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Dr. Gridlock: September 19, 2010 - September 25, 2010

The weekend and beyond

Construction updates | D.C. area travel tips | Going Out Guide [This post has been updated.] Friday's traveling weather will be like Thursday's, only more so: hot and humid. But we'll cool off steadily through a partly cloudy weekend. The...

By Robert Thomson  | September 24, 2010; 7:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Advisories, Construction, Driving, Events, Metro, Weekend Work  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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295 southbound reopens

8:37 p.m. Update: 295 has reopened, according to officials. 7:45 p.m. Update: Southbound 295 remains closed at the Laboratory Road exit, according to the District Department of Transportation, which urges drivers to use alternate routes. Original post: A three-vehicle accident...

By Michael Bolden  | September 24, 2010; 6:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting, Driving  
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Metro call centers closed

The call centers for MetroAccess and general Metro information are closed due to flooding, according to transit officials. There's been a flood in the leased building where those services are located, officials said in a statement. The closure also affects Metro's lost and found. w

By Michael Bolden  | September 24, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro, MetroAccess, Metrobus  
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Scene of I-66 E accident cleared

1:15 p.m. Update: Traffic appears to finally be moving through the area again. 11:50 a.m. Update: The accident vehicles have been removed from the scene. Two lanes to the left remain blocked, but traffic flow is vastly improved. 11:15...

By Michael Bolden  | September 24, 2010; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Commuting, Driving, Northern Virginia  
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Muscle up and pull a plane

What better way to spend the first Saturday of autumn than pulling a plane -- or watching others do it. The annual Dulles Day Family Festival and Plane Pull is scheduled for Saturday, and imagine the stories you'll be able to tell.

By Michael Bolden  | September 24, 2010; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Airports, Aviation  
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Minnesota Ave blocked in SE

A roundup of the morning commuting woes.

By Mark Berman  | September 24, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Connecticut Ave in Kensington closed

Northbound Connecticut Avenue is closed at Knowles Road due to reports of a Ride-on bus colliding with at least one car. Traffic headed towards the city can squeeze by. Expect delays in the area.

By Luke Rosiak  | September 23, 2010; 8:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Red line on time after package scare

The New York Avenue and Union Station Metro stops were briefly closed tonight, and passengers evacuated from the Union Station platform, after a suspicious package was reported near the New York Ave Station.

By Luke Rosiak  | September 23, 2010; 7:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Delays on Green and Red lines

6:40 p.m. Update: Metro says the problem on the Red Line is resolved, but there are still delays. 6:38 p.m. Update: The Green Line problem has been resolved, according to Metro, but delays continue. Original post: A train malfunction at...

By Michael Bolden  | September 23, 2010; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Green Line, Metro, Red Line  
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I-66 closings starting tonight

The Dulles Metrorail construction is going to shut westbound Interstate 66 at the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) starting tonight and continuing overnights through Saturday. The closings will occur between midnight and 5 a.m., so they shouldn't be a major problem for traffic, but they will involve an extensive detour.

By Robert Thomson  | September 23, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Advisories, Construction, Driving  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Dulles Metrorail  
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NTSB probes near-collision of planes

Federal regulators are investigating the near-collision of a US Airways jet and a small cargo plane over Minneapolis. The National Transportation Safety Board says the planes came within 50 to 100 feet of crashing near Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport last week.

By Michael Bolden  | September 23, 2010; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airports, Aviation  
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Share your commuting stories

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 |...

By Michael Bolden  | September 23, 2010; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Crashes main cause of child deaths

Crashes on the highway remain the leading cause of death for America's children, but use of child seats and booster seats contributed to a decline in the number last year, according to federal statistics released Wednesday.

By Michael Bolden  | September 23, 2010; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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MARC delays

Delays for MARC trains.

By Mark Berman  | September 23, 2010; 6:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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14th and T streets closed in NW

A roundup of the morning traffic woes

By Mark Berman  | September 23, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Smoke at Judiciary Square Metro

Metro's rocky rideUSER PHOTOS: Share pictures of your experiences on Metro trains and buses.TIMELINE: Take a look back at mishaps and tragedies in the system since 2009.4:30 p.m. Update: According to tweets from EMS officials, the smoke is light and...

By Michael Bolden  | September 22, 2010; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Weather causing flight delays

7:55 p.m. Update: Conditions have improved at BWI and Reagan National, but passengers departing Dulles may still experience delays of more than an hour. Airports in the Northeast, including Newark, LaGuardia and JFK, are experiencing a range of delays, too....

By Michael Bolden  | September 22, 2010; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Airlines, Airports, Aviation  
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Storms may impede p.m. commute

Original post: The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the D.C. area until 10 p.m. There's a possibility of hail, wind gusts up to 70 mph and lightning. Radar currently shows a small area of thunderstorms,...

By Michael Bolden  | September 22, 2010; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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I-66 W to close overnight Thurs.

Interstate 66 westbound at Route 267 will close from overnight Thursday through Saturday for construction of the Metro rail line to Dulles International Airport.

By Kafia Hosh  | September 22, 2010; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Commuting, Congestion, Metro, Northern Virginia, Silver Line  
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I-270 S to close early Friday

The Maryland State Highway Administration plans to temporarily close I-270 southbound for two 15-minute intervals Friday morning between midnight and 4 a.m. State officials said the stoppages are part of construction on the Intercounty Connector. Crews will be installing an...

By Michael Bolden  | September 22, 2010; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Penn. Ave. NW reopens

4:05 p.m. Update: According to D.C. Fire/EMS, there was no hazard found. 3:53 p.m. Update: The eastbound lanes have reopened, too. 3:50 p.m. Update: J. Freedom du Lac reports that Pennsylvania Avenue westbound has reopened. The eastbound lanes remain closed....

By Michael Bolden  | September 22, 2010; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Car Free Day opens horizons

Figuring out how to get around isn't an ideology. I always recommend that people figure out what method of going about works best for them, and then follow that course. I urge governments to provide people with choices.

By Robert Thomson  | September 22, 2010; 7:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Beltway lanes backed up in VA

a roundup of the headaches and other traffic issues facing commuters during the morning rush

By Mark Berman  | September 22, 2010; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Car Free Day opens horizons

Figuring out how to get around isn't an ideology. I always recommend that people figure out what method of going about works best for them, and then follow that course. I urge governments to provide people with choices. So to me, Wednesday's Car Free Day is about raising consciousness concerning choice, not about pushing people out of their cars. So I hope people who usually drive will consider options that could save them money and stress. You don't have to take a sudden and lasting plunge into a completely different commuting style. But do think through the alternatives of transit, biking, walking or telecommuting -- even once in a while. As Nicholas Ramfos of the Commuter Connections program says, "Just try it."

By Robert Thomson  | September 21, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Metrorail ridership goes up

Ridership on Metrorail increased 1.2 percent between April and June compared to the same period last year, an uptick that follows a nationwide trend of transit ridership increasing slightly, Metro and national transit advocates said Tuesday.

By Michael Bolden  | September 21, 2010; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Should cellphones carry warnings?

Cigarette packages and booze bottles carry labels warning they may be hazardous to your health. Should cellphone boxes too?

By Michael Bolden  | September 21, 2010; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Ashley Halsey III, Driving, Transportation Politics  
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Neighbors applaud new crossing

The Grubb Road safety crossing is a success story for the county, the neighbors and the 557-student school. Amanda Waugh, a past president of the elementary school PTA, was at the event this morning to thank the county officials. Not missing a beat, she also asked them if the school could get a speed camera and if sidewalks could be built all along East-West Highway. You can understand why she's feeling lucky after being "pleasantly surprised" by the county's quick response to the parents' request for help at the crossing.

By Robert Thomson  | September 21, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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DOT extends trucker texting ban

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood kicked off his second major conference on distracted driving Tuesday with the announcement that in-state truck drivers who transport hazardous waste will be banned from sending text messages.

By Michael Bolden  | September 21, 2010; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Ashley Halsey III, Driving, Transportation Politics  
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MARC changes and crowding

Changes and alterations to MARC trains.

By Mark Berman  | September 21, 2010; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Inner Loop very slow in VA

A roundup of the morning traffic woes.

By Mark Berman  | September 21, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Service continues despite bus strike

Nearly all of the buses in Prince George's County were operating on Monday, one week after drivers began a walkout.

By Michael Bolden  | September 20, 2010; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Thousands pledge to be car-free

Thousands of Washington-area commuters have promised to ditch their cars Wednesday for Car Free Day, an international, annual event encouraging people to use mass transit, carpool, walk, bike or telework.

By Kafia Hosh  | September 20, 2010; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Bike-sharing network launches today

Capital Bikeshare, the regional biking network developed by the District and Arlington County, launches today.

By Michael Bolden  | September 20, 2010; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Biking, District, Metro, Northern Virginia  
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Share your commuting stories

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 |...

By Michael Bolden  | September 20, 2010; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The week ahead for traffic, transit

Travel in the D.C. area should be most pleasant early in the week, before the temperature spikes to 90 degrees. There's not much chance of rain till Thursday. Here's a look at some of the key transportation projects in the region that could slow your progress.

By Robert Thomson  | September 20, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Inner Loop delays in VA

A roundup of headaches facing commuters.

By Mark Berman  | September 20, 2010; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Potential Camden Line delays

Camden Line commuters might face delays due to CSX track work.

By Mark Berman  | September 20, 2010; 5:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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