LOCAL TRANSPORTATION

Metro asks for permission to run more trains

The agency asked the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission for an increase in the number of 7000-series trains it’s allowed to operate.

By Justin GeorgeAugust 9, 2022

A neighborhood fights to be heard as Dulles planes drown out daily life

Many residents of Birchwood at Brambleton moved into their homes in 2020 and 2021, when air travel at Dulles airport was slashed. Now, the noise is back.

By Gaya GuptaAugust 9, 2022

Metro ordered to clean up, regularly inspect control rooms

The transit agency’s regulator said it found one control room in a condition of disrepair and neglect.

By Justin GeorgeAugust 4, 2022

Investigation continues into Amtrak-tractor trailer collision in Md.

The Wednesday collision at a railroad crossing in Brunswick, Md., delayed train operations and sent a man to the hospital.

By Luz LazoAugust 4, 2022

Lanes reopen after fallen tree closes Beltway lanes near Springfield

Northbound lanes of the Beltway’s inner loop reopened by 6:20 a.m. after a fallen tree was removed.

By Ellie SilvermanAugust 4, 2022

D.C.’s first elevated park will link neighborhoods divided by river

A $90 million project would add educational and recreational space atop piers and pilings from the old 11th Street Bridge.

By Luz LazoAugust 4, 2022

Normal Metro service resumes after network glitch

The network issue is “intermittently preventing rail operations from accurately monitoring train movements throughout the system,” a Metro spokesperson said.

By Daniel WuAugust 3, 2022

Despite signage, D.C. drivers aren’t slowing in school zones, study says

Crashes were slightly less severe in school zones, even as speed and crash rates remained similar.

By Luz LazoAugust 2, 2022

Metro hires new chief operating officer

Metro announced the hiring of a new chief operating officer Tuesday who the agency said will lead efforts to end a train shortage and get Metrorail back to full service.

By Justin GeorgeAugust 2, 2022

Agency probes Metro over handling of weekend track-fire incident

Metro denied that a train operator had been instructed to do a track inspection for the fire.

By Justin George and Vanessa G. Sánchez August 1, 2022

Metro briefly suspends Red Line service in part of D.C.

Metro suspended rail service Friday on part of the Red Line in the District because of fire department activity.

By Gaya Gupta and Justin GeorgeJuly 30, 2022

D.C. may end right on red for cars, let cyclists yield at stop signs

The Safer Streets Amendment Act of 2022 would ban on right on red for cars and allow people on bicycles and scooters to treat a stop sign as a yield.

By Alisa TangJuly 29, 2022

As Starbucks exits, Union Station struggles with safety, empty stores

The closure of a Starbucks because of "challenging incidents" is adding fuel to concerns about the conditions of Washington’s busiest transit hub.

By Luz Lazo and Peter HermannJuly 29, 2022

New Metro leader says first priority is restoring rail service

Randy Clarke said safety will be mentioned less often because it will be intrinsic within Metro's operations.

By Justin GeorgeJuly 28, 2022

New Metro GM faces safety, financial challenges on first day

New Metro General Manager Randy Clarke is beginning his role at the transit agency Monday, marking the end of a leadership vacuum that was created during a tumultuous spring.

By Gaya Gupta and Justin GeorgeJuly 25, 2022

Amtrak delays rise with travel demand as summer season booms

Travel chaos has become the norm this summer, and while flyers have taken the biggest hit, rail passengers, too, are getting their share of misery.

By Luz LazoJuly 22, 2022

Virginia Railway Express to offer free rides during Metro closures

The Virginia Railway Express will offer free rides systemwide during September and an additional month of free service in areas affected by an eight-month Metro construction project between D.C. and Northern Virginia.

By Justin GeorgeJuly 21, 2022

Want to curb traffic? Build homes near jobs and transit, COG leader says.

Chuck Bean, the director of the D.C. region’s council of governments, says underserved communities need more help to live near, and walk and cycle to, transit stations.

By Katherine ShaverJuly 21, 2022

TSA stops Virginia man with loaded gun at Dulles Airport checkpoint

TSA officials said the Bluemont, Va., man was carrying a 9mm gun loaded with 12 bullets.

By Gaya GuptaJuly 20, 2022

$250 million approved as costs escalate on Silver Line extension

The money will be used to pay for cost overruns on the rail line, which could begin carrying passengers later this year.

By Lori ArataniJuly 20, 2022