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Get There: November 30, 2008 - December 6, 2008

Commuter Alert: Major Delays Expected on Penn Line

Major delays and cancellations are expected on all Penn Line MARC trains this afternoon and this evening due to electrical system damage near Landover, the Maryland Transit Authority said. Train 450 at 5:10 p.m. is canceled because of track conditions between Washington and Landover. Trains 429 and 424 will be delayed in and out of Washington because of signal track operation. Metro will honor MARC tickets to New Carrollton for those who wish to change their routing. Catenary wires, the overhead lines used to transmit electricity, were damaged by an Acela train, the MTA said. For more information, call 866-RIDE-MTA or visit http://www.mtamaryland.com. -- Steve Hendrix...

By Mike McPhate  |  December 5, 2008; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro Warns Paratransit Riders of Tuberculosis Risk

Some customers of MetroAccess, a door-to-door bus service for people with disabilities, may have come in contact with a driver who tested positive for tuberculosis, agency officials said today. Metro has been working with the District's Department of Health and sent a letter last month to 762 customers considered to be at risk, the agency said. Riders who are concerned about possible exposure can contact the city's TB Control Program at 202-698-4040. The driver is undergoing treatment and has been pulled from duty....

By Mike McPhate  |  December 5, 2008; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro , Safety  
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The Weekend and Beyond

Here are some suggestions for your weekend travels and the rest of December. Avoid Wilson Bridge If all goes according to plan, drivers should avoid the outer loop near the bridge from 9 o'clock tonight through Sunday evening. This is the first of two weekends during which workers will set up the new Thru lanes on the bridge. At the end of the weekend, drivers should be able to use those two new lanes on the outer loop. Then next weekend, the ones on the inner loop will open. But first, the weekend delays starting tonight: -- The outer loop will be reduced from three lanes to one from east of Van Dorn Street in Virginia through east of Route 210 in Maryland. (See map.) -- At the Springfield interchange, traffic will be diverted toward the inner loop and the American Legion Bridge. -- The ramp from Route 1 South...

By Robert Thomson  |  December 5, 2008; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Metro Redesigning Its Web Site

Metro, like many of the world's transit system, conveys a lot of information to its riders via the Internet. I hardly ever take a trip without using the Trip Planner or checking a bus schedule or looking at next train arrival times. But Web sites, like newspapers, need to get freshened up every so often so they present the most relevant information in the clearest possible way. The transit authority is planning to relaunch its Web site on Monday. For those of you familiar with the current site, this will look vastly different and much friendlier. For those who haven't gone online to check transit information, I think you'll find it very useful to check out. After you see it next week, send your thoughts to me at drgridlock@washpost.com. I'm planning to review it on an upcoming Commuter page in The Post. My first look at a test version left...

By Robert Thomson  |  December 4, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Wilson Bridge Getting More Lanes

Thru lanes on bridge ready to open over two weekends this month. (Thomson) The Capital Beltway near the Wilson Bridge is the place not to be this weekend and next, as the construction project's managers work on opening the new Thru lanes. Once that's done, it will be up to drivers to figure out which lanes are right for them. So we have two concerns about traffic congestion. First, will drivers pay attention to the warnings going out this week and next and keep away from the work zones? Then once the new lanes are open, will bottlenecks occur around the splits and the merges? The Work Zones During the many years of bridge construction, we've been through this weekend drill several times, and this round is probably the last. This weekend, workers will put down the white stripes and put up the signs that will lead drivers onto...

By Robert Thomson  |  December 4, 2008; 7:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion , Construction  
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Tree Lighting Is Thursday

Dear Dr. Gridlock: Well, it's that time of the year again. Time for thousands of commuters to be inconvenienced by the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. The tree is a wonderful tradition, and Washington would not be the same without it. But my question is: Why does it have to be done at 5 p.m.? Even ignoring the traffic issues, it would make more sense to pick, for example, 8 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. That way, more people would be at home to watch the lighting on television. Why do you think the President gives televised speeches at 9 and not 5? Same with presidential debates. The National Christmas Tree lighting will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday on the northeast quadrant of the Ellipse, south of the White House. Many people really enjoy this moment, but many commuters absolutely hate it, because it disrupts traffic for hours in...

By Robert Thomson  |  December 3, 2008; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. Taxi Surcharge Ending

The dollar a ride surchage imposed last fall by the D.C. Taxicab Commission will end Thursday, the commission has announced. Commission Chairman Leon J. Swain Jr. took the action on Tuesday as a result of declining gas prices. The surchage was imposed to help help drivers and cab companies defray the cost of fuel when prices jumped this year. The measure was scheduled to expire in January, but the rapid plunge in prices spurred the chairman's emergency action. So when you get into a cab after 12:01 a.m. Thursday, you should no longer see the Gasoline Surcharge Sticker that announced the surchage. Instead, there should be a notice about the chairman's action....

By Robert Thomson  |  December 3, 2008; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NB Richmond Highway Lanes Close Due to Ice

Two lanes of northbound Richmond Highway near Lockheed Boulevard will be closed for approximately one hour due to ice. One lane of northbound Richmond Highway is open and traffic is getting by. Police are on the scene assisting with traffic until VDOT arrives on the scene, according to a Fairfax County alert. Ice is also creating hazardous driving conditions on the I-495 northbound ramp to at Telegraph Road, according to the traffic alert page....

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 3, 2008; 6:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Silver Spring Intersection To Be Widened

Avoid the busy intersection at University Boulevard and Piney Branch Road this weekend, while the Maryland State Highway Administration starts a project to widen it. Starting at 9 a.m. Friday, the Maryland State Highway Administration will close the right lane along eastbound University between Glenville Road and Gilbert Road. It also will close the right lane along southbound Piney Branch Road between Carroll Avenue and Unversity. The closures will continue till 3 p.m. Saturday, if all goes on schedule. Flower Avenue and Carroll Avenue are among the alternative routes around the congestion that's likely to result this weekend. These are the preliminaries: utility relocation and removal of the concrete island. The widening project is scheduled for completion by late summer. Piney Branch in the University Boulevard area is a very dangerous place for pedestrians. There are more crashes there than along other stretches of roadway in Montgomery County, something the...

By Robert Thomson  |  December 3, 2008; 6:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Northeast Traffic Signals Restored After Morning Outage

Update, 12:19 p.m.: All of the traffic signals are back up, according to the District Department of Transportation. Original Post: Drivers should expect backups after a power outage disrupted traffic signals this morning at 10 intersections in Northeast Washington, the D.C. transportation department says. Affected intersections include: 17th and Bladensburg Road, NE 17th and L Street, NE 17th and M Street, NE Mount Olivet Street and Trinidad Street, NE Mount Olivet Street and West Virginia Avenue, NE Mount Olivet Street and Brentwood Parkway, NE Mount Olivet Street and Bladensburg Road, NE New York Ave and Bladensburg Road, NE New York Ave and Kendall Street, NE New York Ave and 9th Street, NE View Larger Map...

By Mike McPhate  |  December 2, 2008; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Commuting , Congestion , Driving  
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District Reviewing Transit Plans

The District Department of Transportation and Metro this month will show the preliminary findings of their DC Neighborhood Circulation Study, reviewing potential improvements in bus service citywide. The District says the improvements could include new Metrobus lines and new Circulator buses or changes to existing routes. The study is scheduled to be completed this winter. The two agencies held first round of community meetings in September, and they say that comments made by residents at those sessions have become part of the study. This is the schedule of the four December meetings, all of which begin at 6:30 p.m. with an open house and continue at 7 p.m. with a presentation: Dec. 9: Trinidad Recreation Center, 1310 Childress St. NE Dec. 10: 6th District Police Station, 100 42nd Street NE Dec. 11: Trinity AME Zion Church, 3505 16th Street NW Dec. 16: The Specialty Hospital of Washington-Hadley, 4601 Martin L....

By Robert Thomson  |  December 2, 2008; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Highway Projects Resuming

After a few days off for the holiday, the region's transportation departments are scheduled to resume highway construction. So just because it's December, don't be lulled into thinking you won't encounter workers on the roadways, both day and night. Here's one starting up tonight in Maryland: Northbound traffic on Route 355 (Urbana Pike) north of the Walser Drive intersection will be shifted into newly built additional lanes. The State Highway Administration is widening Route 355 as part of the larger I-70 interchange project at Routes 85 and 475. Shifting the northbound traffic to the new northbound lanes will allow crews to work in the median of the roadway while traffic continues to flow. The traffic shift is scheduled to start at 9 o'clock tonight. The SHA also will shift traffic along Walser Drive to a newly built section, allowing work on the south side of the road. The interchange project...

By Robert Thomson  |  December 1, 2008; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Construction  
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