Commuter Digest: Summit to close streets, force other commuting changes in District

August 2, 2014
The District
U.S.-Africa summitto close many streets

An international summit will close streets, restrict parking, detour buses and generally add to commuting difficulties on the District’s west side this week.

The centers of activity during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit will be in Foggy Bottom, around the White House, and in Southwest Washington north of Maine Avenue and east of the Tidal Basin. Key events will be held at the National Academy of Sciences, the World Bank, the White House and the Mandarin Oriental hotel.

Many streets will be closed in those areas at various times from Sunday through Wednesday, and parking will be restricted.

Bridges and highways will remain open. All Metrorail stations are scheduled to remain open, too, but nearly two dozen Metrobus routes will be detoured. MetroAccess may not be able to provide paratransit service to some spots within the security areas.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has advised federal agencies to encourage telecommuting and adjusting work schedules because of the likelihood of traffic congestion.

— Robert Thomson

The Region
Metro names new chief financial officer

Metro has hired a new chief financial officer, Dennis Anosike, who was chief financial officer of the Chicago Transit Authority for 12 years before taking a private sector job in 2009, the agency said.

Until recently, Anosike was a senior vice president of the Northern Trust Company, overseeing the management of an array of pension funds. At Metro, he replaces Carol Kissal, who resigned as chief financial officer in April, shortly after a federal audit report criticized the transit agency’s handling of millions of dollars in grant money.

At the Chicago Transit Authority, or CTA, Anosike “oversaw the offices of budget, comptroller, capital investment, treasury and financial reporting,” Metro General Manager Richard Sarles said in a letter to Metro employees.

— Paul Duggan

24,309

Number of passenger trips that began or ended at one of the five new Silver Line stations on the first day of weekday service between Metrorail’s 5 a.m. opening through the 7 p.m. end-of-the-evening rush.

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