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Get There: December 13, 2009 - December 19, 2009

Ice a challenge in restoring Metro service

Metro said ice continues to be the biggest challenge in restoring service for bus, rail and MetroAccess, the service for the elderly and disabled... In some cases, the electrified third rail has iced over again after being cleared. Officials said the goal is to have all above-ground stations open in time for the Monday commute at 5 a.m.

By Terri Rupar  |  December 19, 2009; 11:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Runways closed until 6 a.m.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is reporting on its Web site that runways are closed until 6 a.m. tomorrow at both Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport. The airports authority is asking passengers to check airline Web sites before coming to the airport to find out whether flights will be operating....

By Terri Rupar  |  December 19, 2009; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. cautions drivers on bridges, overpasses

With darkness falling, bridges, overpasses and off-ramps are too dangerous to drive on, said Charlie Gischlar of the Maryland State Highway Administration, even though the state is laying down salt. "It's coming down at such a clip that as soon as we make a pass it's just piling up again," Gischlar said. He says they are using snow blowers, in addition to plows, because by now many highway shoulders are packed with plowed snow. "We're trying to keep at least a couple of lanes open. Then, when we can, we'll come in with front-end loaders to clear the shoulders." --Ashley Halsey III...

By Terri Rupar  |  December 19, 2009; 6:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Pedestrians should stay off streets, too

As the snow piles up and the daylight fades, it's pretty obvious that people shouldn't be driving. What may be less apparent is that it's difficult, and potentially dangerous, to be walking.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 19, 2009; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Three hundred stranded at Greyhound bus station

The area's record snowfall stranded 300 people at the District's Greyhound bus station, according to officials with the American Red Cross .

By Michael Bolden  |  December 19, 2009; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Major road closures in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Transportation reports several closures on major roadways and some ramps, because of deteriorating travel conditions and accidents. The department continues to urge drivers to stay off the roads.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 19, 2009; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Snow well-behaved, but not some drivers

Getting out in the snow so you won't have to, I return convinced that I will never hesitate to offer the simplest, most duh advice before every storm. This storm, while intense, is quite well-behaved. Light weight and easy to shovel. It's the drivers I worry about.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 19, 2009; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Delays building for Amtrak

Amtrak is reporting no significant delays at this time. But officials said delays may occur as the storm intensifies.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 19, 2009; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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White-knuckle adventures for Mikulski, Cardin

Sen. Mikulski (D-Md.), who is still recovering from an accident in which her ankle was broken in multiple places, got to the Capitol at 7:30 a.m. Saturday after a treacherous two-hour drive down I-95 from Baltimore.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 19, 2009; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
 
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Agencies offer storm travel information online

With a blizzard warning up for the metropolitan Washington area, there's really only one key bit of advice that transportation agencies have to offer for the moment: Stay inside. Nonetheless, they are doing more than ever to get the word out quickly about the state of the roads and rails.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 19, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ride On bus service to end at 3 p.m. Saturday

Montgomery County officials said the Ride On bus will suspend service today at 3 p.m. due to blizzard conditions, which are making roads impassable.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 19, 2009; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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DDOT suspends Circulator service

DDOT has suspended DC Circulator service for all routes due to deteriorating conditions. DDOT plans to resume Circulator service two hours late on Sunday morning; the system will open at 9 a.m., instead of 7 a.m., to allow sufficient time to clear the routes.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 19, 2009; 7:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Metro riders stranded by service stop

Metro officials said suspended bus service and rails service at above-ground stations Saturday afternoon. Service continue at underground stations.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 19, 2009; 7:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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D.C. snow emergency is now in effect; residents urged to stay home

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty declared a snow emergency, which is now in effect. All vehicles must be moved immediately from snow emergency routes. District officials are asking residents to stay at home.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 19, 2009; 7:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Send us your pictures

As you venture out this morning and start snapping great snow pictures, remember you can share them with the rest of Washington by submitting them to the Post's storm gallery. Or, if you've taken a video, you can upload it to playlist and watch what others have shot....

By Michael Bolden  |  December 19, 2009; 6:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fenty to give snow update press conference

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Department of Public Works Director William O. Howland Jr. and Department of Transportation Director Gabe Klein will hold a press conference at 9 a.m. Saturday to provide an update on the snow storm and the District's response. The Washington Post will provide details as soon as they become available....

By Michael Bolden  |  December 19, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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D.C. taxi drivers may charge more during a snow emergency

If you venture out Saturday and decide you want to take a taxi to get around the District -- if you can -- remember that a snow emergency is in effect as of 7 a.m. That means taxi drivers can charge an extra 25 percent above normal rates. According to District officials, a preprogrammed button will automatically add the surcharge....

By Michael Bolden  |  December 19, 2009; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Share your snow videos

Videos of the mid-December snow storm by Washington Post users

By Hal Straus  |  December 19, 2009; 1:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Runways closed at Reagan National, BWI

Arrivals at Reagan National Airport have been halted because of decreased visibility, but the airport remains open. Check directly with your airline if you have a flight scheduled to depart or fly into a Washington area airport on Saturday. Most major airlines have canceled a majority of their flights.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 18, 2009; 11:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Hazardous road conditions widespread; snow emergencies and blizzard warnings in effect

Snow continues to fall around the region causing icy and slick conditions. Accidents have intensified. Blizzard warning expands to Montgomery County.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 18, 2009; 9:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Share your snow videos

Washington area snow videos from viewers.

By Hal Straus  |  December 18, 2009; 8:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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D.C. snow emergency in effect at 7 a.m. Saturday

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty has declared a snow emergency as of 7 a.m. Saturday, and that has some specific consequences for people who live or travel in the District. -- When the emergency begins, all vehicles must be moved immediately from snow emergency routes. Use this link to see a list of the routes. See a map here. -- The routes are posted with red and white snow emergency route signs. Parking is banned on these routes to allow unimpeded curb-to-curb salting or plowing. -- Illegally parked vehicles are subject to a $250 fine and additional fees for towing and storage at an impoundment lot. The Department of Public Works will no longer relocate vehicles in the neighborhoods. -- To locate a towed vehicle, call 202-727-5000. The Mayor's Citywide Call Center at 311 can tell you if a snow emergency has been lifted, but we'll also let you know here....

By Robert Thomson  |  December 18, 2009; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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AirTran Airways to cut weekend flights

AirTran Airways said it would cut an unspecified number of flights on Saturday and Sunday to and from Washington (Reagan National, Dulles and BWI), Harrisburg, Allentown and Philadelphia, and LaGuardia and White Plains (Westchester, N.Y.) airports.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 18, 2009; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro cancels weekend track work

Anticipating the snow storm, Metro has canceled all weekend track maintenance work scheduled for the Red and Blue lines. That's a good move for the sake of the track workers and also the riders, who probably will be delayed enough getting around on Saturday. Also, it might provide some with an extra incentive not to travel by car -- not that they should need an extra incentive, given the forecast. Metro plans to operate trains and buses on a regular Saturday schedule. The rail system will open at 7 a.m. Saturday and closing at 3 o'clock Sunday morning. If the snow reaches eight inches, Metro may suspend above ground rail service and serve underground stations only. Metrobus and MetroAccess services are more vulnerable to the weather. There almost certainly will be detours and delays if the current forecast holds. Remember that the trains are all pulling to the head of...

By Robert Thomson  |  December 18, 2009; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Southwest allowing passengers to rebook; American cancels flights

Southwest Airlines said it was allowing customers at six East Coast airports to rebook tickets without penalties, a response to a heavy winter storm headed to the region over the weekend.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 18, 2009; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Outage causing chaos in Northwest Washington

Pepco is reporting a power outage in Northwest Washington along Massachusetts Avenue, in the vicinity of Yuma and Tilden streets, which has knocked out traffic lights in the area, just as people are scurrying to prepare for tomorrow's snow storm

By Michael Bolden  |  December 18, 2009; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Transportation agencies preparing for storm

They all have battle plans, based on years of experience, so they don't have to make it up as the storm develops. Also the road agencies have been focusing more and more on anti-icing efforts -- treatments before the storms arrive -- to avoid fighting a losing campaign against heavy snow.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 18, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro adding airport buses for holiday getaway

Metro has put out the plan for extra airport bus service that I referred to in The Weekend and Beyond posting. Here are the details.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 18, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Airports , Getaway , holiday travel  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, travel tips  
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Metro readies for winter storm; warns of delays

Metro officials warned Friday that the predicted snowstorm this weekend could lead to major detours and delays on bus routes throughout the region. If the snowfall is as heavy as predicted, "more than likely a lot of buses will not be able to go to side streets and cul-de-sacs," said Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel. "The buses can only operate as far as the road conditions" allow. The Capital Weather Gang's accumulation map shows that snow totals could exceed 14 inches in some areas of the region. The rail system will operate on a regular Saturday schedule, but snow on the aboveground portions of the track could lead to some delays, Taubenkibel said. Metro personnel are readying equipment for snow removal on platforms, outside train stations, and at garages. In addition, the transit agency will likely run empty trains throughout the night to keep the rails warm and prevent a buildup...

By Michael Bolden  |  December 18, 2009; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tips on preparing for snowy travel

The District's Snow Team -- the Departments of Transportation and Public Works -- just put out some good advice for residents and travelers across the region in advance of the predicted snow storm.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 18, 2009; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Getaway planning gets complicated

In some ways, planning Christmas week getaways is easier, and in others more complicated. John Townsend of AAA Mid-Atlantic says his group's annual survey of travel plans found that almost four of every 10 people in the Washington area plans to travel 50 miles or more from home by automobile during the 12 days of Christmas, despite the weak economy and higher gas prices than a year ago. That would be make this the busiest travel season of the year. But there probably won't be days as intense as the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or the Sunday after. Many travelers are options to spread out Christmas travel that aren't available at Thanksgiving. Still, that can make the decision-making more difficult. Consider these issues and advisories. -- Snow. Today, good for a getaway. Saturday, very bad. Many people have stored away this week and next for a trip. Keep an eye on...

By Robert Thomson  |  December 18, 2009; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The weekend and beyond

Snow changes everything: It would be best to get holiday shopping done late Friday rather than on Saturday. Launch the holiday getaway Friday or put it on hold for a day. Metro and the Washington region's transportation agencies are preparing now for the storm. Some of the road work now scheduled for the weekend will likely be postponed.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 18, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Today's read: roads and rails

Today's Post had several stories of top interest to travelers, but the news wasn't so good.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 18, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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What you should know about traveling in the snow

Update (7:30 a.m.): If you're out with your camera this weekend and want to share fabulous photos of the snow, you can send them to us here. Update (7:05 a.m.): The Capital Weather Gang says we've been upgraded from a winter storm watch to a winter storm warning. That's in effect from midnight tonight to 6 a.m. Sunday. Make your preparations throughout the day. Here's a map showing potential accumulations. Original post: The Capital Weather Gang is predicting that the Washington area could be in for a big snow event this week and we're under a winter storm watch. You may have already started thinking about what you need to do to prepare around the house. Snow shovel at the ready? Check. Supplies of hot chocolate in the cupboard? Check. Dug the kids' sled out of the basement for some weekend fun? Check. But don't forget that there are things...

By Michael Bolden  |  December 18, 2009; 6:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Early traffic on Virginia roads [Updated]

6:45 A.M. UPDATE: The traffic was caused by overnight lane closures that spanned into the morning rush, creating problems on I-495 (both north and southbound) at I-66. All I-495 North lanes at I-66 opened up by 6:20 a.m. By 6:30 a.m., the I-495 South lanes were open south of I-66. The I-495 South area from Route 7 to I-66 has just one lane open, though it's expected to reopen within the next few minutes. But the residual delays will hang around for a while -- all of that traffic built up and had nowhere to go. So be advised, if you commute in this area, expect to see traffic for a while. There were construction delays in connecting pieces needed to hold steel beams in place (part of the new bridge for Route 29). This necessitated keeping the cranes out there longer, which necessitated the traffic cones being out longer,...

By Mark Berman  |  December 18, 2009; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Headaches on the horizon

Beltway/Route 29 Thursday night and Friday night and again on the nights of Dec. 21, 22 and 23, all four lanes on I-495 south at the Lee Highway (Route 29) overpass will close for up to half an hour several times from midnight to 5 a.m., VDOT says. The temporary closures will allow crews to install steel beams for a new bridge over the Capital Beltway that is part of the HOT lanes project. The I-66 east and west exit ramps to I-495 south will also close all night beginning at 11 on those nights, and motorists will be detoured. Lane-closure setup on I-495 south will start at 9:30 p.m., and as traffic volumes decrease, additional lanes will be closed. All lanes will close for up to half an hour after midnight until 5 a.m....

By Robert Thomson  |  December 17, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro may cut some rail and bus service

Crowded trains and buses are likely to get more crowded if the budget-balancing recommendations of General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. are approved by the Metro board on Jan. 7 Riders would not have eight car trains. The peak period turnbacks at Grosvenor on the Red Line would be eliminated. These are some key elements of a plan unveiled Thursday afternoon to deal with what now amounts to a $40 million shortfall in the current Metro budget. What went wrong: "We overestimated the ridership for this year," Catoe said. The revenue impact is greater on the rail side, even though the decline is less there than on bus. It costs more to ride the trains. The service changes, if made, would account for less than 10 percent of the total shortfall. The bigger impact of the recommendations comes in delaying preventive maintenance. Among the potential service cuts: -- Hours of...

By Robert Thomson  |  December 17, 2009; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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A Tysons project that's not mega

A traveler asked during Monday's online discussion if I knew when the construction on Spring Hill Road in Tysons Corner would be done. It must be part of the Dulles Metrorail project, right?

By Robert Thomson  |  December 17, 2009; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Construction  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Dulles Metrorail, Fairfax County  
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Metro outlines upcoming SmarTrip card changes

The IRS has granted a one-year extension in the new system for assigning SmartBenefits that caused so much confusion this fall. But Metro is moving ahead with other changes affecting how riders used their SmarTrip electronic fare cards.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 17, 2009; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Metro leaders worry about crash report 'wild card'

Metro faces what may be its worst ever financial situation, and board members envision a point in early 2010 when they will have to go to the public with proposals to raise fares and cut service. Today, several of them expressed frustration that Metro still doesn't know what federal investigators think caused the fatal June 22 crash on the Red Line.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 17, 2009; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro GM Catoe makes new commitment to safety

"We have a battle in front of us," General Manager John B. Catoe said in a statement to board members at the start of today's board meetings. It's a battle, he said, to win back public confidence in mass transit. "If people don't feel safe, we won't have riders."

By Robert Thomson  |  December 17, 2009; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Metro , Safety  | Tags: Chief Michael Taborn, Dr. Gridlock, Federal Transit Administration, John B. Catoe Jr., Tri-State Oversight Committee  
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Headaches on the horizon

Beltway HOT lanes Lots of work overnight from 9:30 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday. Lanes closed: -- Three right lanes of I-495 south at Exit 51, Gallows Rd. (Route 650) for bridge work. -- Two lanes of Arlington Blvd. (Route 50) west at I-495 for bridge work. Road closed: -- Lee Highway (Route 29) south at I-495 for waterline installation. -- I-495 north and south at Lewinsville Road overpass for up to 30 minutes at a time to begin after midnight. Ramp closed: -- I-495 north collector distributor road at Exit 54 Braddock Rd. (Route 620) and ramp to Braddock Rd. west for steel beam erection. -- Ramp from Braddock Rd. (Route 620) east to I-495 north for steel beam erection. -- Ramp from Arlington Blvd. (Route 50) west to I-495 south for bridge work. -- Ramp from Gallows Rd. (Route 650) north to I-495 south. Dulles Metrorail project...

By Robert Thomson  |  December 16, 2009; 10:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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DDOT Director to host Web chat

District Department of Transportation Director Gabe Klein will participate in a live online chat Friday at 2:30 pm. You can check out the chat at ddot.dc.gov/livechat.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 16, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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If it snows, be among the ready ...

There's a possibility of snow this weekend, so keep your eye on the forecast and be prepared when you hit the roads and the rails.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 16, 2009; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Red Line delays in both directions

Metro reports that trains are single-tracking between Shady Grove and Twinbrook stations. There is a report of smoke outside Rockville station, the transit agency said in an alert. .

By Michael Bolden  |  December 16, 2009; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Airports , Commuting  | Tags: Metro delays, Red Line delays  
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A 2009 highlight: 4th lane on I-95

A stretch of Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia that is notorious for its bad traffic got wider as of today, with the addition of a fourth northbound lane between Occoquan and Springfield. This is one of the few improvements I can think of to our transportation system during 2009. Given that we are one of the most traffic-congested regions in the nation, we should be doing better.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 16, 2009; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro open late for football nights at FedEx

Metro announced this morning that the Morgan Boulevard Station, the closest one to FedEx Field, will stay open an extra hour on Monday, Dec. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 27., to accommodate fans leaving the next two Redskins games.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 16, 2009; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Events , Metro , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, FedEx Field, Metrorail  
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I-95 northbound near U.S. 1 reopens

All lanes of 1-95 NB are now open. The right shoulder is closed.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 16, 2009; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Expect delays on I-95 south at Greenbelt Metro

Trafficland and NewsChannel 8 report that two lanes are blocked on the Capital Beltway southbound lanes in Maryland near the Greenbelt Metro Station. Traffic cameras show that delays are beginning to build.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 16, 2009; 7:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  | Tags: Beltway  
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Leesburg Pike eastbound reopens

The accident on Leesburg Pike eastbound has been cleared. Expect delays to continue. Volume throughout the area remains heavy.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 16, 2009; 7:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Water main break, accident slow Arlington traffic

Arlington County emergeny officials are reporting two significant disruptions to traffic this morning. At the eastbound U.S. 50 exit ramp to Washington Boulevard, the left lane is shut down due to a water main break. At North Carlin Springs Road and North George Mason, a flipped vehicle near the intersection has caused significant traffic delays.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 16, 2009; 7:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  | Tags: Arlington, water main break  
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Md. Route 410 reopens to all traffic

Eastbound Maryland Route 410 at U.S. 50 is closed due to an accident involving a tractor-trailer, with a fuel spill. Traffic is being diverted to U.S. 50.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 16, 2009; 6:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia officials monitoring HOV lanes Wednesday

HOV enforcement will be stepped up Wednesday from 6 to 9 a.m. on Interstates 66, 95 and 395, and the Dulles Toll Road. Inside the Capita Beltway, Virginia State Police will be joined by Arlington and Fairfax County officers and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority police.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 15, 2009; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Headaches on the horizon

Beltway in Maryland The paving project on the Capital Beltway between the Legion Bridge and Interstate 270 continues, though the main lanes are done. Watch for ramp closings from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Thursday night. Metro week night work Metro night time maintenance will add 20 to 30 minutes to trip times on sections of the Red, Blue and Orange lines through Thursday. On the Red Line, the work is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. between Medical Center and Grosvenor. On the Blue Line, it's scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road. On the Orange Line, it's scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. between Cheverly and New Carrollton. The start time is only a guideline. Metro will feel free to start the work earlier if it wants to....

By Robert Thomson  |  December 15, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, headaches on the horizon  
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Next phase of Montrose Parkway plan set to open

Further progress on a major road project in Montgomery County: This weekend, a new phase of the interchange at Rockville Pike/Randolph Road and Montrose Parkway is scheduled to open.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 15, 2009; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Construction , Driving  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Montgomery County transportation, Montrose Parkway  
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Part of I-95 gets wider on Wednesday

A fourth lane along a traffic-choked three-mile section of northbound I-95 will be available to commuters on Wednesday morning, the Virginia Department of Transportation says. This is the first pay off from the I-95 widening project between Springfield and Occoquan.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 15, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Construction  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, I-95 widening  
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Red Line delays cleared

Metro reports that there are Red Line delays because of a switch malfunction at Medical Center. Travelers toward Glenmont should expect delays.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 15, 2009; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Chain Bridge restoration delayed

Completion of the Chain Bridge reconstruction has been pushed back from January to mid-February.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 15, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Chain Bridge, DDOT, Dr. Gridlock  
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Normal commute greets Tuesday travelers

What a difference a day makes. There isn't much fog in the area this morning, and the commutes seem to be progressing smoothly. The traffic maps are showing few accidents, and Metro isn't reporting any delays.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 15, 2009; 6:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Headaches on the horizon

Beltway/Telegraph Road The milling and repaving that the Wilson Bridge originally scheduled for overnight tonight and Tuesday daytime was postponed. This is the new schedule. From 9 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday: Telegraph Road north ramp to the inner loop closed. Take Huntington Avenue east to Route 1 north to the ramp to the inner loop. From 9 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday: Outer Loop loop ramp to Telegraph Road north closed. Take Huntington Avenue east to Route 1 north to the ramp to the inner loop to Telegraph Road north. Beltway potholes The inner loop lanes on Cameron Run Bridge will be getting emergency repairs Tuesday through Thursday nights. The hours each night are 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night. During those hours, the inner loop will be narrowed down...

By Robert Thomson  |  December 14, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NORAD exercise planned for area skies early Tuesday

North American Aerospace Defense Command is planning exercise flights over the Washington area to begin around midnight and continue into the early hours of Tuesday.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 14, 2009; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Benning Road gets a well-deserved break

On April 23, D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Transportation Director Gabe Klein announced that the reconstruction of Benning Road -- that awful, perpetually torn up commuter route to the east of downtown -- would get back on track and be done by mid-December. Today, the mayor announced that the work is substantially done.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 14, 2009; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Commuting , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Adrian M. Fenty, DDOT, Dr. Gridlock, Gabe Klein  
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New highway interchange opens in Frederick

A new highway interchange in Frederick is intended to create a faster connection between Interstate 70 and the city's downtown area.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 14, 2009; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Join me for traffic, transit discussion

I think the top transportation story of the previous week was the management shakeup at Metro. See the story by Lena H. Sun. I wrote about Metro's troubled year in my Dr. Gridlock column on Sunday, and The Post had an editorial on Sunday talking about the future of General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. (So you've got three different perspectives: A news story describing what happened, a column in which I get to interpret developments and an editorial expressing the opinion of The Post.) This is an important time for Metro and it's riders. The transit authority is in deep financial trouble, typical of many governments, and many households across the nation. I plan to talk about the potential impact on riders on next Sunday's Commuter page. But today, please bring all your traffic and transit issues to our discussion. Here's the link to the chat. Use this one...

By Robert Thomson  |  December 14, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The week ahead for traffic and transit

Commuters are unlikely to face major weather problems around Washington this week, but there are some lane closings and transit work that could slow things down.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 14, 2009; 7:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Dense fog a challenge for morning commuters

This morning's dense fog advisory was scheduled to expire at 9 a.m., but accidents continue to make the morning commute a challenge

By Michael Bolden  |  December 14, 2009; 5:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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