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Dr. Gridlock: July 18, 2010 - July 24, 2010

Detours, closures for Scout parade

The Boy Scouts of America Grand Centennial Parade is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. and end at approximately 4 p.m. Sunday. It begins at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW, proceeds along Constitution Avenue before ending at 18th and traveling north on Virginia Avenue to disband.

By Michael Bolden  | July 23, 2010; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  District, Metrobus, Northern Virginia  
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The weekend and beyond

If you're sticking around D.C. to hear Anne Waldman read "Howl" at Busboys and Poets, or just trying to escape the stickiness by heading for an Eastern Shore beach, you'll want to know about these potential delays in your path.

By Robert Thomson  | July 23, 2010; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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Some District traffic lights flashing

Twenty-five intersections in Northwest, Southwest and Southeast DC are erroneously flashing as we head into the evening commute, District officials said. The failures are due to a blown transformer that contractors are looking into, and traffic officers are on their way to some of the intersections.

By Luke Rosiak  | July 23, 2010; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Navy Yard entrance reopens

4:30 p.m Update: The entrance has reopened. Original post: The New Jersey Avenue entrance of the Navy Yard subway station is closed, according to Metro. There is a power outage. Riders can access the station using the Half Street entrance....

By Michael Bolden  | July 23, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Amtrak buying 130 new rail cars

Amtrak says it is buying 130 new single-level rail cars, a contract that will create 575 jobs at a New York plant.

By Michael Bolden  | July 23, 2010; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Delays at 50 & 495 in P.G.

2:55 p.m. Update: According to spokesman Mark Brady, at least three cars and a truck carrying raw sewage were involved in the crash. The injuries are not considered life-threatening, he said. A hazardous materials team is on the scene to...

By Michael Bolden  | July 23, 2010; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Congestion, Driving, Highways, Maryland  
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Heat restrictions for MARC, VRE

The extreme heat Friday will cause delays for passengers who ride the Fredricksburg Line on Virginia Railway Express and MARC passengers on the Brunswick Camden lines.

By Michael Bolden  | July 23, 2010; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Commuter Rail, MARC, Virginia Railway Express  
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Elderly man wanders on Metro tracks

An elderly man wanderedtyson.gif onto the tracks between Ballston and Virginia Square stations on the Orange Line at about 10:30 Friday morning, forcing trains to slow down until one of them spotted the man and picked him up, according to Metro.

By Michael Bolden  | July 23, 2010; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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MARC Penn Line delays

A MARC Penn Line train was left late heading northbound.

By Mark Berman  | July 23, 2010; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories, MARC  | Tags:  marc, marc delays, marc penn line  
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K St. NW reopens

10:15 a.m. Update: Police just cleared the scene. K Street is open. 9:55 a.m. Update: Police are still on the scene and K Street is still blocked. 9:05 a.m. Update: Traffic delays on the surrounding streets are minimal. Original post:...

By Michael Bolden  | July 23, 2010; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Miserable weather for Metro

The hotter it gets, the more likely a Metrorail air conditioner is to fail. That's a formula for a stressful Friday, for the air conditioners and the riders.

By Robert Thomson  | July 23, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Md. town issues 1,100 red-light fines

Westminster, Md., police say they have issued 1,125 citations for violations at five red-light cameras since they went into operation March 15. By contrast, the District, which says it has 49 camera locations, issues more than 6,000 violations a month.

By Michael Bolden  | July 23, 2010; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Will the heat warp the roads?

Will the heat buckle and warp area roads?

By Mark Berman  | July 23, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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How were the HOV lanes today?

Did riders change their habits due to the HOV crackdown?

By Mark Berman  | July 23, 2010; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Your morning Metro ride

How were your Metro rides this morning, commuters?

By Mark Berman  | July 23, 2010; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Wisconsin Ave blocked at Tenley Circle

A roundup of the morning traffic headaches.

By Mark Berman  | July 23, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Headaches on the horizon

As this heat wave becomes the longest of the year, according to the Capital Weather Gang, check the work schedule for the coming week on one of the D.C. region's megaprojects: the construction of the Dulles Metrorail extension.

By Robert Thomson  | July 22, 2010; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Delays cleared around Union Station

Police activity has played havoc with streets and train traffic around Union Station as, for more than two hours, a woman has threatened to jump from the roof of the seven-story parking garage onto the tracks. It appears that H Street Northeast near North Capitol Street is not accessible, and MARC trains were briefly held up. "We are standing by assisting the police and... making preparations" should something happen, said Fire/EMS spokesman Pete Piringer.

By Michael Bolden  | July 22, 2010; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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MARC delays continue

4:45 p.m. Update: MARC 891 has been canceled. The MTA advises that passengers should transfer to MARC 875. Metro will honor MARC tickets, too, the MTA said. 4:35 p.m. Update: MARC Train 853 is holding at Camden Station -- delays...

By Michael Bolden  | July 22, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro: We learned from Dupont fiasco

Metro's board today acknowledged recurring problems with its escalators and attempted to quell concerns moving forward by issuing somewhat of a mea culpa and operating plan for dealing with multiple outages.

By Luke Rosiak  | July 22, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Metro  | Tags:  Escalators  
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Child injured at L'Enfant Metro

A 4-year-old girl injured her left hand after falling on an escalator at L'Enfant Plaza Metro station Thursday, according to transit officials.

By Michael Bolden  | July 22, 2010; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Hot enough to melt asphalt...

The Virginia Department of Transportation is asking drivers to be on the alert for problem areas on the road that might need emergency repairs.

By Michael Bolden  | July 22, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Highways, Northern Virginia, Virginia  
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A boost for pilot experience?

U.S. pilots would need at least 1,500 hours of flight experience to get a job in an airline cockpit, six times the current minimum requirement, under a House-Senate agreement disclosed Tuesday by a passenger advocacy group.

By Michael Bolden  | July 22, 2010; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Police nab hundreds in HOV sting

Local and state police in Maryland and Virginia cited hundreds of drivers for violating HOV rules on Wednesday, authorities said.

By Michael Bolden  | July 22, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
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New parking zones in D.C.

Back in January, when the District was raising the prices at meters, drivers said that what they really hated about the higher fees was lugging around all those quarters. Since then, the city has been working on a variety of payment methods: pay-by-space, pay-by-license plate and pay-by-phone.

By Robert Thomson  | July 22, 2010; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Congressional panels OK Metro cash

Two Congressional panels this week passed bills that include $150 million for Metro's capital needs.

By Michael Bolden  | July 22, 2010; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Major VRE delays

Major delays on VRE's Fredericksburg Line.

By Mark Berman  | July 22, 2010; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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MARC Camden Line delays

MARC Camden Line delays

By Mark Berman  | July 22, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Silver Hill Rd blocked at Penn Ave

Here's a roundup of the headaches on the roads today.

By Mark Berman  | July 22, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MARC Martinsburg ticketing change

For MARC riders: The ticket machine at the Martinsburg station is out of service today.

By Mark Berman  | July 22, 2010; 5:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Headaches on the horizon

Maybe an isolated storm for travelers to worry about Wednesday night, but wait till you see the heat the Capital Weather Gang forecasts into this weekend. Meanwhile, I've highlighted some of the road projects that could slow your travels overnight and for the next several days.

By Robert Thomson  | July 21, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories, Metro, Transit, Virginia  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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Inner loop partially open at St. Barnabas

[This post will be updated] 5;40 p.m. Update: Traffic on the inner loop is slow but moving as far east as Pennsylvania Avenue. Allow extra time if you're traveling on the inner loop of the southern portion of the Beltway....

By Michael Bolden  | July 21, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Riders advise on Metro scorecard

Members of the Riders' Advisory Council, the citizens panel that consults with the Metro board, has offered Metro some suggestions that could make the recently introduced Vital Signs report more useful.

By Robert Thomson  | July 21, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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U.S. transit agencies need billions

Metro has identified $11 billion in capital upgrades the bus and rail system needs over the next year. But it is not alone as it looks for ways to replace deteriorating infrastructure and equipment.

By Michael Bolden  | July 21, 2010; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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U-Va., INOVA to study older drivers

A partnership between the University of Virginia and INOVA Fairfax Hospital has received a $2.5 million federal grant to set up a center that will study older drivers and passengers.

By Michael Bolden  | July 21, 2010; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Share your HOV experiences

Police have been stepping up high-occupancy vehicle enforcement today in their second "Capitol Region HOV Awareness Day." "Our first HOV Awareness Day in the Capitol region was well received by many Northern Virginians and Marylanders who are fed up with the blatant abuse of HOV lanes," said Capt. Tracy Russillo, of the Virginia State Police Fairfax Division. Have you seen--or been caught in--the enforcement? Are you fed up with those who do cheat? Share your experiences in the comments below.

By Michael Bolden  | July 21, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Local flyer recounts turbulence

A DC resident described "bloody heads and noses" on the United Airlines jetliner that hit severe turbulence while flying over Kansas, injuring 30, one critically. Deborah Atwood, of northwest DC, was on the plane travelling first class for business in LA. She snapped the below picture with her cell phone from the window by her seat. She sent her husband, Robert Hyman, an e-mail account of the ordeal:

By Luke Rosiak  | July 21, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Expect escalator problems to endure

David Lacosse, the director of Metro's Office of Elevators and Escalators, discussed the worsening problems of the people-movers with Post reporter Ann Scott Tyson. Interim General Manager Richard Sarles and Metro board Chairman Peter Benjamin also reviewed the history and future of the escalator system on WTOP's Ask Metro show. Summary: You're going to be walking for a long time.

By Robert Thomson  | July 21, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Stabbing on Shaw station platform

A man was transported to an area hospital by ambulance after a fight near 7th Street left him bleeding on the mezzanine of the Shaw-Howard University Metro station on the Green Line. The station is still open. "There was a fight on the street, and a guy ran inside and told the station manager he was stabbed. Station manager called the ambulance," said Metro spokesperson Taryn McNeil. She did not know how serious his injuries were.

By Luke Rosiak  | July 21, 2010; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Silver Line could be delayed

A tussle between the airports authority and Metro over funding of new railcars, this winter's heavy snowstorms and new internal estimates could mean delays on the Silver Line--even before it opens, reports the Post's Derek Kravitz.

By Luke Rosiak  | July 21, 2010; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Camden Line delays

MARC's Camden Line is delayed.

By Mark Berman  | July 21, 2010; 6:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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I-66 East jammed at Beltway

Here's a roundup of the traffic headaches this morning

By Mark Berman  | July 21, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Headaches on the horizon

There's a slight risk of a storm Tuesday night, but mostly, travelers will encounter warm and muggy conditions in the D.C. area, the Capital Weather Gang says. Drivers may also encounter some delays thanks to these road projects.

By Robert Thomson  | July 20, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Crews repairing Silver Hill water main

7:35 p.m. Update: Two of three southbound lanes on Silver Hill have reopened, according to the state of Maryland. The northbound lanes remain closed as WSSC crews repair a water main break. 6:50 p.m. Update: Delays continue along Silver Hill....

By Michael Bolden  | July 20, 2010; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va., Amtrak launch new train service

Virginia rail officials along with Amtrak launched the second state-funded intercity passenger train Tuesday in an effort to expand mass-transit options throughout the commonwealth.

By Michael Bolden  | July 20, 2010; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Want to help tattoo a street?

A new piece of art is coming to an unlikely venue: The pavement of a major avenue a few blocks from the White House. And you're invited this weekend to be part of the team that will turn the blacktop muti-colored and leave a longstanding mark on prime real estate of the city.

By Luke Rosiak  | July 20, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metrorail cars return to service

The transit authority says it has fixed the door problems on all 100 of its 4000 Series rail cars and returned them to service.

By Robert Thomson  | July 20, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Good progress on bridge fix

Drivers who use the BW Parkway/Kenilworth Avenue/Anacostia Freeway corridor have endured years of road and bridge construction along their route. But the latest project underway in the District, the bridge reconstruction above Kenilworth Avenue, is advancing rapidly thanks to an innovative construction plan.

By Robert Thomson  | July 20, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fireboat rescue on 14th St. Bridge

Authorities say traffic is back to flowing freely on the 14th Street Bridge after two dozen rescuers helped save an injured construction worker there by using equipment to lower him down to the water below.

By Luke Rosiak  | July 20, 2010; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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District adding mobile speed cams

D.C. police are adding new mobile speed cameras in Southeast and Northeast Washington, according to a recent police statement.

By Michael Bolden  | July 20, 2010; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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DC bikesharing locations unveiled

City-funded Capital Bikeshare today announced 100 anticipated locations where members will be able to pick up and drop off bicycles. Convenience and strategically-placed points will be crucial to the system, which could fill in gaps where bus, Metro and other forms of transportation are lacking or overcrowded, as well as being concentrated along thoroughfares the District has worked to make bike-friendly.

By Luke Rosiak  | July 20, 2010; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. crackdown nets 6K tickets, arrests

A weekend enforcement effort by the Virginia State Police on Interstates 81 and 95 resulted in more than 6,000 summonses and arrests.

By Michael Bolden  | July 20, 2010; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Red-light fines get real in Arlington

The grace period is over. Motorists caught cheating by Arlington's new red-light cameras will start getting tickets beginning Wednesday at 12 a.m., officials say.

By Michael Bolden  | July 20, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Conn Ave reopened at Calvert St

Here's a look at what's going on out there on the roads:

By Mark Berman  | July 20, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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MARC crowding and delays

There are already issues afoot with MARC this morning that include delays, potential crowding and bathroom issues.

By Mark Berman  | July 20, 2010; 5:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Red Line delays

Metro says the Red Line delays should be clearing, but reports from the field indicate that people are having a difficult commute this morning.

By Mark Berman  | July 20, 2010; 5:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Traffic Alert: NB Connecticut Ave. closed

Northbound Connecticut Avenue NW is closed between Calvert Street NW and Kalorama Road NW due to police activity near the Taft Bridge.

By Mike McPhate  | July 20, 2010; 5:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting, District, Driving  
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Headaches on the horizon

Work is underway to relocate a sewer line along this important connector road in Tysons Corner, and it's closing off two lanes on the east side on Jones Branch Drive from just after the Westpark Drive intersection to the southern entrance to the Gannett building. Traffic is shifting to the west side, with one lane open in each direction. The traffic shift allows construction workers on HOT lanes project to replace an 850-foot section of sewer pipe containing asbestos.

By Robert Thomson  | July 19, 2010; 7:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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Car on empty Orange Line train derails

The rear car of a four-car Metro train derailed in the New Carrollton yard this evening, said Metro spokesman Reggie Woodruff. The train was coming out of a maintenance shop and had no one aboard except for the operator, he said. No one was injured in the incident and there was no immediate damage assessment for the rail car, he said.

By Luke Rosiak  | July 19, 2010; 6:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Metro, NTSB, Orange Line  | Tags:  New Carrollton  
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Delays, problems on MARC

5:15 p.m. Update: Camden 848 is on the move but operating 25 to 30 minutes late. Bad news for Brunswick Line commuters. Marc Train 881, which is scheduled to leave Union Station at 6 p.m. will be operating one car...

By Michael Bolden  | July 19, 2010; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Commuter Rail, MARC, Maryland  
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Track your SmarTrip--and habits--online

Metro today announced an enhanced Web site on which customers can check the balance of their SmarTrip card, monitor any SmartBenefits activity through their employers, and review their usage over time, including on their iPhones and Blackberrys. Users can also report cards online as stolen, lost, cracked or malfunctioning, though they can't add to their balance from a credit card. The immediate reaction from normally-skeptical Metro riders seemed positive for the long-anticipated move.

By Luke Rosiak  | July 19, 2010; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Metro  | Tags:  Online tools, SmarTrip  
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Police ticketing pedestrians?

According to a tweet from the District Department of Transportation, D.C. police are out writing tickets for pedestrians today. The citations are being handed out at the intersection of 14th and U streets NW. The tweet says many pedestrians there...

By Michael Bolden  | July 19, 2010; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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VRE expands express train

The Virginia Railway Express will add another car Tuesday to its new morning express train to accommodate the influx in riders, VRE officials said.

By Michael Bolden  | July 19, 2010; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuter Rail, Virginia, Virginia Railway Express  
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Dreamliner lands in England

Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner touched down in Britain on Sunday on its first trip outside the United States, thrilling hordes of eager planespotters who came out to see the breakthrough carbon-composite plane.

By Michael Bolden  | July 19, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Airlines  
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Escalator fix moved back again

The date for restoring the escalators between the platform and the mezzanine at Bethesda Metro station has been moved back again. Now, according to Metro's list of out of service elevators and escalators, the fixes should be completed by Friday.

By Robert Thomson  | July 19, 2010; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Metro  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail  
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It may not be 'seat-hogging' ...

Anger at 'seat hogs' grows | Redesign Metro for crowds? Maryland Transit Administration anti-seat hog campaign Ann Scott Tyson's article about "seat hogs' riding the Metro has touched off a furious round of debate about people who sit in aisle...

By Michael Bolden  | July 19, 2010; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Redesign Metro for crowds?

In May, when we reported that the Metro board had decided to make a deal with Kawasaki for the next generation of rail cars, one commenter wrote: "For the love of god, I hope they will have bench seating for the new trains. That way a lot more of us can cram into them than the current 2-person seat space hoggers." In Monday's Post, Ann Scott Tyson writes about the seat-hogging phenomenon. But would riders prefer to modify their fellow riders' behavior, or modify the design of the cars?

By Robert Thomson  | July 19, 2010; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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NTSB releases Metro crash pictures

As part of its public docket on the June 2009 Red Line crash, the National Transportation Safety Board released images last week from another Metro accident. The photographs show the damage caused to trains at a Northern Virginia rail yard on Nov. 29 when one six-car train crashed into another that was parked. The crash at the West Falls Church yard injured the train operator and two rail car cleaners who were aboard the parked train.

By Michael Bolden  | July 19, 2010; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Intermittent closures on Bay Bridge

Maryland transportation officials warn motorists to expect single-lane closures on both the eastbound and westbound portions of the Chesepeake Bay Bridge from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday while maintenance work and routine annual inspections occur....

By Michael Bolden  | July 19, 2010; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting, Getaways, Maryland  
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Bill seeks to cut highway runoff

Sen. Ben Cardin says he has introduced a bill to cut pollution from highway stormwater runoff.

By Michael Bolden  | July 19, 2010; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Transportation Politics  
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Va. sets high-speed rail hearings

Virginia is set to hold hearings on plans for high-speed rail between Richmond and Raleigh, N.C.

By Michael Bolden  | July 19, 2010; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Transportation Politics, Virginia  
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ART buses delayed by construction

ART buses will be delayed by construction.

By Mark Berman  | July 19, 2010; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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VRE signal problem causes delays

VRE riders on the Fredericksburg Line are facing some headaches this morning as well.

By Mark Berman  | July 19, 2010; 6:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express  | Tags:  vre, vre delays  
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The week ahead for traffic, transit

Travelers in the D.C. area will endure daytime temperatures in the 90s throughout the week with chances of afternoon storms, the Capital Weather Gang says. Commuter traffic is a bit thinner along many routes as we get deeper into summer, and the Metro parking garages are a bit less crowded. (The trains still seem packed, don't they? So do the escalators.) Here are some of the potential delays on the roads.

By Robert Thomson  | July 19, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The week ahead  
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MARC crowding and delays

There are some delays and issues already facing MARC riders this morning. Brunswick Line Train 894 is operating 95 minutes late, but Metro will honor MARC tickets.

By Mark Berman  | July 19, 2010; 5:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories, MARC  | Tags:  marc, marc brunswick line, marc camden line  
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I-395 North slow at 14th St Bridge

updates on the morning rush hour

By Mark Berman  | July 19, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting, Congestion  | Tags:  morning commute  
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Tricky merge at 14th St. Bridge

A new traffic pattern is taking shape Sunday on the northbound span of the 14th Street Bridge. This affects drivers northbound on I-395 and those coming up from the southbound George Washington Parkway onto the northbound bridge span.

By Robert Thomson  | July 18, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags:  14th Street Bridge, Dr. Gridlock  
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