Amtrak says several major services along the east coast will resume normally on Saturday. The railroad south of Quantico, Va. reopened Friday afternoon after a CSX coal train derailed there a day earlier, blocking all tracks. Virginia Railway Express reports that five train cars fell and ripped up the tracks. Canceled trains on Thursday and Friday have affected thousands of riders.
A contractor working on New Hampshire Avenue as part of the Intercounty Connector project struck a gas line at about noon today, causing the emergency closure of a stretch of the road from Randolph Road in Wheaton north to Bonifant/Good Hope roads. Closures are expected to last through tonight's rush hour.
Whether they're heading for Fan Appreciation Day at Redskins Park or the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Rock Creek Park or taking a more ambitious trip to the Eastern Shore, travelers should find the weekend sunny and somewhat less humid in the D.C. area, before we return to high heat and humidity next week. Here's my weekly look at some of the transit and roadway conditions that may slow your trips.
| August 6, 2010; 10:00 AM ET |
Categories: Advisories, Driving, Events, Metro, Transit, Weekend Work | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond
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Good morning all, A second batch of thunderstorms this week have caused power outages through out the region. Alexandria and Prince George's County were hardest hit. As of this morning, 18,267 customers are in the dark in Northern Virginia, 17,925...
All Fredericksburg line trains are canceled Friday because of a CSX train derailment near the Quantico Marine Corps base. The Metro option is open for Fredericksburg line riders at the Franconia/Springfield Metro station. Show your VRE ticket to the station...
The Wilson Bridge is scheduled to shut up to seven times Thursday night and Friday morning for routine tests of the drawbridges. The closings, which will last about 20 minutes each, will create traffic delays in both directions on the Capital Beltway. Long distance drivers should head around to the other side of the Beltway and cross the Potomac at the American Legion Bridge. An intermediate option is the 14th Street Bridge on I-395.
Stations are jammed, some trains are being offloaded and progress is generally slow.
Amtrak service south of Washington, DC has been disrupted by the derailment of a CSX coal train at Quantico, Va. The railroad is shut down at Quantico with all tracks blocked, according to the railroad.
A tree fell on a bus in Alexandria, prompting the closure of part of the George Washington Parkway just south of Reagan National Airport near Slaters Lane. There was no word on injuries yet, but there may be some, said US Park Police Sgt. David Schlosser. Stay with the breaking news blog on Postlocal.com for more details.
BWI Airport officials say the baggage claim area and the lower level roadway were closed off after a bag was found leaking. Airport spokesman Jonathan Dean says it happened Thursday about 12:30 p.m., when Delta flight 2224 from Atlanta arrived. A Delta employee noticed the bag was leaking an unknown liquid.
Flights scheduled to land at Reagan National Airport and Dulles may be delayed 75 to 90 minutes due to severe thunderstorms sweeping the region.
The Washington Post Co. this week unveiled DC Rider, an iPhone app designed to make riding Metro as quick and painless as possible. A few taps on your screen will let you know when the next train is pulling up to your station, letting you know whether you need to run, or whether you've got a few minutes before you need to head to the station. And if you're off the beaten path, it can use your phone's GPS to tell you what the nearest station is, too.
A previous posting reviewed Metro's plan to split the Blue Line at rush hour and ease congestion in the tunnel. But at the same time it decreases the number of Blue Line trains in the tunnel by three per peak hour, Metro plans to add service to the Orange Line by starting three more rush hour trains at West Falls Church. That fills up the tunnel again. So how's this going to work as Metrorail service is extended toward Dulles?
Baltimore officials say a freight train has derailed in a tunnel beneath the city, but none of the cars have overturned and no injuries have been reported. CSX spokesman Bob Sullivan says the train with three locomotives was headed from North Carolina to New York. He says it is affecting freight service, but not passenger rail service.
Officials who worry about traffic congestion in the D.C. region now talk more about demand management than about building new roads. Metro officials are developing a similar theme when they talk about the future of our transit system. In each case, the planners' premise is that we're running out of room, and it's really expensive to build new stuff.
Good morning all, Let us hope the morning commute is smoother than Wednesday's, when an over night thunderstorm caused slick roads and power outages through out the region. Here's what's going on so far: 8:30 AM --A serious accident is...
For Manassas Line riders: Metro Option has been opened at the Franconia/Springfield Metro station. Show your VRE ticket to Metro personnel for entry. On the Manassas Line: Train 328 is still stopped and will couple with Train 330, adding an...
Train 841 on the Camden Line is running 20 minutes late....
This weekend's repair program on the Red Line moves into the middle of D.C., creating some extra complications for travelers, including those who might be on their way to the final games at the Legg Mason tennis tournament in Rock Creek Park. The transit authority is advising riders to add at least 40 minutes to their normal travel time and is offering some Metrobus alternatives.
At Bethesda Metrorail station on Tuesday, the peak of the peak surcharge began uneventfully at 4:30 p.m. The peak of the peak that riders were more likely to notice began at 5:12 p.m. That's when the stopped escalator between the platform and mezzanine started to create its peak crowd of waiting riders.
If you noticed the Metro fare gates take a beat longer to open when you tap down a SmarTrip card, don't replace the card. Metro says it recently upgraded its fare collection technology to handle more complex transactions with the electronic cards. But that means its taking longer for the circular target on the fare gate to read the card's information.
Metro said its board will meet with members of the National Transportation Safety Board next Monday afternoon to discuss last week's NTSB findings and recommendations.
Good morning all, Thunderstorms have left us with slick roads and some power outages through out the region. Here's a look at how the morning commute is being affected: 8:45 AM: An accident is being reported southbound on 14th Street...
Train 870 on the Brunswick Line has been canceled Wednesday. All other Brunswick Line trains are operating....
Drivers downtown by now appear to be in the clear. But if you want to see for yourself, remember you can check The Post's traffic cams any time.
D.C. Fire and EMS report that two men received electrical burns Tuesday while making repairs in an electrical room near the garage of the Anacostia Metro in the 1100 block of Howard Road Southeast.
Metro has contested citations by the Maryland occupational health agency that found Metro made serious safety violations in connection to an accident that caused the deaths of two Metrorail workers in January. An investigation by Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) found violations of existing Metro safety rules and recommended that Metro develop a reliable communications system with dedicated frequencies that is free of dead zones.
The transit authority has released more details about a track work project that will have a huge impact on Red Line service over the entire Labor Day weekend. Metro plans to do several projects along the tracks. To clear room for the work, five stations will be closed in what amounts to the biggest maintenance shutdown in Metro's history.
A man who was found dead nine days ago on railroad tracks in Montgomery County was identified Monday after police released a sketch to the media, The Post's Marty Weil reports.
Good morning all, Metro riders will shell out a little more cash for service today thanks to another round of fare hikes. But if you choose to ditch the rails for your car (or always drive), here's what the morning...
Way back in the early spring, the people responsible for Metro's revenue collection envisioned a scenario worth avoiding: The transit authority's fare increases would leave many riders confused about how much they were paying. Worse yet, fare collection would perform poorly just as the new fares kicked in. Same old Metro, the riders would say, charging us a premium while failing to deliver a top notch service. It was a vision that pretty much resembles the past 72 hours in the transit system.
Metro rail riders will pay a little more for service Tuesday when another round of fare hikes take effect. One increase charges paper Farecard users 25 cents more per trip than SmarTrip users. The other increase charges riders 20 cents...
Travelers may encounter some showers overnight, before the heat begins to build back up on Tuesday, the Capital Weather Gang says. Drivers on 16th Street NW will want to look out for the extra traffic around the tennis stadium north of Colorado Avenue. Here are more details.
Delta Air Lines will add nonstop flights out of Reagan National Airport to seven cities this fall as part of the company's push into East Coast markets.
Metro is changing the signs in the stations to try to end rider confusion about the second round of fare increases, now scheduled to take effect on Tuesday.
Tim Ralston of Kensington, writing in my Dr. Gridlock column on Sunday, said this about the Metro board: "I don't know what the answer is, but increasingly, I am less impressed by the Metro board and wonder if it is the most effective body to take the system in the fresh, new direction that is desperately needed."
One of the long escalators at Bethesda is back up and running, after both were briefly out this morning. At Ballston, both escalators from the street are out; same with the G and 12th streets entrance at Metro Center.
Good morning all, Here's what's going on this morning as you head back to work: 8:30 AM: An accident is blocking the right lane southbound on the Capital Beltway at the American Legion bridge. 8:25 AM Update: The accident has...
7:40 AM: Arlington Transit riders using the route 61 bus should expect delays due to an incident on Queen Street. As a result, a van with a "Forsythe" logo will be picking up riders at designated stops. 6:50 AM: MARC...
While temperatures and traffic are likely to be down during this first week of August, there are plenty of travel issues for those not lucky enough to be on vacation. Metro commuters will have their first experience with the new wave of fare increases, including the peak of the peak surcharge and the 25 cent surcharge on paper Farecards. Drivers in the District should watch out for the annual tennis tournament on upper 16th Street NW. Here are some travel tips for the week.