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Get There: June 22, 2008 - June 28, 2008

The Weekend and Beyond

Some tips for this weekend and into early July: Baseball and Soccer on Sunday Both the Nationals and DC United are in town for Sunday games. The Nationals are playing the Orioles at Nationals Park, in what should be a very crowded game, starting at 1:35 p.m. D.C. United, hosting the Los Angeles Galaxy, will draw a big crowd to RFK at noon. The parking situation at RFK will be different: Nats fans still can park for free, but not at Lot 8, their usual spot on the south side of RFK. They can park for free in Lot 7, on the north side of RFK, and take the Nats Express to Nationals Park. But there may be delays. Best routes to Lot 7: Come off the Whitney Young (East Capitol Street) Bridge or off Oklahoma Avenue NE. The Nats Express shuttle starts up 90 minutes before game time. (See...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 27, 2008; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Delays This Morning on I-66

A lane is scheduled to be closed this morning on westbound Interstate 66 at Lorcom Lane/Spout Run for tree maintenance. This is set to begin at 10 a.m. and last for no more than two hours, but traffic delays are likely....

By Robert Thomson  |  June 27, 2008; 6:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metrobus Changes Coming

The transit authority is making many changes in Metrobus service, starting Sunday. Of special interest are the changes in the 30s bus line, one of the longest and most heavily used of Metro's bus services. The line passes through some of the most congested parts of the region and has suffered severe problems with erratic schedules and slow service. So the transit authority and the District Department of Transportation worked with riders to develop the plan that takes effect Sunday. If this works out, it could serve as a model for improving other services. Here's a list of all the routes affected by the changes. (Type your route number into Metro's bus timetable page to see what impact it will have on your ride.) District of Columbia 30, 32, 34, 35, 36 - The Pennsylvania Avenue Line 70, 71 - Georgia Avenue-7th Street Line 79 - Georgia Avenue MetroExtra Line...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 26, 2008; 7:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Meeting Tonight on Rockville Interchange

Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-July on a new interchange for Rockville Pike and the relocated Randolph Road in Montgomery County. If work goes as scheduled, it should be done by fall 2010. Maryland State Highway Administration representatives will discuss the impact of the construction at a meeting from 6 to 8 o'clock tonight in the Montrose Christian School cafeteria, 5100 Randolph Road, Rockville. The new interchange will tie into the new Montrose Parkway, which Montgomery County is building just to the west. The project includes construction of a hiker-biker trail connecting existing trails....

By Robert Thomson  |  June 26, 2008; 6:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Meeting Tonight on D.C. Pedestrian Plan

The District Department of Transportation will host a citywide public meeting tonight on its final draft of the Pedestrian Master Plan. The plan, developed over 18 months, lays out safety improvements for each of the city's eight wards over the next decade. Two pedestrians were killed last year at 7th and Pennsylvania. (Thomson) It designates eight high priority corridors -- streets across the city that have many pedestrians and too many pedestrian injuries -- to receive special attention. Many of the plans in those corridors will affect the movements of drivers as well as walkers. Some examples: Right turns on red would be restricted, signals of various types added, sidewalks improved, curbs and medians added, traffic enforcement cameras positioned and bus stops relocated. See our Commuter page feature on the plan. Tonight's session will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 at the University of the District of Columbia's Van Ness...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 24, 2008; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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What Those Lost Fares Cost Metro

During our online discussion today, a reader asked how much Metrorail lost in fares after the Friday the 13th power outages zapped the fare gates in some of the downtown stations. Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said this afternoon that the transit authority estimates that it lost $154,962.08. Because the fare gates weren't operating, 74,501 customers exited at the powerless stations without processing their fare cards, he said. The transit authority wiped the slate clean, reprogrammed the fare gates so that those riders could reenter the rail system that afternoon without having to get their cards adjusted, one at a time, by the station masters. Still a mystery is the wait of close to 30 minutes described by a passenger waiting for a midnight Orange Line train toward Vienna from Rosslyn Station. There were no specific delays reported at that hour in that part of the system, Taubenkibel said. Trains should...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 23, 2008; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Commuter: Failure to Communicate

A string of Metro disruptions earlier this month has prompted complaints from many riders about the system's communication practices. This week's Commuter graphic takes a close look at the transit authority's plans to address riders' concerns....

By Mike McPhate  |  June 23, 2008; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Updates on Maryland Commuter Buses

Some notes for those of you who ride the MTA commuter buses: Bus Stop Relocation -- The bus stop on Constitution Avenue at 14th Street NW has been moved temporarily to the other side of 14th Street to accommodate the construction at the National Museum of American History. The MTA says all drivers on bus route 995 have been told to use this new location, even though the regular stop is still accessible for the moment. -- The afternoon stops for bus routes 901, 902, 904 and 905 have been moved up the block from National Archives to the eastbound side of Pennsylvania Avenue at Ninth Street NW. The morning buses will continue to drop passengers on westbound Pennsylvania Avenue after making the turn from Seventh Street NW. Hearing on New Service The MTA will hold a hearing Wednesday on its proposal to expand service between Waldorf and the District....

By Robert Thomson  |  June 23, 2008; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Are Your Trains More Crowded?

This is getting to be a daily event: Friday was another extremely high ridership day for Metrorail. The 829,998 trips taken made it the third highest ridership date in the system's 32-year history. The total was 24,845 more rides than on the comparable date last year. Metro made several similar announcements last week, as dates broke into the top all-time list for ridership. In fact, says the transit authority, nine dates since April have made their way into the top dozen for ridership. On Friday, the Nationals and Mystics games in Washington padded the total. But on several other days last week, there was no special event. Are you seeing more people on your trains? And how about those of you who ride buses? (The transit authority can only estimate the bus ridership in calculating that about 1.2 million trips are taken on Metro rail and bus each day.)...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 23, 2008; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Why the Money Matters

Politicians and transportation advocates are pessimistic about whether the Virginia General Assembly's special session, starting today, will restore any of the spending for roads and transit that was promised in the legislature's 2007 session. At the moment, the most likely outcome would enshrine the several billion dollars in delays and cuts made to the state transportation plan last week. Click on the map of Northern Virginia to review them. State law, and prudence, require that maintenance of what's already there come before construction. In the next decade, most of Virginia's transportation spending will be devoted to maintenance. What happened to the 2007 plan? First, Virginians decided they didn't want to increase the penalties for reckless driving, and the 2008 General Assembly eliminated that source of revenue. But the big blow to the plan was Virginia Supreme Court ruling in February that overturned the financing plan that had empowered the Northern...

By Robert Thomson  |  June 23, 2008; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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