All eyes are on Washington, wondering if there will be a government shutdown that begins this week.

Countdown to closure:

Local transportation agencies, such as Metro and the Maryland Transit Administration, aren’t expecting to change service — at least initially — if there is a shutdown. But a protracted closing could lead to reductions in service. It could also mean lost revenue for agencies like Metro that need the funds.

Virginia Gov. Bob Mc­Don­nell gets the authority to appoint a member to Metro’s board of directors, thanks to late action by the state legislature. Who gets booted from the board to make way for his appointee is one of the topics of the day.

AAA reports that the national average for gasoline ticked up about two cents overnight. Are the rising prices making you change your habits?

Wednesday night the National Transportation Safety Board opened public dockets for three Metro accidents it’s still investigating, including the Jan. 2010 accident where two Metro workers were killed on the Red Line.

The Metropolitan Washintgon Airports Authority picked an underground Metro station to serve Dulles International Airport. Post staff writer Kafia A. Hosh reports that some local, state and federal officials are questioning the selection of an option that will cost hundreds of millions of dollars more than an aboveground stop farther from the main terminal.

More napping? The Federal Aviation Administration says it’s in the process of firing a Tennessee air traffic controller who the agency says intentionally went to sleep while on the job, according to this report from the Post’s Ashley Halsey III.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announces a PSA about the dangers of using mobile phones while driving as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month on his Fast Lane blog.

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