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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:

The District is expanding its pay-by-phone parking pilot to all of the city’s on-street metered spaces. Justin Jouvenal reports that the roll out to additional locations will begin in June.

As the clock ticks down to September and the deadline for BRAC personnel moves, what traffic will be like around Fort Belvoir, the Mark Center and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda is on everyone’s minds. Ashley Halsey III and Christy Goodman write that t a new report by the Defense Department’s inspector general says a traffic study used by the Pentagon for the Mark Center project “did not adequately address existing and projected peak hour volumes.” One lawmaker hopes local jurisdictions will sue.

If you missed your train at Union Station on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden isn’t to blame. He was several states away, but he drew the ire of angry MARC riders anyway, Lori Aratani writes.  

Broad Branch Road in the District is going to be closed at Soapstone Creek for some time due to some needed repairs after a sinkhole developed. The work involves obtaining multiple permits.

Ashley Halsey also has been closely following the Federal Aviation Administration’s problems with air traffic controllers. Today he reports that the guidlines for supervising the arrival and departure of flights carring the first lady and vice president are changing, after an incident on Monday. A plane carrying Michelle Obama and Jill Biden came closer than allowed under FAA guidelines while on approach at Andrews Air Force Base.

What else is going on in transportation? Share a story below.

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:04 AM ET, 04/21/2011

Categories:  Amtrak, BRAC, Aviation, Commuting

 
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