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.
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.
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.
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....
Amtrak says it is buying 130 new single-level rail cars, a contract that will create 575 jobs at a New York plant.
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...
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.
An elderly man wandered 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.
A MARC Penn Line train was left late heading northbound.
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:...
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.
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.
Will the heat buckle and warp area roads?
Did riders change their habits due to the HOV crackdown?
How were your Metro rides this morning, commuters?
A roundup of the morning traffic headaches.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is asking drivers to be on the alert for problem areas on the road that might need emergency repairs.
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.
Local and state police in Maryland and Virginia cited hundreds of drivers for violating HOV rules on Wednesday, authorities said.
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.
Two Congressional panels this week passed bills that include $150 million for Metro's capital needs.
Major delays on VRE's Fredericksburg Line.
MARC Camden Line delays
Here's a roundup of the headaches on the roads today.
For MARC riders: The ticket machine at the Martinsburg station is out of service today.
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.
[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....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
MARC's Camden Line is delayed.
Here's a roundup of the traffic headaches this morning
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.
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....
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.
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.
The transit authority says it has fixed the door problems on all 100 of its 4000 Series rail cars and returned them to service.
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.
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.
D.C. police are adding new mobile speed cameras in Southeast and Northeast Washington, according to a recent police statement.
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.
A weekend enforcement effort by the Virginia State Police on Interstates 81 and 95 resulted in more than 6,000 summonses and arrests.
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.
Here's a look at what's going on out there on the roads:
There are already issues afoot with MARC this morning that include delays, potential crowding and bathroom issues.
Metro says the Red Line delays should be clearing, but reports from the field indicate that people are having a difficult commute this morning.
Northbound Connecticut Avenue NW is closed between Calvert Street NW and Kalorama Road NW due to police activity near the Taft Bridge.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
The Virginia Railway Express will add another car Tuesday to its new morning express train to accommodate the influx in riders, VRE officials said.
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.
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.
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...
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?
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.
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....
Sen. Ben Cardin says he has introduced a bill to cut pollution from highway stormwater runoff.
Virginia is set to hold hearings on plans for high-speed rail between Richmond and Raleigh, N.C.
ART buses will be delayed by construction.
VRE riders on the Fredericksburg Line are facing some headaches this morning as well.
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.
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.
updates on the morning rush hour
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.