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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 02/18/2011

Today's transportation roundup

By Michael D. Bolden

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The big news in Washington transportation this weekend is the Orange and Blue line shutdown in the heart of downtown. Metro is closing the Smithsonian and Federal Triangle stations at 10 a.m. Friday night to replace switches that allow trains to cross from one track to another. There will be shuttle buses, but expect huge delays as buses can't handle the capacity of the trains. Dr. Gridlock has the details on the work.

Ann Scott Tyson writes about the changes in governance being considered by Metro's board of directors -- and the surprise departure of Metro veteran Peter Benjamin from the governing panel.

Metro CEO Richard Sarles generated some news when he said on the "The Kojo Nnamdi Show" Thursday that he would hope passengers aren't intoxicated when they're riding, a response to a question about people using the transit system as a late-night alternative when they've been out and about.

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood talks public transit on his Fast Lane blog.

For you rail fans, MSNBC has a story about a couple that was married on a train in Philly this week.

The New York Times reports that China has fired its rail chief. Liu Zhijun was leading the effort to build thousands of miles of high-speed rail lines, but is now being investigated for "severe violations of discipline," which the Times says boils down to corruption.

By Michael D. Bolden  | February 18, 2011; 10:30 AM ET
Categories:  Metro  
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Comments

Could somebody please fix Luke Rosiak's post about the Foggy Bottom problems? It's a mess, busted links and images not displaying. My wife commutes to and from that stop and I'd like to be able to keep her posted with reliable information!

Posted by: 1995hoo | February 18, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Never mind, it appears to be largely fixed now.

Posted by: 1995hoo | February 18, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

"appears"

yeah, until the escalator kills her

Posted by: getjiggly1 | February 18, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I obviously meant that the blog entry in question was fixed. Perhaps the software bugs aren't limited to when we hit the "Submit" button.

Posted by: 1995hoo | February 18, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

"Metro is closing the Smithsonian and Federal Triangle stations at 10 a.m. Friday night to replace switches that allow trains to cross from one track to another."

Think you mean p.m.

Posted by: DOEJN | February 18, 2011 5:02 PM | Report abuse

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