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Dr. Gridlock: October 10, 2010 - October 16, 2010

Metro shifts Rosslyn bus stops

Metro has shifted bus stops for several routes as construction proceeds on a new 35-story office building near the Rosslyn Metrorail station. Stops for routes 3A, 3B, 3E, 4A, 4B, 4H and 15K have shifted south along North Moore Street....

By Michael Bolden  | October 16, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MARC train delays

6:38 p.m. Update: MARC Train 440 will leave Washington 10 to 15 minutes late (normal departure of 6:40 p.m.) due to late equipment, according to the MTA 6:30 p.m. Update: EMS personnel have removed the passenger. No word on how...

By Michael Bolden  | October 15, 2010; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Chain Bridge Rd. closing this wknd.

The Autobots and Decepticons have moved on, and traffic around the National Mall can finally return to normal. That's just in time for what promises to be a beautiful weekend, perfect for taking a stroll around the monuments or just enjoying cooler but pleasant temperatures. Here's a guide to some of the transportation issues you should be aware of as you're enjoying the weather.

By Michael Bolden  | October 15, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  District, Events, Maryland, Metro, Weekend Work  
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VDOT names new officials

The Virginia Department of Transportation is getting a new chief financial officer.The department said Friday it has selected John W. Lawson for the post.The 21-year veteran of the department will oversee VDOT's $3.3 billion annual budget. Lawson also will oversee...

By Michael Bolden  | October 15, 2010; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Night work on U.S. 1 in Md.

The Maryland State Highway Administration plans to conduct nighttime work for two weeks along Baltimore Avenue (U.S.1) between East-West Highway (Route 410) and Albion Road in University Park.

By Michael Bolden  | October 15, 2010; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Light the Night street closures

Saturday is the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk, a fundraising event. There will be some road closures related to the event on Saturday.

By Mark Berman  | October 15, 2010; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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VRE working to offer free WiFi

Virginia Railway Express riders may soon enjoy free wireless Internet service during their commutes. VRE Chief Executive Officer Dale Zehner said he is working with Verizon to add wireless to two cars on every train. The service, he said, would reach about 300 passengers seated on either the first two or the last two cars of every train. If it proves successful, wireless could be extended to more rail cars, he said.

By Michael Bolden  | October 15, 2010; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gas prices leap up in D.C. area

Gas prices jumped 13 cents a gallon in the past two weeks across the Washington metro area, the weekly survey by the American Automobile Association reveals. The average price of regular in the region was $2.81 per gallon, up from...

By Ashley Halsey  | October 15, 2010; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Several Metrobus routes detour

Metro released the following information on Metrobus detours this weekend:

Saturday Routes 32, 34, 36, 54, 64, 70, P6, S2, S4 and V8 will detour from 7 a.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday at Pennsylvania Avenue NW, between 12th and 14th streets in the District of Columbia due to the 13th annual Light the Night Walk. Additional route details include:

By Michael Bolden  | October 15, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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On-time departures down at BWI

Baltimore's major airport ranked better for arrivals, with more than 81 percent of flights coming in on time, 17th in the country. The Delta Air Lines partner Comair flight from BWI to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York arrived on time just 37 percent of the time in 2009, according to the department, while the AirTran Airways flight from Baltimore to Logan International Airport in Boston arrived as scheduled 42 percent of the time last year.

By Michael Bolden  | October 15, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Drilling world's longest rail tunnel

Miners watch as the drill machine 'Sissi' breaks through rock. (Christian Hartmann / Reuters) The world's longest railroad tunnel moved a step closer to completion as Swiss drilling crews sliced across the final 6 feet of rock in a ceremony...

By Michael Bolden  | October 15, 2010; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Lanes reopen on NY Ave, N. Cap St

A roundup of commuting headaches and congestion alerts

By Mark Berman  | October 15, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Rte. 123 S ramp to Outer Loop to close

The ramp from southbound Route 123 to the Outer Loop in Tysons Corner will close tonight from 11 p.m to 5 a.m. because of construction on the Dulles rail extension. Traffic on Route 123 south traveling to the Outer Loop...

By Michael Bolden  | October 14, 2010; 7:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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VRE sets ridership record

Virginia Railway Express set a single-day ridership record Wednesday, with more than 19,300 passengers using the commuter rail service. VRE officials said the 19,322 passenger trips on Wednesday surpassed the record set in February 2010 by nearly 250 trips. Overall ridership for the first quarter of fiscal 2011, which started July 1, is at roughly 1.1 million passenger trips, up 84,000 passenger trips over the first quarter of fiscal 2010. The increased ridership equates to 2.5 million fewer passenger trip miles traveled on Virginia highways, according to VRE.

By Michael Bolden  | October 14, 2010; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Accident at N.Y. and N. Capitol

6:20 p.m. Update: The police vehicles are gone and traffic is now flowing west on New York Avenue. 6:10 p.m. Update: Traffic cameras show no westbound traffic flowing on New York Avenue at North Capitol. Police cars are blocking the...

By Michael Bolden  | October 14, 2010; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bus accident at 14th and G

Metro spokesman Reggie Woodruff confirmed there was an accident involving a car and a Metro bus at14th and G streets NW Thursday afternoon. There is a bus supervisor on the scene, and Metro Transit Police are gathering information, Woodruff said....

By Michael Bolden  | October 14, 2010; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Third St. Tunnel reopens

3:50 p.m. Update: DDOT reports that the tunnel has reopened. strong>3:40 p.m. Update: The southbound tunnel is closed for an investigation. Update 3:12 p.m. Update:Most of the fire is out, according to authorities, and the tunnel is being vented, but...

By Michael Bolden  | October 14, 2010; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Autobots rolling out

We're into Day 3 of "Transformers" filming in the Washington region and we've seen a little bit of everything: -- Handsome movie stars spotted at hip local hangouts. Check. -- Controversy surrounding an accident on the set. Check. -- Movie extras and props all around town. Check.

By Michael Bolden  | October 14, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Broken rail repaired

3:22 p.m. Update: VRE says the rail has been repaired and normal service will operate to Broad Run. 1:32 p.m. Update: VRE officials said Norfolk Southern, which owns the tracks, expects to have the rail fixed so that it won't...

By Michael Bolden  | October 14, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro may add officers at bus facilities

A committee of Metro's board of directors approved a plan to hire 17 special police officers to bolster security at Metrobus facilities in the Washington region. Officials said the additional officers would allow for 24-hour coverage without overtime. The transit authority has 132 special police officers who provide security at Metro facilities. Metro said the annual cost of the new officers would be $900,000.

By Michael Bolden  | October 14, 2010; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MARC cancels a p.m. train

The shutdown of the Brunswick Line for several hours Wednesday will have a ripple effect Thursday. The line closed after a CSX freight train struck and killed a man on the tracks in Rockville. The following MARC trains have been canceled for Thursday morning, according to the Maryland Transit Administration: -- Train 892, which departs Frederick at 6:05 a.m. -- Train 880, which departs Brunswick at 7:40 a.m.

By Michael Bolden  | October 14, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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New tower coming at Frederick airport

Local, state and federal officials are expected to appear at Frederick Municipal Airport on Monday to break ground on a new air traffic control tower. Construction of the project, which is expected to take 18 months, will begin almost immediately, officials said. The Federal Aviation Administration is paying for the $5.3 million tower with stimulus money.

By Michael Bolden  | October 14, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. gets 3 new red light cameras

Three new red light cameras are in action at key streets in the District, adding to the more than 50 deployed throughout the city. The cameras made their debut this week at Connecticut Avenue southbound at Porter Street NW, on 14th Street northbound at K Street NW, and on 3rd Street southbound at New York Avenue. Until Nov. 12, people who miscalculate the duration of the yellow light and get caught by the red will receive warnings in the mail. After that, violators will receive citations. The District collected almost $7.2 million in red light camera fines in fiscal year 2009.

By Michael Bolden  | October 14, 2010; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Southwest may fly larger jets

Southwest Airlines and leaders of its pilots union have agreed on tentative contract terms that would allow the largest low-fare carrier to bring the Boeing 737-800 into its fleet. The 5,800 members of the Southwest Airlines' Pilots Association will vote on the proposal from Nov. 1 to Dec. 1, the union said today in a statement. If approved, the plan would set pay and work rules for flying the plane; extend the union's contract by a year, to August 2012; and add possible wage increases tied to the carrier's financial performance, the Dallas-based airline said.

By Michael Bolden  | October 14, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro to overhaul Blue, Orange Lines

The Metro board's finance committee today approved a $272 million, six-year plan to overhaul the Blue and Orange Lines. The full board is set to vote Oct. 28 on the plan, which will cover 23 stations and 27 miles of track. If approved, the work would start late next year and include rehabilitation of escalators and elevators, platform repairs, and upgrading air conditionin

By Michael Bolden  | October 14, 2010; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Metro debates SmarTrip cost

The finance committee of Metro's board of directors today postponed a plan to reduce the price of SmarTrip cards from $5, describing the plan as flawed. The panel again asked Metro staff to provide more detail on various options for...

By Michael Bolden  | October 14, 2010; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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All lanes reopen on T.R. Bridge

A roundup of the morning commute.

By Mark Berman  | October 14, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Freight train kills man in Rockville

MARC and Amtrak trains will face delays this afternoon and evening as Montgomery County police investigate the death of a man struck by a CSX freight train at Randolph Road in Rockville, authorities said.

By Michael Bolden  | October 13, 2010; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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New airport scanner examines liquids

The latest airport security technology being developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory could open the door for airline passengers to bring their soft drinks and full-size shampoo bottles on board again. Homeland security officials put the latest generation of the bottled liquid scanner to the test Wednesday during a demonstration at Albuquerque's international airport.

By Michael Bolden  | October 13, 2010; 6:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Judgment against transit company

The Northern California city of Roseville and the West Coast company that also operates MetroAccess in the Washington region have been ordered to pay $6.4 million to a quadriplegic man who was injured while getting on a bus. Thomas Avery...

By Michael Bolden  | October 13, 2010; 6:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pedestrian killed in Anne Arundel

A woman crossing the street in Anne Arundel County was struck and killed by a sports utility vehicle about 45 minutes before sunrise on Wednesday, county police said. Khardiatou Goloko, 49, was crossing at the intersection of Fort Smallwood and Kembo roads, walking a few steps behind a larger group that already had crossed safely, when she was hit by a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by George L. Durham, 54, of Arnold, police said.

By Michael Bolden  | October 13, 2010; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Track Bikeshare use in real-time

With Capital Bikeshare still in its first month of existence, stations are still being rolled out, and observers are gauging its success and considering whether the system might work for them. So this nifty map, which updates in real-time to show which stations are most used and at what times of the day is quite interesting--especially because it works for bikesharing systems in DC and around the globe.

By Luke Rosiak  | October 13, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Md. plan on review in Pr. George's

Maryland officials are scheduled to discuss the state's six-year transportation plan with Prince George's County officials and residents on Wednesday.

By Michael Bolden  | October 13, 2010; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro to stay open for Redskins

Metrorail will operate for an additional hour on Sunday night to accommodate fans attending the Washington Redskins game at FedEx Field. The Redskins will take on the Indianpolis Colts in a game that is scheduled for kickoff at 8:20 p.m. and will be aired on NBC. Metro said the Redskins have paid to keep the system open an extra hour, which means the rail lines will close at 1 a.m. instead of midnight, assuming the game doesn't go into overtime. However, trains will be available to transport passengers if that does happen, Metro said.

By Michael Bolden  | October 13, 2010; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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12th St. Tunnel to close today

The Decepticons' efforts to disrupt District traffic this week has taken another turn: The 12th Street Tunnel will close this afternoon as film crews film scenes for "Transformers 3." The District Department of Transportation says the tunnel will close from 1 to 4 p.m., reopening for for rush hour, although filming will continue until 7.

By Michael Bolden  | October 13, 2010; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Seeing 'Transformers 3' up close

transformersfilmingA.jpg Looking down Third Street toward Pennsylvania Tuesday night. (Michael D. Bolden/The Washington Post) I am a "Transformers" fan. I don't collect action figures or watch the cartoons, but I was enthralled by the first movie. I've seen it countless times. I've found myself 30 minutes into watching it on HBO Latino before realizing it was dubbed in Spanish, which I do not speak. Let's chalk it up to a fascination I've long had with sports cars and heavy equipment (one day I will own an articulated dump truck!). So, armed with my curiosity and this appreciation, I headed down to the set about 7:45 Tuesday night to assess the situation for myself. There are parking restrictions and road closures all around the Mall. And traffic seemed light. I parked on Sixth Street SW in front of the Holiday Inn and walked to the Mall.

By Michael Bolden  | October 13, 2010; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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VRE delays

Delays for the VRE.

By Mark Berman  | October 13, 2010; 6:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Inner Loop lanes closed at MD 450

Updates on today's morning commute.

By Mark Berman  | October 13, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Blue & Orange delays cleared

The Blue and Orange lines are delayed in both directions due to unscheduled track maintenance.

By Mark Berman  | October 13, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MARC delays and problems

Some MARC trains are delayed and other issues are afoot.

By Mark Berman  | October 13, 2010; 5:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Autobot Bumblebee lives

Autobot fave Bumblebee is crumpled no more. An accident with a D.C. police SUV on Monday may have left the bright yellow Camaro with a smashed nose, but Tuesday night he was hanging out with Autobot honcho Optimus Prime on Maryland Avenue SW near the National Museum of the American Indian, blocking the street to any humans who might wander by.

By Michael Bolden  | October 12, 2010; 10:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Lane shifts, ramp closures in Tysons

The ramp from Route 123 to the Inner Loop will close Tuesday night, part of changes that will last for up to two years as part of the high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes project.

By Michael Bolden  | October 12, 2010; 6:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Bus burns inside Ft. McHenry tunnel

Travelers beware: Baltimore's Fort McHenry tunnel is closed to northbound traffic as a bus is engulfed in flame inside, reportedly causing multiple victims of smoke inhalation and serious delays on I-95.

By Luke Rosiak  | October 12, 2010; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Accident closes part of Glebe Rd.

3:52 p.m. Update: The Arlington Now blog is reporting that the accident involved a pedestrian, who has been transported to a trauma center. 3:50 p.m. Update: Arlington Transit Route 41 will detour due to the accident. Riders are advised to...

By Michael Bolden  | October 12, 2010; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Escalator audit highlights deficiencies

An independent audit of Metro's escalator and elevator maintenance program has found that Metro has failed to adhere to maintenance standards, according to a summary of the findings to be presented to the board of directors at a meeting on Thursday.

By Ann Scott Tyson  | October 12, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Obama GW visit may cause delays

The evening commute in the West End will get tricky as President Obama heads to George Washington University to host a "Moving America Forward" town hall meeting for the Democratic National Committee. The event is scheduled to start at 7...

By Michael Bolden  | October 12, 2010; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What if your car drove itself?

Google, owner of the world's most popular search engine, said it's testing vehicles that drive themselves to help improve road safety and address environmental concerns. The self-driving cars have traveled more than 140,000 miles in the experiments, according to a recent posting on Google's blog. The vehicles navigate by maps and use cameras, radar sensors and a laser range finder to monitor traffic.

By Michael Bolden  | October 12, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Metro to allow bus passes on SmarTrip

Metro will allow SmarTrip card holders to load weekly bus passes onto their cards for the first time beginning Oct. 17 at Metro sales offices, regional transit stores and selected retail outlets.

By Ann Scott Tyson  | October 12, 2010; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Airline performance improves

The government says just one flight stuck on the tarmac for more than three hours in August, as the peak summer travel season wound down. U.S. airlines also were better at getting travelers to their destinations on time. The nation's airlines reported an on-time rate of 81.7 percent in August, better than the month before and a year ago.

By Michael Bolden  | October 12, 2010; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Couple converts pickup into wagon

Ever miss your childhood days riding around in a red wagon? A Wasilla, Alaska, couple has the answer: A pickup that has been converted into a giant Radio Flyer. Fred Keller and Judy Foster worked on the vehicle for 11 months, using the base of a 1976 Mazda pickup truck. The pickup was a gift from her late father, and they wanted to find a fitting legacy for the beloved truck.

By Michael Bolden  | October 12, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Wheaton Metro escalators out

All entrance escalators are out of service at the Wheaton metro station. The elevator is operational and the station remains open, but this will be a major headache for commuters. The station's escalators are the longest in the entire system. Shuttle bus service has been requested. If you have the option of going to another station, you might want to consider it. If you have to use this station, we recommend comfortable shoes.

By Mark Berman  | October 12, 2010; 6:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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MARC delays

There are some early delays on MARC.

By Mark Berman  | October 12, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rockville Pike lane blocked

Roundup of the morning traffic woes.

By Mark Berman  | October 12, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Autobot Bumblebee takes a hit

[This item has been updated since it was first posted] [This post will be continually updated as new information becomes available] Report from the set: Bumblebee collides with a D.C. police SUV Latest news: D.C. police are allowing the...

By Michael Bolden  | October 11, 2010; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Hearing on TheBus routes

Greater Greater Washington reports that Prince George's County is considering changes to four routes for TheBus, the county's public transit system. GGW analyzes the effects of the changes and the reasoning behind the proposal.

By Michael Bolden  | October 11, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Amtrak sets ridership record

Stepped up business travel in the Northeast helped Amtrak boost ridership by nearly 6 percent to a record 28.7 million passengers in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, the railroad said Monday.

By Michael Bolden  | October 11, 2010; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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U.S. 1 northbound closed

12:55 p.m. Update: The accidents on Route 28 and Interstate 66 have been moved to the shoulders. But the investigation on U.S. 1 in Maryland continues, with two-way traffic operating in the southbound lanes. Original post: Accidents around the region:...

By Michael Bolden  | October 11, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Stop could mean go on Metro

Metro and other transit agencies across the country are hoping to save money by storing energy created when subways put on the brakes. For years, subway cars have been able to recycle some of the energy created when they brake. They turn resistance into energy to help power the train or others running on the rails at the same time.

By Michael Bolden  | October 11, 2010; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Delays on I-95 S near Telegraph

Expect major delays on I-95 South from Richmond Highway stretching across the Wilson Bridge due to an accident prior to Telegraph Road. The Virginia Department of Transportation says the backups extend two miles. Traffic cameras show that traffic is congested...

By Michael Bolden  | October 11, 2010; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A special place for buses

The New York Times reported this weekend on the debut of a bus rapid transit system in the city designed to sidestep normal gridlock and boarding delays.

By Michael Bolden  | October 11, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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The week ahead in traffic, transit

The shutdown of McPherson Square and Farragut West stations and the Orange and Blue lines at Metro Center is the big news of the day. Normal service is expected to resume for Tuesday's morning commute. Shuttle buses are bridging the gap, but you may be better off walking between some downtown destinations. Otherwise, you should plan on trips taking 40 minutes longer. Metro reports that about 65,000 people had used the shuttles through Sunday.

By Michael Bolden  | October 11, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Peruse past Dr. Gridlock chats

Dr. Gridlock is on vacation today, but his weekly chat will return next week on Monday, Oct. 18 at noon. You can read past discussions here. You can also send us questions for next week's chat by e-mailing transportation@washpost.com....

By Michael Bolden  | October 11, 2010; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Share your commuting stories

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.Hundreds of thousands of federal workers have the day off, but hundreds of thousands...

By Michael Bolden  | October 11, 2010; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Commuting on Columbus Day

A roundup of parking and commuting issues for Columbus Day.

By Mark Berman  | October 11, 2010; 6:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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No VRE or MARC service today

Due to the Columbus Day holiday, there will be no service on the MARC or VRE today.

By Mark Berman  | October 11, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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