Dr. Gridlock: Northern Virginia


Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 05/09/2012

Beltway drivers ask whether 495 Express Lanes will suit them

The express lanes, also known as HOT lanes, are scheduled to be done at the end of 2012, and drivers are studying their usefulness.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:38 AM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Driving, Northern Virginia | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, 495 Express Lanes

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 05/04/2012

Beltway/I-66 interchange bottleneck to open up this weekend in Express Lanes work zone

Commuters on the Beltway’s inner loop in Virginia should see a significant improvement by next week.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:19 PM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, 495 Express Lanes, Capital Beltway

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 04/12/2012

Silver Line construction: Many lane closings in Tysons area

The Metro Silver Line project is very active right now in the Tysons Corner area, and it’s going to have a greater impact on the local roadways next week.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:16 PM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Silver Line, Construction, Northern Virginia, Metro | Tags:  Virginia transportation, Silver Line, Metro, WMATA, Tysons Corner

Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 12/30/2011

ART route will change in the new year

The new year will bring with it route and schedule changes for one Arlington Transit route. ART Route 62 will still serve the Courthouse, Clarendon and Ballston Metro stops, but several stops are being eliminated.

By Mark Berman  |  12:00 AM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 11/17/2011

Relief coming at Beltway/Toll Road interchange

VDOT said weekend work should complete restoration of the second lane on the ramp leading from eastbound Dulles Toll Road to Capital Beltway’s inner loop.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:58 PM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Northern Virginia, Construction

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Withheld money coming to Virginia transportation group

Virginia withheld the money, used to fund transit agencies, until the commission signed an agreement giving the state more representation on local transit boards.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  02:49 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Arlington considers raising taxi fares

The Arlington County Board is considering whether to raise the basic taxi fare by 25 cents, and adding another 50 cents for each passenger older than 12 years of age. In return, cabs would be required to accept credit card payments by April 1, 2012.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  05:00 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 10/06/2011

Outer loop lane, ramp closures planned in Va.

Drivers on the outer loop in Virginia Thursday and Friday nights should be alert for lane closures between the Eisenhower Avenue Connector and Telegraph Road as crews continue work as part of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  01:53 PM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Northern Virginia

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Virginia initiates regional transit study

Virginia plans to do a fresh study of commuter patterns in Northern Virginia, one that disregards county boundaries to develop a comprehensive approach to transit improvements, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and Transportation Secretary Sean T. Connaughton said on Monday.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  01:35 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia, Congestion, Virginia

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 08/25/2011

Falling rocks block GW Parkway

Falling rocks have blocked northbound George Washington Parkway north of Spout Run Parkway, according to Arlington County.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  04:14 PM ET, 08/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 08/22/2011

I-66 west to close at Route 267 tonight

Interstate 66 westbound is scheduled to close overnight Monday at Route 267 due to work on the Metrorail extension to Dulles airport and Loudoun County.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  06:21 PM ET, 08/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Silver Line, Northern Virginia

Posted at 07:11 AM ET, 08/15/2011

ART route and schedule changes

Four ART routes are going to have route and schedule changes go into effect beginning Monday.

By Mark Berman  |  07:11 AM ET, 08/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia

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

Beltway lane closings at Route 123 Monday night

Three lanes of the Capital Beltway in each direction are scheduled to close overnight Monday at Route 123 in Tysons Corner, according to officials with the Dulles rail extension project

By Washington Post Editors  |  06:06 PM ET, 08/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia, Tysons Corner, Silver Line, Northern Virginia

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 07/26/2011

Dominion plans pilot for EV owners

Dominion Virginia Power plans to begin a pilot program this fall that would charge electric vehicle owners less to “fill up” during off-peak owners.

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:03 PM ET, 07/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 07/21/2011

Civil War buffs bringing traffic to Manassas

The best travel advice for the next few days is not to travel, but the four days of activities marking the 150th anniversary of the battle at Manassas won’t wait on the weather. Thousands will be heading to events starting today.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:41 AM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Northern Virginia

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 07/19/2011

Wolf pushes for distance tolling on Dulles Greenway

Rep. Frank Wolf (R) joined Loudoun officials Friday in an appeal to the Virginia Department of Transportation to address distance pricing on one of the most expensive toll roads in the country.

By Caitlin Gibson  |  01:38 PM ET, 07/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 07/12/2011

Complaints continue about HOT lanes work zone

Drivers tell me they’re still not happy with the delays and congestion on the eastbound Dulles Toll Road where it enters the Capital Beltway work zone north of Tysons Corner.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:53 AM ET, 07/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Construction, Northern Virginia

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 07/06/2011

D.C. Mayor Gray changes position on Dulles rail; endorses aboveground station

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray now supports locating a new Metrorail station at Dulles International Airport underground.

By Ann E. Marimow and Nikita Stewart  |  12:18 PM ET, 07/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Silver Line, Northern Virginia | Tags:  WMATA, Silver Line, Dulles

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 07/06/2011

Detour to disrupt Fair Lakes Parkway traffic

This is the scheduled date for the start of the six-month detour for drivers on the Fair Lakes Parkway near its busy junction with the Fairfax County Parkway.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:33 AM ET, 07/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Advisories, Construction, Northern Virginia

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 07/01/2011

Columbia Pike residents plan for the future

Hundreds of Arlingtons Colmubia Pike residents participated in a week-long event to plan for the future of the boulevard.

By Christy Goodman  |  11:49 AM ET, 07/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 06/27/2011

Beltway lane closings in Tysons cancelled

In case you saw signs about road work: The Dulles Metrorail project has cancelled its plan to close lanes on the Capital Beltway’s outer loop tonight at Route 123 in Tysons Corner.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:12 PM ET, 06/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Northern Virginia

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 06/27/2011

Capital Bikeshare meeting Mon. in Arlington

Arlington County wants to hear from you about its plans to expand the Capital Bikeshare program.

By Kafia A. Hosh  |  10:30 AM ET, 06/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Dr. Gridlock, Biking, Northern Virginia | Tags:  Capital Bikeshare, Arlington County, Montgomery County

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 06/22/2011

Fairfax parkway interchange partially opening

Drivers on the eastern side of the Fairfax County Parkway will have to wait a little longer to benefit from the new interchange at Boudinot Drive.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:25 PM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Advisories, Construction, Northern Virginia

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 06/22/2011

Night lane closings on Dulles Toll Road this week

Travel on the Dulles Toll Road and the toll-free airport access highway will be affected by lane closings and shifts in the normal traffic pattern this week.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:43 AM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Construction, Northern Virginia

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 06/20/2011

ART buses on time, but dispute continues

ART buses back on schedule, but drivers’ union and Forsythe Transportation still not seeing eye to eye.

By Christy Goodman  |  04:03 PM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia

Posted at 05:59 AM ET, 06/17/2011

Roads reopen after suspicious vehicle near Pentagon

Arlington County reports that roads around the Pentagon have reopened following the investigation of a suspicious vehicle. Authorities have a man in custody.

By Mark Berman  |  05:59 AM ET, 06/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 06/16/2011

Section of Zion Drive in Fairfax to close

Beginning Wednesday a section of Zion Drive in the Fairfax area will close to traffic for safety upgrades.

By Kafia A. Hosh  |  04:55 PM ET, 06/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia | Tags:  Zion Drive, Fairfax County Department of Transportation

Posted at 06:50 PM ET, 06/15/2011

Zimmerman calls for an end to the Arlington Transit bus driver strike

Chris Zimmerman called the dispute between county contractor Forsythe Transportation and its employees “simply unacceptable.”

By Christy Goodman  |  06:50 PM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 06/14/2011

ART drivers suspended for strike

About 20 Arlington Transit bus operators are under investigation for participating in a “wildcat strike.” Service delays continue, but routes are running more smoothly than Monday, officials said.

By Christy Goodman  |  03:59 PM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia

Posted at 07:20 AM ET, 06/14/2011

Truck driver charged with reckless driving in I-66 crash

The driver of a tractor-trailer hauling plumbing materials was charged with reckless driving after his truck lost control while exiting from the Capital Beltway onto Interstate 66 West, Virginia State Police said.

By Mark Berman  |  07:20 AM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia

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

Job action affects ART’s Tuesday service

ART bus drivers continue to protest the contractor used by Arlington County, and the resulting delays will continue to impact ART riders on Tuesday. All routes will be in service except 61B, and most routes will have less frequent service.

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

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 06/13/2011

Outer loop lanes to close as part of Wilson Bridge project

Two lanes of the outer loop in Virginia will be closed overnight Tuesday as part of the work on the Wilson Bridge project.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  04:21 PM ET, 06/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Construction, Northern Virginia

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 06/13/2011

ART riders face major delays

About a third of Arlington Transit bus drivers did not show up to work Monday morning because of a dispute with Forsythe Transportation, the county’s contractor to provide local bus service.

By Christy Goodman  |  01:04 PM ET, 06/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 05/27/2011

Outer loop lanes reopen at Telegraph Road

The outer loop was partially closed at Telegraph Road due to a tractor-trailer accident.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  11:49 AM ET, 05/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia, Capital Beltway

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 05/02/2011

Man dies in I-66 crash

A man died in a car crash in Fairfax County Monday that shut down part of Interstate 66 for hours.

By Washington Post Editors  |  04:11 PM ET, 05/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia

Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Arlington Transit meeting on schedule changes

Arlington Transit is seeking public input on changes being proposed for some bus schedules.

By Washington Post Editors  |  06:24 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 04/26/2011

Today’s transportation roundup

Here’s a look at some of the news in transportation today:

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:39 AM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Prince George's County, Northern Virginia

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 04/25/2011

Officials suggest meeting on Dulles rail stop

The chairman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has suggested that officials opposed to the underground location of a Metrorail stop at Dulles meet with airports authority officials during the next meetingof the Dulles Corridor Advisory Commttee.

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:06 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Silver Line, Northern Virginia

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 02:33 PM ET, 04/15/2011

Fairfax County Pkwy. crackdown begins Sunday

Watch your speed on Fairfax County Parkway.

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:33 PM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 04/11/2011

HOV ramp to Mark Center delayed

The ramp from I-395 HOV lanes to the Mark Center is being delayed because the Federal Highway Administration is requiring the Virginia Department of Transportation to do a more in-depth environmental review.

By Christy Goodman  |  01:50 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  BRAC, Northern Virginia

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Airports board OKs underground Dulles Metro stop

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority voted Wednesday to build an underground rail stop at Dulles International Airport, citing its easier accessibility to the airport terminal despite the station’s higher cost estimates compared to an aboveground option.

By Kafia A. Hosh  |  01:22 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Silver Line, Northern Virginia, Metro

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 03/29/2011

Fairfax OKs names for new Metrorail stations

So what’s in a name? A lot it seems, especially when it comes to naming a new Metro station. Fairfax officials on Tuesday approved monikers for the Metro stations on the rail extension to Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County.

By Kafia A. Hosh  |  02:31 PM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Silver Line

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 03/29/2011

Scalia in minor accident on GW Parkway

A Supreme Court spokeswoman says Justice Antonin Scalia was involved in a minor car accident while driving in to work.

By Associated Press  |  01:46 PM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Driving, Northern Virginia

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 03/23/2011

Fairfax seeks input on accessing Tysons Metro stations

Fairfax County officials are asking TysonsCorner area residents and employees for feedback on how to access the four stations being built there as part of the Metrorail extension to Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County.

By Kafia A. Hosh  |  12:35 PM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Silver Line, Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/21/2011

Unease over merging transit agencies

If it's not broken then don't fix it- that's the attitude some Northern Virginia transit officials have toward a bill that proposes to merge three major transit agencies into one come July 2012.

By Jennifer Buske  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia

Posted at 07:03 PM ET, 01/20/2011

Arlington working to smooth commutes

Traffic lights synched in real time, fewer delays due to accidents and more digital signs on the roads could lead to better commutes in Arlington over the next few years. The Arlington County Board is considering approving more than...

By Christy Goodman  |  07:03 PM ET, 01/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 01/03/2011

Route 123 closings in Tysons

The northbound lanes of Route 123 are scheduled to close overnight Monday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. at the Dulles Connector Road as part of the work on the Metrorail extension through Tysons Corner to Loudoun County. The southbound...

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:33 PM ET, 01/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/31/2010

Dulles Toll Road rates to rise Sat.

Toll rates at the main plaza on the Dulles Toll Road are scheduled to increase by 25 cents on Saturday. The decision to increase the tolls was made last fall following public hearings conducted by the Metropolitan Washington Airports...

By Michael D. Bolden  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/31/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 12/29/2010

VRE on modified schedule Thurs.

Virginia Railway Express will operate on a modified schedule Thursday and will not run trains on Friday in observance of the upcoming holiday. On Thursday, VRE will operate on the "S" schedule, with only four trains operating on each of...

By Jennifer Buske  |  04:31 PM ET, 12/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 12/21/2010

S. Glebe Rd. closed for repairs

South Glebe Road is closed between 22nd and 26th streets for gas main repairs. Exits 7A and 7B from Interstate 395 to Glebe Road are also closed for the work, which may also affect surrounding streets. Officials estimate that repairs...

By Washington Post Editors  |  04:17 PM ET, 12/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 12/15/2010

I-95 S closing Wed., Thurs.

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to close three of four lanes of Interstate 95 South between the Franconia-Springfield Parkway overpass and the Fairfax County parkway overpass (exit 166B) overnight Wednesday and Thursday, with intermittent full closures. The closures will also affect all HOV lanes, officials said.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  08:49 AM ET, 12/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Meeting on funding Tysons roads

The Metrorail extension to Loudoun County Airport, which includes four stops in Tysons Corner, is meant to reduce congestion in the traffic-choked job center. But in Tysons, officials say, the automobile will never become obsolete. Fairfax County officials have estimated that hundreds of millions of dollars will be needed to build a new street grid and other road upgrades for people who will still travel cars.

By Kafia A. Hosh  |  06:00 PM ET, 12/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia

Posted at 07:35 PM ET, 12/08/2010

Dulles Toll Road rates to rise Jan. 1

Toll rates at the main plaza on the Dulles Toll Road are scheduled to increase by 25 cents on Jan. 1. The decision to increase the tolls was made last fall following public hearings conducted by the Metropolitan Washington...

By Michael D. Bolden  |  07:35 PM ET, 12/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 11/30/2010

Fairfax weighs taking over roads

A takeover of roads from Virginia by Fairfax County, the region's most populous locality, would improve the area's heavily trafficked roads and allow government to be more responsive to commuters but it is unclear how the county would pay for it, according to a report released Tuesday.

By Derek Kravitz  |  02:58 PM ET, 11/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 11/18/2010

Accident causes VRE delays

Some Virginia Railway Express riders may experience delays Thursday evening following the cancellation of a morning Manassas Line train, rail officials said. Train 332 out of Broad Run experienced a mechanical failure Thursday morning and riders were given the option of taking Metro for free, VRE officials said. Train 332 is still waiting for a spare engine to couple with so that it can get to Union Station for the evening commute. If this does not happen in time, Train 335 out of Union Station will be canceled, VRE officials said.

By Jennifer Buske  |  06:10 PM ET, 11/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia

Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 11/10/2010

Alexandria proposes new snow rules

Weather forecasters are not predicting the severe snowstorms the D.C. region experienced last winter, but Alexandria officials are putting together a new plan of attack. A new system is being put in place that will categorize the severity of each snowstorm and how the city and its residents should respond, said Yon Lambert, deputy director of operations for Alexandria's transportation and environmental services

By Christy Goodman  |  06:28 PM ET, 11/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia

Posted at 09:34 PM ET, 11/09/2010

Old Town parking meter increases

Once new multi-space parking meters are installed in Old Town Alexandria, the rates will go back up to $1.75, according to a recent proposal. The Alexandria City Council, which lowered the parking meter rate to $1.25 last month until the...

By Christy Goodman  |  09:34 PM ET, 11/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 11/08/2010

Fairfax moves Bob's Slug Line

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation is nearing completion on a new Park & Ride lot on Old Keene Mill Road by Springfield Boulevard, and it has temporarily relocated the slugging area known as Bob's Slug Line.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:40 PM ET, 11/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 10/29/2010

NoVa officials discuss streetcar needs

Transportation officials in Arlington and Fairfax counties are trying to decide on features for the Columbia Pike streetcar line as they begin working on environmental documents and federal funding applications. The five-mile planned route from Pentagon City to Skyline in Fairfax County will need about 14 streetcars, street-level platforms, the possibility for people to enter the cars from both sides simultaneously, and the ability to collect fares at points along the line, said Steve Del Giudice, Arlington's transit bureau chief, to members of the Northern Virginia Streetcar Coalition Thursday night. Transportation officials are still trying to work out issues surrounding overhead power lines, locations for six power stations and a maintenance facility and "how to integrate those in the community," he said.

By Michael Bolden  |  12:40 PM ET, 10/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 10/27/2010

Alexandria lowers parking fees

Parking meters in Old Town Alexandria will soon drop 50-cents to $1.25 an hour until new multi-space parking meters are installed, thanks to action taken by the Alexandria City Council Tuesday night. Final city council action is expected Nov. 13,...

By Christy Goodman  |  12:30 PM ET, 10/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 10/22/2010

Transit advisory group wish list

An advisory group of Alexandria citizens and officials put together a list of demands Thursday night for a new transit study focusing on three busy corridors: Beauregard and Van Dorn streets; Duke Street and Eisenhower Avenue; and Route 1 and Washington Street. Any system studied for these areas must be faster, reliable and more convenient than a car, without being too noisy, cause vibrations or impacting the quality of life and character in each neighborhood it passes through, said members of the High Capacity Transitway Corridor Work Group.

By Michael Bolden  |  01:48 PM ET, 10/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia

Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 10/07/2010

Fairfax Connector schedules changing

The Fairfax Connector bus system will change some routes and schedules in Mount Vernon, Reston and Tysons Corner starting Monday. The routes affected are 151, 152, 574 and RIBS 5. A new route, numbered 159, will be created.

By Michael Bolden  |  09:37 AM ET, 10/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia

Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 07/20/2010

Va. crackdown nets 6K tickets, arrests

A weekend enforcement effort by the Virginia State Police on Interstates 81 and 95 resulted in more than 6,000 summonses and arrests.

By Michael Bolden  |  09:19 AM ET, 07/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia

Posted at 07:59 AM ET, 07/12/2010

Arlington paratransit fares rise

Higher fares take effect on Monday for Specialized Transit for Arlington Residents (STAR). The paratransit service provides rides to the elderly and the disabled.

By Michael Bolden  |  07:59 AM ET, 07/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia

Posted at 05:45 AM ET, 07/01/2010

Metro signs off on agreement with Va.

Metro announced last night that its board of directors will meet Thursday morning to discuss Virginia's contribution to its Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act funding. Under the plan, the federal government has agreed to provide the agency with $1.5 billion over 10 years for capital and safety needs. However, the District, Virginia and Maryland are each required to provide $50 million per year in matching funds.

By Michael Bolden  |  05:45 AM ET, 07/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 06/16/2010

Va. board adopts transportation plan

The Commonwealth Transportation Board is moving forward with a $7.8 billion plan to improve the state's roads and railroads.

By Michael Bolden  |  05:24 PM ET, 06/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia