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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 01/ 3/2011

A look back, and ahead, in transportation

By Robert Thomson

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Trusses for Dulles rail are now part of the Virginia skyline. (Chuck Samuelson/Dulles Metrorail)

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. Here they are for your review:

* The snow cleanup
* Metro fare increases
* Leadership turmoil at Metro
* Tysons traffic
* Metro bag inspections
* Busted escalators
* D.C. bike lanes
* Rockville Pike interchange
* Fairfax County Parkway extension opens
* Commuter train troubles

Notice that half the items involved Metro, and usually not in a good way. It was a difficult year for the transit authority, that much was clear. But I also know that I had to leave out projects that affected many thousands of commuters. Which ones do you notice?

Here again, I had to make some difficult choices about what to leave out, so let me know what you'd like to read more about. This is the list I developed with my colleague, Mark Berman:
* New 11th Street Bridge
* Intercounty Connector
* Beltway HOT lanes
* Dulles Metrorail
* I-66 West spot improvements
* Telegraph Road interchange
* Gainesville interchange
* Fairfax County Parkway interchange
* I-66 pavement
* New York Avenue
* 14th Street Bridge
* Metro track work
* Metro garage at Glenmont

Not all of these projects will get done during 2011. Some, like the HOT lanes and the Dulles rail project, will roll on into 2012 and beyond. But all should have a high impact on travelers this year, even if it's just the impact of construction.

By Robert Thomson  | January 3, 2011; 11:45 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting, Construction, Driving, Metro, Transit  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock  
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What about the transportation issues the weekend of the sanity/fear rallies?

Posted by: DOEJN | January 3, 2011 8:40 PM | Report abuse

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