Highway departments in the D.C. region pull up their orange barrels for the Memorial Day weekend getaway and the get-back. I've got some suggestions on the best times for you to be traveling and the routes to take to popular destinations. And whether you're sticking around for the weekend or just thinking about next week, check the local activities and the road and rail projects that may slow you down.
May 28, 2010; 8:15 AM ET |
Categories: Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Metro , Weekend Work , highways , holiday travel , transit | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond
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Amtrak passengers will see more police at stations and on trains from New Hampshire to Virginia as part of a drill to test counterterrorism and incident response capabilities.
Like many of the transportation officials and advocates who attended the Wednesday morning groundbreaking for the HOT lanes operations center, John B. Townsend II of AAA Mid-Atlantic was late. Everybody got stuck in the traffic jam caused by a serious accident on I-395. Townsend, who was there to raise awareness for the Orange Cones. No Phones campaign against distracted driving, used the personal experience to make a point.
For travelers in the D.C. area who are planning their vacation getaways into or through Virginia, I have some advice from the Virginia Department of Transportation.These include tips for traveling during the Memorial Day weekend, as well as the summer.
Many travelers and many transportation experts offer tips on safe and relatively painless trips during the Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer. It's striking that they almost always cite this advice: Picking your route is only part of the job. Picking the time you travel is at least as important.
Here's advice I've collected from travelers and personal experience on reaching some of the most popular summer vacation destinations for people in the D.C. region. This is about routes, but of course, that's not the only issue drivers face in planning their getaways. Later today, I'll also have some other tips for travelers.