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Dr. Gridlock: December 12, 2010 - December 18, 2010

Potomac Yard Metro vote passes

Alexandria City Council unanimously passed a 20-cent special tax district for the proposed $240 million Potomac Yard Metro station.

By Christy Goodman  | December 18, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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IRS delays parking/train fund split

Two major changes that would have taken significant bites out of Metro riders' wallets and have caused confusion and anger for months both were granted one-year postponements today, at one of the last moments possible.

By Luke Rosiak  | December 17, 2010; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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VRE cancellations, short trains

Manassas Line Train 331 will be two cars short, according to VRE, so expect crowding....

By Washington Post Editors  | December 17, 2010; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tysons Connector bus service to end

It was suppose to be one of the steps toward Tysons Corner's future as a transit-oriented, urban downtown. In November 2009, a free midday shuttle service was launched to usher riders among office buildings and shopping malls in Tysons. The...

By Kafia A. Hosh  | December 17, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Commuter Bus, Commuting, Northern Virginia, Silver Line, Tysons Corner  
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Sun sets on SmartBikeDC

The little red bikes that preceded Capital Bikeshare have two weeks to live.

By Luke Rosiak  | December 17, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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VRE service resumes

2:15 p.m. Update: According to Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm, one Amtrak train, Northeast Regional No. 94 to Newport News, was delayed by the stoppage. -- Jennifer Buskes 2:12: p.m. Update: VRE says train traffic has resumed. 2:03 p.m. Update: VRE...

By Washington Post Staff Writers  | December 17, 2010; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Congress extends transit benefits

I've got more answers to your questions about the upcoming changes in the transit benefits program, with help from Angela Gates, a Metro spokeswoman. There are two major changes coming Jan. 1: 1) Unless Congress acts to extend it, the transit benefit will drop back to its old level of $120 a month, while the parking benefit will remain at $230. 2) The SmartBenefits program, complying with an IRS rule, will require employers and employees in the program to divide the benefits they download to SmarTrip cards into separate sections for transit riding and transit parking. While the first change has a greater financial impact on riders, it's the second change that's the more complicated and is drawing the most questions. Let's do a little more Q&A on the changes. After that, please fill out the online form and share your experiences with the changes.

By Robert Thomson  | December 17, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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The weekend and beyond

It's the last weekend for Christmas shopping, so be prepared for crowded conditions around the malls. There may also be some boomlets of holiday getaway traffic on Friday evening and Saturday morning among the lucky ones who are on vacation during the coming week. This is also the last weekend of the year for Metro track work delays. Riders may also encounter police who want to search their property before they board the trains and buses.

By Robert Thomson  | December 17, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Construction, Driving, Metro, Weekend Work  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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Delaware warns of toll plaza backups

NEWARK, Del. -- Delaware transportation officials are warning motorists to expect major traffic delays during Christmas week at the Newark toll plaza on Interstate 95. Officials say traffic could back up for miles and take hours to clear because...

By Associated Press and Staff Reports  | December 17, 2010; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Feds probe steering on Saturn Ion

Federal safety regulators have opened an investigation into steering problems with the Saturn Ion. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received 633 complaints alleging sudden loss of power assist to the steering in Saturn Ion vehicles from...

By The Los Angeles Times  | December 17, 2010; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Groups urge DMV to accept work permit

Sixty-seven organizations are asking the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to resume accepting a federal work permit as proof that a driver's license applicant is legally in the U.S. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Virginia Coalition of Latino...

By Associated Press  | December 17, 2010; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Snow hits travel in Europe hard

Washingtonians may have had problems on the roads after snow moved through the region Thursday, but travelers in Europe are facing widespread problems due to a winter storm. Heavy overnight snowfall grounded about 450 flights and caused major delays at German airports Friday, forced schools to close, left highways clogged with traffic and caused scores of accidents that killed at least two people.

By Associated Press  | December 17, 2010; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Signal problems delay Amtrak

Signal problems are hampering Amtrak trains traveling between Philadelphia and Baltimore. Amtrak says travelers should expect minor delays for Friday's morning commute. Officials say they have restored signal and switch power after an earlier outage. Amtrak says some trains departing...

By Associated Press  | December 17, 2010; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Orange Line delays cleared

There are Metro delays. Again.

By Mark Berman  | December 17, 2010; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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VRE delays

VRE train 321 will run about 20 mins late departing Washington this morning due late equipment.

By Mark Berman  | December 17, 2010; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MARC delays

MARC delays are impacting commuters this morning.

By Mark Berman  | December 17, 2010; 6:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro's random bag searches to begin

Metro's random bag searches begin today, and we're trying to assess the impact on the morning commute.

By Mark Berman  | December 17, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Prepare for a slippery, icy commute

The remnants of yesterday's snow resulted in icy and slush roads all over the region.

By Mark Berman  | December 17, 2010; 5:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Metro to begin random bag inspections

Metro transit police announced that they will conduct random inspections of carry-on items on the Metro system as a security measure.

By Ann Scott Tyson  | December 16, 2010; 9:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
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Fliers stranded at National Airport

A storm that's dropped a few inches of snow on Washington has some passengers stranded at Reagan National Airport.

A spokeswoman for Delta says the airline has canceled its 15 remaining flights Thursday from Reagan.

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority spokeswoman Courtney Mickalonis said Thursday that crews at Reagan and Dulles International Airport are working to clear the snow.

By Washington Post Staff and Wire Reports  | December 16, 2010; 8:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Bag the Metro searches

Metro's decision to start randomly searching its passengers' private property reinstates a policy announced abruptly in October 2008 and then suspended before the searches began. Maybe Metro figured that if it was okay for the TSA to grab air travelers' private parts, it would be okay for transit offices to open up the riders' bags and packages.

By Robert Thomson  | December 16, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Two Metro board member resignations

Metro Board member Christopher Zimmerman announced unexpectedly that he will leave Metro's leadership, causing reactions of surprise, shock, and disappointment from his colleagues.

By Ann Scott Tyson  | December 16, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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A rough commute home

Share and view photos | Predict snow totals | Snow guide [This post will be updated] Drivers faced a long slog through the darkness as slippery roads made the ride home dangerous and delayed those those who depend on public...

By Michael D. Bolden  | December 16, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Metro oversight committee may gain power

A Metro board panel on Thursday agreed to strengthen the oversight of safety at Metro through a new memorandum of understanding with the Tri-State Oversight Committee (TOC).

By Ann Scott Tyson  | December 16, 2010; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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VRE plans to maintain schedule

All Virginia Railway Express trains will run on schedule this afternoon and evening, VRE officials said. The commuter rail service will move its larger consists to the beginning of rush hour as VRE officials project riders will leave early because...

By Jennifer Buske  | December 16, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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VRE reassigns maintenance supervisor

Virginia Railway Express officials said they are revamping their mechanical policies and procedures in order to ensure their commuter trains run more efficiently. The changes include moving the supervisor in charge of maintenance from that position, launching a search for a replacement, and lining up a team of specialists to stand by for specific problems.

By Jennifer Buske  | December 16, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Snow removal in the D.C. area

Share and view photos | Predict snow totals | Snow guide The region is only forecast to get one or two inches of snow, but there may still be problems with some roads. Here is some information on snow removal...

By Washington Post Editors  | December 16, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Review finds flaws in MARC rail

The June breakdown of a MARC train that stranded 1,200 passengers in sweltering heat without air conditioning "reflects a series of organizational failures at multiple levels" in Maryland's commuter rail system, according to an investigation of the incident by the...

By Katherine Shaver  | December 16, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Major Red Line delays

Delays struck the Orange and Red Lines during the morning commute.

By Mark Berman  | December 16, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Prepare for a snowy A.M. commute

Snowy weather hits the D.C. area and might impact your commute.

By Mark Berman  | December 16, 2010; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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ART bus passes going paperless [UPDATED]

ART's paper weekly bus pases will no longer be sold after Jan. 1, 2011

By Mark Berman  | December 16, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MARC delayed, Metro honoring tickets

MARC Brunswick Line trains are expected to run 20 to 25 minutes late this morning. Due to the expected delays, Metro will honor MARC tickets.

By Mark Berman  | December 16, 2010; 5:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro to honor MARC tickets

Metrorail will honor MARC tickets for the evening commute due to this morning's problems on the Brunswick Line, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. At one point all Brunswick Line trains were operating 15 to 30 minutes late. The Brunswick...

By Washington Post Editors  | December 15, 2010; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Southwest to order larger planes

Southwest Airlines will order 20 new, larger versions of the Boeing 737 that could pave the way for the all-domestic airline to offer international flights. CEO Gary Kelly said Wednesday that Southwest will change an existing order with Boeing to get new 737-800 jets beginning in early 2012

By Associated Press and Staff Reports  | December 15, 2010; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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7th Street NW reopens

1:50 p.m. Update: Police have cleared the scene and traffic is flowing again. Original post: Police are on the scene at H and Seventh Streets in Northwest Washington. There are street closures and the southwest sidewalk leading by Metro station...

By Michael Bolden  | December 15, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Downtown streets reopen

12:15 p.m. Update: DDOT says the suspicious package has been cleared and that streets are reopening. Expect delays to continue for a while. 11:33 a.m. Update: Authorities remain on the scene. Westbound K Street is still clogged and delays on...

By Michael D. Bolden  | December 15, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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I-66 East returning to normal

11:20 p.m. Update: The accident has been cleared and cameras now show traffic moving smoothly. Original post: An accident on Interstate 66 East near Sudley Road has two left lanes blocked. According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, delays extend...

By Washington Post Editors  | December 15, 2010; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Which rider will win winter?

A Capital Bikeshare member with nerves of steel or a fluffy coat will win a three-year membership to the bikesharing program, simply for getting the most use out of the $70-year, flat-rate program--during two of the coldest months of the year.

By Luke Rosiak  | December 15, 2010; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Md., S. Korea reach driver accord

If you're a Marylander with a non-commercial driver's license living in Korea you can now exchange your license for a Korean one without taking a test. The same is true for Korean license holders living in Maryland, the state Motor Vehicle Administration says.

By Michael D. Bolden  | December 15, 2010; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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I-95 S closing Wed., Thurs.

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to close three of four lanes of Interstate 95 South between the Franconia-Springfield Parkway overpass and the Fairfax County parkway overpass (exit 166B) overnight Wednesday and Thursday, with intermittent full closures. The closures will also affect all HOV lanes, officials said.

By Michael D. Bolden  | December 15, 2010; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pentagon Metro station reopens

The suspicious package with the blinking light was...a Christmas ornament, reports NBC Washington

By Associated Press and Staff Reports  | December 15, 2010; 7:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Outer Loop backed up in VA

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

By Mark Berman  | December 15, 2010; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Big MARC delays

There are already some major headaches for MARC riders this morning.

By Mark Berman  | December 15, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Va. Beltway closings scheduled

The scheduled Installation of steel bridge beams for Virginia's HOT lanes project will practically shut the Capital Beltway in Tysons Corner very early Thursday and Friday mornings.

By Robert Thomson  | December 14, 2010; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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VRE Train 335 canceled

6:08 p.m. Update: Train 333 is on the move, operating 30 minutes late. 5:55 p.m. Update: Train 333 is leaving the rail yard now and should arrive in Union Station in 10 minutes. It is running 10 minutes late. VRE...

By Washington Post Editors  | December 14, 2010; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Despite cold, Bikeshare heating up

Bikesharing programs in many other cities shut down for the winter, but Arlington and the District's Capital Bikeshare is still gaining steam, despite frigid temperatures.

By Luke Rosiak  | December 14, 2010; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Georgia Ave. reopens

[This post has been updated] 7 p.m. Update: Traffic appears to be flowing freely now on Georgia Avenue. 5:25 p.m. Update: Delays continue with back-ups as far south as Plyers Mill Road. Utility crews are still on the scene. 5...

By Washington Post Editors  | December 14, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. region gets boost for buses

The Washington region is getting $58.8 million in stimulus funds to improve bus service and create better connections between buses and other forms of transportation.U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood signed an agreement for the the Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery...

By Associated Press and Staff Reports  | December 14, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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U.S. 50 E backed up in Md.

An accident at Interstate 97 in Anne Arundel County has U.S. 50 traffic severely backed up in Maryland. The right lane is blocked. Traffic reporting services report slowdowns beginning in Prince George's County at U.S. 301, with traffic traveling as...

By Washington Post Editors  | December 14, 2010; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Montgomery Co. launches snow tool

With two snow threats for Washington in the next week, Montgomery County's Tuesday launch of a new online tool to track the progress of snow plows was timely. "Following last year's record-breaking snowfalls, I asked all our departments to find...

By Washington Post Editors  | December 14, 2010; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. man accused in Metro bomb threat

An Arlington man has been arrested after posting on Facebook that he could put pipe bombs on Metro cars or in Georgetown at rush hour, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria. Court papers do...

By Maria Glod  | December 14, 2010; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Dems seek VDOT funds for BRAC

Christy Goodman reports on the Virginia Politics blog that the state's top Democrats -- U.S. Reps. James P. Moran and Gerald E. Connolly and Sens. Mark R. Warner and James Webb -- sent a letter Tuesday to Gov. Robert McDonnell requesting uncommitted state transportation funds be used for Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) improvements.

By Washington Post Editors  | December 14, 2010; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Rockville Pike reopens

2 p.m. Update: Rockville Pike has reopened. Original post: A fallen tree is blocking two southbound lanes and the right shoulder of the Rockville Pike southbound at Congressional Lane, according to the state of Maryland's traffic incident reporting service. One...

By Washington Post Editors  | December 14, 2010; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Smoke at Foggy Bottom Station

12:35 p.m. Update: According to fire officials, the problem was linked to an overheated elevator motor. The situation is under control with minimal disruption at the station. Original post: D.C. Fire / EMS officials are reporting smoke at Foggy Bottom...

By Washington Post Editors  | December 14, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wind warnings delay NYC-area flights

Flights headed to La Guardia and Newark airports are experiencing delays due to windy conditions. Some flights into La Guardia are experiencing delays averaging 50 minutes; flights into Newark are experiencing delays averaging 48 minutes. Check with your airline to...

By Washington Post Editors  | December 14, 2010; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wind warning on Bay Bridge

The wind advisory in effect for the Washington region through 10 tonight may pose a danger for some vehicles traveling across the Bay Bridge. State officials said a wind warning is in place on the bridge, a measure typically enacted...

By Michael D. Bolden  | December 14, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Archives Station reopens

9:45 a.m. Update: Metro says the station has reopened. Original post: The investigation of a suspicious package outside Archives-Navy Memorial station has the stop closed. The package was reported in the 700 block of Seventh Street NW. Metro says trains...

By Michael Bolden  | December 14, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Meet the MARC managers

MARC riders can meet some of the people who operate the train service on Wednesday

By Mark Berman  | December 14, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tips for December getaways

A traveler injects a bit of advice about taking an I-95 alternative that I frequently recommend to those who want to avoid the East Coast's Main Street at holiday time. And we take this opportunity to share some updates on the upcoming getaway.

By Robert Thomson  | December 14, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Red Line delays

There are delays on every conceivable Metro line this morning, or at least it feels that way.

By Mark Berman  | December 14, 2010; 5:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cold c-c-commute this morning

A roundup of headaches facing drivers throughout the morning.

By Mark Berman  | December 14, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The week ahead in traffic, transit

After this morning's brief encounter with winter weather, there's not much chance of bad travel weather for the rest of this week, though the temperatures will stay cold. Watch for continued crowding around the malls and the holiday light shows. Construction work that involves paving has slowed down a lot, but project managers still are looking for opportunities to complete some of these jobs. Meanwhile, Metro has plans for work on the Green and Red lines.

By Robert Thomson  | December 13, 2010; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Commuting, Congestion, Construction, Driving, Metro, Transit  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The week ahead  
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Meeting on funding Tysons roads

The Metrorail extension to Loudoun County Airport, which includes four stops in Tysons Corner, is meant to reduce congestion in the traffic-choked job center. But in Tysons, officials say, the automobile will never become obsolete. Fairfax County officials have estimated that hundreds of millions of dollars will be needed to build a new street grid and other road upgrades for people who will still travel cars.

By Kafia A. Hosh  | December 13, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Delta tops U.S. airlines for fees

U.S. airlines collected more than $4.3 billion in fees for checking baggage and changing tickets so far this year. New data from the Transportation Department on Monday shows that Delta Air Lines collected the most, hauling in $1.26 billion in fees so far this year. That's more than the $922 million collected by United Continental Holdings, which is bigger than Delta by traffic volume.

By Associated Press  | December 13, 2010; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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DOT fines JetBlue $600,000

JetBlue Airways was fined $600,000 by the U.S. Department of Transportation Monday for violating rules protecting travelers with disabilities and for failing to disclose when flights it sold were operating under a code-sharing agreement with another carrier.

By Reuters  | December 13, 2010; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sinkhole on S. Dakota Ave,

District officials say a sinkhole has formed on South Dakota Avenue at Webster Street in Northeast Washington. D.C. police are on the scene. Motorists are urged to use other streets. Eastern Avenue is one possible alternative....

By Washington Post Editors  | December 13, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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BWI sets October record

Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport set an October record for passenger traffic, according to airport officials. The airport said 1,994,905 passengers traveled through BWI in October, a 7.2 percent increase over last year.

By Michael D. Bolden  | December 13, 2010; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Airport shuttle probed in crashes

Multiple police agencies are investigating several Monday morning crashes that allegedly involved a "SuperShuttle" airport van. Virginia State Police, Arlington County Police and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police are coordinating efforts into a review of the incidents. According to Virginia State Police, a trooper was called to investigate three hit-and-runs at 9:24 a.m. that occurred on Interstate 66 westbound near mile marker 70. Police said the SuperShuttle van "twice sideswiped the passenger side of a Dodge Charger," "rear-ended a Chrysler Pacifica" and struck a taxi from behind. Both the taxi and the Pacifica ran off the road, with the taxi striking a guardrail and the Pacifica ending up in a ditch, police said.

By Michael D. Bolden  | December 13, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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N. Moore to close for 26 hours

North Moore Street from 19th Street North to Wilson Boulevard will be closed for 26 hours from 2 a.m. on Dec. 19 until 4 a.m. on Dec. 20. The closure is necessary because of utility work for the Rosslyn Station project, Arlington officials said.

By Christy Goodman  | December 13, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Caroling crowds on Metrorail

[This post will be updated] 5:20 p.m. Update: The Post's Ann Scott Tyson reports that about 30 people have gathered at Dupont Circle and have begun caroling. It's frigid out, too, which doesn't help. At last report, the group planned...

By Washington Post Editors  | December 13, 2010; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Toyota recalls Sienna minivans

Toyota Motor Corp., the world's largest automaker, is recalling 94,126 model year 2011 Sienna minivans because brakes may become partially stuck.

By Associated Press  | December 13, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Midwest snow causes travel chaos

A powerful storm that unleashed snow and strong winds across the upper Midwest left behind dangerously cold temperatures, promising a new set of challenges for people working to dig out. The weekend storm closed major highways in several states and canceled more than 1,600 flights in Chicago and collapsed the roof of the Minnesota Vikings' stadium. Officials said plunging temperatures and winds could make clearing roads even more difficult and could lead to a slow morning commute, even in places where the storm had passed. With the wind chill, temperatures in some areas were expected to be well below zero.

By Sophia Tareen, Associated Press  | December 13, 2010; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New snow tool in Montgomery Co.

Montgomery County will officially launch a new online tool on Tuesday to help residents track the progress of snow plows. County Executive Isiah Leggett will officially announce the system during a press conference at the Executive Office Building in Rockville...

By Washington Post Editors  | December 13, 2010; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rally planned for high-speed rail

MILWAUKEE -- A group unhappy about federal train funds being shifted from Wisconsin is holding a rally in Milwaukee Monday. In a news release, Citizen Action of Wisconsin accuses Gov.-Elect Scott Walker of costing Wisconsin 13,000 jobs.

By Associated Press and Staff Reports  | December 13, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Holiday crackdown on drunk driving

The U.S. Department of Transportation says it is partnering with thousands of law enforcement agencies for a holiday crackdown on drunk driving. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood kicked off the effort Monday in Washington. Many states are adapting a "no refusal strategy" to fight drunk driving, where police obtain warrants from on-call judges for blood samples from suspected drunk drivers who refuse breathalyzer tests.

By Michael D. Bolden  | December 13, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Megabus adds new cities this week

Megabus will add new destinations from Washington beginning Wednesday. The 10 locations are Boston; Buffalo; Hampton, Va.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Pittsburgh; Raleigh/Durham, N.C.; Charlotte; Richmond; and Toronto. The pickup/drop-off location in Washington is still at H and 10th streets...

By Washington Post Staff Writers  | December 13, 2010; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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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. It was a horrible morning for riders on Metrorail's Blue and Orange lines....

By Michael D. Bolden  | December 13, 2010; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Peruse past Dr. Gridlock chats

Dr. Gridlock will be chatting about travel and transit today at noon in a live discussion. If you've got a question about getting around the region, submit your questions here and tune in for the chat.

By Mark Berman  | December 13, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Blue, Orange lines delays cleared

There's a report of a possible fire in the tunnel at Metro Center, which could cause delays for travelers heading through that area.

By Mark Berman  | December 13, 2010; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Big VRE delays

Some big VRE delays: Train 332 is running about 40 minutes late, owing to rail congestion around Alexandria

By Mark Berman  | December 13, 2010; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Wintry weather for your A.M. commute

Snow and sleet could make for a more complicated morning commute. Check here for updates.

By Mark Berman  | December 13, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MARC delays this morning

MARC Brunswick line train 870 is approaching Metro Grove about 19 minutes late. All other trains are on time, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.

By Mark Berman  | December 13, 2010; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Check flight status with airlines

Due to weather, some arriving flights at Reagan National Airport are being delayed an average of two and a half hours. Those late arrivals mean that some departing flights will be affected, too. Check with your airline and the FAA's site for the latest information, but flights originating in the following locations are affected:

By Washington Post Staff Writers  | December 12, 2010; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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