Dr. Gridlock: Maryland


Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 07/24/2012

Montgomery, Fairfax to talk traffic, but solutions won’t come easily

Elected leaders from the two counties will consider the possibility of reviving express bus service, which failed in its most recent trial.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:41 PM ET, 07/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Capital Beltway, Commuter Bus, Metro, Maryland, Virginia, Tysons Corner | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Montgomery County, Fairfax County, 495 Express Lanes, Capital Beltway, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 06/12/2012

Baltimore traffic warning: Tall ships likely to bring big traffic congestion starting Wednesday

Baltimore’s Sailabration for the War of 1812 bicentennial could draw a million people over the next week.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:35 PM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Maryland | Tags:  DC transportation, Maryland Transportation Authority, Baltimore, Sailabration, War of 1812

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 06/12/2012

New interchange near Maryland Live! Casino should ease congestion

An interchange with an unusual design targets the traffic congestion generated by the casino’s opening last week.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:11 PM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Driving, Congestion, Construction, Maryland | Tags:  DC transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration, Maryland traffic

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 05/09/2012

Prince George’s commuters: Paving work begins on county roads

The Maryland State Highway Administration announced a slate of spring and summer projects in Prince George’s County.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:18 PM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Driving, Construction, Prince George's County, Maryland | Tags:  DC transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 05/01/2012

New interchange underway on BW Parkway near Arundel Mills casino

Drivers in Anne Arundel County may get disoriented the first time they use redesigned interchange.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:15 PM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Driving, Maryland | Tags:  DC transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Beltway lane closings Tuesday night in Greenbelt

A bridge redecking project over the Capital Beltway in Greenbelt will disrupt traffic Tuesday night.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:33 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Maryland, Prince George's County | Tags:  DC transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Capital Beltway

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Road work starting near Bethesda medical center

Commuters along the Route 355 corridor in Bethesda may notice the start today of the two-week closing of Elmhirst Drive, north of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:25 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  BRAC, Commuting, Maryland, Montgomery County | Tags:  DC transportation, Maryland transportation, BRAC, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Silver Spring meeting Tuesday night on University Blvd. Beltway bridge plan

The Maryland State Highway Administration will hold a public session tonight to discuss the University Boulevard bridge over the Beltway in Silver Spring.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:58 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Maryland | Tags:  Maryland transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration, Capital Beltway,

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 02/24/2012

What were those white streaks on Maryland roads?

Travelers have been asking us about the little white lines they’ve seen on Maryland roads during the past week.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:26 PM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weather, Driving, Maryland | Tags:  Maryland State Highway Administration, Winter weather,

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 02/08/2012

Checking on a River Road pavement mystery

A traveler asks a puzzling question about work along the center line of River Road in Potomac.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:47 AM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland, Driving | Tags:  Maryland transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 01/31/2012

ICC speed limit holding at 55 for now

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley referred during a WTOP radio interview Monday to the possibility of raising the speed limit on the Intercounty Connector, but it’s not a done deal.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:27 AM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland, Highways

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 12/07/2011

Drivers remain curious about Intercounty Connector

The tolling that resumed Monday may have damped drivers’ enthusiasm for Maryland’s Intercounty Connector , but they do continue to ask questions and offer suggestions about the highway.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:27 AM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Highways, Maryland

Posted at 05:56 AM ET, 11/22/2011

Maryland Intercounty Connector opens to Laurel

Maryland’s Intercounty Connector opened to Laurel shortly after midnight Tuesday, according to state officials. Drivers can use the toll road for free through Dec. 4.

By Katherine Shaver  |  05:56 AM ET, 11/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 11/21/2011

Maryland to monitor ICC traffic

The Maryland’s transportation agencies say they are going to monitor traffic on the Intercounty Connector and the roads around it following the Tuesday morning opening, and can adjust the traffic signals and lane access if they find knots of congestion.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:57 PM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Highways, Maryland

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 11/21/2011

The Intercounty Connector: Travelers are eager for a test

Many drivers want to know if the highway is going to be useful. Dr. Gridlock has some answers.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:48 PM ET, 11/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Highways, Maryland, Getaways

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 11/09/2011

I-95 speed cameras that were part of ICC work zone are gone

The speed cameras on Interstate 95 put in place as part of the Intercounty Connector work zone are gone, Maryland highway officials said Wednesday.

By Katherine Shaver  |  01:53 PM ET, 11/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland, Construction, Montgomery County, Prince George's County

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 11/07/2011

Maryland to close ICC link to Norbeck Road

With the rest of the Intercounty Connector about to open, Maryland highway officials are moving ahead with the closing of the temporary interchange.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:50 PM ET, 11/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Construction, Maryland

Posted at 07:14 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Higher Md. tolls begin Nov. 1

Ready to pay more to use Maryland’s toll bridges and tunnels starting Nov. 1?

By Washington Post Editors  |  07:14 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 10/25/2011

U.S. 50/301 repair work begins

The Maryland Transportation Authority plans to repair a section of eastbound U.S. 50/301 between the toll plaza and the Bay Bridge beginning Tuesday night with paving work.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  05:17 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bay Bridge, Maryland

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Montgomery traffic stable, but still bad, report says

A new study says traffic congestion in Montgomery County has remained about the same for several years, and is likely to stay stable for a few more.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:17 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Maryland

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Cracks found in bridges that are part of ICC project

Inspectors have found hairline cracks in three newly built bridges that cross the Intercounty Connector in Montgomery County, requiring work to reinforce them long-term, ICC officials said Tuesday.

By Katherine Shaver  |  02:04 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 10/06/2011

Md. improving intersections in Silver Spring

The Maryland State Highway Administration is about halfway through a project that is rebuilding the traffic signals and making other improvements at six Colesville Road intersections in downtown Silver Spring.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:37 PM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/30/2011

Public hearings scheduled for new ICC bus routes

Three new proposed Commuter Bus routes are scheduled to begin running on the Intercounty Connector beginning Jan. 3, 2012. Members of the public will have a chance to comment on these routes at a series of hearings scheduled over the next two weeks.

By Mark Berman  |  11:00 AM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland | Tags:  ICC

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 09/30/2011

Md. extends hours at Bay Bridge service center

The Maryland Transportation Authority has set new hours for the Bay Bridge Service Center beginning Monday.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  10:49 AM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 09/22/2011

Maryland raises tolls statewide

Motorists will pay higher tolls on Maryland bridges, tunnels and highways beginning Nov. 1 under the first statewide toll increase approved Thursday. The revenue will be used for debt service on new construction and for ‘system preservation.’

By Katherine Shaver  |  10:13 AM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 09/19/2011

Gaithersburg to get safety assessment on MARC station

Maryland transportation officials Monday night will present a safety assessment of the Gaithersburg MARC station, where an elderly man was struck by a train and died earlier this year.

By Luz Lazo  |  04:19 PM ET, 09/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  MARC, Maryland | Tags:  MARC

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 09/16/2011

Md. to receive federal funds to replace train bridge

Maryland’s two U.S. senators say the state will receive $22 million in federal stimulus funding to begin work on replacing a rail bridge over the Susquehanna River.

By Associated Press  |  03:59 PM ET, 09/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Amtrak, MARC, Maryland

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 09/15/2011

Silver Spring music hall opens tonight

The new hall is likely to increase traffic in the area around the Colesville Road/Georgia Avenue intersection.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:44 PM ET, 09/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Driving, Maryland

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 09/13/2011

Intercounty Connector looking done from I-95

While the next phase of Maryland’s Intercounty Connector looks about done, the schedule for opening the rest of the toll road has not changed.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:46 PM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Construction, Maryland, Highways

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 08/23/2011

MARC Camden Line delays possible

Track work on a freight line may cause delays for some Maryland commuter rail passengers for the next two weeks.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  01:42 PM ET, 08/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  MARC, Maryland | Tags:  MARC

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 08/23/2011

New Hampshire Ave. traffic to shift to new bridge

New Hampshire Avenue traffic will be shifted onto a new bridge in Maryland Tuesday night as construction continues on the Intercounty Connector, the State Highway Administration said.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  08:53 AM ET, 08/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Construction, Maryland | Tags:  ICC, Intercounty Connector

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 08/15/2011

MARC Penn Line service resumes

Penn Line service between Washington and Baltimore was temporarily suspended Monday afternoon due to high water on the tracks, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  12:37 PM ET, 08/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  MARC, Maryland, Amtrak | Tags:  MARC

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 08/12/2011

Bus will connect Dorsey and BWI stations

Beginning Aug. 22, a bus will allow travelers aboard MARC trains to move from the BWI station to the Dorsey station

By Mark Berman  |  01:46 PM ET, 08/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  MARC, Maryland

Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 08/08/2011

Bethesda gets new solar electric vehicle charging station

Maryland debuted officials debuted a new “green” innovation Monday: a Solar Power Pole.

By Lori Aratani  |  05:29 PM ET, 08/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 08/08/2011

Maryland state police target Route 50 HOV violators

Maryland state police say they’re going to focus their traffic law enforcement campaign on Route 50’s High Occupancy Vehicle lanes in Prince George’s County on Wednesday morning.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:17 PM ET, 08/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Traffic Safety, Maryland

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 08/03/2011

New speed camera in I-270 work zone

Maryland is adding speed camera enforcement to another highway work zone in the D.C. region.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:55 PM ET, 08/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Traffic Safety, Construction, Maryland

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 08/02/2011

Capital Beltway gets first speed cameras

Speed enforcement cameras are now in use along two work zones on the Capital Beltway in Maryland.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:21 PM ET, 08/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Traffic Safety, Maryland

Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 07/21/2011

New traffic patterns affect Md., D.C. commutes

Two traffic shifts designed to accommodate highway work zones will affect commuters using New Hampshire Avenue in Maryland and D.C.- 295 in the District.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:15 AM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Construction, District, Maryland

Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 07/19/2011

Beltway bridge projects shorten merges

There are several work zones along the Maryland side of the Capital Beltway this summer, and a traveler asked about one of them during my online chat Monday.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:50 AM ET, 07/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Maryland, Construction

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 07/15/2011

MARC train strikes person in Gaithersburg

The accident between Washington Grove and Gaithersburg stopped travel on the Brunswick Line.

By Washington Post Editors  |  06:08 PM ET, 07/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  MARC, Maryland

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 07/15/2011

U.S. 50 E in Md. reopens after accident

A crash on U.S. Route 50 eastbound in Prince George’s County closed the highway Friday afternoon, but all lanes have since reopened, according to state transportation officials.

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:02 PM ET, 07/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 07/15/2011

Route 29 traffic shift for Intercounty Connector

Drivers heading south on Route 29 in Montgomery County will need to look sharp next week to catch the new exit for left turns at Fairland Road.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:55 PM ET, 07/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland, Highways

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 07/13/2011

Beltway repair project starting in Maryland

The state plans to begin resurfacing more than four miles on both the inner and outer loops between Colesville and Seminary roads, starting next week.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:36 PM ET, 07/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Maryland, Construction

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 07/12/2011

Road work begins on New Hampshire Ave.

Road work may slow down travelers traveling on New Hampshire Avenue at Adelphi Road in Silver Spring.

By Washington Post Editors  |  04:28 PM ET, 07/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 07/06/2011

Search continues for armed suspect who attacked speed camera vehicle

Maryland State Police say the search is still ongoing Wednesday night for a suspect who attacked a speed zone enforcement vehicle earlier in the day while carrying a shotgun and a hammer.

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:40 PM ET, 07/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland

Posted at 05:58 AM ET, 06/22/2011

Montgomery traffic signals back in sync

Traffic signals that were out of sync Wednesday morning in Montgomery County are back to normal operations. Storms in the region overnight Tuesday caused the problem.

By Mark Berman  |  05:58 AM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland

Posted at 07:22 PM ET, 06/21/2011

Record crowd possible for U2 in Baltimore

It may not be a beautiful day for U2 concertgoers who choose to drive to Wednesday’s concert in Baltimore.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  07:22 PM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 06/20/2011

Md. MVA launches emergency contact registry

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration began offering a new service this month, allowing people who hold a driver’s license or state ID card to register emergency contacts with a state database.

By Washington Post Editors  |  04:55 PM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 06/20/2011

MARC train to be one car short

The Maryland Transit Administration is adjusting MARC train configurations Monday afternoon due to the failure of a locomotive earlier today.

By Washington Post Editors  |  03:31 PM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  MARC, Maryland

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 06/15/2011

Head of Md. highway administration to retire

Neil J. Pedersen, a prominent transportation official in Maryland who gained national recognition during his career, announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the month.

By Ovetta Wiggins  |  04:10 PM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 06/14/2011

Meet the MARC management

For the latest edition of their “Meet the Management” events, MARC management will be joined by representatives from Amtrak and CSX to discuss MARC service with customers. The event will take place from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at Union Station. (The next two events are on June 21 in Monocacy and June 29 in Rockville.)

By Mark Berman  |  10:57 AM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland, Maryland

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 06/09/2011

Speed cameras coming to Beltway work zone

Speed cameras are about to make their first appearance on the Capital Beltway, in a long-term work zone on the Beltway bridge over Northwest Branch.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:51 PM ET, 06/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Traffic Safety, Maryland

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 06/07/2011

First Md. toll hearing set for Thursday

A hearing in Gaithersburg on Thursday evening will be the first of nine on the Maryland Transportation Authority’s plan to raise tolls for the state’s bridge, tunnel and highways.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:32 PM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Driving, Maryland

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 06/07/2011

Intercounty Connector bridge set to open

When the Maryland Department of Transportation opened the first part of the Intercounty Connector in February, there still was plenty left to do — even around the open part. Workers this week are scheduled to fix one of the undone features on the eastern side of the connector at Norbeck Road.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:27 AM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Construction, Maryland

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 06/06/2011

Maryland Beltway project starts tonight

A lengthy project is getting underway on the Maryland Beltway tonight that will have a significant impact on commuting through the Silver Spring area. The State Highway Administration is going to rehabilitate the bridge that carries Beltway traffic over the Northwest Branch.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:50 PM ET, 06/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Maryland

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 06/01/2011

Metro option open for some MARC riders Wed. night

Metro will honor tickets for MARC’s Brunswick Line Wednesday night, following widespread delays for commuter trains.

By Washington Post Editors  |  06:17 PM ET, 06/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  MARC, Maryland

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 05/26/2011

Heat restrictions for some MARC lines

The Maryland Transit Administration reports that CSX has issued heat orders for until 7 p.m. Thursday. This will affect trains on the Brunswick and Camden lines, which will operate 20 miles per hour under their normal maximum speed.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  02:24 PM ET, 05/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  MARC, Maryland

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 05/23/2011

What’s up with Georgia Ave. road work?

Sunday morning work created long delays

By Robert Thomson  |  01:29 PM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland, Construction

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 05/10/2011

Redesign of Maryland interchange near ICC questioned

Q. “Could you please address why Maryland took away one of the left-turn lanes from Georgia Avenue onto Norbeck to apparently allow traffic to enter the Intercounty Connector?”

By Robert Thomson  |  04:14 PM ET, 05/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland, Driving

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Heat restrictions for MARC Brunswick, Camden lines

The Maryland Transit Administration reports that CSX has issued heat orders for Monday from 1 to 7 p.m. This will affect trains on the Brunswick and Camden lines, which will operate 20 miles per hour under their normal maximum speed. Officials said trains won't travel at less than 40 mph, but delays can range from 10 to 15 minutes. CSX operates the Maryland Area Regional Commuter Brunswick and Camden lines for the MTA on CSX-owned tracks.

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:14 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  MARC, Maryland

Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 04/25/2011

MTA Commuter Bus stops relocate

Some changes are being made to Maryland Commuter Bus routes, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.

By Washington Post Editors  |  08:25 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuter Bus, Maryland

Posted at 06:59 AM ET, 04/25/2011

MARC Odenton Station office closes at 1 p.m.

The Odenton Station ticket office will close at 1 p.m. Monday, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.

By Washington Post Editors  |  06:59 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  MARC, Maryland

Posted at 05:51 AM ET, 04/25/2011

New York Avenue reconstruction kicks off week

We’ll be keeping tabs on the commute all morning, rounding up any headaches, issues or problems we hear about.

By Mark Berman  |  05:51 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  District, Commuting, Maryland, Northern Virginia

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 04/21/2011

All aboard the party train? A warning for MARC riders.

Some passengers on Maryland Area Regional Commuter trains may be partying to much.

By Washington Post Editors  |  03:52 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  MARC, Maryland

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 04/18/2011

CSX train kills 1; Brunswick Line delays probable

The Brunswick Line of the Maryland Area Regional Commuter service was temporarily closed due to a CSX train striking and killing a pedestrian near Gaithersburg. The train consisted of two locomotives and 90 empty freight cars, according to CSX. The line reopened about 4 p.m. but trains were operating at reduced speeds through the accident area.

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:48 PM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland, MARC

Posted at 06:45 PM ET, 04/15/2011

Train strikes person outside Washington

A train has struck a person outside of Washington, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. As a result at least one Maryland Area Regional Commuter Train (No. 855 on the Camden Line) is holding.

By Washington Post Editors  |  06:45 PM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  MARC, Maryland

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 04/12/2011

Meet MARC managers at Union Station

Passengers who ride Maryland Area Regional Commuter trains will get a chance to meet management Tuesday at Union Station.

By Washington Post Editors  |  09:03 AM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Amtrak, MARC, Commuter Rail, Maryland

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 04/07/2011

Today’s transportation roundup

All eyes are on Washington, wondering if there will be a government shutdown that begins this week.

By Washington Post Editors  |  09:42 AM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Aviation, Driving, Maryland

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 04/05/2011

No-EZPass grace period expires on the ICC

Drivers traveling on the Intercounty Connector without an EZPass transponder will be charged $3 beginning at midnight April 6.

By Luke Rosiak  |  11:37 AM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland, Highways | Tags:  ICC, Intercounty Connector, Maryland

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 04/04/2011

New MARC train station at Halethorpe

Maryland officials are scheduled to break ground Monday on a new Maryland Area Regional Commuter train station at Halethorpe.

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:33 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  MARC, Maryland, Commuter Rail

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 03/22/2011

Cameras at work during ICC test drives

A traveler who took a test drive on Maryland’s new Intercounty Connector during the two-week period before tolling started told me she was surprised to receive a mailing from the state after her trip. We hope you enjoyed traveling the ICC, said the letter from the Maryland’ E-ZPass service center. She said the mailing listed the time and date of the trip on the ICC, the license plate number of her car and a notice of “recorded unpaid toll transactions.”

By Robert Thomson  |  09:30 AM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Intercounty Connector

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 01/18/2011

MTA Commuter Buses on normal p.m. schedule

12: 48 P.M. UPDATE: The MTA says Commuter Buses will operate on a regular schedule this afternoon. 6 A.M. UPDATE: MTA Light Rail trains are experiencing major delays from Falls Road to Hunt Valley due to ice on the catenary...

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:45 PM ET, 01/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 01/03/2011

MARC train will be 1 car short

3:49 p.m. Update: MARC Brunswick Line Train 893 (scheduled to depart Washington at 5:15 p.m.) will be one car short, according to the MTA. 2:55 p.m. Update: Amtrak 125 will pick up passengers at Odenton Station, according to the MTA....

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:26 PM ET, 01/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland, Maryland

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 01/03/2011

MARC delays

MARC Penn Line train 503 is running 10 to 12 minutes behind schedule.

By Mark Berman  |  05:31 AM ET, 01/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 12/30/2010

Frederick fence to deter jaywalkers

The Maryland State Highway Administration is erecting a 6-foot fence to deter jaywalkers along a retail stretch of U.S. 40 in Frederick. Spokesman Charlie Gischlar (GISH'-lar) said Wednesday that the $98,000 project in the city's "Golden Mile" began in early...

By Associated Press  |  10:39 AM ET, 12/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 12/30/2010

Holiday for the Md. MVA

Thursday is a holiday for the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and vehicle emissions inspection stations. Friday and Saturday are state holidays, but the offices are closed Thursday as part of the state's budget reduction plan....

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:20 AM ET, 12/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 12/29/2010

Engine problem delays MARC trains

5:35 p.m. Update: Train 439 from Penn Station to Union Station is canceled due to earlier mechanical problems. The MTA says passengers for BWI, New Carrollton and Union Station should take Amtrak Train 85. Passengers for other stations should take...

By Washington Post Editors  |  04:38 PM ET, 12/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland, Maryland

Posted at 08:00 PM ET, 12/21/2010

3 MARC trains to be short Wed.

Three Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) trains on the Penn Line will operate with one less car than normal for the Wednesday morning commute, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. The trains are: -- Train 402 (northbound to Perryville from...

By Washington Post Editors  |  08:00 PM ET, 12/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 12/15/2010

Md., S. Korea reach driver accord

If you're a Marylander with a non-commercial driver's license living in Korea you can now exchange your license for a Korean one without taking a test. The same is true for Korean license holders living in Maryland, the state Motor Vehicle Administration says.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  09:26 AM ET, 12/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 12/14/2010

U.S. 50 E backed up in Md.

An accident at Interstate 97 in Anne Arundel County has U.S. 50 traffic severely backed up in Maryland. The right lane is blocked. Traffic reporting services report slowdowns beginning in Prince George's County at U.S. 301, with traffic traveling as...

By Washington Post Editors  |  03:58 PM ET, 12/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 12/14/2010

Wind warning on Bay Bridge

The wind advisory in effect for the Washington region through 10 tonight may pose a danger for some vehicles traveling across the Bay Bridge. State officials said a wind warning is in place on the bridge, a measure typically enacted...

By Michael D. Bolden  |  10:28 AM ET, 12/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:45 PM ET, 12/07/2010

MARC train will be 1 car short

Camden Line Train 847 will be one car short when it leaves Baltimore Wednesday morning, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. The train is scheduled to depart at 6:40 a.m....

By Washington Post Editors  |  06:45 PM ET, 12/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 11/23/2010

MARC adjusts Wednesday trains

The Maryland Area Regional Commuter rail service is canceling some trains Wednesday afternoon and replacing them with earlier ones in anticipation of a shift in passenger traffic as workers depart for the Thanksgiving holiday. On the Brunswick Line, Train 877, which normally departs Washington at 4:55 p.m., is canceled. An earlier train will leave Washington at 2:40 p.m., stopping at Silver Spring, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Point of Rocks, Brunswick and all West Virginia stops.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  03:46 PM ET, 11/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 11/19/2010

No MARC, VRE service for holiday

The Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train service will not operate on Thanksgiving or the Friday after the holiday. Virginia Railway Express will not operate on Thanksgiving but will operate on a limited "S" schedule the day after the holiday....

By Michael D. Bolden  |  10:03 AM ET, 11/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 11/10/2010

Md. hearing on MoCo transitway

The Maryland Transit Administration will hold a public hearing Dec. 15 on its study of a proposed north-south transitway in upper Montgomery County, between the Shady Grove Metro station and the Clarksburg area. The transit agency is scheduled to release its supplemental environmental impact statement on the proposal, known as the Corridor Cities Transitway, Nov. 30 on its Web site.

By Katherine Shaver  |  02:20 PM ET, 11/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland, Maryland

Posted at 05:49 AM ET, 11/09/2010

MARC delays this morning

Brunswick Line train 870 is running 10 to 12 minutes behind this morning. Check back with this post throughout the morning for any other MARC delays and problems.

By Mark Berman  |  05:49 AM ET, 11/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland, Maryland

Posted at 05:45 AM ET, 11/08/2010

MARC delays and notes

This post will be updated throughout the morning with any MARC delays or notes for riders.

By Mark Berman  |  05:45 AM ET, 11/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland, Maryland

Posted at 07:42 AM ET, 11/04/2010

Delays for MARC MARC riders

Northbound Camden Line trains are expected to run 10 to 12 minutes late due to speed restrictions put in place for scheduled track work.

By Mark Berman  |  07:42 AM ET, 11/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 11/02/2010

Massive delays on 301 S

5:18 p.m. Update: Two crashes -- including one that critically injured a man in his 40s -- have significantly slowed traffic on Route 301 in the Brandywine area, according to police and fire officials. The more serious crash occurred at...

By Michael Bolden  |  04:56 PM ET, 11/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 11/02/2010

A snow day in Montgomery Co.

Don't be alarmed if you see snow plows traveling the 5,000 miles of county-maintained roads in Montgomery County on Wednesday. It may feel like it should be snowing but the crews won't actually be plowing or laying salt. They'll be...

By Michael Bolden  |  09:53 AM ET, 11/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 11/01/2010

U.S. 301 N reopened at Brandywine

4:45 p.m. Update: The accident is now blocking the northbound acceleration lane. The traffic lanes are open, according to Maryland traffic information. Original post: U.S. 301 northbound is closed at Brandywine Road in Prince George's County due to an accident....

By Michael Bolden  |  04:26 PM ET, 11/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:55 PM ET, 10/28/2010

Lanes closed on Georgia Ave. N

Two of three northbound lanes of Georgia Avenue are closed at Wayne Avenue due to a water main break, the state of Maryland reports. Drivers should expect delays....

By Michael Bolden  |  06:55 PM ET, 10/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 10/28/2010

MARC delays; a train 1 car short

4:55 p.m. Update: Third Street between S Street and Virginia Avenue SW is also closed to traffic. 4:45 p.m. Update: Camden Line 853 is now 20 to 25 minutes late. Original post: Camden Line Train 850, scheduled to leave Union...

By Michael Bolden  |  03:54 PM ET, 10/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:42 AM ET, 10/28/2010

Potential for crowded MARC trains

Some MARC trains on two lines are running with some changes this morning that might cause crowding.

By Mark Berman  |  05:42 AM ET, 10/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland, Maryland

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 10/26/2010

Drivers keep licenses despite violations

Dozens of Maryland drivers who had racked up enough penalty points to lose their licenses apparently got some extra time behind the wheel thanks to a software glitch at the Motor Vehicle Administration, according to state auditors. The audit, made public last week, found that over a six month period ending in May 2009, MVA officials were not aware that at least 139 drivers had accumulated 12 points -- enough to have a license revoked -- but were still being allowed to drive.

By Michael Bolden  |  08:39 AM ET, 10/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland, Maryland, Maryland

Posted at 07:07 PM ET, 10/21/2010

MARC trains canceled

MARC Camden Line trains 845 and 855 have been canceled. MARC 856 will make stops to cover the cancellation of MARC 855, according to the Maryland Transit administration. Signal problems on the Brunswick Line have contributed to delays on the...

By Michael Bolden  |  07:07 PM ET, 10/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland, Maryland, Maryland

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 10/19/2010

MARC trains experiencing delays

MARC trains 873 and 891 are running about 15 minutes late due to track work between Silver Spring and Washington Grove, according to the Maryland Transit Administration....

By Michael Bolden  |  04:39 PM ET, 10/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 10/18/2010

Pr. George's bus strike ends

The contractor that operates the bus system in Prince Georges County and the union that represents drivers and mechanics reached an agreement Monday, ending a strike that has lasted five weeks.

By Michael Bolden  |  04:05 PM ET, 10/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 10/13/2010

Md. plan on review in Pr. George's

Maryland officials are scheduled to discuss the state's six-year transportation plan with Prince George's County officials and residents on Wednesday.

By Michael Bolden  |  01:02 PM ET, 10/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 10/07/2010

ICC paving tonight

The Maryland State Highway Administration says workers will pave lanes of the unfinished Intercounty Connector between Shady Grove Road and I-370 tonight, weather permitting. Work hours will be 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. This western portion of the highway is...

By Michael Bolden  |  09:32 AM ET, 10/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 10/06/2010

Nation marks Walk to School Day

Wednesday is Walk to School Day, an idea being promoted as a way to not only help keep students healthy but also improve the environment. Organizers says the percentage of students walking or bicycling to school in the United States...

By Michael Bolden  |  09:25 AM ET, 10/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 10/04/2010

Md. opens new E-ZPass offices

With the first segment of the Intercounty Connector scheduled to open late this year or early next year, the state of Maryland has opened E-ZPass offices at either end of the new toll road.

By Michael Bolden  |  01:30 PM ET, 10/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland, Maryland, Maryland

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 09/15/2010

Bus strike continues for third day

A little more than half of the buses in the Prince George's public bus system had some service on Wednesday, the third day of a bus drivers' strike.

By Michael Bolden  |  03:50 PM ET, 09/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 09/14/2010

Md. Route 5 reopens

3:45 P.M. UPDATE: Route 5 has reopened. 2 P.M. UPDATE: Two lanes are open northbound and two lanes are open southbound, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation. 12:22 P.M. UPDATE: The accident involves an open-bed tractor-trailer that reportedly overturned....

By Michael Bolden  |  02:00 PM ET, 09/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 09/13/2010

Strike limits Pr. George's buses

More than 100 bus drivers went on strike Monday in Prince George's County, creating havoc for thousands of commuters who use the county's public bus system.

By Michael Bolden  |  02:25 PM ET, 09/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland, Maryland, Maryland

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 08/30/2010

Md. troopers crack down on DWI

Maryland State police joined local law enforcers as part of a national campaign against drinking and driving. Authorities charged 312 motorists across the state for driving under the influence. Troopers arrested 122 of those.

By Luke Rosiak  |  03:59 PM ET, 08/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland, Maryland

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 08/20/2010

Ehrlich pledges to restore road money

Republican Robert Ehrlich says he would restore about $60 million in local aid for road maintenance that has been cut during the recession if he is elected governor.

By Michael Bolden  |  01:29 PM ET, 08/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland, Maryland

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 08/20/2010

Odenton Station building closed

MARC's Odenton Station building closed Friday at 1 p.m. because of an unexpected illness, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. Riders will be able to buy one-way tickets on the train without a penalty, officials said....

By Michael Bolden  |  01:05 PM ET, 08/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 07/27/2010

Purple Line added to Montgomery plans

A state proposal to build a 16-mile Purple Line is now officially part of Montgomery County's master plan, staff writer Katherine Shaver reports on the Post Now blog.

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:00 PM ET, 07/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 07/23/2010

Elderly man wanders on Metro tracks

An elderly man wandered onto the tracks between Ballston and Virginia Square stations on the Orange Line at about 10:30 Friday morning, forcing trains to slow down until one of them spotted the man and picked him up, according to Metro.

By Michael Bolden  |  11:37 AM ET, 07/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 07/22/2010

MARC delays continue

4:45 p.m. Update: MARC 891 has been canceled. The MTA advises that passengers should transfer to MARC 875. Metro will honor MARC tickets, too, the MTA said. 4:35 p.m. Update: MARC Train 853 is holding at Camden Station -- delays...

By Michael Bolden  |  03:50 PM ET, 07/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 07/21/2010

Inner loop partially open at St. Barnabas

[This post will be updated] 5;40 p.m. Update: Traffic on the inner loop is slow but moving as far east as Pennsylvania Avenue. Allow extra time if you're traveling on the inner loop of the southern portion of the Beltway....

By Michael Bolden  |  04:40 PM ET, 07/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland

Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 07/19/2010

Intermittent closures on Bay Bridge

Maryland transportation officials warn motorists to expect single-lane closures on both the eastbound and westbound portions of the Chesepeake Bay Bridge from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday while maintenance work and routine annual inspections occur....

By Michael Bolden  |  09:19 AM ET, 07/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 07/14/2010

MTA bus shelter condemned

The Maryland Transit Administration says riders on MTA Route 904 should be careful near the bus shelter located at the Prince George's Equestrian Center. Officials said the shelter has been condemned due to storm damage that occurred Tuesday night. Crews...

By Michael Bolden  |  04:20 PM ET, 07/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 07/08/2010

Metrobus in accident in Silver Spring

July 8 Update: The Post's Michael S. Williamson snapped this photograph of a Metrobus that wound up in a yard in Silver Spring. Montgomery County police are investigating. 3:55 p.m. Update: The bus was out of service and wasn't...

By Michael Bolden  |  08:30 AM ET, 07/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:54 PM ET, 06/21/2010

MARC train stalled at New Carrolton

MARC train 538 on the Penn Line has been stopped south of New Carrollton for more than an hour, leaving passengers restless and wondering what's going on. MARC says a mechanical problem will delay the train by a total of 75 to 90 minutes; a rescue locomotive was dispatched to the scene around 6:30.

By Luke Rosiak  |  07:54 PM ET, 06/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland, Maryland | Tags:  marc delays

Posted at 04:17 AM ET, 06/13/2010

Md. unveiling new license plate

State officials are unveiling a new license plate that will become standard on all Maryland vehicles.

By Michael Bolden  |  04:17 AM ET, 06/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland