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October 19, 2021, Commuter Store
Riders share stories of taking Metro one day after WMATA pulled 60% of its rail fleet.
On Sunday night, WMATA announced they were pulling all of their 7000-series trains out of service Monday morning as part of the ongoing investigation into the Blue Line train derailment last week. The 7000-series trains make up about 60% of Metro’s rail fleet.
David Andrews, October 18, 2921, GGWash.org
Construction on Hunter Mill Bridge over Colvin Run to wrap up in fall 2022
“The median refuge and RRFB will improve safety and accessibility of drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians where Hunter Mill Road and the Colvin Run Stream Valley Trail intersect just south of the bridge. The bridge is also being designed to allow a future trail crossing of Colvin Run,” according to a memo prepared by county staff.
Fatimah Waseem, October 18, 2021, Reston Now
DASH network overhaul receives fewer complaints than expected
A new report from DASH shows that the bus network has received significantly fewer angry public calls about the new bus network overhaul than had earlier been expected.
Rick Horner, October 18, 2021, ALXnow
Some alternatives to Metrorail amid service cuts
Here are a few ideas on affordable options as the majority of Metrorail cars are out of service during inspections.
Skye Witley, October 18, 2021, NBC Washington
Is it true Maryland and Virginia drivers don't face penalties for unpaid D.C. camera tickets?
Maryland and Virginia drivers owe D.C. more than $220M in outstanding camera tickets.
Delia Goncalves, October 19, 2021, WUSA9
New I-66 express lanes on schedule to open in December 2022
It’s one of the largest and most expensive highway projects the D.C. area has ever seen, but the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway project is still scheduled to finish on time in December 2022.
Kyle Cooper, October 18, 2021, WTOP
Drastically reduced Metro service until at least Sunday as derailment investigation continues
Starting Tuesday and lasting at least until Sunday, Oct. 24, Metro said nearly all lines will continue to operate only every 30 minutes. The exception is the Red Line, where trains will operate every 15 minutes.
Jack Moore, October 18, 2021, WTOP
Even with cameras on Indian Head Highway, group says 'super speeders' still being clocked
Indian Head Highway, otherwise know as Maryland Route 210, is known as a dangerous highway because of how fast people drive.
Kyle Cooper, October 19, 2021, WTOP
WMATA removes all 7000-series cars following derailment
As part of the investigation into the Oct. 12 derailment on Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Blue Line, all 748 7000-series rapid transit cars were sidelined on Oct. 18.
Marybeth Luczak, October 18, 2021, Railway Age
Bus industry raises alarm, asks Congress for pandemic relief
Officials representing the private bus industry fear it could disappear unless Congress steps in, a coronavirus pandemic casualty that would wreak havoc on intercity travel, school buses, tourism, military transportation and disaster relief.
Rafael Bernal, October 19, 2021, The Hill
Tell SHA to keep protected bike lanes on MD 193/University Blvd.
Earlier this summer, the Maryland State Highway Administration enacted a temporary experiment by installing a protected bike lane on MD-193/University Boulevard, between Amherst and Arcola Ave, in Wheaton.
Garrett Hennigan, October 18, 2021, WABA
County applying for $80M grant for Ballston Metro western entrance project
Arlington County is applying for an $80 million grant to help pay for a proposed west entrance to the Ballston Metro station.
Jo DeVoe, October 18, 2021, ARLnow
Potentially 'catastrophic' Metro issue linked to derailment first found in 2017: NTSB
Equipment problems that appear to have caused the Metro derailment in Northern Virginia last week have been known since 2017, a preliminary investigation by federal safety investigators showed.
October 18, 2021, NBC Washington
Surveillance video shows car stolen in just 9 seconds in Temple Hills
Prince George's County Police say these jump-in car thefts are on the rise.
Matt Pusatory, October 16. 2021, WUSA9
NTSB: Metro Blue Line train derailed 3 times that day before defect discovered
The D.C. Metrorail will pull almost 60% of its rail fleet from service on Monday, Oct. 18, after its safety oversight board found a recurring problem with the axles on the Metro's newest railcars, the agency said Sunday evening.
Anna Liss-Roy, October 18, 2021, WUSA9
Toyota plans to build $1.3 billion US battery plant, employ 1,750
Toyota Motor Corp. plans to invest $3.4 billion in the U.S. through 2030 to produce its own automotive batteries, including building a $1.3 billion battery plant that will employ 1,750 U.S. workers, the automaker announced Monday.
Alexandria closes block permanently for pedestrian use
Since the pandemic began, visitors to Alexandria’s Old Town have been able to grab a drink or shop outdoors without watching for traffic through the Northern Virginia city’s “streetery” program. Now, one block will be closed-off for good.
Luke Lukert, October 17, 2021, WTOP
Metrorail limits service after pulling 60% of fleet for derailment investigation
Significant delays are in store for Monday commuters with Metrorail pulling more than half of its rail fleet out of service as it continues to investigate last week’s Blue Line derailment.
Alejandro Alvarez, Ivy Lyons, October 18, 2021, WTOP
Metrorail to operate reduced service Monday, October 18
As part of the investigation into the Blue Line derailment, Metro is holding out of service all of its 7000-series railcars, which is nearly 60% of its rail fleet. Without these railcars, Metro will operate about 40 trains tomorrow – offering a basic service pattern on all lines of trains departing about every 30 minutes.
October 17, 2921, WMATA
D.C.'s Metro pulls half of its rail cars over safety compliance problem
Washington D.C.'s Metro pulled more than half of its railcars Sunday night after the National Transportation Safety Board investigation found multiple axels out of compliance with manufacturing specifications.
Rachel Scully, October 17, 2021, The Hill
Alexandria Council votes to permanently close Old Town block to vehicles
The Alexandria City Council voted to permanently Saturday close a block of King Street to car traffic, converting it to a pedestrian promenade in Old Town.
Sophia Barnes, October 16, 2021, NBC Washington
D.C. wants you to ride bikes. This month it raised the cost to ride Capital Bikeshare.
Capital Bikeshare, the Washington region’s bike-sharing system, quietly changed its pricing structure this month — and for the most part, it means riders are paying more.
Luz Lazo, October 16, 2021, Washington Post
Work on a new pedestrian bridge over Wiehle Avenue to begin next summer
The bridge, which would connect to the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, is intended to improve access for pedestrians and bicyclists near the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station.
Fatimah Waseem, October 15, 2021, Reston Now
Guide aims to help blind, low-vision pedestrians navigate Montgomery County streets
A first-of-its-kind guide aims to help Montgomery County, Maryland, make streets and roadways more accessible to people who are blind or have low vision.
Abigatil Constantino, October 15, 2021, WTOP
Two Metro Yellow Line shutdowns scheduled for 2022
Metro’s Yellow Line, which runs through Arlington and Alexandria, could see some closures next year as the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) works to repair the Yellow Line Bridge between Virginia and D.C. and bring the Potomac Yard Metro station online.
Vernon Miles, October 14, 2021, ALXnow
CSX earns award for emissions reduction program
The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and The Climate Registry have recognized CSX with a 2021 Climate Leadership Award.
Marybeth Luczak, October 15, 2021, Railway Age
Virginia leaders push congress to pass infrastructure bill
U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) and Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam joined representatives from labor and business organizations in that state to urge the House to pass the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) quickly.
Liz Carey, October 15, 2021, Transportation Today
Police and climate activists hurt in clashes at Interior Dept.
Police and climate activists clashed Thursday during protests at the Interior Department, with security personnel sustaining “multiple injuries” and one officer being taken to a hospital, agency spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz said.
Ellie Silverman, October 14, 2021, Washington Post
Indigenous youths, climate activists to march to U.S. Capitol on final day of People vs. Fossil Fuels protests
Climate activists are concluding their five days of action in Washington with a march to the U.S. Capitol to demand that President Biden take more extreme measures to address climate change.
Ellie Silverman, October 15, 2021, Washington Post
Train's holding brake was stuck before derailment, Metro said
Metro announced Thursday evening that normal rail service would resume for Friday’s commute.
Justin George, October 14, 2021, Washington Post
Colorful design by D.C. artist will adorn Crystal City Metro Plaza
Lisa Marie Thalhammer, a Washington, D.C. artist, submitted the winning design for the reimagined wall mural that will soon adorn the Crystal City Metro Plaza.
Michael O'Connell, October 14, 2021, Arlington Patch
Maryland sees increase in rainfall, flooding, and rising sea level in past 20 years: NOAA
Over the past 20 years, rainfall, flooding and sea level have increased across Maryland, according to data collected from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Devon Milley, Clara Niel, October 14, 2021, ABC7
Fairfax Co. task force asks for feedback on renaming Lee, Lee-Jackson Memorial highways
In July 2021, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors established the Confederate Names Task Force (CNTF) to review the names of Lee Highway (U.S. Route 29) and Lee-Jackson Memorial Highway (U.S. Route 50), and to make recommendations to the board on whether the names should change.
Ida Domingo, Ocotober 15, 2021, ABC7
Green Line Metro service suspended due to stabbing aboard train near Anacostia
Green Line train service has been suspended due to a stabbing aboard a Branch Avenue-bound train near Anacostia.
October 14, 2021, Fox5
Weekend Road and Rail: Shutdown of I-66 and Md. 355; Metro single tracking
There is a possibility of rain Saturday night, but for now the Virginia Department of Transportation is planning to close Interstate 66 for a bridge demolition.
Mary DePompa, October 15, 2021, WTOP
Metro renovations will require 'extended shutdown' of Yellow Line service
Metro will embark on a series of renovations to a 1970s-era bridge spanning the Potomac River and nearby tunnels next year, resulting in an “extended shutdown” of Yellow Line service between L’Enfant Plaza and the Pentagon.
Debbie Truong, October 14, 2021, dcist
D.C. didn't ask Northam and Hogan to help crack down on ticket scofflaws
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser never reached out to the governors of Virginia and Maryland to negotiate reciprocity for automated traffic camera tickets, despite a District government report — signed by the mayor and submitted to the D.C. Council last week — saying that said she did.
Jordan Pascale, October 14, 2021, dcist
Normal service set to resume Friday amid ongoing investigation into Blue Line derailment
Normal service on Metrorail’s Blue, Orange and Silver lines are set to resume Friday, after two days of disruption following an investigation into a derailment that left hundreds of riders stranded.
Nick Ianelli, October 14, 2021, WTOP
One arrested after alleged theft ends with fracas in Pentagon City Metro station
A D.C. man was arrested after allegedly stealing from a vehicle and fighting the victim in a Metro station.
October 14, 2021, ARLnow
Record number of guns caught at airport checkpoints this year
The Transportation Security Administration says it has found a record number of guns at airport checkpoints this year.
Jordan Williams, October 14, 2021, The Hill
Lyft e-scooters: Getting started, rules of the road, and riding safely [video]
Getting started, rules of the road, and riding safely
October 14, 2021, WABA
Planners envision greener, more urban and less car-centric Pentagon City
With the construction of Amazon’s HQ2, a nearly 40-year-old planning document guiding development in Pentagon City has reached the end of its useful life.
Jo DeVoe, October 13, 2021, ARLnow
Officials celebrate $1 billion capital improvement project at Reagan National Airport
A ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday marked “major completion” of a $1 billion improvement project at Reagan National Airport, which will have a big impact on travelers.
John Aaron, October 13, 2021, Inside NoVa
Police looking for bicyclist who interrupted attack on teen jogger in Leesburg
The Leesburg Police Department is investigating an Oct. 7 attack on a teenage girl jogging on the W&OD Trail in the area northwest of the trail access point from Tuscarora Creek Park.
October 13, 2021, Inside NoVa
Leesburg suspect seized teenage jogger on trail; thwarted by passing bicyclist
Leesburg police are looking for a man who tried to seize a teenage girl while she jogged along a trail, only to be thwarted by a bicyclist who crashed into him.
October 13, 2021, Fox5
3 Blue Line stations remain closed as derailment investigation continues
For a second day in a row, there will be no rail line service between the Rosslyn and Pentagon Metro stations on the Blue Line, as Metro continues to investigate a train derailment that left riders stranded during Tuesday’s afternoon commute.
Alicia Abelson, October 14, 2021, WTOP
USDOT releases climate adaptation, resilience plan
The U.S. Department of Transportation has published a climate action plan to ensure that “federally supported transportation infrastructure—as well as USDOT programs, policies and operations—both consider climate change impacts and incorporate adaptation and resilience solutions whenever possible.”
Marybeth Luczak, October 13, 2021, Railway Age
Southwest operations restored after spate of cancellations
Southwest Airlines on Wednesday said that its operations have been restored after canceling thousands of flights due to air traffic control and weather issues.
Jordan Williams, October 13, 2021, The Hill
Reagan National Airport checkpoints to open next month, bringing faster screening times to new concourse
The public will get its first look Wednesday at new security checkpoints set to open next month at Reagan National Airport — an upgrade that officials hope will speed screening times and ease congestion in time for the holiday travel season.
Lori Aratani, October 13, 2021, Washington Post
Metro's Blue Line still stopped in Arlington as derailment investigation continues
The Washington Metrorail’s Blue Line remains suspended between Pentagon and Foggy Bottom as transit officials continue to investigate a derailment that left riders stranded in the dark during Tuesday afternoon’s commute.
Alejandro Alvarez, October 13, 2021, WTOP