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Get There: April 4, 2010 - April 10, 2010

Headaches on the horizon

In a previous posting, I warned drivers about the delays likely this weekend on the Capital Beltway's outer loop in Virginia near the Wilson Bridge. But there's a related project starting in the same neighborhood Sunday night. This other work at the Telegraph Road interchange will have a significant impact on traffic throughout the week.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 9, 2010; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Wilson Bridge  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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Weekend delays on Beltway

Traffic on the outer loop in Virginia approaching the Wilson Bridge will be backed up this weekend as workers shift the Capital Beltway lanes outward into a new configuration between the Eisenhower Connector and Telegraph Road.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 9, 2010; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Wilson Bridge  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Telegraph Road  
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Green Line returns to normal

Delays just keep coming for Metro riders today. A sick customer on the Green Line at College Park-UMD Station is causing delays between that station and Greenbelt.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 9, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Metro  
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MetroAccess driver arrested

Metro Access driver Jose Del Castillo, 55, of Potomac Md has been arrested by Metro Transit Police for allegedly sexually assaulting a customer on Jan. 28. Del Castillo was arrested Wednesday and charged with third-degree sexual assault and second-degree assault, said Metro spokesman Steve Taubenkibel. Castillo has worked for Metro since May 2009.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 9, 2010; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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All clear at National Airport

Officials are investigating a suspicious package at Reagan National Airport. A portion of the B/C Terminal has been evacauted.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 9, 2010; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Cracked rail on Red Line -- again

Metro reports trains are single-tracking between Shady Grove and Twinbrook due to a report of a fire on the tracks at Rockville.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 9, 2010; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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D.C. kicks off pay-to-park by phone

Motorists can sign up Friday at paybyphone.com or by calling 1-888-510-PARK (7275). Drivers will need to provide their mobile phone number, license plate and credit card number.

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 9, 2010; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Driving  | Tags: meters will be pay-by-phone, pay-by-phone meters, pilot program for pay-by-phone meters  
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The weekend and beyond

This will be a busy weekend for travelers in the Washington area, and then as the work week resumes, getting around gets even more challenging.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 9, 2010; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Events , Metro , Weekend Work , Wilson Bridge , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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Red Line returning to normal

D.C. Fire/EMS officials are reporting that trains on the Red Line are stopped due to an insulator along the track near Metro Center. There is smoke in the area and officials are investigating. Expect delays.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 9, 2010; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Traffic delays in Howard County

Howard County police are warning driver there may be traffic delays due to a funeral procession for a Montgomery County police officer killed in the line of duty. Officer Hector Ayala, 31, was killed Apr. 4 when his police car ran off the road and struck a tree in Wheaton. He leaves behind a 14-month old son and a wife who is pregnant with triplets. A memorial fund has been established for the family. The procession is expected to delay traffic from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Md. 97 north from the Howard County line to I-70 and on I-70 eastbound from Md. 97 to the Baltimore County line....

By Lori Aratani  |  April 9, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags: Howard County Maryland, Montgomery County Maryland  
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Opening day in Baltimore

The Orioles home opener at Camden Yards is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 9, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Events  | Tags: BW Parkway traffic, Baltimore Orioles opening day, Baltimore Washington Parkway traffic, Baltimore Washington traffic, Baltimore baseball traffic, Baltimore traffic information, I-95 traffic delays, I-95 traffic information, baseball traffic delays, getting to Orioles game  
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Green and Yellow Line delays

A roundup of the morning traffic woes.

By Mark Berman  |  April 9, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  | Tags: i-495 north, i-495 north accident at i-66, i-495 north exit ramp closed  
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Headaches on the horizon

Kenilworth Avenue bottleneck The District of Columbia Department of Transportation plans to close the right lanes in each direction on Kenilworth Avenue (I-295) at Burroughs Avenue from 9 p.m. Friday through 10 a.m. Saturday. Traffic delays and back-ups are very likely. There may be a good alternative if you're trying to reach the Capital Beltway and beyond: -- I-395 to 50 East (New York Avenue) -- Whitney Young Memorial Bridge/East Capitol Street/Central Avenue -- Sousa Bridge/Pennsylvania Avenue SE...

By Robert Thomson  |  April 8, 2010; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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K Street reopens after investigation

The District Department of Transportation says K Street NW is closed in the 1200 block while authorities investigate a suspicious package.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 8, 2010; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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SmarTrip users to get online access

WMATA riders who use SmarTrip cards will soon have online access to their personal information. Metro's board of directors gave preliminary approval to the plan during their meeting Thursday. Officials said online access could be available as soon as July. To be able to access their SmarTrip information online, customers will have to submit the name, address, date of birth, phone number and e-mail address associated with the SmarTrip card. The user then will be required to establish a user name, password, responses to three security questions and a digital signature to confirm that he or she is the registered user of the card. Those who have registered to protect the stored value on their cards will need to verify personal information associated with the card on file. If the information doesn't match, the rider must contact the Regional Customer Center by telephone to verify recent ridership, usage and transactional...

By Lori Aratani  |  April 8, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Delays on Bay Bridge

Today and Friday, the center lane of the Bay Bridge's westbound span will be closed intermittently during rush hours for preservation work. Intermittent two-way traffic will operate on the westbound span during those hours to ease traffic delays, which are likely to occur in both directions.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 8, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Annapolis traffic information, Bay Bridge traffic information, Eastern Shore traffic information, Maryland traffic information, Route 301 traffic information, Route 50 traffic information  
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Delay for VRE Train 325

Virginia Railway Express officials said Manassas Line riders may encounter a 20-minute delay for Train 325 due to signal issues.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 8, 2010; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Dillinger's car on display at BWI

Airline specializes in airborne getaways, but passengers at BWI Airport will get a chance to see a different kind of getaway vehicle. A car owned by infamous bank robber John Dillinger is on display at the airport's Southwest terminal.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 8, 2010; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Airports , Getaway  
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Another cracked rail on Red Line

Metro is reporting that there is a cracked rail on the outbound tracks of the Red Line between Takoma and Silver Spring stations. A 15-mph speed restriction will be in place for the rest of the day, the agency said. .

By Michael Bolden  |  April 8, 2010; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Circulator detours for summit

Both Metro and the District's Circulator are doing a good job in previewing the detours and delays that will occur Sunday afternoon through Tuesday night because of security around the nuclear summit at the Washington Convention Center. Here are the details on the Circulator route changes.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 8, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Advisories , Events , Metro , transit  | Tags: Circulator nuclear summit changes, DC bus information, DC nuclear summit traffic, DC nuclear summit transit, DC nuclear summit travel tips, DC traffic information, DC transit information, DC travel tips, Metrobus nuclear summit changes  
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D.C. fills 7,690 potholes during blitz

District Department of Transportation officials have declared Potholepalooza 2 a success. The monthlong effort to fill potholes after the snowiest winter ever in Washington was launched March 5 and ended on Monday. During that time 7,690 potholes were filled, officials said.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 8, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Metrobus detours for summit

The transit authority today released more specifics about how its buses will detour around the nuclear security summit in downtown Washington on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 8, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Events , Metro , transit  | Tags: DC traffic information, DC transit information, Metro nuclear summit, nuclear security summit, nuclear summit Washington, nuclear summit detours, nuclear summit traffic, nuclear summit transit, nuke summit transit  
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Md. cellphone bill moves ahead

A Maryland House of Delegates committee has approved a measure that would require drivers to use hands-free devices to talk on cellphones while behind the wheel.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 8, 2010; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Douglass Bridge reopens

The Frederick Douglass Bridge, which takes South Capitol Street traffic over the Anacostia River, is scheduled to close for up to two hours starting at 10 a.m. Thursday.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 8, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: DC traffic congestion, DC traffic information, Douglass Bridge closing  
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HOT lanes update

The High Occupancy Toll lanes project will make some significant progress along the Capital Beltway this year as it completes some new bridges, switches traffic onto them and demolishes more old bridges so they can be rebuilt and widened.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 8, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Braddock Road Beltway construction, Braddock Road interchange, Braddock Road traffic, Capital Beltway construction, Capital Beltway traffic information, HOT lane construction, HOT lanes traffic information, VDOT traffic information, Virginia Beltway construction, Virginia Beltway information, Virginia Beltway traffic, Virginia traffic information, driving in Virginia  
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I-495 North and I-395 North slow

a roundup of issues facing commuters this morning

By Mark Berman  |  April 8, 2010; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  | Tags: metro  
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Red Line trains running slower

Red Line trains are operating at reduced speeds near Woodley Park station due to a cracked rail that was discovered at about 10:30 am today in the direction of Glenmont. A temporary brace was put in place on the cracked portion, which will be replaced with a new piece of track overnight tonight, according to Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 7, 2010; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Delays around the Beltway

RealTraffic is reporting that there is a serious accident on I-95 southbound at Ritchie Marlboro Road, causing significant delays on the inner loop. Delays are also building on the outer loop, beginning at Branch Avenue.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 7, 2010; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , highways  
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Little aid for Metro riders

The outlook isn't brilliant for those of us hoping that the jurisdictions supporting Metro will step in to ease the impact of fare increases and service cuts needed to balance the budget.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 7, 2010; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Metro , Transportation Politics , transit  | Tags: DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, DC transit information, Maryland transit information, Metro budget crisis, MetroAccess service cuts fare increases, Metrobus service cuts fare increases, Metrorail service cuts fare increases, Virginia transit information  
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Possible suicide at Taft Bridge

According to the District Department of Transportation, Beach Drive is closed from Calvert Street to Shoreham beneath the Taft Bridge due to police activity. Taft Bridge is also closed to pedestrian traffic on the east side, DDOT said.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 7, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Woman struck by Metro train

A person was struck by a train at Mount Vernon Station Wednesday afternoon, causing delays on the Yellow and Green lines. If you're affected by the delays, e-mail us at transportation@washpost.com and let us know your situation, how long you've been waiting and what information the train operators are broadcasting.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 7, 2010; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Red Line delays

A roundup of the morning traffic issues.

By Mark Berman  |  April 7, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  | Tags: Maryland traffic, Virginia traffic  
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Headaches on the horizon

Here are some of the major work zones that could slow your overnight travels.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 6, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags: 11th Street Bridge construction, Beltway Telegraph Road construction, Beltway Telegraph road delays, Beltway Telegraph road detours, Capital Beltway construction, DC traffic information, Tysons traffic information, Tysons water main break, Virginia traffic information, Wilson Bridge construction  
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Oprah fights distracted driving

Oprah and her Harpo Studios are launching a new campaign with some other transportation safety organizations for "No Phone Zone Day," which will be held Friday, April 30. A press release said the event is intened "to honor victims of distracted driving" and "to educate ... Americans to end the deadly driving habits that kill near 6,000 [people] a year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration." The announcement came Tuesday on Oprah's show.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 6, 2010; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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VRE Train No. 311 canceled

According to Virginia Railway Express officials, Train No. 311 on the Fredericksburg Line has been canceled. The train would normally depart Union Station at 611, but the equipment is still in Fredericksburg because of signal problems, VRE said, which did not allow the equipment to return.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 6, 2010; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Power restored to N. Capitol

The District Department of Transportation and traffic reporting agencies say that a car hit a utility pole near Trinity College causing traffic signal outages on Michigan Avenue and North Capitol Street. Police are on the scene in some areas, but use caution.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 6, 2010; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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What's ahead for Tysons traffic

Tuesday's water main break on Route 123 occurred at "ground zero" for road construction and traffic disruption in Northern Virginia. That's what Ronaldo T. "Nick" Nicholson calls Tysons Corner. He's in charge of the Megaprojects office, which Virginia set up to ease the impact of several huge road and rail projects now reaching the height of their construction impact.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 6, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Airline to charge for carry-on bags

Spirit Airlines, which flies between Reagan National Airport and Fort Lauderdale and San Juan plans to begin charging passengers for carry-on baggage. The budget airline will charge you as much as $45 each way if you want to put luggage in an overhead bin.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 6, 2010; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Comment on Metro budget gap

Metro's board of directors still has to decide how to close a budget gap projected at $189 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Metro held six public hearings recently to get public feedback on many options that range from service cuts to fare increases and just about everything in between. Today is the last day to submit written comments to Metro about closing the deficit.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 6, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Vigil honors those killed in work zones

Transportation workers killed in roadway work zones will be honored at a vigil outside the Virginia Department of Transportation's central office in Richmond.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 6, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cape Air adds BWI flights

Starting Thursday, Cape Air will have an 8:20 p.m. flight from BWI to Hagerstown daily except Saturday; an 8:30 p.m. flight from BWI to Lancaster, Pa. every day except Saturday

By Michael Bolden  |  April 6, 2010; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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I-66 East slow at Nutley Street

A roundup of the morning traffic issues.

By Mark Berman  |  April 6, 2010; 6:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Rte. 123 closure causing delays

A roundup of the morning traffic woes.

By Mark Berman  |  April 6, 2010; 5:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  | Tags: Virginia  
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Metro bus drivers placed on leave

Two Metro bus drivers charged in weekend on-duty incidents have been placed on administrative leave while under investigation, according to Metro.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 5, 2010; 7:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Headaches on the horizon

Some work zones may slow your overnight travels.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 5, 2010; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock  
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Congestion near Nats Park

The game is over and baseball fans are heading home from Nationals Park. That means extra congestion on the roads and Metrorail.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 5, 2010; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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South Capitol Street reopens

UPDATE: The D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency reports that South Capitol Street has reopened. 12:56 p.m. South Capitol Street closures South Capitol Street is closed from M Street to Firth Sterling Avenue, and will remain closed for an indefinite period of time, the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency says. Drivers are advised to avoid South Capitol Street, Frederick Douglass Bridge, Potomac Avenue, and the 395 exits for South Capitol Street....

By Washington Post editors  |  April 5, 2010; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Congestion , Events , Stadium  
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Join noon discussion

We'll have our regular online chat at noon today. There's a lot going on right now for us to talk about.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 5, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock  
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Getting around nuke summit

The Post will tell you plenty about the policy implications of the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit. All I want to share is how to get around it next week.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 5, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Congestion , Events  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrobus, Metrorail  
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Metrorail sets ridership record again

Just one day after setting a record for its second-highest ridership day, Metrorail passed that mark on Friday. The subway counted 891,240 trips on Friday. which the transit agency attributed to heavy crowds for the Cherry Blossom Festival and to people attending the Washington Wizards game against Chicago at the Verizon Center.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 5, 2010; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Today's read: Public rates Metro

Some slippage in respect: Although a majority of Washingtonians still have high regard for the transit system, the percentage of frequent Metrorail riders giving it a top rating declined from 26 percent in 2005 to 8 percent in a Post poll. Assessments of the system's reliability also declined among those users, from 78 percent in 2005 to 60 percent. (Jon Cohen and Ann Scott Tyson)

By Robert Thomson  |  April 5, 2010; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, MetroAccess, Metrobus, Metrorail  
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The week ahead in traffic, transit

Cherry blossom crowds, baseball and road construction will make this an interesting week for those traveling in the Washington area.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 5, 2010; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Events  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The week ahead  
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Play ball! Getting to Nats Park

The Nationals play open the regular season against the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. Monday. President Obama is expected to throw out the first pitch, so expect it to be very crowded.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 5, 2010; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories , Events  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Nationals Park  
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I-395 North slow

A roundup of the morning traffic issues.

By Mark Berman  |  April 5, 2010; 6:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  
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