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Dr. Gridlock: November 7, 2010 - November 13, 2010

Chat with Dr. Gridlock Monday

The doctor will be in the house Monday at noon to answer your transit and commuting questions in his weekly live chat. Submit them here.

By Luke Rosiak  | November 13, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The weekend and beyond

The weekend weather looks gorgeous, but despite high temperatures approaching 70 degrees, some travelers may be heading for the season's first weekend of skating at the Sculpture Garden Ice Rink on the National Mall. Others with a more sedentary view of athletics may just take in the Wizards on Friday night or the Capitals on Sunday evening at Verizon Center. Meanwhile, the Calder Quartet will be at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, and for those preparing for holiday gift-giving, the Museum Shop Around is at Strathmore. Here's my weekly review of the traffic and transit issues you may need to deal with.

By Robert Thomson  | November 13, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories, Driving, Events, Metro, Weekend Work  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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Warnings over for red-light cameras

The grace period is over for three new red-light cameras in action in the District. There are now more than 50 deployed throughout the city. The cameras debuted last month at Connecticut Avenue southbound at Porter Street NW; on 14th...

By Michael Bolden  | November 13, 2010; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Inner Loop to close at I-66 tonight

Crews will close northbound I-495 at I-66 Friday night as part of a bridge demolition project for the Beltway high-occupancy toll lanes project. According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, the lane closures will be phased in beginning at 9:30...

By Michael Bolden  | November 12, 2010; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congestion, Construction, Highways  
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Mass. Ave. NW reopens

4:11 p.m. Update: DDOT says Massachusetts Avenue has reopened. 3 p.m. Update: Four to five buildings in the area of 10th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW were evacuated Friday afternoon following a a high pressure gas leak, D.C. Fire and...

By Michael Bolden  | November 12, 2010; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Escalator watch: Repairs wind down

Metro's urgent escalator inspections appear to be winding down today, after a burst of work during yesterday's holiday, when federal workers had off work and Metrorail ran a weekend schedule.

By Luke Rosiak  | November 12, 2010; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro reviewing mom/baby incident

Metro officials are reviewing a Wednesday morning incident where a baby in a stroller was separated from its mother when the doors on a train leaving West Hyattsville closed, leaving the frantic mother on the platform. The Green Line train...

By Ann Scott Tyson  | November 12, 2010; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Roads blocked near Catholic U

Check back here throughout the morning for updates on congestion, headaches and problems awaiting drivers.

By Mark Berman  | November 12, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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VRE trains delayed

Some early delays for VRE riders: Trains 300 and 302 are delayed due to signal problems.

By Mark Berman  | November 12, 2010; 5:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Crowding, delays for MARC trains

MARC Brunswick Line train 892 (departing at 6:05 a.m. from Frederick) will run one car short this morning, so expect potential crowding.

By Mark Berman  | November 12, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro wants you

Metro is turning to the military to help fill vacancies. The transit authority said it plans to hold a military open house for job-seekers from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, "to actively recruit retired, former and transitioning...

By Michael Bolden  | November 11, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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North Capitol Street reopens

4:40 p.m. Update: D.C. authorities say the package has been cleared. Original post: North Capitol Street is closed from Florida Avenue to Michigan Avenue due to police activity. Traffic reporting services indicate there has been a car accident at Michigan...

By Michael Bolden  | November 11, 2010; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ohio Drive nearly done

But before the reconstruction project wraps up, Ohio Drive will be completely shut this weekend, the National Park Service says. The final asphalt surfacing and placement of road markings is scheduled to begin at 11 p.m. Friday. This will completely close Ohio Drive from from the Roosevelt Bridge over the Rock Creek Parkway to Independence Avenue at 23rd Street NW until 5 a.m. Monday.

By Robert Thomson  | November 11, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Traffic improvements in Silver Spring

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation recently completed work on Hewitt Avenue in Silver Spring intended to improve pedestrian safety. The agency installed three islands along a stretch of Hewitt between Georgia Avenue and Blue Spruce Lane following a request...

By Michael Bolden  | November 11, 2010; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NTSB to investigate cruise ship fire

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the fire that occurred in the engine room of the Carnival Splendor, federal officials said Thursday. The fire broke out on Monday while the ship was cruising in the Pacific Ocean. The ship,...

By Michael Bolden  | November 11, 2010; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Using Metro? Don't count on escalators

If you're using one of Metro's busy downtown D.C. stations today, you're very likely to encounter an escalator taken out of service as part of the transit authority's emergency maintenance inspections.

By Robert Thomson  | November 11, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Photos: The streetcar cometh

Fourth Street NE will be closed between H and G Streets Thursday and Friday between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm to accommodate installation of streetcar tracks at the 4th and H streets intersection.

By Luke Rosiak  | November 11, 2010; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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How's your cell service on Metro?

We recently introduced a map that lets users report the strength of their cell phone signals on Metrorail. Metro has a federally imposed deadline in two years to have cell service accessible to Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile customers throughout...

By Michael Bolden  | November 11, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Silver Spring man arrested for road rage

A Silver Spring man has been arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder after a road rage incident near the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.U.S. Park Police arrested 47-year-old Andrew Dunn this week after the Sunday incident in Beltsville.Police say Dunn...

By Associated Press  | November 11, 2010; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Chrysler, GM recall vehicles

General Motors Co will recall 13,780 Cadillac DTS and Buick Lucerne luxury sedans because of possible power steering fluid leaks that could cause a loss of steering or an engine fire. GM said in a notice to U.S. safety regulators that it investigated reports in late August of two fires in vehicles. GM determined that a power steering fluid line could leak because of wear. The problem, which affects cars for model years 2010 and 2011, is that the starter or alternator cable could rub against the power steering return line and wear it thin, according to a notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website dated Wednesday.

By Washington Post Wire Services  | November 11, 2010; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro board member gets voting right

Metro federally appointed board member Marcel Acosta on Wednesday was elevated from non-voting to voting status by the General Services Administration (GSA). GSA spokeswoman Sahar Wali said Acosta, one of two federal members named to the board in January, became...

By Ann Scott Tyson  | November 11, 2010; 7:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Commuting on Veterans Day

A roundup of commuting headaches

By Mark Berman  | November 11, 2010; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Holiday traffic patterns in D.C.

Holiday and weekend traffic patterns will be in effect for the District on Veterans Day. Officials with the District Department of Transportation said this includes 16th Street NW, Connecticut Avenue, Canal Road NW and Independence Avenue. According to the National Park Service, holiday patterns also will be in effect on Rock Creek Parkway and Beech Drive.

By Michael Bolden  | November 10, 2010; 7:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Alexandria proposes new snow rules

Weather forecasters are not predicting the severe snowstorms the D.C. region experienced last winter, but Alexandria officials are putting together a new plan of attack. A new system is being put in place that will categorize the severity of each snowstorm and how the city and its residents should respond, said Yon Lambert, deputy director of operations for Alexandria's transportation and environmental services

By Christy Goodman  | November 10, 2010; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Bomb threat closes Georgia Avenue

A bomb scare at a downtown Silver Spring building Wednesday evening forced authorities to evacuate the building and shut down traffic on Georgia Avenue for about an hour, Montgomery County police said. Authorities received a call reporting a bomb threat...

By Michael Bolden  | November 10, 2010; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Draft' escalator report released

Metro this afternoon posted the unabridged 308-page escalator/elevator report on its website, after it was leaked to the blog UnsuckDcMetro.

By Ann Scott Tyson and Luke Rosiak  | November 10, 2010; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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VDOT readies for winter

Branco Vlacich, part of a team at the Virginia Department of Transportation that 's responsible for clearing 17,679 lane miles in the D.C. region, displayed the National Weather Service forecast he received for the upcoming season: "equal chances for above-,near-, or below-normal temperatures and precipitation," it said. This is what drives the plow planners nuts. They have to be ready for anything, while spending taxpayer money prudently. Vlacich, speaking this morning to a group of local officials and their representatives who wanted to be briefed on winter preparations, said that further review with forecasters suggested we'll see fewer big snows but more ice storms. Here's what else will be different this winter.

By Robert Thomson  | November 10, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Doors closing separate mom & child

A Metro Green line train took off with a baby in a stroller this morning after its doors closed, leaving a woman frantic on the platform, according to a witness. Metro spokesman Reggie Woodruff confirmed that the incident took place. "The mother pushed the child on the train first; the doors closed," he said. Barbara Runion, 59, of Hyattsville, said she was aboard the crowded car No. 2033 when it stopped at about 7:50 a.m. at West Hyattsville Metro station. The doors shut before the woman pushing the stroller could board, and the train pulled away, she said.

By Ann Scott Tyson  | November 10, 2010; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Diary of a MARC commuter

Penny Frye, a daily passenger on MARC's Brunswick Line, is one of the many Maryland commuter train riders who have endured frequent delays recently. CSX Transportation, which operates the Brunswick and Camden lines for the Maryland Transit Administration, attributed the...

By Katherine Shaver  | November 10, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Md. hearing on MoCo transitway

The Maryland Transit Administration will hold a public hearing Dec. 15 on its study of a proposed north-south transitway in upper Montgomery County, between the Shady Grove Metro station and the Clarksburg area.

The transit agency is scheduled to release its supplemental environmental impact statement on the proposal, known as the Corridor Cities Transitway, Nov. 30 on its Web site.

By Katherine Shaver  | November 10, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Midday jam at Key Bridge/M Street

Midday work in the roadway has shut the westbound lanes of M Street NW, where the Whitehurst Freeway joins it Georgetown.There are several traffic control officers on the scene, which is good. Even better would be adding a couple at the intersection of Key Bridge and M Street, where traffic inbound from Virginia meets both directions of M Street traffic.

By Robert Thomson  | November 10, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Transit modified for Veterans Day

[This post has been updated] Many area transit authorities will have limited service for Veterans Day, as they anticipate a significant drop in ridership as federal workers stay home. Metrobus will operate on a new modified schedule introduced this past...

By Michael Bolden  | November 10, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Escalator outage rate doubles

It hasn't just seemed like it: Metro's already-decried escalator outage rates, which generally hover around 10 to 12 percent, have gotten far worse this week, with a quarter of escalators out on the Red Line during this morning's rush hour.

By Luke Rosiak  | November 10, 2010; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Navigating northeast for holidays

Avery Comarow of Montgomery County sent me this question about holiday travels, and both he and I could use your advice: "We're driving to Maine, and our priority is getting there as quickly as possible. We've done this trip many times, but I've never been satisfied that we've taken the best route."

By Robert Thomson  | November 10, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Work on convention center hotel begins

Rendering of the new Marriott Marquis hotel. (Capstone Development LLC) If you travel west on Massachusetts Avenue beyond Ninth Street NW, the Jersey barriers and traffic barrels blocking the curb lane may have you wondering what's happening at the northwest...

By Michael Bolden  | November 10, 2010; 6:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Delays on Good Hope Rd in SE

Check back here throughout the morning for updates on the headaches awaiting you on the commute.

By Mark Berman  | November 10, 2010; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Potential MARC crowding

A note for MARC riders: Penn Line trains 503, 402 and 415 will be running one car short this morning. Expect potential crowding.

By Mark Berman  | November 10, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Old Town parking meter increases

Once new multi-space parking meters are installed in Old Town Alexandria, the rates will go back up to $1.75, according to a recent proposal. The Alexandria City Council, which lowered the parking meter rate to $1.25 last month until the...

By Christy Goodman  | November 9, 2010; 9:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Va. parcels out unspent VDOT funds

Anita Kumar reports on the Virginia Politics blog that Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) began to lay out Tuesday how the state will spend almost $1.5 billion on transportation improvements over the next six years after an audit of the Virginia Department of Transportation found that hundreds of millions of dollars have been sitting unspent in various accounts for several years.

By Anita Kumar  | November 9, 2010; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lane closings set on NY Ave.

Some new lane closings are about to start between Florida Avenue and Penn Street NE as part of the District's reconstruction of the New York Avenue Bridge. Here's the schedule from the District Department of Transportation.

By Robert Thomson  | November 9, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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AU selling SmarTrip on campus

In talking to college students about transit in the D.C. area, this topic often comes up: How could we get a discount? (The other thing they want is to see more police officers on the trains and in the station areas.) Metro doesn't offer a discount specifically for students at local colleges. That surprises some students, because in their lower school days in their hometowns, they did get discounts to use transit.

By Robert Thomson  | November 9, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Be alert or risk a ticket

Arlington County police issued 33 warnings and tickets to pedestrians, cyclists and motorists at its highest-volume intersection, North Lynn Street and Wilson Boulevard, on Tuesday morning -- and more will be coming.

By Christy Goodman  | November 9, 2010; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Biking, Congestion, District, Driving, Maryland, Montgomery County, Northern Virginia, Prince George's County, Traffic Safety  
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Avoid holiday driving dangers

Traffic experts, and experienced drivers, recommend that people make their holiday escapes at off hours. I also recommend this, as you can see in my Thinking of Thanksgiving travel posting today. But to do that safely, there are several issues to consider.

By Robert Thomson  | November 9, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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No VRE service on Thursday

Virginia Railway Express trains will not run on Thursday, which is Veterans Day. The commuter rail service will resume operations on Friday. The Maryland Transit Administration, however, does plan to run trains, but the schedule will be limited. Only trains...

By Michael Bolden  | November 9, 2010; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Airlines canceling more flights

U.S. airlines canceled 4,754 flights in September, an increase from 2,934 in the same month a year ago, after the government required airlines to let passengers off stuck flights within three hours. The cancellation rate, which was 0.9 percent in...

By Associated Press and Staff Reports  | November 9, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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NTSB holds forum on aging drivers

Connect to webcast on NTSB.gov The National Transportation Safety Board is holding a two-day forum on aging drivers to address the growing number of people with licenses who are 65 and older. The NTSB says that within 15 years that...

By Michael Bolden  | November 9, 2010; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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N.J. gets bill for scrapped tunnel

NJ Transit owes the federal government $271 million for the Hudson River rail tunnel that Gov. Chris Christie scrapped last month. The Federal Transit Administration on Monday sent the railroad the bill, saying interest and penalty charges will be added. The Record newspaper reported the FTA also said it would launch a "complete audit" of the project to determine how much federal funds still have not been spent.

By The Associated Press and Staff Reports  | November 9, 2010; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Traffic safety campaign kicks off

Maryland, Northern Virginia and the District are kicking off an annual pedestrian and cyclist safety campaign today. Law enforcement throughout the region plan to gather in Rosslyn to roll out the Street Smart program, part of an effort to increase...

By Michael Bolden  | November 9, 2010; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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99 percent see rats on NYC subway

Metro has become the system Washingtonians love to hate, but between continuous complaints about escalator performance, infrequent service and unhelpful customer service, it's easy to forget what the system doesn't seem to be plagued with: Large rodents in larger numbers.

By Luke Rosiak  | November 9, 2010; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Thinking of Thanksgiving travel

We begin our annual discussion of when to leave and how to get there for the November-December holidays. I think the traffic will be bad on Wednesday night, Nov. 24, the night before Thanksgiving. So if possible, leave earlier. Fine. But how much earlier? Bob Marbourg, the traffic guru at WTOP who has watched the holiday getaway for three decades, says it used to be that everyone heading out of the D.C. area for a long-distance driving getaway left on Wednesday, but "that ended about 10 years ago."

By Robert Thomson  | November 9, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Drivers offered cash for carpools

Commuter Connections, a regional network that encourages alternatives to driving alone, is launching an incentive program to stimulate carpooling in the D.C. area.

By Robert Thomson  | November 9, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Inner Loop backed up in VA

Check back here throughout the morning rush for updates on headaches and issues awaiting you on your commute.

By Mark Berman  | November 9, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MARC delays this morning

Brunswick Line train 870 is running 10 to 12 minutes behind this morning. Check back with this post throughout the morning for any other MARC delays and problems.

By Mark Berman  | November 9, 2010; 5:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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VRE delays on Manassas Line

7:45 p.m. Update: VRE says a tow truck is on the scene to remove the vehicle. Once clear, the train will pass the scene at restricted speeds., VRE said. Original post: Virginia Railway Express says Train 335 is being held...

By Michael Bolden  | November 8, 2010; 7:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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I-270 work postponed till Tuesday

The Maryland State Highway Administration says that the high winds forecast for tonight have led to postponement of a plan to install a big sign structure over northbound Interstate 270.

By Robert Thomson  | November 8, 2010; 6:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories, Maryland  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock  
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MARC cancellations and delays

7:15 p.m. Update: MARC has opened the Metro option due to delays on the Brunswick Line. 5:05 p.m. Update: Train 450 is canceled, according to the MTA. The next train to depart Washington will be 534 at 5:20 p.m. Original...

By Michael Bolden  | November 8, 2010; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fairfax moves Bob's Slug Line

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation is nearing completion on a new Park & Ride lot on Old Keene Mill Road by Springfield Boulevard, and it has temporarily relocated the slugging area known as Bob's Slug Line.

By Robert Thomson  | November 8, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock  
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District plans bridge inspections

The District Department of Transportation announced today that it's planning some routine safety inspections on bridges this week and next. That will require some midday lane closings. Here's the schedule.

By Robert Thomson  | November 8, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories, District  | Tags:  District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock  
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Penn. Ave. reopens after protest

12:45 p.m. Update: Tim Craig reports that Pennsylvania Avenue has reopened. 12:33 p.m. Update: More than 200 members of the Ethopian community marched to the John A. Wilson Building demanding to speak to District politicians about the death of Ali...

By Michael Bolden  | November 8, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Metro expands parking payment options

Metro says that by next summer, 22 more stations will be able to take credit card payments for parking. Since the transit authority went to a cashless payment system in 2004, most transit users who park in Metro lots and garages have been able to pay only by SmarTrip card.

By Robert Thomson  | November 8, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Escalator report cited brake wear

The blog Unsuck DC Metro, located at http://unsuckdcmetro.blogspot.com/, is reporting today that a recent report by a consultant hired to evaluate Metro's escalators cited worn brake pads as a problem in its findings to the transit agency. Vertical Transportation Excellence recently conducted an assessment of Metro's escalator and elevator maintenance problems.

By Michael Bolden  | November 8, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Airlines offer free WiFi for holidays

12:48 p.m. Update: The Associated Press reports that Google will also sponsor free WiFi on AirTran for the same holiday period. 10:50 a.m. Update: Virgin America followed Delta's announcement with one of its own. The airline is also going to...

By Michael D. Bolden  | November 8, 2010; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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US Airways to recall furloughed workers

US Airways says it will need 500 flight attendants and pilots next year mostly to cover planned retirements and attrition. US Airways Group said Monday it will offer the jobs to furloughed employees first and then hire from outside the...

By The Associated Press  | November 8, 2010; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Amtrak considers reviving tunnel

"A partnership would be the immediate strategy to get two tracks [built under the Hudson] as soon as possible," said Al Engel, Amtrak vice president of high speed rail, who was interviewed by the Asbury Park Press after he addressed the Transportation Research Forum New York Chapter on Thursday. "We're beginning to explore what value there is in the ... work that can be salvaged."

Construction on the tunnel began last year. It was designed to double the capacity for NJ Transit commuter and Amtrak trains between New York and New Jersey.

By Associated Press and staff reports  | November 8, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The week ahead for traffic, transit

Drivers this morning are finding light in their eyes where they had none last week during the inbound commute. This afternoon, they'll be turning their lights on earlier than normal because of the time change. Watch for pedestrians in the twilight. Meanwhile, Metro service is back to normal on the Blue and Orange lines after the weekend track work. Even Ohio Drive is almost back to normal after months of reconstruction. See what other delays you may encounter this week.

By Robert Thomson  | November 8, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories, Congestion, Construction, Driving, Metro  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The week ahead  
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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.[This post has been updated. An earlier version mistakenly referred to federal workers having...

By Michael Bolden  | November 8, 2010; 7:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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VRE problems

Issues and delays for VRE riders.

By Mark Berman  | November 8, 2010; 5:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories, Virginia, Virginia Railway Express  
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I-395 N incredibly jammed in VA

Here's a roundup of road issues and other problems for commuters to be aware of this morning. This post will be updated throughout the morning rush hour.

By Mark Berman  | November 8, 2010; 5:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MARC delays and notes

This post will be updated throughout the morning with any MARC delays or notes for riders.

By Mark Berman  | November 8, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  MARC, Maryland  
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