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Get There: September 24, 2006 - September 30, 2006

Impasse in Virginia

I suppose it was too much to expect that the Virginia General Assembly could accomplish something for the state's travelers in a few days that it couldn't achieve in six months this year. Today's Post story by Amy Gardner and Tim Craig describes a pattern of failure for which Virginians should hold state leaders accountable. The latest is that the legislators failed to reach agreement on any substantial plan to improve Virginia's transportation system and went home. Hope they traveled off-peak. Letter writers to the Dr. Gridlock column who want to talk about transportation issues in Northern Virginia often fall into one of two categories: They look to their fellow motorists or passengers to solve problems, or they look to government to solve problems. They can both be right. Getting around this region would be a lot more sane if people would show more commonsense and courtesy. But all the...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 29, 2006; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Transportation Politics  
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Progress on Several Roadways

Several road improvement projects are being completed this month, one in the area of the Wilson Bridge project and the other in the District: -- The Wilson Bridge Project reports that South Washington Street will permanently return to four traffic lanes from South Street through the Washington Street Beltway overpass as early as Monday. This should improve travel for commuters who have seen the construction work in the area for three years. South Washington Street has been reduced from four to three travel lanes to accommodate construction of a new Beltway overpass. Now that work on the overpass is in its final phase, the long term lane restrictions are no longer necessary, project officials say. The new deck for the overpass should be done by mid-2007. -- The District Department of Transportation announced the completion of the Southern Avenue Bridge at Naylor Road , running over Suitland Parkway. The $8.9...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 28, 2006; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congestion  
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Triple Header Sunday

This Sunday will be quite a day in Washington sports, and perhaps also in Washington traffic. The Capitals host the Carolina Hurricanes in an exhibition hockey game at 1 p.m. at the Verizon Center. The Nationals end the 2006 baseball season with a game against the New York Mets at 1 p.m. at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium.The Redskins host the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedEx Field at 4:15 p.m. Metro expects crowds in the rail system throughout the afternoon, especially during the middle part of the day, as the 1 p.m. events conclude and people go to the 4:15 p.m. Redskins game. (Maybe a double-header for some?) The Blue and Orange lines are likely to be particularly crowded. Weekend track maintenance could also be a factor....

By Robert Thomson  |  September 27, 2006; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Events  
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Upcoming Meetings on Road and Transit Issues

Those of you who either drive the Whitehurst Freeway in the District or are affected by its presence in your neighborhood should be interested in the District Department of Transportation's plan to hold public meetings tonight and Wednesday night on the study into whether the Whitehurst should be taken down. Tonight's session is at Francis Jr. High School, 2425 N St. NW, in the Dupont Circle area. Wednesday's is at St. John's Georgetown Episcopal Church, 3240 O St. NW in Georgetown. Both sessions are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. You can find a lot of information about the study on the DDOT Web site. I've heard from some commuters who are very upset about the possibility of removing the freeway. For transit riders, there's a town hall meeting Wednesday night in the District moderated by Metro Board Chairman Gladys Mack and Riders Advisory Council Chairman Dennis Jaffe. Tell them...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 26, 2006; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Commuting  
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Traffic Still Snarled on GW Parkway Northbound

George Washington Parkway was closed northbound at Spout Run. A car went over the guard rail and then down an embankment, according to Maptuit. The left lane is now getting by. Also, E Gude Drive at Crabbs Branch Way is blocked between Route 355 and Dover Road. Crabbs Branch is blocked at Redland Rd. A reconstruction crew is there, investigating an accident involving a pedestrian....

By  |  September 26, 2006; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metrobus Changes Take Effect

Today is the day most Metrobus riders will feel the impact of the extensive changes service that affect lines in the District, Maryland and Virginia. Some riders will benefit from more extensive service, while others will be looking for alternative routes to work. For example, the 5B will no longer run between Tysons Corner and L'Enfant Plaza, but the 5A between the District and Dulles Airport will run more frequently. A complete list of the changes is available on Metro's Web site. While Metro analyzed the ridership on the lines where it added or subtracted service, calculating the alternatives for passengers who lost buses was not part of the equation. The riders of the 5B, for example, have no transit alternative that's as good as what they lost. If they stick with transit, they'll probably be taking the 28T bus for a dollar fare to the West Falls Church Metro...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 25, 2006; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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