Ben Pershing reports on D.C. Wire that House Republicans' spending resolution, unveiled Friday night, would cut federal payments to the District by nearly $80 million and slash Metro funding by $150 million over the next eight months. The bill would...
South Joyce Street and portions of Army Navy Drive will be closed Feb. 13 for the Valentines Day 5K race. South Joyce St. between South 15th St. and Army Navy Dr. and Army Navy Dr. between South Joyce St....
Travel conditions should be just fine around the D.C. region this weekend, with moderate temperatures and no precipitation. Both the Capitals and the Wizards have Saturday games at Verizon Center, while the Georgetown Hoyas are there at 1 p.m. Sunday, so watch for extra car and pedestrian traffic in Chinatown. There are no big road work projects scheduled to delay your trips, but watch for the usual track work on Metro. Here are some highlights.
| February 11, 2011; 5:00 PM ET |
Categories: Congestion, Construction, Driving, Metro, Transit, Weekend Work | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond
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At a board committee hearing today, closing the rail system at midnight instead of 3 a.m. on weekends was suggested as a solution to chronic maintenance problems.
There are delays on three Metro lines already this morning: A disruption at Shaw-Howard University is causing delays on the Green and Yellow lines in both directions (it has since been resolved, but delays remain); and a train malfunction at West Falls Church is causing Orange Line delays to New Carrollton.
Airlines' strategy to cancel flights early and often ahead of bad weather paid off in December, when not a single U.S. flight was stuck for more than three hours because of a massive post-Christmas blizzard.
We'll be updating throughout the morning on traffic conditions. Make sure to let us know what you see and hear in the comments below or via Twitter
A $250,000 regional study will examine ways in which the handful of streetcar projects being considered by various jurisdictions can integrate with Metro in a way that is cost-efficient and makes for a fast, integrated metropolitan transportation system, Metro said Thursday.
Metro is not subject to the federal Freedom of Information Act, but it has its own Public Access to Records Policy (PARP), which is modeled on the same standards. But while federal agencies must respond to requests for records within 20 days, Metro is notoriously less responsive, often eventually replying with requests for clarification or denials or--most troublingly--failing to respond at all. (State and local governments have their own sunshine laws.)
Tom Downs, one of the new Metro board members, led an overdue discussion today of issues stemming from the transit authority's decision in December to have transit police and the TSA inspect riders' property.
MARC and Amtrak train service between BWI Rail Station and Baltimore was suspended Thursday morning about 11:30 a.m. after a New York-bound train struck a person.
A slugging and commuter parking system that has worked well for years according to Princce William County commuters will come to end Monday, forcing more than 700 people to find a new way to work. Potomac Mills mall officials announced in January that on Feb. 14 they would slash the number of commuter spaces from about 1,000 to 275, leaving commuters frantically searching for new places to slug and catch the bus.
Transportation Security Administration head John S. Pistole is considering the concept of a "trusted traveler" program that would speed passengers willing to provide detailed advance personal information through airport security checkpoints.
Amtrak ridership has risen for 15 months in a row, and last month marked its best January ever with 2.1 million passengers. In seven of the last eight years, it has set yearly records, and carried 28.7 million riders in fiscal year 2010.
Tesla Motors, the California-based car company that has been delivering its sporty electric Roadsters to customers since 2008, opened its Washington showroom this week.
Keep your eyes on Dr. Gridlock throughout the morning, as we will update you during the commute on any headaches and issues.
A bipartisan group of Maryland lawmakers has introduced a bill that would require companies bidding on Maryland Area Regional Commuter train contracts to disclose any relation to rail companies that transported Holocaust prisoners to Nazi death camps.
Metro will honor MARC train tickets for the Brunswick Line Wednesday afternoon due to the morning problems on the Maryland commuter rail service, state officials said.
Metro is installing new equipment designed to read SmarTrip cards more quickly at fare gates and speed the movement of customers through the rail system.
Metro's general manager Richard Sarles has made addressing safety concerns and building a "safety culture" in the ranks of the agency's 10,000 employees, following scathing criticism from the National Transportation Safety Board.
The Metro board's Customer Service and Operations Committee has scheduled a discussion of the police bag inspection program for its Thursday morning meeting. This is the first scheduled public discussion of the new policy imposed by the transit authority in December.
The District medical examiner's office ruled as accidental the death of a man hit by a train and found on the Metrorail tracks at Farragut North Station on Jan. 15.
A nightmarish commute Wednesday morning troubled commuters on the roads and rails throughout the region. Delays on Metro's Red Line began before 7 a.m. and didn't let up as the morning wore on, while MARC riders awoke to find multiple trains canceled.
Authorities say a baggage handler became trapped in the cargo hold of a plane set to depart from Reagan National Airport and was only freed after screaming and pounding.
There are delays on the Red Line due to a track problem outside of Glenmont. Trains are sharing the same track between Wheaton and Glenmont, and there are delays in both directions.
There are major headaches for MARC riders this morning: All Frederick trains are canceled this morning due to a disabled freight train blocking entry to the main tracks.
The Virginia State Police have charged Oscar R. Albarracin, 34, of New York, of reckless driving regarding the tractor trailer accident on I-66 West early Wednesday morning. Albarracin and a male passenger were both wearing seatbelts during the accident; the male passenger was not injured, while Albarracin was transported to Ffx Inova Hospital for treatment.
The Arlington County Board announced Tuesday that it would drop a controversial HOT lanes lawsuit against state and federal transportation officials and agencies. "With the announcement last week by [Virginia Transportation] Secretary [Sean T.] Connaughton, it is clear that the...
MARC trains 534, scheduled to depart Union Station at 5:20 p.m., and 436, 5:35 p.m. departure, will both operate one car short this evening bringing the prospect of crowding for Penn Line riders.
Virginia Railway Express officials will host their next public hearing on proposed fare and policy changes on Wednesday. The hearing will begin at 7 p.m. at the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, 14700 Potomac Mills Rd. Four more hearings will...
[This post has been updated] A wind advisory in effect for much of the region through 8 p.m. could pose problems for travelers. Strong gusts of up to 50 mph are expected Tuesday afternoon, which could down power lines and...
Rush-hour slowdowns on the Capital Beltway at Tysons Corner may be partly attributable to drivers gawking at the array of concrete piers and construction equipment that appears to change daily. But the lane closings for the Dulles Metrorail project are scheduled only for the night time.
| February 8, 2011; 11:40 AM ET |
Categories: Advisories, Capital Beltway, Congestion, Construction, Driving, Tysons Corner, Virginia | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Dulles Metrorail
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TRIP, a research and advocacy group sponsored by insurance companies, transportation businesses, labor unions and others interested in building the transportation system, released a list today showing transportation projects it says Virginia needs to prosper.
PHILADELPHIA -- The Obama administration plans to spend $53 billion on high-speed and intercity rail over the next six years. Vice President Biden and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made the announcement Tuesday morning during an appearance at Philadelphia's 30th Street Station. The money will be used to build new high-speed rail networks and to make existing rail networks faster.
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation reports that it has received more than $15 million in stimulus funds for traffic and transit improvements.
We'll be keeping tabs on the morning commute here, so check back regularly for updates on the headaches and issues you can expect. And as always, let us know what you see and hear out there
Wintry weather in the South and Southwest has caused many airlines to issue travel waivers for flights that are occurring over the next two days. Forecasts from the National Weather Service were calling for dangerously cold temperatures and hazardous travel...
The Transportation Security Administration plans to stop allowing airports to hire private contractors to conduct passenger screening, according to recent statements on the agency's Web site.
Maryland police arrested dozens of suspected drunk drivers on Sunday as part of a crackdown for Super Bowl Sunday. Troopers issued more than 3,000 traffic citations and warnings statewide. Virginia State Police arrested two drivers in Arlington Sunday as part of its "Trooper Bowl" enforcement program.
7:24 p.m. Update: Sligo Creek Parkway has reopened, according to traffic reproting services. Original post: Sligo Creek Parkway is closed between Maple Avenue and Old Carroll Avenue due to concrete falling from an overpass, WUSA is reporting. The report says...
Penn Line Train 534 will be one car short, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. The train is scheduled to depart Union Station at 5:20 p.m. MARC's Penn Line T runs from Washington through northeastern Maryland via Baltimore....
6:55 p.m. Update: A 90-minute power outage at Newark Liberty International Airport caused chaos with airlines' schedules and left them struggling to get back to normal late Monday. Residual delays were expected into the evening as a result of the...
Amtrak is proposing a $13.5 billion project that will include building two commuter rail tunnels from New Jersey to New York by 2020, replacing a $9.7 billion project that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) killed.
The first segment of Maryland's newest toll road, the Intercounty Connector, is scheduled to open Feb. 22, according to state officials. The 7.2-mile section between I-370 and Georgia Avenue will open at 6 a.m. that day. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will...
Dr. Gridlock was online today at noon answering your questions in his weekly live chat. He takes on construction schedules for long-delayed or extra-bumpy routes (cold weather has held up some paving), Metro searches and doors that won't close, and choosing a neighborhood for an ideal commute.
The Federal Aviation Agency's primary source of funds is drawing down unsustainably, according to a Government Accountability Office report released today. Increased fees on flyers are among the possible results.
There are delays on the Orange Line stemming from a train malfunction at Ballston. The malfunction has been resolved, but delays remain in both directions.
We'll be keeping an eye on traffic and transit issues this morning, so be sure to check back in throughout the morning rush. Let us know anything you see or hear about by talking to us in the comments below or on Twitter
VRE trains 312 and 332 are very delayed due to equipment problems this morning. The Metro Option is open, so VRE riders can show their tickets for access to the Metro system.
The Capital Weather Gang's forecast suggests a pretty good week for travel in the D.C. area. There's a chance of precipitation tonight and on Thursday, but neither looks like a big threat to commuters at the moment. Temperatures are likely to be in the 30s and 40s. There's plenty of work scheduled on the roads and rails throughout the week. Here are some highlights.