Dr. Gridlock: Transit

Posted at 07:40 AM ET, 07/19/2012

Montgomery Ride On puts buses on reduced schedule after fire

The Montgomery County Ride On bus fleet is operating on a modified holiday schedule Thursday and Friday. Weekend service will be normal, the county said.

By Robert Thomson  |  07:40 AM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Transit, Montgomery County | Tags:  DC transportation, Montgomery County, Ride On, Isiah Leggett

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 05/17/2012

Nats fan offers ballpark travel tips by Circulator, Metro

Metro’s Green Line to Nationals Park is never a problem, baseball fan says, but return is something else

By Robert Thomson  |  08:59 AM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Events, District, Driving, Highways, Traffic Safety, Transit | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Nationals, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/17/2011

D.C. area awarded federal transit money

Maryland can buy new commuter buses, Metro can pay for a new system to keep track of its buses and trains and other assets, and Alexandria can study transit options in the busy Van Dorn street corridor with federal grant money doled out Monday.

By Ashley Halsey III  |  12:00 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transit

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 10/03/2011

New D.C. bus links neighborhoods across river

The District Department of Transportation has launched the first D.C. Circulator bus route east of the Anacostia River. Here’s a look at the route and schedule.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:28 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  District, Transit

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 09/29/2011

Ask Transportation Secretary LaHood

The U.S. Department of Transportation has invited Dr. Gridlock readers to submit questions to the transportation secretary for his monthly Q&A video, called “On the Go with Ray LaHood.”

By Robert Thomson  |  10:30 AM ET, 09/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Driving, Transit, Transportation Politics

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 09/27/2011

Changes start Monday for D.C. Circulator buses

The District Department of Transportation is eliminating one route, adding another and making further adjustments in the Circulator bus system service.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:28 PM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transit, District

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 09/09/2011

D.C. to rebuild Union Station plaza

The District Department of Transportation is about to launch an 18-month reconstruction of Columbus Plaza and Massachusetts Avenue in front of Union Station.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:01 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Construction, Transit, District

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 08/18/2011

Fairfax Connector adjusting for Friday motorcycle ride

Because of the big 9/11 memorial motorcycle ride passing through Northern Virginia on Friday afternoon, the Fairfax Department of Transportation anticipates heavy congestion on many of its roadways. The Fairfax Connector service is making temporary adjustments.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:50 PM ET, 08/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Advisories, Transit, Virginia

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 06/20/2011

The week ahead for traffic, transit

This week’s forecast for local travelers is quite repetitive: persistently humid and uncomfortably hot Tuesday through Thursday, the Capital Weather Gang says.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:53 AM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Construction, Congestion, Driving, Transit

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 05/12/2011

LaHood renews offer on Dulles station

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today renewed his offer to have the Department of Transportation provide a forum for working out the region’s differences over where the new Metrorail station should be at Dulles International Airport.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:47 PM ET, 05/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Transit

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 03/29/2011

Circulator plan would add, subtract routes

The D.C. Department of Transportation’s draft plan for the Circulator bus system’s next decade includes proposals to add and subtract routes and increase fares

By Robert Thomson  |  11:45 AM ET, 03/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transit | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, DC Circulator

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 10/27/2010

Transit benefits may decrease

The Post's Lisa Rein reports that a benefit allowing workers to set aside $230 in pre-tax money for commuting costs will decrease by almost half at the end of the year if Congress does not extend the break. The benefit was increased from $120 in 2009 as part of stimulus efforts to jump-start the economy. Rein reports that the U.S. Department of Transportation, which manages transportation benefits for 110 federal agencies, has begun distributing information on the change.

By Michael Bolden  |  09:00 AM ET, 10/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transit, Transit

Posted at 06:48 PM ET, 10/13/2010

Judgment against transit company

The Northern California city of Roseville and the West Coast company that also operates MetroAccess in the Washington region have been ordered to pay $6.4 million to a quadriplegic man who was injured while getting on a bus. Thomas Avery...

By Michael Bolden  |  06:48 PM ET, 10/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transit

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 10/11/2010

Hearing on TheBus routes

Greater Greater Washington reports that Prince George's County is considering changes to four routes for TheBus, the county's public transit system. GGW analyzes the effects of the changes and the reasoning behind the proposal.

By Michael Bolden  |  03:05 PM ET, 10/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transit, Transit, Transit, Transit, Transit

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 10/07/2010

N.Y. transit riders take another hit

Washington's Metro riders aren't alone in enduring the pain of fare increases. Things are worse in the Big Apple, where transit officials have eliminated kiosks and subway lines to cover a huge budget deficit. On Thursday New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority went further and raised monthly unlimited bus and subway fares and increased commuter rail ticket prices as part of a plan to raise $400 million next year amid state funding cuts.

By Michael Bolden  |  01:07 PM ET, 10/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transit, Transit, Transit

Posted at 08:40 PM ET, 09/26/2010

GEORGE bus service ends

The GEORGE bus, once operated by the City of Falls Church, made its last run on Friday. The City Council decided earlier this month to discontinue GEORGE because of a bleak budget forecast. The city paid for the service through...

By Michael Bolden  |  08:40 PM ET, 09/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transit, Transit, Transit

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 07/14/2010

The Force was with them...

When we're riding Metro, we sometimes see strange things. However, Princess Leia being seized by Imperial Stormtroopers generally isn't one of them. That's what some New Yorkers saw when the group Improv Everywhere staged a "Star Wars" scene this...

By Michael Bolden  |  04:24 PM ET, 07/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transit

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 06/16/2010

New hours for Bethesda Circulator

The Bethesda Circulator, a free transportation service that links parking garages and Metro, will have new hours beginning July 1, according to the Bethesda Urban Partnership.

By Michael Bolden  |  10:59 AM ET, 06/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transit, Transit

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 06/15/2010

Fairfax bus fares increase June 27

Fairfax Connector fares will increase beginning June 27. Regular fares will go up from $1.25 to $1.50 for SmarTrip users and from $1.35 to $1.70 for those paying with cash.

By Michael Bolden  |  03:47 PM ET, 06/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transit, Transit

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 06/14/2010

Arlington raises bus fares

The Arlington County Board voted at its meeting Saturday to increase its ART transit bus service fares from $1.25 to $1.50 with a SmarTrip card. The new fares begin July 1.

By Michael Bolden  |  11:32 AM ET, 06/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transit, Transit

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 06/07/2010

Where should Metrorail stop?

In my Dr. Gridlock column on Sunday, Joan Pifer of Great Falls and I discussed where we'd like to see the Dulles Metro line stop -- not that we really have any choice about it. She'd like it to serve Wolf Trap and the Reston Town Center after the line gets west of Tysons Corner.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:20 PM ET, 06/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Transit | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, Dulles Rail