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Get There: December 30, 2007 - January 5, 2008

Fare Increase Basics

The new Metro fares and fees take effect on Sunday, but most riders won't feel the effects until Monday, when they park at rail stations and board rush hour trains. New fare guide posted. (Metro photo) At the stations, passengers will see new fare charts posted on the vending machines and the station managers' booths. On buses, new decals with updated fare information will be displayed on the fareboxes. Look also for brochures in the stations and on buses that announce the new charges. These are the increases that affect most riders: A 75 cent increase in the daily parking rate, a 30 to 75 cent increase in the cost of a train ride during rush periods and a 10 cent increase in the bus fare unless the rider pays with a SmarTrip electronic fare card, in which case the cost stays the same. [Readers, I adjusted the max fare...

By Robert Thomson  |  January 4, 2008; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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GW Parkway Work Starts Monday

The National Park Service and Federal Highway Administration are going to rebuild the Humpback Bridge, which carries 75,000 vehicles a day over Boundary Channel, just northwest of the 14th Street Bridge. The $35 million project, which is likely to cause big traffic delays on the parkway, is scheduled to start Monday and last two and a half years. Humpback Bridge area on GW Parkway. (Federal Highway Administration) This got my attention in part because the Rock Creek Parkway reconstruction project was one of the top Dr. Gridlock letter-generators of 2007. Motorists complained not only about the pace of work along that route but also about what they considered a lack of timely information regarding the project's impact and commuting alternatives. For the upcoming GW Parkway project, the park service is trying hard to get the word out about what its doing, why and what your driving options are. Like so...

By Robert Thomson  |  January 3, 2008; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Alert for Southern MD Drivers

With the holidays over, highway work picks up again. The highlight: A section of Route 5 near the Capital Beltway in Prince George's is scheduled to shut down for the weekend, as part of Maryland's $52 million project to rebuild the interchange at the Beltway. This project, designed to improve access to the Branch Avenue Metro station, started in March 2006 and is scheduled to be completed by fall 2009. This part involves placement of structural steel for a flyover ramp to southbound Route 5 (Branch Avenue). This will require the closing of Route 5 between Auth Road and Manchester Drive from 2 p.m. on Saturday to 5 a.m. on Monday. The right lane along the Beltway's outer loop will be blocked for about a quarter mile north of the interchange. Also, the ramp from the outer loop to northbound Route 5 will be closed. Drivers will have no direct...

By Robert Thomson  |  January 2, 2008; 5:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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