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Dr. Gridlock: June 13, 2010 - June 19, 2010

Road closures around the Capitol

The U.S. Capitol Police is reporting round closures on the Hill for street maintenance. Two routes are affected:

By Michael Bolden  | June 19, 2010; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Construction, Weekend Work  
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Metrobus detours this weekend

Several Metrobus routes will operate with detours this weekend to accommodate the D.C. Triathlon and other events around the region. Here's a heads-up from Metro:

By Michael Bolden  | June 19, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro bus driver arrested

[This post has been updated] A Metro bus driver was arrested and charged with simple assault on Friday after he got into an altercation with a disorderly customer over the bus fare....

By Michael Bolden  | June 18, 2010; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Funeral shuts parts of Beltway Sat.

The funeral and interment of slain Maryland Trooper First Class Wesley W. Brown will take place Saturday. Expect delays along the route of the procession.

By Luke Rosiak  | June 18, 2010; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Advisories, Capital Beltway  
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Share your thoughts on Bikeshare

DC is set to unveil its own program, Capital Bikeshare, but the usefulness of the program in this city will depend on strategically located sharepoints. Where, exactly, will you be able to pick up or drop off one of the thousand-plus bikes? That's a question you can help answer.

By Luke Rosiak  | June 18, 2010; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Biking  | Tags:  Capital Bikeshare, DDOT  
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The weekend and beyond

Here's a list of projects to watch out for this weekend, and some tips on getting around Washington's roads and rails.

By Michael Bolden  | June 18, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Commuting, Congestion, Construction, Metro  
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I-395 North slow at 14th St Bridge

A roundup of the morning commuting issues

By Mark Berman  | June 18, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting, Congestion  | Tags:  i-95 south, morning commute  
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MARC Brunswick, Camden changes

MARC train delay will occur on the Brunswick and Camden lines

By Mark Berman  | June 18, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags:  marc, marc brunswick line, marc camden line, marc delays  
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Headaches on the horizon

A roundup of construction and closings that may impede your travels.

By Michael Bolden  | June 17, 2010; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting, Congestion, Construction, Green Line, Metro  
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Rail workers suspended for 10-car train

Two Metro employees were suspended without pay for their role in creating a safety hazard by mistakenly putting a 10-car train into service on the Green Line last week.

By Michael Bolden  | June 17, 2010; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Driver who punched McGruff returns

Shawn Brim, the Metro employee who punched an off-duty police officer dressed as McGruff the Crime Dog, is back on the job as a bus operator, Metro said.

By Michael Bolden  | June 17, 2010; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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295 SB reopens after crash

The accident on 295 has been cleared but delays continue along the BW Parkway.

By Michael Bolden  | June 17, 2010; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Orange Line delays cleared

3:55 p.m. Update: Metro says the delays have been cleared. Original report: Metro says a report of smoke outside Ballston Station is causing Orange Line Delays....

By Michael Bolden  | June 17, 2010; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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'Slug drivers' being ticketed in D.C.

D.C. police have been hitting "slug drivers" with $100 tickets this week in a crackdown that is angering drivers who say the practice helps reduce congestion and saves energy, according to an ABC 7 report.

By Michael Bolden  | June 17, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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By Michael Bolden  | June 17, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Did you 'Dump the Pump' today?

Transportation agencies around the region are observing, Dump the Pump Day, an effort to get Americans to make more use of mass transit.

By Michael Bolden  | June 17, 2010; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Amtrak considers new N.E. tunnel

Amtrak is studying whether there's a need to build a second rail tunnel to handle a growing number of passengers between New Jersey and New York City. Amtrak's master plan for the Northeast Corridor says ridership between Washington and Boston is expected to double by 2030, and the plan says the new tunnel is expected to provide only "some" relief.

By Michael Bolden  | June 17, 2010; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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NORAD plans mid-Atlantic exercise

Exercise flights are planned over Washington, Baltimore, Richmond, and northern West Virginia to test NORAD's response capability to air threats. The flights are scheduled

By Michael Bolden  | June 17, 2010; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Beltway lanes blocked in VA

Here's a roundup of some of the headaches commuters will face this morning: 8:55 A.M. UPDATE: -- The lanes remain closed on I-95 North at Van Dorn Street. This is obviously causing delays, so again, avoid the area if you...

By Mark Berman  | June 17, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MARC Brunswick Line crowding

MARC riders taking the Brunswick Line might want to alter their commuting plans this morning.

By Mark Berman  | June 17, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags:  marc, marc brunswick line  
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Dunn Loring Station reopens

Dunn Loring Station remains closed and trains continue to single track between Vienna and West Falls Church stations due to a man being killed this afternoon by a train.

By Michael Bolden  | June 16, 2010; 5:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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Va. board adopts transportation plan

The Commonwealth Transportation Board is moving forward with a $7.8 billion plan to improve the state's roads and railroads.

By Michael Bolden  | June 16, 2010; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Northern Virginia, Transportation Politics  
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Headaches on the horizon

A roundup of construction and closings that may impede your travels in the next 24 hours.

By Michael Bolden  | June 16, 2010; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting, Congestion, Highways, Maryland, Metro, Northern Virginia  
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Spirit Airlines, union reach a deal

The union for striking pilots at Spirit Airlines says it has reached a tentative agreement with the airline.

By Michael Bolden  | June 16, 2010; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Plane from Dulles skids off runway in Canada

The Canadian Press is reporting that United Express Flight 8050 skidded off the runway at Macdonald-Cartier International Airport in Ottawa

By Michael Bolden  | June 16, 2010; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Traffic signals working at University, Rt. 29

3:31 p.m. Update: The signals are functioning again. Original post: Traffic signals -- and the traffic cameras we use to monitor the roads -- are not working at the intersection of University Boulevard and Route 29. Police are on the...

By Michael Bolden  | June 16, 2010; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Dump the pump' Thursday

Thursday is "Dump the Pump" day--a five-year-old effort by the American Public Transportation Association to show that mass transit can help break our dependence on oil--and a couple area organizations are offering incentives to join in.

By Luke Rosiak  | June 16, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Loudoun approves transportation plan

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted 5 to 4 Tuesday to approve a countywide transportation plan after years of planning.

By Michael Bolden  | June 16, 2010; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Transportation Politics, Virginia  
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New hours for Bethesda Circulator

The Bethesda Circulator, a free transportation service that links parking garages and Metro, will have new hours beginning July 1, according to the Bethesda Urban Partnership.

By Michael Bolden  | June 16, 2010; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Senator seeks fix for Mall traffic

A U.S. senator from Virginia has had it with tour buses clogging roads around the Mall and he is calling on D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to do something about it.

By Michael Bolden  | June 16, 2010; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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By Michael Bolden  | June 16, 2010; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Anacostia escalators and elevators out

A power outage at the Anacostia station has knocked all of the elevators and escalators out of service

By Mark Berman  | June 16, 2010; 6:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags:  anacostia station, metro  
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Beltway lanes blocked in VA

Here's a roundup of the headaches facing commuters this morning

By Mark Berman  | June 16, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting, Congestion, Driving  | Tags:  i-66 east, i-95 north, morning commute  
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MARC Penn Line train crowding

MARC riders can expect some crowded trains today on the Penn Line.

By Mark Berman  | June 16, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fairfax bus fares increase June 27

Fairfax Connector fares will increase beginning June 27. Regular fares will go up from $1.25 to $1.50 for SmarTrip users and from $1.35 to $1.70 for those paying with cash.

By Michael Bolden  | June 15, 2010; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Spirit Airlines cancels Thursday flights

Spirit Airlines says it won't fly on Thursday, as a pilot strike continues. Pilots walked out on Saturday in a dispute over pay. The airline has not flown since then.

By Michael Bolden  | June 15, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Metro union sets vigil for crash victims

The union representing Metro workers will hold a candelight vigil to honor fallen members next Tuesday, June 22, the one-year anniversary of the Red Line crash.

By Michael Bolden  | June 15, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Foggy Bottom, Dupont escalators out

Earlier this morning Metro reported that the entrance escalators at Foggy Bottom Station are out. Now the entrance escalators at Dupont Circle have joined them. Are the escalators just giving up?

By Mark Berman  | June 15, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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By Michael Bolden  | June 15, 2010; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Distracted driving laws get good marks

The effort to reduce accidents caused by distracted driving has gained momentum across the nation, according to a report issued Tuesday, as states enact stronger laws against texting and cellphone use and push to create greater public awareness of the problem.

By Michael Bolden  | June 15, 2010; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Water main breaks in NW and NE

Water main breaks in the District

By Mark Berman  | June 15, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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I-395 South reopened at Maine Ave

A roundup of the morning commute

By Mark Berman  | June 15, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting, Congestion  | Tags:  beltway, i-395 north, morning commute, outer loop  
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Headaches on the horizon

From the 14th Street Bridge to the HOT lanes in Northern Virginia, there is plenty of construction to keep track of in the Washington area. Here are some of the projects that may affect you:

By Michael Bolden  | June 14, 2010; 7:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Commuting, Highways, Metro  
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Metro rail worker reassigned

Metro has reassigned one of five employees involved in an incident in which a 10-car train was mistakenly put into service on June 7 on the Green Line during a morning commute, according to Metro.

By Michael Bolden  | June 14, 2010; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro places track worker on leave

Metro has placed a track worker on paid administrative leave after he was arrested Thursday by Metro Transit Police and charged with being drunk in public and impeding a police officer with force.

By Michael Bolden  | June 14, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Fight outside Gallery Place Station

Metro Transit police are investigating an altercation that erupted at about 1:30 pm Monday on the sidewalk outside Gallery Place Station on the Red Line that sent a female victim to the hospital, according to Metro.

By Michael Bolden  | June 14, 2010; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Spirit Airlines cancels more flights

Spirit Airlines is canceling all flights through Wednesday because of a pilots' strike.

By Michael Bolden  | June 14, 2010; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Music -- and more -- in the Metro

Metro and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities are looking for D.C. -based performers to entertain the public at 10 stations in the District. The program is part of MetroPerforms! and is open to artists of all types -- singers, dancers, musicians, poets, whatever your talent is.

By Michael Bolden  | June 14, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Arlington raises bus fares

The Arlington County Board voted at its meeting Saturday to increase its ART transit bus service fares from $1.25 to $1.50 with a SmarTrip card. The new fares begin July 1.

By Michael Bolden  | June 14, 2010; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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By Michael Bolden  | June 14, 2010; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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I-395 North jammed at 14th St Bridge

A roundup of the morning commute

By Mark Berman  | June 14, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting  | Tags:  14th street bridge, morning commute, new york and florida avenues  
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Accident closes Bay Bridge for hour

The Maryland Transportation Authority says an accident temporarily closed the eastbound span of the Bay Bridge and backed up traffic for miles in each direction. The accident closed the span for more than an hour at midday Sunday. The transportation...

By Washington Post Editors  | June 13, 2010; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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The weekend and beyond

Some major headaches lie ahead this weekend, including the Orange Line being split into two so that crews can work on the Metro extension to Dulles and the closing of Route 123 at the Beltway for demolition of an old bridge.

By Michael Bolden  | June 13, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Md. unveiling new license plate

State officials are unveiling a new license plate that will become standard on all Maryland vehicles.

By Michael Bolden  | June 13, 2010; 4:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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