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Today's read: Montgomery lights back

Leggett wants computer fixed faster: As computer experts wrestled with the balky computer that controls traffic signal timing, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett said he planned to expedite a $35 million program to replace the computer system. Begun two years ago, the replacement was planned to take six years. (Ashley Halsey III)

The traffic signals didn't go out, they just were giving green for a shorter time than they should during rush hour. But it was a nightmare for commuters.

VRE ouster of Amtrak approved: As of July 1, Amtrak is out as operator of the service and Keolis Rail Services America, the U.S. subsidiary of a company based in France, is in. VRE said it selected Keolis because its proposal was the most cost-effective and offered the best customer service plan. (Jennifer Buske)

Light rail plan bolstered by study: A change in the transit route proposed for the I-270 corridor would produce enough riders to win federal funding for light rail as well as rapid bus, according to a study by the Maryland Transit Administration. (Katherine Shaver)

Pennsylvania Ave. SE getting makeover: A 1 1/2 -mile stretch of the avenue between 27th Street SE and Southern Avenue is about to get a multimillion-dollar facelift. This will affect drivers during construction because a portion of the avenue will be narrowed. (Ovetta Wiggins)

Metro contesting salary increases: General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. said Metro was appealing the union wage increases because the arbitration panel failed to comply with a federal law that allows such increases "only if any costs to the agency do not adversely affect the public welfare." The union's contract bars a strike, but if Metro declines to comply with an arbitration award, that provision no longer holds. (Lena H. Sun)

By Robert Thomson  |  November 6, 2009; 7:47 AM ET
Categories:  Congestion , Driving , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Today's Read  
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