LOCAL TRANSPORTATION

Metro’s recurring problems raise questions about oversight, management

Metro was struggling alongside other transit agencies last fall, each subsisting on federal dollars during a pandemic that siphoned off passengers and fare revenue. As others rebound, Metro finds itself in a hole that has only deepened.

By Justin George and Lori ArataniMay 21, 2022

A NHTSA official spent years trying to cut road deaths. They jumped last year.

Days after new NHTSA figures showed road fatalities hitting a 16-year high, Jeffrey Michael pointed to the nation’s failure and potential fixes.

By Michael LarisMay 21, 2022

Montgomery County buses will resume fare collection in July

Montgomery County’s two-year fare holiday is coming to an end this summer. The County Council on Thursday approved a budget that brings back fare collection aboard Ride On buses starting in July.

By Luz LazoMay 20, 2022

Metro wins reinstatement of some suspended rail cars

A seven-month train shortage that has brought lengthy waits could be closer to an end after Metro asked a regulatory agency Thursday to reinstate some of the rail cars that were pulled from service in October because of a safety defect.

By Justin GeorgeMay 19, 2022

Dulles Toll Road users could see rate increase to pay for Silver Line

Road users could see tolls rise to $6 starting in January under a proposal being considered.

By Lori ArataniMay 18, 2022

Southbound lanes of Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Laurel reopen

While the lanes have reopened, traffic delays continued Wednesday morning.

By Dana HedgpethMay 18, 2022

Metro faces new safety order on first day under new leadership

The transit agency’s top two leaders departed Sunday after a training lapse involving about half of its train operators.

By Justin GeorgeMay 17, 2022

Top Metro leaders step down one day after agency announces training lapses

Paul J. Wiedefeld moves up his retirement date, while Chief Operating Officer Joseph Leader resigns.

By Justin GeorgeMay 16, 2022

Metro pulls 70-plus train operators for retraining, warns of delays

An operator shortage on top of an ongoing train shortage is expected to create longer wait times this month, Metro said.

By Justin GeorgeMay 15, 2022

Metro’s new general manager is optimistic riders will return

Randy Clarke, chief executive of Austin’s public transit system, has been hired to replace retiring Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld.

By Justin GeorgeMay 14, 2022

Amtrak, MARC trains resume after ‘trespasser incident’ in Maryland

Several Amtrak trains were stopped in Baltimore, Washington or New Carrollton.

By Justin Wm. MoyerMay 13, 2022

Metro ridership rises, but not enough to alter financial projections

Transit officials on Thursday sought ways to re-energize Metrorail in a bid to ease a looming pandemic-induced budget shortfall.

By Justin GeorgeMay 12, 2022

Union Station overhaul removes parking spaces, adds underground facility

The proposed expansion of Union Station envisions a transformation of the nation’s second-largest rail hub by 2040.

By Luz LazoMay 11, 2022

Metro hires new general manager amid pandemic, safety challenges

Randy Clarke will replace Paul J. Wiedefeld, who has served as top executive for six years and will retire this summer.

By Justin GeorgeMay 10, 2022

Metro says ridership is outpacing transit agency projections

The data raises optimism after huge drops in fare revenue and a train shortage.

By Justin GeorgeMay 9, 2022

Boeing’s move to Virginia will mean few new jobs in D.C. region

While Boeing’s chief executive and its financial leader will soon be moving their offices to Arlington, a company spokesman said Friday the aerospace giant’s decision to shift its headquarters to Virginia will not immediately result in the creation of new jobs in the region.

By Ian Duncan,  Teo Armus and Michael LarisMay 6, 2022

Maryland Purple Line construction will resume in August, officials say

Most work on Maryland's Purple Line stopped in September 2020 when the contractor quit. Here's how the new construction team says it will complete the line by late 2026.

By Katherine ShaverMay 6, 2022

TSA catches man with 23 weapons in carry-on at National Airport

Among the items TSA officers found in the passenger’s carry-on: a dagger, three throwing knives, nine disposable scalpels and a pair of brass knuckles.

By Lori ArataniMay 5, 2022

D.C. Circulator drivers vote for worker contract, ending strike

Members of a transit union approved a worker contract at D.C. Circulator on Thursday, ending a three-day strike and setting the stage for the return of regular service on the system.

By Luz LazoMay 5, 2022

Five Orange Line stations to close this weekend ahead of construction

Five Orange Line stations will close during the next two weekends to prepare for a major overhaul of the stations’ platforms and other structures starting at the end of the month.

By Justin GeorgeMay 5, 2022