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Get There: January 17, 2010 - January 23, 2010

Poll: Is it a good thing that more teens are waiting to get their driver's licenses?

Donna St. George reports that the latest digital generation of kids is waiting longer to get their driver's licenses. The reasons have everything to do with technology. With the prevalence of Facebook, text messaging and similar tools, teens don't necessarily need to get behind the wheel to connect with friends. So. take our poll. Is it a good thing more teens are waiting to get their driver's licenses? Yes. No. Not sure. Created on Jan 23, 2010 View Results...

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 23, 2010; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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VDOT to restore I-66/Beltway merge

Some things do change: Drivers have been complaining for months about the slowdown that occurred when the exit from eastbound Interstate 66 to the Beltway's inner loop was reconfigured. The Virginia Department of Transportation agreed it was a problem and has decided to restore the old setup in hope of easing the backups.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 22, 2010; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, HOT lanes, I-66, VDOT, Virginia Department of Transportation  
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Something new in Maryland highway messages

Something new is being added to overhead message boards in Maryland: travel times along I-95 between the Capital and Baltimore beltways.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 22, 2010; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Driving , highways  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Maryland State Highway Administration, Maryland highways  
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The weekend and beyond

Sunshine on Saturday, some rain Sunday, not much in the way of construction or events to slow your weekend travels. But there are some new concerns for coming weeks.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 22, 2010; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Events , Metro , Weekend Work , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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Water main breaks close streets in Northeast D.C.

Water main breaks have closed Florida Ave NE at West Va. Ave NE, as well as 11th Street NE at E St NE.

By Mark Berman  |  January 22, 2010; 6:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories , Driving  | Tags: northeast DC roads, water main break  
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How the weather is impacting this morning's commute

Weather had a minimal impact on morning commutes as the day began.

By Mark Berman  |  January 22, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Weather  
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Headaches on the horizon

A look at some overnight events that could affect your travels, including icy roads.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 21, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Weather  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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D.C. water main repairs may cause traffic jams

D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services warned commuters Thusday afternoon to expect traffic jams in the vicinity of West Virginia Avenue and Florida Avenue NE. Crews in the area are making repairs to water mains that broke earlier in the day.

By Michael Bolden  |  January 21, 2010; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  
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Washington Metro system expects some bus delays Friday

Metro said snow and ice could cause delays and detours for bus service on Friday, but that rail service is expected to operate at close to the normal schedule.

By Ann Scott Tyson  |  January 21, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Metro , Weather , transit  
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March for Life will disrupt D.C. traffic Friday

The annual March for Life will be held at midday Friday in downtown Washington. Many streets around the National Mall will be closed, and parking will be restricted. Throughout the day, the area will be crowded with pedestrians. The effect on local travel may be greatest after the events end around 5 p.m. (Experience shows it could be later.)

By Robert Thomson  |  January 21, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Advisories , Events  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, March for Life  
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Friendship Heights station problems

Update, 12 p.m.: Metro is reporting that all elevators and escalators at the Friendship Heights Station are working again, except for those undergoing modernization. Original post: Metro was asking riders at the Friendship Heights Station to use only the western entrance to the underground station Thursday morning after a fire alarm, which turned out to be false. Additionally, all elevators, and the down escalators at the station's western entrance, were not working. Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said the elevators were shut down as a result of the fire alarm, and that the down escalators were probably also affected. She said that the station remains open and that technicians were working to get the elevators and escalators operational....

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 21, 2010; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro , transit  
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D.C. region's highway crews ready for storm

The Capital Weather Gang says light rain and sleet will arrive by mid-to-late Thursday evening. Though temperatures may not drop much below freezing overnight, some travel troubles, especially north and west of I-95, are possible by morning. Road crews are out to treat the surfaces. Stay back from their equipment and don't try to pass.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 21, 2010; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Driving , Weather  | Tags: DDOT, Dr. Gridlock, MSHA, VDOT, travel tips  
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Today's read: Virginia rest areas reopening

New governor is fulfilling campaign promise: Four of the rest stops will reopen by Feb. 17. Eight more will be reopened by March 17, and the final seven by April 17.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 21, 2010; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Driving , highways  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Today's read  
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Headaches on the horizon

Here's a review of some overnight roadwork that could slow your travels.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 20, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Advisories , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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Metrorail maintenance on Presidents' Day weekend to close Rosslyn, Arlington stations

The MLK weekend maintenance that closed Grosvenor Station on the Red Line was nothing compared to the Presidents' Day weekend track work plan. Metro provided more details on the service disruptions that will result from the holiday weekend work.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 20, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Weather  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail delays  
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D.C. forecast: some icy roads tonight and Thursday night

The Capital Weather Gang warns that we may be in for two rounds of icing on the roads late Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 20, 2010; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Weather  | Tags: DC traffic, Dr. Gridlock, VDOT  
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Metro board members discuss Catoe, service, fares

Metro board members Jim Graham, Peter Benjamin and Chris Zimmerman -- one each from the D.C. region's three main jurisdictions -- discussed General Manager John B. Catoe Jr.'s resignation, the current state of the transit system and the challenges ahead during an hour interview this morning on WTOP radio.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 20, 2010; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Washington Metro board members discuss future of agency and take listener calls on WTOP

Update, (10:55 p.m.): WTOP reports that phone lines are jammed, but callers can try 877-336-1035 to ask a question or make a comment. The segment ends at 11 a.m. Members of the board of directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority discuss the future of the agency on WTOP and take listener phone calls, Listen Live here....

By Michael Bolden  |  January 20, 2010; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Metro rider protests crowding at Gallery Place

Among the letters I've received since inviting travelers to comment on Metrorail conditions is this one that focuses on crowding but also discusses Metro's financial plight. Several of the letter's themes -- including the crowding at Gallery Place -- are quite common now in my correspondence.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 20, 2010; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Metro , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail crowding  
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Fatal accident closes Bradley Blvd in Bethesda

A fatal collision closed Bradley Boulevard in both directions this morning.

By Mark Berman  |  January 20, 2010; 6:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Driving  
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Tractor trailer closes I-495 past River Road

6 A.M. UPDATE: All lanes have reopened just before 6 a.m., the state police report. ORIGINAL POST: All lanes of the outer loop of I-495 just past River Road were closed earlier this morning after a tractor trailer lost its load, according to the Maryland State Police. The incident was called in shortly before 5 a.m....

By Mark Berman  |  January 20, 2010; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  
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Headaches on the horizon

D.C. area traffic and transit work may slow overnight travel.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 19, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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Washington Metro transit agency completes work on Red Line; trains to run slower through work zone

Metro completed its work on the Red Line on time and reopened the Grosvenor-Strathmore Station at 5 a.m. Tuesday morning, although as a safety precaution Red Line trains will operate at 35 miles per hour, more slowly than usual, for the rest of the day, officials said.

By Michael Bolden  |  January 19, 2010; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Metro , transit  | Tags: Blue Line, Metro delays, Orange Line, Red Line  
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Today's read: Metro's future

The Sunday Post had several opinion stories stemming from the decision by General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. to resign. Also, the transit authority released a more detailed list of the decisions faced by the board of directors. The board says it wants to hear from the public before it makes the decisions this month.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 19, 2010; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metro budget, Metrobus, Metrorail, WMATA  
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The week ahead in traffic and transit

These are some of the main obstacles in your path during this short week.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 19, 2010; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Driving , Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The week ahead  
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For MARC and VRE travelers

Two MARC trains canceled this morning

By Mark Berman  |  January 19, 2010; 6:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Headaches on the horizon

Early departure for last Red Line train from Shady Grove.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 18, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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Several MLK events could slow D.C. traffic

While traffic is generally light today, the District Department of Transportation has put out a list of holiday events in Washington that could delay travels.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 18, 2010; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, traffic delays  
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Water main break closes busy road in Alexandria

All lanes of Washington Street in the heart of Old Town Alexandria remained closed early Sunday afternoon as a crew worked to repair a water main break that threatened a controversial Confederate memorial statue. Traffic on Washington Street - which is the stretch of the George Washington Parkway that runs through Old Town Alexandria - was closed between King Street and Duke Street beginning early Sunday morning. A water main directly below the statute at the center of the intersection of Washington and Prince streets broke Sunday morning, and a Virginia American Water crew was digging into a large hole at the west side of the statue's base. As of noon, the statue still stood, but the curbing and concrete at its base had been torn apart. The bronze statue of a solemn Confederate soldier, erected in 1889, honors those from Alexandria who died fighting for the Confederacy during the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 17, 2010; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags: Alexandria, water main break  
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