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Get There Archive: Transportation Politics

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)
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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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218 motorcycle crashes in D.C.

Motorcycle fatalities database With tens of thousands of motorcyclists expected in the District this weekend for the annual Rolling Thunder tribute to veterans, Allstate insurance company issued a study that showed that there were 218 crashes in the city involving motorcycles in 2008, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Eight of them resulted in a fatality, and more than 90 percent happened at intersections. The most dangerous intersections, each with three crashes, were Bladensburg Road at New York Avenue, and the eastbound exit of the Southeast Freeway at Barney Circle. According to a recent report, motorcycle deaths have dropped recently after rising for almost a dozen years to record levels. -- Ashley Halsey III...

By Michael Bolden  |  May 27, 2010; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Metro's seven fare principles

During a recent discussion of all the fare increase proposals now before the Metro board, the transit staff laid out the seven fare policy concepts that are supposed to guide the decision-making. The debate has gotten so complicated -- shall we add a surcharge on peak of the peak travel, shall we cut the bus transfer time, shall we raise bus fares at a higher rate than rail fares -- that I thought it would be helpful just to present the ideas that are supposed to be evident in the results.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 26, 2010; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Metro , Transportation Politics  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, MetroAccess service cuts fare increases, Metrobus, Metrorail  
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D.C. Council may find streetcar funds

The D.C. Council Wednesday approved stripping funds designated to bring streetcar service back to the city in an effort to close a $550 million budget gap.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 26, 2010; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Pr. George's creates traffic safety unit

Prince George's County police have created a new unit to focus on traffic safety. Police said Tuesday the unit will work to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries. Officers will provide traffic enforcement and truck inspections in areas where there are high numbers of crashes.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 25, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Should Metro flatten the fare?, Robert Thomson , May 25, 2010
U.S.: Millions don't buckle up, Michael Bolden , May 24, 2010
Metro spending hearing planned, Washington Post Editors , May 21, 2010
Maryland seeks rail upgrades, Michael Bolden , May 21, 2010
Input sought on Va. transportaton, Michael Bolden , May 20, 2010
Metro union seeks funding flexibility, Michael Bolden , May 19, 2010
NTSB begins air safety forum, Michael Bolden , May 18, 2010
Block all the commuter routes?, Michael Bolden , May 14, 2010
Where Metro is going on fares, Robert Thomson , May 13, 2010
Metro board split on fares, Robert Thomson , May 13, 2010
Metro could apply core charge, Robert Thomson , May 12, 2010
Metro's peak of the pique, Robert Thomson , May 11, 2010
What matters about Metro?, Robert Thomson , May 10, 2010
Va. wants I-95 tolls along N.C. border, Michael Bolden , May 10, 2010
BRAC shifts may create gridlock, Michael Bolden , May 10, 2010
Digging National Train Day, Michael Bolden , May 8, 2010
Ariz. ends speed camera program, Michael Bolden , May 7, 2010
Today's read: Maryland stiffs Metro, Robert Thomson , May 6, 2010
Md. town rejects speed cameras , Michael Bolden , May 5, 2010
D.C. streetcar preview starts Wed., Michael Bolden , May 4, 2010
Makeover for Metro oversight panel, Michael Bolden , May 4, 2010
NTSB: River landing right choice, Michael Bolden , May 4, 2010
Speed cameras in Baltimore Co. , Michael Bolden , May 3, 2010
Oversight panel preps audit response, Michael Bolden , May 3, 2010
NTSB hearing on Hudson River crash, Michael Bolden , May 3, 2010
McDonnell okays transportation bonds, Washington Post Editors , April 30, 2010
Metro juggles regional interests, Robert Thomson , April 29, 2010
Metro considers fare hikes, Robert Thomson , April 29, 2010
Transit workers rally for funding, Michael Bolden , April 27, 2010
Transit workers rally on Hill, Michael Bolden , April 27, 2010
Is drinking and biking ever okay?, Michael Bolden , April 26, 2010
FAA seeks limits on air distractions, Michael Bolden , April 26, 2010
Feisty debates at Metro, Robert Thomson , April 22, 2010
A railroad with no trains?, Robert Thomson , April 21, 2010
House panel questions Metro safety, Michael Bolden , April 21, 2010
Today's read: Who runs Metro?, Robert Thomson , April 21, 2010
New D.C. gas tax would aid Metro, Michael Bolden , April 20, 2010
House to hold Metro safety hearing, Michael Bolden , April 20, 2010
Va. audits transportation funding , Michael Bolden , April 19, 2010
Little aid for Metro riders, Robert Thomson , April 7, 2010
DOT proposes truck texting ban, Michael Bolden , March 31, 2010
Bill on ignition locks advances in Md., Michael Bolden , March 26, 2010
Metro hearing draws small crowd, Robert Thomson , March 23, 2010
Metro hearing in Virginia tonight, Robert Thomson , March 22, 2010
Metro posts online survey, Robert Thomson , March 19, 2010
Hybrids stay in HOV lanes, Robert Thomson , March 18, 2010
8-car trains an endangered species?, Robert Thomson , March 10, 2010
Metro board to consider fare plans, Robert Thomson , March 4, 2010
Transit advocates stepping up, Robert Thomson , February 25, 2010
Today's read: Is D.C. anti-car?, Robert Thomson , February 25, 2010
Today's read: Feds take on Metro, Robert Thomson , February 23, 2010
New Hyattsville bus service starts, Washington Post Editors , February 18, 2010
Four Va. rest areas reopened, Robert Thomson , February 17, 2010
Metro fares and service revisited, Robert Thomson , February 17, 2010
Md. legislators protest snow response, Robert Thomson , February 9, 2010
I-66 congestion the topic of Saturday meeting, Washington Post Editors , February 1, 2010
Metro again facing fare increases, service cuts, Robert Thomson , January 29, 2010
Metro board approves 10-cent fare increase, Robert Thomson , January 28, 2010
Transit riders talk to Metro board on budget crisis, Robert Thomson , January 27, 2010
What's at stake for Metro riders in budget, Robert Thomson , January 27, 2010
Metro riders group backs fare surcharge, Robert Thomson , January 27, 2010
Metro riders consider train lengths, service cuts, Robert Thomson , January 27, 2010
Smart Growthers back fare hike, borrowing, Robert Thomson , January 27, 2010
Riders comment on Metro service plans, Robert Thomson , January 25, 2010
Today's read: Concern over Prince George's cameras, Robert Thomson , January 13, 2010
Brown pushes for east of river Circulator, Robert Thomson , January 12, 2010
Snow clean up piles onto Maryland budget mess , Michael Bolden , December 22, 2009
D.C. transportation chief's chat is illuminating, Washington Post Editors , November 20, 2009
Today's read: Montgomery likes light rail, not tolls, Robert Thomson , November 18, 2009
Today's read: Controlling cars in Montgomery, Robert Thomson , November 11, 2009
Reminder: Taxi Cab Boycott in Adams Morgan, James Hohmann , October 2, 2009
Today's Read: Metro Chief Faces Challenge, Robert Thomson , September 24, 2009
Today's Read: Metro Funding Bill Passes Congress, Robert Thomson , September 22, 2009
Metro Talks About Possible Fare Increases, Robert Thomson , September 10, 2009
O'Malley Backs Light Rail For Purple Line, Robert Thomson , August 4, 2009
O'Malley to Announce Purple Line Decision, Robert Thomson , August 3, 2009
House Panel Set to Hold Hearing on Metro Crash, James Hohmann , July 14, 2009
Each Driver Has Personal Misery Index, Robert Thomson , July 8, 2009
Purple Line Passes Important Test, Robert Thomson , June 17, 2009
Virginia Needs More Than Stimulus Can Provide, Robert Thomson , June 17, 2009
Who Owns the Streets?, Robert Thomson , June 16, 2009
DC Left Commuters In Lurch, VA Congressmen Say, Robert Thomson , June 5, 2009
Changes in Montgomery Bus Plan, Robert Thomson , April 22, 2009
Budget Cuts Pit Bus Riders Against Drivers, Robert Thomson , April 22, 2009
Montgomery Considering Bus Fare Increases, Robert Thomson , April 21, 2009
Hybrids Can Continue in Virginia HOV Lanes, Robert Thomson , April 21, 2009
Many Concerned About Speed Cameras, Robert Thomson , April 6, 2009
Riders Challenge Bus Service Cuts, Robert Thomson , March 25, 2009
Montgomery County Proposes Bus Cuts, Christopher Dean Hopkins , March 16, 2009
New Metrorail Line Really Coming, Robert Thomson , March 10, 2009
Metro Budget Deal Not Ready, Robert Thomson , March 5, 2009
Fairfax Planning to Undo I-66 Decision, Robert Thomson , February 25, 2009
Maryland Dreaming of Route 5 Upgrade, Robert Thomson , February 25, 2009
No Drama in Transportation Stimulus, Leaders Say, Robert Thomson , February 20, 2009
I-66 Spot Improvements Blocked, Robert Thomson , February 18, 2009
Delaware Considering I-95 Toll Plaza Improvement, Robert Thomson , February 11, 2009
Transportation Addition and Subtraction, Robert Thomson , February 10, 2009
Stimulating a Better Commute, Robert Thomson , January 29, 2009
The Year in Transportation, Mike McPhate , December 31, 2008
Purple Line Hearings Beginning, Robert Thomson , November 12, 2008
Metro Riders Urged to Flex Rights, Robert Thomson , October 30, 2008
Metro Should Bag the Searches, Robert Thomson , October 28, 2008
Hearing on I-66 Plan Tonight, Robert Thomson , October 27, 2008
Legislators Push Purple Line, Robert Thomson , October 23, 2008
Hearings Set on Fairfax Bus Fares, Robert Thomson , October 21, 2008
Maryland Releases Purple Line Study, Robert Thomson , October 17, 2008
Maryland to Cut Transit Services, Robert Thomson , October 17, 2008
VRE Holding Fare Hearings, Robert Thomson , September 16, 2008
The Future of Pedestrian Safety, Robert Thomson , August 12, 2008
D.C. Transportation Director to Metro, Robert Thomson , July 23, 2008
Rooftop Groundbreaking for HOT Lanes, Robert Thomson , July 22, 2008
Who Will Rule the Streets?, Robert Thomson , July 7, 2008
Why the Money Matters, Robert Thomson , June 23, 2008
Kaine Presents New Transportation Plan, Robert Thomson , June 19, 2008
Virginia Likely to Delay, Cut Projects, Robert Thomson , June 17, 2008
Kaine Talking Transportation Tonight, Robert Thomson , June 11, 2008
Northern Virginians Hear Kaine Plan, Robert Thomson , May 14, 2008
Plan Would Restore Transportation Authority, Robert Thomson , May 12, 2008
Despite Comeback, Rail Plan Still Faces Hurdles, Robert Thomson , April 30, 2008
MD Senate Passes Camera Bill, Robert Thomson , March 18, 2008
How Do You Want to Pay?, Robert Thomson , March 17, 2008
Hybrids Stay in HOV Lanes, Robert Thomson , March 17, 2008
Va. Transportation Taxes Halted Today, Robert Thomson , March 4, 2008
Another Blow To Northern Virginia, Robert Thomson , February 29, 2008
Kaine: Ice Storm Response "Abysmal", Robert Thomson , February 26, 2008
Md. Considering More Speed Cameras, Robert Thomson , February 20, 2008
Dulles Rail Not So Dead, Robert Thomson , February 6, 2008
Gov. Kaine Sticks by Dulles Rail, Robert Thomson , January 29, 2008
Plan B for Rail Transit?, Robert Thomson , January 28, 2008
Feds Slam Dulles Rail Project, Robert Thomson , January 24, 2008
Dulles Rail Decision Near, Robert Thomson , January 24, 2008
Dulles Rail Plan Vital to Suburbs, Robert Thomson , January 17, 2008
National Transport Report Draws Praise, Criticism, Robert Thomson , January 16, 2008
Toward a New Era in Transportation, Robert Thomson , January 15, 2008
Comment Time on Transportation Agenda, Robert Thomson , January 9, 2008
Fare Wars at Metro, Robert Thomson , October 10, 2007
New Meaning for HOT Lanes, Robert Thomson , October 1, 2007
Staying Here and Staying Mobile, Robert Thomson , September 17, 2007
An Unstoppable Train to Dulles, Robert Thomson , September 14, 2007
Anti-HOT Lane Petition Online, Robert Thomson , August 20, 2007
Revolt of the Slugs, Robert Thomson , July 26, 2007
Northern Virginia Gets Some Authority, Robert Thomson , July 13, 2007
Big Decision Tonight in Virginia, Robert Thomson , July 12, 2007
More Forums Set on Virginia Transportation, Robert Thomson , June 27, 2007
Virginians Debate Transportation Authority, Robert Thomson , June 22, 2007
Transportation Authority Moving Quickly, Robert Thomson , June 21, 2007
Fairfax Votes For Tysons Rail, Robert Thomson , June 18, 2007
Tough Decision on Tysons Rail, Robert Thomson , June 5, 2007
Fairfax Board Will Vote on Rail Line, Robert Thomson , June 4, 2007
District Floats Toll Ideas, Robert Thomson , May 3, 2007
Regional Board Punts on Va. Road Projects, Robert Thomson , April 18, 2007
Road, Rail Projects in Pipeline, Robert Thomson , April 17, 2007
Where Will Va. Transportation Money Go?, Robert Thomson , April 5, 2007
Kaine Proposes Changes to Transportation Bill, Robert Thomson , March 26, 2007
Citizen Impact on Transportation Issues, Robert Thomson , March 1, 2007
Meetings on Traffic and Transit Concerns, Robert Thomson , February 27, 2007
Imperfect Solutions Better Than None, Robert Thomson , February 12, 2007
It's Only Mostly Dead, Robert Thomson , February 2, 2007
Maryland vs. Virginia, Robert Thomson , January 22, 2007
Breakthrough in Virginia, Robert Thomson , January 19, 2007
What's Ahead For Projects, Robert Thomson , January 18, 2007
Maryland's Transportation Plans, Robert Thomson , January 16, 2007
Meet the New Boss, Robert Thomson , January 10, 2007
Kaine Sets Transportation Goals, Robert Thomson , January 4, 2007
What's Your New Year's Outlook?, Robert Thomson , January 3, 2007
Metro Moves to Control Costs, Robert Thomson , December 19, 2006
What About the Roads and Rails?, Robert Thomson , December 6, 2006
What the Elections May Bring, Robert Thomson , November 10, 2006
Bumper Politics, Robert Thomson , November 8, 2006
Turning on the Hydrant, Robert Thomson , November 7, 2006
Who's To Blame?, Robert Thomson , October 19, 2006
Impasse in Virginia, Robert Thomson , September 29, 2006
Va. Transportation Politics Heating Up, Robert Thomson , September 13, 2006
 
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