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Get There: May 30, 2010 - June 5, 2010

Dr. Gridlock has moved

We've given our transportation blog a new but familiar name and a new home. You're already familiar with Dr. Gridlock, and he and his colleagues will keep you up to date with the latest that's happening with Metro and on the roads around the Washington region. You can still follow him on Twitter and Facebook, too. We've also provided you with many new tools to help you navigate the roads and rails in the D.C. area.

By Michael Bolden  |  June 4, 2010; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Dump truck overturns on 295

3:28 p.m. Update: According to official District alerts, northbound lanes of 295 are blocked. However, southbound travelers should expect problems due to rubbernecking and the volume of equipment on the scene....

By Michael Bolden  |  June 3, 2010; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting , Congestion  
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Md. commits $200K for free rides at Fort Meade

The state of Maryland says it is committing $200,000 a year to give free rides home to Fort Meade workers who must leave early or stay late.

By Michael Bolden  |  June 3, 2010; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Transportation Politics  
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D.C. delays N.Y. Ave. traffic shift

The District Department of Transportation has decided to delay the change in the traffic pattern at New York and Florida avenues NE until June 11. The department had planned to make the change this Friday night, but announced Thursday that it needs to complete adjustments to the traffic signal timings and make some other technical adjustments.

By Michael Bolden  |  June 3, 2010; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Md. official: Highway worker violated protocols

Authorities investigating the death of a highway worker killed by a hit and run driver on Route 50 in Anne Arundel County early Thursday say the contract employee was violating protocols that might have saved his life.

By Michael Bolden  |  June 3, 2010; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More flights on time in April

U.S. airlines operated more flights on-time in April and far fewer passengers were stuck in long tarmac delays, the government said Thursday

By Michael Bolden  |  June 3, 2010; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Feds reject HOV exemption for military

Virginia has lost its bid to exempt uniformed active-duty military members from high-occupancy vehicle lane restrictions in Hampton Roads.

By Michael Bolden  |  June 3, 2010; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Md. highway worker killed

Maryland State Police are looking for the driver of the vehicle that struck and killed a highway contract worker in Anne Arundel County.

By Michael Bolden  |  June 3, 2010; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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By Michael Bolden  |  June 3, 2010; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MARC Brunswick Line crowding

MARC Brunswick Line train 894 will run one car short, causing crowding on other cars.

By Mark Berman  |  June 3, 2010; 6:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: marc, marc brunswick line  
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I-495 North blocked at Dulles Toll Rd

A look at some headaches facing commuters this morning

By Mark Berman  |  June 3, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  | Tags: Morning roundup, New York Avenue closed  
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U.S. 50 eastbound stalled in Annapolis

U.S. Route 50 eastbound is closed in Annapolis up after a person was struck and killed by a vehicle.

By Mike McPhate  |  June 3, 2010; 5:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congestion , Driving , highways  | Tags: annapolis, maryland, route 50, traffic  
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Outbound New York Ave. remains closed

Outbound New York Avenue NE remains closed at Montana Avenue NE Thursday morning as crews work to repair a water main that broke early Wednesday.

By Mike McPhate  |  June 3, 2010; 4:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Driving  | Tags: congestion, new york avenue, traffic, water main  
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Headaches on the horizon

Commuters encountering phase 2 of the Ohio Drive reconstruction project are probably wondering if there's any alternative to the stalled traffic between the Lincoln Memorial and the Kennedy Center. The National Park Service, which is overseeing the road rebuilding, has offered this list of alternatives.

By Michael Bolden  |  June 2, 2010; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Loudoun-Tysons express bus to launch

Getting to Tysons Corner just got a little easier for Loudoun County residents: An express bus service between Loudoun and Tysons will launch on June 21. The ride from Leesburg along the Dulles Greenway and the Dulles Airport Access Road to the first stop in Tysons is expected to run about 45 minutes. The service is meant to lure motorists off the roads during construction of the Metrorail extension to Dulles International Airport and the Capital Beltway's high occupancy toll lanes project. Both projects meet in Tysons.

By Luke Rosiak  |  June 2, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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WiFi now standard on Acela

Free wireless will become a standard service for passengers on Amtrak's Acela Express trains.

By Michael Bolden  |  June 2, 2010; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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N.Y. Ave. EB closed at Montana

District Department of Transportation Officials say that eastbound vehicles will be detoured around the work area in the 1600 block of New York Avenue NE via the traffic circle at Montana Avenue. Suggested alternate routes are Rhode Island Avenue and Bladensburg Road. Depending on where you start your journey, DC 295 is also an option.

By Mike McPhate  |  June 2, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Commuting , Congestion , Driving  | Tags: d.c., traffic, water main  
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Beltway shift in Tysons

The Capital Beltway's outer loop in Tysons corner will be in a slightly different place on Thursday morning, if the Wednesday night work goes according to plan.

By Michael Bolden  |  June 2, 2010; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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More cash for bumped passengers?

The Obama administration wants to raise the amount airlines have to compensate passengers bumped from full flights to as much as $1,300. They pay up to $800 now.

By Michael Bolden  |  June 2, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Race for Cure travel tips

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, a very popular annual run in Washington, is this Saturday at the Mall. Here are some tips for getting to and from the race course.

By Michael Bolden  |  June 2, 2010; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Depending on escalators

Bethesda Station leads my list for complaints about busted escalators. They used to be about the long ones between the street and the mezzanine, but now they are about the two between the platform and the mezzanine. One is undergoing a long-term -- very long term -- rehabilitation and is scheduled to be back on June 25. The other is turned off to serve as a staircase so people can walk up or down....

By Michael Bolden  |  June 2, 2010; 9:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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By Michael Bolden  |  June 2, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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I-66 East slow at Beltway

A roundup of the morning's commuting headaches.

By Mark Berman  |  June 2, 2010; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  | Tags: I-395 North, Morning commute, New York Avenue water main break  
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Headaches on the horizon

There's only a slight chance of a shower Tuesday night, leading into a sunny and hot Wednesday, the Capital Weather Gang says. Here's a forecast for what travelers will encounter on the roads and rails.

By Robert Thomson  |  June 1, 2010; 7:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Metro , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Headaches on the horizon  
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Metro budget hearing Wednesday

Metro will hold a public hearing Wednesday on the transit agency's capital budget and improvement program for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 1, 2010; 6:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Forest Glen station reopened

Update 7p.m.: Metro reports that electricity has been restored at the station. Original post:The Forest Glen station on Metro's Red line is currently closed due to a power outage rendering its elevators--the station is the only one without escalators--out of service. Trains can pass through the station, but those who parked there, or live nearby, will need to take a shuttle from one of the neighboring stations.

By Luke Rosiak  |  June 1, 2010; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Route 123 ramps realigned in Tysons

Beginning at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, all southbound lanes of the Capital Beltway bridge over Route 123 in Tysons Corner will shift onto a new adjacent bridge. The shift will be in place by 5 a.m. Thursday. As a result, exit ramps to Route 123 north and south have been realigned. The segment of Route 123 under the Beltway will be closed one weekend this month to demolish the old bridge.

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 1, 2010; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Construction , Dulles , highways  | Tags: Capital Beltway construction, Tysons traffic information, route 123  
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More Metrorail work ahead

Metro completed its Memorial Day weekend work on the Orange Line as part of the Dulles Corridor project to extend rail to the airport, with more than 36,000 people taking shuttle buses that filled in service gaps. More work is scheduled on upcoming weekends on the project, including the construction of a pier and replacing track ties. In addition to work on the Orange Line, major track repair work will take place during weekends this month on the Red, Blue and Green lines, causing delays and longer travel times, according to Metro.

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 1, 2010; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Construction , Metro , Weekend Work , transit  | Tags: metro, metro work, metrorail  
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Afternoon delays on MARC

Expect delays throughout Tuesday afternoon and evening on the Camden and Brunswick lines. CSX has issued heat orders starting at 1 p.m. and continuing to 7 p.m.

By Robert Thomson  |  June 1, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Airports , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, marc halethorpe station  
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By Michael Bolden  |  June 1, 2010; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The week ahead for traffic, transit

There's lots of road and rail work scheduled for this short work week across the D.C. region. We're in that period when the road work is intense and tourists are in town, but Washingtonians haven't fled for vacations in great numbers, so patience is necessary. The Capital Weather Gang says temperatures generally will be hot, and there are chances of afternoon thunderstorms on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

By Robert Thomson  |  June 1, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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I-395 North slow at Glebe Rd

Here's a look at the commuting headaches facing drivers this morning

By Mark Berman  |  June 1, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  | Tags: i-395, i-395 reversible lane  
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VRE disruption Tuesday

VRE's Manassas and Fredericksburg lines will see big delays Tuesday.

By Mark Berman  |  June 1, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories , Virginia Railway Express  | Tags: VRE, VRE delays  
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MARC ticket and train issues

The Halethorpe station ticket machine is out of service.

By Mark Berman  |  June 1, 2010; 5:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fire near tracks on NY Ave NE

Fire spokesman Peringer tweets that the bulk of the fire has been knocked down; there are no injuries; and train service has resumed at slower-than-normal speeds. Update 5:50p.m.: A tire fire has filled parts of the city with dark smoke and shut down a segment of U.S. Route 50 corridor in northeast DC, and DC emergency officials have asked Amtrak, whose trains run alongside New York Ave., to suspend service.

By Luke Rosiak  |  May 31, 2010; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NB B-W Pkwy closed in Prince George's

All northbound lanes of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway are closed between Greenbelt Road and Powder Mill Road in Prince George's County after a major police chase just before 3p.m. this afternoon, potentially causing complications for those returning from holiday getaways. A person attempting to elude police in an allegedly stolen truck hit multiple vehicles on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway before the truck overturned just south of Powder Mill Road in Laurel., and the driver--who was also accused of assault--fled on foot.

By Luke Rosiak  |  May 31, 2010; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Memorial Day Parade road closures

The National Memorial Day Parade will close some streets in Washington on Monday.

By Mark Berman  |  May 30, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Advisories  | Tags: National Memorial Day Parade, street closures  
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