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The Weekend and Beyond

Some advice about your weekend travels and upcoming transportation issues.

District's Bigger Boot
John Townsend, public and government affairs manager for AAA Mid-Atlantic, thinks the District has gone too far with its new policy of booting vehicles that have unpaid fines for blowing past enforcement cameras.

The District Department of Public Works announced Tuesday that it will begin booting vehicles with multiple outstanding photo enforcement tickets. Photo violations include red-light running, speeding and parking on streets during sweeping hours.
By the end of January, the department said, 12,834 vehicles had accumulated 15,700 photo enforcement tickets that total nearly $1.9 million in unpaid fines.

Townsend said he doesn't like the way the department is springing this new policy on drivers and, noting that it includes street parkers, wonders if it's no more than a revenue-raising initiative, rather than a public safety matter.

Metro Delays This Weekend
Red Line riders between Silver Spring and Forest Glen should add at least 20 minutes to their normal travel times. Workers will be replacing rail fasteners that stabilize the tracks, so trains in both directions will be sharing a single track around the zone from 8 o'clock tonight to midnight Sunday.

Metro Delays Next Weekend
Green and Yellow Line riders between the Mount Vernon Square and U Street should add half an hour to their normal travel times next weekend while Metro workers fix a switch. Trains will share a single track around the work zone from 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, through midnight Sunday, March 1.

Douglass Bridge Closure
The District plans to close the Frederick Douglass Bridge from 5 to 10 a.m. Sunday for a monthly inspection of the bridge's swing span. The bridge, which carries South Capitol Street across the Anacostia River, will reopen to traffic as soon as the testing and any necessary repairs are complete.

Telegraph Road Night Work
On Tuesday night, Feb. 24, and Wednesday night, Feb. 25, Telegraph Road will be closed between North Kings Highway and East Drive from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Workers will be pouring concrete on the new ramp bridge.

Northbound Telegraph Road: Take a left at Franconia, right at Van Dorn, then the Beltway outer loop back to Telegraph Road.
Southbound Telegraph Road: Left at North Kings Highway, then right on South Kings Highway and back to Telegraph Road.

On Friday night, Feb. 27, from 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., Telegraph Road is scheduled to close between Huntington Avenue and North Kings Highway for more concrete pouring.

Northbound Telegraph Road: Right at North Kings Highway, left at Route 1, left at Huntington Avenue and back to Telegraph Road.
Southbound Telegraph Road: Left at Huntington Avenue, right at Route 1, right at North Kings Highway and back to Telegraph Road.

Night Work on I-270
The Maryland State Highway Administration plans to close a lane in each direction along the local lanes of Interstate 270 in Rockville from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday Feb. 23 through ThursdayFeb. 26. Crews will be removing the temporary work platform under the Route 28 Bridge.

Ride On Cutting Service
Montgomery County's Ride On bus service will cut some routes and curtail others starting April 5 under a plan developed as part of the county's $50 million reduction in spending for this fiscal year. The county says the reductions affect the routes with the lowest ridership.

County Executive Isiah Leggett also asked Ride On to come up with a plan for further cuts in fiscal year 2010, which starts in July. Ride On is going to hold a forum about this on March 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Executive Office Building Cafeteria, 101 Monroe St., Rockville.

Talk About Route 5 Plan
Southern Maryland commuters take note: The State Highway Administration plans to hold a meeting Tuesday, Feb. 24, evening to discuss its proposals for easing congestion and improving safety along heavily traveled Route 5, between Route 301 and the Capital Beltway.

Of particular concern is rush hour congestion at the signalized intersections toward the south side of the corridor. Sentence can kill:The alternatives include some spot improvements to better manage traffic flow on the existing roadways, upgrading Route 5 to expressway standards, or creating express toll lanes or High Occupancy Vehicle lanes.
The meeting is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. at Surrattsville High School's cafeteria, 6101 Garden Drive, Clinton.

By Robert Thomson  |  February 20, 2009; 10:26 AM ET
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