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Posted at 8:21 AM ET, 02/23/2011

Today's transportation roundup

By Michael D. Bolden

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.

The first segment of the ICC, Maryland's new electronic toll road, opened in the wee hours of the morning. Dr. Gridlock, Katherine Shaver, Kafia A. Hosh and Michael Rosenwald are reporting from the field, so check back with the Dr. Gridlock blog for updates. You can follow Rosenwald's comments on Twitter via @poststorylab.

Michael Dresser of The Baltimore Sun reports that a bill introduced in the Maryland House of Delegates would require all occupants in cars, including adult rear-seat passengers, to wear seat belts. Montgomery County Police Capt. Thomas C. Didone testified Tuesday about a 2008 crash in which his teenage son, Ryan, who was was riding in the rear seat of a vehicle without wearing a seat belt, was thrown into the front seat and died.

Thefts of electronics devices on Metro are soaring, accounting for 76 percent of robberies, according to the transit agency. And just as Metro completes a major station shutdown, it plans another. The eastern end of the Orange Line will close the weekend of March 4-6, Dr. Gridlock reports.

Cab rides in the District may cost you more. Nikita R. Stewart reports on the D.C. Wire blog that a $19 cap on taxi fares is being lifted.

Aviation Week editor Benet Wilson talks on her Aviation Queen blog about why she believes banning TSA screeners from businesses is a bad idea. (Yes, apparently an eatery at Seattle's airport has done just that in response to new security measures at airports).

The Greater Greater Washington blog has its own links on transportation news.

What else is happening? Post a comment below.

By Michael D. Bolden  | February 23, 2011; 8:21 AM ET
Categories:  Highways, Maryland  | Tags:  Intercounty Connector  
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