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Get There: December 31, 2006 - January 6, 2007

Many Metro Disruptions This Winter

Now that the holiday season is over, Metro is resuming its weekend track work, which will be with us for the foreseeable future, the transit authority says. This weekend, track maintenance and rail car testing on the Green and Yellow Lines will cause delays of 15 to 20 minutes, according to Metro, because the trains will be sharing a single track. Click here to see the full details on Metro's Web site. This is just the beginning. During the winter, major track renovations will affect service on all lines. During the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend-- the weekend after this -- Metro will close Arlington Cemetery Station to replace a rail switch. During Presidents Day weekend -- Feb. 16 to 19 -- Metro will close Cheverly Station to replace another rail switch. And it's not just weekends. Here's an example of the many projects that could affect your travels:...

By Robert Thomson  |  January 5, 2007; 6:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Metro  
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Kaine Sets Transportation Goals

Last year, when Gov. Tim Kaine offered the biggest transportation program for Virginia in two decades, he bounced off a brick wall of opposition from Republicans in the House of Delegates. This morning, he told a receptive audience of Northern Virginia's business and civic leaders in Herndon that he's going to take another run at the wall: "I like hard stuff." This time, though, the run probably will take him through the state's elections in November, when his fellow Democrats will run in part on a platform of transportation improvements in their effort to take control of the House and Senate. Still, Kaine said he was hopeful of success in the General Assembly session that starts in the middle of this month. He says he wants three things: to improve the performance of the state's transportation department, raise more money for maintenance and new projects and allow government to link...

By Robert Thomson  |  January 4, 2007; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Transportation Politics  
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What's Your New Year's Outlook?

New mayor in the District, new governor in Maryland: What's your New Year's wish list for these guys? And while we're at it, let's throw some requests for the members of the Virginia General Assembly, who will be telling you between now and election day in November how much they've done to improve your travels. I'd like them all to kick in more money for Metro transit operations, while urging the Metro board members to limit the fare increases and service reductions to whatever is truly essential. (They can do more than urge the board members in most cases.) In Maryland, I'll be curious to see how Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley performs the necessary balancing acts between roads and transit and between regions of the state. Is the intercounty connector really a done deal? Will he find the money to advance all three of the upcoming transit projects for Baltimore and...

By Robert Thomson  |  January 3, 2007; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Transportation Politics  
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Right Lanes Open at I-66, Inner Loop Interchange

The Inner Loop's left lane remains blocked following an accident involving an overturned tractor trailer on the Capital Beltway at the Interstate 66 interchange in Virginia. Drivers on I-66 must still use the left exit to access the Capital Beltway, according to MapTuit traffic reports. Inner Loop delays begin in Springfield....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 2, 2007; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Congestion  
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