Area transportation departments don't want us to let our guard down as day turns to night and the snowfall begins to taper off. Officials with the Maryland State Highway Administration and the Virginia Department of Transportation said air and pavement temperatures remain below freezing and black ice is a possibility on the roads.
DDOTDC recently tweeted this: Circulator Update: no service on Wisconsin Avenue due to emergency utility repairs north of M Street...
The Grid Spouse took the Polar Bear plunge into Chesapeake Bay at 1 p.m. Then I had the tough part: I had to drive us home along Route 50 and the outer loop of the Capital Beltway.
Washington-area airports are reporting some delays and cancellations due to the weather here and in other regions. Check the status of your flight with your airline before heading to the airport.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is urging motorists to stay off roads as snow continues to fall throughout the state. Officials say crews have been working nonstop to clear roads cross the state. Road conditions are listed as moderate to severe, with significant accumulation on most interstate, primary and secondary roads. VDOT says crews will continue to work through the duration of the storm, focusing first on heavily traveled interstate and primary roads. Virginia State Police say as of 11 a.m., most of its more than 140 open incidents are in the southeast part of the state. There are no reports of fatalities and most incidents of crashes are without injuries. --Associated Press...
3:10 p.m. UPDATE: The Arlington County link was broken earlier but we have made repairs here at Get There Central. Original post: The Capital Weather Gang predicts snow will continue throughout most of the day. Most of the area is under a winter storm warning until 4 a.m. Sunday. Snow-filled residential streets usually are secondary to major routes. Here is some information on snow removal and where you can turn for help if you need an area cleared once the snow trails off. Keep in mind that in most jurisdictions, property owners are responsible for clearing adjacent sidewalks after a snowstorm. Arlington County's snow removal information is here. In the past, officials have said the hilly terrain in sections A, C, and D means it takes longer to clear those areas. The Viriginia Department of Transportation is responsible for snow removal in Fairfax County. Track snow plows in the District...
As snow began to fall across the D.C. region Saturday morning, motorists were contending with icy roads that made traveling treacherous. Despite roads having been treated, reports of accidents were on the rise.
Some road and rail work may slow your overnight travels.
The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a statement updating its investigation into the Tuesday accident that killed two Metro employees working on the Red Line.
The District has received a $4.3 million federal grant to replace escalators in the Union Station parking garage and an additional $2.9 million toward replacing a rail bridge over the Potomac. The funding was part of the $8 billion in federal stimulus money designated for rail projects across the country. The D.C. Department of Transportation will use its share to replace 10 garage escalators and toward replacement of the Long Bridge. The bridge carries freight, Amtrak and VRE commuter trains across the Potomac. -- Ashley Halsey III...
When we get accumulation -- and as crews take to the roads to try to keep them clear -- here are some reminders for traveling safely: Don't crowd the plow. What's the point of trying to get ahead of trucks that are making the road behind them safer to use? Also, a plow operator has blind spots, especially behind and to the left. They may need to stop or move quickly to avoid a stranded vehicle. Plows moving in high winds can create a snow cloud, severely limiting visibility. Before driving. Get the snow or ice off the vehicle, including the roof. Be sure of the battery charge, wiper blades, tires, tire jack, antifreeze and lights. Keep the gas tank at least half-full. Carry an emergency kit that includes a small shovel; a bag of rock salt, sand or cat litter; a scraper and brush; a flashlight with extra batteries;...
A Metro staff presentation about accidents avoided and money saved on work compensation turned into an anguished discussion of how the transit authority can prevent deaths on its tracks.
Predictions on how much snow the Washington region will see this weekend. Forecasters says it will depend on the approaching storm's track. Meanwhile, Washington transportation agencies say they are preparing for whatever falls.
Travelers may encounter some snow on Saturday, and it will be cold all weekend. Stay in touch with the Capital Weather Gang for the latest on that. The forecast led to postponement of the Chain Bridge closing, but you will find some other road and transit work may affect your plans for the weekend and the coming week.
January 29, 2010; 1:34 PM ET |
Categories: Advisories , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Metro , Weekend Work , transit | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond
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Next week, Maryland's State Highway Administration plans to start a $1 million reconstruction of the traffic signals along Georgia Avenue in downtown Silver Spring.
January 29, 2010; 12:20 PM ET |
Categories: Construction , Driving , Safety | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Maryland State Highway Administration, traffic signals
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No, you haven't read this posting already, even though some of the details will sound familiar.
The MARC train departing Perryville, Md. at 5:40 a.m. was canceled and the next available one will depart at 6:30 a.m.
These are some lane and ramp closings that could slow your travels between 9:30 p.m. Thursday and 5 a.m. Friday.
On its second day operating, a new underground train that whisks travelers to their gates at Dulles International Airport went out of service for 41 minutes. The unmanned AeroTrain shut down at 9:25 p.m. Wednesday after control room operators detected an open door in a tunnel between two of the four stations. The door, leading to a maintenance corridor, had mistakenly been left open by a firefighter responding to an unrelated alarm, said Robert Yingling, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates Dulles. He said the train's safety procedures required the system to shut down in the event that passengers in the tunnel were in danger. The airport ran mobile lounges from the main terminal to the gates during the delay; about half of the diesel-powered shuttle buses remain in service. The mishap prompted United Airlines, the dominant carrier at Dulles, to hold three flights, with the...
Construction will close the exit ramp from the eastbound Dulles Connector Road onto Dolley Madison Boulevard overnight next week. The ramp will be closed from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. for five days beginning Monday. The closing is required to allow construction of one the many piers that will support the aerial guideway for the rail system. Drivers will be directed to use the exit ramp to southbound Route 123, and to use the traffic signal to access the northbound lanes. Police will be on site. -- Ashley Halsey IIII...
Metro board has approved a 10 cent surcharge on fares and no service cuts.
So far, there haven't been any of the full closings of Chain Bridge that were part of the original plan for the rehabilitation project, but that's going to change as it nears completion. The District Department of Transportation will completely shut Chain Bridge on two weekends for work on the bridge deck and approaches.
The Virginia Senate has passed a bill to allow police to pull over and ticket drivers for not wearing a seat belt. The bill passed 24-16 Wednesday and heads to the House, where similar efforts have died in past years.
Some reminders about overnight issues on the roads and rails that may slow your travels.
Metro board members listened to riders' pleas against cutting service.
If you're out late Friday night, watch for Beltway traffic congestion in Tysons Corner. The exit ramp from the Beltway's outer loop to southbound Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) will close from midnight to 5 a.m. Saturday for work on the Dulles Metrorail project.
January 27, 2010; 12:45 PM ET |
Categories: Advisories , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Weekend Work | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Dulles Metrorail
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The U.S. Capitol Police have provided this information about Capitol Hill street closings on Wednesday evening, while President Obama delivers the State of the Union address.
Alexandria Transit, which operates the DASH bus, has scheduled a public hearing for Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 1101 of Alexandria City Hall to consider fare and service changes for the budget year starting in July.
We've heard from many riders and transit advocates. Now let's consider what's ahead.
Another of the region's transit advocacy groups, MetroRiders.Org, has sent out a copy of the testimony it is offering to the Metro board for the 5:30 p.m. hearing on closing the current budget gap.
Dear Dr. Gridlock: I have been an Orange Line commuter since 1984. Proposals to lengthen time between trains and stop providing eight-car service is counter-productive as a budget "savings" approach. Cutbacks in service will punish the riders.
A rider from the District shared testimony that he sent to the Metro board in advance of Wednesday's 5:30 p.m. board hearing on closing the current budget gap. Here's a portion of what he wrote, highlighting problems with late-night rail service.
The Coalition For Smarter Growth, an environmental group in the D.C. area, takes this position on the proposals to be discussed at the Metro board's public hearing starting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
A Metro rider says that Instead of the suggested fare increases, a more targeted fare increase would be smarter. The targeted increase described below would improve revenue, ridership, and service by reducing overcrowding.
In advance of Wednesday evening's Metro board hearing, several groups concerned about the Washington region's transit system have issued statements. This will be the position of the Transit First! Coalition, a group of transit advocates and environmentalists.
Here are some challenges ahead for travelers in the overnight hours.
Here's more information for drivers who have been seeing those electronic message boards along Kenilworth Avenue announcing the Eastern Avenue Bridge construction project.
January 26, 2010; 1:51 PM ET |
Categories: Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving | Tags: DDOT, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Eastern Avenue Bridge
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Shady Grove and Rockville stations have reopened. Delays continue in both directions, Metro reports.
Jim Graham, D.C. Council member and current chairman of the Metro board of directors, thinks I haven't given proper consideration to a financial alternative that would spare us either a fare surcharge or service cuts: Borrow from the capital budget, the one that pays for most long-term maintenance and equipment, to close the gap in the operating budget, which pays most day-to-day expenses of running the transit system.
Join me for online discussion of this morning's Red Line incident.
Long lines at Shady Grove and Rockville stations as commuters wait for shuttle buses from the closed stations
Two Metro workers were struck and killed overnight while doing track work on the red line.
A look at some of your overnight obstacles on the roads and rails.
Emergency crews are on the scene investigating a possible gas leak in Montgomery County on Georgia Avenue. According to the Maryland Department of Transportation, the highway is closed in both directions.
Delays that have affected much of the eastern half of Metro's Red Line Monday afternoon should begin clearing. Taryn McNeil, a Metro spokeswoman, said a switch problem at Silver Spring caused the delays, and trains were using one track through the area while crews worked to resolve the issue, which has been repaired. However, residual delays continue.
Pepco officials have opened two electric vehicle charging stations in Washington, the first of 10 the utility says it plans across its coverage area.
Three companies began service Monday from Union Station to New York. The companies are Boltbus, Washington Deluxe and DC2NY. They leave from the station's parking garage.
Update (1:33 p.m.): And know we've run across a report from the BBC of a commuting fox spotted last year in the London Underground. The BBC also had more on Casper the commuting cat we mentioned previously. Update (Noon): And from Great Britain comes this report about the death of a "commuting cat" named Casper. Original post: Every once in a while, we run across a fascinating story at Get There central that we have to share with our community of travelers. The latest such report comes in from Moscow and its subway system, by way of a story written by Susanne Sternthal for the Financial Times. Sternthal's article dicusses the place of stray dogs in Russian culture and on the streets of Moscow. Apparently, they aren't confined there, though. From her article comes this gem: "Every so often, you would see [a stray dog] waiting on a metro platform....
Dear Dr. Gridlock: With regard to reduction or elimination of eight-car trains, what I don't understand is how this is a cost savings measure.
Officials at Dulles International Airport are previewing their new, $1.5 billion AeroTrain system that will shuttle travelers from the terminal to the gate and replace the airport's mobile lounges. A media tour is being held Monday, and officials plan to open the service to the traveling public on Tuesday morning.
After a soggy beginning to the commute on Monday morning, here are some road and rail delays to watch the rest of the week.
[9:15 a.m. update: Riders should find a working escalator at the Bethesda entrance now.] Metro reports that all entrance escalators are out of service at the Red Line's Bethesda Station because of a mechanical problem. Shuttle bus service has been requested. The station remains open, Metro says. Maybe Metro should send out advisories when the Bethesda escalators work. That seems to be the more unusual situation. Two of the escalators between the mezzanine and the station entrance are undergoing major repairs. Metro says one is scheduled to be back in service by the end of January. The other is due back by about Feb. 13. Another is just busted and needs fixing immediately. Here's a copy of a note I got from a Metro rider during an online chat on Jan. 11: Bethesda, Md.: Metro relies on some extremely long escalators. One might think that they would place a priority...
Power outages swept through the region as high winds and downed trees brought down power lines.
Standing water has closed a lane of I-495 North at I-66.
A MARC train on the Camden Line struck a tree, will cause train delays and a cancellation.
Parking at the Laurel MARC station will be limited, and partially closed, due to potential flooding.
Arlington County's snow removal information is here. In the past, officials have said the hilly terrain in sections A, C, and D means it takes longer to clear those areas. The Viriginia Department of Transportation is responsible for snow removal in Fairfax County. Track snow plows in the District here. The District Department of Information checks tweets sent to DDOTDC. You can also call the Mayor's Call Center at 311 or complete a form on the Web site. Check Montgomery County snow removal here. Check to make sure the county is responsible for you street, and not one of the local jurisdictions or the state of Maryland, which plows numbered state routes. Here is a link with more information on who clears snow. You can report the problem to Montgomery County using this link or by calling 240-777-6000. Prince George's County snow information is here. State of Maryland snow...