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Get There: March 11, 2007 - March 17, 2007

Metrobus Problems at Friendship Heights

During a Live Online discussion Monday, a reader asked about bus service changes in Northwest Washington related to the problems with the low ceiling at the Friendship Heights terminal. Later, Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel wrote in with an explanation of some temporary measures Metro has taken and how they will play out. I thought I'd post that for everyone. This was the reader's question. Friendship Heights, D.C.: There seem to be unpublicized bus service reductions between Friendship Heights and Tenleytown. Several times I've been on Wisconsin Ave and gotten on a northbound 30-series bus, labeled for Friendship Heights, and the driver stopped at Tenleytown, saying his route ended there because he was driving a natural gas bus. The bus schedule doesn't indicate that any runs stop at Tenleytown, and neither does Metro's Web site. Why can't they continue until the stop right before the FH bus terminal, or barring that,...

By Robert Thomson  |  March 13, 2007; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro  
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Questions About Traffic Cameras

The District should suspend its traffic camera enforcement program until a review can assure drivers that all the cameras are working properly. The public must have confidence in this technology, especially now that Montgomery County is launcing a speed control program that uses cameras to enforce speed limits and Virginia is about to re-establish it's red-light camera enforcement program. In today's Post, Nikita Stewart and Yolanda Woodlee reported that many of the District's red-light cameras are broken. Meanwhile, Miranda Spivack reported that Montgomery County and several municipalities have begun a 30-day testing period during which warning notices will be sent to speeders who come within range of the new cameras. (Montgomery already uses cameras to catch red-light runners.) I believe these programs are important aids to police and the public in controlling two of the main causes of traffic accidents. But they not only have to work, they also have...

By Robert Thomson  |  March 13, 2007; 6:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting  
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Road and Transit Developments

Drivers and riders, here's a roundup of some developments that could affect your commutes in the next few weeks. Metro elevators out: The platform elevators at McPherson Square will be out of service for the next 10 weeks for a modernization. Free shuttle buses will be available upon request. Metrorail riders who normally enter or exit at the station and are unable to use the escalator can call 202-962-1825 in advance of their trips so a shuttle bus can be waiting to take them to the Farragut West Station.. -- Bus route extended: The downtown Washington Circulator bus route will be extended to replace the Georgetown Metro Connection, or "Blue Bus," on the Foggy Bottom line. You can find a Circulator map please at www.dccirculator.com This is a six-month trial, to run through Sept. 30. The Blue Bus will continue running its route between Roslyn and Dupont Circle. -- Route...

By Robert Thomson  |  March 12, 2007; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting  
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