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Get There: September 27, 2009 - October 3, 2009

Reminder: Taxi Cab Boycott in Adams Morgan

Some District taxi operators say they will refuse to pick up passengers in Adams Morgan in the early morning hours on Saturday and Sunday to protest their continued opposition to the new metered fare system, and to a bill from council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) that would have overhauled the city's taxi industry. Graham withdrew that bill this week. But they're going on with the strike anyway. The proposal from Graham could have led to a medallion system, which drivers worried might require them to pay a monthly fee to operate in the District. Protest organizers said that, on Saturday and Sunday between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m., taxis will not pick up customers north of U Street NW, east of Connecticut Avenue NW, south of Harvard Street NW or west of 16th Street NW. It was unclear how many taxi drivers planned to participate in the protest,...

By James Hohmann  |  October 2, 2009; 7:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Catoe Answers Rider Questions in Online Chat

Metro General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. took questions during an online chat on his agency's web site this afternoon. There was nothing particularly newsworthy in the hour of exchanges, but the head of the transit agency addressed some chronic customer complaints. * Two different questioners complained about Metro employers misusing parking spots. * He answered several specific questions about bus routes. * Catoe reiterated that Metro workers are using special swabs to stop swine flu through the system daily....

By James Hohmann  |  October 2, 2009; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Metro Introduces Free Software to Help Visually Impaired Navigate Web Site

Metro unveiled free software on its Web site Friday morning that reads aloud text as users move their mouse over words on the transit agency's Web site. BrowseAloud (available here) is meant for people with "mild visual impairments, low literacy and reading skills, and learning disabilities such as dyslexia," Metro's Chief Information Officer Suzanne Peck said in a news release. Metro spokeswoman Angela Gates said the agency's cost for a three-year subscription to the software is $14,395....

By James Hohmann  |  October 2, 2009; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Weekend and Beyond

Tell me if I missed anything major that could affect local travel in the days ahead. My goal is to account for the events and construction projects most likely to affect how you get around the Washington area. Saturday AIDS Walk The annual AIDS Walk Washington begins with a rally at 8:15 a.m. at Freedom Plaza (Pennsylvania Avenue and 13th Street NW), followed by a 5K run at 9 a.m. and the walk at 9:15 a.m. Street closings along Pennsylvania Avenue and south on Third Street NW begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be lifted as the walkers pass. (See our map.) The closest Metro stations are Federal Triangle on the Blue and Orange lines and and Metro Center on the Blue, Orange and Red lines. Army Ten Miler on Sunday From 7:30 to about noon Sunday, traffic in Arlington and downtown D.C. will be disrupted by the 25th annual...

By Robert Thomson  |  October 2, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion , Driving , Events , Weekend Work , transit  | Tags: AIDS Walk Washington, Army Ten Miler, Capital Beltway, Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail delays  
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Today's Read: Death on the Tracks

Suicide by Train: Eight people have used Metro to end their lives this year, putting themselves into the path of trains in what transit officials say is the largest number of such deaths in recent years. Since 2006, at least 17 people have died on Metro's tracks. (Lisa Rein and Yamiche Alcindor) Haunted By Horror: In 20 years at the controls of Amtrak locomotives, Bruce Evans has watched a dozen fatalities unfold in agonizing close-up. (Steve Hendrix) Bad Bus Driving: A 30-year-old contracting consultant who boarded a New York-bound bus at Dupont Circle last Friday soon got real uncomfortable with the behavior of her driver. (Sholnn Freeman) Federal Text: President Obama has banned federal employees from text messaging when they are behind the wheel of government vehicles and from texting in their own cars if they use government-issued phones or are on official business. (Ashley Halsey III)...

By Robert Thomson  |  October 2, 2009; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Early Morning Red Line Delays

UPDATE (5:41 a.m.): The train with mechanical problems has been cleared from the track. ORIGINAL (5:26 a.m.): Metro warns that a train broke down at Forest Glen during the start of the morning. That's forcing trains to share the same track between the Forest Glen and Silver Spring stations. Expect delays in both directions....

By James Hohmann  |  October 2, 2009; 5:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Metrorail Weekend Delays Start Friday Night

As you night owls make your weekend plans, don't set yourself up for a rude awakening when you discover how long it takes to catch a Metro train. The weekend maintenance program on Metrorail starts at 9:30 p.m. Friday for riders on the Red and Orange lines. If your trip on the Red Line takes you between Medical Center and Grosvenor, add at least 20 minutes to the normal trip time if your traveling between 9:30 p.m. Friday and the midnight closing on Sunday. During the same time period, Orange Line riders between Cheverly and Stadium-Armory should add at least half an hour to their travel time. In both cases, trains will be sharing the same track to make room for maintenance workers....

By Robert Thomson  |  October 1, 2009; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories , Metro , Weekend Work  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metro delays  
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Police Activity Closes 1600 Block of K Street NW

The District's Department of Transportation says police activity in the 1600 block of K Street has forced them to block it off. "Motorists are strongly advised to alter their commute to avoid this area in the downtown corridor," a statement from spokeswoman Karyn LeBlanc says. Expect delays....

By James Hohmann  |  October 1, 2009; 7:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Metro Releases More Details on Columbus Day Closures

Eager to improve communication after widespread criticism over the Labor Day closure of the Reagan National Airport station, Metro officials held a press conference at 2 p.m. to discuss the extensive closures planned for the three-day weekend coming up. Here are some more details: The Waterfront-SEU and Archives-Navy Mem'l-Penn Quarter stations will closed, and the Green Line track will be shut down at L'Enfant Plaza from 10:30 p.m. Friday Oct. 9 through through Tuesday morning, Oct. 12, when normal service resumes. The Yellow Line will reroute and follow the Blue Line route between Pentagon and Stadium-Armory, with a stop at L'Enfant Plaza on the lower level, the agency announced. Shuttle buses will be available. Crews will replace four switches that let trains change tracks at L'Enfant Plaza on the Green and Yellow lines. They will also work on the Yellow Line Bridge over the Potomac for an annual safety inspection...

By James Hohmann  |  October 1, 2009; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Suspicious Package That Closed 18th St. NW Has Been Cleared

D.C. police are about to reopen the 800 block of 18th St. NW, which has been closed for the last 90 minutes because of a suspicious package found in the Starbucks at 801 18th St. NW. Officer Quintin Peterson, a D.C. police spokesman, said that investigators have determined there was nothing hazardous in the bag, and that the normal traffic pattern will resume by the peak of rush hour....

By James Hohmann  |  October 1, 2009; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Advice for afternoon commuters on streets, transit

Farmer's Market: It's Thursday, so from 1 p.m. till 8 p.m., Vermont Avenue NW will be closed between H and I streets for the weekly farmer's market, north of the White House. During these hours, Metro reroutes the southbound L2 bus through that area, but does not miss any stops. Metro SmartBenefits: A commenter on James Hohmann's blog entry about the problem people had with the Farecard vending machines this morning made a useful observation I'd like to repeat for you. MelMoitzen noted that the problem occurred on the first of the month, when many riders were trying to electronically load their monthly SmartBenefits onto their SmarTrip cards, then continued: "Many of those disappointed in not being able to download this morning will be trying again this afternoon, so you might get more 'routine' processing delays then. Not to mention incredibly long lines. "If you've got enough on your card...

By Robert Thomson  |  October 1, 2009; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Today's Read: Our Major Traffic Headache

Settled in from that rugged trip on I-66, or maybe from dealing with a buggy Farecard machine? Time for a coffee break? Here's some reading material from Post transportation stories. The East-West Divide: The Washington region's main morning commuter headache has evolved during the past two decades into one from east to west. Every weekday morning, more than 104,000 vehicles clog those routes, sending ripples through the region's rush-hour traffic. Stopping them could end the misery of Washington being the nation's second-most congested urban area. (Ashley Halsey III) Virginia's New Intercity Rail: Virginia launches its first state-funded intercity passenger train Thursday from Lynchburg to Washington, a move that will enhance mass-transit options for Northern Virginia commuters and people across the state. (Jennifer Buske) Airport Authority Takes Over Dulles Road: Drivers may not have noticed this morning, but the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which is managing the construction of the Metrorail...

By Robert Thomson  |  October 1, 2009; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Minor Metro Bus Accident and Conn. Ave and M St. NW

UPDATE (10:11 a.m.): Metro says that the cab driver was at fault in this morning's fender bender. Spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said that the cab driver involved in the accident has been cited for making an improper lane change. "He cut in front of the bus," Taubenkibel said. The bus, which was empty, had been heading to the Montgomery bus division. ORIGINAL (9:24 a.m.): A Metrobus and taxicab got into a "minor fender bender" at about 9:15 a.m. today near the intersection of Connecticut Ave. NW and M St. NW, said Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel. It was not immediately clear who was at fault, but Taubenkibel said there were no customers on the bus and no injuries....

By James Hohmann  |  October 1, 2009; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Metro Fare Card Machines Malfunctioned This Morning

Metro's credit and debit machines malfunctioned at stations systemwide for nearly two hours this morning. From about 6 to 8 a.m. Thursday, customers were not able to load money onto their SmarTrip cards or use credit and debit cards to buy new farecards, Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said. "We were experiencing intermittent problems," he said. "It's working now." Officials are trying to figure out what caused the bug on the first day of the month. The incident was first reported by WTOP....

By James Hohmann  |  October 1, 2009; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Virginia completes traffic control experiment today

Artist's rendering of new roundabout at Route 50/15 junction in Gilbert's Corner. (VDOT) The last link in a new Virginia traffic calming program will be joined today. The state transportation department is reopening the junction of Routes 50 and 15 in Loudoun County with a new look: There's no traffic signal to sort out the north-south and east-west traffic. Instead, drivers will control their own destiny, navigating through a roundabout. Yes, it's a traffic circle, but many engineers refer to roundabouts as "modern traffic circles," because they know you hate the old kind. This will not be like Dupont Circle. The new style of roundabout should accomplish these good things: Move more traffic than a signalized intersection, reduce the danger of crashes, cut delays, improve fuel consumption and reduce air pollution. Ideally, drivers will slow down (the speed limit is 25 mph) and yield to traffic already in the...

By Robert Thomson  |  October 1, 2009; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Gilberts Corner, Loudoun, Route 50, roundabout  
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Water Main Break Causes Continuing Delays in Prince George's County

UPDATE (8:59 a.m.): Crews are still on the scene, trying to fix the water main break. It could take hours. One of the northbound lanes and part of the shoulder has reopened, though. Both southbound lanes are moving. Drivers should try to avoid the area if possible. ORIGINAL (5:52 a.m.) A water main break early this morning has closed both northbound lanes and shoulders on Maryland Route 500 (Queens Chapel Rd.) in the Hyattsville area between Queensbury Rd. and Route 410. Crews are still trying to close the break. Drivers are advised to look for alternatives. Both I-495 and U.S. 1 -- the major roads nearby -- are moving along normally with minimal congestion....

By James Hohmann  |  October 1, 2009; 5:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Traffic Disruption at Telegraph Rd. Interchange

Watch for traffic disruptions tonight and on Thursday and Friday nights around the Telegraph Road interchange with the Beltway, just west of the Wilson Bridge. Lane and ramp closings on Telegraph Road at the interchange are scheduled for 9 p.m. through 5 a.m. each night. Watch for detour signs. Tonight -- Southbound Telegraph Road between Duke Street and Huntington Avenue will be closed. -- Traffic in the Eisenhower Valley will be able to use the ramp to reach the Beltway's inner loop from Telegraph Road, but there will be no access from Telegraph Road southbound to the ramp to the outer loop. -- The exit from the inner loop to southbound Telegraph Road will be closed. -- Drivers coming from the inner loop into the Eisenhower Valley will be able to use the Telegraph Road North and Pershing Avenue exits. Thursday and Friday nights -- Northbound Telegraph Road between Huntington...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 30, 2009; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Watch Your Speed in Maryland Work Zones

The Maryland law that expands the use of speed cameras takes effect on Thursday. While drivers won't see cameras in any more neighborhoods than they do today, the state is ready to go with the part of the program that allows cameras in highway work zones. These are the initial zones: -- I-95 between Routes 198 and 216. That's the Intercounty Connector construction area. -- I-695 at Charles Street in Baltimore County -- I-95 between I-895 and White Marsh Boulevard in Baltimore County. In those work zones, or in others where the state will set up cameras, owners of vehicles can be fined $40 if the vehicles exceed the speed limit by 12 mph or more. The state says it will place large signs in advance of work zones to alert drivers that cameras are in use. You also will see a unit displaying the posted speed limit and the...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 30, 2009; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro Continues to Tout Swine Flu Precautions

Metro officials held a news conference this morning at 10 a.m. to demonstrate how they're using a special disinfectant to wipe surfaces around the system once a day. They also debuted a special web site about flu season. A news release sent out this afternoon listed other steps they're taking. This follows recent announcements that have sought to position the agency as responsive to the public health threat....

By James Hohmann  |  September 30, 2009; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Last Meeting Tonight on I-66 Study

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation is studying ways of improving transit and managing traffic congestion in the I-66 corridor between the District and Haymarket. Tonight, it is wrapping up a set of public meetings reviewing what's under study. That includes new bus services -- possibly a Bus Rapid Transit or express bus line -- as well as carpooling, vanpooling and park and ride lots to give commuters more choices. You can learn more about the department's study, which should be done this fall, at this link. Tonight's meeting, the last of three, is in the Oakton High School cafeteria, 2900 Sutton Rd., Vienna. A continuous open house with people who have worked on the study goes from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Also, presentations about the study are set for 7 and 8 p.m., followed by Q&A sessions....

By Robert Thomson  |  September 30, 2009; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Traffic Alert: Afternoon Game at Nationals Park

The last home game of the 2009 season is scheduled to start at 4:35 p.m. today at Nationals Park. That will mean some early congestion around South Capitol and M streets. It's a good thing for commuters to keep in mind if they're using the Southeast-Southwest Freeway, the 11th Street Bridge, the 14th Street Bridge and the Douglass Bridge. For transit users, an afternoon game usually means extra crowding on the Green Line, and at the L'Enfant Plaza and Gallery Place transfer stations as fans make their way to Navy Yard Station. The Maryland Transit Administration sent out an advisory about the game warning commuter bus riders that there might be delays this afternoon because of the extra traffic congestion. Thinking back to two seasons ago, as the park was about to open: We thought there would be a lot more disruption for drivers and transit users, whether they were...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 30, 2009; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Progress Report on Maryland's Beltway Paving

Maryland is repaving Beltway between Legion Bridge and I-270. (Kevin Oberheim - RK&K) Many of you who use the western side of the Beltway have been asking how Maryland's resurfacing project is going. It just started last month, but they want it done. The new asphalt is great, but there are rough spots where crews are working, particularly around the bridges. Signs warn drivers against changing lanes in the work zone, because of the uneven levels of paving between the lanes under repair. Resurfacing of the main travel lanes on the Beltway is about 90 percent done, said Chuck Gischlar, spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration. The final paving of those lanes should be done by the end of next week, weather permitting, he said. Work on the ramps and the collector/distributor lanes will be done after the paving of the main lanes is done. Crews are continuing...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 30, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Commuting , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Capital Beltway, Dr. Gridlock, Maryland State Highway Administration, paving  
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Big Change Coming in Tysons Traffic Pattern

Map shows Dulles Rail work zone in Tysons Corner, with upcoming lane and ramp shifts. Where: The intersection of Routes 7 (Leesburg Pike) and 123 (Chain Bridge Road) in Tysons Corner. What: Lanes will shift and the ramp from westbound Route 7 to southbound Route 123 will be relocated When: Mid-October, but some prep work will occur early in the month. Impact: As this change develops, it's bound to slow traffic (slow it more) as drivers try to figure out what they need to do. Drivers using westbound Route 7 will see the right lane -- the one they now use to reach the ramp that goes to southbound Route 123 -- disappear as they approach the Route 123 overpass across Route 7. That ramp entrance is being moved about 120 feet west. The new look -- which you can see in the map up top -- will require...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 30, 2009; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Dulles Rail, Metrorail, Tysons  
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Today's Read: Few Jurisdictions Ready With Speed Cameras

These stories from today's Post will be of interest to travelers in the Washington area. Maryland Law Takes Effect Thursday: But only a handful of jurisdictions are preparing to add speed cameras. The Baltimore County Council has authorized the cameras, and the Prince George's County Council is considering an authorization bill. Several Prince George's municipalities -- Riverdale Heights, Berwyn Heights, New Carrollton, Bowie, District Heights and Cheverly -- have plans awaiting final action. Howard County has set aside money for a speed camera program but has yet to approve its use. (Ashley Halsey III) One Camera's View: Two years ago, when speed camera #2091 was installed on Wootton Parkway in Rockville, it caught about 75 speeders a day. This Monday, the catch was down to 16. The sharp decline leaves little doubt that drivers slow down on this stretch of road, as they tend to most anywhere a speed camera...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 30, 2009; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Traffic Alert: Accident Blocks I-395 North at Landmark

Updated: 7:32 p.m.: The accident has been cleared and delays are dissipating. Original Post: Traffic is only getting by on the shoulder of I-395 North at Landmark because of an accident. Traffic is backing up to the Beltway....

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 30, 2009; 7:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro's Catoe to Host Online Chat Friday

Metro General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. will answer questions on the transit agency's web site on Friday from noon to 1 p.m. , his press staff announced this afternoon. You can watch the chat -- and submit questions -- at http://www.wmata.com/onlinechat.cfm. This will be Catoe's first chat since the board of directors gave him a three-year contract extension last Thursday. It will also be the first time he has taken questions from the general public since the National Transportation Safety Board sent him a letter with urgent safety recommendations last Tuesday....

By James Hohmann  |  September 29, 2009; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU Station Reopens

UPDATE (3:45 p.m.): Nothing hazardous was found in the suspicious package, D.C. police officials said. All the roads are now clear and open to regular traffic. UPDATE (3:40 p.m.): As of 3:33 p.m., Metro reopened the Foggy Bottom station to passengers. UPDATED: (3:10 p.m.): D.C. police have closed 23rd St. from G to I Streets and I St. from 21st 23rd streets in Northwest because of the suspicious package. UPDATED (3:05 p.m.): The Foggy Bottom remains closed at the request of the D.C. police because of the suspicious package outside, Metro says. Trains are running through the station but not stopping. Shuttle buses are running between the Rosslyn and Farragut West stations. But Metro warns that related traffic and street closures associated will make it hard for them to get to the station. Customers are advised to consider using Farragut West on the Orange and Blue Lines if they're traveling...

By Michael Bolden  |  September 29, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Traffic Alert: Pennsylvania Ave and 9th Street NW About to Reopen

UPDATE (2:45 p.m.): Streets remain closed, but the fire department has given the all clear for a suspicious package that has snarled traffic downtown for the past three hours. Authorities say they will open to normal traffic soon. Someone placed a few petri dishes in the night deposit bank at the Wachovia branch at 801 Pennsylvania Avenue -- just across the street from FBI headquarters, according to D.C. Fire and E.M.S. spokesman Pete Piringer. D.C. police, assisted by FBI officers, blocked off the streets around the area for (now) about three hours. Authorities quickly ruled out explosives, but a Hazardous Materials team tested the petri dishes for biological contaminants, Piringer said, adding that the field tests all came out negative. The petri dishes will still go to a laboratory where more extensive testing can be done over the next 24 to 48 hours, Piringer said. Bank employees, who discovered the...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  September 29, 2009; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Getting to U2 Concert Tonight at FedEx

The eastern side of the Capital Beltway is likely to be filled with regular commuters and concert-goers. The U2 show at FedEx Field in Landover is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. The challenge: FedEx is a football stadium. Since it's opening, football fans have learned how to get on and off the roads and in and out of the parking lots. When the stadium serves as a concert venue, the regulars are replaced by fans of the group performing. For thousands of them, it's their first time dealing with the venue. Driving: Plan on getting there early. You'll probably still get stuck in traffic, as did the fans of Paul McCartney who went to his show there in August, but you'll at least be inside for the first set. Best Bet: The Arena Drive/Beltway interchange, the closest one to the stadium, is now open all the time. It's one...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 29, 2009; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Driving , Events , Metro , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, FedEx Field, U2, concert  
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Today's Read: At War in Humpville

Since Mayor Adrian M. Fenty took office, the number of speed humps in Washington has soared, from about 100 to 868. The humps have sprouted from Friendship Heights to Congress Heights. There are 10 new ones along Anacostia Avenue in Northeast, six along Lebaum Street in Southeast and four on one block of Monroe Street in Northwest. In some neighborhoods, that means war. (Paul Schwartzman) Distracted Driving: Despite an awareness that distracted drivers are a hazard, many Americans continue to use cellphones and text while driving. When AAA recently studied the habits of Beltway drivers in Virginia, the group found that more than half of drivers used their cell phones on Interstate 495 every day, and a quarter of them send or receive text messages daily. (Ashley Halsey III) Metro Adding Cameras: The transit authority is preparing to install video cameras on an some rail cars, the first step in...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 29, 2009; 7:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Commuting , Driving , transit  | Tags: AAA, Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail, Today's Read, distracted driving, texting  
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Lane Closings at Telegraph Road Interchange

Seems like most of my traffic advisories lately have to do with all the work at Tysons on the western side of the Beltway, but here's a reminder of the continuing work on the eastern side, at Telegraph Road. Starting tonight, there will complete one-way closings this week of Telegraph Road and interchange ramps around the Capital Beltway for bridge construction. This work, which is part of the Wilson Bridge Project, will cause traffic delays. Tonight and Wednesday, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night: -- Southbound Telegraph Road between Duke Street and Huntington Avenue will be closed. Detour on Duke Street east to Route 1 South to Huntington Avenue westbound and back to southbound Telegraph Road. -- Traffic in the Eisenhower Valley will be able to use the ramp to reach the Beltway's inner loop from Telegraph Road, but there will be no access from Telegraph Road southbound...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 29, 2009; 5:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Wilson Bridge  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Telegraph Road, Wilson Bridge  
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District to Preserve Circulator Bus Route

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty is scheduled to go to the D.C. Circulator bus stop at Whitehaven Place NW on Tuesday morning to announce that the extension of the route up Wisconsin Avenue will be preserved. The District had planned to end that portion of the Georgetown-Union Station route on Sunday, Oct. 4, to save money....

By Robert Thomson  |  September 28, 2009; 7:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  transit  | Tags: Circulator, Dr. Gridlock, Mayor Adrian Fenty  
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Metro Announces October Work Schedule

The transit authority today announced its weekend work plans for October. Looks like only the Blue Line will be exempt from the scheduled weekend delays. Columbus Weekend work zone. (Metro) The big event of the month is the switch replacement project scheduled for the Columbus Day weekend. But the following weekend, Oct. 17-18, there's no work at all scheduled. I worry that so many people didn't get the word about the last big project, on Labor Day weekend, so I want to concentrate on the Columbus Day weekend project here. To read about the rest of the month's work, use this link. (I'll remind you in fresh blog entries as each weekend approaches.) Columbus Day Weekend The switch replacement project at L'Enfant Plaza will affect service on the Green and Yellow lines from Friday night, Oct. 9, through the train system's midnight closing on Monday, Oct. 12. The most important...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 28, 2009; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro , Weekend Work  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail, weekend delays  
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Pr. George's Road Work Gets Underway

Road work beginning in northern Prince George's County this week will lead to closures which might last until the summer. Maryland's State Highway Administration will begin working on roads and installing pavement markings as part of a $4.6.million project aimed at improving road safety. Up to one lane and a shoulder on the roads under repair will be closed from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and overnight Monday through Thursday between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. The project includes the following roads: Route 450 (Annapolis Road) between Peace Cross and Bladensburg Elementary School; U.S. 1 (Baltimore Avenue) between 38th Street and Hamilton Street; Route 501 (Chillum Road) between Route 212 (Riggs Road) and Route 500 (Queens Chapel Road); Route 197 (Laurel Bowie Road) between Rustic Hill Drive and Old Laurel Bowie Road; and Route 198 (Sandy Spring Road) between Interstate 95 and Van Dusen Road. For more...

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 28, 2009; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Construction , Driving , transit  
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Today's Read: A Weekend of Transportation Stories

This is "In Case You Missed it Monday." Here are the transportation stories and columns that appeared in The Post over the weekend. Moving Older Rail Cars: It was a big deal to redistribute all the old 1000 Series rail cars after the June 22 Red Line crash so that they would be in the middle of the trains. But it wasn't clear this would make riders any safer, and it still isn't, as Joe Stephens and Lena H. Sun wrote on Sunday. Pricey Trip On ICC: At its high end, the per-mile toll rate proposed for the Intercounty Connector would be among the nation's highest. (Katherine Shaver) Trapped in Station: A handful of Metrorail passengers found themselves trapped inside Van Dorn Station in Alexandria early Friday morning as they waited for Metro Transit Police to unlock the exit. Blogger Takes on Transit: Mr. Unsuck specializes in day-to-day annoyances, including...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 28, 2009; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Commuting , Driving , Metro , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridock, Today's Read  
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The Week Ahead For Traffic, Transit

I'm going to start with the U2 concert at FedEx on Tuesday night at the newsmaker for traffic this week, but there's plenty of activity all across the region. U2 May Be Stuck in Traffic If you notice extra heavy traffic heading home on the Beltway, Landover Road or Central Avenue on Tuesday night, blame the band. The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at FedEx Field in Landover. The concerts draw thousands of people who are unfamiliar with the roads and parking around the football stadium. Concert-goers, check the map and other advice we offered on our Commuter page before the Redskins home opener this month. The Arena Drive exit from the Capital Beltway is now open full time. But Maryland highway officials say the Route 214 exit (Central Avenue) tends to be less crowded than other exits. Best Bet: Take Metrorail to and from the Morgan Boulevard...

By Robert Thomson  |  September 28, 2009; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Construction  | Tags: Capital Beltway, Dr. Gridlock, Dulles Rail, Fairfax Connector, FedEx Field, Metrorail, Tysons, U2  
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