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Dr. Gridlock: April, 2011

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 04/29/2011

VRE to add cars Monday, reduce step-up fare

Virginia Railway Express will add cars to several trains Monday and reduce the step-up fare required for selected Amtrak trains.

By Jennifer Buske  |  04:18 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  VRE

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 04/29/2011

Metro buses to detour this weekend

Metro buses will detour on several routes this weekend. Here is the latest from Metro.

By Washington Post Editors  |  03:26 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Metrobus

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 04/29/2011

Prince George’s to conduct DUI crackdown

Prince George’s police plan to conduct a special DUI enforcement action from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday in the central portion of the county.

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:19 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Prince George's County, Driving

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 04/29/2011

The weekend and beyond

Whether you’re heading for one of the Nationals-Giants games at Nationals Park, Saturday’s Annapolis Cup croquet match at St. John’s College or Sunday afternoon's Cinco de Mayo Festival at the National Mall’s Sylvan Theater, the Capital Weather Gang projects a really nice weekend for travelers. But watch out for some transportation challenges on the roads and rails.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:06 AM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Events

Posted at 06:43 AM ET, 04/29/2011

Beltway delays in MD, VA

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

By Mark Berman  |  06:43 AM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:24 AM ET, 04/29/2011

MARC Brunswick Line delays

Riders on MARC’s Brunswick Line can expect headaches this morning: All Brunswick trains are experiencing delays of 10 to 20 minutes due to to speed restrictions imposed by CSX, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.

By Mark Berman  |  06:24 AM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:55 AM ET, 04/29/2011

Escalators out at Foggy Bottom Metro

The entrance escalators are out at Foggy Bottom. The station is still open and running.

By Mark Berman  |  05:55 AM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:06 PM ET, 04/28/2011

Members of French delegation to ride VRE

Members from the French delegation are scheduled to ride the Virginia Railway Express on Friday, getting a taste of the first U.S. transportation system the French have partnered with.

By Jennifer Buske  |  06:06 PM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 04/28/2011

Public art still part of the Mark Center bus station plan

Four pieces of art are still under consideration for placement at a Mark Center bus station by the U.S. Army and Alexandria. The $600,000 artwork came under fire earlier this month by community leaders.

By Christy Goodman  |  06:05 PM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/28/2011

Two Metro escalator employees fired

Metro fired two escalator employees last week after a 52-year-old woman fell into an escalator access hatch at Pentagon Station, officials said during a board committee meeting Thursday.

By Ann Scott Tyson  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 04/28/2011

Bike takes on car, bus for competitive commute

To promote the May 20 Bike to Work Day in the D.C. region, Bruce Wright, chairman of Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, has issued a commuting challenge to several prominent residents of Reston.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:35 AM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Biking

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 04/28/2011

MARC Brunswick Line trains delayed

MARC Brunswick Line trains are going to be delayed because of flash flood warnings that require trains to run at reduced speeds.

By Mark Berman  |  08:31 AM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:13 AM ET, 04/28/2011

Weather delaying flights in the region

Stormy weather is already affecting flight traffic at area airports and delaying flights in and out of National and Dulles.

By Mark Berman  |  07:13 AM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:56 AM ET, 04/28/2011

Strong storms could slow A.M. commute

Stormy weather this morning could snarl the A.M. commute. We’ll be keeping tabs on the commute all morning, rounding up any headaches, issues or problems we hear about.

By Mark Berman  |  05:56 AM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 01:19 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Big changes coming to Route 50 in Arlington

A $39 million VDOT project to improve the interchanges on Courthouse Road and 10th Street on Route 50 in Arlington will close lanes at night and detour traffic patterns for two years.

By Christy Goodman  |  01:19 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 04/27/2011

Today’s transportation roundup

Metro is a source of inspiration for one Virginia man, while travelers this weekend may encounter headaches along the Interstate 95 corridor. Here’s a look at some of today’s transportation news.

By Washington Post Editor  |  11:15 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 04/27/2011

One driver’s courtesy is another’s aggression

Is there such a thing as regional etiquette among drivers?

By Robert Thomson  |  11:05 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Traffic Safety, Driving

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 04/27/2011

I-95 challenge awaits Mother’s Day drivers

Must be the heat: During this week’s online chat, we began to discuss long-range driving trips, an especially popular topic among drivers who haunt the crowded I-95 corridor.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:30 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Driving

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 04/27/2011

MARC train canceled, another might be crowded

MARC Penn Line train 151 is canceled after major Amtrak disruptions on Tuesday, while train 511 is running one car short and could be crowded.

By Mark Berman  |  06:01 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:52 AM ET, 04/27/2011

I-95, I-66 delayed in VA

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

By Mark Berman  |  05:52 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 01:56 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Another aging transit system ponders rail car redesign

Metro is pondering the design of its next rail cars. Will the 7000 series have cloth seats? Carpeting? More space to stand? It’s an interesting exercise that Washington Post readers have weighed in on.

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:56 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Virginians to review transportation plan

Northern Virginians can comment on the commonwealth’s transportation spending plans for the next six years during a hearing scheduled for next week in Fairfax.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:18 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Flight to National diverted to S. Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. — An American Airlines flight to Reagan National Airport from Miami was diverted to South Carolina after electrical fumes were reported in a lavatory on the plane.

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:20 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airports, Airlines

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 08:37 AM ET, 04/26/2011

Blue and Orange Line delays

A train malfunction at McPherson Square is causing trains to share the same track between that station and Federal Triangle. Expect delays in both directions.

By Mark Berman  |  08:37 AM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 04/26/2011

I-66 East lanes snarled in VA

We’ll be keeping tabs on the commute all morning, rounding up any headaches, issues or problems we hear about. So far, an accident blocked multiple lanes on I-66 East after U.S. 50/Lee Jackson Highway, causing delays even after the lanes reopened.

By Mark Berman  |  08:05 AM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/26/2011

Suspicious package cleared near Union Station

A suspicious package closed major roads outside Union Station. It has been cleared and the roads reopened.

By Mark Berman  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 04/25/2011

VRE trains moving after fire

A fire reported south of Backlick on the Manassas Line brought VRE trains to a temporary halt, according to officials with Virginia Railway Express. However, the fire is reported to be out and trains are moving on time, officials said.

By Washington Post Editors  |  05:39 PM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 04/25/2011

Pair rescued from Metro Red Line tracks

A pair of elderly Metro riders fell to the tracks at Gallery Place Station Monday, according to a report from the Washington Examiner. The pair were taken to a local hospital for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries, said Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel.

By Ann Scott Tyson  |  03:38 PM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 04/25/2011

Annapolis to host May triathlon

A new triathlon is scheduled to close many streets in Annapolis the morning of May 14. Parking also will be restricted that Saturday.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:32 PM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 04/25/2011

Today’s chat: Getaways and long commutes

The roads and rails were a bit empty today after the holiday, but Dr. Gridlock was nevertheless online from noon to 1 p.m. Monday taking your questions. He tackles the issues that come with living in outlying areas like Ashburn and commuting downtown; how officials should deal with delivery trucks downtown; violence on Metro; and the ever-present construction in NoVa. And with summer weather upon us, chatters consider escape routes to the beach.

By Luke Rosiak  |  01:57 PM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 04/25/2011

Why not eliminate Metro escalators?

A letter writer says money-strapped Metro needs to face reality about long-term costs, and suggests the transit authority replace many of its escalators with stairs.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:46 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 04/25/2011

Flying? Weather delays likely.

While Washington-area airports are not reporting delays, stormy weather is affecting traffic at some airports in the Northeast, a concern if you’re traveling to the region or making a connection today.

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:10 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airports, Aviation

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 04/25/2011

New York Avenue construction doesn’t deliver delays — yet

Bridge reconstruction work on New York Avenue began Monday morning without any huge delays. Explanations varied, ranging from the realistic (the Easter holiday cut down on traffic) to the optimistic (perhaps people took heed of the warnings issued by the District Department of Transportation and local media outlets).

By Mark Berman  |  10:52 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  District, Congestion, Construction

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 09:04 AM ET, 04/25/2011

Gas prices continue their climb

The price of gas continues to climb.

By Washington Post Editors  |  09:04 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Driving

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 08:11 AM ET, 04/25/2011

McDonnell issues transportation challenge

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) is asking Virginians to walk, bike or otherwise avoid driving alone once every two weeks.

By Associated Press  |  08:11 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia

Posted at 08:10 AM ET, 04/25/2011

The week ahead in traffic and transit

Happy Monday, travelers. I hope single-tracking on Metro’s Blue and Red lines didn’t slow your weekend plans, but with the Capital Weather Gang predicting summer-like weather for early this week, it’s not too late for outdoor plans. Here are some upcoming events and conditions you can expect to encounter on the roads this week.

By Luke Rosiak  |  08:10 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:54 AM ET, 04/25/2011

Today’s transportation roundup

Here’s a look at some of the recent headlines in traffic, transit and other modes of transportation.

By Washington Post Editors  |  07:54 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Biking, Metro, District

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 06:11 AM ET, 04/25/2011

Orange and Blue lines return to normal

Metro reports that there are no longer delays on the Orange and Blue lines. Earlier there were delays in both directions due to a sick customer aboard a train at Potomac Avenue. Trains were single-tracking between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory.

By Mark Berman  |  06:11 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro

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 04:47 AM ET, 04/23/2011

Pennsylvania Ave. closed for race

Police in Washington are advising of road closures because of a road race that cuts through downtown Saturday.

By Associated Press  |  04:47 AM ET, 04/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 04/22/2011

Metro buses to detour this weekend

Metro buses will detour on several routes this weekend. Here is the latest from Metro.

By Washington Post Editors  |  03:26 PM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Metrobus

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 04/22/2011

Plane ‘in distress’ lands safely at Reagan

US Airways 3389 had an unspecified warning, according to a spokesman for MWAA. The plane had an uneventful landing and passengers disembarked safely.

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:33 PM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airports

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 04/22/2011

Plane lands at Dulles with engine problem

A United Airlines Airbus 319 with 129 passengers and crew on board landed without incident at Dulles International Airport Friday afternoon after the pilot told air traffic controllers he detected an abnormal engine vibration.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  02:33 PM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airports

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 04/22/2011

Cabbie drives pair across county — for $5,000

A New York City cab driver has racked up the fare of a lifetime.

By  |  12:13 PM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transportation News

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 04/22/2011

Amtrak to install fence along Middle River tracks

Amtrak plans to install a fence along tracks in Middle River, Md., where a 14-year-old girl was struck and killed by a train last year.

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:54 AM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Amtrak, Passenger Rail

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 04/22/2011

Today’s transportation roundup: Earth Day 2011

Happy Earth Day! The price of a gallon of gas continues to creep up, so transit agencies took the opportunity to extol the benefits of public transportation and their own environmentally friendly programs.

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:15 AM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 04/22/2011

BWI debuts electric-vehicle charging stations

Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport is celebrating Earth Day with the installation of eight electric vehicle charging stations.

By Washington Post Editors  |  09:01 AM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Airports

Posted at 07:58 AM ET, 04/22/2011

MARC delays

MARC trains are delayed after a Penn Line train experienced mechanical problems and had to return to Union Station.

By Mark Berman  |  07:58 AM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:54 AM ET, 04/22/2011

Congestion on eastbound I-66 at Beltway

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

By Mark Berman  |  05:54 AM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:44 PM ET, 04/21/2011

Rats on a plane? Where’s Samuel L. Jackson?

ATLANTA — Federal inspectors on a Delta Air Lines Inc. plane say they found so many rat droppings that they lost count.

By Associated Press  |  06:44 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 04/21/2011

The weekend and beyond

By Luke Rosiak  |  05:40 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 03:36 PM ET, 04/21/2011

Amtrak ticket kiosks working after outage

Amtrak’s Quick Trak ticket machines were experiencing software problems Thursday afternoon but were returned to service about 3:20 p.m.

By Washington Post Editors  |  03:36 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Amtrak, MARC

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 04/21/2011

Bracing for BRAC in Alexandria

Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff McKay released the following statement on a recent report on BRAC from the Defense Department’s inspector general’s office. The report finds fault with a 2008 Pentagon study that minimized the traffic impact of military personnel moves to the Mark Center in Alexandria,

By Washington Post Editors  |  03:15 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  BRAC

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 04/21/2011

Bethesda transportation advisory panel seeks members

The Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board is seeking applicants to fill one vacancy on the Bethesda Transportation Management District Advisory Committee. 

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:31 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Montgomery County

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 04/21/2011

Metro station manager arrested, indicted after deadly 2008 bus crash

U.S. marshals arrested Metro station manager Ronald Taylor Thursday morning at the Cheverly station after a grand jury indicted him on charges of negligent homicide in a 2008 bus accident, according to Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel.

By Ann Scott Tyson  |  01:01 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Metrobus

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 04/21/2011

Tysons Boulevard closing Thursday night

Tysons Boulevard is scheduled to close in both directions at Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) Thursday night for work associated with the extension of Metrorail to Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County.

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:38 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Silver Line, Construction, Tysons Corner

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 04/21/2011

Streets near White House reopen after suspicious package

Police are investigating a suspicious package near the White House. Pennsylvania Avenue NW is closed between 13th and 15th streets. 14th Street is closed between Pennsylvania and Consitution avenues.

By  |  11:02 AM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  District

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 04/21/2011

Today’s transportation roundup

Planes, trains and automobiles: The stories of the day offer something for everyone. Here’s a look at some of the latest.

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:04 AM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Amtrak, BRAC, Aviation, Commuting

Posted at 05:49 AM ET, 04/21/2011

Delays on I-95 North, I-66 East in VA

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

By Mark Berman  |  05:49 AM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:19 PM ET, 04/20/2011

Metro bus involved in crash

Authorities are investigating a two-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon involving a Metro bus in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Northwest Washington.

By Clarence Williams  |  07:19 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Metrobus

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 04/20/2011

MARC Penn Line train delayed in Baltimore

A MARC Penn Line train is delayed in Baltimore with mechanical problems, which may cause disruptions in service from Union Station, Wednesday night, the Maryland Transit Administration said.

By Washington Post Editors  |  06:01 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  MARC

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 04/20/2011

I-270 South reopens at Grosvenor

Interstate 270 South has reopened after a vehicle fire, according to Maryland highway officials.

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:46 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 04/20/2011

Broad Branch Road to remain closed for repairs

Broad Branch Road over Soapstone Creek in Northwest Washington will remain closed for repairs after a sinkhole opened in the road last week, according to the District Department of Transportation.

By  |  12:31 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 04/20/2011

FAA to require air traffic control supervisors to monitor flights of first lady and vice president

The National Transportation Safety Board has opened an official investigation into the incident on Monday where a plane carrying first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden had to abandon its initial landing attempt because it was too close to a military cargo jet.

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:22 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, NTSB

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 04/20/2011

VRE seeking volunteers to test new ticketing program

Virginia Railway Express needs volunteers to test a proposed ticketing program that would allow riders to board the commuter-rail using their SmarTrip card.

By Jennifer Buske  |  12:12 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 04/20/2011

Capital Bikeshare expanding in D.C.

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray opened a new Capital BikeShare station Wednesday near the John A. Wilson and Ronald Reagan buildings that he said will make it easier for city and federal workers to use the popular system.

By Tim Craig  |  11:34 AM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Biking, District

Posted at 06:06 AM ET, 04/20/2011

Chain Bridge Road closed at International Drive

Lanes are jammed on the inner and outer loops of the Beltway, while a major intersection in Tysons Corner is closed. We’ll be keeping tabs on the commute all morning, rounding up any headaches, issues or problems we hear about.

By Mark Berman  |  06:06 AM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:28 PM ET, 04/19/2011

Do you feel more uneasy about flying?

After a high-profile mistake with a plane carrying the first lady, do you feel different about flying?

By Post bloggers  |  09:28 PM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 04/19/2011

Today’s transportation roundup

Another day, another air traffic controller suspended, but not for falling asleep. Here’s a look at transportation headlines from around the region and the country.

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:33 AM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Amtrak, Aviation, Metro, Prince George's County

Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 04/19/2011

VRE delays

VRE train 332 is running 45 minutes late due to equipment problem. The Metro Option has been opened, so just show your VRE ticket for Metro access.

By Mark Berman  |  08:56 AM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:47 AM ET, 04/19/2011

I-66 West reopens after major accident

A wreck has snarled I-66 West is in Arlington. We’ll be keeping tabs on the commute all morning, rounding up any headaches, issues or problems we hear about.

By Mark Berman  |  06:47 AM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:35 PM ET, 04/18/2011

Cleveland air traffic controller, manager suspended

A Cleveland air traffic controller and a manager were suspended by the Federal Aviation Administration this week after a movie soundtrack was heard playing over a radio frequency by the pilot of a military aircraft, the FAA said Monday night.

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:35 PM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:06 PM ET, 04/18/2011

Amtrak begins neighborhood-watch style program

Amtrak is tapping into the rail fan community to help keep the nation’s passenger railroad safe.

By Sarah Brumfield and Associated Press  |  06:06 PM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Amtrak

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 02:35 PM ET, 04/18/2011

Delays on eastbound Bay Bridge

There are serious delays on the eastbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge following the rescue of two men from the waters below in separate incidents..

By Associated Press and Staff Reports  |  02:35 PM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bay Bridge

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

Power restored at Foggy Bottom Station

High water and flooding in the vicinity of Foggy Bottom Station interfered earlier with Pepco’s ability to deliver power to the to Metro stop, according to officials from the transit authority.

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

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

Today’s transportation roundup

Officials overseeing the construction of Metrorail to Dulles International Airport have invited local and state officials to discuss their recent decision to locate a station at the airport underground, Post writer Jenna Johnson reports. That rail stop is more expensive than an aboveground option that was on the table. Read on for more updates on what’s happening in transportation.

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:10 PM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  BRAC, Metro, Silver Line

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 04/18/2011

Free WiFi at Dulles and Reagan airports

Travelers at Dulles and Reagan National airports now have access to free wireless Internet service.

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:01 PM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airports

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 04/18/2011

The week ahead in traffic and transit

The average price of a gallon of gas in the District is just over $4, according to the latest information from the American Automobile Association. In Maryland it’s $3.83 and it’s $3.75 in Virginia.

By  |  12:08 PM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Metro, Construction

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 04/18/2011

VRE delays

VRE train 308 is running 30 minutes behind schedule.

By Mark Berman  |  07:32 AM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/18/2011

I-395 N backed up at 14th St Bridge

We’ll be keeping tabs on the commute all morning, rounding up any headaches, issues or problems we hear about. So far, early delays on eastbound I-66 and northbound I-395 are slowing commuters.

By Mark Berman  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:47 AM ET, 04/18/2011

DDOT director to take questions on proposed budget

Interim DDOT director Terry Bellamy will answer questions online today at noon regarding the proposed DDOT budget.

By Mark Berman  |  06:47 AM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  District

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 06:02 PM ET, 04/15/2011

Metro to Caps game tonight

The Washington Capitals will be in playoff action again tonight at the Verizon Center. Metro’s your best bet for getting to and from the game, but fans need to be aware of issues related to crowding and to the weekend track work that begins this evening.

By Robert Thomson  |  06:02 PM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro

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 12:58 PM ET, 04/15/2011

Many Metro bus detours for the weekend

Metro plans to detour buses on several routes this weekend due to special events. These include the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in the District; the Crystal Run 5k in Arlington, and the Pike’s Peek 10K in Montgomery County.

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:58 PM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Metrobus

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 04/15/2011

Today’s transportation roundup

Happy Emancipation Day, D.C. If you drove into the city, holiday parking rules are in force. The big news of the day — and the weekend — will be taking place on Metrorail.

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:15 PM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Aviation, Metro, Purple Line

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 04/15/2011

The weekend and beyond

It’s a holiday in the District, the hockey playoffs return to Verizon Center tonight, the Nationals are home and Metro has ended its lull in weekend track work. Look for lots of activity in the major highway work zones as well, as well as congestion in Foggy Bottom because of the annual spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:15 AM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Events, Metro

Posted at 05:56 AM ET, 04/15/2011

Holiday in D.C. nixes weekday rush hour patterns

We’ll be keeping tabs on the commute all morning, rounding up any headaches, issues or problems we hear about. Emancipation Day in the District is closing the local government, nixing weekday rush hour patterns and also canceling certain tickets.

By Mark Berman  |  05:56 AM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 04/14/2011

Parking enforcement, street sweeping take a holiday

The observation of Emancipation Day in the District Friday means parking enforcement and street sweeping take the day off.

By Washington Post Editors  |  03:18 PM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Driving

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 04/14/2011

D.C. streets to close for weekend IMF/World Bank meetings

The International Monetary Fund and World Bank spring meetings are scheduled for this weekend in the District. Traffic congestion is likely to occur west of the White House. Street closings will start about 7:30 p.m. Friday and continue till about 5 p.m. Sunday.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:54 PM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 04/14/2011

Left-turn behavior irritates drivers

Some travelers look for engineering solutions to our traffic problems, while others just want to adjust the behavior of their fellow drivers. My mail is about evenly divided between the two. Here are a couple of examples focused on everyday encounters at intersections.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:22 PM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Driving

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 04/14/2011

Left turn behavior irritates drivers

By Robert Thomson  |  12:38 PM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 04/14/2011

FAA head of air traffic resigns

The head of the Air Traffic Organization at the Federal Aviation Administration resigned Thursday morning amid recent reports of several controllers sleeping on the job.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  10:27 AM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Airports

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 04/14/2011

Metro resuming intensive track work

The cherry blossom break is over. Metrorail this weekend will resume the aggressive track work schedule it has adopted for 2011.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:35 AM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Weekend Work

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/14/2011

I-95 South lanes blocked south of Beltway

We’ll be keeping tabs on the commute all morning, rounding up any headaches, issues or problems we hear about. There are multiple lanes blocked on I-95 South at the Fairfax County Parkway and other problems throughout the region.

By Mark Berman  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 04/13/2011

Another sleeping air traffic controller prompts FAA to assign more personnel to towers

An air traffic controller  in Nevada fell asleep early Wednesday  as a medical flight carrying a sick patient tried to land, leading federal authorities to order an immediate end to the practice of leaving a single controller on duty during overnight shifts

By Ashley Halsey III  |  02:26 PM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 04/13/2011

Metro police sweep planned today in Prince George’s stations

The Metro transit police, along with county and municipal police in Prince George’s, have announced plans for a crime prevention sweep at 15 stations during the afternoon rush.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:35 PM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 04/13/2011

Getting to Caps playoff games

The Washington Capitals begin their hockey playoff run tonight at Verizon Center in Chinatown, so let’s review how fans can get around without letting the transportation system spoil the fun.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:29 PM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Metro

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 04/13/2011

Today’s transportation roundup

Good morning, travelers. There’s lots of transportation news today.

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:45 AM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  BRAC, Aviation, Congestion, Metro

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 04/13/2011

Virginia to rebuild Route 50 trouble spot

The Virginia DOT is about to begin a two-year, $39 million reconstruction of Arlington Boulevard’s interchanges with Courthouse Road and 10th Street.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:46 AM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:20 AM ET, 04/13/2011

Inner loop lanes heavily backed up in VA

We’ll be keeping tabs on the commute all morning, rounding up any headaches, issues or problems we hear about. So far, the inner loop and eastbound I-66 are seeing the biggest delays.

By Mark Berman  |  06:20 AM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:15 AM ET, 04/13/2011

MARC Camden Line delays

There are delays on MARC’s Camden Line due to signal problems between stations. All southbound trains are running late.

By Mark Berman  |  06:15 AM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 04/12/2011

NTSB to investigate wing clipping incident at JFK

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate an incident that occurred at New York’s JFK International Airport Monday night when the wing of an Air France plane clipped a much smaller jet on the tarmac.

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:15 PM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 04/12/2011

Metro approaches service cuts reluctantly

The service cut proposals that the transit authority is preparing to present to the public in May hearings include some relatively minor changes in D.C. Metrobus routes, but a significant change in weekend train service.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:12 PM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 04/12/2011

Today’s transportation roundup

The U.S. budget is still dominating the discussion, as pundits analyze the cuts agreed to in the 2011 budget compromise.

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:41 AM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Passenger Rail, BRAC

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 04/12/2011

Metro seeks members for Accessibility Advisory Committee

Metro has 14 positions available on its Accessibility Advisory Committee, which advises the transit authority on ways to improve its transit services.

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:02 AM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, MetroAccess, Metrobus

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 09:02 AM ET, 04/12/2011

NORAD to conduct monthly test

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will conduct its monthly air exercise over the Washington region from 12:01 a.m. to 2 a.m. and 4:10 a.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday.

By Washington Post Editors  |  09:02 AM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 04/12/2011

Blue and Yellow Line delays cleared

There were delays after a train malfunctioned at King Street.

By Washington Post Staff Writers  |  06:01 AM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Heat restrictions for Brunswick, Camden lines

Monday’s summer-like weather has prompted CSX to issue heat restrictions for trains traveling on the Maryland Area Regional Commuter Brunswick and Camden lines. The heat restrictions are in effect until 7 p.m. and means trains will operate at 20 mph less than normal speeds, to a minimum of 40 miles per hour. The Maryland Transit Administration estimates that delays will range from 10 to 15 minutes.

By Washington Post Editors  |  04:43 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  MARC

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Red Line delays due to switch malfunction

A switch malfunction outside Medical Center station is causing delays in both directions on the Red Line.

By Washington Post Editors  |  03:44 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 04/11/2011

295 closed due to fallen utility wires

The District Department of Transportation says all lanes of DC 295 have reopened. Both northbound and southbound lanes were blocked earlier due to a fallen utility wire.

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:48 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  District

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 01:13 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Free bus trips in Ride On annual food drive

Ride On passengers can get free trips by donating canned and nonperishable food in the Montgomery County bus service’s annual food drive, which began Sunday.

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:13 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Montgomery County

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Capital Bikeshare expanding in Arlington

Capital Bikeshare, the regional cycling program started by Arlington County and the District, plans to add new stations this week.

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:36 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Biking

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 04/11/2011

Today’s transportation roundup

Work on the Capital Beltway in Virginia to add high-occupancy toll lanes is entering a new phase as crews begin putting everything back together. Dr. Gridlock details what drivers should expect in the coming months.

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:18 AM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Driving, Congestion, Construction, Northern Virginia

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 04/11/2011

Metro riders’ habits hard to break

Metrorail’s new surcharge has so far failed to move riders out of the most crowded part of rush hour, the transit authority staff says.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:28 AM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 04/11/2011

Woman struck by Metro train in Bethesda

Red Line delays are affecting the Monday morning commute after a woman was hit by a train at Bethesda station.

By Justin Jouvenal and Mark Berman  |  09:09 AM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 04/11/2011

The week ahead in traffic, transit

Travelers will encounter summer conditions today before storms roll in for Tuesday, then sun and clouds will play tag the rest of the week, the Capital Weather Gang says. This week’s traffic report begins with a string of projects brought to you by the National Park Service, but there’s plenty of other work scheduled, including a lot of Metro maintenance this weekend.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:05 AM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro

Posted at 06:20 AM ET, 04/11/2011

I-66 East jammed in VA

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

By Mark Berman  |  06:20 AM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/11/2011

Chat with Dr. Gridlock today

Dr. Gridlock will be answering your questions today at noon.

By Mark Berman  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:13 PM ET, 04/08/2011

HOV ramp to Mark Center delayed

The delay of up to 18 months is a result of a requirement by the Federal Highway Administration f a longer environmental study than the one proposed by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

By  |  08:13 PM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 04/08/2011

Metro to extend rush-hour service Monday if there is a shutdown

Metro plans to extend its morning rush-hour service on Monday for rail and bus passengers to accommodate federal workers who may be asked to report to their offices to check in or return equipment only to turn around and return home.

By Washington Post Editors  |  05:14 PM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 04/08/2011

Amtrak to continue running trains during shutdown

Amtrak says a government shutdown won’t affect its operations along the busy Northeast Corridor or anywhere else in the country.

By Washington Post Editors  |  03:14 PM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Amtrak, MARC, Commuter Rail, Passenger Rail

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 04/08/2011

Airlines attempt price increase

NEW YORK — At least two major U.S. airlines are again raising round-trip ticket prices by $10 on some domestic routes as they try to counter rising fuel costs.

By Associated Press  |  11:58 AM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Aviation

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 04/08/2011

Today’s transportation roundup

As the week draws to a close, we’re all wondering if the government will shut down tonight and how it might affect our lives.

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:35 AM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Amtrak, Metro, Metro

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 04/08/2011

The weekend and beyond

The weather will be improving, says the Capital Weather Gang, but the travel forecast for the weekend and beyond remains cloudy.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:10 AM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 04/08/2011

Police investigation at 14th and Irving

A police investigation at the intersection of 14and Irving streets NW is causing traffic issues in Columbia Heights.

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:24 AM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Driving, District

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 04/08/2011

A deal on Capital Bikeshare

Have you been waiting to changing Capital Bikeshare, the regional cycling network started by Arlington County and the District in September? A deal offered by Living Social may provide the impetus you need.

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:00 AM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Biking | Tags:  Capital Bikeshare

Posted at 05:59 AM ET, 04/08/2011

Outer loop lanes blocked at Chain Bridge Road

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

By Mark Berman  |  05:59 AM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 04/07/2011

McDonnell to appoint a Northern Virginian to Metro Board

Gov. Bob McDonnell pledged Thursday to appoint a Northern Virginia resident to the Metro Board of Directors — a day after receiving the long-sought authority to appoint a member to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Board

By Anita Kumar  |  02:59 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 04/07/2011

Southwest repairing planes with cracks, returning them to service

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines says four planes being repaired for cracks in their aluminum skin will probably return to service Saturday.

By Associated Press  |  12:54 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Aviation

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 08:13 AM ET, 04/07/2011

Southwest patching hole in plane

PHOENIX — Southwest Airlines is patching a large hole in a Boeing 737 that made an emergency landing in southwestern Arizona last week, but the company won’t say when or if it will be back in service.

By Associated Press  |  08:13 AM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Aviation

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 04/07/2011

Va. not competing for high-speed rail funds

irginia isn’t competing for a share of $2.4 billion in federal high-speed rail funds that Florida rejected.

By Associated Press and Staff Reports  |  08:02 AM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia

Posted at 07:38 AM ET, 04/07/2011

Red Line delays cleared

There are delays on the Red Line stemming from a train malfunction at Takoma Park.

By Mark Berman  |  07:38 AM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:55 AM ET, 04/07/2011

Big delays on I-95 North in VA

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

By Mark Berman  |  05:55 AM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:55 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Mc­Don­nell gets Metro board seat he sought

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) scored a major, unexpected victory late Wednesday when both the Democratic-controlled Senate and Republican-led House of Delegates voted to allow him to appoint a seat on the Metro Board of Directors, which he had been seeking since the start of his term.

By Anita Kumar  |  11:55 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:51 PM ET, 04/06/2011

NTSB opens dockets for Metrorail accidents

The National Transportation Safety Board opened public dockets Wednesday for investigations of three accidents that occurred in 2009 and 2010 in the Metrorail system.

By Washington Post Editors  |  07:51 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, NTSB

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

Crash closes Naylor Road

Authorities are investigating a three vehicle crash in Southeast Washington Wednesday that closed Naylor Road and may have involved a car stolen in Prince George’s County.

By Clarence Williams  |  06:10 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 04/06/2011

FAA: Second sleeping controller being fired

A second U.S. air-traffic controller who slept on an overnight shift, this time on purpose, is in the process of being fired, Federal Aviation Administration chief Randy Babbitt said.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  03:51 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aviation, Airports

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 04/06/2011

AAA: Average gas price jumps 10 cents

Gas prices jumped by 10 cents in the Washington region in the past week, bringing the average cost of a gallon of regular to $3.62, according to the American Automobile Association’s weekly survey.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  03:31 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Driving

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 12:44 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Transportation agencies mull shutdown operations

Transportation agencies are still considering what steps they would take in the face of a shutdown.

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:44 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 04/06/2011

Isiah Leggett asks Congress for transportation funding help

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett testifed Wednesday morning before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on “State and Local Perspectives on Transportation.” (His apperance was moved to earlier in the day.)

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:41 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 04/06/2011

Today’s transportation roundup

The $300 million question of the morning is where will a Metrorail station at Dulles International Airport be located.

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:12 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 04/06/2011

Toyota sells a million Prius hybrids

DETROIT — The Toyota Prius hybrid, once viewed as a science experiment for environmentalists, has become a mainstream vehicle in the United States, with the company selling more than a million of the cars nationwide.

By Tom Krisher and Associated Press  |  10:35 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Driving

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 04/06/2011

UDC Law hosts forum on bag searches

The University of the District of Columbia’s law school and the American Civil Liberties Union’s local chapter will hold a discussion Thursday on Metro’s controversial bag inspections policy.

By Luke Rosiak  |  10:19 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 04/06/2011

States, D.C. and Amtrak vie for high-speed rail money

Federal transportation officials say 24 states, the District of Columbia and Amtrak are competing for $2.4 billion in high-speed rail money that was to have gone to a project in Florida.

By Associated Press and Staff Reports  |  09:32 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:50 AM ET, 04/06/2011

I-95 North jammed up before Springfield Interchange

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

By Mark Berman  |  06:50 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:23 AM ET, 04/06/2011

Potential MARC crowding

MARC Brunswick Line train 876 (departing at 6:33 a.m. from Brunswick) will be running one car short this morning, which could cause crowding on the train.

By Mark Berman  |  06:23 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:58 AM ET, 04/06/2011

Foggy Bottom escalators out

The entrance escalators are out of service at the Foggy Bottom station. The elevators are working and shuttle bus service has been requested.

By Mark Berman  |  05:58 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:14 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Today’s transportation roundup

Highway work zone safety is the theme of the week as area departments of transportation recognize National Work Zone Awareness Week.

By Washington Post Editors  |  07:14 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Transportation News, Aviation

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Airlines canceled Feb. flights to avoid delays

There were no U.S. planes stuck on the tarmac for more than three hours in February despite massive winter storms across much of the country, the government said Tuesday. But cancellations soared, reaching the second highest for any February on record.

By Associated Press  |  12:31 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Aviation

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 10:58 AM ET, 04/05/2011

Amtrak seeks funds for rail upgrades

Amtrak is seeking nearly $1.3 billion to speed trains between Boston and Washington.

By Associated Press and Staff Reports  |  10:58 AM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Amtrak, Passenger Rail

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 04/05/2011

Highway departments stress work zone safety

Commuters on Route 29 and I-95 pass through long work zones for Maryland’s Intercounty Connector. Drivers on the Capital Beltway in Virginia feel like they’re in a continuous work zone.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:19 AM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Traffic Safety

Posted at 06:15 AM ET, 04/05/2011

Report power outages and road issues

A storm tore through the region overnight. We’re still in for more rain and wind this morning, but that also means roads could be flooded or covered with debris. Check back with the Dr. Gridlock blog throughout the morning rush.

By Mark Berman  |  06:15 AM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:13 AM ET, 04/05/2011

Dupont Circle escalators out

The entrance escalators are out of service at the Dupont Circle station. The elevators are working and shuttle bus service has been requested.

By Mark Berman  |  06:13 AM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:04 AM ET, 04/05/2011

VRE delays

There are VRE delays after crews were delayed leaving the tracks this morning.

By Mark Berman  |  06:04 AM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:51 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Fire causes Orange Line delays

A fire on the Orange Line near East Falls Church Station is causing delays on the Orange Line in both directions.

By Washington Post Editors  |  06:51 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Leggett to testify before Congressional transportation panel

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is scheduled to testify Wednesday before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on “State and Local Perspectives on Transportation.”

By Washington Post Editors  |  04:38 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

$600,000 for art, not roads, at Mark Center

The Department of Defense is coming under fire for spending $600,000 on public art instead of transportation improvements

By Christy Goodman  |  04:33 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 04/04/2011

New challenge for D.C. drivers

The National Park Service detailed plans today for yet another construction project that will slow commuting this spring and summer. To the list that includes major work on Constitution Avenue, Rock Creek Parkway and the George Washington Parkway, add the 17th Street levee project.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:54 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Construction

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 04/04/2011

DOT to audit worker purchases

The U.S. Transportation Department’s inspector general said it is auditing purchases by employees after finding more than $150,000 in possible fraudulent transactions on government-issued cards.

By Bloomberg News  |  02:06 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transportation News

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Power outage in SW Washington

A power outage in the area of Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW is affecting about 100 Pepco customers and some traffic signals

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:49 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Retail sales debut at Metro stations

Old Town Trolley Tours began selling ride tickets at Smithsonian Metrorail station last week, as Metro begins to allow vendors to offer goods in its transit network.

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:35 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro

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 11:42 AM ET, 04/04/2011

Paving to close ramp at BWI

The ramp from northbound Aviation Boulevard (MD 170) to eastbound I-195 will be closed this week as crews reconstruct and repave the roadway at Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport.

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:42 AM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 04/04/2011

Southwest to cancel 70 flights as inspections continue

Southwest Airlines expects to cancel 70 more flights on Monday as it inspects older planes for cracks in the fuselage.

By Associated Press  |  10:57 AM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airlines, Aviation

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

Foggy Bottom escalators out

The entrance escalators are out of service at the Foggy Bottom station. The elevators are working and shuttle bus service has been requested.

By Mark Berman  |  09:12 AM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 04/04/2011

New pattern on 14th Street Bridge

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

By Mark Berman  |  09:11 AM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 04/04/2011

The week ahead in traffic, transit

The Capital Weather Gang describes today’s travel weather as balmy and Tuesday’s as blustery. The Cherry Blossom Festival continues all week, bringing extra crowding to roads near the Tidal Basin and to many Metro trains in downtown Washington. Several construction projects have made changes in highway patterns and a major commuter lot has closed.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:08 AM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting

Posted at 07:08 AM ET, 04/04/2011

Chat with Dr. Gridlock today

Dr. Gridlock will be answering your questions today at noon.

By Mark Berman  |  07:08 AM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 04/01/2011

Plane from National forced to land in Ohio

DAYTON, Ohio — Two flight attendants reported dizziness and four passengers fainted aboard an American Airlines flight Friday, forcing the pilot to drop the jet’s oxygen masks and land in Ohio, an airline spokesman said.

By  |  05:56 PM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airports, Aviation, Airlines

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 04/01/2011

Gladys Knight to host National Train Day

The soul singer wiill appear May 7 at Union Station to host Amtrak’s fourth annual National Train Day festivities.

By Washington Post Editors  |  03:20 PM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 04/01/2011

The weekend and beyond

The weekend forecast offers decent prospects for travelers who plan to see the cherry blossoms, visit Nationals Park or enjoy the D.C. region’s numerous springtime events

By Robert Thomson  |  12:43 PM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 04/01/2011

Third Street Tunnel reopens

The suspicious package has been cleared, according to D.C. emergency officials. The District Department of Transportation reports that the tunnel has reopened. .

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:29 PM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Congestion, District

Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 04/01/2011

Blue Line delays cleared

The morning delays on Metro have cleared.

By Mark Berman  |  08:35 AM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:22 AM ET, 04/01/2011

Massive VRE delays

There are very heavy delays for VRE riders this morning

By Mark Berman  |  07:22 AM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:05 AM ET, 04/01/2011

Cool and chilly morning commute

We’ll be keeping tabs on headaches throughout the morning rush, so check back regularly.

By Mark Berman  |  06:05 AM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 03/31/2011

Metro mulls new downtown stops for fast Va. service

Even before the first station on the Dulles Metrorail extension has opened, Metro is worried that the time required to ride all the way to Dulles would discourage flyers from using the new rail option to get to the airport. Among the ideas to combat that is a new express line that would run parallel to the Orange Line with fewer stops, Metro said Thursday.

By Luke Rosiak  |  04:45 PM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 03/31/2011

Va. to expand commuter parking along I-95 corridor

Virginia plans to expand commuter parking in Fredricksburg to help meet demand along the congested Interstate 95 corridor.

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:35 PM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 03/31/2011

Delays on Beltway and I-66

Check in with Dr. Gridlock throughout the morning for the latest headaches and updates, and make sure to let us know what you see out there.

By Mark Berman  |  07:30 AM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:28 AM ET, 03/31/2011

Big VRE delays, Metro Option open

There are big delays for VRE riders this morning. A tractor trailer hit a railroad bridge between Woodbridge and Lorton, according to the VRE. Delays will only increase as the morning continues. The Metro Option is open for VRE riders, so just show your VRE ticket for Metro access.

By Mark Berman  |  07:28 AM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:15 AM ET, 03/31/2011

Man struck and killed by train in Riverdale

By Matt Zapotosky  |  06:15 AM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:59 AM ET, 03/31/2011

Green and Yellow Line delays cleared

There are Green and Yellow Line delays heading to Huntington due to an earlier train malfunction at Fort Totten.

By Mark Berman  |  05:59 AM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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