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Get There: December 27, 2009 - January 2, 2010

Metro announces contest to guess ridership

Metro is giving away a $25 SmarTrip card as part of a New Year's contest to guess how many people will be riding Metrorail on the first day of the new year.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 31, 2009; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The weekend and beyond (New Year's edition)

Happy New Year. Here are some suggestions to guide your holiday travels and some tips about transportation issues early in 2010.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 31, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Driving  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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Airports report no delays

Sorry in advance if this jinxes anybody and causes major flight delays for you, but -- area airports are reporting no delays right now. Reagan has arrivals landing on time and no delays and problems. Dulles says the same, and delays are airline-specific, not due to any ice here or anything. BWI's Web site shows almost no problems with arrivals and a few delayed departures, though the overwhelming amount are running on time....

By Mark Berman  |  December 31, 2009; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Airports  | Tags: BWI, Dulles, Reagan National  
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VRE, MTA warning passengers of icy conditions

Icy conditions and inclement weather will also impact train commuters this morning. VRE sent out a message this morning warning passengers of icy conditions at all stations, urging people to plan with extra time and to be careful. MTA also sent out an alert to Penn Line riders, reporting that trains are operating with minor delays. They urged passengers to be careful on platforms and in parking lots....

By Mark Berman  |  December 31, 2009; 7:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Ride On buses seeing delays, other buses not reporting delays yet

Montgomery County's Ride On buses are seeing delays on all routes, according to the county's Web site. Meanwhile, no other jurisdictions are reporting delays or route changes. The Fairfax Connector is reporting nothing; neither ART in Arlington nor DASH in Alexandria have reported anything, either. And there are no Metrobus delays reported at this point....

By Mark Berman  |  December 31, 2009; 6:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  | Tags: art, bus, dash, metrobus, ride on, weather  
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Early traffic incidents in Virginia

8:40 A.M. UPDATE: The I-66 East lane remains closed. 7:35 A.M. UPDATE: Just the east right lane remains closed on I-66 East. VDOT is still advising drivers to take the exit onto James Madison Highway and re-enter I-66 East. And a disabled vehicle on I-495 South at 123 has closed the south right lane and right shoulder there. 7:05 A.M.: The accident on I-66 East in Gainesville is still causing the eastbound left and right lanes to be closed. VDOT is advising drivers to take exit 40 onto James Madison Highway, then after going through the signal at the top of the ramp to re-enter I-66 East. 6:35 A.M. UPDATE: An accident has been reported on I-495 North at 267/Dulles Toll Road. Anybody heading north should be wary of traffic slowing down. It's starting to come down with a little more force out there, so commuters trekking out this morning...

By Mark Berman  |  December 31, 2009; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Early traffic incidents in Maryland

8:40 A.M. UPDATE: The two I-270 South lanes remain closed; the I-95 North local lane has reopened. 7:35 A.M. UPDATE: The two lanes on I-270 South and the northbound local lane on I-95 North all remain closed. New addition: I-270 North at Shady Grove Road is seeing the right shoulder closed due to an accident. 7:05 A.M. UPDATE: The two lanes on I-270 South remain closed. And an accident on I-95 North just north of MD 198 has closed a northbound local lane. 6:30 A.M. UPDATE: The disabled car on I-495/Inner Loop at Bradley Road has closed one lane. And another accident -- this one on I-270 South just south of MD 27 -- has closed two of three southbound lanes on I-270. 6:15 A.M. UPDATE: Another pair of incidents: I-495 Inner Loop just past Bradley Road (a disabled car in the road on one of the four traffic lanes),...

By Mark Berman  |  December 31, 2009; 5:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Say goodbye to the '00s with an icy, frigid commute

Snow, sleet and the end of the decade (or not, if you are one of those people who doesn't count the year zero as a year). A lovely combination for this morning's commute. The weather outside is already looking bad, with worse to come throughout the morning. How is your commute? Are any roads off-limits for travelers? Any Metro problems? Let us know in the comments below....

By Mark Berman  |  December 31, 2009; 5:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  | Tags: commute, weather  
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Headaches on the horizon

Watch for icy roads A storm moving into the region overnight could leave roads icy in spots during the early morning. Remember that the ramps and overpasses are likely to be the first surfaces to display the effects of icing. Also, stay well back of the de-icing tankers that the region's transportation agencies will have out tonight....

By Robert Thomson  |  December 30, 2009; 7:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Weather  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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Person struck by train near Burke Centre; delays on Manassas Line

VRE reports that a person was struck by a train near Burke Center. In an alert, the commuter line said the accident was not fatal. Trains on the Manassas Line are experiencing 15-minute delays waiting for congestion to clear around the area, the agency said.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 30, 2009; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  | Tags: REV  
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Blind man struck by Metro train dies

A blind man who fell to the tracks and was struck by a Red Line Train Sunday at the Gallery Place-Chinatown station died from his injuries Wednesday, Metro officials said in a statement.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 30, 2009; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories , Metro  | Tags: Metro, Metro delays  
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Ice driving tips: Controlling a skid

So we're not Ice Road Truckers. We still can prepare for the most common ice driving hazard we're likely to face in the moderate winter clime of Washington.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 30, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Weather  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, travel tips  
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Good advice on driving in icy weather

The wintry mix forecast for the Washington area on Thursday sure sounds more typical for local travel hazards than the Dec. 18-19 blizzard, but don't get too comfortable about that. John B. Townsend II at AAA Mid-Atlantic sent along some driving tips for the approaching storm. -- Replace worn wiper blades that streak the windshield. Fill the washer reservoir bottle with a washer solvent that won't freeze. To prevent damage to your wiper blades or wiper motor, be sure the wipers are free of ice and turned off before starting the engine. -- Carry a winter driving kit in your trunk that includes a bag of abrasive material such as sand, salt or cat litter, ice scraper, traction mat, window-washing solvent blanket, gloves or mittens blanket, and cell phone. -- Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle. -- Keep your gas tank at least half full...

By Robert Thomson  |  December 30, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Weather  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, travel tips  
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Virginia road crews ready storm defenses

While you prepare to meet the new year, the transportation agencies are preparing to meet a storm that cold bring, rain, ice and a little snow.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 30, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories , Weather , holiday travel  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, VDOT, Virginia Department of Transportation, travel tips  
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Metro warns that icy roads could affect bus service

The transit authority says it is getting ready for the possibility of a light mix of freezing rain and sleet Thursday and Friday mornings. The main impact would be on Metrobus and MetroAccess service, rather than on Metrorail.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 30, 2009; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro , Weather  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, MetroAccess, Metrobus, travel tips  
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Today's read: When to give up the keys?

Many older people modify their driving behavior, the AARP found. More than half of drivers over the age of 75 say they avoid driving at night or in bad weather, and almost 40 percent of them stay home when traffic is at its worst, according to recent research. But they also resist taking transit. (Ashley Halsey III)

By Robert Thomson  |  December 30, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Driving , Safety  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Today's read, older drivers  
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Baltimore-Washington Parkway reopens after accident

10:30 A.M. UPDATE: The northbound lanes have reopened. 8:45 A.M. UPDATE: The car involved in the crash had a single occupant who sustained "serious injuries," said Park Police spokesman David Schlosser. The occupant, an adult male who the Park Police did not identify, has been transported by the Park Police to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The car went off the right side of the road and into the trees, and it took about 90 minutes to extricate the man from the car. They don't know at this point what caused the accident, and they are on the scene trying to determine the cause. ORIGINAL POST: An accident involving a single car has closed all northbound lanes of the Baltimore Washington Parkway/295 this morning, according to the U.S. Park Police. The crash happened between 32 and 175; traffic heading north is diverted at 32 and will remain that way...

By Mark Berman  |  December 30, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Travel forecast iffy for New Year's Eve

The Capital Weather Gang is looking at the potential for a mix of rain and snow on Thursday, New Year's Eve. It's not just the nighttime celebrations that could be affected. This also will be a plain-old early getaway day for lots of people looking forward to a three-day weekend.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 30, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Getaway , Weather  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, New Year's Eve, travel tips  
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Headaches on the horizon

Beltway HOT lanes There's a lot of overnight work scheduled for 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Here are the details. Lanes closed: -- Two lanes of Arlington Blvd. (Route 50) east and west will close at I-495 for bridge work. -- Three left lanes of I-495 north will close at Lee Highway (Route 29) overpass for steel beam erection. -- Three lanes of I-495 south (outer loop) will close from Exit 49, I-66 to just beyond Lee Highway (Route 29) for steel beam erection. Expect temporary full outer loop closures here for up to 30 minutes at a time to begin after midnight. -- Three lanes of I-495 north and south will close at Exit 46, Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) for overhead power line work. Expect temporary full outer loop closures here for up to 30 minutes at a time to begin after midnight. Road closed: -- Lee Highway...

By Robert Thomson  |  December 29, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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Construction beginning on new 11th St. bridges

Drivers crossing the Anacostia River can see a big crane sitting on a barge between the 11th Street Bridges. Pretty soon, they'll see another one. They're going to begin building three new bridges between the two old ones.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 29, 2009; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Construction , Driving  | Tags: 11th Street Bridges, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock  
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Virginia holiday traffic deaths rise

Virginia State Police say more people died in traffic crashes on the state's highways during this year's Christmas holiday weekend than in 2008.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 29, 2009; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Getaway , holiday travel  
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District planning major changes in street parking

Watch for mid-January changes in how much to pay and when to pay while parking on D.C. streets.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 29, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Driving  | Tags: D.C. parking, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, parking enforcement  
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Football at RFK Tuesday afternoon

It's a light week for traffic and transit, but we'll experience a spike Tuesday afternoon for the EagleBank Bowl at RFK Stadium in the District.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 29, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories , Driving , Events , Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, EagleBank Bowl  
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Take Metrobus to BWI or Dulles

Reagan National may be the only airport served by the subway system, but travelers can take Metro buses to both Dulles and BWI. The B30 bus from Greenbelt Station will take you to BWI for about $3. The 5A from Rosslyn or L'Enfant Plaza will take you to Dulles for the same price.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 29, 2009; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Headaches on the horizon

I-66 overnight The left through lane of westbound I-66 will close between Haycock Road and the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Wednesday. The closings are needed to deliver equipment and begin excavation in this work area of the Dulles Metrorail project. The left lane of eastbound I-66 from just west of the Dulles Connector Road to Great Falls Street will also be closed each night through Wednesday. Leesburg Pike in Tysons The right lane of both directions of Leesburg Pike (Route 7) between Westpark Drive/Gosnell Road and the Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) underpass will close from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through Wednesday. Workers on the Dulles Metrorail project will be performing utility work, placing barriers, and excavating in the area. Entrances to all businesses and shopping centers will remain open, but drivers should stay alert and also be aware of...

By Robert Thomson  |  December 28, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fire engine catches fire on way to car crash

A fire engine caught fire in Prince George's County yesterday while on its way to a car crash, a county fire department spokesman said.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 28, 2009; 6:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  highways  | Tags: Prince George's  
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I-395 message jolted some travelers

A message board on I-395 got the attention of at least a few drivers this morning when it warned them that the Southeast-Southwest Freeway would be closing on or about Jan. 9. While many travelers hate the freeway, they'd sure miss the road if it weren't around. Actually, says John Lisle, spokesman for the District Department of Transportation, the sign was making the impending closure sound much more dramatic than it will be. He says the District will be demolishing two little-used ramps from the 11th Street Bridge in the direction of Barney Circle. What the sign should say is that there will be temporary lane closures on the freeway. The entire freeway will not be closed. DDOT is asking the contractor to modify the wording on the sign. I'll have more exact details about the lane closings when they become available....

By Robert Thomson  |  December 28, 2009; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Construction , Driving  | Tags: 11th Street Bridge, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock  
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Today's read: Top 10 transportation stories of 2009

See my picks: Red Line crash, Metrorail extension to Dulles begins, Route 28 improvements, regional Metro funding, tolls established for the Intercounty Connector, Capital Beltway interchange opens, renewed push on streetcars, fourth lane added on I-95, NextBus returns, Fairfax Parkway extension begins. I was surprised to find how many transportation stories I had to knock out to get it down to 10: The presidential inauguration, the December blizzard, the SmarTrip debacle, the completion of paving on Benning Road, the D.C. bridge rehabilitation projects, Mayor Adrian Fenty's announcement that the 11th Street Bridges would be rebuilt and the opening of the four roundabouts along the Route 50 corridor in Loudoun County. And I'm probably leaving out some that made a big difference in your travels, for better or worse. Join me at noon for our weekly online discussion, when we can talk about this and any other local transportation topic that's...

By Robert Thomson  |  December 28, 2009; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Driving , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Today's read, discussion  
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The week ahead in traffic and transit

Enjoy the week. It's usually one of the lightest of the year for traffic and transit. Plus, we've got another three-day weekend coming in which temporary lane closings will be suspended.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 28, 2009; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Advisories , Construction , Driving , Metro , holiday travel , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The week ahead  
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I-395 north at 14th Street Bridge reopens after accident

An accident that occurred on I-395 northbound near exit 10C temporarily shut down traffic on the inbound portion of the 14th Street Bridge while authorities investigated. The lanes have since reopened.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 27, 2009; 9:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Metro to stay open late for Redskins game

Metro will run additional trains and its Morgan Boulevard station will stay open late to accommodate crowds expected for the Redskins' game at nearby FedEx Field. The last Blue Line train will depart the station at 12:27 a.m. Sunday. Metro says if the game goes into overtime officials will make sure trains are available to get fans home. Parking at the Morgan Boulevard and Largo Town Center stations will cost $25. --The Associated Press...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 27, 2009; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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