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Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Today's transportation roundup

By Michael D. Bolden

Distracted driving, Metro shutdowns and rifts at the airports are some of the headlines making news this week. Here's a sampling.

The District begins a streetscape project in Adams Morgan this week. The work on 18th Street NW between Florida Avenue and Columbia Road is expected to last a year.

A slug pickup site in the District is moving. Read Kafia A. Hosh's report on the move.

On Sunday Dr. Gridlock looked ahead to another major Metro shutdown. The closures this weekend will affect the eastern end of the Blue and Orange lines. He also provided a preview of shutdowns planned for the rest of the year -- and there are a lot of them as Metro tries to schedule needed repairs and upgrades throughout its rail network.

Dr. Gridlock also offered advice in his column on how to make sure you don't unintentionally get swept onto Maryland's first electronic toll road, the Intercounty Connector. He also highlighted some roadwork that Maryland and Virginia drivers will want to watch out for.

Metro announced that the SmarTrip cards are now on sale at the George Washington University bookstore.

The blog Unsuck DC Metro reports that a letter is being circulated among members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, which represents most Metro employees, urging workers to vote out their president Jackie Jeter.

Meanwhile, Metro is looking for a an assistant general manager, information technology. Details are on LinkedIn.

The Maryland Transit Administration begins meetings with commuters this week on a new schedule for the Penn Line, which will take effect March. 14.

Check out Ann E. Marimow's report on how the search for an executive to lead the airports authority that governs Dulles and Reagan has led to a rift in the board.

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote recently on the dangers of distracted driving. She wonders if all of the technology being added to cars will just exacerbate the problem.

The National Resources Defense Council names the Washington as one of the top 15 Smarter Cities for transportation. The recognition is for "aggressive efforts to offer commuters alternatives to driving," such as Metro, plans for the D.C. streetcar network and Capital Bikeshare. What do you think?

What else is going on in transportation? Post a comment below.

By Michael D. Bolden  | February 28, 2011; 10:13 AM ET
Categories:  Airports, Aviation, Driving, MARC, Maryland, Metro  
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