The manufacturer of new rail cars for Metro is delaying the project so that it can work with the Federal Transit Administration to show it meets Buy America standards, a Metro official said Friday.
Here's a guide to help you travel to and from the July 4 events on and around the Mall. Check the Capital Weather Gang for the latest, but the forecast for Sunday is sunny and hot.
Here are some suggestions to guide your travels during what the Capital Weather Gang says will be a warm and sunny July 4 weekend.
We already know Washington is going to be crowded on Independence Day, with concerts, fireworks and a National game drawing people downtown. But just how crowded will Metro be?
3:35 p.m. Update: Metro says the delays are resolved. 3:30 p.m. Update: Metro says the problem is resolved, but the delays are continuing. What are you seeing on the Orange Line? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Original post: Metro says a...
On Sunday, July 4, at 7 p.m., the traffic patterns will change again - with one lane westbound and two lanes eastbound to accommodate visitors leaving the city after the fireworks. This traffic pattern will remain in place until rush hour Monday morning. DDOT has also instructed contractors to suspend lane closures on road construction projects though noon Tuesday,
Virginia Railway Express plans to run its eight-car trains earlier in the day to deal with crowds of passengers heading home early.
For advocates of the blind, it's akin to reaching the unreachable goal of landing a man on the moon: developing a vehicle that a blind person could drive. The National Federation of the Blind and Virginia Tech plan to demonstrate a prototype vehicle next year equipped with technology that helps a blind person drive a car independently.
The Maryland Transportation Authority estimates nearly 470,000 vehicles will travel the Chesapeake Bay Bridge from Thursday through Monday, 2 percent more than last year. State officials say here are the best times to travel: -- Friday before noon and after 10 p.m. -- Saturday before 7 a.m. and between 5 and 10 p.m. -- Sunday between 7 and 11 a.m. and after 10 p.m. -- Monday before 11 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
All of the entrance escalators are out of service at the Foggy Bottom station
Maryland transit officials have made several changes for Friday in anticipation of an increase in commuter rail traffic around midday as people get out of Washington for the holiday:
A roundup of the morning rush hour issues.
VRE train 322 ran late
Crews install 70 mph speed limit signs on Interstate 295 near Richmond. (Trevor Wrayton, VDOT) A 27-mile stretch of Interstate 295 near Richmond will be the first section of Virginia interstate where motorists will be able to legally travel...
(Mark Abramson/The Post) A water main break that occurred late this morning near the Capitol Heights Metro station is causing delays on Southern Avenue during the evening commute. According to the District Department of Transportation, D.C. Water is on...
A Metro worker who was arrested for assault at Pentagon City Metro station June 10 was fired Wednesday, according to a transit authority spokesman. Robert Moss, an employee with Metro's Track and Structures/Systems Maintenance Department, "appeared to be intoxicated and attempted to assault two police officers," spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said in an e-mail. "He was subsequently arrested. This employee was terminated, effective June 30."
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, center, swears in John Pistole as Transportation Security Administration administrator on Thursday in New York. (Bebeto Matthews/Associated Press) Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has unveiled a national "see something, say something" campaign in New...
| July 1, 2010; 1:00 PM ET |
Categories: Amtrak, Green Line, MARC, Metro, Metrobus, Orange Line, Red Line, Virginia Railway Express, Yellow Line
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We want to hear the funniest, most ridiculous things you've seen on the Metro. Ever catch yourself laughing at something that happened right in front of you inside a train? Or see something so strange that you can't wait to...
Chat with Townsend at Noon | Dr. Gridlock: July 4 travel trips John Townsend, manager of public and government affairs at AAA Mid-Atlantic, will be online Thursday at 12:30 p.m. to talk about Fourth of July holiday travel. Townsend said...
Among the bazillion ideas submitted for public discussion during the Metro budget hearings was a proposal to charge for parking on weekends at the Metro lots and garages. On the editorial page of Thursday's Post a writer questions why the transit authority decided not to do that.
Navigating New York Avenue | Map of N.Y. Avenue projects New York Avenue inbound was fine this morning, until I neared Brentwood Parkway and traffic slowed almost to a halt. I took the opportunity to snap a couple of quick...
VRE train 300 is running late this morning
Here's a look at the traffic issues facing commuters this morning
One person was killed and at least three injured in an early morning crash in College Park, according to the Prince George's County Police.
Metro announced last night that its board of directors will meet Thursday morning to discuss Virginia's contribution to its Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act funding. Under the plan, the federal government has agreed to provide the agency with $1.5 billion over 10 years for capital and safety needs. However, the District, Virginia and Maryland are each required to provide $50 million per year in matching funds.
If you're planning a long weekend at the Eastern Shore or the Outer Banks or the Blue Ride, the drive won't be a picnic. You should expect extra heavy traffic from around noon on Friday till late evening. Local highways will be very crowded again on Monday afternoon and evening as travelers return.
Metro riders got an unexpected break on higher fares for about 12 hours from Monday night until Tuesday morning, after a death on the Red Line set in motion a chain of events that caused fare gates at all stations to revert to early 2010 prices.
Okay, this is in Atlanta, but it's so odd, we had to share: US Airways says maggots falling from an overhead bin from a container of spoiled meat forced a plane to return to the gate in Atlanta. US Airways spokesman Todd Lehmacher says a passenger brought the container onto the plane and passengers noticed the maggots on Monday on the flight bound for North Carolina.
Planning your getaway | SoberRide has funds for Fourth Virginia State Police will increase traffic enforcement efforts for the Independence Day holiday weekend. Stepped-up patrols aimed at catching speeders, impaired drivers and failure to use occupant restraints will begin Friday...
A Blue Line train took a wrong turn on Tuesday after a controller manually sent it to New Carrollton instead of Largo, causing confusion and some panic among passengers, according to Metro and a witness. Janine Jackson was on car 2042 headed for Benning Road at about 4:50 pm when suddenly the train stopped abruptly, causing "panic with riders," she wrote in an email. "I thought we had hit something, and that's why we braked so quickly," she wrote.
Photos from the scene 3:31 p.m. Update: Rick Rojas reports from the scene that the suspicious package was a suitcase full of tools, such as screwdrivers that was found on the sidewalk at 14th and Irving. It looked like "old-school...
Fairfax County will begin work next week on a new Park & Ride lot on Old Keane Mill Road by Springfield Boulevard starting with the demolition of the former Circuit City building.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, a nonprofit representing highway and transportation departments from all 50 states, the District and Puerto Rico, released a new public service announcement in the battle against texting and distracted driving....
2:18 p.m. Update: Authorities report the item was in a suitcase and a portion of the street will remain closed for about another 30 minutes. 2:15 p.m. Update: The FBI tells Rojas that the suspicious package contained what looked...
Military members on active duty who buy Amtrak tickets around the Fourth of July holiday qualify for an extra 10 percent discount on the train service. The catch is that the discount doesn't apply to travel this holiday weekend. It...
MARC passengers have two opportunities today to meet with Maryland transportation officials.
A person fell from the Metro platform onto the tracks at Anacostia station this morning, Metro said. Officials received a report at 9:45 that a male had accidentally fallen onto the trackbed and sustained non-life threatening injuries. The person was conscious and responsive. Medics are on the scene, said Metro spokesman Reggie Woodruff. No delays were reported. DC EMS official Pete Piringer said the victim is now on the platform.
Construction workers are preparing for a new phase of construction on the George Washington Parkway's Humpback Bridge. The old northbound lanes of the bridge are going to be demolished, then rebuilt. Northbound traffic will be shifted temporarily to the center of the bridge.
| June 30, 2010; 9:55 AM ET |
Categories: Advisories, Construction, Driving, Northern Virginia | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, GW Parkway, Humpback Bridge
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There are Red Line delays heading towards Shady Grove due to a train malfunction at Judiciary Square.
MARC riders on Penn Line train 513 might experience some crowding this morning
A roundup of the morning rush hour.
A multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 395 North near the Seminary Road exit resulted in a car fire, according to The Post's Steven King....
In case you're planning an early getaway for the July 4 holiday, here's some information about potential delays on the highway. Most highway work in the D.C. region will be suspended by noon on Friday and won't resume till Tuesday, but until Friday, there's plenty going on.
The District Department of Transportation wants to make sure you're clear on the new rules for parking at night in metered spaces. What changed on Friday was this: In many areas, motorists no longer face a time limit after 6:30 p.m. What didn't change is this: They still must pay to park.
Monday MARC delays anger passengers Maryland official on troubled MARC train Amtrak released the following statement this afternoon to MARC riders about train delays on Monday night: . On June 28, the Amtrak-operated MARC Train 538 failed to stop at...
A MetroAccess driver pictured napping in his car in a YouTube video was on a lunch break, but he will be disciplined anyway for sleeping in his vehicle and leaving it idling.
Car sharing service Zipcar Inc., is expanding in Baltimore. The service is already available at college campuses around the Baltimore are, including Johns Hopkins University, Goucher College and Towson University. The company will announce plans Tuesday to expand with 22 new Zipcars parked across the city.
Maryland Transportation Secretary Beverley K. Swaim-Staley released the following statement about Monday night's MARC troubles.
The D.C. city council today approved emergency legislation that will allow construction of the streetcar line along Benning Road and H Street Northeast to move forward with overhead power lines on that corridor and create a "public process" for determining whether overhead wires are acceptable on other parts of the planned system.
Legislators and other elected officials from around the commonwealth will be riding Metro, Virginia Railway Express and Northern Virginia buses Wednesday and Thursday to get a firsthand look at the transportation issues that plague the region.
Trouble continued to dog the MARC commuter system Monday as trains were delayed for problems ranging from brake failure to malfunctioning traffic signals to downed trees.
An exhibit called House of Cars at the National Building Museum traces a continuing evolution in our thinking about how to provide space for vehicles. More optimistic viewers will see the evolution this way: In the mid-20th century, parking garage design reflected out determination to adapt cities to accommodate cars. Today, we're trying to adapt the car to fit into our urban spaces.
The District Department of Transportation says the northbound lane of 14th Street NW will be closed from Park Road to Monroe Street until about 11 a.m. today for paving. Park Road and Monroe Street will remain open to traffic traveling across 14th Street.
The number of people who say they plan to head away from the Washington region in the coming holiday weekend is 18.4 percent higher than last year but still below pre-recession levels.
There are delays on the Green and Yellow lines in both directions.
The Metro Transit Police department and other law enforcement agencies staged anti-terrorism drills on the Red Line and at Greenbelt Station Tuesday morning. Some other cities, such as New York, also held anti-terrorism exercises.
Two passengers were temporarily stuck in the Cheverly Station early Tuesday morning.
A roundup of the morning's traffic headaches.
10:45 a.m. Update: Reader Max Vinograd took this picture at Medical Center Station Monday night around 6:30. He wrote us that the station was packed, and that after a 15- to 20-minute wait, "a Metro employee announced that the Red...
Families of victims killed in the Red Line crash and in some other fatal accidents on the Metro system since July 1, 2008 are eligible for a $50,000 benefit payable under the transit authority's accidental death and dismemberment coverage, Metro said in a statement Monday.
The taxis that provide free rides home to the inebriated are back on the road for July 4 after a last-minute rush of donors came up with $31,000 to keep the program afloat.
Update 4:47p.m.: The station has re-opened, according to Metro.
A Metro bus driver who was charged with assault after allegedly getting into a fight with a customer over bus fare has been suspended without pay for five days, according to Metro spokesman Reggie Woodruff.
Severe weather moving into the area is causing problems across the region for air traffic. The Federal Aviation Administration is reporting delays at all of the Washington area airports. There are currently departure delays at Dulles of more than 60...
MetroAccess service to be scaled back 2:20 p.m. Update: Metro has asked MV Transportation, the contractor that oversees the 1,500 drivers in the MetroAccess system, to investigate whether the driver was on a break or was engaged in improper...
The new DMV customer service center at Gunston Plaza won't open as scheduled Monday, according to state officials. Because of constructions delays, the center, which replaces the Springfield Mall location, will open on Tuesday, July 6. (The location at Springfield...
The severe heat should break after today, says the Capital Weather Gang, but first there's a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Here's a look at a few of the road and rail issues you may confront during the work week and the holiday weekend.
Share your experiences riding the rails and roads in our discussion group, Taken for a Ride. Life on the Red Line | Life on the Orange Line | Life on the Green Line | Life on the Yellow Line |...
It's no secret that Metro owns prime property around the area's Metro stations. The agency is seeing opportunity in many places as it pursues deals that would put transit-oriented developments on acres of valuable land at locations such as Rhode...
A roundup of morning commuting headaches
Breakdowns are causing delays on the Penn and Brunswick lines.
The District Department of Transportation released this information Sunday: DDOT will begin milling and repaving sections of Georgia Avenue NW beginning Monday if the weather allows. The work on Georgia Avenue, between Missouri Avenue and Quackenbos Street NW will affect...
A software glitch on the first day of Metro's new, higher fares, allowed riders using paper fare cards at 34 stations to enter for the old fare on Sunday.
The Virginia Department of Transportation will close multiple lanes in both directions of I-495 Sunday night as part of the I-495 HOT lanes project. Lane closures begin at 9:30 p.m. with temporary interstate closures occurring after midnight, according to a...