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Metro will begin expanding late-night bus service in June

The shift in hours will bring Metrobus service to 85 percent of what it was prior to the pandemic.
  • May 6, 2021

Air traveler faces $32,750 in fines for refusing to wear mask and throwing items, FAA says

The passenger was one of four the FAA announced could face thousands of dollars in fines under the FAA's new "zero tolerance" policy.
  • May 5, 2021

TSA warns of longer airport wait times as travel ramps up

During a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing, acting TSA administrator Darby LaJoye told lawmakers the agency is focused on efficiency and enforcement as travel increases.
  • May 5, 2021

1,300 travelers have been reported for ‘unruly behavior’ on flights since February, FAA says

Since January, the FAA had used special enforcement powers to crack down on passengers who refuse to listen to crew members.
  • May 4, 2021

Completing network of trails in the D.C. region would bring a financial boost, report says

Advocates of an ambitious project to build more than 900 miles of trails in the D.C. region say the benefits go far beyond better health.
  • May 1, 2021

TSA extends mask requirement for planes, other public transportation in U.S. until September

The requirement that travelers wear masks in transportation settings, including at airports, on aircraft and on commuter bus and rail systems had been set to expire May 11.
  • Apr 30, 2021

Several countries are planning for international visitors. The U.S. travel industry fears being left behind.

With testing requirements in place for all international visitors, the travel industry is eager to work with the Biden administration on a plan that could end the ban on travelers from more than two dozen countries in Europe as well as Brazil and South Africa.
  • Apr 30, 2021

Bill would create aviation response plan for pandemics and study disease transmission on airplanes

Legislation would also require passengers wear masks on airplanes and in airports during public health emergencies caused by a respiratory disease.
  • Apr 22, 2021

Gate 35X ends its 24-year run with a water cannon salute (and a small delay)

A new 14-gate concourse replaced 35X, Reagan National’s most infamous gate.
  • Apr 20, 2021

D.C. police arrest 4 after skirmish and night of demonstration

A group was protesting police violence against people of color.
  • Apr 18, 2021
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