Today’s transportation roundup

April 8, 2011

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. (Columnist Joe Davidson has a helpful Q&A).

Organizers say the Cherry Blossom Parade will go on Saturday even if the government shuts down. Dr. Gridlock’s festival traffic tips will come in handy if you’re venturing downtown. Metro, by the way, says it plans to run normal service. Dr. G’s Weekend and Beyond offers even more travel advice.

Post staff writer Katherine Shaver reports that Metro is considering various options to help close a $72 million budget gap in its operating budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Board members are considering longer wait times between trains on weekends and eliminating some bus routes in the District to save money. Metro is hoping that the District, Maryland and Virginia will cover any remaining deficit.

The blog Southwest ... the Little Quadrant That Could reports that American Water Taxi is now running a regular route (Gangplank Marina, Washington Harbor and Diamond Teague Park, near the Nationals Stadium) with plans to expand service to other stops.

Kytja Weir writes in the Washington Examiner that Metro gave out $88,500 in bonuses to seven workers in 2010. Board member Tommy Wells plans to ask for information on why the information wasn’t disclosed when he asked for it at an earlier hearing, Weir reports.

Living Social is offering a deal on Capital Bikeshare memberships, the cycling network founded by Arlington County and the District.

The Hill reports that Amtrak set a ridership record for March. The agency has seen steady growth, especially in the heavily traveled Northeast Corridor.

Ray LaHood praises the marine highway system on his Fast Lane blog. Also, Smokin’ Joe Frazier joins the fight against distracted driving.

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