bid to exempt uniformed active-duty military members from high-occupancy vehicle lane restrictions in Hampton Roads.

By Michael Bolden  | June 3, 2010; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Md. Highway worker killed

Maryland State Police are looking for the driver of the vehicle that struck and killed a highway contract worker in Anne Arundel County.

By Michael Bolden  | June 3, 2010; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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By Michael Bolden  | June 3, 2010; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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MARC Brunswick Line crowding

MARC Brunswick Line train 894 will run one car short, causing crowding on other cars.

By Mark Berman  | June 3, 2010; 6:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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I-495 North blocked at Dulles Toll Rd

A look at some headaches facing commuters this morning

By Mark Berman  | June 3, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Outbound N.Y. Ave. reopens

Outbound New York Avenue NE remains closed at Montana Avenue NE Thursday morning as crews work to repair a water main that broke early Wednesday.

By Michael Bolden  | June 3, 2010; 5:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Headaches on the horizon

Commuters encountering phase 2 of the Ohio Drive reconstruction project are probably wondering if there's any alternative to the stalled traffic between the Lincoln Memorial and the Kennedy Center. The National Park Service, which is overseeing the road rebuilding, has offered this list of alternatives.

By Robert Thomson  | June 2, 2010; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting, Congestion, Construction, District  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Ohio Drive  
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N.Y. Ave. repairs delay p.m. traffic

6:20 p.m. Update: Cameras several blocks before the scene of the repair show traffic creeping along. It's unclear if the repair will be completed by Thursday. The 79-year-old, 12-inch main burst at about 3:30 a.m. below the eastbound lanes. "What's...

By Michael Bolden  | June 2, 2010; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Loudoun-Tysons express bus to launch

Getting to Tysons Corner just got a little easier for Loudoun County residents: An express bus service between Loudoun and Tysons will launch on June 21. The ride from Leesburg along the Dulles Greenway and the Dulles Airport Access Road to the first stop in Tysons is expected to run about 45 minutes.

By Luke Rosiak  | June 2, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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WiFi now standard on Acela trains

Free wireless will become a standard service for passengers on Amtrak's Acela Express trains.

By Michael Bolden  | June 2, 2010; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Beltway shift in Tysons

The Capital Beltway's outer loop in Tysons corner will be in a slightly different place on Thursday morning, if the Wednesday night work goes according to plan.

By Robert Thomson  | June 2, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories, Capital Beltway, Commuting, Tysons Corner  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, HOT lanes, Tysons Corner  
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More cash for bumped passengers?

The Obama administration wants to raise the amount airlines have to compensate passengers bumped from full flights to as much as $1,300. They pay up to $800 now.

By Michael Bolden  | June 2, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Race for Cure travel tips

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, a very popular annual run in Washington, is this Saturday at the Mall. Here are some tips for getting to and from the race course.

By Robert Thomson  | June 2, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Depending on escalators

The fundamental problem is that Metro, which always tells us it's the most escalator-dependent transit system there is, needs to act as though it depends on its escalators. For Metro to work, the escalators have to work.

By Robert Thomson  | June 2, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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By Michael Bolden  | June 2, 2010; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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I-66 East slow at Beltway

A roundup of the morning's commuting headaches.

By Mark Berman  | June 2, 2010; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting, Congestion  | Tags:  I-395 North, I-495 North, I-66 East  
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Dr. Gridlock has moved

We've given our transportation blog a new but familiar name and a new home. You're already familiar with Dr. Gridlock, and he and his colleagues will keep you up to date with the latest that's happening with Metro and on the roads around the Washington region. You can still follow him on Twitter and Facebook, too. We've also provided you with many new tools to help you navigate the roads and rails in the D.C. area.

By Michael Bolden  | June 1, 2010; 10:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Metro budget hearing Wednesday

Metro will hold a public hearing Wednesday on the transit agency's capital budget and improvement program for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

By Michael Bolden  | June 1, 2010; 8:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Headaches on the horizon

There's only a slight chance of a shower Tuesday night, leading into a sunny and hot Wednesday, the Capital Weather Gang says. Here's a forecast for what travelers will encounter on the roads and rails.

By Michael Bolden  | June 1, 2010; 7:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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By Michael Bolden  | June 1, 2010; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rte. 123 ramps realigned in Tysons

Beginning at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, all southbound lanes of the Capital Beltway bridge over Route 123 in Tysons Corner will shift onto a new adjacent bridge. The shift will be in place by 5 a.m. Thursday. As a result, exit ramps to Route 123 north and south have been realigned. The segment of Route 123 under the Beltway will be closed one weekend this month to demolish the old bridge.

By Michael Bolden  | June 1, 2010; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The week ahead for traffic, transit

There's lots of road and rail work scheduled for this short work week across the D.C. region. We're in that period when the road work is intense and tourists are in town, but Washingtonians haven't fled for vacations in great numbers, so patience is necessary. The Capital Weather Gang says temperatures generally will be hot, and there are chances of afternoon thunderstorms on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

By Michael Bolden  | June 1, 2010; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Is there hope for Metro's escalators?

Metro is bringing in an outside expert this week to assess chronic troubles with its escalators and elevators, which are vital to the smooth functioning of the system

By Michael Bolden  | June 1, 2010; 2:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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