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Get There: February 28, 2010 - March 6, 2010

Chain Bridge fix to take longer

The District Department of Transportation announced Friday that it will take almost three more months to get all lanes reopened on the Chain Bridge.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 5, 2010; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Chain Bridge, Dr. Gridlock  
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Pentagon Metro, bus center reopened

Bus restrictions at the Pentagon Transit Center will continue through Sunday, according to a Metro statement. Officials said the upper level is expected to remain closed until then while authorities conduct their investigation. Friday

By Mark Berman  |  March 5, 2010; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Route 29 reopens

Route 29 at Fairland Road in Montgomery County is closed this afternoon because of a fire in a work zone. Washington Gas is working to shut off a gas line that is apparently on fire, the Maryland State Highway Administration reports.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 5, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The weekend and beyond

The Capital Weather Gang forecasts a sunny weekend with temperatures in the 50s, but as you get out to enjoy it, watch for these traffic and transit delays. I've also included a few travel updates for the next two weeks.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 5, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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I-495 North lane closure til noon

A roundup of traffic in the Washington area

By Mark Berman  |  March 5, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Pentagon Station closed into Friday

The Pentagon Metrorail station is closed while Pentagon officials investigate a shooting outside the station, and suspicious packages outside the station. A Metro statement said trains are passing through the rail station without stopping.

By Michael Bolden  |  March 4, 2010; 7:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  | Tags: Metro  
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Federal reports slams Metrorail safety

The Federal Transit Administration issued an audit Thursday that identifies widespread shortcomings in safety practices at Metro. FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff is presenting the audit to members of the Washintgon region's congressional delegation. The probe was requested by Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.

By Michael Bolden  |  March 4, 2010; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Advisories , Safety  | Tags: metro, metro safety  
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Metro names interim boss

The Metro board this afternoon appointed former New Jersey Transit chief Richard Sarles as interim general manager. Considering his immediate challenges, he must act as though there were nothing "interim" about it.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 4, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Metro board asks for help

The Metro board this morning turned over all of its budget-balancing proposals for fare increases and service cuts for public comment.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 4, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrobus, Metrorail  
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Hearing to examine Metro safety lapses

Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski and other members of the National Capital Region Delegation will receive a briefing today from the Federal Transit Administration, which conducted a safety audit of Metro and the Tri-State Oversight Committee, the body charged with monitoring safety at the agency. FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff will present the audit, which is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Capitol Hill.

By Michael Bolden  |  March 4, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Accidents causes delays on Toll Road

According to Trafficland, the left lane of the Dulles Toll Road was blocked due to an accident near Hunter Mill Road. The lanes have reopened but there are delays throughout the area.

By Michael Bolden  |  March 4, 2010; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Route 123 lanes closing

All northbound lanes of Route 123 near the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) between McLean and Tysons Corner will be shut down for 14 hours beginning at 8 p.m. Friday for work on the Metrorail extension. The lanes will reopen by 10 a.m. Saturday.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 4, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Dulles Metrorail  
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Metro board to consider fare plans

Metro riders often ask the transit authority's board to get them involved earlier when a fare increase or service cut is in the works. They don't want a public comment period over a take-it-or-leave-it proposal.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 4, 2010; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Metro , Transportation Politics  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrobus, Metrorail  
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Metro expected to hire interim chief

Metro's board of directors is expected Thursday to hire former New Jersey transit chief Richard Sarles to serve as the interim general manager for the troubled transit agency.

By Michael Bolden  |  March 4, 2010; 7:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Metro , Safety  | Tags: Metro board, metro, metro safety  
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I-395 North slow after accident

Morning commute roundup

By Mark Berman  |  March 4, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Crystal City lanes reopen

Lanes of U.S. 1 in Crystal City have reopened.

By Mark Berman  |  March 4, 2010; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Headaches on the horizon

There's some major road work scheduled for Wednesday night. These projects are scheduled for 9:30 p.m. through 5 a.m.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 3, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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D.C. to rebuild Northeast intersection

The District plans this month to begin a 17-month project to rebuild the busy intersection at Riggs Road and South Dakota Avenue NE in the Fort Totten area. At times, the work will reduce the road to a single lane in each direction.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 3, 2010; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving  | Tags: District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock  
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Metrorail highlights car numbers

Metro is in the midst of making the rail car numbers more prominent. That's a good safety move to help emergency responders and Metro personnel, but it also has several uses for riders.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 3, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Transcripts of crash testimony released

If you missed the recent National Transportation Safety Board hearing into the June 22 Red Line crash, transcripts are now available covering the three days of testimony. The NTSB is expected to release a formal finding into the cause of the crash prior to the first anniversary of the fatal accident. In the wake of the crash, the board is delving into broader issues of safety lapses at Metro and oversight of subway and light-rail systems nationwide.

By Michael Bolden  |  March 3, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Metro , Safety  | Tags: metro, metro safety, metrorail  
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Chain Bridge closing rescheduled

The District Department of Transportation plans to completely shut Chain Bridge on the weekend of March 13-14. The bridge is a popular route across the Potomac, and travelers often ask about the status of the rehabilitation project that began last spring.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 3, 2010; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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One-way traffic to end on 15th St. NW

A three block stretch of 15th Street NW no longer will switch to one-way traffic during the afternoon rush hour starting March 15.

By Ashley Halsey  |  March 3, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Air traffic controller suspended

Now, there is a report that the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating an incident last month where a child apparently directed pilots last month from the air traffic control center JFK, one, one of the nation's busiest airports, according to audio clips.

By Michael Bolden  |  March 3, 2010; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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N. Capitol St. reopens after probe

North Capitol Street between Massachusetts Avenue NW and E Street is closed while police and emergency crews investigate a suspicious package. Expect traffic delays throughout the area.

By Michael Bolden  |  March 3, 2010; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Sound off to Metro's new (interim) chief

No one wants more crashes, delays or derailments, but we want the new chief, Richard Sarles, who is coming in from running New Jersey's commuter rail and bus system, to get a good sense of just what it is about the system's decline that most troubles riders. So here's your chance to speak truth to power: Come ahead with your letters to Richard Sarles--be specific about the problems you want him to fix and the agenda items that you want him to tackle.

By Michael Bolden  |  March 3, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories , Metro , Safety  | Tags: Metro, Metro safety  
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Morning commute watch

A roundup of the morning traffic

By Mark Berman  |  March 3, 2010; 6:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Detours in Arlington

Water main breaks in Arlington are going to cause big problems for commuters this morning

By Mark Berman  |  March 3, 2010; 5:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Breaks could cause commute problems

Arlington County officials warn that repair work to two water-main breaks in Crystal City likely will snarl the Wednesday morning rush hour. They advise commuters to seek alternative routes and avoid the area.

By Terri Rupar  |  March 3, 2010; 12:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Headaches on the horizon

There are some transit delays tonight.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 2, 2010; 9:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Affected by the DOT furloughs?

The Post's Ashley Halsey III and William Branigan reported today on the impact of a move by Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) to block legislation that would fund $10 billion in federal programs. Hundreds of thousands of unemployed workers faced an end to their jobless benefits Monday, and the Department of Transportation furloughed about 2,000 employees without pay. If you or someone you know is impacted by the furlough please let us know via e-mail. Please include your full name, real e-mail address, hometown and the agency....

By Michael Bolden  |  March 2, 2010; 6:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Streets reopen as investigation ends

District police have closed the 700 block of First Street NE while they investigate a report of a suspicious package. An envelope containing a white powder was discovered in a high rise building at 750 First St. NE about 1:35 p.m., D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Pete Piringer said. The building was evacuated as a precaution. No injuries or illnesses have been reported.

By Michael Bolden  |  March 2, 2010; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Yet another pothole ...

As The Washington Post's Ashley Halsey reported in February, there are potholes popping up everywhere. The latest location for a mammoth pothole appears to be in the right lane of the northbound ramp for I-95 at the Springfield Interchange. Trafficland urges motorists to use caution driving through the area.

By Michael Bolden  |  March 2, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Morning commute watch

A roundup of the morning's commuting issues.

By Mark Berman  |  March 2, 2010; 6:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MARC delays

MARC delays on the Camden Line and Brunswick Line.

By Mark Berman  |  March 2, 2010; 5:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Headaches on the horizon

This work may slow your travels on Monday night.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 1, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pr. William area bus drivers might strike

Bus operators for the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission could strike Wednesday if they fail to reach a new contract agreement by midnight March 2. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the union representing the roughly 150 bus operators, is negotiating a new contract with First Transit, the agency PRTC uses to operate the local and commuter buses that serve the Prince William region. PRTC officials said that they are not privy to the details of the negotiation, but that a plan is in place to maintain bus service Wednesday if operators strike. First Transit has outlined a contingency plan that would include using any operator who decides not to strike, newly recruited operators who have just completed the First Transit's training program and supervisors of the transit agency who are licensed to operate buses. PRTC officials said First Transit would also recruit operators from other bus...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 1, 2010; 6:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Flying to JFK? Delays likely.

Starting Monday, the main runway at New York's JFK is shutting down for repairs for four months. That means more air travel delays, which could spread throughout the United States. For passengers coming in and out of JFK, the shutdown also means higher ticket prices. iArlines aren't going to add more flights in April and May like they normally do when travel picks up. JetBlue, Delta and American are all holding their winter schedules for JFK until July. For JetBlue, the biggest carrier at the airport, that means an average of 150 departures compared with a normal summer schedule of 180.

By Michael Bolden  |  March 1, 2010; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Join in noon discussion

Concerned about higher transit fares or road conditions around the D.C. area? Join me at noon for our regular weekly discussion of all our local transportation issues.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 1, 2010; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Free WiFi for D.C.-Boston Acela trains

Amtrak has rolled out wireless Internet access on all 20 of its Acela Express trains between Washington and Boston and in six major stations along the Northeast corridor. The service is free for now, though the railroad says that policy will be reviewed after an introductory period. Wireless is now available inside the gate areas of Washington Union Station, Baltimore Penn Station, Philadelphia 30th Street Station, New York Penn Station, Providence Station and Route 128 Station in Boston, as well as on board the Acela. Amtrak says Wilmington Station will be WiFi-equipped once station renovations are completed in 2011....

By Washington Post editors  |  March 1, 2010; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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5 escalators out at Gallery Place

As of Monday morning, five escalators are out of service at Gallery Place. It's a big rail transfer point with many escalators taking passengers to many platforms and levels, including three street entrances, but five is still a lot for one station. Gallery Place is the seventh busiest in the transit system.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 1, 2010; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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The week ahead for traffic and transit

Here are some things travelers should know about traffic and transit in the D.C. area as they being the work week.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 1, 2010; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The week ahead  
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Morning commute watch

A roundup of the morning traffic news.

By Mark Berman  |  March 1, 2010; 5:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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