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State lawmakers aim to override veto of bill to help businesses along Purple Line

Next week, lawmakers in Annapolis hope to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill that includes $2 million to help businesses hurt by construction of the Purple Line light-rail project. Read more...
Steve Bohnel, December 3, 2021, Bethesda Magazine

Tips on how to reduce vehicle-related crimes as spike in DC area thefts and carjackings continue

Car thieves have been staying busy around the D.C. region. Read more...
John Domen, December 4, 2021, WTOP

Amtrak prepares for possible service cuts as employee vaccination deadline nears

About 6 percent of the railroad’s workforce faces termination for failure to show proof of vaccination, which could leave trains unstaffed. Read more...
Luz Lazo, December 3, 2021, Washington Post

VDOT plans to add toll option to Seminary Road/I-395 interchange return

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is hosting a meeting next week to discuss plans to add the option of non-HOV vehicles to access the Seminary Road ramp to I-395, but with a toll. Read more...
Vernon Miles, December 3, 2021, ALXnow

Citing pandemic struggle, Ascend Cycle in Del Ray is closing at the end of the month

After seven years in Del Ray, Ascend Cycle (2417 Mount Vernon Avenue) is permanently closing by the end of the month. Read more...
James Cullum, December 3, 2021, ALXnow

DC restaurants make final preps for second winter of outdoor dining challenges

With the Omicron variant causing a lot of uncertainty about how the coming months will go, restaurants throughout the DC area are preparing for their second straight winter where some customers will choose to eat outside or in tents. Read more...
Tom Roussey, December 3, 2021, ABC7

All clear: Logjam of USPS trucks leaves Prince George's Co. neighborhood

The streets in a Prince George’s County, Maryland, neighborhood are clearing after hundreds of tractor trailers filled the streets. Read more...
Mike Murillo, December 3, 2021, WTOP

DC funnels millions into ensuring kids' safety to and from school

D.C. is putting millions of dollars into funding a program that ensures kids get to and from school safely. Read more...
Megan Cloherty, December 3, 2021, WTOP

Litter clean up 'blitz' to begin in Anne Arundel County

A litter pick up “blitz” led by the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT) will begin Monday and continue through Friday in Anne Arundel County. Read more...
Jessica Kronzer, December 3, 2021, WTOP

TSA mandates cybersecurity actions for freight, passenger rail

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Dec. 2 issued two new Security Directives for “higher-risk” passenger railroads and rail transit agencies and freight railroads, respectively, to “strengthen” cybersecurity. Read more...
Marybeth Luczak, December 3, 2021, Railway Age

NTSB issues wheelset safety alert, preliminary report on WMATA derailment

Following the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) Oct. 12 derailment, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a safety alert calling on rail transit agencies and commuter railroads to check their fleets for “wheelsets that do not meet gage specifications”; NTSB also released a preliminary report on the derailment. Read more...
Marybeth Luczak, December 3, 2021, Railway Age

As infrastructure funds begin to flow, climate, safety, equity impacts are not enough, some say

While transit gets an unprecedented windfall, most transportation funds will still go to roads. Some transportation advocates say that doesn't address key equity and climate issues. Read more...
Dan Zukowski, December 2, 2021, Smart Cities Dive

Thanksgiving holiday traffic deaths decrease in Virginia

Four people died in traffic crashes in Virginia over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the fewest fatalities reported in the past decade. Read more...
Mark Hand, December 2, 2021, Arlington Patch

Despite low ridership, supporters say Transitway is a wise investment in the future

A decade ago, when Arlington County was in the midst of planning the Crystal City Potomac Yard Transitway for the future Metroway bus rapid transit line, the Route 1 corridor looked a lot different. Read more...
Matt Blitz, December 2, 2021, ARLnow

NTSB: Wheels on derailed Metro train out of alignment 32X allowable amount

A new NTSB report shows one set of wheels on a Metro train that derailed in October was out of alignment by a measurement 32 times as great as the allowable amount. Read more...
Tom Roussey, December 2, 2021, ABC7

Hundreds of USPS trucks 'invade' Maryland neighborhood: relief coming

The U.S. Postal Service says relief is coming to a Prince George’s County, Maryland, neighborhood that has seen its streets filled with hundreds of tractor trailers. Read more...
Mike Murillo, December 3, 2021, WTOP

NTSB report: Metro operator thought derailment was stuck brake

A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) that warns subway systems and commuter railroads nationwide about a wheelset problem also includes more details on how events unfolded following Metro’s Oct. 12 derailment. Read more...
John Aaron, December 2, 2021, WTOP

Weekend Road & Rail: Va. Beltway closure, I-66 stops, bridge work in Md.; Metro maintenance

A big weekend closure is planned for the southbound Beltway in Virginia with lots of full stops overnight on I-66. Read more...
Mary DePompa, December 3, 2021, WTOP

Virginia exploring express lanes for last part uf beltway from Springfield to Maryland

The Virginia Department of Transportation is studying the idea of extending Express Lanes on I-495 from the I-95/I-395 interchange to across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge into Maryland. Read more...
Jordan Pascale, December 2, 2021, dcist

Compton Road Shared-Use Path meeting

FABB requests local riders participate in the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) virtual public meeting on the Compton Road Shared-Use Path on Thursday, December 9 at 7 pm. Read more...
December 2, 2021, FABB

TSA issues directives to rail sector to strengthen cybersecurity

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Thursday issued two security directives requiring rail and rail transit groups to implement steps to strengthen cybersecurity of the sector, including a requirement to report cyber incidents to the federal government. Read more...
Maggie Miller, December 2, 2021, The Hill

Mapped: D.C. region's top transportation projects

There are several key transportation projects to watch in our region, including dedicated bicycle and bus lanes in D.C., the long-awaited Dulles International Airport Silver Line Metro station, and highway widening in Virginia and Maryland. Read more...
Cuneyt Dil, December 2, 2021, Axios

Silver Line extension takes a large step forward with completion of rail yard at Dulles Airport

The progress means passenger service could begin in 2022. Read more...
Lori Aratani, December 1, 2021, Washington Post

Wheels of derailed Metro car had moved far beyond agency's safety limits, NTSB investigation shows

The wheels of a Metro car that derailed, prompting a federal investigation and subsequent suspension of more than half of Metro’s fleet, had moved far beyond the transit agency’s standard for safety, according to preliminary findings released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. Read more...
Justin George, December 1, 2021, Washington Post

MDTA police marks 32 years of Toys for Tots collections

Collecting toys across the state, the Maryland Transportation Authority police is marking its 32nd year of supporting Toys for Tots. Read more...
December 2, 2021, WBALTV11

Reform Amtrak to get the biggest value

No corporation will benefit more from the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed by Congress in November than Amtrak. Read more...
Rick Geddes, December 2, 2021, The Hill

Alexandria VRE project in final design ahead of construction next year

A $30 million overhaul of Alexandria’s Union Station, a Virginia Railway Express stop, is in the final design phase and is working through some final permitting ahead of project construction next year. Read more...
Vernon Miles, December 1, 2021, ALXnow

D.C. is on track to issue electronic versions of driver's licenses

More than 20 states have considered, tested or launched digital versions of the licenses. Read more...
Luz Lazo, December 2, 2021, Washington Post

National safety alert issued over wheel defect on D.C. Metro trains

The NTSB issued a nationwide rail transit system safety alert Wednesday as part of its investigation into a D.C. Metro train derailment. Read more...
Mark Hand, December 1, 2021, Arlington Patch

Even as Transitway moves forward, cars are driving backwards

Even as officials and advocates continue to hail the Crystal City-Potomac Yard Transitway as forward-thinking, there’ve been literal instances of backwards driving. Read more...
Matt Blitz, December 1, 2021, ARLnow

Beltway to partially close at I-66 this weekend

If you drive on the Capital Beltway late at night, overnight or early in the morning, a partial closure in Northern Virginia could affect you. Read more...
Andrea Swalec, December1, 2021, NBC Washington

1st passenger flight using 100% sustainable fuel landing in DC

United flight 2701 from Chicago to Reagan National used 500 gallons of sustainable aviation fuel. Read more...
Laura Wainman, December 1, 2021, WUSA9

NTSB report on WMATA derailment: Wheelset problem has 'potential to create a catastrophic event'

On Wednesday, the federal agency issued a Safety Alert while also revealing its finding into the October derailment along the Blue Line in Arlington. Read more...
Tom Dempsey, December 1, 2021, WUSA9

Construction on Silver Line Phase 2 rail yard, maintenance facility complete

Metrorail’s Silver Line extension project reached another milestone with the “substantial completion” of a rail yard and maintenance facility. Read more...
Abigail Constantino, December 1, 2021, WTOP

Study: Better bike policy could prevent 15K U.S. deaths every year

If U.S. leaders take aggressive, but realistic, action to replace car trips with bike trips by 2050, they could prevent more than 15,000 premature deaths every year — and not just in traffic crashes, a new study finds. Read more...
Kea Wilson, December 2, 2021, Streetsblog USA

D.C. street closures planned Thursday for National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony

Street closures are planned Thursday in downtown D.C. for the National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse. Read more...
December 2, 2021, Washington Post

Mask mandates on transit expected to be extended into March

Mask mandates for transit — including on planes, trains and buses — are expected to be extended into March in the United States, sources confirmed to Reuters. Read more...
Caroline Vakil, December 1, 2021, The Hill

King Street Metro-Mark Center express bus to be discontinued

DASH will continue the regular service between the King Street Metro and Mark Center but will eliminate express service. Read more...
Emily Leayman, November 30, 2021, Old Town Alexandria Patch

Brown: Why White's Ferry closed

In 2003, Hurricane Isabel destroyed a wooden wall on the Virginia landing. Ed Brown, my father and the previous owner of White’s Ferry, replaced it with a concrete retaining wall, believing it was within the public right-of-way. Read more...
Herbert O. Brown, November 30, 2021, Loudoun Times-Mirror

Chevy Chase to contribute up to $4 million to convert parking lots near Bethesda Farm Women's Market to parks

The town of Chevy Chase will contribute up to $4 million to a project in Bethesda that aims to convert a group of surface parking lots near the Farm Women’s Market to parks and open space. Read more...
Caitlynn Peetz, November 30, 2021, Bethesda Magazine

Arlington school system tries to ameliorate anger of bus drivers

At least judging by the length and specificity of its most recent response, Arlington school leaders appear to be increasingly sensitive to ongoing criticism lobbed in their direction by bus drivers and activists who support them. Read more...
Scott McCaffrey, November 30, 2021, Inside NoVa

Task force votes to recommend name changes for two Fairfax highways named for Confederates

The county’s confederate names task force voted to recommend a name change for Lee Highway and Lee Jackson Memorial Highway through a lengthy, and at times, heated discussion Tuesday night. Read more...
Justin Hinton, November 30, 2021, ABC7

Greenbelt police to increase presence at Metro station after carjacking

Police are still looking for the suspects in a pair of recent carjackings in Greenbelt — one of which was reported outside the Greenbelt Metro Station. Read more...
John Domen, November 30, 2021, WTOP

Montgomery County's Ride On buses to stay free until July

Ride On buses in Montgomery County, Maryland, will remain free to ride until July 2022 Read more...
Rick Massimo, Jack Moore, November 30, 2021, WTOP

Bike infrastructure will help prevent crashes and fatalities, advocates and researchers say

There are 2,000 miles of road in Baltimore City. Only 10 of those miles include separated bike infrastructure that divides the road into distinct lanes for cars and bikes. Read more...
Julia Arbutus, Molly Castle Work, November 30, 2021, WTOP

Montgomery County could send relief to small businesses harmed by protracted Purple Line construction

Around 40 business owners affected by the ongoing construction of the Purple Line could receive up to $5,000 in state grants under a new program proposed in Montgomery County. Read more...
Ally Schweitzer, November 30, 2021, dcist

Howard Street Tunnel expansion project launches

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan led public- and private-sector leaders in breaking ground on the $466 million Howard Street Tunnel expansion project, which will reconstruct the 126-year-old freight rail tunnel to accommodate double-stack container trains to and from the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore. Read more...
Bill Wilson, November 30, 2021, Railway Age

Can e-mopedsharing help wean Americans off car ownership?

Electric moped sharing became one of the most rapidly growing alternatives to driving in cities around the world during 2021, a new report says — but its future in America may be more modest unless local policies catch up with the mid-speed mode. Read more...
Kea Wilson, November 30, 2021, Streetsblog USA

D.C. officers to target traffic safety around school zones, but some say it's not enough

D.C.’s  Metropolitan Police Department will dispatch officers to school zones throughout the District in hope of improving drivers’ behavior when they are near kids. Read more...
Jordan Pascale, November 29, 2021, dcist

VRE news: Toys for Tots

VRE will not be running Santa Trains this year but expect it to return in 2022. We will continue to support the Marines and their drive to donate toys throughout the Virginia region. Read more...
November 30, 2021, VRE