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Get There: July 27, 2008 - August 2, 2008

The Weekend and Beyond

Some advice for your upcoming travels: Metrorail Delays Switch replacement work at Friendship Heights on the Red Line and track maintenance on the Blue and Yellow lines this weekend will cause inbound and outbound trains to take turns sharing one track. For full details, follow this link to Metro's Web site. Inbound and outbound trains between Medical Center and Van Ness will share a single track from 9 o'clock tonight to the train system's midnight closing on Sunday. That will add at least 20 minutes to trips. Metrorail customers traveling between the Van Dorn Street and Braddock Road Metrorail stations should add at least 20 minutes of travel time for their trips because of track maintenance. Trains will share a track between Van Dorn Street and Braddock Road from 11 o'clock to the 3 o'clock closing on Saturday morning, then again from from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday and...

By Robert Thomson  |  August 1, 2008; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  
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New Beltway Ramp Opening

The Maryland State Highway Administration plans to open a new flyover ramp Friday morning from the Capital Beltway's inner loop to southbound Branch Avenue. Watch for variable message boards that will guide drivers through the new traffic pattern. Branch Avenue (Route 5) is one of the most heavily traveled commuter routes in Prince George's County. Near the Beltway, it averages more than 122,000 vehicles per day. The new ramp, which should be open by 5 a.m. Friday, was built to ease congestion and eliminate the difficult merge at the Branch Avenue/Beltway interchange. The ramp is part of a $52 million reconstruction of the interchange that began in March 2006 and is scheduled to be done by the end of this year....

By Robert Thomson  |  July 31, 2008; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Montgomery Slows the Flow

Drivers turning onto Arcola Avenue in Silver Spring this week found themselves in a line that extended back out onto University Boulevard. The cause was the paving and pedestrian safety efforts underway along a road often used as a cut-through between major routes. Getting attention on Arcola Avenue. (Thomson) Once the paving is done, the asphalt trucks and rollers will be gone but the concrete islands and bump-outs will remain to slow drivers and aid crossing pedestrians. The roadway will be reduced from four lanes to two. I was curious to see the avenue and its new safety devices after getting a letter from Nadine G. Sparer, a Silver Spring resident who is very upset about the results: "How did the dangerous redesign of this road come to pass? There are no signs indicating when two lanes become one lane. The parking lanes preclude trying to get around vans and...

By Robert Thomson  |  July 31, 2008; 6:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Safety  
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Beltway Speed Controls Tonight

Late-night drivers on the Capital Beltway in Virginia are likely to see the new Variable Speed Limit system in action around midnight as utility crews replace power lines across the highway. Both the inner and outer loops will be stopped for about 15 minutes between the Telegraph Road interchange and the Eisenhower Connector so the crews can work safely. (Project map) When the speed-control system, operated by the Wilson Bridge project, detects that traffic is slowing and stopping, the speed limits approaching the work zone will be lowered. Watch the new electronic speed limit signs. The intention is to reduce the likelihood that drivers will slam on the brakes when they see the tail lights ahead. When the power-line work is done, all lanes will reopen. Once the traffic backup has cleared, the speed limits will revert to normal. The speed control system is in place along the seven miles...

By Robert Thomson  |  July 30, 2008; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Wilson Bridge  
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Some Northwest Signals Without Power

A power outage has knocked out traffic signals on three key north-south routes in and out of the city, according to an alert from the District Department of Transportation. Motorists are being asked to treat all intersections that aren't working as four-way stops until the lights are fixed. DDOT is reporting the following Northwest signals are without power: Georgia Avenue and Kenyon Street Georgia Avenue and Irving Street Sherman Avenue and Columbia Road Sherman Avenue and Irving Street 11th Street and Irving Street 11th Street and Kenyon Street There is no information about when the power will be restored, according to DDOT....

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 30, 2008; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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VRE Considering New Service

I hope this doesn't turn out to be wishful thinking, given Virginia's inability to come up with a serious plan for transportation improvements, but Virginia Railway Express has scheduled a public workshop for tonight to discuss a new 11-mile branch from Manassas to Haymarket. VRE says the proposed route follows Norfolk Southern's B line. It could include as many as three new stations. (See VRE's list of FAQs on the project.) This study will build on a previous one completed in 2005, VRE says. The latest effort, to be completed in March (see schedule), will get into greater detail about station locations, the support system for the line and expenses. The workshop is set for 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Stonewall Jackson High School, 8820 Rixlew Lane, Manassas. The first half hour is an open house, followed by a presentation at 7 p.m....

By Robert Thomson  |  July 30, 2008; 5:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Detour Ahead on Clara Barton Parkway

Maryland is about to rehabilitate the bridge that takes westbound traffic from the Clara Barton Parkway onto the southbound Capital Beltway just north of the American Legion Bridge. Drivers will use a detour for about 10 weeks, if the schedule holds. Some of you may be hearing echoes of last year's project at the Legion Bridge, which slowed drivers going from the George Washington Parkway onto the Beltway's inner loop. Once again, we're talking about work along a commuter route near the bridge. But there's cause for optimism on this one. The ramp to be closed starting Monday carries about 600 vehicles a day, says David Buck, spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration. For those drivers, the detour should add no more than five minutes to their trips. The detour near the Naval Surface Warfare Center to reach the Beltway is a relatively smooth one. It certainly doesn't involve...

By Robert Thomson  |  July 29, 2008; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Construction  
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Clearing Out Foggy Bottom

Metro says it will have supervisors at Foggy Bottom Station this morning to figure out the best configuration of the two working escalators for the rush period. On Monday morning, only one was moving in Metrorail's eighth busiest station, and that was going down when hundreds of people were trying to get out. This was the situation, as described to me in an e-mail from Angela Emerson of Alexandria: "When I arrived at the Foggy Bottom stop this morning, there were many hundreds of people waiting to exit the station. The station has three escalators. One was carrying folks down into the station, one was blocked off and not moving, and the remaining one, which we were all forced to use to get out, was not moving. "So the delay was caused by only one up escalator being open, and everyone having to climb that one out." Some of you...

By Robert Thomson  |  July 29, 2008; 5:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Commuter Graphic: A Beltway Change

A new traffic control program is aimed at easing traffic along the Capital Beltway by adjusting speed limits to the level of congestion ahead. This week's Commuter Graphic offers a primer on how the new "variable speed limit" system works....

By Mike McPhate  |  July 28, 2008; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Commuting  
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No Way Up At Foggy Bottom

Here's an angry letter about crowding this morning at the Foggy Bottom Metrorail station. But there's also a video at welovedc.com that shows the scene that the writer describes. Dear Dr. Gridlock: If I had any other viable option for my commute, today would have been my last day taking Metrorail. When I arrived at the Foggy Bottom stop this morning, there were many hundreds of people waiting to exit the station. The station has three escalators. One was carrying folks down into the station, one was blocked off and not moving, and the remaining one, which we were all fo rced to use to get out, was not moving. So the delay was caused by only one up escalator being open, and everyone having to climb that one out. Many of us were asking ourselves and each other what would have happened if there had been an emergency evacuation?...

By Robert Thomson  |  July 28, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Driving Drops Again

Driving dropped again in May, according to nationwide figures released today by the Federal Highway Administration. In fact, it was the steepest decline in vehicle miles traveled for any May in the 66 years those numbers have been kept. People drove 9.6 billion fewer miles than in May 2007. Not only was it the biggest decline ever recorded for the month of May, it also was the third largest monthly drop. During the first five months of 2008, people drove 29.8 billion fewer miles than during the same period of 2007. Three of the largest single-month declines have occurred since December. What are the consequences? -- Often this spring and summer, we've noted the sharp increases in Metrorail ridership. Metro board reflected last week on the number of dates that had entered Metrorail's list of top 10 ridership days. The transit authority might need a new way of presenting such...

By Robert Thomson  |  July 28, 2008; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Driving  
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Going With Flow on Beltway

We've seen systems that control traffic flow through stop and go lights on ramps or through speed limits that change with the time of day. But the Variable Speed Limit program scheduled to begin tonight on the southeastern side of the Capital Beltway in Virginia is new and different. Will it work? The key to success is whether drivers will obey signs telling them to slow down when the highway around them still looks relatively open. If they do, traffic should flow more smoothly through the work zone that reduces lanes around Telegraph Road. If they don't, it will be hurry-up- and-wait for years to come. This letter is from a reader who noticed our Commuter page feature on Sunday about the new speed-control program and how such efforts succeed or fail. Dear Dr. Gridlock: I have long tried to adjust my driving speed to anticipate traffic flow fluctuations ahead...

By Robert Thomson  |  July 28, 2008; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Wilson Bridge  
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