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.
May 8, 2010; 8:50 AM ET |
Categories: Advisories , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Events , Metro , Weekend Work , intercounty connector , transit | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond
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Bus operators for the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission could strike Wednesday if they fail to reach a new contract agreement by midnight March 2. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the union representing the roughly 150 bus operators, is negotiating a new contract with First Transit, the agency PRTC uses to operate the local and commuter buses that serve the Prince William region. PRTC officials said that they are not privy to the details of the negotiation, but that a plan is in place to maintain bus service Wednesday if operators strike. First Transit has outlined a contingency plan that would include using any operator who decides not to strike, newly recruited operators who have just completed the First Transit's training program and supervisors of the transit agency who are licensed to operate buses. PRTC officials said First Transit would also recruit operators from other bus...
During our online discussion at noon Monday, a traveler and I had this exchange about driving through the Intercounty Connector work zone on I-95. Laurel, Md.: I was driving on I-95 South this morning around 6:15 and came upon a potentially dangerous situation. Construction on the ICC is ongoing, however, this morning, the construction crew had a large bright work light aimed in a manner that was blinding to drivers on the southbound lane. Is their any way to inform them of this potential hazard? Robert Thomson: If you see something like that and you have a cell phone with you, hit #77 to let the state police know right away. Once you reach home or office, you could use this link to contact the ICC project management office: http://www.iccproject.com/contact-us.php Followup David Buck, spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration, noted the issue on the chat and said later that...
This will be a complicated week, because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Look here for some advisories about local travel issues over the next three days. I'll do separate posting with Thanksgiving travel advice. (One thing to remember about traffic rules: Thursday is a holiday. Friday is not.) Intercounty Connector Highway crews are scheduled to shift traffic onto the rebuilt Old Columbia Pike Bridge over the Intercounty Connector route from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Construction of the overpass, which is north of Fairland Road, began last year. This is part of the Contract "C" work zone on the ICC, from just west of Route 29 to just east of I-95. The contract is 45 percent complete and scheduled to open late 2010 or early 2011. New pattern at Montrose Parkway Drivers coming from I-270 on Montrose Road and heading east toward Rockville Pike will encounter a new traffic pattern,...
Corridor Cities Transitway: The Montgomery County Council endorsed building a light rail line and adding two reversible highway lanes to ease traffic congestion along the Interstate 270 corridor. (Katherine Shaver) Tolls too high, says council: It's just a recommendation, but the Montgomery council also is writing to the Maryland Transportation Authority saying the toll rates proposed for the Intercounty Connector would be too expensive for many motorists and would leave the highway with too few users to justify its costs. (Katherine Shaver) The 60-day public-comment period on the toll plan ends at 5 p.m. Monday. Comments can be submitted on the project's Web site, at www.iccproject.com or sent by mail to: ICC Project Office re: ICC Tolls 11710 Beltsville Drive Suite 200 Beltsville, MD 20705...
November 18, 2009; 8:00 AM ET |
Categories: Transportation Politics , highways , intercounty connector , transit | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Today's Read
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If some new mega-store were coming into the community and its impact had long been the subject of controversy, the store might offer some attractive, get-acquainted prices. Draw the doubters in. Get them to see how attractive the store is and what it can add to the commercial success of the community. The extreme alternative would be to peg the prices high to maximize revenue, then count on the convenience of the store to overcome the opposition and the sticker shock. People testifying at Thursday night's hearing on the Intercounty Connector tolls think the state of Maryland is going for the extreme alternative. We're talking about a highway so controversial it took half a century to get it built. Some people doubt it will be as useful as it is expensive. Others think its impact on local traffic will be the opposite of what's intended. Some say they didn't realize...