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Get There: July 2, 2006 - July 8, 2006

Wilson Bridge Delays (Shocker)

You're going to be incredibly amazed to learn that there will be delays around the Wilson Bridge this weekend. Tonight and tomorrow night the Capital Beltway will be closed on the Maryland side of the bridge from 11.p.m. to 8.a.m. so that workers can lift steel beams over the highway. Drivers will be detoured around the highway and can expect delays of as much as half an hour, if all goes as it has in the past. The beams are part of a new interchange at Route 210 that is part of the overall bridge project. Additionally, the ramp from the southbound lanes of Interstate 295 to the outer loop of the Beltway will be closed from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. both days because of the construction. This all comes a week before another traffic meltdown in the area. Next weekend is when the inner loop of the Beltway...

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 7, 2006; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Wilson Bridge  
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More on the Purple Line

Let me add a little more information to clear up a few questions. The rapid bus service would run on dedicated lanes. I asked specifically if this would mean getting rid of any existing traffic lanes and the answer was no, with one exception. Project manager Mike Madden said a portion of Sligo Avenue, which is one of three route options for both the bus and light rail options, may have to be converted to a one-way street. While existing traffic lanes may not be in danger, some homes and businesses might be. Depending on which alignment is chosen, a number of properties may be taken, Madden and Transportation Secretary Bob Flanagan said. Laura fretted about how these buses would travel down East-West Highway, but none of the alternatives would run on that road. There are a couple different paths that the service would take that you can check out...

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 6, 2006; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Commuting  
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The Latest on the Purple Line

I just spent the better part of the day on an informational tour of the Purple Line, known officially as the Bi-County Transitway. Let me set the scene for you: Transportation Secretary Bob Flanagan, project manager Michael D. Madden and a bunch of aides walked us through the nuts and bolts of the project. Then we all piled into a mini-bus for a tour of part of the proposed transit line. I gotta tell ya, nothing beats a two hour mini-bus tour with a bunch of government officials. Aww, I'm just kidding, guys (and Erin). It was actually very helpful and was a good chance to talk at length about a project that many people think has taken a backseat to the intercounty connector. Plus, they gave us free water. Here's what we learned: It's going to be a long time before anything is built. The hoped for timetable has...

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 5, 2006; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Commuting  
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Don't Block the Metro Box

I got an intriguing e-mail today from fellow blogger Jeff Gates, who is on a personal quest to bring the "Don't Block the Box" mentality to Metro. You've seen this for years in city intersections, where there are signs urging drivers not to block the box, i.e the intersection, so that traffic can move through town. Gates sees a similar problem by Metro doors, where passengers tend to stand rather than moving to the center of cars so more passengers can get on. I've never talked to Gates before, but he seems pretty knowledgeable on this. (He even uses the word egress.) Check out his blog on it and the picture he includes of what he wants Metro doorways to look like....

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 3, 2006; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Metro  
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