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Dr. Gridlock: November 21, 2010 - November 27, 2010

Love on the Metro

Fluttering hearts. Speechlessness. Joy. Affection. Metro? Not a connection residents normally make. But romance on the rails is not dead, and the number one station for fleeting feelings is the Continental-sounding Vienna--this according to a piece in the Post's Style section.

By Luke Rosiak  | November 27, 2010; 7:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Red Line delays cleared

The Red Line is moving slowly towards Glenmont due to a problem at Woodley Park.

By Luke Rosiak  | November 27, 2010; 6:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Return trips on I-95 and Delaware

If your holiday trip will take you through the I-95 toll plaza in Delaware tomorrow, remember that the area is an apocalyptic bottleneck. Some times to avoid the area.

By Mark Berman  | November 27, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The weekend and beyond

Friday is not a holiday, though for the most part, it may look like one on the roads and rails. Parking regulations and HOV lane restrictions are in effect. Metro doesn't have any track work scheduled for this weekend. Here are some highlights of what travelers will contend with over the weekend and beyond.

By Robert Thomson  | November 26, 2010; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories, Driving, Metro, Tysons Corner, Weekend Work  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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Virginia lane closures return Monday

Temporary lane closures in Virginia were lifted over the holiday weekend by the Virginia Department of Transportation. They were lifted beginning at noon last Wednesday and that runs through noon on Monday, Nov. 29.

By Mark Berman  | November 26, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro's holiday weekend schedule

By Robert Thomson Metro provides transit service to the D.C. region's three airports, but has no specific plans to boost that service for the Thanksgiving getaway and return. Instead, Metro officials say they will monitor the number of people using...

By Robert Thomson  | November 25, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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No MARC or VRE service today

MARC and VRE service is canceled for today and limited tomorrow.

By Mark Berman  | November 25, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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TSA: Short waits, few opt-outs

The Transportation Security Administration provided this listing of wait times and numbers of people who opted-out of using body scans Wednesday. Operational Updates as of 5 p.m. EST: Atlanta: 39 total advanced imaging technology opt-outs today (out of 47,000 fliers)....

By Washington Post Editors  | November 24, 2010; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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14th Street NW reopens

5:05 p.m. Update: President Barack Obama and his family have delivered turkeys that didn't receive a presidential pardon to a food pantry for the poor. After Obama issued the annual presidential reprieves to two turkeys at the White House on Wednesday, the Obama family passed out turkeys, stuffing and other Thanksgiving staples at Martha's Table, which is located between V and W streets on 14th. The first family also worked at the pantry during last year's holiday.

By Washington Post wire and staff reports  | November 24, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Delaware waives northbound tolls

Check Newark Toll Plaza 7:40 p.m. Update: Traffic continues to flow unabated through the toll plaza, with slowdowns beginning near the Elkton Road interchange. 5:55 p.m. Update: Traffic continues to flow steadily but slowly through the Newark Toll Plaza. Northbound...

By Michael D. Bolden  | November 24, 2010; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Lone protester at Reagan National

The lone protester Wednesday afternoon at Reagan National was a 27-year-old college student who drew crowds of curious passengers near the airport's Cosi restaurant. Brad Aefsky, wearing a canvas sign that read "Tyrants Sexually Assaulting Americans" on the front and...

By Derek Kravitz  | November 24, 2010; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Delays on 270, BW Pkwy.

3:20 p.m. Update: Volume is also heavy on 270 North with traffic crawling at 20 mph along a broad stretch from Shady Grove Road to Interstate 70, although you may experience some temporary relief on short stretches of the highway....

By Washington Post Editors  | November 24, 2010; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Flight delays at Newark, LaGuardia

The Federal Aviation Administration isn't reporting any delays at any of the airports in the continental United States currently. However, weather forecasts call for storms that may affect travel in the West and Midwest.

By Michael D. Bolden  | November 24, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Some delays on area roads

A roundup of the roads as people head out at midday for their Thanksgiving trip.

By Mark Berman  | November 24, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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I-95 S reopens in Delaware

An overturned tractor trailer is blocking southbound I-95 on the Brandywine River Bridge in Wilmington, according to the Delaware Department of Transportation.

By Mark Berman  | November 24, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lanes reopen on Beltway

11:45 a.m. Update: The lanes have reopened and traffic is flowing again. Original post: A vehicle fire on the outer loop has three lanes of traffic blocked on the Beltway just easy of Old Georgetown Road. Traffic gets by to...

By Washington Post Editors  | November 24, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Busy day expected on Amtrak

Amtrak anticipated its busiest travel day of the year Wednesday with 127,000 people -- 50,000 more than on a typical Wednesday -- expected to travel by Amtrak trains nationwide, a spokesman said.Trains were running without delay at Union Station on...

By Katherine Shaver  | November 24, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Thanksgiving travel 2010

By Michael Bolden  | November 24, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Travelers and commuters hit the road

A roundup of tips for commuters heading to the office and travelers heading out of town for the holiday.

By Mark Berman  | November 24, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Apology for a TSA 'pat-down'

Transportation Security Administration Chief John Pistole apologized Tuesday to a Michigan man who had urine spilled on his clothing after a pat-down at Detroit Metro Airport. Tha man Thomas Sawyer, 61, is a bladder cancer survivor and had a urostomy bag under his clothing, according to the Detroit Free Press.

By Michael D. Bolden  | November 24, 2010; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Reports from the airports

8:50 a.m. Update: Dulles International Airport was fairly calm about 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. There were no lines at the Continental and United Airlines ticketing areas. A sprinkle of passengers could be seen at the Jet Blue ticketing area. The biggest...

By Michael Bolden  | November 24, 2010; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bay Bridge delays likely

The Maryland Transportation Authority expects 460,000 vehicles to cross the Bay Bridge during the Thanksgiving holiday period, with Wednesday as the busiest day. Here are the times that are expected to be off-peak: -- Wednesday: Before noon and after 7...

By Michael D. Bolden  | November 24, 2010; 7:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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MARC delays this morning

A roundup of delays and issues for MARC commuters.

By Mark Berman  | November 24, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Taking Amtrak over the holiday

Amtrak is rolling out extra trains to meet the expected demand of travelers during the Thanksgiving holiday. The rail agency said it has scheduled extra trains in the Northeast, Midwest and on the West Coast. Amtrak has also implemented a special timetable for the Northeast Corridor for Nov. 23-29.

By Michael D. Bolden  | November 24, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro's holiday weekend schedule

A look at Metro's service for Sunday, Nov. 28, as people return from the Thanksgiving holiday.

By Mark Berman  | November 24, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. mayor: Raise Metro parking fees

The cuts and changes included in a budget proposed by outgoing Mayor Adrian Fenty to reduce the District's financial woes would increase parking fees at Metro stations in the District by $1 so it can decrease the amount of the subsidy it sets aside for the transit system.

By Luke Rosiak  | November 23, 2010; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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MARC adjusts Wednesday trains

The Maryland Area Regional Commuter rail service is canceling some trains Wednesday afternoon and replacing them with earlier ones in anticipation of a shift in passenger traffic as workers depart for the Thanksgiving holiday. On the Brunswick Line, Train 877, which normally departs Washington at 4:55 p.m., is canceled. An earlier train will leave Washington at 2:40 p.m., stopping at Silver Spring, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Point of Rocks, Brunswick and all West Virginia stops.

By Michael D. Bolden  | November 23, 2010; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. Beltway lanes reopen

The Maryland State Highway Administration has temporarily closed two right lanes of the Capital Beltway's outer loop at the Forestville Road Bridge. An over-height vehicle struck a safety shield underneath the bridge, and highway workers have to secure the damaged metal before reopening the Beltway lanes.

By Robert Thomson  | November 23, 2010; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Your Thanksgiving getaway questions

My online chat Monday drew dozens of questions and comments about the Thanksgiving getaway. These are some I didn't get a chance to address then.

By Robert Thomson  | November 23, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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3 injured in Metro bus accident

Three people have suffered minor injuries after a truck crashed into the back of a Metrobus.Metro spokeswoman Cathy Asato says the accident happened around 8:20 a.m. Tuesday at Good Hope and Naylor roads in southeast Washington.Asato says three people complained...

By The Associated Press  | November 23, 2010; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Massive VRE delays

There are delays due to a stopped VRE train

By Mark Berman  | November 23, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Travel advice from AAA

Worried about airport pat-downs or just about getting to Grandma's in time for the big feast? Lon Anderson of AAA Mid-Atlantic was online Tuesday at 1 p.m. to discuss Thanksgiving travel. You can review the discussion here. Dr. Gridlock was...

By Washington Post Editors  | November 23, 2010; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Delta eyes refunds over screenings

Delta Air Lines says it will consider refunds in rare case-by-case scenarios for passengers who cancel travel plans because of new airport security measures. Some passengers have complained loudly about the Transportation Security Administration's new screening procedures, which can include intimate pat-downs of passengers who bypass scanners that produce a virtually naked image of the body.

By The Associated Press  | November 23, 2010; 7:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Big Beltway delays in VA

A roundup of headaches awaiting you during the morning rush.

By Mark Berman  | November 23, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MARC delays and crowding

A roundup of MARC delays and crowding issues.

By Mark Berman  | November 23, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Blue, Orange lines delays cleared

7:50 p.m. Update: Metro says the delays have been cleared. 7:35 p.m. Update: Metro says the situation has been resolved but delays continue. Original post: Metro says trains are single-tracking between Federal Center and Smithsonian stations due to a sick...

By Washington Post Editors  | November 22, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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16th St. NW reopened after fire

n unidentified person was found dead in a Northwest Washington rowhouse Monday as firefighters worked to extinguish a blaze on the upper floor. A passerby called for help about 3:30 p.m. after seeing smoke coming from windows on the top floor of the three-story dwelling in the 3600 block of 16th Street NW, D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said. The dead person, apparently an adult, was found in a third-floor room, Piringer said. He said the victim's identity had not been confirmed as of late afternoon. Piringer said 16th Street in the area of the fire probably will remain closed through the evening rush hour as cleanup continues and authorities investigate the cause of the blaze.

By Washington Post Staff Writers  | November 22, 2010; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Pilot violates restricted airspace

U.S. fighter jets intercepted a small plane flown by a student pilot after it crossed into restricted airspace in the Washington area, military and aviation officials said Monday. The two F-16 fighters launched by the North American Aerospace Defense Command...

By The Associated Press  | November 22, 2010; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Thanksgiving's biggest bottleneck

What do Thanksgiving travelers fear the most: An airport pat-down, or Delaware? If we did a poll, I think Delaware would win in a landslide. The pat-down is over faster. Driving through the I-95 toll plaza in Delaware this week could take hours. We've talked a lot about the impending congestion and avoidance techniques. Here's a summary of what we know now, but we'll post any developments as the big travel week continues.

By Robert Thomson  | November 22, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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What to expect from TSA screening

With all of the discussion about the new body-scanning technology and pat-downs, we've assembled some advice and information from the Transportation Security Administration. If you have additional suggestions or observations, post a comment below. -- TSA's new screening techniques...

By Michael D. Bolden  | November 22, 2010; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Feds recommend child seats on planes

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood urged people flying with children for the Thanksgiving holiday to secure the children in safety seats. The news was posted to LaHood's Fast Lane blog Monday morning as a recommendation from the Federal Aviation Administration. "Aboard the plane, the safest place for your child is in a child safety seat or device based on your child's weight--not in your lap," the post said.

By Michael D. Bolden  | November 22, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Dr. Gridlock travel advice

Dr. Gridlock was online at noon Monday to discuss holiday travel and transit. Check out this archive of the discussion.

By Mark Berman  | November 22, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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MARC train will be 1 car short

MARC Brunswick Line Train 873, which departs Washington at 3:35 pm., will be one car short today, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. The Brunswick Line carries an average 7,600 passengers daily between Washington and points north and west, including...

By Washington Post Editors  | November 22, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bike-lane tension extends beyond area

Bike lanes have been expanding in cities across the continent, the New York Times notes today, and controversy has exploded along with them. As commuting patterns change and the transit infrastructure with them, some inevitably feel that what's good for bikers can be bad for them.

By Luke Rosiak  | November 22, 2010; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Motorcycle crash victim a VRE worker

A 33-year-old Gaithersburg man who was fatally injured Sunday after he lost control of the motorcycle he was riding in upper Montgomery County was a conductor for Virginia Railway Express, according to rail officials. Larry Daniel Talley worked for Keolis...

By Michael D. Bolden  | November 22, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Grass fire out near Beltway

11:55 a.m. Update: Traffic reporting services say the fire is out 11:05 a.m. Update: There is a brush fire on the outer loop of the Beltway under the I-95 overpass in College Park, according to Prince George's County Fire and...

By Washington Post Editors  | November 22, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Thanksgiving transportation help

We are gathering all of our Thanksgiving travel information in one spot: on the Transportation home page. Have questions about Metro service, or curious about the best routes out of town? It's all there. If you have additional questions or...

By Washington Post Editors  | November 22, 2010; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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TSA responds to child pat-down video

The Transportation Security Administration issued a statement this morning about a video being circulated on the Internet that shows a young boy receiving a pat-down at Salt Lake City International Airport. The TSA has been embroiled in controversy since installation of the new scanners began last month. TSA Administrator John S. Pistole defended them in the face of questions from two Senate committees last week and and made the rounds of news shows Sunday and Monday morning. A California man became an instant folk hero among the protestors when a recording he made at airport security in San Diego went viral on the Internet. In the video he threatens a TSA agent with arrest if "you touch my junk" during a pat-down. A passenger was arrested in Indianapolis after he punched a TSA agent who didn't respond to his questioning about security procedures.

By Michael D. Bolden  | November 22, 2010; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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TSA discourages scanner boycotts

With one of the year's busiest traveling days fast approaching, the Obama administration's top transportation security official on Monday urged passengers angry over safety procedures not to boycott airport body scans. John Pistole said in nationally broadcast interviews he understands public concerns about privacy in the wake of the Transportation Security Administration's tough new airline boarding security checks.

By Washington Post wire and staff reports  | November 22, 2010; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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The week ahead for traffic, transit

Travelers departing for their Thanksgiving holidays at midweek are likely to encounter some bad weather, the Capital Weather Gang says. The highway departments should have pulled up their orange barrels by Wednesday afternoon, but that still leaves the concrete barriers and the lane shifts. Many others will stick around the D.C. area and start their holiday shopping at local malls on Friday. So today, we'll concentrate the look ahead on the long distance and local travel obstacles connected to the holiday. We'll have much more on this as the week evolves.

By Robert Thomson  | November 22, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Inner Loop lanes blocked in MD

Check back here throughout the morning for updates on what to expect during this morning rush hour.

By Mark Berman  | November 22, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Dulles Toll Rd. lanes reopen

3:55 p.m., 11.21 Update: The airports authority say the repairs to the bridge were completed earlier today. Beulah Road and the Dulles Toll Road lanes have reopened. Original post: The two right lanes of the Dulles Toll Road eastbound will...

By Michael D. Bolden  | November 21, 2010; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Accident closes South Glebe Road

South Glebe Road is closed to northbound traffic between South Arlington Ridge Road and U.S. 1 in Arlington.

By Washington Post Editors  | November 21, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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