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Bike shortage continues as stores struggle to order parts from overseas
As families spend more time outdoors following the long pandemic winter, demand for bikes continues to be at an all-time high.
Nicole DiAntonio, May 18, 2021, WUSA9
Actual left turns coming to New York, Florida Ave NE
One of D.C.’s busiest and most infamous intersections will soon be untangled, with the goal of providing relief and safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists who navigate where New York and Florida avenues meet.
Neal Augenstein, May 18, 2021, WTOP
United brings back more Dulles flights, nearing pre-pandemic levels
Citing strong summer travel demand, United Airlines is adding hundreds of flights back to its July schedule, and is adding or resuming dozens of flights at its two biggest hubs in Chicago and Dulles.
Jeff Clabaugh, May 18, 2021, WTOP
Arlington aquires land in Potomac Yard for planned upgrades to park
“The first phase includes a trail connection that links Richmond Highway to the Four Mile Run trail and is estimated to begin construction in late 2021,” a county staff report said.
Jo DeVoe, May 17, 2021, ARLnow
Cyclists hit the trails for first Tour de Hunter Mill bike ride
Sunny weather greeted the 180 cyclists who signed up to take part in Saturday's inaugural Tour de Hunter Mill bike ride.
Michael O'Connell, May 13, 2021, Vienna Patch
Metro reports only two station closures week of May 17
Metro trains will be serving 89 of 91 stations across the transit system the week of May 17, with trains running from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m, the transit system said Monday.
Mark Hand, May 17, 2021, Arlington Patch
Court says Purple Line construction doesn't violate water protections
A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that construction of Maryland’s light-rail Purple Line does not violate Clean Water Act protections for streams and wetlands.
May 17, 2021, Bethesda Magazine
King Street-Old Town Metro Access Improvement Project nears completion
The final touches are being made on the King Street-Old Town Metro Access Improvement Project.
James Cullum, May 17, 2021, ALXnow
Capital Bikeshare rolls into the West End and Seminary Road
Capital Bikeshare is expanding into Alexandria’s West End, with three new stations scheduled to be installed in June.
Vernon Miles, May 17, 2021, ALXnow
I-Team discovers Metro employees parking for free with invalid disabled parking placards
Some Metro employees in Montgomery County have figured out a way to get free parking, and they’re using invalid disabled parking placards to do it.
Scott Taylor, May 17, 2021, ABC7
Have you been holding back on Metro? WMATA wants you to see this graphic.
Covid-cautious transit riders may breathe a sigh of relief this week, as WMATA shares this image to show how its ventilation system works to keep airflow moving on Metro rail cars.
Caitlin Rogger, May 17, 2021, GGWash
MARC Penn Line schedule change May 24
As a result of Amtrak beginning their 2021 trackwork season, MARC Train Penn Line service will implement new schedules effective Monday, May 24.
May 17, 2021, MDOT MTA
Return to the office: Here's how it worked for one Maryland county government
The approximately 1,000-person government workforce in this red-leaning county north of Baltimore transitioned back to their pre-pandemic work spaces in March.
Ovetta Wiggins, May 16, 2021, Washington Post
Metting with GW Parkway Superintendent Charles Cuvelier
Plan now to join us for his presentation on the Mount Vernon Trail (MVT) Corridor Study, the first comprehensive analysis of the design, condition, usage, and crash history of the MVT.
May 16, 2021, FABB
Don't miss Bicycle Film Festival-DC!
Celebrate Bike Month and support a great cause by streaming short films offered by the Bicycle Film Festival-DC between now and May 31.
May 15, 2021, FABB
Frontier Drive/Franconisa-Springfield Pkwy. project meeting
The project aims to relieve congestion and improve access to the Franconia-Springfield Metro station.
May 15, 2021, FABB
Masks are still required in planes, trains and buses despite loosened CDC guidelines
Fully vaccinated people traveling in buses, trains and airplanes must continue to wear a mask, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday, even as it said they could go without one in most other indoor settings.
Ian Duncan, May 13, 2021, Washington Post
County Board adopts Vision Zero Action Plan
On Saturday, May 15, the Arlington County Board voted 5-0 to adopt a five-year Vision Zero Action Plan.
May 15, 2021, Arlington County
Here are things that might change about your commute this fall
While more companies outline plans to bring employees back, many workers are still likely to do their jobs from home.
Lori Aratani, May 14, 2021, Washington Post
Face masks still required on DASH buses
Even with yesterday’s news that the CDC has lifted the social distancing and indoor/outdoor mask requirements for fully vaccinated people, there are some exceptions. One is public transport: planes, trains, buses, and rail.
May 14, 2021, Zebra
Herndon awards contract for new signal, sidewalks at Elden-Center Street intersection
The Herndon Town Council unanimously voted in favor of awarding a contract to Fort Myer Construction Corporation for improvements at the Elden and Center streets intersection during its public session on May 11.
Scott Fields, May 14, 2021, Reston Now
OmniRide unveils new commuter buses
OmniRide held a ribbon cutting for new commuter buses this week, four of which were purchased with through a local toll revenue program.
May 15, 2021, Inside NoVa
Nearly 90% of gas stations in D.C. are without fuel
This week, panic buying at gas stations across the East Coast following a ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline has led to empty gas stations and created long lines at stations with fuel.
Elliot C. Williams, May 14, 2021, dcist
This new scooter will angrily beep at you if you ride on a D.C. sidewalk
A new prototype device on Spin scooters aims to loudly address one of the biggest complaints about the two-wheeled electric devices: people often ride on busy sidewalks or park them poorly.
Jordan Pascale, May 14, 2021, dcist
MetroAccess contract dispatchers end strike over wages
More than 100 MetroAccess reservation-takers and dispatchers went on strike Friday in a dispute with a Texas-based transportation provider over pay and working conditions.
Michael Laris, May 14, 2021, Washington Post
Montgomery County strikes deal to electrify Ride On buses
AlphaStruxure, an energy-as-a-service company, will help Montgomery Co. transition at least 44 Ride On buses from diesel to electric power.
Alessia Grunberger, May 14, 2021, Takoma Park Patch
Metro's Red Line single-tracking in Maryland after person struck by train
Trains on Metro’s Red Line were sharing a track between the Twinbrook and Grosvenor stations in Maryland after a person was struck by a train at the White Flint station, officials said Friday.
Justin Wm. Moyer, May 14, 2021, Washington Post
Joint Economic Committee releases report on infrastructure investments
America invests less in infrastructure than its peers, a new report for the U.S. Congress’ Joint Economic Committee (JEC) released Wednesday said.
Liz Carey, May 14, 2021, Transportation Today
Washington D.C. DOT to invest $10M in road improvements
The Washington D.C. District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will be investing $10 million to improve the safety of intersections and roads.
Melina Druga, May 14, 2021, Transportation Today
What does WMATA's non-dire 2022 budget mean for an equitable recovery in DC?
Thanks to an influx of $729 million in federal relief after fare revenues collapsed in 2020 and early 2021, WMATA’s FY2022 budget restores about 80 - 85% of pre-pandemic service levels for train and bus, respectively, from June.
Caitlin Rogger, May 14, 2021, GGWash
Bike to Work Day 2021
Next Friday, May 21, is the 20th annual Bike to Work Day, and it’s not too late to register for this free event and receive a free T-shirt.
May 14, 2021, FABB
Metro expects most pre-pandemic riders won't return this year amid an altered future for transit
The transit agency will regain only about 42 percent of its pre-pandemic riders by the end of the year, according to a new report.
Justin George, May 13, 2021, Washington Post
Metro waives fee for events that end after normal closing time
The temporary fee waiver and extended rail service will be provided until Dec. 31 when needed for the Capitals, Nationals and other events.
Mark Hand, May 13, 2021, Arlington Patch
Metro bus service to ramp up without rail fare discounts
Metro will take more steps toward a return to normalcy next month with additional bus service.
John Aaron, May 13, 2021, WTOP
Riders say frequent cleaning, ability to social distance will encourage them to return to Metro
About 55% of riders surveyed said more frequent cleaning of buses or trains would make them more likely to take transit.
May 13, 2021, dcist
New bill would help measure transportation access for non-drivers
A new bill would give U.S. communities money to analyze how easy -- or difficult -- it is for residents to access the destinations they need most, and how their mode of transportation, race, income, age, disability, and other factors that affect their basic mobility.
Kea Wilson, May 13, 2021, Streetsblog USA
Have an expired Maryland license? Get it renewed before Aug. 15.
The Motor Vehicle Administration will resume requirements to renew state-issued documents after an extension during the coronavirus pandemic.
Luz Lazo, May 13, 2021, Washington Post
Agreement allows buses to switch from diesel to electric
Montgomery County has reached an agreement with AlphaStruxure for an integrated microgrid and electric bus charging infrastructure project at the Brookville Bus Depot in Silver Spring.
May 13, 2021, Bethesda Magazine
MDOT hosts meeting on University Blvd. bike lane project
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration is hosting a virtual presentation Thursday so residents in Montgomery County can learn more about the shared streets pilot project coming to University Boulevard in Wheaton.
Will Vitka, May 13, 2021, WTOP
Speak up to support the Cinder Bed Bikeway!
Springfield, Kingstowne, Newington, and Fort Belvoir riders, we need you to show your support for the Cinder Bed Bikeway.
May 13, 2021, FABB
DDOT launches new digital parking permit system
Today, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced the preliminary launch of ParkDC Permits, a new, centralized digital system for DC residents and their visitors to manage visitor, temporary, home health aide, and contractor parking permits via a single online portal.
May 12, 2021, DDOT
Biking and trail use continues to grow in Northern Virginia
It’s been 20 years since Bike to Work Day began, and it grows each year showing that there is another side to commuting that uses no gas, has health benefits and is fun, even if it’s only one day a year for many.
Mike Salmon, May 13, 2021, Arlington Connection
Alexandria residents encouraged to take part in Bike to Work Day May 21
Related events and activities in the city will meet all current health guidelines. Physical distancing, mask-wearing, and group limits will all be in place.
May 11, 2021, Zebra
Modern Mobility: Happy Bike Month
May is Bike Month, and from what I’ve seen out and about so far, lots of you are already celebrating.
Chris Slatt, May 12, 2021, ARLnow
As long lines reported at local gas stations, D.C.-area officials urge drivers not to panic buy
Some local gas stations are experiencing fuel shortages as the effects of a ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline late last week ripple through the region.
Dominique Maria Bonessi, May 12, 2021, dcist
Maryland Department of Transportation shrinks plan to supersize Beltway
Maryland’s Department of Transportation announced a proposal to drastically reduce its Beltway expansion project, a part of the state’s years-long effort to reduce congestion on the Beltway and I-270.
Colleen Grablick, May 12, 2021, dcist
Amid rising road deaths, Bowser pledges $10 million for more speed cameras, street improvements
With traffic deaths happening at the fastest pace in recent years, Mayor Muriel Bowser said Wednesday that she’s dedicating $10 million to add speed cameras across D.C. and make changes at dangerous intersections.
Jordan Pascale, May 12, 2021, dcist
Study: Cycling rates low unless women are riding
Around the world, cities that do the best job of catering to the needs of women cyclists also have the highest level of cycling overall, a new study finds -- and the U.S. has among the lowest share of female-identified riders on the planet.
Kea Wilson, May 13, 2021, Streetsblog USA
Metro is behind on training and safety protocols, audit says
Metro is not keeping up with preventive maintenance, lacks needed safety certifications and is not training employees on how to maintain the system’s complex equipment and machinery, the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission said in a new audit.
Justin George, May 12, 2021, Washington Post
Arlington County Attorney to join VRE on full-time basis
The transit agency on May 10 announced it had tapped MacIsaac as its new full-time general counsel. He starts on May 31.
May 12, 2021, Inside NoVa