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Posted at 8:48 AM ET, 03/ 2/2011

Today's transportation roundup

By Michael D. Bolden

(Photo by Virginia Railway Express)

Traffic tie-ups, high-speed rail and the future of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority are some of the issues in transportation today. Read on for the headlines.

Jennifer Buske writes that buses connecting Richmond to Virginia Railway Express in Fredricksburg are being cut at the end of March.

VRE's CEO Dale Zehner will host a chat today at noon to discuss some of the hot topics at the rail agency.

Tysons travelers are in for even more headaches this week as crews put down new pavement markings on many major roads. Meanwhile, the McLean Patch talks about the soaring bridges being built as part of the Metrorail extension to Ashburn.

Metro is expected to release more details today on its plans for this weekend's shutdown of the eastern end of the Orange Line and a portion of the Blue Line. Dr. Gridlock had details on this past Sunday's Commuter page, but check back for updates.

Kytja details in the Washington Examiner that Metro's Inspector General's Office found a worker was retaliated against for cooperating with a safety audit.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority meets today. Among the items on the agenda is an executive session where board members may discuss hiring a new top executive. The San Francisco Chronicle wonders if Nathaniel Ford is leaving that city's Municipal Transportation Agency for Northern Virginia. Ann E. Marimow, who wrote Sunday about the rift on the board as it considers making the hire, will be on the scene for The Post.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who is an active user of social media such as Twitter, is starting an "On the Go With Ray LaHood" forum. People can post questions on his Facebook page or using #q4ray on Twitter between now and Tuesday. He's even encouraging video questions. LaHood will pick a few to answer and file his responses on YouTube and via audio podcasts.

The Florida Supreme Court is awaiting a response from Gov. Rick Scott on a lawsuit filed because of his refusal to accept $2.4 billion in federal funds intended for a high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando. A group of lawmakers, including Maryland's senators, have requested the money be used in the congested Northeast Corridor instead.

The National Transportation Safety Board hearing into the San Bruno, Calif., pipeline explosion continues for a second day. It concludes Thursday. You can watch it live on the Web.

Transportation Nation reports that some transit agencies are seeing an increase in ridership as gas prices rise. Are you using public transit more?

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

By Michael D. Bolden  | March 2, 2011; 8:48 AM ET
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