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Dr. Gridlock: March, 2011

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 03/31/2011

District makes Circulator bus changes

The District Department of Transportation has formally announced changes affecting three of its Circulator bus routes.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:16 AM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  District | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, DC Circulator

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 03/30/2011

Va. governor extends hybrids in HOV lanes

Virginia Gov. Bob Mc­Don­nell has signed a one-year extension of the temporary law allowing solo drivers to use the lanes meant for carpoolers.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:27 PM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Highways | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 03/30/2011

Your Nationals Park travel guide

The only good thing to say about an unspringlike forecast for baseball’s opening day Thursday is that clouds, cold and a chance of rain could ease post-game congestion around Nationals Park.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:00 PM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Nationals Park

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 03/30/2011

Feds conduct surprise bus safety inspections

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration — a division of the Department of Transportation you may never have heard of — is conducting surprise bus safety inspections with local law enforcement in 13 states today.

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:23 PM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 03/30/2011

Rating your train operator announcements

A survey of announcements on New York City’s subway system showed many of the same complaints about garbled, incorrect or meaningless information from train operators as we hear in D.C.--but Metro riders may find themselves wishing they only experienced it at Big Apple rates.

By Luke Rosiak  |  12:21 PM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 03/30/2011

New York Avenue shrinking in April

Commuters will start to experience the biggest impact of the New York Avenue Bridge reconstruction in late April. At that point, the lane capacity between Penn Street NE and Florida Avenue NE — an area traversed by thousands of drivers during the morning and afternoon rushes — will be reduced by a third to make more room for the rebuilding over the next two years.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:04 AM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Construction | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, New York Avenue

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 03/30/2011

Diverted flight from Dulles finally lands in Oregon

United Airlines flight diverted to Chicago for security concerns; passengers rescreened and three booted. Plane lands about 1 a.m. in Portland.

By Associated Press  |  10:16 AM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Aviation

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 03/30/2011

Tysons lane shift planned for Thursday night

The Dulles Metrorail project has moved up a scheduled lane shift on Route 7 in Tysons Corner by one night. The work now is scheduled to start Thursday instead of Friday.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:26 AM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Construction | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Dulles Metrorail

Posted at 07:50 AM ET, 03/30/2011

Red Line delays cleared

There are Red Line delays for trains heading to Glenmont due to a train malfunction outside of Friendship Heights.

By Mark Berman  |  07:50 AM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:28 AM ET, 03/30/2011

Wet and chilly commute in store

Check back with Dr. Gridlock throughout the morning for the latest traffic headaches and updates.

By Mark Berman  |  06:28 AM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:55 AM ET, 03/30/2011

MARC Camden Line delays

MARC riders are in for some delays on the Camden Line. A CSX freight train was on fire, so they had to shut down both sets of tracks near the Savage Station. Trains are expected to run at least 15 to 20 minutes late in this area.

By Mark Berman  |  05:55 AM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 02:02 PM ET, 03/29/2011

Amtrak to tweet NE disruptions

Amtrak is introducing a pilot program to notify Northeast Corridor passengers about major service disruptions via Twitter.

By Associated Press  |  02:02 PM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 03/29/2011

Va. breaks ground on state’s tallest bridges

A highway project in Buchanan County will feature the tallest bridges in Virginia when it’s completed.

By Associated Press  |  01:48 PM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia

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 12:36 PM ET, 03/29/2011

Reston East park & ride closing next week

The remaining spaces at the Reston East Park and Ride on Wiehle Avenue will be closed off next week to make way for construction of the parking garage that will serve the new Metrorail line.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:36 PM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Dulles Metrorail

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 03/29/2011

Circulator plan would add, subtract routes

The D.C. Department of Transportation’s draft plan for the Circulator bus system’s next decade includes proposals to add and subtract routes and increase fares

By Robert Thomson  |  11:45 AM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transit | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, DC Circulator

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 03/29/2011

I Street NW reopens after fire

A fire in the 1400 block of I (Eye) Street has prompted officials to close the street, which is blocked by emergency vehicles. The roof fire, which appears to have originated in the area of HVAC equipment, has been mostly knocked down, according to authorities.

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:05 AM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 03/29/2011

Branch Avenue reopens after package is a hoax

Authorities say a suspicious package near Andrews Air Force Base was constructed to look like a bomb but appears to have been a hoax device.

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:24 AM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 03/29/2011

Delays on Metro’s Red Line cleared

Metro says that delays earlier Tuesday caused by a train malfunction at Friendship Heights and a sick customer at Union Station have been cleared. Trains were single-tracking around the problems, causing delays.

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:07 AM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:27 AM ET, 03/29/2011

Backups finally ease on commuter routes

The Dr. Gridlock blog provided updates on the Tuesday morning commute and any headaches awaiting you.

By Mark Berman  |  07:27 AM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 03/29/2011

Online discussion about Fairfax Connector

Do you have any questions about the Fairfax Connector? The Connector’s Nick Perfili will answer your queries at 11 a.m. this morning, responding to general questions, route information, Reston Park and Ride closure and anything else that crops up

By Mark Berman  |  06:01 AM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 03/28/2011

Ostrich struts on Beltway

Washington Post sports writer Gene Wang reports that handlers were trying to lure a loose ostrich back onto a truck after it somehow got a taste of freedom and decided to take a walk on the outer loop just past Connecticut Avenue Monday afternoon.

By Washington Post Editors  |  03:13 PM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 03/28/2011

Normal service returns to Blue, Orange lines

A track circuit malfunction outside of McPherson Square Station caused delays in both directions on Metrorail. Metro says the delays have been resolved.

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:08 AM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 03/28/2011

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Temperatures will remain on the cool side through the first week of the Cherry Blossom Festival. There’s a chance of rain Wednesday and Friday, the Capital Weather Gang says, but otherwise, the outlook is good for getting around. The home opener at Nationals Park is scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Sports fans could head from the stadium to Verizon Center to see the Caps play hockey Thursday night. Here are some things you should know about getting around the D.C. area this week.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:09 AM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The week ahead

Posted at 05:55 AM ET, 03/28/2011

Normal flow resumes on 270 South, outer loop in Md.

A car fire and a car accident closed both Intestate 270 southbound and the outer loop in Maryland during the morning commute. Drivers saw heavy delays after the roads reopened.

By Mark Berman  |  05:55 AM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:23 AM ET, 03/28/2011

Georgia Ave. reopens in upper Montgomery County

By Justin Jouvenal  |  05:23 AM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 03/25/2011

Dr. Gridlock answered your questions

Dr. Gridlock answers letters from readers and offers tips every Sunday, along with his commuter column, in your morning newspaper. But he’s back at it the next day fielding questions in real time from you online. You can submit questions now to get a head start, and tune in at noon on Monday for your appointment with the doctor.

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:16 PM ET, 03/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 03/25/2011

The weekend and beyond

The two-week Cherry Blossom Festival starts Saturday, somewhat in defiance of the chilly, gray and potentially rainy — even snowy — weather forecast for the weekend. Saturday’s National Marathon means extensive traffic congestion in the middle of the District throughout the morning and early afternoon. Metro will open an hour early, at 6 a.m., to accommodate the marathon participants. Meanwhile, the circus is at the Verizon Center all weekend. Here’s what travelers need to know for the weekend and beyond.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:22 AM ET, 03/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, The weekend and beyond

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 03/25/2011

Chilly commute caps off week

Check Dr. Gridlock throughout the morning commute, as we will be keeping tabs on any headaches and issues.

By Mark Berman  |  08:32 AM ET, 03/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:56 AM ET, 03/25/2011

MARC delays and issues

Southbound MARC Penn Line trains are all delayed due to a track defect.

By Mark Berman  |  05:56 AM ET, 03/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 03/24/2011

Metro to add security cameras

Metro’s board and several committees are meeting today, with a variety of items on the table, including development around transit stations in Prince George’s. This post will be updated throughout the afternoon. The board will also meet several Metro employees in an effort to get better aquainted with station managers and train operators.

By Ann Scott Tyson  |  11:56 AM ET, 03/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:50 AM ET, 03/24/2011

I-95 North snarled at Springfield Interchange

Roads might be wet as showers coat the region this morning. Check with Dr. Gridlock throughout the morning commute for the latest headaches and updates.

By Mark Berman  |  05:50 AM ET, 03/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 03/23/2011

Suspicious package cleared near Navy Yard

M Street SE is all jammed up due to a police situation.

By Luke Rosiak  |  05:07 PM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 03/23/2011

Inner loop in Va. reopened, but slow

An accident on I-495 northbound at the Dulles Toll Road has closed the Inner Loop in the vicinity, according to Fairfax officials, and backups are extending past Route 66.

By Luke Rosiak  |  04:44 PM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 03/23/2011

Woman struck by train at Rhode Island Ave. station

A person has been struck by a train at Rhode Island Avenue station, according to D.C. and Metro officials. Trains are single-tracking between New York and Rhode Island Avenue stations, Metro said. The Rhode Island Avenue station remains open at this time.

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:39 PM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Red Line

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 03/23/2011

Transportation peep show

Spring is in the air, and The Post’s annual--and in­cred­ibly popular--Peeps Show is getting underway. It’s a time for our hopes and dreams, our fears and aspirations, our frustrations and neuroses, to be manifested through sticky, overly sweet little marshmallow bunnies and chicks.

By Luke Rosiak  |  01:33 PM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 11:57 AM ET, 03/23/2011

Coyote delays flights in Atlanta

Authorities say a coyote wandered onto a runway in Atlanta, delaying flights for a few minutes at the world’s busiest airport until ground crews chased the animal away.

By Associated Press  |  11:57 AM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Airports

Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 03/23/2011

Green and Yellow line delays cleared

Problems on the Green and Yellow lines that led to massive delays for riders Wednesday morning have been cleared. The backups were caused by a sick customer and standing water on the tracks.

By Mark Berman  |  08:25 AM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:10 AM ET, 03/23/2011

Inner loop, I-95 N jammed in VA

We’ll be keeping tabs on any headaches and issues awaiting you this morning, so check back with Dr. Gridlock throughout the morning commute.

By Mark Berman  |  07:10 AM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 03/22/2011

Third Street Tunnel crash cleared

D.C. authorities are on the scene of a crash in the southbound lanes of the Third Street Tunnel. Officials say drivers should expect delays.

By Washington Post Editors  |  05:35 PM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 03/22/2011

Car crash with cement truck closes N. Capitol St.

By Washington Post Editors  |  04:52 PM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 03/22/2011

Street closings for Saturday marathon

The National Marathon, one of the year’s most disruptive events for D.C. travelers, is scheduled for this Saturday. I rank it with the annual Christmas tree lighting on the Ellipse for the bad spirits it generates among those caught in the resulting congestion.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:57 PM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, National Marathon

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 03/22/2011

Getting around Constitution Ave. construction

Once the Cherry Blossom Festival is done in April, the National Park Service project to rebuild Constitution Avenue NW will begin to have a serious impact on commuters. See The Post story by Ashley Halsey III. William Line, spokesman for the park service, points out that the reconstruction will start at 23rd Street and work eastward to 15th Street to separate the avenue project as much as possible from the 17th Street levee project.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:30 PM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Construction | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Constitution Avenue

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 08:39 AM ET, 03/22/2011

Foggy Bottom escalator collapse caused by object that broke steps

Metro has found that the Foggy Bottom Metro station escalator collapse last month was caused by an object that was lodged under the top comb plate of the conveyance, according to an investigation.

By Ann Scott Tyson  |  08:39 AM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:29 AM ET, 03/22/2011

Georgia Ave. reopens at Irving St

The accident on Georgia Avenue has been cleared and all lanes are now open, according to the Distruct Department of Transportation.

By Mark Berman  |  06:29 AM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:54 AM ET, 03/22/2011

Potential MARC crowding

MARC Brunswick Line train 880 will run with only two cars this morning due to a defective door. Travelers taking this train, which departs Brunswick at 7:40 a.m., should expect some crowding.

By Mark Berman  |  05:54 AM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 03/21/2011

Fatal accident closes Route 1 in Mount Vernon

One person has died and numerous other people are injured in a multiple vehicle car crash on Route 1 in the Mount Vernon area, Fairfax County police said Monday. The highway is closed in both directions at the scene of the crash.

By Washington Post Editors  |  05:23 PM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 03/21/2011

Multiple MARC train delays

A blocked track is delaying several Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) trains at Union Station.

By Washington Post Editors  |  05:10 PM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 03/21/2011

Only dim light at end of Metro’s tunnel

This should have been a day when Metrorail riders were singing the praises of the transit authority for adding 10 cars to rush-hour trains on the Orange and Red lines, the equivalent of 640 seats on some of the most crowded trains in the transit system. For many morning riders, it instead became just another day when Metro failed them, thanks to a power cable problem outside Federal Triangle.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:08 PM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro | Tags:  Dr Gridlock

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 03/21/2011

What good is the grid?

I’m fussy about the term ‘gridlock.’ You’ll never see me refer to “gridlock on the Beltway,” or “gridlock on I-395.” No grid, no gridlock.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:39 PM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 03/21/2011

Accident at 16th and P NW

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:55 PM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 03/21/2011

How will we access the Tysons Metro stations?

When the four Dulles rail extension stations open in Tysons Corner in 2013, where will the nearest bus stops be located? Which trails and sidewalks will lead into the stations?  And how will cyclists be able to access them? 

By Kafia A. Hosh  |  11:58 AM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 03/21/2011

The week ahead in traffic, transit

Travelers face a cloudy, and sometimes stormy first week of spring, the Capital Weather Gang says. Skies are likely to be clearer on Friday, but temperatures will be chillier. Many road crews are out, and many more are to come as the weather warms. The National Marathon, very disruptive for traffic in the District, is scheduled for Saturday, the same day the two-week Cherry Blossom Festival starts. Metro has not scheduled any track work for the next three weekends. Here are some other things you should know as you face the week ahead.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:27 AM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock

Posted at 06:16 AM ET, 03/21/2011

Blue and Orange Line delays

There are delays on the Blue and Orange Lines due to a track problem outside of Federal Triangle. Trains are sharing the same track between the McPherson Square and the Smithsonian stations.

By Mark Berman  |  06:16 AM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:55 AM ET, 03/21/2011

Stormy A.M. commute

Some rain, thunder and lightning kick off the week. We’ll be keeping tabs on the morning commute, so check in throughout the morning for updates on any headaches.

By Mark Berman  |  05:55 AM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 03/18/2011

Metro will study bus routes

Metro will consider the routes of eight bus lines to improve service, including airport lines, the agency said Friday, to reduce crowding and tweak frequency, stops, speed and communications.

By Metro will consider the routes of eight bus lines to improve service, including airport lines, the agency said Friday, to reduce crowding and tweak frequency, stops, speed, communications., It will hold meetings seeking input from the public in the coming months, is accepting feedback at http://www.metrobus-studies.com. and Luke Rosiak  |  06:14 PM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 03/18/2011

Counties to Congress: Fund roads for BRAC

Five leaders of Maryland jurisdictions joined together Friday to urge Congress to pay for infrastructure improvements to accomodate the relocation of military bases under the Base Realignment and Closure plan.

By Luke Rosiak  |  04:13 PM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 03/18/2011

VRE approves step-up fare reduction for some Amtrak trains

The Virginia Railway Express Operations Board approved a reduction in the commuter service’s step-up fare for select Amtrak trains -- a move VRE officials said should help alleviate overcrowding on VRE trains.

By Jennifer Buske  |  12:50 PM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 03/18/2011

The weekend and beyond

As we head into the last weekend of winter, with outdoor activities picking up, remember to watch for more walkers and bikers. Sunday will be the better of the two days for such activities, the Capital Weather Gang says.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:13 PM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 03/18/2011

Va. delegates grill airport authority

Representatives of the authority that oversees the region’s main airports were questioned Thursday during a hearing called by Virginia lawmakers. Virginia Del. Joe May, who chairs the House transportation committee, held the hearing to examine the governance and operations of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. MWAA staff and board member Thomas M. Davis III fielded questions.

By Kafia A. Hosh  |  11:46 AM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 03/18/2011

Green Line delays cleared

There were Green Line delays due to a track problem outside of Prince George’s Plaza.Trains were sharing the same track between College Park and Prince George’s Plaza. Delays both directions are clear.

By Mark Berman  |  09:10 AM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:49 AM ET, 03/18/2011

Accidents snarl traffic in NW and MD

A warmer A.M. commute helps wrap up the week. We'll be tracking the morning traffic headaches throughout rush hour, so check back here during the morning.

By Mark Berman  |  06:49 AM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:51 AM ET, 03/18/2011

MARC train running one car short

MARC train 413 will run one car short this morning, which could lead to crowding for riders.

By Mark Berman  |  05:51 AM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 03/17/2011

Tysons Corner, Fair Oaks DMVs fully operational

The Virginia DMV reports computer problems have been fixed at the Tysons Corner and Fair Oaks DMV centers, and drivers can once again get new licenses at both locations.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  03:30 PM ET, 03/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 03/17/2011

Rte. 1 near Fort Belvoir reopened

Route 1 will be closed in both directions from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM between the Fairfax County Parkway (Route 7100) and Telegraph Road.

By Luke Rosiak  |  09:25 AM ET, 03/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 03/17/2011

Report: D.C. drivers use GPS most often

If you ever go for a drive around the area and get the feeling that people don’t know where they’re going, you might be onto something. A new report says that Washington residents are the most frequent users of mobile GPS guidance in the country.

By Mark Berman  |  08:01 AM ET, 03/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:47 AM ET, 03/17/2011

Blue and Orange Line delays cleared

Earlier delays on the Blue and Orange Lines have cleared up.

By Mark Berman  |  07:47 AM ET, 03/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:57 AM ET, 03/17/2011

I-395, I-95 North snarled in VA

We'll be keeping tabs on the traffic all morning, so check back with us.

By Mark Berman  |  06:57 AM ET, 03/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 03/16/2011

Possible sites for Dulles station narrowed

The jury is still out on a location for a future rail stop at Dulles International Airport after project officials said they needed more time to compare proposed sites and consult with partner localities concerned about the station’s cost.

By Kafia A. Hosh  |  06:03 PM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 03/16/2011

Computer woes mean Tysons, Fair Oaks DMVs can’t issue new licenses

Computer malfunctions are preventing drivers from getting new licenses at DMV offices in Tysons Corner and Fair Oaks.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  |  03:40 PM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 03/16/2011

Metro map getting makeover

To plan for proposed changes, Metro is having the mapmaker who drew the original map touch it up.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:13 PM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 03/16/2011

Cops: Drunk Md. man punched train conductor

Two men from the District and Maryland have been charged after one of them allegedly punched an Amtrak conductor during a stop in western Pennsylvania.

By Associated Press  |  12:59 PM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 03/16/2011

Should Metro add unlimited-use passes?

There’s a move afoot to pressure Metro to introduce a pricing system that could help reduce road traffic and fill seats during underused periods, one in use in other major systems: Unlimited-use passes that let you pay for your daily commute, then ride off-peak for free. They wouldn’t differentiate between bus and rail, and you could subscribe to automatic renewal.

By Luke Rosiak  |  12:15 PM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 03/16/2011

Metrorail open late Thursday

Metro will stay open an extra hour on Thursday night to accommodate the crowds at Verizon Center for the the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament. This extra hour may also work well for people out late celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:24 AM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 03/16/2011

Airports board delays exec vote

The authority has been bitterly divided over the leading candidate to be its next leader.

By Ann E. Marimow  |  10:16 AM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 AM ET, 03/16/2011

Watch out for slick roads

Rain could leave the roadways and sidewalks damp and slippery this morning. That and the morning’s traffic headaches in this post, which will be updated throughout the commute.

By Mark Berman  |  07:07 AM ET, 03/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:26 PM ET, 03/15/2011

Beltway lane closings curtailed

By Robert Thomson  |  06:26 PM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 03/15/2011

Beltway bridge reopening Friday

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to reopen the Idylwood Road bridge south of Tysons Corner on Friday, following its reconstruction as part of the High Occupancy Toll lanes project.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:30 PM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 03/15/2011

Pr. William officials budget funds for new commuter lot

Prince William County officials budgeted almost $300,000 in proffer funds for a temporary commuter lot they opened Monday on the county’s eastern end.

By Jennifer Buske  |  04:24 PM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 03/15/2011

Metrorail adding rush-hour cars

Metro General Manager Richard Sarles announced today that Metrorail will add 10 cars to its rush-hour service in time for the start of the Cherry Blossom Festival, and he said they won’t go away after the blossoms have faded.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:45 PM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 03/15/2011

Pr. William officials budget funds for new commuter lot

Prince William County officials budgeted almost $300,000 in proffer funds for a temporary commuter lot they opened Monday on the county’s eastern end.

By Jennifer Buske  |  02:38 PM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 03/15/2011

Pols: Tour bus regulations lax

Low-cost inter-city buses are one of the fastest-growing forms of transportation, and have sprouted up increasingly in the D.C. area, where every day they make trips to New York and other cities. The District moved just this week to regulate where they can idle, post signs and load passengers. But after a crash in the Bronx killed 15 last weekend, U.S. officials say their operation is dangerously unsupervised.

By Luke Rosiak  |  01:57 PM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 03/15/2011

Bikeshare adds 5-day pass

Just in time for the Cherry Blossom festival, Capital Bikeshare will add a 5-day pass option for $15. Existing options are a one-day pass for $5, a monthly subscription for $25, and the more popular yearly membership for $75.

By Luke Rosiak  |  01:07 PM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 03/15/2011

Lanes closing on GW Parkway

The National Park Service plans to temporarily close lanes on the southbound side of the George Washington Parkway between today’s rush hours, and traffic congestion is likely.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:15 AM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 03/15/2011

Avoid Wisconsin Ave and Q St NW

A roundup of the morning’s traffic woes.

By Mark Berman  |  08:48 AM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:47 AM ET, 03/15/2011

VRE delays

Riders have early delays on the VRE.

By Mark Berman  |  06:47 AM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:37 AM ET, 03/15/2011

Red Line delays cleared

There are Red Line delays due to a track problem at Rhode Island Avenue.

By Mark Berman  |  06:37 AM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 03/14/2011

Gridlock live: ICC, GPS, MD-97 and WWW

Dr. Gridlock just wrapped up his weekly chat, where he answers live questions from you, dear readers. Tackled this week: Crosswalk countdowns on the fritz; Washington Post Web redesign (including a more prominent traffic map); Metro closures and latenight construction; Metro’s Blue Line split; named versus numbered highways; when the ICC’s useful; and GPS issues--for Metro’s NextBus and your car on the ICC.

By Luke Rosiak  |  01:35 PM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 03/14/2011

Plane tickets and transparency

The Department of Transportation may require airlines to make all of their prices public, in a move that could make it easy to search and compare prices. The disclosures would include ticket prices and the rapidly-proliferating added fees, for baggage, prime seats, extra legroom, movies, food and the like. (With the Federal Aviation Administration’s budget under pressure, those fees could continue to increase.)

By Luke Rosiak  |  11:29 AM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 03/14/2011

Connector vs. Interstate: Fair test?

Mark Berman and I have received a lot of feedback on our Commuter page feature, Which Way? Connector vs . Interstate. I sense you all wanted Berman to win.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:54 AM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 03/14/2011

Mica aide becomes transpo lobbyist

The chief of staff to the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee traveled a well-worn path over the weekend.

By Luke Rosiak  |  10:44 AM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 03/14/2011

Train derails in San Francisco

A San Francisco subway train derailed while leaving a station Sunday morning, with all cars remaining upright--but significantly off the tracks--and three minor back injuries reported. Five BART officers were already on the station platform and assisted with evacuation.

By Luke Rosiak  |  10:20 AM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 03/14/2011

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Travelers will enjoy more daylight on afternoon commutes this week, now that we’re into Daylight Savings Time. They are likely to find the weather much better for the latter part of the work week, but rain is likely on Tuesday and Wednesday. As the weather warms, drivers are encountering many more road crews working on small projects, such as pothole repairs. Watch out for those little work zones, as well as the major ones. Here are some projects that could result in delays.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:21 AM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:58 AM ET, 03/14/2011

Follow the morning commute on Twitter

We’ll be tracking the morning traffic headaches on Twitter.

By Mark Berman  |  06:58 AM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:53 AM ET, 03/14/2011

Big VRE delays

A cracked rail caused big delays for VRE trains.

By Mark Berman  |  06:53 AM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:24 AM ET, 03/14/2011

New Penn Line schedule

Changes to MARC’s Penn Line will add trains and cars during the morning and evening commutes.

By Mark Berman  |  06:24 AM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:13 AM ET, 03/14/2011

Darker commute kicks off week

The clocks have been changed, and commuters have an extra hour of darkness for their morning drive. We’ll be keeping tabs on the morning traffic here.

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Posted at 05:50 AM ET, 03/14/2011

Darker commute kicks off week

The clocks have been changed, and commuters have an extra hour of darkness for their morning drive. We’ll be keeping tabs on the morning traffic here.

By Mark Berman  |  05:50 AM ET, 03/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 03/11/2011

DDOT proposes tour bus regs

With intercity buses like DC2NY and BoltBus increasingly popular--and often pulling their hulking frames to the side of the road in pedestrian meccas like Chinatown--the District Department of Transportation is proposing modifying regulations governing them, as well as sightseeing buses.

By Luke Rosiak  |  06:02 PM ET, 03/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 03/11/2011

Did TSA really screen all air cargo?

The Transportation Security Administration says it screened all air cargo--but a government auditor said there’s no way the TSA can know that. It’s the second time this month the GAO has dinged the TSA for over-hyping itself and keeping shoddy records.

By Luke Rosiak  |  04:53 PM ET, 03/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 03/11/2011

Metro to study congested bus routes

Metro will survey bus riders who use the congested A Line service along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and the Georgia Avenue-Maryland Line, and will also hold public meetings in an effort to identify ways to improve the service.

By  |  02:53 PM ET, 03/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 03/11/2011

The weekend and beyond

DR. GRIDLOCK | There is no train service between East Falls Church and West Falls Church stations.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:01 AM ET, 03/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 03/10/2011

GAO: Airport screening math lacking

Some cost assumptions made by the Transportation Security Administration comparing private-sector and federal screeners at airports weren’t sound in January 2009--and the problem still hasn’t been entirely resolved, the General Accountability Office told Congress.

By Luke Rosiak  |  04:05 PM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Metro workers protest at headquarters

The workers chanted “Hey hey, yo yo -- you and your buses got to go!” prior to the start of board committee meetings.

By Washington Post Editors  |  03:59 PM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Canal Road closed due to mudslide

Canal Road in Northwest Washington is closed at Clark Place while crews stabilize an adjacent hill due to a mudslide that occurred earlier this morning.

By Washington Post Editors  |  03:14 PM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Weather causing flight delays

Heavy rain and low cloud cover are causing flight delays at some airports

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:40 PM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 03/10/2011

American Legion MARC lot closed through Friday

The American Legion lot at the Laurel MARC train station will be closed through Friday due to expected flooding of the Patuxent River, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:30 PM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 03/10/2011

New destinations for Metrorail

Orange Line train to Largo? Blue Line train to Greenbelt? Riders may be hearing those announcements starting in mid-2012, depending on decisions Metro will make as it plans to split the Blue Line and add some trains to the Orange Line.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:41 PM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail

Posted at 07:18 PM ET, 03/09/2011

Mark Center lawsuit seeks $30 million in damages

Firm files $30 million lawsuit for alleged lease violations

By Christy Goodman  |  07:18 PM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 03/09/2011

Virginia Railway Express braces for possible flood delays

Virginia Railway Express officials brace for possible delays as heavy rains are predicted for the region

By Jennifer Buske  |  01:41 PM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 03/09/2011

Metro report shows rail service problems

Metrorail riders have grumbled this winter about slow and uncertain trips.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:47 AM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 03/08/2011

Metro plans Blue Line split for 2012

The transit authority staff is returning to the Metro board this week to discuss its plan to divert some Blue Line trains at rush hour, a plan the staff says it can implement in June 2012.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:00 PM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:51 AM ET, 03/08/2011

Metro chief of information technology retires

Metro’s head of information technology, Suzanne Peck, who has overseen key initiatives such as expanding cell phone coverage inside Metro’s underground stations and tunnels, retired last month.

By Ann Scott Tyson  |  07:51 AM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:18 PM ET, 03/07/2011

Light morning on new toll road

What rush hour? There were fleeting moments during drives on the Intercounty Connector this morning when I couldn’t see another vehicle. And I observed no bottlenecks at the entrances and exits that appeared to be related to the new highway as tolling began today.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:18 PM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:14 PM ET, 03/07/2011

The week ahead for traffic, transit

The free ride is over on Maryland’s Intercounty Connector. Metro service on the Blue and Orange lines was scheduled to return to normal today following the weekend shutdowns for maintenance. The D.C. area’s weather should be back to normal, too, after Sunday’s intense rain. Travelers will find daytime temperatures in the 50s all week, with the chance of rain best on Thursday.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:14 PM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:44 PM ET, 03/07/2011

NTSB: Tug pilot in crash was on cellphone

By Associated Press  |  06:44 PM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:33 PM ET, 03/07/2011

New Metro board members named

By Ann Scott Tyson  |  06:33 PM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:11 PM ET, 03/07/2011

Airlines hiking fares as fuel prices rise

By Associated Press  |  06:11 PM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:51 PM ET, 03/04/2011

By Luke Rosiak  |  07:51 PM ET, 03/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:19 PM ET, 03/04/2011

The weekend and beyond

It’s your last weekend to test driveMaryland’s new Intercounty Connector for free. Transit riders should review Metro’s plan to shut parts of the Orange and Blue lines starting at 10 p.m. Friday. History buffs might go see President Lincoln’s inauguration reenacted by Sam Waterson at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Capitol Hill Visitor Center Auditorium.

By Robert Thomson  |  07:19 PM ET, 03/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 03/03/2011

Chrysler recalls 250,000 vehicles

By Associated Press  |  02:44 PM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 03/03/2011

Loudoun transit workers, Veolia make deal

After months of tense negotiations, a contract agreement was reached late Wednesday between Loudoun County Transit workers and Veolia Transportation, which manages public transportation for Loudoun County and other jurisdictions across the country.

By Caitlin Gibson  |  02:18 PM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 03/03/2011

Today’s transportation roundup

By Michael Bolden  |  12:20 PM ET, 03/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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