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Get There: October 4, 2009 - October 10, 2009

Vehicle Fire on I-270N

A car fire in Montgomery County on I-270 North, just south of Shady Grove Rd., has closed three of seven northbound traffic lanes. All southbound lanes are open. Expect delays through the area....

By James Hohmann  |  October 9, 2009; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Roadwork to Begin in Howard County

An $800,000 project to add new left-turn lanes at three intersections on MD 32 (Sykesville Road) between MD 99 (Old Frederick Road) and the Carroll County line in Howard County will begin on Sunday. The Maryland State Highway Administration is adding new left-turn lanes on MD 32 where it intersects with Day Road, River Road and Amberwoods Way north of I-70. Additionally, SHA is adding a new continuous center left-turn lane on MD 32 between Emory Farm Lane and just south of the River Road intersection. The new continuous center left-turn lane will extend approximately six-tenths of a mile and enhance safety and operations where MD 32 intersects with Emory Farm Lane, Coventry Meadows Drive, Indian Hill Drive and Heritage Farms Court. During the work, crews will close a single lane of MD 32 between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. SHA will guide motorists through the work...

By Ashley Halsey  |  October 9, 2009; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving , highways  
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The Weekend and Beyond

The District will be awash with events and closings that may make getting around this weekend more fun than it has any right to be on a Saturday or Sunday. Sunday should be the more challenging of the two days. To begin with, Metro will close two stations and part of a third for the entire Columbus Day weekend. The Waterfront-SEU and Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Metrorail stations will be completely closed, and there will be no Green Line service at the L'Enfant Plaza Metrorail station, from 10:30 pm on Friday through Monday. The Blue and Orange Lines at the L'Enfant Plaza Metrorail station will not be affected. Service will resume at all Metrorail stations on Tuesday. Metro will provide free direct shuttle bus service all weekend between the Anacostia, Navy Yard and Gallery Place-Chinatown stations. For more information please visit www.metroopensdoors.com. For north-south travel in the downtown area, residents and...

By Ashley Halsey  |  October 9, 2009; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Events , Metro , Safety , Weekend Work , highways , intercounty connector , transit  | Tags: Construction, Metro  
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Woman Struck on Inner Loop of Beltway in Silver Spring

A woman was struck by a vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway in Silver Spring earlier this morning. The incident occurred at 5:14 a.m., according to Cpl. Paul Schur of the Maryland State Police. It took place between Colesville Road and University Boulevard. It's under investigation and no further information is available, Schur said. The inner loop was briefly closed in the area, but all lanes are now open....

By Washington Post Editors  |  October 9, 2009; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Headaches on the Horizon

Weeknight Metro Delays Metro has been warning for weeks about the work it's planning this Columbus Day weekend on the Green and Yellow lines. Starting Friday night, the Waterfront-SEU and Archives Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter stations and the Green Line at L'Enfant Plaza Station will be closed. Workers will be replacing rail switches at L'Enfant Plaza and inspecting the bridge on the Yellow Line over the Potomac River. Rerouted Yellow Line: The Yellow Line will be rerouted to follow the Blue Line route from Pentagon to Stadium-Armory. Trains will stop at the lower level of L'Enfant Plaza. On Friday night, from 10:30 p.m. until closing, the Yellow Line will run between Huntington and Pentagon. Weekend shuttle bus service: Free shuttle buses will run directly from Gallery Place-Chinatown to the Metro Center, Navy Yard and Anacostia stations. Another shuttle from Gallery Place to Navy Yard will make stops at Waterfront-SEU and L'Enfant...

By Michael Bolden  |  October 8, 2009; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Construction , Metro , Weekend Work , transit  | Tags: Construction, Metro  
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Headaches on the Horizon

Weeknight Metro Delays Metro's drawing closer to the major work that's scheduled over the Columbus Day weekend on the Green and Yellow lines. If you're heading out on the Metro system after 9:30 tonight, brace yourself for delays as the transit agency prepares. Plus, there is maintenance and repair work occurring on other lines. Trains in many locations will share one track: Green and Yellow lines: In preparation for the Columbus Day weekend station closures of Waterfront-SEU and Archives Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter stations and the Green and Yellow lines of L'Enfant Plaza Station, Green Line trains will share one track between Navy Yard and Mt. Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center stations, and Yellow Line trains will share one track between Pentagon City and Mt. Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center stations. Red Line passengers traveling between the Medical Center and Grosvenor-Strathmore stations should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time as...

By Michael Bolden  |  October 7, 2009; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Construction , Metro , transit  | Tags: Green Line, Metro, Transit, Yellow Line  
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Metro's Catoe Receives Award in Orlando

Metro General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. accepted the "Outstanding Public Transportation Manager" award in Orlando on Tuesday from a leading industry trade group. Catoe learned he would receive the award in May, weeks before the Red Line crash killed nine and injured 80. In recognizing Catoe at their annual meeting, American Public Transportation Association officials praised Catoe for his performance during President Obama's inauguration in January and in the weeks after the June crash. The award comes as the beleagured transit agency faces several recent tragedies, including Tuesday's death of a passenger struck by a Metrobus less than 24 hours before. Catoe's contract was extended for three years by Metro's board of directors on Sept. 24....

By James Hohmann  |  October 7, 2009; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags: John B. Catoe Jr., Metro  
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Headaches on the Horizon

Columbia Pike Area Closings The eastbound curb lane of Columbia Pike and S. Quinn Street near the ramp for Washington Blvd. will be closed for about two weeks as part of an Arlington County water system improvement project. Weeknight Metro Delays People traveling on Metro after 9:30 tonight should be prepared for delays. Metro has maintenance and repairs scheduled on every line this week, so trains in many locations will share one track: Red Line passengers traveling between the Medical Center and Grosvenor-Strathmore stations should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time as Metro replaces rail fasteners and makes tunnel and bridge repairs; Orange Line passengers traveling between New Carrollton and Cheverly stations should add at least 30 minutes to their travel time while Metro replaces rail fasteners; Blue Line passengers traveling between Foggy Bottom-GWU and Arlington Cemetery stations should add at least 30 minutes to their travel...

By Michael Bolden  |  October 6, 2009; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Construction  | Tags: Blue Line, Green Line, Metro, Orange Line, Red Line, Yellow Line  
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Metro: Car Backed Into Bus, Fled the Scene

UPDATE (5:07 p.m.): A car that backed into an H8 Metrobus fled the scene this afternoon, Metro spokeswoman Taryn McNeil said. Bus 2165 was headed eastbound on Park Rd., about to make a left onto New Hampshire Avenue, with eight passengers on board at about 3:20 p.m. An unidentified automobile was driving westbound on Park Rd, McNeil said. As the bus attempted to make a left turn, the car backed up and hit the left rear wheel of the bus. The car then fled the scene, leaving the bus with minor damage, she said. There were no injuries. McNeil said the bus driver would not be placed on paid administrative leave. ORIGINAL (3:56 p.m.): An H8 Metrobus got into an accident at Park Rd. and New Hampshire Ave. NW at about 3:20 p.m., officials said. Metro spokeswoman Angela Gates said a supervisor is heading to the scene to find out...

By James Hohmann  |  October 6, 2009; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Normal Service Resumes on the Red Line

Video: Metro Center Evacuated UPDATE (10:45 a.m.): Metro officials say normal service has resumed on the Red Line after the removal of a six-car train that lost one of its collector shoes. UPDATE (10:03 a.m.): Metro officials say trains are not single tracking anymore, but there are residual delays as they return to normal service. Metro spokeswoman Angela Gates says email alerts that say single-tracking are old. UPDATE (9:55 a.m.): Normal traffic has resumed on the Red Line this morning after smoke and fire appeared on the tracks near Metro Center, according to the transit agency. Residual delays continue. Metro spokeswoman Angela Gates said that a collector shoe, which sends power from the third rail to the train, fell off a train, causing a fire under the lead car of a six-car train. No injuries were reported, and Metro's trying to figure out why it happened. DC Fire is still...

By Mike McPhate  |  October 6, 2009; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Advisories , Metro  | Tags: Red Line  
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Headaches on the Horizon

Weeknight Metro Delays If you're heading out on the Metro system after 9:30 tonight, be prepared for delays. Metro has maintenance and repairs scheduled on every line this week, so trains in many locations will share one track: Red Line passengers traveling between the Medical Center and Grosvenor-Strathmore stations should add at least 20 minutes to their travel time as Metro replaces rail fasteners and makes tunnel and bridge repairs; Orange Line passengers traveling between New Carrollton and Cheverly stations should add at least 30 minutes to their travel time while Metro replaces rail fasteners; Blue Line passengers traveling between Foggy Bottom-GWU and Arlington Cemetery stations should add at least 30 minutes to their travel time while Metro replaces rail fasteners; Green and Yellow lines: In preparation for the Columbus Day weekend station closures of Waterfront-SEU and Archives Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter stations and the Green and Yellow lines of L'Enfant...

By Michael Bolden  |  October 5, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Congestion, Metro, bus  
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Traffic Alert: Crash Slows I-66 W Through Arlington

UPDATE (5:50 p.m): The accident has been cleared but traffic remains slow on I-66 W from Rosslyn to Lee Highway and I-66 E from East Falls Church Metro to Sycamore St. ORIGINAL POST (5:27 p.m.): Arlington officials are reporting that an overturned vehicle at Sycamore Street has slowed I-66 W traffic and some eastbound traffic. Tow trucks are on the scene to remove the vehicle. Drivers are warned to take alternate routes. I-66 W is now slowed from Rosslyn to West Falls Church Metro....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  October 5, 2009; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting , Congestion  
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The Week Ahead For Traffic, Transit

Welcome back to the week. Here are a few things that may affect your commute this week. Va. Beltway Exit Reopening The outer loop ramp onto Route 123 northbound that has been closed since mid-August is scheduled to reopen this morning. This will end the detour that had been taking Beltway drivers off to the left-side exit to eastbound I-66. Weeknight Metro Delays To prepare for the big switch replacement project on the Green and Yellow lines at L'Enfant Plaza over the Columbus Day Weekend, the transit authority has scheduled some late-night preparatory work starting at 9:30 each night through Thursday. During those late-night hours, Green Line trains will share one track between Navy Yard and Mount Vernon Square. Yellow Line trains will share one track between the Pentagon City and Mount Vernon Square. Columbus Day Weekend Starting at 10:30 p.m. Friday, and continuing through Monday, Oct. 12, the Waterfront...

By Robert Thomson  |  October 5, 2009; 5:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Driving , transit  | Tags: Capital Beltway, Circulator, Columbus Day Weekend, Dr.Gridlock, Metrorail, The Week Ahead, Tysons  
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