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Get There: September 21, 2008 - September 27, 2008

The Weekend and Beyond

Some advisories and suggestions about your upcoming travels. Metrorail Delays The transit authority is doing track maintenance on the Red, Blue, Orange and Green lines this weekend, which means delays of 15 to 20 minutes for riders because trains on all those lines will be sharing tracks to get around the work zones. See full details on Metro's Web site. Events and Metrobus Detours Saturday and Sunday events in Washington and Arlington are likely to cause some traffic delays and will require some Metrobus detours. The events include Bike DC and Clarendon Day on Saturday, and Fiesta DC and the Chinese Cultural Festival on Sunday. See details about time and place, and the Metrobus detours here. Bus Route Changes Metro is making some significant changes to service on routes in the District, Maryland and Virginia, effective on Sunday. See full details here, but these are some of them. Route 5A:...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 27, 2008; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories  
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Metro Working to Fix More Routes

While we've focused on the transit authority's study to improve service on the 16th Street bus line, Metro also is asking for riders' help to fix eight other Metrobus routes. A set of public meetings starts tonight, but you can also comment by phone or online. These are the routes under review: -- Washington Boulevard Line (2A, 2B, 2C, 2G) -- Sibley Hospital and Stadium Armory Line (D1, D3, D6) -- Glover Park and Dupont Circle Line (D2) -- Ivy City and Union Station Line (D4) -- MacArthur Blvd and Georgetown Line (D5) -- Hospital Center Line (D8) -- Prince George's and Langley Park Line (F8) -- Eastover and Addison Road Line (P12) Here's the list of public meetings, all of which begin at 6 p.m.: Tonight: The P12 line will be discussed at the Suitland Community Center, 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville. Thursday: The D1, D3, D6 line will be...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 24, 2008; 5:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Commuting , Metro  
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Outer Loop Lanes Reopen After Truck Fire

The scene near the Persimmon Tree Road bridge today. (Lewis R. Gollub for The Washington Post) UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: All lanes are now open. Traffic remains backed up in both directions. UPDATE, 1:10 p.m.: Just one left lane of the Outer Loop is now blocked. Traffic remains slow before Connecticut Avenue and the length of the southbound 270 Spur. Inner Loop traffic is slow after Rte. 7. UPDATE, 1 p.m.: Two lanes of the Outer Loop are getting by to the right. All Inner Loop lanes are open. ORIGINAL POST: An accident involving a truck this morning in Montgomery County has blocked all lanes on the Outer Loop of the Beltway at River Road. Two right lanes are getting by on the Inner Loop and traffic slows starting at the George Washington Parkway. NBC4 reports that a welders truck overturned and caught fire at about 11 a.m. near the...

By Mike McPhate  |  September 23, 2008; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  
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More Paths Coming at Wilson Bridge

Although the second span of the Wilson Bridge opened to vehicle traffic in May, project managers say much work remains before the pedestrian/bike path across the span opens next spring. It should be spectacular when it's done. The 12-foot wide path alongside the Capital Beltway's inner loop will have great views of the river, Washington, Alexandria and Prince George's County. The pathway will connect the Washington Street in Virginia deck to National Harbor on the Maryland side. But that's not the only pedestrian-biker route still to come as part of the project: -- A trail from Route 1 south of the Capital Beltway to the Washington Street deck is scheduled to open this fall. -- A trail starting on the east side of Telegraph Road at Huntington Avenue and passing over the Beltway to connect with Eisenhower Avenue near Hoffman Center is scheduled to open in late 2009. ....

By Robert Thomson  |  September 23, 2008; 6:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Construction  
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Accident on Southbound I-395 Cleared

UPDATE: The accident that closed three lanes on Southbound I-395 has been cleared, according to the District's Department of Transportation, and all lanes are now open. Drivers were counseled to expect further delays, however. ORIGINAL POST: Drivers should expect major rush hour delays after three southbound lanes of I-395 at South Capitol Street exit were closed because of a vehicular accident, the District Department of Transportation said. Only the left lane remains open. Several rescue vehicles are currently on the scene....

By Mike McPhate  |  September 22, 2008; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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New Session on 16th Street Buses

Metro and the District Department of Transportation are hosting their second public meeting Tuesday to get riders' help in improving bus service along 16th Street in Northwest Washington. Click for larger map. (Metro) The first session this summer produced many good ideas for fixing problems with crowding, bus bunching and erratic schedules -- things that commonly occur on busy lines that pass through congested areas, both characteristics of the 16th Street Line. The S1, S2 and S4 routes, which average 16,000 passengers on a weekday, have the third highest ridership of any line in the Metrobus system as they travel between Silver Spring Station and downtown Washington. On this project, Metro if following a similar pattern to the one used to upgrade service this year on the 30s Line, an even busier route across Washington. The 16th Street study involves these public meetings, a rider survey, a staff review of...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 22, 2008; 6:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting , transit  
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