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Posted at 8:53 AM ET, 03/ 9/2011

Today's transportation roundup

By Michael D. Bolden

We're all waiting on the rain. The Capital Weather Gang reports that we could get up to three inches in the Washington region over the next two days. There's a flood watch for the area, and driving in some places may get dangerous. We'll bring you some tips later, so check back.

Virginia launched its annual pothole blitz. But let's face it, they're not just in the commonwealth. They're everywhere. Report problems you know about using our guide to pothole season.

Express Local News Editor Clinton Yates writes that a pilot program being considered by Metro and D.C. officials to link student ID information with electronic fare cards unfairly cuts too broad a swath among public school youth. And he used to be a rowdy kid in the rail system.

Ann Scott Tyson reports that a staff presentation to the Metro board on Thursday will include more information on what work the transit authority could accomplish if it curtailed late-night service, something two members from the District say they will fight. Ann will be attending a D.C. oversight hearing on Metro Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. Check back for details.

BWI will be one of few airports in the country where people will be able to fly charter flights to Cuba, according to this report from transportation writer Ashley Halsey III. But don't pack yet. The liberalization of the rules only applies to people on religious, academic, journalistic or cultural missions. And there are still some regulatory hurdles that have to be overcome.

The National Bike Summit enters its second day. Streetsblog Capitol Hill reports that Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood urged attendees to "talk to your member of Congress about the importance of making communities cycle-friendly." Ashley Halsey is in attendance this morning and reports that attendees are discussing a shift in lobbying, from focusing on the health benefits of cycling to the benefits of integrating cycling into transportation networks.

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

By Michael D. Bolden  | March 9, 2011; 8:53 AM ET
Categories:  Driving, Metro  
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