The 2010 Caribbean Carnival promises a good time for festival goers, but drivers and Metro bus riders will encounter some headaches. Here's what to watch out for:
The District Department of Transportation plans to inspect the Francis Scott Key Bridge Sunday between 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. The inspection will require single lane closures on the outbound side of the bridge during that time frame. DDOT officials...
Just in time for the summer campaign season, the District has lifted new parking meter rules that required motorists to feed meters while trying to enjoying a night out on the town.
Work on the Silver Line rail extension through Tysons Corner will increase dramatically this summer, according to officials with the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project. The work will be especially noticeable in the media of Route 267 and near the location of the four stations going in along Routes 7 and 123.
Increased fares on Montgomery County's Ride On bus service will go into effect June 27. The fare will be $1.50 with a SmarTrip card, or $1.70 in cash--up from $1.35 and $1.45, respectively. Express Ride On along Route 70 will go up to $3.65.
Travel in the D.C. area is going to stay hot this weekend, according to the Capital Weather Gang. The forecast for the start of the work week is about the same. I've got some advice about some potential road and rail delays this weekend, when you may be attending the National Barbecue Battle or the D.C. Caribbean Carnival, plus a preview of some of the July 4 weekend action.
A roundup of the morning commuting headaches
Metro Interim General Manager Richard Sarles on Thursday warned Virginia that if it does not act within 24 hours to renew its pledge to provide $500 million to match federal funding for Metro over the next 10 years, that it will jeopardize the contract to purchase new Metro rail cars.
The Metro board has voted to approve the budget for fiscal year 2011, which begins July 1. That budget includes an expansive package of fare increases designed to help the agency cover a $189 million budget gap. The fare increases will hit riders on all lines and services, including rail, bus and MetroAccess, the service for elderly and disabled riders.
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The Virginia Department of Transportation broke ground Thursday on a new interchange designed to ease a chronic bottleneck at Route 29 near Interstate 66.
Metro just tweeted that there is a mechanical problem affecting the cooling system at Dupont Circle Station. The problem should be resolved Friday morning, but that means waiting in the station won't be any fun in the heat that's gripping Washington.
Virginia Railway Express passengers can expect some delays tonight as the extreme heat will force trains to slow down during the evening commute.
Drivers should expect delays on the Capital Beltway at the Telegraph Road interchange Thursday night as ramp and multiple lane closures take place in both directions.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says people were so focused on fixing the MARC train that broke down earlier this week, they lost sight of the passengers stranded for hours in the heat.
Michael Bolden/Post I was waiting to turn on to Route 50 in Prince George's County this week, when this minor traffic jam on route 704 caught my eye. The geese weren't in a hurry and drivers were becoming a...
It's supposed to be a scorcher today, according to the Capital Weather Gang, and that means if you're traveling on Metro or commuter rail, you may encounter stifling conditions if the air conditioning isn't up to par. Here are some...
A panel of Metro's board of directors is expected on Thursday to approve licenses that would allow retailers to place DVD rental machines and trolley tour ticket booths at 13 Metro stations.
Drivers traveling through Delaware on Interstate 95 will soon be greeted by a new welcome center.
MARC Brunswick Line delays
A roundup of commuting headaches
Blue and Yellow Line delays
Seventy of the 900 passengers who were stranded on a MARC train that broke down Monday evening without air conditioning have signed a petition because they were "concerned and disgruntled" with how the incident was handled, said Calvin Spears, a passenger who collected the signatures.
Katherine Shaver reports on the Post Now blog that Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) will ride a MARC train from the Baltimore area to New Carrollton on Thursday morning to talk with passengers about improving the commuter rail line after a breakdown Monday evening that stranded 900 people in a train without air conditioning in the sweltering late afternoon heat, a spokesman said Wednesday.
The Alexandria City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to endorse a transportation panel's position that Virginia provide Metro with $50 million, the state's share of a match required for the federal government to provide $150 million for capital spending on rail cars and safety improvements.
Families and friends of several victims of the June 22, 2009 Red Line crash released white doves at an evening vigil near the New Hampshire Ave bridge overlooking the accident on Tuesday.
A new advisory committee announced by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will assist the Federal Transit Administration in developing national safety standards for rail.
Delays on the Orange Line
Here's a look at headaches facing commuters this morning
Southbound I-270 is closed after a tractor-trailer brought down power lines.
Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to pitch at Nationals Park in a 4:35 p.m. start Wednesday. On an afternoon when the Capital Weather Gang says the temperature will be in the upper 90s, you'd think the bloom might be off that particular rose, but no, it's still likely to be a crowded game, just as rush hour is getting underway.
The overhead wires that power locomotive engines navigating the Union Station railyards failed this afternoon, and all early-evening MARC trains passing through will experience delays, according to the commuter rail agency.
After reading Ashley Halsey III's story on a recent study of senior drivers, several readers wrote in to talk about why they believe seniors are having fewer accidents. Here are their comments
Temperatures will stay in the 90s through Sunday, the Capital Weather Gang says. AAA Mid-Atlantic reported a spike in roadside assistance calls. MARC issued an apology to the passengers stranded in the hot cars of Train 538 Monday evening. Metro riders are complaining about the heat aboard the trains and in stations. Here are some survival tips.
A representative of eight of the families of the nine people killed in the June 22 Red Line crash said in a statement that the day of remembrance was marred by recent actions Metro has taken in court in response to litigation pending over the accident. The families are suing for wrongful death and negligence. The family of train operator Jeanice McMillan was not a party to the statement.
Insurance Institute study: Older people are driving more, crashing less and their fatal accident rate has dropped by 37 percent. The biggest drop of all came among drivers over the age of 80. (Ashley Halsey III)
Probe launched into stalled train Were you on the crippled MARC train whose passengers were confined for two hours last evening in powerless cars, leading equally-powerless riders to bust open windows in the packed, double-decker boxes or even consider disembarking...
About 300 people gathered near Fort Totten Metro station on Tuesday morning and observed a moment of silence for the nine people killed and dozens injured in the tragic Red Line crash that happened one year ago.
National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman, who was front and center in the days after the Red Line crash providing information about the federal investigation, delivered remarks about the accident crash during the opening of an NTSB meeting Tuesday morning on a motor coach accident in Arizona. Here is the text of her remarks. The NTSB is scheduled to release a formal finding into the Red Line crash on July 27.
Crews recently demolished the old Beltway bridge over Route 123 in Tysons Corner, requiring the complete closure of Route 123. The outer loop bridge was torn down the weekend of June 11 as part of the I-495 HOT Lanes project. According to Mike Salmon, a spokesman for Virginia Megaprojects, crews finished early and reopened Route 123 10 hours ahead of schedule.
Here's a roundup of headaches facing commuters this morning
MARC train 538 on the Penn Line has been stopped south of New Carrollton for more than an hour, leaving passengers restless and wondering what's going on. MARC says a mechanical problem will delay the train by a total of 75 to 90 minutes; a rescue locomotive was dispatched to the scene around 6:30.
Delays are likely on I-95 south just past Lorton between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday nights while crews replace two overhead sign structures. The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to close the HOV lanes at 9 p.m. and two regular southbound lanes at 10:30 p.m. each night. A single southbound lane will remain open.
The long-awaited opening of the Pennsylvania Avenue bike likes is planned for Tuesday afternoon.
District officials report that drivers should expect significant backups on New Hampshire Avenue NE near the D.C./Maryland line this afternoon. Only one outbound lane in the vicinity of the 6100 block will be open.
I noticed during my online chat today that riders are starting to focus on fare increases, now less than a week away. We heard about so many potential changes during the winter and spring that it's still tough to sort through what we'll wind up paying for various rides.
More than $13,000 has been received to help provide no-cost cab rides home for those too intoxicated to get behind the wheel over the July 4 holiday, but the group that has sponsored the program for 17 years remains $18,000 short of the money it needs.
New York City subway cars have gotten dirtier, and budget cuts are to blame, a watchdog group said. Metro has its own money problems. Do you think it's getting dirtier? Cleaner? or is there no change.
It's a scenario that triggers uncomfortable associations this summer: Diesel fuel is spilling into a creek in a pristine, scenic area near the Potomac, after a truck carrying asphalt plummeted through a guardrail near where Massachusetts Avenue terminates in Glen Echo.
The Maryland Transit Administration reports that CSX has issued heat orders for Monday afternoon from 1 to 7 p.m. This will affect trains on the Brunswick and Camden lines, which will operate 20 miles per hour under their normal maximum speed. Officials said trains won't travel at less than 40 mph, but delays can range from 10 to 15 minutes.
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Summer starts today. Travelers in the D.C. area will definitely notice the heat. The Capital Weather Gang says we may be in for temperatures above 90 each day this week. Travelers may start to notice a decline in traffic as vacation season really gets underway. Here's a look at some of the issues commuters will confront this week.