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Dr. Gridlock: January 2, 2011 - January 8, 2011

Metro adds daily escalator stats

Days after Metro announced that it had reorganized the oversight of its escalator division, there has been at least one small forward-facing change. This week, the agency tweaked its Web site's escalator outage reports page to include not just a listing of broken vertical transport, but summaries illustrating the number of total outages and their basic causes.

By Luke Rosiak  | January 7, 2011; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Long detours for several bus routes

Roadway construction along E Street NW will cause 6-month long detours on the D3 and D6 buses, which will divert to Seventh Street, Metro said today. Starting Monday for the next year, the U8 and X9 buses will avoid work on Minnesota Avenue by taking Hunt Place to access Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave.

By Luke Rosiak  | January 7, 2011; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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V St. NE closed near Bladensburg

An alert by District government said there is police activity in the area of the post office. V Street NE is closed between Bladensburg Road and South Dakota Avenue NE.

By Luke Rosiak  | January 7, 2011; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Guardian Angels step up Metro watch

The Guardian Angels will increase patrols on the Metro after the filmed attack on a passenger at the L'Enfant Plaza Station on Sunday, January 2, the group announced today.

By Luke Rosiak  | January 7, 2011; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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VRE set ridership record Thursday

The Virginia Railway Express set an all-time ridership record Thursday with almost 20,000 trips, VRE officials said. On Jan. 6, the commuter-rail service recorded 19,912 trips. The previous record was set on Nov. 16 with 19,540 trips. When VRE was...

By Jennifer Buske  | January 7, 2011; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Motorcycle show next week

If it looks like the city is being inundated by motorcycles next week, that's exactly what's happening. The International Motorcycle Show will roar into town, packing the Washington Convention Center from Jan. 14-16.

By Washington Post Editors  | January 7, 2011; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro adjusts L'Enfant patrols

The Metro Transit Police Department has adjusted patrols at the L'Enfant Plaza Station in the wake of an attack on a man there on Sunday. Metro is also seeking help from the public in its investigation into the incident. The incident was first reported this week by the blog Unsuck DC Metro (http://unsuckdcmetro.blogspot.com).

By Washington Post Staff and Wire Reports  | January 7, 2011; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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The weekend and beyond

On the first full weekend of the new year, road crews and transit workers will be busy, despite the cold weather. They won't let up in the coming work week either. Shake off that holiday lethargy and get ready to deal with the renewed energy of the crews that will be blocking lanes and closing stretches of track. Here are some highlights of what's ahead.

By Robert Thomson  | January 7, 2011; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congestion, Construction, Driving, Metro, Weekend Work  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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FAA to order inspections of 757s

U.S. airlines must inspect 683 Boeing 757 planes for cracks after a hole opened on an American Airlines plane in October, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a directive to be published Monday. The hole in the 757-200 plane opened...

By Bloomberg News  | January 7, 2011; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MARC delays this morning

Penn Line train 400 is running 15 to 20 minutes late departing from Washington due to mechanical problems.

By Mark Berman  | January 7, 2011; 6:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Chilly commute caps off week

With some snow falling overnight, there could be ice and delays.

By Mark Berman  | January 7, 2011; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Airlines anticipate snow delays

Washington may get a light snowfall overnight, promising a slippery commute Friday morning as workers make one last trek into the office this week. However, the forecast calls for heavier snowfall into the Northeast, with up to nine inches possible in some areas. A winter storm watch has been issued for an area including Manhattan, Long Island, southern Connecticut and northern New Jersey.

By Associated Press and Staff Reports  | January 7, 2011; 1:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Area prepares for icy a.m. commute

Departments of transportation are preparing for a light snow that may make the roads slick for the morning commute. The Post's Capital Weather Gang says there's a 40 percent chance of snow showers after 1 a.m., mainly north and northeast...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 7, 2011; 1:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. area snow removal information

Share photos | Capital Weather Gang | Dr. Gridlock's snow guide Here is some information on snow removal and where you can turn for help. Keep in mind that in most jurisdictions, property owners are responsible for clearing adjacent sidewalks....

By Washington Post Editors  | January 6, 2011; 11:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man hit by Acela train in Philly

PHILADELPHIA -- A man is dead after police say he stepped into the path of a high-speed Amtrak train in Philadelphia. Police say the man, who was in his late 30s or early 40s, was hit by a southbound Acela...

By Associated Press  | January 6, 2011; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Suspicious item cleared at Dulles

6:55 p.m. Update: Airports officials say that all areas of Dulles have now reopened. 6:35 p.m. Update: An airports official says the incident at Dulles has been resolved. The item was a package, not luggage, and authorities said it was...

By Kafia A. Hosh  | January 6, 2011; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. packages under investigation

The FBI is assisting in the investigation into incendiary devices that went off Thursday afternoon in two Maryland state office building, according to reporter Spencer Hsu. Maryland State police spokesman Greg Shipley said two packages were mailed, one sent to the Annapolis office where mail is opened for Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and the second to the Maryland State Department of Transportation in Hanover.

By Washington Post Staff Writers  | January 6, 2011; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Halt inspections, riders' council says

The Metro Riders' Advisory Council voted overwhelming Wednesday night for a resolution that will ask the Metro board to suspend bag inspections and to consult with the public about transit security measures.

By Robert Thomson  | January 6, 2011; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Traffic delays on New York Ave.

12:55 p.m. Update: WTOP is reporting that police say the incident was domestic-related. Original post: Accidents on New York Avenue, including an incident where two pedestrians were struck by a vehicle, are causing delays from North Capitol Street to New...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 6, 2011; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro describes MLK weekend plan

Jim Hughes, Metro's planning director, was out at Foggy Bottom Station this morning to alert riders that the transit authority has scheduled many maintenance projects for the long Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, Jan. 14-17. The biggest impact will be at Foggy Bottom, where the station will be completely shut.

By Robert Thomson  | January 6, 2011; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Report: Patrols to increase at L'Enfant after attack

6:40 p.m. Update: WUSA9 is reporting that Metro Transit Police plan to increase patrols at L'Enfant Plaza in the wake of an attack on a man there Sunday evening. Police urge witnesses or anyone with information about the incident to...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 6, 2011; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Amtrak offers long-distance sale

Amtrak is offering 20 percent off long-distance travel for trips between Jan. 18 and April 14. Passenger can books the sale fares through Jan. 24, and the sale is valid on all 15 of Amtrak's long-distance trains. The sale includes...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 6, 2011; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Traffic shift in Upper Marlboro

The Maryland State Highway Administration is closing the existing Old Marlboro Pike (MD 725) bridge over Federal Spring Branch in Upper Marlboro Thursday as part of a $2 million bridge replacement project. Traffic will be shifted to a detour on...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 6, 2011; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MARC delays

Delays for MARC commuters.

By Mark Berman  | January 6, 2011; 6:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Inner Loop lane blocked in VA

Check back here through the morning for updates on the headaches awaiting you durin the morning rush.

By Mark Berman  | January 6, 2011; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gray taps Downs for Metro board

Former Amtrak president Tom Downs will serve as one of the representatives on the board of the directors for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, according to sources within the Gray administration.

By Washington Post Staff Writers  | January 5, 2011; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Coffee spill leads to hijacking alert

TORONTO -- A pilot's spilled coffee accidentally triggered a hijacking alert and caused a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany, to make an unscheduled stop in Canada.

By Associated Press  | January 5, 2011; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Delays ahead at Fairfax Parkway/Route 50

Avoid the area around the interchange at Route 50 and the Fairfax County Parkway this weekend, or get stuck in what's likely to be a big traffic delay. The Virginia Department of Transportation is rebuilding an older portion of the parkway in Fair Lakes, and these weekend lane closings are part of that $69.5 million project, partially funded by the federal stimulus.

By Robert Thomson  | January 5, 2011; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congestion, Construction, Driving, Virginia, Weekend Work  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Fairfax County Parkway  
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VRE train delayed

VRE train 308 is running 20 minutes late arriving in Fredericksburg due to mechanical issues.

By Mark Berman  | January 5, 2011; 6:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MARC delays

MARC Camden Line train 845 is running 12 to 15 minutes late.

By Mark Berman  | January 5, 2011; 6:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Chat with VRE's chief executive

VRE chief executive Dale Zehner will be hosting an online chat today with riders.

By Mark Berman  | January 5, 2011; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Delays on I-395 N and I-66 E

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

By Mark Berman  | January 5, 2011; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro train operator to be retrained

Metro is investigating a case of a Yellow Line operator who allegedly had a conversation with a passenger while operating a train, an apparent violation of safety protocols. Since the June 2009 Red Line crash, Metro's trains have been manually operated for safety reasons. The video shows a person seated outside the operator's cab leaning into the cab appearing to have a conversation.

By Washington Post Editors  | January 4, 2011; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Midday work on the Red Line

Metro will be performing work on the Red Line tracks between the Silver Spring and Forest Glen stations weekdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. through Jan. 21 (with the exclusion of Monday, Jan. 17). Trains will be single-tracking through...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 4, 2011; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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CDC: Seat belt use reaches 85%

ATLANTA -- Nearly six in seven U.S. adults now wear seat belts, an increase in driver safety that health officials say has helped cut motor vehicle deaths and injuries. About 85 percent of adults said they wear seat belts in...

By Associated Press  | January 4, 2011; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro can't sell the searches

The Metro board's docility in accepting the decision by the general manager and transit police chief to inspect riders is a serious stumble on the part of the board, and can serve as a prime example of why many people think the governance of the transit authority needs an overhaul.

By Robert Thomson  | January 4, 2011; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Potty breaks on Metro pocket tracks?

The blog Unsuck DC Metro (located at http://unsuckdcmetro.blogspot.com/) is reporting that a Metro inspector general's report (PDF) released in September detailed a problem where workers were using pocket tracks as bathrooms. The report describes a pocket track as "an area...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 4, 2011; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Tommy Wells named to Metro board

The D.C. Council passed a resolution on Monday naming Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) to the Metro board of directors, according to council spokeswoman Traci Hughes. Wells is expected to replace longtime Metro board member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1). The move...

By Ann Scott Tyson  | January 4, 2011; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Orange Line delays cleared

There are delays on the Red Line in both directions due to a switch malfunction outside of Rhode Island Avenue.

By Mark Berman  | January 4, 2011; 6:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Outer Loop lanes reopen

. Here are some notes on changes or headaches afoot for commuters this morning. This post will be updated throughout the morning rush hour.

By Mark Berman  | January 4, 2011; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MARC crowding and delays

Some MARC passengers might experience crowded conditions this morning. Brunswick Line train 892, departing Frederick at 6:05 a.m., is running one car short.

By Mark Berman  | January 4, 2011; 5:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Road closures on Mass. Ave. NW

Authorities are investigating a suspicious package delivered to the Embassy of Greece in the 2200 block of Massachusetts Avenue NW. Expect traffic delays in the area....

By Michael Bolden  | January 3, 2011; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Night work for Dulles Metrorail

Rail project managers predict 2011 will be a very busy year, and they've already begun to prove their case on the main roads of Tysons Corner. Here are some advisories from the project about this week's work.

By Robert Thomson  | January 3, 2011; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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SoberRide sets record for holiday

SoberRide, a program that provides free taxi rides to the impaired during some holidays, recorded 967 rides on New Year's Eve. According to the Washington Regional Alcohol Program, which coordinates the rides, that number eclipsed the 808 rides provided on...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 3, 2011; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MARC train will be 1 car short

3:49 p.m. Update: MARC Brunswick Line Train 893 (scheduled to depart Washington at 5:15 p.m.) will be one car short, according to the MTA. 2:55 p.m. Update: Amtrak 125 will pick up passengers at Odenton Station, according to the MTA....

By Washington Post Editors  | January 3, 2011; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gray names interim DDOT director

Terry Bellamy, who was deputy director of operations for the District Department of Transportation, will serve as interim director while Mayor Vincent C. Gray searches for a replacement for Gabe Klein. According to his DDOT biography, Bellamy served in Arlington's...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 3, 2011; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Public meeting on Metro bag checks

Metro's Riders' Advisory Council (RAC) will hold a public meeting on Monday, January 3 to discuss the controversial random bag inspections that Metro police launched last month in an effort to discourage terrorist attacks on the transit system

By Ann Scott Tyson  | January 3, 2011; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Curb lane closure on H St. NE

The curb lane on the north side of H Street in Northeast Washington will close between 13th and 14th streets starting on Tuesday for the next four months. The District Department of Transportation says the closure is to accommodate underground...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 3, 2011; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Route 123 closings in Tysons

The northbound lanes of Route 123 are scheduled to close overnight Monday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. at the Dulles Connector Road as part of the work on the Metrorail extension through Tysons Corner to Loudoun County. The southbound...

By Washington Post Editors  | January 3, 2011; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A look back, and ahead, in transportation

On the past two Sundays in The Post, I presented my take on the highest impact transportation projects of 2010 for the D.C. region, and the ones you can anticipate for 2011. During our first online discussion of the new year, you can let me know if you agree with my picks, or think I've omitted something important to your travels.

By Robert Thomson  | January 3, 2011; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Commuting, Construction, Driving, Metro, Transit  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock  
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Green and Yellow lines delays cleared

There are Red Line delays heading towards Shady Grove after an earlier train malfunction outside of Forest Glen.

By Mark Berman  | January 3, 2011; 7:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The week ahead in traffic, transit

We often talk about the commuting surge known as September Shock. Is there such a thing as January Shock, a mini-surge this week as many travelers go back to work after their vacations and students return to school? One shock for commuters will be the 25 cent toll increase at the main plaza on the Dulles Toll Road. Across the region, the orange cones and barrels will be back in place as road work resumes. Drivers along the New York Avenue corridor should be particularly attentive for new work. Here are some highlights.

By Robert Thomson  | January 3, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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MARC delays

MARC Penn Line train 503 is running 10 to 12 minutes behind schedule.

By Mark Berman  | January 3, 2011; 5:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MD 210 blocked in Fort Washington

An accident on eastbound Central Avenue/MD 214 is blocking two lanes at I-95 as well as one of the shoulders.

By Mark Berman  | January 3, 2011; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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