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Concerned about travel conditions in the D.C. area? We discuss them each Monday at noon. Here's a link to the online chat. You can use that to submit a question or comment in advance.

Late last week, the Virginia Department of Transportation finally was able to complete the reconfiguration of the two ramps from eastbound I-66 onto the Capital Beltway's inner loop. That put the merges back to the way they were before last fall, when they were aligned to make way for HOT lanes construction. That alignment increased congestion, but the fix was delayed many times by winter weather.

On Saturday, runners in the National Marathon passed through six of the District's eight wards. Did that disrupt your travels?

Tonight, Metro starts its six hearings on proposals to balance the transit budget through fare increases, service cuts, taking money from the capital budget, or a combination of those strategies. Metro posted an online survey inviting people to submit their opinions on this. Tonight's hearing is at Oakton High School Lecture Hall, 2900 Sutton Rd., Vienna.

For this Sunday's Commuter page, I'm planning to do a preview of what travelers can expect from the 2010 construction season. Is there a project you're eager to hear about?

We could also trade tips for dealing with travel during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which starts Saturday, and the baseball season at Nationals Park, which starts with an exhibition game April 3.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 22, 2010; 10:19 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock  
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Yesterday, I tried to take the metro train to Federal Triangle to see a Smithsonian exhibit. The trip fom Shady Grove to Friendship Heights took one hour and fourty-five minutes. I gave up and departed the train at Friendship Heights and returned to Shady Grove. The delay was not only due to track work. The train was stopped somewhere in the tunnel between Bethesda and Friendship Heights. The train operator announced that the rails were not lining up and that track workers were on their way. Then he announced that they were waiting for the oncoming train to pass. Apparently, single-tracking was going on in this area although the public announcement stated that single tracking was in the Grosvenor - Medical Center area. THEN, he announced that workers were working on the track in the station to ensure that the train would be able to stop at the station. Metro can't even keep their excuses in order. Many people were running extemely late. I was not the only person to depart the train and return to their original stations. Metro is disgusting and have failed riders over and over. The system is clearly unreliable and no one seems to be held accountable. This is a disgusting thing to happen in the nation's capitol.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | March 22, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

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