Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
Share Stories  |  Traffic  |  Columns  |  Q&A     |  Get Gridlock:    Twitter |    Facebook  |     RSS   |  phone Alerts

Get There: May 16, 2010 - May 22, 2010

Lane closures cause inner loop delays

Updated, 1:48 p.m.: Traffic cameras show major delays are persisting on the inner loop at Telegraph Rd. Traffic is stop-and-go through the construction zone. The following screengrab from a camera at 495 and Rt. 1 shows traffic in the area. Original post: With crews narrowing the inner loop to one lane near Telegraph Rd. for a bridge project, officials predicted traffic backups of up to 15 miles in the area this weekend. True to predictions, traffic has already started to stack up this morning. Traffic cameras show a creeping line of cars on the inner loop near Rt. 1. The inner loop project is just one of many that will cause commuter headaches this weekend. Dr. Gridlock has a complete rundown. We will provide more details as the situation develops....

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 22, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Metro spending hearing planned

Metro has scheduled a public hearing June 2 on its proposed capital budget and other investments for the next fiscal year, both of which will devote money to safety and reliability improvements.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 21, 2010; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro , Transportation Politics , transit  | Tags: Metro capital budget, capital improvement program, hearing scheduled, metro hearing  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Cyclist, driver die in crash off Lee Hwy.

driver making a right turn in Fairfax Friday afternoon lost control of the vehicle, leaving the road and striking two cyclists on a bike path before the car plunged into a wooded area, according to Fairfax County police. One bike rider and the driver were killed, officials said.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 21, 2010; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

VRE considers suing Amtrak

Virginia Railway Express officials will begin exploring what legal actions can be taken against Amtrak, which they said is interfering with the commuter rail service's ability to make a smooth transition to a new operator next month.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 21, 2010; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Commuting , Virginia Railway Express , transit  | Tags: Amtrak, Keolis Rail Services America, VRE considers suing Amtrak, VRE lawsuit, VRE says Amtrak medddling, Virginia Railway Express  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

NTSB: Dulles fire linked to heater

Investigators say a cockpit fire that forced a United Airlines flight to make an emergency landing at Dulles International Airport was concentrated in a piece of window-heating equipment that was the subject of a safety warning three years ago.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 21, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Airports  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

What's up with the Red Line

When I post the Metro maintenance schedule, as I did in The weekend and beyond, I often hear from Red Line riders who feel like they've been targeted for special abuse by the transit authority. Why has Metro spent so long working on the western side of the line? What are they doing and will it ever end? Here's an update.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 21, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail, Red Line delays  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Maryland seeks rail upgrades

Eleven states, including Maryland, are asking federal railroad officials to develop a plan to dramatically upgrade high-speed passenger rail service along the Northeast Corridor over the next four decades.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 21, 2010; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Transportation Politics  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

The weekend and beyond

The Capital Weather Gang says travelers should watch out for showers late Saturday and into Sunday. The big construction bottlenecks over the weekend are at Chain Bridge and on the Beltway's inner loop west of the Wilson Bridge. But there are plenty of other traffic and transit issues in this weekend's alerts.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 21, 2010; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Advisories , Biking , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Events , Metro , Weekend Work  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Headaches on the horizon

Nice night for road work. Here's what's going on.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 20, 2010; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Brazil group plans publicity stunt

An unlikely player on Capitol Hill -- the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association -- is planning a stunt Tuesday at a pair of gas stations on the Hill to drive home its plea to end the 54 cents-per-gallon tariff on imported ethanol.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 20, 2010; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Driving  | Tags: Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association, brazilian association wants ethanol tarrif lowered, capitol hill, ethanol tariff, ethanol tax  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Penn. Avenue has reopened

4:50 p.m. Update: The District Department of Transportation says all lanes have reopened. Original Post: A crash at Pennsylvania and Branch Avenues SE has inbound Pennsylvania Ave. blocked....

By Michael Bolden  |  May 20, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Rail pilot project exceeds targets

The first state-funded, intercity passenger train that launched last fall has exceeded its annual performance target, carrying more than 55,000 passengers from Lynchburg to Boston during its first six months, Virginia rail officials said Wednesday.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 20, 2010; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  transit  | Tags: boston train, intercity rail project a success, lynchburg to boston train, pilot train exceeds target numbers, rail project, train to boston a success  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Bike lanes not quite ready

It would have been nice to open the new Pennsylvania Avenue bike lanes in time for Friday's Bike to Work Day, but Gabe Klein, director of the District Department of Transportation, said Thursday he's taken a look at them and wants his staff to do a little more work before opening to riders.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 20, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Biking  | Tags: DDOT, Dr. Gridlock  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

I-66 paving planned

I've got my own comment to add to our posting inviting your input on Virginia's draft plan for transportation improvements: There's a highlight in there for Interstate 66 drivers outside the Capital Beltway.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 20, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Construction , Driving , highways  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, VDOT  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

NTSB to release cause of Metro crash

The National Transportation Safety Board will release a cause into last year's deadly Red Line crash during a meeting July 27, according to NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway. The NTSB released an advisory on Thursday that said the Board will meet "to consider a final report" on the accident, which killed nine people and injured 80 on June 22. It was the deadliest crash in Metro history.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 20, 2010; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Advisories , Metro , Safety  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Tips for commuter cycling

Thousands of commuters will participate in Friday's Bike to Work Day, and the Capital Weather Gang's forecast looks very good. The Bike to Work convoys are a great to test the experience of commuter cycling, but here are some tips from experienced cyclists that will get you launched on any day.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 20, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Biking  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Input sought on Va. transportaton

Public input is being sought on Virginia's proposed program for transportation improvements over the next six years.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 20, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Transportation Politics  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Orange Line delays cleared

8:55 a.m. update: Metro reports that trains are operating normally. 8:30 a.m. Update: Miller reports that firetrucks are on Interstate 66 checking the westbound Metro tracks near where the rail line begins above-ground service. 8:15 a.m. Update: Miller reports that trains are rolling again. 8:10 a.m. update: Metro is now reporting smoke outside of the Ballston-MU Station, with delays to Vienna....

By Michael Bolden  |  May 20, 2010; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting , Metro  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Lee Highway reopens

11:30 a.m. Update: Arlington reports that Lee Highway has reopened. However, construction in the area may cause some minor delays. 10:35 a.m. Update: Here is the most recent information from the Virginia Department of Transportation: The north left lane, left center lane, right center lane, and right lane are closed. There are detours in place, but you should avoid the area. 10:05 p.m. Update: NewsChannel 8 is reporting that the accident on Lee Highway involves pedestrians and that an elderly man and a child have been seriously injured. Check back for more details. 9:15 a.m. Update: Arlington reports that Lee Highway eastbound is closed to traffic between Culpeper Street and Glebe Road due to an accident investigation....

By Michael Bolden  |  May 20, 2010; 6:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Headaches on the horizon

Seems like there's practically no stretch of the Capital Beltway unaffected by some construction program. In a previous posting, I told you about the plans for emergency repairs this weekend at the Telegraph Road interchange. Maryland now is announcing a late night lane-closing schedule near the Kenilworth Avenue bridge.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 19, 2010; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congestion , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Chain Bridge: 3 lanes on Monday

After a weekend closing for repaving, the Chain Bridge is scheduled to return to three lanes, the District Department of Transportation announced Thursday.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 19, 2010; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Congestion , Construction , Driving  | Tags: Chain Bridge, Dr. Gridlock  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Train strikes dump truck in PG

A dump truck crossing an unguarded railroad track in an industrial area off Kenilworth Avenue was hit by a slow-moving CSX train at about 3:30 this afternoon, causing a release of diesel fuel and prompting a haz-mat team to respond, a fire official said. "The truck apparently was trying to beat the train, or at least attempting to cross. The train did significant damage to the dump truck and caused the release of about 50 gallons of diesel fuel," said Prince George's fire and EMS spokesman Mark Brady.

By Luke Rosiak  |  May 19, 2010; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Family IDs man who died on Metro

Two Metro operators have been placed on administrative leave while the transit agency investigates the death of a man who boarded a Red Line train Monday and was not discovered for five hours.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 19, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Metro , Safety  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Weekend repairs on Va. Beltway

Emergency repairs on a Capital Beltway bridge over Cameron Run are scheduled for this weekend, and the work is likely to back up traffic considerably on the inner loop at Virginia's Telegraph Road interchange.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 19, 2010; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Congestion , Construction , Driving , Wilson Bridge  | Tags: Beltway delays, Dr. Gridlock  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Rider not hearing improvement

An infrequent Metrorail rider sees a long-term trend, and it's not for the better: "One area where there is actually some degradation in the system is with the public address destination/arrival announcements on the trains."

By Robert Thomson  |  May 19, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, metrorail  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Metro union seeks funding flexibility

The union that represents most of Metro's front-line employees will propose that Metro have more flexibility in using capital funds to cover operating costs and pursue strategies to increase ridership and revenue from businesses near Metro stations Wednesday during a Senate meeting on Metro funding.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 19, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Metro , Safety , Transportation Politics  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

16th Steet NW reopens

16th Street NW between S and R streets is closed due to police activity. Motorists are being advised to seek an alternate route.

By Washington Post editors  |  May 19, 2010; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

395 North slow at bridge

A roundup of headaches facing commuters this morning.

By Mark Berman  |  May 19, 2010; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  | Tags: I-95 accident, beltway delays  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Headaches on the horizon

This gloom and drizzle won't ease up until Wednesday, the Capital Weather Gang says, but it shouldn't impede your Tuesday night travels. However, there's a lot of road work scheduled, plus a couple of projects big enough to give you a week's warning.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 18, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Riders meet about Metrobus line

Metro and the District Department of Transportation are continuing their commendable efforts to involve riders in its plans to modify bus services. This week, the transit authority has three public meetings scheduled to review the U Street-Garfield Line, which services more than 14,000 riders.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 18, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, metrobus b2  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Police plan seatbelt checkpoint

Acting on federal data that show that people are less likely to buckle up after dark, the D.C. and Prince George's County police departments plan to set up a checkpoint on their mutual border Wednesday.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 18, 2010; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Driving , Safety  | Tags: D.c. police, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Police, Prince George's county, Seat belt, seatbelt checkpoint  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Metro prepares for 'Bike to Work'

When I posted an entry on Bike to Work Day, it provided an exchange in the comments that highlighted the tensions between bikers and drivers over shared space. This one probably will highlight the tensions between bikers and transit riders.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 18, 2010; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Biking , Metro , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail, metrobus  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Metro station development underway

Construction has started on a $107 million development that will bring 274 apartments and 70,000 squre feet of retail and a Metro garage to the Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metrorail station.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 18, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

LaHood takes cellphone fight global

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will go global with his crusade against distracted driving Wednesday, joining United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to launch an international effort.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 18, 2010; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Driving , Safety , distracted driving  | Tags: Ban Ki-moon, Ray LaHood, Secretary-General of the United Nations, United Nations, United States Secretary of Transportation, World Health Organization, distracted driving  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Accident at 17th and Constitution

2:55 p.m. Update: Officers are still on the scene directing traffic, but traffic is flowing freely and a fire truck that was on the scene has left. of course, as we move into the pm. rush hour, expect heavy volume on Constitution. Original post: D.C. Fire/EMS officials say an accident at 17th and Constitution Ave. NW will cause traffic issues this afternoon. The intersection is partially blocked. According to officials, three vehicles were involved. Traffic cameras show emergency personnel on the scene directing traffic, which doesn't appear to be suffering huge delays....

By Michael Bolden  |  May 18, 2010; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

MARC service changes

The next phase of Amtrak's track work project means changes for MARC's Penn Line riders will take effect Monday.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 18, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, MARC, Penn Line  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Odenton Station to close early Wed.

2:10 p.m. Update: The MTA says the office will close from 1 to 3 p.m. because of a staff shortage. Original Post: The Maryland Transit Administration says the building at Odenton Station will close at 1 p.m .on Wednesday. However, MARC trains will make their normal stops....

By Michael Bolden  |  May 18, 2010; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , transit  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

NTSB begins air safety forum

The National Transportation Safety Board began a three-day "Professionalism in Aviation" safety forum Tuesday at its L'Enfant Plaza headquarters in Washington. The forum, which is open to the public, is focusinig on success stories, such as US Airways Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who ditched his Airbus A320 into New York's Hudson River last year -- and saved dozens of lives. But the impetus for it is a series of high-profile incidents in which the conduct and judgment of pilots and controllers have been called into question.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 18, 2010; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Airports , Safety , Transportation Politics  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Bike to work resources

Despite our complaints about commuting, it takes a lot to of effort get people to change their patterns of travel. There's always a threshold to cross into the unfamiliar. Friday's Bike to Work Day is designed to get people past some of those threshold questions by letting them travel to work in a convoy with cyclists who know what they're doing. There are 35 gathering points around the region. They even have prizes.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 18, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Biking , Commuting  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

295 SB reopens after crash

Two southbound lanes on 295 have reopened but officials warn that you should expect delays. Traffic is still backed up.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 18, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

I-395 North slow after interchange

A roundup of the morning traffic woes.

By Mark Berman  |  May 18, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  | Tags: i-395 north, i-95 inner loop, inner loop  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Headaches on the horizon

Showers will continue into the night, says the Capital Weather Gang. It's unclear how much road work will get done Monday night because of the weather, but Metrorail doesn't have that problem.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 17, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Advisories , Congestion , Construction , Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Nebraska Ave. closed due to tree

The District Department of Transportation just tweeted that Nebraska Avenue is closed from Van Ness Street to 44th Street in Northwest Washington because of a fallen tree....

By Michael Bolden  |  May 17, 2010; 6:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting , Congestion  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Cellphone rule targets rail crews

Railroad crewmembers would be prohibited from talking on their cellphones or using other handheld electronic devices under regulations proposed by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Monday.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 17, 2010; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Safety , transit  | Tags: Commuter rail, Rail transport, Ray LaHood, crews barred from using electronic devices, rail safety  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

MARC advisory council meets Thursday

The MARC Riders Advisory Council plans ot meet on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be in the Amtrak conference room on the first floor of Union Station. The conference room is located near Gate A, across from the baggage storage counter.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 17, 2010; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  transit  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Fire at National causes flight delays

Airport officials say a small fire at a Reagan National Airport terminal has caused some minor flight delays. Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority spokeswoman Courtney Mickalonis said the fire broke out inside a McDonald's restaurant past the security checkpoint about 3 p.m. Monday. Mickalonis said the airport fire department extinguished it within a few minutes. She says she doesn't know what caused the fire.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 17, 2010; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Airports  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Senate meeting planned on Metro

Another week, another Metro hearing. This time, it's a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, which will review the Obama administration's request for $150 million for the transit agency in the 2011 budget to help buy rail cars and to pay for safety improvements.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 17, 2010; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Metro , Safety  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Advice from Dr. Gridlock

Travelers from around the region joined Dr. Gridlock's live discussion this afternoon to tackle traffic and transit questions. Check here for his latest advice....

By Michael Bolden  |  May 17, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Sign of times: Roadside mowing cut

During last year's mowing season, some drivers were concerned that the decline in local transportation budgets was raising the level of grass and weeds along D.C. area roadways. It did last year, and will again this year. The Virginia Department of Transportation has issued a statement about its statewide mowing policy, saying driver sight lines won't be impaired.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 17, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Safety  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, VDOT traffic information  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Orange and Blue line delays

Metro is reporting a track circuit malfunction at McPherson Square Station. Trains are sharing one track between Smithsonian and McPherson Square stations. There are delays in both directions, so riders should allow extra time. Are you on caught in the delays? Share your experiences by e-mailing us at transportation@washpost.com.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 17, 2010; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Commuting , Metro  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

MARC slowed by train congestion

MARC Camden Line trains faced delays due to freight train congestion.

By Mark Berman  |  May 17, 2010; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: MARC, MARC delays, camden line delays  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

The week ahead for traffic, transit

The local travel forecast gets better after this cool, rainy Monday, says the Capital Weather Gang. In fact, the forecast is very good for Bike to Work Day on Friday. Meanwhile, drivers and transit users have a lot of construction delays ahead.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 17, 2010; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Metro , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The week ahead  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

FX Co. Pkwy closed in Springfield

A roundup of the morning's traffic issues.

By Mark Berman  |  May 17, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  | Tags: beltway traffic, i-95 south at telegraph road, i-95 south traffic, pennsylvania avenue  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Share your stories from Metro

Share your experiences riding the rails in our discussion group, Taken for a Ride. Life on the Red Line | Life on the Orange Line | Life on the Green Line | Life on the Yellow Line | Life on the Blue Line | Get on the Bus...

By Michael Bolden  |  May 16, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting , Metro  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company