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Get There: May 2, 2010 - May 8, 2010

Plane returns to Dulles after tire blows

A Brussels-bound aircraft that had taken off from Dulles was forced to turn around after it map have blown a tire during takeoff, prompting the closure of a runway which was said to contain a pothole and rubber debris. United flight 950 is circling the airport in an attempt to burn off excess fuel in order to make it easier to land at Dulles, and it is possible it could dump some fuel, likely over the Atlantic Ocean, FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown tells the Post's Marty Weil.

By Luke Rosiak  |  May 8, 2010; 7:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Speed patrol pilot's plane crashes

A highway patrol pilot flying to work monitoring highway speeders was killed when his aircraft crashed in Southern California, officials said Saturday.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 8, 2010; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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The weekend and beyond

The local travel forecast looks great, according to the Capital Weather Gang, and there will be plenty of people on the roads Sunday for Mother's Day. You don't want to keep Mom waiting, so watch out for a variety of events that may slow your progress, and of course, there's the usual weekend work on Metrorail.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 8, 2010; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Events , Metro , Weekend Work , intercounty connector , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond  
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Chicago rail chief killed by train

Authorities say the executive director of the Chicago area's Metra commuter rail service has died of an apparent suicide after he stepped into the path of one of his agency's trains.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 8, 2010; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Last day for streetcar preview

The District's much-talked about streetcars are available for tours through Saturday. The District Department of Transportation brought one of the cars to the site of the old convention center at Ninth and H streets NW. The car is on temporary tracks in Lot B of CityCenter DC. The District purchased three streetcars for $10 million more than three years ago for a future streetcar network and is storing them at Metro's Greenbelt rail yard. The cars were kept for several years in the Czech Republic, where they were made.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 8, 2010; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Digging National Train Day

Actor Taye Diggs is vouching for Amtrak and helping to lead National Train Day events this weekend.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 8, 2010; 7:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Grisly scene snarls Connecticut

Connecticut Ave NW just south of Dupont Circle is the site of a major police and rescue operation after a woman riding a scooter was hit by an SUV, leaving a gruesome scene at the crowded intersection and what one witness described as "lots of blood." Northbound Connecticut Avenue is closed between 18th Street, near its intersection with M St, and the circle; southbound traffic is able to crawl through.

By Luke Rosiak  |  May 7, 2010; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  | Tags: Dupont Circle, Police  
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Commuter train chief killed by train

The executive director of Chicago's Metra commuter train service was struck and killed by one of the company's trains early Friday, a week after an investigation began into claims he received an unapproved $56,000 bonus.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 7, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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New way to walk in D.C.

The District plans to revive a style of pedestrian crossing that hasn't been used in the city for decades.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 7, 2010; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Metro slows Red Line trains

The train operator of a six-car Metro train hit an emergency brake on Wednesday afternoon while approaching the Forest Glen station after spotting a train stopped at the platform ahead, according to Metro interim General Manager Richard Sarles.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 7, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Good news for Lexus SUV drivers

Consumer Reports lifted Friday its warning not to buy Toyota Motor Corp's Lexus GX 460 sports utility vehicle, after the automaker recalled vehicles for repairs and made changes on the assembly line.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 7, 2010; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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TSA drama just one of many

The Miami Herald's report that a Transportation Security Administration screener had been arrested for allegedly beating a co-worker with a baton attracted a lot of attention because of the subject of the argument: Police say the conflict arose over ribbing about the size of the screener's genitalia. Now, our colleague Ed O'Keefe has assembled a list of embarrassing episodes involving TSA screeners, including for allegedly using drugs after hours and sleeping on the job.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 7, 2010; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Loose panel caused concern on jet

The FBI has released more details about an incident Thursday night where a passenger on a jet inbound to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport was interviewed by authorities. FBI spokesman Rich Wolf says the man was questioned Thursday after an attendant on the flight from Newark, N.J., noticed that a panel in the plane's restroom was ajar. The man had been the last to use the restroom.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 7, 2010; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ash cloud causes air traffic jam

A mammoth cloud of volcanic ash is stretching 1,250 miles across the North Atlantic and forcing aircraft to divert south into a long-haul traffic jam, Irish and European air authorities said Friday.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 7, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pedestrian struck at 6th & G

D.C. Fire/EMS officials say a pedestrian has been struck at Sixth and G streets NW. Expect delays in the area. No word yet on injuries.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 7, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Emergency exercise at Dulles

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority will conduct an emergency preparedness drill at Dulles International Airport Saturday from 9 a.m. to about noon.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 7, 2010; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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George Mason Dr. closed for paving

Arlington officials report that George Mason Drive will be closed in both directoons at Lee Highway for paving. Northbound traffic from George Mason Drive can only go eastbound on Lee Highway, and southbound traffic from George Mason can only go westbound on Lee.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 7, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ariz. ends speed camera program

Arizona is ending a groundbreaking and contentious program that put speed cameras along Phoenix-area freeways and in vans deployed across the state. Opponents have argued the cameras open the door for wider "Big Brother" surveillance and are more about making money than safety. The program has been the target of an initiative measure proposed for the November ballot.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 7, 2010; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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I-66 ramp to Beltway blocked

A roundup of the morning's traffic woes.

By Mark Berman  |  May 7, 2010; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Airports , Commuting , Congestion  | Tags: b2 metrobus delays, metrobus, metrobus b2, metrobus delays  
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Commuter train hits car in Philly

Police say a commuter train has collided with a car stuck between gates at a crossing in Philadelphia, and one person in the car was hurt.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 7, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Pedestrian killed near Lewes, Del.

State police say a 70-year-old man died after being struck by a car while walking in the bus lane of Del. 1 near Lewe

By Michael Bolden  |  May 7, 2010; 5:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Police question BWI passenger

Airport officials say police are questioning a passenger who exhibited suspicious behavior during a Continental Express' approach to BWI airpo

By Michael Bolden  |  May 6, 2010; 10:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Headaches on the horizon

The Virginians are busy again Thursday night along the Capital Beltway and down I-95. Here are the construction plans that may slow your late night and early morning travels.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 6, 2010; 8:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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Huge ash cloud closes Irish airports

Iceland's volcano has produced a 1,000-mile-wide ash cloud off the west coast of Ireland that will force western Irish airports to shut down again Friday, the Irish Aviation Authority announced.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 6, 2010; 7:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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TSA employee charged in beating

The Miami Herald is reporting that a security screener at Miami International Airport has been arrested for allegedly beating up a co-worker with a baton.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 6, 2010; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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D.C. streetcars on display

The District's much-talked about streetcars are available for tours through Saturday.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 6, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  transit  | Tags: Czech Republic, D.C. Streetcar system, D.C. Streetcars  
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More on fees for carry-on bags

The chief executive of the airline that wants to charge passengers as much as $45 for certain carry-on bags says he agrees with U.S. regulators that the fee needs to be disclosed plainly to consumers when they buy their tickets.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 6, 2010; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Four injured in Metrobus crash

A Metro bus collided with a car near downtown this afternoon, prompting several ambulances to respond to multiple injuries, none of which appeared serious, a D.C. emergency official said.

By Luke Rosiak  |  May 6, 2010; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Gallows Rd. bridge to open Saturday

The new Gallows Road bridge that carries route 650 over the Capital Beltway is scheduled to open Saturday morning, the Virginia Department of Transportation said Thursday.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 6, 2010; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories , Driving , highways  | Tags: Gallows Road bridge, Traffic, Virginia Department of Transportation, new bnridge to open  
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Second man struck by Amtrak train

An Amtrak Acela Express train has struck a person on the tracks between BWI and Odenton. Amtrak trains are holding at Union Station, and MARC trains are being held at Oddenton and Baltimore.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 6, 2010; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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School bus hits tree in McLean

A school bus crashed head-on into a tree at about noon today in Fairfax County, trapping the driver and prompting heavy rescue equipment to respond to the scene. There were no children onboard the bus when the incident occurred at Kirby Road and Barbee Street, near Haycock Elementary and Longfellow Intermediate schools. A fire official said injuries were not life-threatening.

By Luke Rosiak  |  May 6, 2010; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Bay Bridge backups expected

Authorities are cautioning drivers who plan to use the Chesapeake Bay Bridge this weekend to expect unusually heavy traffic caused by SpringFest in Ocean City and several other activities scheduled on the Eastern Shore.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 6, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congestion , Driving , Getaway , highways  | Tags: Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Eastern Shore, Maryland Transportation Authority, Traffic, Traffic congestion  
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Today's read: Maryland stiffs Metro

Retroactively connecting the money and the management is weak. The Maryland governor has had plenty of time -- and power -- to move Metro in the right direction. He had two better arguments that he could have used.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 6, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Metro , Transportation Politics  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, MetroAccess service cuts fare increases, Metrobus, Metrorail  
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Red Line delays cleared

Red Line delays on the Metro

By Mark Berman  |  May 6, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Metro  | Tags: metro delays, metro delays red line, metrorail delays, red line delays  
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Ireland, U.K. lift air restrictions

eland lifted all restrictions on its airports on Thursday after a volcanic ash cloud blew away from Europe after having disrupted flights for several days.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 6, 2010; 6:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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I-495 N lane blocked at I-66

A roundup of the morning's commuting headaches.

By Mark Berman  |  May 6, 2010; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  | Tags: I-395 North, I-395 North at Seminary Road  
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Youth shot on crowded Metro bus

A youth was shot and wounded on a Metro bus late Wednesday afternoon in Southeast Washington, officials said. D.C. police were called to the 1700 block of Minnesota Avenue for the report of a shooting about 5:15 p.m. They said the youth apparently had been wounded on a transit bus, said Officer Hugh Carew, a police spokesman

By Michael Bolden  |  May 6, 2010; 5:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Headaches on the horizon

For late-night drivers, the HOT lanes project on the western side of the Capital Beltway in Virginia is almost always the project with the highest impact, though the exact locations vary. Here are the spots likely to cause you the most concern between 9:30 p.m. and 5 a.m.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 5, 2010; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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Accident on 14th St Bridge

An accident has constricted the 14th Street Bridge inbound as rush hour comes to a close this evening, with D.C. emergency personnel reporting multiple injuries. That's in an area that's already been marred with construction....

By Luke Rosiak  |  May 5, 2010; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting , Congestion , Construction  | Tags: 14th Street Bridge  
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Accident causes train delays

Authorities say a man has been struck by a train in Montgomery County. County fire department spokesman Capt. Oscar Garcia says crews were called just before 5 p.m. Wednesday. Garcia says they are at Bent Willow Circle in Germantown and working to rescue the man.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 5, 2010; 5:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Overturned car slows Georgia

An auto has flipped on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, bringing northbound traffic to a halt during the rush-hour trek.

By Luke Rosiak  |  May 5, 2010; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dump truck cleared from U.S. 29

An accident involving an overturned dump truck will cause delays on U.S. 29. According to the state of Maryland's incident reporting service, the southbound lanes are blocked and one northbound lane is blocked by emergency crews. Traffic cameras show significant delays building in the area. Police are also on the scene.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 5, 2010; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Power restored in Arlington

According to an alert from Arlington officials, a widespread power outage is affecting several areas, such as Ballston, Glen Carlyn and Bluemont. There is no estimate on when power may be restored, but please pay extra attention at intersections where traffic signals may be out.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 5, 2010; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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All clear on the Orange Line

Metro says a track circuit malfunction at New Carrollton is causing delays in both directions. Allow extra time for your travels.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 5, 2010; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro announces bus detours

Several D.C. events will require detours on four Metrobus routes, starting today.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 5, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories , Events , Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, metrobus  
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How was your highway today?

Highway drivers, did you share any of these experiences today during the police crackdown on HOV lane violators in Maryland and Virginia?

By Robert Thomson  |  May 5, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Commuting , Driving , Safety , highways  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock  
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Police causing Columbia Pike delays

Arlington officials report that police activity on Columbia Pike and Oak Street is causing delays that will affect ART bus 42. If you're traveling in the area, please allow extra time.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 5, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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H3 hood a possible road hazard

General Motors is recalling all Hummer H3s produced since the 2006 model year to fix a portion of the hood that can detach during driving.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 5, 2010; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New wave of ash shuts airports

A new wave of dense volcanic ash from Iceland snarled air traffic Wednesday in Ireland and Scotland and threatened to spill into the air space of England. If you're headed to Northern Europe, check with your airline to see if the schedule has changed.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 5, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Should Metro adjust parking plan?

A Virginia commuter has an idea for adjusting the Metro parking system.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 5, 2010; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Congestion , Driving , Metro , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail crowding  
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Md. town rejects speed cameras

Residents of Sykesville in Carroll County, Md., voted Tuesday against an ordinance that would have made the town the county's first municipality with speed cameras.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 5, 2010; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Red Line back on schedule

Delays on the Red Line

By Mark Berman  |  May 5, 2010; 6:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Metro  | Tags: Metro red line, metro red line delays, metrorail delays  
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Penn Line delays and cancellations

MARC Penn Line train 405 is facing delays.

By Mark Berman  |  May 5, 2010; 6:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Central Ave blocked near Beltway

A roundup of the morning commuting headaches.

By Mark Berman  |  May 5, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  | Tags: beltway delays, beltway traffic, i-495 north, i-66 east, i-66 east delays, i-66 traffic  
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Headaches on the horizon

Work in Virginia, Maryland and the District could slow your travels overnight.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 4, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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D.C. streetcar preview starts Wed.

The District's much-talked about streetcars will be available for people to tour Wednesday through Saturday this week. The District Department of Transportation plans to bring one of the cars to the site of the old convention center at 9th and H Street Northwest. The car will be set on temporary tracks in Lot B of CityCenter DC for four days. Metro purchased three rail cars and is storing them at Metro's Greenbelt rail yard.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 4, 2010; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Transportation Politics , transit  
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Water main break on S. Glebe Rd.

One southbound lane of South Glebe Road near Arlington Ridge Road and South Eads Street will be closed this evening as crews attempt to repair a water main break. Expect delays in the area.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 4, 2010; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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HOV crackdown on Wednesday

Police in Maryland and Virginia are planning an intensive effort Wednesday against drivers who violate the carpool lane rules.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 4, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Commuting , Driving , Safety , highways  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, HOV lanes  
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Metro tries to ease Red Line congestion

Metro Interim General Manager Richard Sarles plans to add more eight-car trains to the Red Line and slightly lengthen time between trains in order to reduce congestion. The change would increase the amount of time between trains from 2 1/2 to 3 minutes between Grosvenor and Silver Spring and from 5 to 6 minutes between Shady Grove and White Flint, and Glenmont and Forest Glen.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 4, 2010; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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An opening at DCA for competition?

Delta Air Lines and US Airways Group may swap takeoff and landing slots in New York and Washington provided the carriers surrender some flights to preserve competition, the U.S. Transportation Department said today in a statement.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 4, 2010; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Metro to hire escalator consultants

Metro interim General Manager Richard Sarles told reporters during a roundtable discussion Tuesday afternoon that the agency plans to bring in consultants to help solve its ongoing problems with escalators and elevators.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 4, 2010; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Delays on Metro's Blue Line resolved

Metro reports that there are delays on the Blue Line due to a train malfunction at Arlington Cemetery Station. Trains are sharing the same track Between Pentagon City and Arlington Cemetery stations. Expect delays in both directions.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 4, 2010; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Makeover for Metro oversight panel

The organization responsible for overseeing safety at Metro, the Tri-State Oversight Committee (TOC), said today it is undergoing a major overhaul in response to a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) audit that found it lacked sufficient authority and independence to be effective.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 4, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Local lanes of 95 closed at 210

The entrance to the local lanes of I-95 southbound are blocked before Indian Head Highway due to a fuel spill.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 4, 2010; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NTSB: River landing right choice

A federal safety panel says the pilot made the right choice to ditch US Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson River last year, even though he could have made it back to New York's LaGuardia Airport.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 4, 2010; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Can bikes & cars share the road?

Traffic-choked streets are a part of daily life in the Washington region. In recent years, bicycles have become an ever-more present part of life on those streets too, as more adults turn to bikes for transportation, fitness and pleasure. It all makes us wonder how well are cyclists and drivers sharing the road? Send us your thoughts and observations. E-mail transportation@washpost.com

By Michael Bolden  |  May 4, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Snow clings on at BWI

Despite temperatures in the 80s recently, snow from February's record snowstorms has been hanging on in at least one locale in the Washington region: Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

By Michael Bolden  |  May 4, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Green Line delays

A roundup of the morning's commuting woes.

By Mark Berman  |  May 4, 2010; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting , Congestion  | Tags: I-395, I-495, I-495/Inner Loop, Inner Loop, metro, metrorail delays  
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Headaches on the horizon

I promised a traveler today that I would provide some specifics about the National Park Service reconstruction project on Ohio Drive near the Lincoln Memorial, so let me start the nightly report with that.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 3, 2010; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion , Driving , highways  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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Speed cameras in Baltimore Co.

Speeders in Baltimore County could now be facing a $40 fine if they're caught by school zone speed cameras.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 3, 2010; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Metro adding reserved parking

A commuter is vexed by the increased in reserved parking at Vienna. But Metro says it all gets used.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 3, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ireland bans Tuesday flights

Ireland's Aviation Authority says it's banning all flights in and out of Ireland on Tuesday because of a renewed risk of volcanic ash drifting south from Iceland.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 3, 2010; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Airlines rake in cash with fees

The government on Monday confirmed what many travelers already suspected: U.S. airlines made a lot more money in fees last year. The Department of Transportation said revenue from so-called ancillary fees rose 42 percent to $7.8 billion in 2009. The biggest chunk of that came from checked baggage fees, which were introduced in 2008 when oil prices soared and evenutally reached $147 per barrel.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 3, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Smoke causes Red Line delays

Metro says smoke on the tracks outside Dupont Circle Station is causing delays while trains share a single track between that station and Van Ness-UDC.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 3, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Oversight panel preps audit response

The body that oversees Metro has until Tuesday to respond to a scathing federal audit that found widespread deficiencies in rail safety at Metro and in its oversight of the transit agency.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 3, 2010; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NTSB hearing on Hudson River crash

The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public meeting at its Washington headquarters Tuesday on the investigation into the January 2009 accident that resulted in a U.S. Airways jetliner landing in New York's Hudson River.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 3, 2010; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The week ahead for traffic, transit

Have you used the car air-conditioner yet, or curtailed walking and biking in the middle of the day? It's the season for such questions, according to the forecast from the Capital Weather Gang. Here are some traffic and transit projects that could slow your travels during a week when temperatures will be in the 80s.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 3, 2010; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Construction , Driving , Metro , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The week ahead  
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Northern Virginia driving delays

A roundup of the morning traffic woes.

By Mark Berman  |  May 3, 2010; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  | Tags: 14th Street Bridge, Interstate 395, Interstate 495, Northern Virginia, Springfield Interchange, Virginia, Virginia State Route 120, Washington Boulevard, beltway delays, beltway traffic, i-395 north, i-395 traffic, i-495 south traffic  
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