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Dr. Gridlock: January, 2014

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 01/31/2014

Delays on Metro’s Red Line

Delays on Metro’s Red Line. Track work along busy line.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  04:45 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro, red line delays, subway, WMATA

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 01/31/2014

Sinkhole opens up in Southeast D.C.

A sinkhole has closed a stretch of Massachusetts Avenue, potentially creating problems for commuters and giving us an excuse to revisit last year’s sinkholes.

By Mark Berman  |  04:45 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sinkholes, traffic

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 01/31/2014

Giant robots direct traffic, issue ticket

In the capital city of Congo, giant robots have been put in charge of directing traffic.

By Lori Aratani  |  04:45 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  traffic

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 01/31/2014

Today’s travel lesson? ‘Trusted’ travelers don’t smuggle

At least not if they want to remain “trusted” travelers.

By Lori Aratani  |  03:39 PM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dulles international airport

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 01/31/2014

New traffic pattern at Northern Virginia interchange

It’s part of the long-term rebuilding of the Washington Boulevard bridge over Columbia Pike in Arlington.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:57 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia traffic

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Metrorail working on four lines this weekend

Green Line service is unaffected. All rail stations will be open.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:01 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metrorail

Posted at 06:13 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Road closed because of sinkhole in Southeast

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  06:13 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 01/30/2014

Single-tracking, delays on the Red Line

Red Line riders are encountering delays in both directions, with single-tracking and offloaded trains creating another batch of headaches for people traveling along that line.

By Mark Berman  |  11:16 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 01/30/2014

Nissan offers the ‘taxicab of the future’

In town for the Washington Auto Show, officials at Nissan show off their “taxicab of the future.”

By Lori Aratani  |  10:50 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  taxicabs

Posted at 07:29 AM ET, 01/30/2014

Metro delays on busy Red Line

A switch problem is causing the issue.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  07:29 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro, metro delays, subway, WMATA

Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Congress members call on Maryland to ‘reevaluate’ Purple Line bidder

Members cite parent company’s Holocaust ties in transporting prisoners to Nazi death camps.

By Katherine Shaver  |  05:54 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maryland transit

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Street closings around Capitol for State of the Union

The speech is scheduled for 9 p.m., but restrictions begin at 6 p.m.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:44 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. traffic

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Park service planning to charge for parking around Mall

Parking meters could be installed late this year, with a new Circulator bus route beginning in 2015.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:53 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. traffic

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 01/29/2014

Oops! Metro posted wrong signs for its new Silver Line

Metro installs wrong signs in showing off new Silver Line. Mistake to cost some money to fix. Signs show Blue Line going to where it doesn’t go.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  12:30 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro, Silver Line, subway, WMATA

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Hyattsville water main break unlikely linked to fatal car accident, police say

Police say the broken water mains were 40 to 50 yards from the accident scene.

By Katherine Shaver  |  10:54 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Weather causes road problems, school and flight delays

Ramp onto southbound Baltimore-Washington Parkway closed. School delays and flight cancellations due to weather.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  09:05 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 01/29/2014

A primer on Metro’s proposed fare and fee increases

The transit authority launches a set of six public hearings Wednesday night.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:30 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Wednesday morning Metro troubles on four lines

Delays on Metro’s Green line. Earlier problems on Red Line resolved quickly.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  08:02 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro, metro delays, subway, WMATA

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Southbound Wisconsin Ave. in Bethesda expected to reopen by morning

Lane closures could extend into Wednesday morning commute, officials say.

By Katherine Shaver  |  04:43 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maryland traffic

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Dale Drive station will be built at same time as Purple Line, officials say

Station will provide neighborhood east of downtown Silver Spring better access to Metrorail, planners say.

By Katherine Shaver  |  02:48 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maryland transit, Purple Line

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Delays on Metro’s Yellow line, earlier problems on Blue and Orange lines

Track problem is causing delays on Metro’s Blue and Orange lines. Trains are sharing a track.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  01:37 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  blue and orange, subway, WMATA

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 01/28/2014

Maryland proposal increases distance between drivers, cyclists

Legislators consider increasing distance drivers must allow cyclists to four feet.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  10:19 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transportation

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 01/28/2014

Bitter cold and die-hard bicyclists; is it ever too cold to ride?

We matched Capital Bikeshare rides to the daily low temperature to see when it’s too cold to ride a bike.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  09:09 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  capital bikeshare

Posted at 11:28 PM ET, 01/27/2014

District’s ticket cameras go after stop sign, intersection-blocking drivers

D.C. cameras now will ticket drivers who violate five more laws, slowing traffic or endangering pedestrians.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  11:28 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. transportation

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 01/27/2014

More than 500 people apply for D.C. streetcar jobs

Long line of applicants seeks to fill 34 jobs with city’s new transit system.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:34 PM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. streetcars

Posted at 07:37 PM ET, 01/25/2014

Major test of the Silver Line set for this weekend

In the test, trains will run along the new spur of the rail extension between East Falls Church and Wiehle Avenue.

By Lori Aratani  |  07:37 PM ET, 01/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Silver Line

Posted at 07:37 PM ET, 01/25/2014

Baltimore-Washington Parkway reopens after crash

The crash occurred between Powder Mill Road and Route 197.

By Tim Richardson  |  07:37 PM ET, 01/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:37 PM ET, 01/25/2014

TSA snared record number of guns in 2013

1,830 guns were confiscated at airport checkpoints last year.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  07:37 PM ET, 01/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  tsa checkpoints

Posted at 07:36 PM ET, 01/25/2014

Interstate 95 reopens in Dumfries after fatal accident

Two vehicles collided, police said, and a person from one of the vehicles has been confirmed dead at the scene.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  07:36 PM ET, 01/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  interstate 95 south closed, virginia state police

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 01/24/2014

Metro employee caught stealing cash

Metro employee charged in stealing cash. Police caught her in an undercover bust.

By Paul Duggan  |  12:44 PM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro, metro employee arrested, subway, WMATA

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 01/24/2014

Brake problems, cracked rail, tunnel fire lengthened rail commutes

The week’s snow and cold affected drivers and transit users, but the biggest disruptions occurred on Metrorail.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:54 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 01/24/2014

Southbound lanes of Rockville Pike re-open after water main break

Water main break causes Rockville Pike to shut down. Officials said it could take up to 8 hours to fix.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  10:38 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro, rockville pike closed, subway, water main break, white flint mall, WMATA

Posted at 08:19 AM ET, 01/24/2014

Water main breaks in Alexandria, Fairfax

Water main breaks in Alexandria and Fairfax. Some roads closed. Drivers should avoid area, officials said.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  08:19 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alexandria, duke street, fairfax, road closed, water main break

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Green/Yellow lines snarled after fire in the tunnel

Trains single-tracked through a stretch of the District just as the evening rush hour got underway.

By Mark Berman  |  04:38 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Snowy owls: A curiosity in cities and a problem for airplanes

A snowy owl spotted in downtown D.C. drew a lot of attention, but airport officials warn that these owls pose a danger to planes.

By Mark Berman  |  04:12 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 01/23/2014

NTSB wants stronger scrutiny of dangerous rail cargo

With rail transport of crude oil up 400 percent, federal agency wants additional safety steps taken.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  12:56 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transportation

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 01/23/2014

Meeting set on CSX plans for Virginia Avenue tunnel

D.C. Del. Norton to lead public meeting on the contentious proposal for a rail tunnel in SE

By Luz Lazo  |  11:58 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CSX

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 01/23/2014

Mini-cars fare poorly in crash tests

Insurance industry group says only 1 of the 11 new mini-cars passed its crash test.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  11:42 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transportation

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 01/23/2014

CNN’s home page pairs Justin Bieber’s arrest with teen driving ads

Pop star and budding cautionary tale Justin Bieber was arrested for a DUI in Florida, and CNN’s homepage paired the news with an ad promoting safe teen driving.

By Mark Berman  |  11:30 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Driving

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 01/23/2014

Cracked rail fixed on Metro’s Blue and Yellow lines

Cracked rail on Metro’s Blue and Yellow lines. Riders should expect delays of up to 30 minutes.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  09:28 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cracked rail, delays, Metro, subway, WMATA

Posted at 08:08 AM ET, 01/23/2014

Amtrak operating on modified schedule

Trains will run with less frequency on the Acela Express and Northeast Regional lines.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  08:08 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trains

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 01/22/2014

Metro working on all lines this weekend

The work schedule on Metrorail for this weekend is extensive, but all stations will be open.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:17 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metrorail

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 01/22/2014

Delays cleared after snarling Orange Line service for hours

Metro riders encountered problems on all five lines on Wednesday morning, with some headaches lingering into the afternoon.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  12:20 PM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  delays, Metro, red line, subway, WMATA

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 01/22/2014

LaHood becomes well-connected adviser to law firm

Former U.S. Transportation Secretary signs on to open doors for DLA Piper clients.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  10:10 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transportation

Posted at 08:18 AM ET, 01/22/2014

Metro delays, flight cancellations, icy roads in area

Metro delays, icy roads and airline delays after snowstorm. Crews work to clean roads. Officials warn to add extra time to commute.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  08:18 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  amtrak, MARC, Metro, subway, WMATA

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Evening commute uncrowded, but still tricky

Light traffic is both a blessing and a curse for those who were not granted a snow day.

By Robert Thomson  |  06:09 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Snow prompts Metro to curtail bus service

Snow prompts Metro to curtail bus service.

By Paul Duggan  |  04:56 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 01/21/2014

A new tool in the winter arsenal: cheese

A winter storm-related post so good it could only come out of Wisconsin.

By Lori Aratani  |  04:22 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Snow

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 01/21/2014

DCA, IAD, BWI cancellations by the numbers

Harried passengers dealt with cancellations and delays at many major D.C.-area airports.

By Lori Aratani  |  02:51 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Airports

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Driving conditions change rapidly

As snow and wind intensify and temperature drops, safety can vary from block to block and lane to lane.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:45 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock Column, snowstorm

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Thousands of flights canceled in the Northeast

A storm that could drop several inches of snow in the Northeast has snarled air travel, canceling thousands of flights.

By Mark Berman  |  11:29 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 01/21/2014

2011 storm taught lesson about fighting Mother Nature

Government decision makers, highway departments became more aggressive in telling commuters to stay home.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:26 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, snowstorm, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Delays on Metro’s Yellow and Blue lines

Delays on Metro’s Blue and Yellow lines. Problem is a train malfunction at Pentagon station.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  08:24 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro, subway, WMATA, yellow and blue lines

Posted at 05:57 AM ET, 01/21/2014

I-495 South re-opens in Lanham

Lanes of Interstate 495 closed earlier in the morning. Man gets in accident, gets out of car, jumps over into another lane of traffic and dies.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  05:57 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495, accident, inner loop beltway closed

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 01/20/2014

New streetcar set to arrive in D.C. on Tuesday

The new streetcar is one of six slated to run as part of the new service.

By Lori Aratani  |  10:01 AM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. streetcars

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 01/17/2014

MWAA to get permanent federal oversight

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, an entity that for many years played by its own rules, will now be subject to permanent federal oversight.

By Lori Aratani  |  12:35 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mwaa

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Low-cost airlines expand, keep ticket prices low

Report: when low-cost carriers enter a market, airline ticket prices go down.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  10:56 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transportation

Posted at 06:40 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Part of New York Avenue in D.C. closed

New York Avenue closed in D.C. A man was struck by a truck and taken to an area hospital.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  06:40 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  man hit by a trash truck, new york avenue closed, pedestrian struck

Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Audit questions whether MWAA is properly managing Silver Line funding

The audit by the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General identified several instances in which MWAA used federal dollars to pay for services prohibited under federal guidelines and for expenses unrelated to construction of the first phase of the $5.6 billion rail project.

By Lori Aratani  |  05:18 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Wanted: D.C. streetcar operators

The D.C. Department of Transportation is hosting a job fair for people interested in working with the new streetcar system.

By Lori Aratani  |  03:56 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. streetcars

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 01/16/2014

New USDOT toy isn’t the fun kind

Month by month it will update to show how fast transportation funding is drying up.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  01:34 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transportation

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Delays on Metro’s Red Line, earlier issues on Blue and Orange lines resolved

Metro’s busy Red Line experiencing delays. The problem is related to a switch outside Union Station.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  08:43 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro, WMATA

Posted at 07:27 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Fatal crash on Suitland Parkway

Construction worker killed in fatal accident on Suitland Parkway. Roadway was closed in both directions for several hours.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  07:27 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  traffic

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 01/15/2014

American drops direct Reagan National flights to 17 cities

Airline was required to give up dominance of Reagan under merger deal.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  04:14 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Fatal crash in Glen Burnie

Two people were killed in the crash that closed Veterans Highway for several hours.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  02:05 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  traffic

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Hearing for Metro’s ‘banana peel man’ postponed — again!

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  02:01 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Planners approve transportation priorities for D.C. region

Priorities focus on maintaining road and transit system we have, a concept in accord with public surveys.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:32 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Evening commute changes on VRE after person struck by train

Person struck by train in Burke, VA. Riders on VRE should expect delays.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  11:33 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trains, VRE

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Fairfax County Parkway cleared after delays

A crash caused a four-mile backup.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  10:32 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  traffic

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Testing of Metro’s new Silver Line to start soon, but no firm opening date

Still no firm date as to when Metro’s new Silver Line will open to the public. Testing on the new rail line is set to start next weekend.

By Lori Aratani  |  10:02 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro, mwaa

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Orange Line train strikes deer; earlier delays now over

The incident occurred between the Cheverly and New Carrollton stations.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  09:11 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro, Orange Line

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Questions about Silver Line Phase 2? Call this number.

A new toll-free hotline has been established for people who have questions about the second phase of the Silver Line rail project.

By Lori Aratani  |  03:06 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Silver Line

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Express Lanes driving, tolls, continued to rise in late 2013

The lane operator’s report for the October-December quarter showed use up, despite federal shutdown.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:55 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Report potholes in the Washington area

If you encounter a pothole (or its more notorious sibling, the sinkhole), here’s a way to alert people.

By Mark Berman  |  01:30 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  roads

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 01/14/2014

More than one million die in traffic accidents worldwide

More than one million people a year worldwide die in traffic accidents -- a number that may triple by 2030.

By Lori Aratani  |  12:51 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  traffic

Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 01/14/2014

Metrorail’s service plan for MLK weekend

The transit authority plans major track work on the Red and Green lines during the holiday weekend, but the resulting disruptions will end Sunday night.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:48 AM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 07:13 AM ET, 01/14/2014

Metro: Early delays over on Orange and Red lines

Train malfunction at Landover is causing delays on the Orange Line. Red Line delays from earlier malfunctions at Union Station, Metro Center have been resolved.

By Debbi Wilgoren  |  07:13 AM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 01/13/2014

Orange, Blue lines delayed

The Orange and Blue lines are single-tracking between Foggy Bottom and McPherson Square due to a disabled train at Farragut West. The Red Line is also delayed.

By Mark Berman  |  05:04 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro, WMATA

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 01/13/2014

New Metrorail design raises some old issues

The new 7000 series cars keep open spaces while adding supports for riders.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:40 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metrorail

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 01/13/2014

Some D.C. cabs may not be able to accept credit cards

Gleike, one of eight companies responsible for providing credit card processing services to D.C. cab drivers, has stopped operating.

By Lori Aratani  |  04:03 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  D.C. taxicabs

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 01/13/2014

GAO says cruise ship safety has improved

Report says cruise lines have implemented most new requirements, crime reporting still an issue

By Ashley Halsey III  |  03:09 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transportation

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 01/13/2014

Will a cut in transit benefits change your commute habits?

Will a reduction in the federal transit benefit for public transportation mean more drivers on the road?

By Lori Aratani  |  02:03 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WMATA

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 01/13/2014

Part of Veirs Mill Road in Wheaton shut down

By 1:30 p.m., police said they had opened up one lane on the west bound side of Veirs Mill Road.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  01:32 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  montgomery county police, trash truck fire, veirs mill road, wheaton

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Watch people ride Metro without pants

VIDEO: Metro riders ditched their pants on Sunday, participating in an annual event that fights back against the burden of pants.

By Mark Berman  |  11:57 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro, Pants, WMATA

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 01/13/2014

NTSB looks into wrong-way Southwest airliner

Plane landed safely at an airport several miles from intended destination.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  11:40 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transportation

Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Pedistrian struck, badly injured in Hyattsville

Pedestrian struck, badly injured in accident in Hyattsville. Mini van then ran into plate glass window.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  08:35 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  hyattsville, prince george's county

Posted at 06:29 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Lanes re-open on outer loop of Beltway in Silver Spring

Only two lanes of traffic on outer loop of Beltway get by. Ten cars hit debris on roadway.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  06:29 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  10 cars hit debris, Beltway

Posted at 05:51 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Lanes re-open on University Blvd. in Wheaton after gas leak

Westbound lanes of University Boulevard closed. Gas leak created after work done in area.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  05:51 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  closed road, university boulevard, wheaton

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Virginia transportation projects to watch in 2014

While nothing beats the Silver Line as a top transportation story for 2014, Virginia travelers will encounter many other high-impact projects this year.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:06 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia traffic

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Metro makes changes to Metrobus fareboxes

Changes to Metrobus fareboxes could make the boarding process a little faster.

By Luz Lazo  |  01:10 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro, Metrobus, SmarTrip

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 01/10/2014

A colorful guide to the nation’s biggest transit systems

A colorful infographic from the folks at UNC’s School of Government is a handy guide to the nation’s five biggest public transportation systems.

By Lori Aratani  |  12:42 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WMATA

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Bar code tags help airlines cut lost baggage claims

Airlines carry more passengers but lose fewer bags than they did 20 years ago.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  11:54 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transportation

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Firetruck rescued from sinkhole in Arlington

Water main break creates sinkhole in Fairfax County. Lane closed on Route 50 at Route 7.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  09:45 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fairfax county, sink hole, water main break

Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Have you been impacted by the transit benefit reduction?

Post reporter would like to speak with workers whose monthly commuting subsidy has dropped from $245 to $130

By Paul Duggan  |  08:35 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro

Posted at 06:38 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Route 50 in Loudoun town of Aldie closed

Accident related to freezing rain. Route 50 closed in both directions.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  06:38 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  accident, ice conditions, loudoun county, route 50 closed

Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Metro working on all five lines this weekend

All stations will be open, but there will be longer gaps than normal between trains.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:57 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Metrorail, WMATA

Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 01/09/2014

‘No Pants’ day coming to Metro on Sunday

The annual No Pants Subway Ride returns, which is why you may see a lot of bare skin on the transit system Sunday.

By Mark Berman  |  05:32 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Metrorail plans busy weekend of track work

All stations remain open, but gaps between trains will be greater than normal.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:08 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Winter storm snarling travel, delays expected to continue Friday

As a winter storm looms for the Northeast, scores of flight delays are already impacting travelers, with headaches expected to continue on Friday.

By Mark Berman  |  05:07 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel, traffic

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Metro Red Line delays cleared

Metro Red Line riders expect delays. Problem is a train malfunction at Brookland stop.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  05:03 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Downed tree blocks ramp to Rock Creek Parkway at Mass. Ave. NW

A downed tree blocks entrance to Rock Creek Parkway. Waterside Drive is closed. Crews have been called.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  05:02 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  traffic

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Delays on Metro’s Blue and Orange lines resolved

Metro’s Blue and Orange lines delayed. Problem is a train malfunction at L’Enfant Plaza.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  05:02 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Seven incidents on Metro delay riders in Friday morning commute

Delays on Red Line. Problem is due to a train malfunction.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  05:02 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Winter storm wreaks havoc on air travel, brings brutal cold to Northeast

A winter storm shrouded much of the Northeast in snow and and frigid cold, leading to thousands of delayed or canceled flights and massive travel problems.

By Mark Berman  |  05:02 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Do ‘traffic angels’ drive semi-trucks?

A “traffic angel” driving a semi-truck steers a Leesburg family though holiday gridlock.

By Lori Aratani  |  05:01 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  traffic

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Metro sets dates for hearings on fare increases

Six hearings on fare and fee increases are scheduled for late January and early February.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:01 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Travel misery continues with thousands of flights canceled, delayed

Passengers are encountering yet another day filled with flight cancellations and delays, the latest in a string of days snarled by winter weather.

By Mark Berman  |  05:01 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 01/09/2014

NY cabbies are stars of a new calendar

The New York Tax Drivers 2014 Beefcake Calendar features a different cabbie each month.

By Lori Aratani  |  05:01 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  taxis

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Metro unveils new 7000-series rail cars

The new cars are a technological and aesthetic break with the past for Metro.

By Paul Duggan  |  05:00 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Delays on Metro Tuesday, some weather-related

Red, Orange and Blue line delays due to a broken rail at Brookland, a disabled train outside Cheverly and a sick customer aboard a train at Eastern Market.

By Debbi Wilgoren  |  05:00 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Thousands of flights canceled, delayed by brutal cold

Frigid cold enveloped the U.S., creating massive problems for travelers and forcing the cancellation or delay of thousands of flights.

By Mark Berman  |  05:00 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Travel

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Chevy Chase hires law firm to evaluate Purple Line plans

The firm will evaluate the Maryland Transit Administration’s plans to build a light-rail Purple Line, which would run along the town’s border .

By Katherine Shaver  |  04:59 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  traffic

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Maryland road projects to watch in 2014

These road projects will affect thousands of commuters.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:58 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Cold weather impacts Amtrak

Amtrak is running a modified schedule because of the etreme cold.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  04:58 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trains

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Problems on Metro’s Red and Blue lines resolved

Delays on Metro’s Red Line because of signal problem. Earlier delays on Blue Line too.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  04:57 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Most D.C. cabs accepting credit cards without hassle, undercover operation finds

Most D.C. taxi cab drivers are following rules that require them to accept credit and debit cards, officials say.

By Lori Aratani  |  04:57 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  taxicabs

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Reserve your Silver Line parking

Parking garages at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station have begun accepting reservations.

By Lori Aratani  |  04:54 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Maryland chooses four companies to bid on Purple Line

By Katherine Shaver  |  04:54 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Infrastructure

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 01/09/2014

More water pipes bursting in Maryland from extreme cold

Utility crews worked to fix 48 broken mains, a jump from the 38 pipes under repair Tuesday.

By Katherine Shaver  |  04:53 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Infrastructure

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Washington, New York looking to a future without farecards

Metro is testing a system this year that would accept fares paid with credit cards or mobile phones, while New York is planning on ditching its farecard.

By Mark Berman  |  04:53 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Metro: Red Line train’s defibrillator was working

Metro officials said a defibrillator used on a man who died of a heart attack Wednesday was functioning properly.

By Lori Aratani  |  04:53 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Problem resolved on Metro’s Yellow and Blue lines

A track problem outside Pentagon City caused Yellow and Blue line delays.

By Dana Hedgpeth  |  04:52 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 01/09/2014

D.C. transportation projects to watch in 2014

Rebuilding rail and auto bridges and a new pedestrian/bike link to a Metro station are among the projects advancing in 2014.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:52 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 01/09/2014

D.C. to Baltimore in 15 minutes?

The Japanese government is eager to build a rail line that would allow folks to travel between D.C. and Baltimore in 15 minutes.

By Lori Aratani  |  04:51 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trains

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Chris Christie, here’s how traffic studies are done

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has said that he doesn’t know how traffic studies are conducted.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  02:44 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  traffic

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 01/09/2014

Maryland water pipes still breaking from cold snap

Unusually cold water from the Potomac and Patuxent rivers is just now passing through the system, officials say.

By Katherine Shaver  |  11:12 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Infrastructure

Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Red Line snarled during evening commute

Red Line service was snarled during the evening commute due to a rider with a medical emergency at Union Station.

By Mark Berman  |  05:46 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Metro

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 01/08/2014

Metro unveils six-month plan for major weekend work

This schedule shows the schedule for major track work, the kind that closes stations.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:54 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dr. Gridlock Column

 

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