Today's transportation roundup
The opening of the first segment of the Intercounty Connector, Maryland's new toll road, is less than a week away. Katherine Shaver and Dr. Gridlock toured the highway yesterday. Katherine reports on the nonstop work going on to make sure what will be known as Maryland Route 200 is ready. Dr. Gridlock shares his thoughts on why we shouldn't judge the road too quickly.
Metro's big weekend closure of on the Orange and Blue lines is just a couple of days away. Starting Friday night the Smithsonian and Federal Triangle stations will close so that Metro can replace switches that allow trains to cross to another set of tracks. Dr. Gridlock has the details.
David Alpert over on Greater Greater Washington questions where is Va. Gov. Robert F. McDonnell as Republican members of Congress propose cutting $150 million in capital funding for Metro.
Unsuck DC Metro discusses Metro's bag check program. A recent poll on the blog had 76 percent of respondents describing the measure as "annoying safety theater."
Delta announced this week that SkyMiles will no longer expire.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood discusses on his Fast Lane blog why he is such a fervent advocate of high-speed rail.
He writes: "There is no amount of money that could build enough capacity on our highways and at airports to keep up with our expected population growth in coming decades."
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