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Dr. Gridlock: March, 2012

Posted at 08:06 PM ET, 03/30/2012

MARC’s Camden and Penn lines changing schedules on Monday

Beginning Monday, new schedules go into effect for MARC’s Camden and Penn lines.

By Mark Berman  |  08:06 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MTA, Commuter Rail

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 03/30/2012

The weekend and beyond

Blossom time is over at the Tidal Basin, but the Cherry Blossom Festival, with all its crowd-gathering events, is still going strong.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:04 AM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Events, Metro, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Metro, WMATA, Cherry Blossom Festival, 495 Express Lanes, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 05:58 AM ET, 03/30/2012

Monitoring the Friday A.M. commute: Outer loop lanes closed near Annapolis Rd.

We’re keeping tabs on the morning rush hour, letting you know about any issues or delays that could slow your commute.

By Mark Berman  |  05:58 AM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Commuting

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Adams Morgan reduced parking fees program extended

A program that offers people reduced parking fees in Adams Morgan has been extended through June and will now run until 6 p.m., seven days a week.

By Lori Aratani  |  05:39 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Big projects on Va. Beltway this weekend

Drivers should avoid part of the west side of the Capital Beltway in Virginia on Friday night while the Virginia Department of Transportation advances the 495 Express Lanes project.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:07 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Construction, Virginia

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 03/29/2012

Cherry blossom traffic pattern on Ohio Drive ends

As the blossoms fade around the Tidal Basin, the National Park Service restores two-way traffic on Ohio Drive, but the Cherry Blossom Festival is far from over.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:53 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Driving, District, Metro

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 03/29/2012

Monitoring the Thursday A.M. commute: U.S. 50 lanes reopen

We’re keeping tabs on the morning rush hour, letting you know about any issues or delays that could slow your commute.

By Mark Berman  |  06:01 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Commuting

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Street Smart campaign: Getting smart about traffic safety

Law enforcement agencies in the D.C. region launched their latest Street Smart campaign.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:44 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Traffic Safety

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 03/28/2012

47 Metrobuses being recalled, will stay in operation while companies work on retrofit

Metro has received a “certification” from BAE Systems, which makes the energy storage system in the bus, and New Flyer that the buses are safe to use, and they will continue in operation while the companies work on a retrofit solution.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  11:03 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 03/28/2012

Driver says courtesy can be counterproductive

A driver tells Dr. Gridlock that motorists in the D.C. area may be getting too polite.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:14 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Traffic Safety, Driving | Tags:  DC transportation

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 03/28/2012

Monitoring the Wednesday A.M. commute: Northbound Georgia Ave. blocked in Petworth

We’re keeping tabs on the morning rush hour, letting you know about any issues or delays that could slow your commute.

By Mark Berman  |  06:02 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Commuting

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 03/27/2012

House GOP hopes for 60-day extension of transportation funding

Current funding levels have been extended eight times since the last long term bill expired more than two years go. The latest extension expires on March 31.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  01:33 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transportation funding, Public Transportation, Transportation Politics

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Metrobus involved in accident

A Metrobus was involved in an accident around 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, a Metro official said. Three people were injured with non-life-threatening injuries, the official said.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  12:06 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WMATA, D.C. Metro System: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Metrobus

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 03/27/2012

NTSB explores dangers of distracted driving

The NTSB began Tuesday a daylong exploration about the risks posed by technology — old, new and still on the horizon — while behind the wheel.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  10:54 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Driver safety, traffic safety, NHTA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/27/2012

Tuesday A.M. commute: Lanes blocked on inner loop at I-66, I-395 South at Duke Street

We’re keeping tabs on the morning rush hour, letting you know about any issues or delays that could slow your commute.

By Mark Berman  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 03/26/2012

MARC, MTA set ridership records in February

MARC trains set a record with an average weekday ridership of 35,210 in February, while the Maryland Transit Administration also set an overall record in February for average weekday ridership through its transit system.

By Mark Berman  |  03:18 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MARC, MTA, Maryland Transit Administration, Maryland Area Regional Commuter, mass transit, public transportation

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 03/26/2012

NTSB to host forum on distracted driving

The National Transportation Safety Board, an independent group that is the nation’s leading federal safety advocate, is having a forum in Washington Tuesday to discuss distracted driving.

By Mark Berman  |  10:34 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Deborah Hersman, distracted driving, National Transportation Safety Board

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 03/26/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit

The cherry blossoms peaked last week, but the Cherry Blossom Festival just got underway on Sunday and many events are scheduled for this week and next.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:31 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Events, Driving | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Cherry Blossom Festival, Maryland Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation

Posted at 05:57 AM ET, 03/26/2012

Keeping tabs on the Monday morning commute

We’re keeping tabs on the morning rush hour, letting you know about any issues or delays that could slow your commute.

By Mark Berman  |  05:57 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 03/24/2012

Transformer explosion damages one car

Transformer exploded in the middle of the 1800 block of M Street NW.

By Washington Post editors  |  11:54 AM ET, 03/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Benefit run to close Pennsylvania Ave.

The Scope It Out Run/Walk for Colon Cancer Awareness will cause closures along Pennsylvania Avenue on Sunday morning. The event starts and ends at Freedom Plaza.

By Washington Post editors  |  06:22 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Transportation, D.C. Streets

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 03/23/2012

New York Avenue to close Saturday so building can be moved

If you see a building moving across New York Avenue NW Saturday, it is not a mirage. The District Department of Transportation says the avenue will be closed from Sixth to Seventh streets from 5 a.m. to noon as a “historic building” is moved.

By Lori Aratani  |  04:07 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Development, Mount Vernon Triangle, DDOT, District Department of Transportation, Mount Vernon Square

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Chat with Dr. Gridlock on Monday at noon

Dr. Gridlock will be online and chatting with readers on Monday at noon.

By Mark Berman  |  03:00 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Transportation

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Virginia Railway Express riders in Manassas quiet on fare increase

Virginia Railway Express has proposed a 3 percent fare hike for the next fiscal year.

By Jeremy Borden  |  01:54 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 03/23/2012

The weekend and beyond, at cherry blossom time

Despite rain and cooler temperatures, the Tidal Basin and National Mall are likely to be crowded with tourists on the opening weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:54 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Events, Metro, Biking, Parking, Driving | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Cherry Blossom Festival

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/23/2012

Connecticut Ave. reopened at East-West Highway, N.Y. Ave reopened in Northeast

We’re keeping tabs on the morning rush hour, letting you know about any issues or delays that could slow your commute.

By Mark Berman  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Metro sets up sexual harassment Web site for riders

General Manager Richard Sarles said the transit authority was taking steps after receiving complaints from riders that Metro does not take the issue seriously.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  06:04 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Metro System, Washington Metro, WMATA, Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, Richard Sarles, Metrorail, Metrobus, mass transit, public transportation

Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Metro to add bus service, alter routes

Transit authority adds buses on some corridors and extends service on some routes.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  05:48 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Washington Metro, D.C. Metro System, WMATA, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Metrobus, Richard Sarles, mass transit

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 03/22/2012

New tracks at Union Station will improve MARC service, state says

Maryland’s commuter rail passengers will soon be able to catch trains more easily at Union Station after the state builds a $21.3 million train storage facility approved recently, state officials said.

By Katherine Shaver  |  03:39 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transit, transportation, commuting, mass transit, public transportation

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 03/22/2012

National Airport debuts electric vehicle charging stations

Electric charging stations have arrived at Reagan National Airport. There are four stations up and running, each of which can handle two vehicles at a time.

By Mark Berman  |  01:39 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MWAA, Washington National Airport, airports, Reagan National Airport, Electric Vehicles

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 03/22/2012

US Airways adding new flights from DCA

US Airways is adding new flights from National Airport to cities in Florida, California, Canada and points in between. New flights begin service next week, with others coming over the spring and summer.

By Mark Berman  |  01:23 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports, National Airport, Washington airports, Reagan National Airport, Aviation

Posted at 05:58 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Use caution during foggy A.M. commute

We’re keeping tabs on the morning rush hour, letting you know about any issues or delays that could slow your commute.

By Mark Berman  |  05:58 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:44 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Inner loop closings continue in Virginia

The Beltway lanes will close at the Springfield Interchange as part of the Interstate 495 Express Lanes project.

By Robert Thomson  |  06:44 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia Department of Transportation, VDOT, Virginia Highway Work, Congestion Pricing, Interstate Highway System, Public Transportation

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Walter Reed hospital drill to affect Bethesda traffic

A security test at the National Military Medical Center is likely to delay traffic on Bethesda roads.

By Katherine Shaver  |  01:55 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  traffic, Bethesda, Walter Reed, military, Navy, hospitals

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Delta Shuttle changes flight schedules

Delta announced on Wednesday a change to the company’s popular shuttle service, which connects New York to Washington, Boston and Chicago. Flights between New York and Washington will now depart on the hour, rather than the half-hour, and flights will leave earlier and later in the day.

By Mark Berman  |  01:42 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  delta, national airport, airports

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 03/21/2012

D.C. says anyone can now park at red top meters

D.C. says anyone can now park at red top meters.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:45 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  District, Parking | Tags:  DC transportation, red top meters, DC parking, Cherry Blossom Festival, District Department of Transportation

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 03/21/2012

I-395 North jammed at 14th Street Bridge

We’re keeping tabs on the morning rush hour, letting you know about any issues or delays that could slow your commute.

By Mark Berman  |  06:03 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Mica: Talks under way on short-term transportation funding

Talks are under way to extend funding at current levels for the ninth time, the Florida congressman said.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  02:02 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transportation Funding, Public Transportation, Highway Trust Fund, Transportation Bill

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Tips for the Tidal Basin: Don’t drive to blossoms

Many people bound for the Tidal Basin at blossom time won’t believe how frustrating it will be to try driving.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:40 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, District | Tags:  DC transportation, Cherry Blossom Festival

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 03/20/2012

New app lets you review bus safety records

The software lets riders scan records for nearly 6,000 interstate commercial bus carriers, giving them access to safety information before booking a ticket or hitting the road.

By Mark Berman  |  12:54 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  intercity buses, buses, Ray LaHood, Bus safety

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 03/20/2012

D.C. Council to consider suspending red top meters for disabled

The D.C. Council is to take up an emergency measure Tuesday that would suspend enforcement of the red top meter parking system for the disabled.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:46 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Parking, District | Tags:  D.C. transportation, D.C.parking

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 03/20/2012

I-66 reopened at Nutley Street, but massive delays remain

An earlier accident blocked multiple lanes of I-66 East at Nutley Street, snarling traffic back to Centreville. Lanes have reopened, but traffic is still a slow mess. We’re keeping tabs on the morning rush hour, letting you know about any issues or delays that could slow your commute.

By Mark Berman  |  06:01 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 03/19/2012

Metro debuts new map and service changes

Metro puts out a new version of its iconic map. It shows Blue Line split service changes as well.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  11:27 AM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 03/19/2012

Man struck and killed by train at White Flint

Metro believes the person jumped in front of the train intentionally, according to

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  10:33 AM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WMATA, D.C. Metro System, Washington Metro System, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 03/19/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Spring weather and cherry blossoms will draw many to the Tidal Basin this week, so expect crowds and traffic.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:14 AM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Events | Tags:  DC transportation, Cherry Blossom Festival, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration

Posted at 06:05 AM ET, 03/19/2012

Watch out for residual delays on Georgia Ave., N. Capitol St.

We’re keeping tabs on the morning rush hour, letting you know about any issues or delays that could slow your commute.

By Mark Berman  |  06:05 AM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/18/2012

Chat with Dr. Gridlock on Monday at noon

Dr. Gridlock will be online and chatting with readers on Monday at noon.

By Mark Berman  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Transportation

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Delays on Blue, Green and Yellow lines

Metro was single-tracking trains on the Yellow and Blue lines due to a switch problem at King Street Station, a problem that has repercussions through much of the system.

By Washington Post Editors  |  05:36 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WMATA, D.C. Metro System, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Virginia Railway Express won’t change fare evasion policies

VRE is seeking more authority from the state to crack down on those who use fake tickets.

By Jeremy Borden  |  02:42 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Capital Bikeshare stations open on the Mall

After a long wait, two Capital Bikeshare stations have opened on the National Mall.

By Mark Berman  |  01:50 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capital Bikeshare, National Mall

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 03/16/2012

This Weekend and Beyond: Metro delays, marathons and St. Patrick’s Day

It’s going to be a busy weekend in Washington. Metro will be working on all five lines, while multiple streets will close in D.C. and Arlington due to races. Plus, we’ve got information on how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or enjoy March Madness without drinking and driving.

By Mark Berman  |  12:43 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/16/2012

Monitoring the A.M. commute: MARC delays, outer loop lanes blocked in MD

An accident is blocking two outer loop lanes in Maryland. We’re keeping tabs on the morning rush hour, letting you know about any issues or delays that could slow your commute.

By Mark Berman  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Connecticut Ave. NW reopens after fire

Fire fighters were responding to a fire in the 3100 block of Connecticut Avenue NW.

By Washington Post Editors  |  07:00 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Computer problem causes delays on on D.C. Metro’s Red Line

Computer problem caused the delays on the rail system’s busiest line, according to the transit authority.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  05:00 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metrorail, WMATA, D.C. Metro System, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Metro will hold public hearing on F4, F6 buses

Metro will host a pair of public meetings next week to discuss the Metrobus F4/F6 Line Study, letting people who ride buses on those routes hear about service issues and potential improvements.

By Mark Berman  |  02:09 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WMATA, Metrorail, D.C. Metro System, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Metrobus

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Arlington wants to hear from public on future of Bikeshare

The county is gathering public input as it plans for its its segment of the regional cycling network.

By Mark Berman  |  01:51 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 03/15/2012

State moves future Purple Line facility away from Lyttonsville homes

Maryland transit planners have redesigned a future Purple Line rail yard and maintenance facility to locate it farther from homes in the Lyttonsville area of Silver Spring.

By Katherine Shaver  |  12:25 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Purple Line, Maryland Transit Administration, WSSC, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Construction coming to K Street near Mount Vernon Square

The project to upgrade K Street between 3rd and 7th streets NW is scheduled to begin soon and will last about 15 months, according to the District Department of Transportation.

By Mark Berman  |  12:07 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DDOT, District Department of Transportation

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 03/15/2012

Heat restrictions to slow some VRE and MARC trains

It’s just March, but Virginia Railway Express and MARC passengers may see some delays as the unseasonable heat forces trains to slow down during the afternoon commute.

By Washington Post Editors  |  09:39 AM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  VRE, Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 05:46 AM ET, 03/15/2012

Monitoring the A.M. commute: MARC delays

MARC Brunswick Line trains heading to Washington could be delayed by speed restrictions. We’re keeping tabs on the morning rush hour, letting you know about any issues or delays that could slow your commute.

By Mark Berman  |  05:46 AM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Plea hearings scheduled in Metro coin thefts

Plea hearings have been scheduled for Monday for two former Metro workers who were arrested in January in the theft of thousands of dollars in coins paid by passengers as subway fare.

By Washington Post Editors  |  04:56 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WMATA, D.C. Metro system, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Former Metro supervisor found guilty of theft

A former Metro call center supervisor was convicted Tuesday in Prince George’s County Circuit Court of two counts of felony theft, according to the transit authority.

By Washington Post editors  |  04:35 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WMATA, metrorail, D.C. Metro system

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Arlington 5K closes roads on Saturday

Arlington will host a 5K around Nottingham Elementary School on Saturday morning, which will close roads around the school for several hours.

By Mark Berman  |  03:40 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  arlington, 5K

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 03/14/2012

Water main break on Duke Street in Alexandria

A water main break in Alexandria will snarl traffic on Duke Street. Earlier: We’re keeping tabs on the morning rush hour, letting you know about any issues or delays that could slow your commute.

By Mark Berman  |  06:02 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:58 PM ET, 03/13/2012

2011 salaries for D.C. Metro system’s top executives

Metro’s top executives took home more than $3 million in 2011. General Manager Richard Sarles was hired to the permanent job last year on a three-year contract with a $350,000 annual salary.

By Washington Post staff  |  10:58 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:34 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Eastbound Dulles Connector Road reopens but are expected to close again overnight

Officials with the Dulles rail project said a boom truck tipped over about 3 p.m. and the crane blocked the lanes for several hours.

By Mark Berman  |  07:34 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 03/13/2012

VRE begins public hearings on fare increase

This week, the Virginia Railway Express will begin holding public hearings on a proposed fare increase. The seven hearings will be held between March 13 and March 29.

By Mark Berman  |  03:22 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  VRE, Virginia Railway Express

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Officials celebrate end of Pennsylvania Ave. SE project

After more than two years of work on Pennsylvania Avenue in Southeast Washington, officials celebrated the conclusion of the Pennsylvania Avenue Great Streets project.

By Mark Berman  |  01:59 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  district, streets, DDOT

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Public meeting on Georgia Ave. changes in Silver Spring

A planning study is looking into improving Georgia Avenue/MD 97 between 16th Street and Forest Glen Road in Silver Spring. They’re holding a public meeting on Tuesday from 5:30 to 8:30 in Silver Spring.

By Mark Berman  |  01:51 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 03/13/2012

Discounted Amtrak tickets to Charlottesville

Amtrak is offering discounted tickets to Charlottesville as part of a promotional program. If you buy one round-trip Amtrak ticket there, you can save 40 percent off of a second ticket.

By Mark Berman  |  11:35 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Amtrak

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 03/13/2012

Lyttonsville residents to meet with Purple Line planners

Residents in the Lyttonsville area of Silver Spring are scheduled to hear from state Purple Line planners on Wednesday about how close a future rail yard and maintenance facility would be to homes.

By Katherine Shaver  |  11:28 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transit, transportation, urban planning

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Inner loop to close nightly in Springfield

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to close the inner loop of the Capital Beltway at the Springfield Interchange tonight from 9 p. m. until 5 a.m. Telegraph Road northbound is also scheduled to be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. at the Beltway. Detours will be in place.

By Mark Berman  |  04:04 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Porter Airlines to fly between Toronto and Dulles

Porter Airlines, a Canada-based regional carrier, will begin service between Toronto and Washington Dulles International Airport next month.

By Mark Berman  |  02:43 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dulles International Airport

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Marathon to close D.C. streets on Saturday

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon will be held in Washington on Saturday, March 17. This race, which will hit all four of the District’s quadrants, will cause street closures beginning very early on Saturday morning and continuing through Saturday afternoon.

By Mark Berman  |  01:44 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  the district, street closures

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Metro plans weekday track work on four lines, weekend work on all five lines

There will be weekday work on four of Metro’s lines and weekend work on all five lines. Plan your week and weekend accordingly.

By Mark Berman  |  12:57 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. Metro, Metrorail, Metrobus, WMATA, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Public meeting on Metrobus Y Line study

Metro will host a public meeting on Thursday evening to discuss the Metrobus Y Line Study aimed at improving bus service on Georgia Avenue.

By Mark Berman  |  12:10 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WMATA, Metrobus

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Montgomery tests credit card-enabled parking meters in Bethesda

Montgomery County began a three-month pilot program in Bethesda earlier this month, testing out parking meters that accept payment via credit and debit cards.

By Mark Berman  |  03:04 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Hundreds of Arlington residents grab free bike helmets

Arlington County residents received coupons for free bike helmets and for free one-day Capital Bikeshare memberships.

By Mark Berman  |  01:04 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capital Bikeshare, Cycling, Biking

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 03/09/2012

Metro union workers to rally Tuesday

Metro workers plan rally for Tuesday morning’s rush hour at Farragut North and Farragut West stations.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  10:41 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WMATA, Metrorail, WMATA, Amalgamated Transit Union

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 03/09/2012

The weekend and beyond

While most gatherings remain indoors on this late-winter weekend, we do have signs of spring: D.C. United will play its season opener at RFK Stadium on Saturday. The D.C. St. Patrick’s Day parade is Sunday. And early Sunday, the clocks spring forward.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:46 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Events | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, St. Patrick's Day parade, D.C. United

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 03/09/2012

Stretch of southbound South Dakota Avenue NE closed for two days

Southbound South Dakota Avenue is closed between Riggs Road and Kennedy Street in Northeast, so expect issues approaching that spot. We’re keeping tabs on the morning rush hour, letting you know about any issues or delays that could slow your commute.

By Mark Berman  |  06:02 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Report: Speeding remains a dangerous problem on the roads

Speed remains a factor in roughly a third of traffic deaths every year despite decreases in drunk driving deaths and an increase in seat belt use, according to a new study.

By Mark Berman  |  04:57 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  AAA, Governors Highway Safety Association

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Man killed after being struck by train at Foggy Bottom station

The station has reopened following an incident in which a person was struck and killed by a train Thursday afternoon, according to transit officials. Trains continue to single track so delays continue.

By Lori Aratani and Dana Hedgpeth  |  02:29 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  wmata, metro, suicides and wmata, dana hedgpeth

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 03/08/2012

D.C. to install more red top meters for disabled people

The District Department of Transportation announced today that it will speed up the installation of the new red top meters reserved for people with disabilities.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:48 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Parking, District | Tags:  DC transportation, District Department of Transportation, DDOT, DC parking

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

Road work starting near Bethesda medical center

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

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

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Two-way operations canceled on Bay Bridge

The Maryland Transportation Authority has canceled two-way operations on the bridge due to wind warnings. Drivers are warned to expect delays.

By Mark Berman  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Weekend Metro work to disrupt 4 rail lines

Once again, a segment of the Red Line will be closed this weekend and buses will replace trains.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:31 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Weekend Work | Tags:  Metro, WMATA, weekend delays

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Fairfax is talking about Dulles Silver Line

The county Department of Transportation has set public meetings and an online discussion on the second phase of the Dulles Metrorail project.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:12 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Silver Line, Metro, Tysons Corner | Tags:  DC transportation, Dulles Metrorail, Silver Line, Metro, WMATA, Fairfax County Department of Transportation

Posted at 05:58 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Good Hope Road lanes reopen in Southeast D.C.

We’re keeping tabs on the morning rush hour, letting you know about any issues or delays that could slow your commute.

By Mark Berman  |  05:58 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Cost estimate dips for Phase 2 of Metro Silver Line to Dulles

The second phase of the Metrorail extension to Dulles Airport and Loudoun County is expected to cost $2.7 billion — slightly less than previous estimates for the project.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  03:28 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 03/06/2012

D.C.’s most dangerous intersections and Metro stations

Pedestrians and Metro riders, take heed — there’s news out about the dangers of your daily commute.

By Jimm Phillips  |  11:37 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Metro down to last 2 hearings on fare increase

Metro riders are asking the transit board to be more responsive to its customers.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:09 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Transportation Politics | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Does Metro inspire you?

Metro inspires myriad emotions among its tens of thousands of daily riders: relief, joy, frustration. It turns out Metro also brings out many of their inner artists.

By Lori Aratani  |  05:04 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WMATA, Metrorail, Metrobus

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 03/05/2012

With proposed fare hikes, Silver Line riders would share burden

Transit agency puts out numbers showing how much of a fare hike riders on Metro’s new Silver Line could see.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  04:57 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metrorail, WMATA, Silver Line

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Eastbound N.Y. Ave. blocked at North Capitol St.; accident slowing I-66 East in Arlington

We’re keeping tabs on the morning rush hour, letting you know about any issues or delays that could slow your commute.

By Mark Berman  |  03:58 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 03/05/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit

DR. GRIDLOCK | Metro is doing some track work that will cause delays. The road work schedule is limited, but you will find all the big projects are active at off-peak hours.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:19 AM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration, Dulles Metrorail

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 03/05/2012

D.C. raises record amount of revenue from parking tickets

The cost of gasoline may be gnawing a hole in many wallets, but the cost of going nowhere in the District cost people who failed to mind the parking meter a record $92.6 million last year.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  09:15 AM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DDOT, DPW, AAA, American Automobile Association, District Department of Transportation, D.C. Department of Public Works, parking tickets

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 03/05/2012

Tree removal causes Chain Bridge delays

The National Park Service is removing a tree on Chain Bridge Road. Officials said local traffic will be allowed through, but the equipment on site will make it impossible for large vehicles to pass.

By Mark Berman  |  06:03 AM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 03/02/2012

GM to suspend production of Chevy Volt

General Motors is suspending production of its Chevrolet Volt electric car for five weeks in hopes of reducing inventory to meet lower-than-expected demand.

By Brent Snavely and The Detroit Free Press  |  06:02 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Weather causes flight delays, risk of flooding in D.C. and Baltimore areas

Airports from the Midwest to the Northeast are experiencing delays due to the severe weather moving across the country.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  05:01 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Chat with Dr. Gridlock on Monday at noon

If you have questions, comments or concerns regarding transportation in the Washington region, you should consult with the doctor. Dr. Gridlock will be online and chatting with readers on Monday at noon.

By Mark Berman  |  03:00 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/02/2012

Metro chief executive speaks out on controversial Obama ad

Metro General Manager Richard Sarles sends out e-mail to employees about ad and asks film producer to take it down. Filmmaker refuses.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  11:00 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 03/02/2012

The weekend and beyond: Metro delays, new parking meters, road work

Weekend travelers in the D.C. region will encounter some showers, along with Metro maintenance delays and road projects.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:25 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Capital Beltway, Metro, Driving | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration

Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 03/02/2012

BW Parkway traffic flowing normally

The Maryland State Highway Administration closed the Baltimore-Washington Parkway northbound at Interstate 195 for about 90 minutes earlier Friday to remove an overhead sign.

By Mark Berman  |  08:35 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:47 AM ET, 03/02/2012

Expect to see many Virginia state troopers on I-95 North

The Virginia State Police is graduating its largest class of new troopers, and about 80 police cars will take I-95 North from Chesterfield County to Caroline County to attend the ceremony. So don’t be worried if you see a heightened police presence on I-95.

By Mark Berman  |  06:47 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Loudoun to decide whether it is in — or out — on helping pay for second phase of Dulles rail

Preliminary engineering study is in at a cost of $45 million, as Loudoun County prepares to review it and decide whether it wants to pay for rail to go beyond Dulles Airport.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  05:52 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Metro fare hearing in Anacostia Thursday night

Metro’s public hearings into proposed increases in fares continue Thursday night in Anacostia.

By Michael D. Bolden  |  03:48 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WMATA, Metrorail, Metrobus

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Dulles launches electric vehicle charging stations

Dulles became the latest spot in the Washington region to offer electric vehicles charging stations. There are eight available spaces in one of the airport’s garages.

By Mark Berman  |  02:47 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MWAA, Dulles International Airport, Metropolitan Washington International Airport

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Are you sharing more rides as gas prices rise?

Car pools and van pools have become increasingly popular in the past two years as drivers grapple with an uncertain economy and spiraling gas prices.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  02:13 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Residential street sweeping returns to D.C., along with parking restrictions

Weekly residential street sweeping is back in the District, which means the related parking restrictions also are returning.

By Mark Berman  |  01:00 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 03/01/2012

D.C. asked for more money to help close Metro’s deficit

Metro is asking riders to pay more in fares at the same time it is asking local jurisdictions for more money to fill its $116 million deficit.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  12:12 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 03/01/2012

Q&A on new D.C. red top meters for disabled people

As the District begins enforcement Thursday of the new parking policy for people with disabilities, travelers continue to ask questions about the red top meter program.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:13 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  District, Parking | Tags:  DC transportation, District Department of Transportation, DDOT, DC parking rules

Posted at 06:37 AM ET, 03/01/2012

Accident blocking stretch of 6th Street NW

We’re keeping tabs on the morning rush hour, letting you know about any issues or delays that could slow your commute.

By Mark Berman  |  06:37 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Ad in Clarendon Metro station raises eyebrows

Congressman calls for ad to be taken down, as some find it offensive.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  05:24 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Metro planning weekend work on 3 rail lines

Metro’s Red, Orange and Blue lines will be disrupted by track work this weekend, with the most extensive delays occurring on the Red Line.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:18 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Weekend Work | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Head of FAA air traffic division hospitalized

The Federal Aviation Administration, already dealing with the December resignation of its administrator following a drunken driving arrest, learned Wednesday that its chief operating officer has been hospitalized with an apparent stroke.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  12:18 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Metro public hearing Wednesday night in Falls Church

Tonight, when the transit authority holds the first of its fare increase hearings in Virginia, Orange Line riders probably will dominate the discussion.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:19 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Transportation Politics | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Metro fare increases,

 

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