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Dr. Gridlock: February 20, 2011 - February 26, 2011

I-95 snarled in Pr. William

An accident on Interstate 95 at mile marker 151 in Prince William County has three lanes closed, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

By Washington Post staff  | February 26, 2011; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Congestion, Highways, Northern Virginia  
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The weekend and beyond

After a rainy and very windy Friday, travelers should encounter a calmer weekend, with Sunday looking like the better of the days for getting around. Some travelers might be planning to take their first test drive along Maryland's new Intercounty Connector. In the District, Lady Gaga has left the building but there's a weekend of hockey, basketball and Bon Jovi at Verizon Center. For those seeking a longer-range weekend, check the Escapes column on Virginia's Peaks of Otter WInery. Here's a look at some of the late-winter travel obstacles you might encounter in your local journeys.

By Robert Thomson  | February 25, 2011; 7:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congestion, Construction, Driving, Metro, Transit, Weekend Work  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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Crews working to clear debris

The District Department of Transportation is dispatching crews to clear fallen limbs and other debris from the city's roads.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 25, 2011; 7:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Delays ease for Red Line riders

There are massive Red Line delays, this time due to a train that earlier had mechanical difficulties at Gallery Place. Metro says the problem has been resolved but there are reports of massive delays in the system with crowded trains and platforms.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 25, 2011; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Restrictions on Bay Bridge

The Maryland Transportation Authority is restricting some traffic across the Bay Bridge due to high winds reaching nearly 50 mph.

By Associated Press  | February 25, 2011; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Driving, Maryland  
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Massive delays for MARC trains

Signal problems on the Brunswick Line will mean massive delays for passengers of the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train service this afternoon. The Brunswick Line carries passengers between Washington and points north and west, including Frederick and Martinsburg, W.€ŠVa.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 25, 2011; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  MARC, Maryland  
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Windy weather causes flight delays

The Washington area has a windy afternoon ahead, according to the Post's Capital Weather Gang. Jason Samenow says gusts in excess of 40 mph are possible, and the area is under a high wind warning from 2 to 7 p.m. However, airports in the Northeast are already experiencing severe delays due to the wind. New York and Philadelphia area airport delays are in excess of three hours in some cases, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, so check with your airline if you're connecting through any of those locations.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 25, 2011; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories, Airlines, Airports, Aviation, Weather  
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Spain to lower speeds as oil prices rise

MADRID -- Spain will lower highway speed limits, cut train ticket prices and use more biofuel under an emergency energy-saving initiative because of soaring oil prices brought on by unrest in Libya, an official said Friday.

By Associated Press  | February 25, 2011; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Power outages at 2 rail stations

Virginia Railway Express and the Maryland Transit Administration are both reporting outages at rail stations that may affect your travels this Friday afternoon.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 25, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  MARC, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Virginia Railway Express  
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Report power outages, road issues

The possibility of thunderstorms and dangerous winds may cause many travel problems around the region. We may face power outages that play havoc with traffic signals and falling tree limbs and other debris that block travel lanes. The Bay Bridge is already operating under a wind warning, urging drivers of high-profile vehicles, especially house and box trailers, to use caution. Here are some resources for reporting power outages, downed trees and debris in roadways as the weather threatens to deteriorate.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 25, 2011; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Major VRE delays, Metro Option open

After major delays for riders on VRE's Fredericksburg Line this morning, the Metro Option has been opened. Just show your VRE ticket for access to the Metro.

By Mark Berman  | February 25, 2011; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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ICC has problem at Norbeck Rd.

Would you pay $1.45 to wait in this stop-and-go traffic? That's what would have been deducted from my E-ZPass as I drove under the toll gantry on the eastbound Intercounty Connector during the Thursday afternoon rush period, just before I reached the line of waiting vehicles you see in the photo above. They were all waiting to make turns onto Norbeck Road, at what is currently the eastern end of the connector.

By Robert Thomson  | February 25, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Commuting, Congestion, Highways, Maryland  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Intercounty Connector  
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Outer Loop lane blocked in MD

Check back with Dr. Gridlock throughout the morning commute for the latest headaches awaiting you on the roads.

By Mark Berman  | February 25, 2011; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lights out on 14th St. Bridge

Power to the street and sign lights on the 14th Street Bridges will be turned off Thursday night from 10 p.m to 5 a.m., according to the District Department of Transportation. Crews will be working on utilities on the bridge.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 24, 2011; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  District, Driving  | Tags:  14th Street Bridge  
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Metro police seek 'person of interest'

Metro police are seeking a person who may have knowledge about the death of Lou Stancari, a Smithsonian archivist, whose body was found on the tracks at Farragut North Station on Jan. 15.

By Ann Scott Tyson  | February 24, 2011; 7:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Have you been a crime victim on Metro?

A summary of crimes committed during 2010 on the Metro system shows some disturbing trends in assaults, robberies and larcenies.

By Robert Thomson  | February 24, 2011; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Metro, Transit  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock  
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Alexandria considers bike-sharing

Alexandria transportation officials are considering a $400,000 pilot program with Capital Bikeshare, already popular in Arlington and the District.

By Christy Goodman  | February 24, 2011; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Biking, Northern Virginia  
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MARC sets meetings on new schedule

The Maryland Transit Administration will begin holding meetings with train commuters next week to discuss upcoming changes to schedule for the Penn Line.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 24, 2011; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  MARC, Maryland  
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VRE warns about electronics thefts

Virginia Railway Express warned its passengers Thursday afternoon to exercise care when using electronics devices on public transit.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 24, 2011; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Metro, Virginia Railway Express  
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District to rehab O and P streets

The District plans to rehabilitate portions of two streets in Georgetown that officials describe as historic.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 24, 2011; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A guide to red-light cameras

Christy Goodman and Megan Buerger report that the use of red-light cameras in the Washington region is increasing.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 24, 2011; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Intercity buses moving stops

Construction will soon begin on the former site of the Washington Convention Center, displacing intercity bus services that use what is now a giant parking lot as a stop.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 24, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  District, Intercity Buses  
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Pr. William commuter parking expands

Virginia officials plan to invest almost $8 million to expand commuter parking in eastern Prince William County, Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton said Thursday.

By Jennifer Buske  | February 24, 2011; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Commuting, Northern Virginia, Parking, Virginia  
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Montgomery Co. forms transit task force

Montgomery County is launching a transit task force to help advance rapid transit in the jurisdiction.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 24, 2011; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland, Montgomery County  
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Today's transportation roundup

Metro leads the way with issues we're following today. Ann Scott Tyson reports on the surge in crime throughout the transit network and how it compares with other cities. Metro has almost as much as New York City's subway, which has many more riders.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 24, 2011; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Driving, Metro, Transportation News  
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I-66 East backed up in VA

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

By Mark Berman  | February 24, 2011; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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VRE Fredericksburg Line delays

Two VRE trains on the Fredericksburg Line are delayed this morning after a work train blocked their path earlier this morning.

By Mark Berman  | February 24, 2011; 5:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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ICC toll road opens to traffic

The first segment of the region's newest toll road, the Intercounty Connector, opened to traffic Wednesday morning, linking the Interstate 270 corridor with Georgia Avenue. The new highway's official designation is MD 200.

By Katherine Shaver and Kafia A. Hosh  | February 23, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Ford to recall F-150 pickups

Ford Motor Co. says it will recall nearly 150,000 F-150 pickup trucks to fix air bags that could deploy without warning. The government had raised concerns about the problem.

By Associated Press  | February 23, 2011; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Breakfast on the ICC

I turned onto the Intercounty Connector at 6:07 a.m., took a sip of coffee and opened up a power bar. I reached the end of the ICC before I reached the end of the power bar.

By Robert Thomson  | February 23, 2011; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Commuting, Driving, Maryland  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Intercounty Connector  
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Today's transportation roundup

Crime is up on Metro, station work seems to never end and the Intercounty Connector finally opens. These are some of the items making headlines.

By Michael D. Bolden  | February 23, 2011; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Highways, Maryland  | Tags:  Intercounty Connector  
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Va. seeks comment on electric car utility rates

RICHMOND -- Virginia regulators are seeking comment on Dominion Virginia Power proposals on pricing for residential customers who own or lease plug-in electric vehicles.

By Associated Press  | February 23, 2011; 6:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Inner Loop backed up in VA

A roundup of the morning's traffic and transportation woes.

By Mark Berman  | February 23, 2011; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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District DPW holding online chat

The District Department of Public Works will hold a live online discussion today to discuss the expansion of street sweeping. The chat will cover daytime mechanical street sweeping, the addition of more streets to the street cleaning program and new street cleaning signs in some neighborhoods.

By Mark Berman  | February 23, 2011; 6:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Crime climbs on Metro

Riders on Metro might want to hold on tight to their iPhones, Blackberries and music players.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 23, 2011; 5:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Study: Interlocks cut drunken driving

ATLANTA -- Ignition devices that stop drivers from starting their vehicles if they are over the alcohol limit help prevent people convicted of driving under the influence from re-offending, according to a new study.

By Reuters  | February 22, 2011; 6:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Beltway work in Tysons canceled tonight

The three-lane closure on the inner loop of the Capital Beltway in Tysons Corner has been canceled for tonight in the aftermath of today's snow. The closing, part of the Dulles Metrorail project, is scheduled to resume Wednesday night and continue overnights through Friday.

By Robert Thomson  | February 22, 2011; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories, Capital Beltway, Tysons Corner, Virginia  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock  
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Getting E-ZPass for ICC

Travelers who read my driver's manual for the Intercounty Connector on Sunday noted that I recommended using an E-ZPass if they planned to regularly use the toll highway, and they asked how to get one.

By Robert Thomson  | February 22, 2011; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Commuting, Driving, Highways, Maryland  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, E-ZPass  
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Metro details more track work

Just after announcing the completion of the President's Day weekend track work that shut stations on the Orange and Blue lines, Metro detailed the next round: a March 4-6 closing of the eastern end of the Orange Line and suspension of service between between Stadium-Armory and Benning Road on the Blue Line.

By Robert Thomson  | February 22, 2011; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Blue Line, Metro, Orange Line  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail  
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Today's transportation roundup

Metro says it successfully completed the work crews conducted during the weekend shutdown of the Smithsonian and Federal Triangle stations. The major work consisted of replacing track switches that allow trains to cross track. The National Transportation Safety Board...

By Michael D. Bolden  | February 22, 2011; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Highways, Maryland  | Tags:  Intercounty Connector  
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Flying? Check with your airline.

Snowy weather in the northeast could cause some delays for folks with flights scheduled today. If you're flying out of town, here are some resources for more information on how your specific flight plans may be affected

By Mark Berman  | February 22, 2011; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Orange and Blue line delays cleared

There are Orange and Blue Line delays stemming from Federal Triangle, slowing trains to New Carrollton and Largo Town Center, respectively.

By Mark Berman  | February 22, 2011; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Slick and icy roads this A.M.

Slippery and slick roads caused by overnight snow could slow the morning commute.

By Mark Berman  | February 22, 2011; 7:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Red Line delays cleared

There are Red Line delays heading to Glenmont due to a train malfunction outside of Takoma.

By Mark Berman  | February 22, 2011; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Some MTA commuter buses running late

Maryland Transit Administration Commuter Bus routes 410, 411, 420 and 991 are operating one hour late due to snow. Officials said other routes are on regular schedules....

By washington Post Editors  | February 22, 2011; 5:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Capital Bikeshare reopens

Capital Weather Gang | Closings and delays 6:31 a.m. Update: Capital Bikeshare has reopened. Original post: Capital Bikeshare, the regional cycling network with locations in the District and Arlington County, is closed due to the snow falling across the region....

By Washington Post Editors  | February 22, 2011; 5:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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ICC opening delayed until Wednesday

The planned opening of the first stretch of the Intercounty Connector was delayed until 6 a.m. Wednesday after forecasters predicted a wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow that authorities said was likely to stall last-minute work on the toll road.

By Maria Glod  | February 21, 2011; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Many buses on holiday schedule Mon.

Many bus services, including Metrobus, are operating on modified schedules Monday in observance of the Presidents' Day holiday.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 20, 2011; 7:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The weekend and beyond

We'll go into a cool down this weekend, but travel conditions still should be fine in the D.C. area, at least when it comes to the weather. Metro will launch its President's Day weekend track projects at 10 p.m. Friday. The main impact is the closing of Smithsonian and Federal Triangle stations, which severs the Blue and Orange lines in central Washington till the system's midnight closing Monday. Meanwhile, there's plenty of work going on along the Capital Beltway in Virginia. In Maryland, workers are getting part of the Intercounty Connector ready to open at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

By Robert Thomson  | February 20, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Congestion, Construction, Driving, Metro, Transit, Weekend Work  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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Metro offers free shuttle buses

Metro is offering free shuttle buses to help people deal with the closures of the Smithsonian and Federal Triangle stations this weekend.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 20, 2011; 5:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Alternative ways to ride Metrorail

The closing of the Orange and Blue lines this weekend in the heart of Washington means many people will be searching for ways to get to destinations along the National Mall and the adjacent areas. Metro is running free shuttle buses. But if you don't want to wait on a bus connection, you can use the rail system if you're willing to make transfers and look beyond Smithsonian and Federal Triangle stations, which are the two stops closed this weekend.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 20, 2011; 2:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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When does your Metro train depart?

The planned closing of Smithsonian and Federal Triangle stations starting Friday night through the Tuesday reopening means that some trains may leave stations earlier than you expect so that they can make connections in the system. Metro says riders should get to stations 20 to 30 minutes earlier than normal if they're trying to catch the last train of the evening.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 20, 2011; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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