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Posted at 8:52 AM ET, 03/ 4/2011

Today's transportation roundup

By Michael D. Bolden

Rail work is the top story of the weekend and beyond, with a major shutdown on the eastern ends of the Orange and Blue lines, and traffic tie-ups in Northern Virginia due to the advance of the subway extension into Loudoun County. Dr. Gridlock has details on what you should watch out for.

Capital Bikeshare riders seem to be out in droves this Friday. I passed swarms of cyclists using the new bike lanes on 15th Street NW as I walked north from McPherson Square Metro station.

What else is going on in transportation? Let's take a look.

Michael Perkins, writing on Greater Greater Washington, says Arlington is examining ways of gathering statistical data on parking usage to improve enforcement and provide information about what spaces are occupied.

Washington Post staff writer Ben Pershing writes that funding for some transit security programs may be in danger as Congress considers budget cuts. Programs from Arlington, Maryland Area Regional Commuter trains and Metro may all be in danger.

The ACLU plans to sue Metro over its controversial bag check program, according to this report from NBC Washington. Metro officials have said such inspections have withheld legal challenges in other states, but said they will meet with the American Civil Liberties Union to discuss their concerns.

Suzanne Peck, Metro's assistant general manager in charge of technology, has stepped down, according to the Washington Times. The move was effective Feb. 25.

Red-light cameras in Falls Church are snapping pics of hundreds of cars. Here's a guide to red-light cameras around the region compiled by the Post's James Buck.

Delta Air Lines, which has been very active in social media offering assistance to its customers, takes its Delta Assist brand to Facebook.

USA Today reports that the greenest homes are those near public transit, based on a study from the Environmental Protection Agency.

What else is going on in transportation? Share the news in the comments below.

By Michael D. Bolden  | March 4, 2011; 8:52 AM ET
Categories:  Blue Line, Metro, Orange Line  
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