Crash involving two trucks, fuel spilled on inner loop of Beltway near Connecticut Avenue. Three mile backups reported.
Metro said a "smoldering crosstie" was causing problems near East Falls Church.
The public hearings will examine Metro's infrastructure, emergency response efforts and its organizational culture.
The organizer of a contest that offered a $10,000 prize to the best cartoon depicting the prophet Muhammad, is now pushing to have the winning entry displayed in Metro stations and on buses around the D.C. region.
About 500 feet of copper cable was stolen from tracks serving two of New York's busiest subway lines. The consequence: delays, crowding and thousands of riders forced onto shuttle buses.
Last year, Kidd Cole's antics landed him on an MTV reality show. This year, they've landed him in jail.
Increase was attributed in part to an improving economy and lower gas prices.
The hearings are an important chance to air views about rebuilding a major commuter route.
Tap water for Montgomery, Prince George's counties was chosen as the tastiest, the utility said.
Crash causes traffic delays on outer loop of Capital Beltway in Silver Spring area.