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Get There: January 10, 2010 - January 16, 2010

Metro details service, fare options in budget

Metro's staff has just released a more detailed menu of options for riders to consider as the board of directors figures out how to close a $40 million budget gap. There's no dessert. These are all choices with negative consequences for riders.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 16, 2010; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metro, Metro budget, Metrobus, Metrorail  
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Headaches on the horizon

A look at overnight delays for DC traffic and transit.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 15, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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The weekend and beyond

The biggest issue affecting local travel this long holiday weekend is the Metro maintenance on the Red Line. But transit users and drivers should also pay attention to several other developments that may cause delays. Metro's big weekend The transit authority has scheduled an intensive track maintenance program for this long Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. The target zone is the Red Line between White Flint and Medical Center. From 10 p.m. Friday through the midnight close Monday, the line will be split in two, with the Grosvenor station closed. Free shuttle buses will bridge the gap. Allow 40 minutes of extra travel time to get through the work zone. The Red Line will be whole again at 5 a.m. Tuesday. The last Red Line train leaving Shady Grove will depart 30 minutes earlier than usual to allow riders to connect with the shuttle buses and the last train...

By Robert Thomson  |  January 15, 2010; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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No VRE or MARC service on Monday

VRE and MARC commuter rail services won't operate on Monday because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

By Michael Bolden  |  January 15, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Three Metrobus routes to be detoured Saturday

Metro announced Friday that three bus routes in downtown Washington will be detoured this weekend due to street closures. Metrobus routes D6, 32, and 36 will be rerouted from noon Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday, the transit agency said, due to street closures at 13th Street NW between F Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, E Street between 12th and 14th streets NW, and Pennsylvania Avenue between 12th and 14th streets NW. Mor information on Metrobus detours is available on the agency's short-term detour page....

By Michael Bolden  |  January 15, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories , Metro  | Tags: Metro delays, Metrobus  
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Share your thoughts on the departure of D.C. Metro chief John Catoe Jr. and the agency's future

Metro General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. announced on Thursday his plans to retire April 2. The transit agency, which faces massive budget deficits, deteriorating infrastructure and intense federal scrutiny, now must find a new chief executive. Metro columnist Robert McCartney says a fractured governining board and the need to invest billions in the aging system are two of the challenges the transit agency's faces beyond finding a new leader. And an editorial in The Washington Post describes the confluence of events as "a real crisis for the 34-year-old transit system." Share your thoughts about Catoe's departure and what steps Metro needs to take going forward.in our discussion forum Taken for a Ride. You can also vote in a poll about whether Catoe's resignation is the right move or listen to an excerpt of a June 8 interview Catoe had with Washington Post staff writer Lena H. Sun about the...

By Michael Bolden  |  January 15, 2010; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories , Metro  | Tags: Catoe, Metro, Metro safety  
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Pair of Beltway accidents in Maryland this morning

Accidents close I-495 and I-95 lanes in Montgomery and Prince George's

By Mark Berman  |  January 15, 2010; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Headaches on the horizon

Night maintenance on Metro Metro will be doing track work Sunday through Thursday nights during January, which will increase travel times where trains share a single track to get around the work. (The schedule is subject to change each night.) -- Red Line riders between Medical Center and Grosvenor should add at least 20 minutes from 8 p.m. through the midnight closing. -- Blue Line riders between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road should add at least half an hour to their travel time from 9:30 p.m. through closing. -- Blue and Orange Line riders between Foggy Bottom and Clarendon and Arlington Cemetery should add at least half an hour to their travel time from 9:30 p.m. through closing. Branch Ave. lane closure The southbound left lane of Branch Avenue (Route 5) at Burch Hill Road/Earnshaw Drive remains closed 21 hours a day because of an icing problem. The only hours the...

By Robert Thomson  |  January 14, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. Metro General Manager announces his resignation

Events of the last six months have created an unhealthy distraction, says General Manager John B. Catoe Jr.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 14, 2010; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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D.C. Metro System General Manager John. B. Catoe Jr. to resign effective April 2

Metro General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. is resigning as head of the transit agency, according to Jeff McKay, a member of the Metro board.

By Michael Bolden  |  January 14, 2010; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Accident closes two I-495 South lanes after American Legion Bridge

An accident has closed two lanes of I-495 South just after the American Legion Bridge. The southbound right center lane and right lane are both closed. On the other side of the bridge in Maryland, the right outer loop lane of I-495 and one right merge lane are also closed. It's unclear if these two accidents are related, but be advised regardless....

By Mark Berman  |  January 14, 2010; 7:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Overturned fuel tanker fire closes Montrose Road [Updated]

Traffic cameras show that Montrose Road remains closed in both directions with emergency officials still on the scene. Montgomery County Assistant Chief Scott Graham told WTOP this morning that inspectors will have to examine the road where the fire occurred and "check the integrity of the bridge" over I-270. Graham told WTOP that the evaluiation will take "most of the morning, at a minimum."

By Mark Berman  |  January 14, 2010; 5:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Headaches on the horizon

Branch Ave. lane closure The southbound left lane of Branch Avenue (Route 5) at Burch Hill Road/Earnshaw Drive remains closed 21 hours a day because of an icing problem. The only hours the lane is open are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the afternoon rush. Rockville Pike lane closings Watch for northbound and southbound lane closings from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and again from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Thursday at Randolph/Montrose Road. This is for construction of the new interchange....

By Robert Thomson  |  January 13, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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Why does Metro feel so crowded?

If Metro ridership is down over the past year, why does it feel so crowded? That question, posed by Metro board member Chris Zimmerman of Arlington last week, is on the minds of lots of transit riders.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 13, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metro delays, Metrobus, Metrorail  
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Today's read: Concern over Prince George's cameras

County executive's revised plan questioned.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 13, 2010; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Driving , Transportation Politics  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Today's read  
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Riggs Road closed in Northeast DC

Riggs Road is closed in Northeast DC between Rock Creek Church Road and North Capitol Street because of a downed utility pole. Eastbound traffic (on Missouri Avenue N.W., before it turns into Riggs Road at North Capitol Street, just after crossing from Northwest into Northeast) is being diverted north or south onto North Capitol Street. Westbound traffic is being shunted onto Rock Creek Church Road. The road is expected by the District Department of Transportation to reopen before rush hour ends this morning. Alternative routes are plentiful -- Kennedy and Longfellow streets to the north, Hamilton and Gallatin streets to the south -- so plan out your detours before you head out....

By Mark Berman  |  January 13, 2010; 7:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Water main break closes University Blvd eastbound in Silver Spring

Update (10:15 .m.): Traffic cameras show that the all lanes are now open. Via the Post Now blog: A 12-inch water main break has closed all eastbound lanes of University Boulevard between Piney Branch and Carrol Avenue, as well as both eastbound shoulders. This highly utilized road is just over a mile from the Beltway, so delays are going to build up and be expected through the morning rush....

By Mark Berman  |  January 13, 2010; 6:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Headaches on the horizon

Night maintenance on Metro Metro will be doing track work Sunday through Thursday nights during January, which will increase travel times where trains share a single track to get around the work. (The schedule is subject to change each night.) -- Red Line riders between Medical Center and Grosvenor should add at least 20 minutes from 8 p.m. through the midnight closing. -- Blue Line riders between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road should add at least half an hour to their travel time from 9:30 p.m. through closing. -- Blue and Orange Line riders between Foggy Bottom and Clarendon and Arlington Cemetery should add at least half an hour to their travel time from 9:30 p.m. through closing....

By Robert Thomson  |  January 12, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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Rider asks about bad morning on Red Line

Bad scene Tuesday morning on the Red Line, says this rider.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 12, 2010; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail, Red Line delays  
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Brown pushes for east of river Circulator

D.C. Councilmember Kwame Brown lost a committee vote today, but he focused some attention on the idea of extending a D.C. Circulator bus route across the Anacostia River.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 12, 2010; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Transportation Politics , transit  | Tags: Circulator, DC transit, Dr. Gridlock  
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Metro rebuilding five escalators in January

Busted escalators are a constant complaint among Metrorail riders. Walking up a long set of steps at a station like Dupont Circle or Bethesda is bad, but even walking down an escalator that long requires extra concentration to avoid a stumble.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 12, 2010; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Metro  | Tags: DC transit, Dr. Gridlock, Metro escalators  
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Utility problem closes 564/Lanham Seven Road

A utility problem has closed multiple lanes of MD 564/Lanham Seven Road at MD 193/Green Dale Boulevard/Greenbelt Boulevard in Glenn Dale. The problem closed lanes beginning yesterday afternoon, shutting down one westbound lane and both eastbound lanes, while the center lane allows bidirectional driving....

By Mark Berman  |  January 12, 2010; 6:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Headaches on the horizon

Beltway HOT lanes Here's a list of the lane and ramp closures scheduled along the western side of the Beltway between 9:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. Lanes closed -- Two left lanes of Arlington Boulevard (Route 50) west will close at the Beltway for bridge demolition. -- A single lane of Leesburg Pike (Route 7) west will close at the Beltway for utility work. -- Three left lanes of the outer loop at Exit 54, Braddock Road (Route 620), will close for bridge work. You may encounter full closures of the outer loop for up to half an hour after midnight. -- Three lanes of the outer loop will close from Exit 49, I-66, to just beyond Lee Highway (Route 29) for the erection of steel beams. You may encounter full closings of the outer loop for up to half an hour after midnight. -- Three lanes of the inner...

By Robert Thomson  |  January 11, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Construction , Driving  | Tags: DC traffic, Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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Lanes reopened near Dupont Circle

All lanes are open now in the Dupont Circle area where the water main break closed streets today.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 11, 2010; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Join me for our weekly chat

In our weekly online chat at noon, we can discuss any local transportation topic that's on your mind. I'm particularly interested in getting your feedback about two topics that are much in the news right now: The prospect that we'll may more to ride Metro, get less service, or perhaps both; the District's street parking program, increasing fees and times of enforcement. Use this link to reach the chat. Use this one to submit a question or comment in advance of our noon start....

By Robert Thomson  |  January 11, 2010; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Driving , Metro , transit  | Tags: DC traffic, DC transit, Dr. Gridlock, WMATA  
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Common complaint: Busted or baffling meters

I've already got a bunch of letters responding to my column about Metro's upcoming decisions about fares and service and my Commuter page story on the changes in the D.C. street parking rules. Here's one about the parking situation that reflects a common concern.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 11, 2010; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Driving  | Tags: DC traffic, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, parking enforcement  
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The week ahead in traffic and transit

The weather looks good for the next few commuting days. Here's a look at some of the other difficulties you may encounter along the way.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 11, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Metro , transit  | Tags: DC traffic, DC transit, Dr. Gridlock, The week ahead  
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Orange and yellow lines delayed

Always fun to kick the morning commute off with some Metro delays. The orange line is delayed to New Carrollton due to a disruption at Clarendon (an earlier train malfunction at Clarendon has been resolved). The yellow line is delayed to Mt. Vernon Square due to a disruption at King Street (but, also, earlier train malfunction at the station has been cleared). UPDATE: No more yellow line delays, as of 6:10 a.m. UPDATE: All delays resolved, as of 6:30 a.m....

By Mark Berman  |  January 11, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Traffic alert: I-66 East shut down just before Rt. 123

Updated: 2:30 p.m.: I-66 East has reopened. I-66 East is shut down before Rt. 123 by a serious accident....

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 10, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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