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Dr. Gridlock: October 31, 2010 - November 6, 2010

The weekend and beyond

No big rallies or runs this weekend, but transit riders should be aware of the maintenance disruptions on three of Metro's rail lines. The Capitals and Wizards will be playing at Verizon Center, and the Greater Washington Heart Walk is scheduled for Saturday at Nationals Park. Travelers should find the weekend weather crisp and mostly clear.

By Robert Thomson  | November 5, 2010; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories, Construction, Driving, Metro, Weekend Work  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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Anacostia bridge building in new phase

So far, most of the visible work on the District's biggest transportation project has been done in the middle of the Anacostia River and on its east bank. Now, drivers on the Southeast-Southwest Freeway are going to get close to the construction of the new 11th Street Bridge. Over the next two weeks, contractors are scheduled to drive piles in the freeway median east of 11th Street SE.

By Robert Thomson  | November 5, 2010; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting, Construction, District  | Tags:  11th Street Bridge, Dr. Gridlock  
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Metro to inspect all escalators

5:55 p.m. Update: Metro Assistant General Manager Dave Kubicek decided Thursday night that all Metro's escalators needed to be inspected to ensure safety, according to spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein. "In light of recent incidents, he decided that a proactive precautionary measure...

By Ann Scott Tyson  | November 5, 2010; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Collision causes massive train delays

An engine pulling private cars collided with a MARC train on Friday morning, according to Dave Clark, a spokesman for the Maryland Transit Administration . There were no passengers aboard either train, he said. A portion of the MARC train derailed. The Maryland Area Regional Commuter service is Maryland's commuter rail operation, which runs on three lines, the Brunswick, Frederick and Penn Lines.

By Washington Post Staff Writers  | November 5, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Advisories, MARC, Maryland, Metro, Virginia Railway Express  
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DDOT installing solar-powered meters

Crews from the District Department of Transportation are installing more than a thousand solar-powered parking meters in Northwest and Southwest Washington.

By Michael Bolden  | November 5, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Timing Metro travel this weekend

The clocks fall back an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday as Daylight Saving Time ends, but for Metrorail riders, that's the easy part of the clock-watching this weekend. Metro turns back its clocks along with everyone else. All the homeward bound partiers need to remember is that Metrorail will continue operating till 3 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. The trickier part of weekend transit planning will be tracking the train schedules late Friday and early Saturday, as Metro prepares to shut down segments of the Orange and Blue lines for a big weekend maintenance project.

By Robert Thomson  | November 5, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Advisories, Blue Line, Metro, Orange Line  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail  
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What will Metro's next cars look like?

Riders ask if they can have any say about what the next generation of rail cars will look like. Metro says the answer is yes, and it will happen over the next year and a half. But riders have very different ideas about what is comfortable and efficient in a car design. It's unlikely the final design will make everyone happy.

By Robert Thomson  | November 5, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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14th Street NW reopens

11 a.m. Update: The suspicious package has been cleared and streets have reopened. Original post: Fourteenth Street NW is blocked between Rhode Island Avenue and Q Street due to an investigation of a suspicious package....

By Michael Bolden  | November 5, 2010; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Catoe to advise MetroAccess contractor

John B. Catoe Jr., the former Metro general manager who left in April following the deadliest year in history for the transit agency, will have a new role advising the contractor that operates MetroAccess. MV Transportation, the California-based contractor that runs the transit service for the disabled for Metro, has hired Catoe as an adviser to its executive leadership team. The company announced the hiring on Monday, according to a press release. The news was first reported in the Washington area by WTOP.

By Michael Bolden  | November 5, 2010; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Camden Line delays

Camden Line riders: The ticket machine at the Camden station is not working

By Mark Berman  | November 5, 2010; 7:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Inner Loop lane blocked in VA

Keep your eyes here for updates on any traffic headaches throughout the morning rush.

By Mark Berman  | November 5, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A slippery time of the year for Metro

For Metro and other rail agencies fall isn't the best of times. It's the season when millions of fallen leaves can cause service delays for railroads and subways across the country as residue on the rails necessitates speed restrictions for safety reasons. Fallen leaves get crushed against rails by railcar wheels, depositing a residue that decreases friction, which can cause slipping.

By Michael Bolden  | November 4, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Delays on Bay Bridge

Maryland transportation officials declined to put two-way operations into effect on the Bay Bridge Thursday afternoon because of the rainy weather. Officials said drivers should expect delays....

By Michael Bolden  | November 4, 2010; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Some VRE trains late; Metro option open

5:35 p.m. Update: The signal problem has been fixed, VRE said. Train 331 is running 25 minutes late. Train 309 is 15 minutes late. Later trains should be on time, officials said. Original post: A signal problem at Union Station...

By Michael Bolden  | November 4, 2010; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Camden Line MARC delays

The Maryland Transit Administration says all northbound Camden Line trains may experience delays Thursday of 10 to 15 minutes between Washington and Greenbelt due to speed restrictions in the area. Track work was performed in that section today. The MTA...

By Michael Bolden  | November 4, 2010; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C.'s turn to simulate snow

Metro and Montgomery County officials have rolled out their snow plows as a test for the upcoming winter. Friday is D.C.'s turn. Crews from the District's departments of transportation and public works will meet up at RFK Stadium before deploying...

By Michael Bolden  | November 4, 2010; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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San Diego's underground railroad

Metro's anticipating an $89 million budget deficit, but along the San Diego-Tijuana border, drug dealers appear to have had no trouble financing their own operational rail system, which carted marijuana along an 1,800-foot tunnel.

By Luke Rosiak  | November 4, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Circulator ridership, and subsidy, grows

Not long after Metro figures showed that Metrobus ridership has declined significantly in recent years, a new online dashboard from overseers of the Circular bus system allows users to track metrics such as ridership and safety, and it shows that ridership has increased significantly. But costs were nearly $4.30 per ride for the Waterfront line, and the Smithsonian-National Gallery loop recouped only 6 percent of what it cost to run via rider fares, the tool also showed.

By Luke Rosiak  | November 4, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Commuting, District, Metrobus, Transit  | Tags:  Circulator, Online tools  
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Metro: L'Enfant escalator brakes failed

A preliminary investigation into the escalator failure at L'Enfant Plaza Station followed last weekend's Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert rally, when the system broke a 19-year record for Saturday ridership, has determined that the escalator brakes failed, causing the unit to speed up and dumping the riders at the bottom.

By Luke Rosiak  | November 4, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Metro says bus, rail revenue off

Metro's financial staff says that bus and rail revenues are below projections. The results from the first quarter of Metro's fiscal year are within 2 percent below what they should be to meet the budget for the 2011 fiscal year, according to a report prepared for the Metro board.

By Robert Thomson  | November 4, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Metro cell deadline in trouble

The team of companies tyson.gifbuilding Metro's expanded wireless phone network have said they cannot meet an Oct. 2012 deadline set by Congress without dozens of new safety escorts to increase their ability to lay fiber optic cable and conduct other work on Metro's rail tracks, Metro officials said on Thursday.

By Michael Bolden  | November 4, 2010; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Metro hopes to maintain fares, service

The transit authority staff, now developing the Metro budget for next year, is hoping to do it without increasing fares or cutting bus and rail service, but that will be difficult. Among other financial challenges, Metro anticipates growth of 10 percent in the ridership on the costly MetroAccess service for elderly and disabled people.

By Robert Thomson  | November 4, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Man in wheelchair on tracks rescued

A man using a motorized wheelchair fell onto the tracks at Anacostia station last night at about 7:45, We Love DC reported.

By Luke Rosiak  | November 4, 2010; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Leaders tout BRAC plans at Ft. Belvoir

Military leaders gathered at Fort Belvoir early Thursday for the base's annual community breakfast, a post-election tradition that in recent years has turned into a pulpit for officials to tout, and defend, the Defense Department's costly and complicated plans for next year's base closures and changes.

By Luke Rosiak  | November 4, 2010; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  BRAC, Congestion, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Transportation Politics  
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Metro reviewing fare principles

Riders want the Metro fare system to be simpler and more flexible, said Carol Kissal, Metro's finance chief, reporting to a Metro board committee this morning on the results of focus groups with riders. The board is reviewing what it refers to as its fare principles, the guidelines it tries to follow in setting fares and fare policy.

By Robert Thomson  | November 4, 2010; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Traffic delays for officer funeral

A funeral procession for a D.C. police officer who died after a car crash Oct. 30 is expected to disrupt traffic in Virginia and the District Thursday afternoon. Officer Paul Dittamo, 32, was responding to a call when the car he was driving crashed into a utility pole, according to police. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital. The funeral procession for Dittamo, the first D.C. police officer to die in the line of duty since 2007, will depart St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Lake Ridge, Va., at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday to the District, police said. The procession will travel pass the 7th District police station where Dittamo was assigned and then return to Virginia to the burial site in Manassas. Expect street closures along the route, and police warn that drivers should expect heavy traffic. Here is the route:

By Michael Bolden  | November 4, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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NTSB to hold forum on aging drivers

The National Transportation Safety Board is planning a public forum on aging drivers for next week. According to NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman, "there are more than 30 million licensed drivers in the U.S. who are 65 years of older, and in just 15 years, this age group of drivers will comprise than 20 percent of the entire U.S. driving population. "The NTSB has a particular interest in learning how to reduce injury risk in car accidents for drivers in this age category," she said in a statement.

By Michael Bolden  | November 4, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Delays for MARC MARC riders

Northbound Camden Line trains are expected to run 10 to 12 minutes late due to speed restrictions put in place for scheduled track work.

By Mark Berman  | November 4, 2010; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Blue Line delays cleared

All elevators are out of service at the Friendship Heights station's Jenifer Street entrance.

By Mark Berman  | November 4, 2010; 5:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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I-95 N badly backed up in VA

It's going to be a wet and chilly morning commute

By Mark Berman  | November 4, 2010; 5:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wet commute on Thursday

It promises to be a wet commute Thursday morning, according to the forecast from the Capital Weather Gang. "Moderate rain" will affect your travels. Check the Dr. Gridlock blog for the latest on conditions on the roads and rails, and...

By Michael Bolden  | November 3, 2010; 6:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Many lane closings tonight

The Capital Weather Gang says rain will begin overnight and continue through the morning commute, but several highway work projects remain scheduled for tonight.

By Robert Thomson  | November 3, 2010; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Delays on MARC Camden Line

The Maryland Transit Administration says all northbound Camden Line trains may experience delays of 10 to 15 minutes between Washington and Greenbelt. Speed restrictions are in place due to track work. From the Post's archives: MARC riders on Brunswick Line...

By Michael Bolden  | November 3, 2010; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Suspicious vehicle closes roads

UPDATE: The suspicious vehicle is said to be a camper parked on Jefferson Drive in front of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, according to reporter Fredrick Kunkle. Sgt. David Schlosser with the U.S. Park Police said the agency's...

By Michael Bolden  | November 3, 2010; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Delays on the Red Line

Trains are single-tracking between Farragut North and Judiciary Square due to a train with mechanical problems at Farragut North. Expect delays in both directions....

By Michael Bolden  | November 3, 2010; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Delays on the Yellow Line

2 p.m. Update: Metro says the problem has been cleared. Original post: A switch malfunction outside of Huntington is causing delays in both directions on the Yellow Line....

By Michael Bolden  | November 3, 2010; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Slowdown on Red Line

Many Red Line riders think the trains are slowing down between Bethesda and Friendship Heights. It's not their imagination. Metro inspectors have identified a section of track in that area that needs repair. That's not an unusual condition in the aging rail system. The transit authority schedules repairs, and until they can be completed, orders trains to slow down as they pass through the zone as a safety precaution.

By Robert Thomson  | November 3, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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VRE seeks 'volunteer victims'

Virginia Railway Express plans to conduct an emergency drill on Nov. 13 and is seeking volunteers to play the role of victims in a simulated train disaster. The commuter rail agency uses the exercise to text the response of personnel...

By Michael Bolden  | November 3, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Chat with VRE CEO Wed.

Virginia Railway Express is holding an online discussion with Chief Executive Officer Dale Zehner Wednesday at noon. The chat is scheduled to last for an hour. Visit vre.org/chatterbox to follow the chat or to submit questions....

By Michael Bolden  | November 3, 2010; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Beach Drive closure today

[This post has been updated] Beach Drive is scheduled to be closed Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. so that crews can do emergency work on manholes. Beach will be closed from Rock Creek Parkway to Klingle Road NW,...

By Michael Bolden  | November 3, 2010; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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How's your cell service on Metro?

Metro has a federally imposed deadline in two years to have cell service accessible to Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile customers throughout its rail system. A team from the cell providers is working to expand the reach of the signals...

By Michael Bolden  | November 3, 2010; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Central Ave blocked near U.S. 301

Here are the headaches and issues awaiting you on the roads this morning

By Mark Berman  | November 3, 2010; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MARC Camden Line delays

A note for MARC riders: Camden Line train 841 is running 12 to 15 minutes behind due to freight train interference.

By Mark Berman  | November 3, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fire at Rhode Island & 14th

5:57 p.m. Update: The fire at the Windsor House Apartments at 1444 Rhode Island Ave. NW broke out about 4:40 p.m., said Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the D.C. fire and rescue department. The blaze broke out on the ninth...

By Michael Bolden  | November 2, 2010; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Massive delays on 301 S

5:18 p.m. Update: Two crashes -- including one that critically injured a man in his 40s -- have significantly slowed traffic on Route 301 in the Brandywine area, according to police and fire officials. The more serious crash occurred at...

By Michael Bolden  | November 2, 2010; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wizards open tonight at Verizon

The D.C. basketball team's 2010 home opener is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Verizon Center, so look out for extra crowding on Metro and for extra vehicles and pedestrians at Gallery Place.

By Robert Thomson  | November 2, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Describe your scenic commute

The chill in the air this fall -- okay, it was downright cold last night -- had some of us at Gridlock Central talking recently about our favorite commuting routes. Someone mentioned the drive down the BW Parkway; another person...

By Michael Bolden  | November 2, 2010; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro holding meetings on buses

Metro is hosting three public meetings this month in Northern Virginia for discussions on the transit system's Metrobus service study examining four bus lines.

By Mark Berman  | November 2, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Penn Ave blocked in Foggy Bottom

3:50 P.M. UPDATE: The estimate for the repair on Pennsylvania Avenue is still 7 p.m. An eight-inch main also broke on W Street between 13th and 14th streets NW. W Street westbound is closed to traffic. D.C. Water estimates repairs...

By Mark Berman  | November 2, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro predicts another budget deficit

Metro is anticipating that it may have an $89 million budget deficit for fiscal year 2012. That's the agency's next budget year, which begins on July 1, 2011. The news was first reported on the Greater Greater Washington blog by David Alpert and Michael Perkins. The information is detailed in an item scheduled to be considered by Metro's finance and administration committee on Thursday. The general manager presents a budget proposal for the coming fiscal year to the board in January, and Metro staff is seeking guidance on the budgeting process.

By Michael Bolden  | November 2, 2010; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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A snow day in Montgomery Co.

Don't be alarmed if you see snow plows traveling the 5,000 miles of county-maintained roads in Montgomery County on Wednesday. It may feel like it should be snowing but the crews won't actually be plowing or laying salt. They'll be...

By Michael Bolden  | November 2, 2010; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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MARC delays on Brunswick Line

MARC Brunswick Line delays

By Mark Berman  | November 2, 2010; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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VRE trains delayed

There are some delays for VRE riders

By Mark Berman  | November 2, 2010; 5:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia, Virginia Railway Express  
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Switch causes Yellow Line delays

7:30 p.m. Update: Metro says the problem has been cleared. Original post: A switch malfunction outside of Huntington Station in Northern Virginia is causing delays in both directions on the Yellow Line. Switches allow trains to be guided from one...

By Michael Bolden  | November 1, 2010; 6:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Yellow Line  
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JetBlue launches service at National

JetBlue Airways launched service Monday at Reagan National Airport with daily flights to Boston and Florida.The airline offered limited seats between Washington and Boston's Logan Airport at $49 each way in a sale that ends Thursday. The promotion covers travel...

By Michael Bolden  | November 1, 2010; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Airlines, Aviation  
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U.S. 301 N reopened at Brandywine

4:45 p.m. Update: The accident is now blocking the northbound acceleration lane. The traffic lanes are open, according to Maryland traffic information. Original post: U.S. 301 northbound is closed at Brandywine Road in Prince George's County due to an accident....

By Michael Bolden  | November 1, 2010; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland, Prince George's County  
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Prepare for Election Day traffic

There's very little in the D.C. region's 2010 election campaigning that amounts to transportation politics, but Tuesday's voting will generate some traffic issues of its own.

By Robert Thomson  | November 1, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories, Events  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock  
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Metrorail sets ridership record

Metrorail's average Saturday ridership is about 350,000. The day of the Rally to Restore Sanity and/Fear it was 825,437, officials said, surpassing a 1991 rally celebrating Operation Desert Storm. Metro ridership averages about 750,000 each weekyday. The most trips for...

By Michael Bolden  | November 1, 2010; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro  
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Did Metro fail Saturday?

Yes. But that was the easy question. The more difficult questions are whether different planning could have produced a different outcome and whether some of the most frequently recommended solutions would be worth the investment.

By Robert Thomson  | November 1, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Metro  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail  
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VDOT opens new service center

Virginians can report road hazards, request road maintenance or ask questions about road work by calling a new statewide customer service center.

The Virginia Department of Transportation said Monday that the center near Salem and a satellite office in Northern Virginia will handle calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

By Michael Bolden  | November 1, 2010; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Construction, Northern Virginia, Virginia  
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You asked, the Doctor answered

Dr. Gridlock was online at noon today to take your questions about commuting and transportation. There was lots of discussion about Saturday's rally and Metro's performance. Follow the discussion about the crowds that overwhelmed the Metro system here, and check back later for Dr. Gridlock's assessment of what happened.

By Luke Rosiak  | November 1, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Company organizing to extend benefit

The maximum pre-tax amount for employees' Metrobenefits is set to return to $120 from $230, and a company that administers many pre-tax employee benefits is mounting a campaign to get riders to lobby Congress to extend the benefit.

By Luke Rosiak  | November 1, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Commuting, Congestion, Metro, Metrobus, Transit, Transportation Politics  | Tags:  Smartbenefits  
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The week ahead for traffic, transit

It may be November, but there are still plenty of traffic and transit changes coming for commuters in the D.C. area. I-95 in Northern Virginia is wider, the timing of the reversible lanes is different, Metro is planning another big weekend shutdown. Here are some of the highlights.

By Robert Thomson  | November 1, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting, Congestion, Construction, Metro  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The week ahead  
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Inner Loop backed up in VA

Here are some of the headaches and problems awaiting commuters for the first rush hour of the month.

By Mark Berman  | November 1, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting  
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MARC track work and parking

Some news and notes on MARC track work and parking.

By Mark Berman  | November 1, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories, MARC, Maryland  
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