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MARC Penn Line schedule change March 16, 2020
As a result of Amtrak beginning their 2020 trackwork season which will take place this year between Odenton and West Baltimore on the regular northbound track, a new Penn Line schedule will take effect on Monday, March 16.
February 20, 2020, MDOT MTA
Amtrak's police strategy: more officers aboard trains, fewer in stations
Amtrak is shifting many of its police officers from stations to trains to bolster their visibility in response to an increase in crime on board, the company said.
Luz Lazo, February 21, 2020, Washington Post
Fairfax County hopes to improve pedestrian safety with ActiveFairfax plan
There were 16 pedestrian fatalities in Fairfax County in 2019, according to Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn, who chairs the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors transportation committee.
Angela Woolsey, February 21, 2020, Fairfax County Times
Fairfax Connector bus workers say they're prepared to strike
Drivers and maintenance workers for the Fairfax Connector say they’re prepared to go on strike against Transdev, the contractor that operates the bus service for Fairfax County. A strike would affect service for an estimated 30,000 riders.
Margaret Barthel, February 20, 2020, WAMU
Watchdog group seeks ethics investigation of Md. Gov. Hogan's transportation funding
A D.C.-based government watchdog group has filed an ethics complaint with the Maryland State Ethics Commission against Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.
February 20, 2020, WTOP
Lime CEO: We made a lot of mistakes and we've learned from them
Lime CEO Brad Bao admits his company has had its fair share of missteps on its way to building the world’s largest scooter-sharing company.
Matt McFarland, February 19, 2020, WTOP
Montgomery County Council, state delegation urge WMATA to restore Metrobus funding
Montgomery County Council members and state lawmakers are urging the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) to maintain service levels for four Metrobus routes targeted for cuts.
Dan Schere, February 19, 2020, Bethesda Magazine
Dulles Airport tops Reagan National in total passengers for second consecutive year
The addition of several new international flights and a significant increase in service by United Airlines pushed the passenger count at Dulles International Airport up in 2019.
Jeff Clabaugh, February 19, 2020, WTOP
D.C. lawmakers want civilian panel to review Metro Transit police abuse complaints
An unsanctioned competition between some Metro Transit Police officers to make arrests has D.C. lawmakers questioning the transit agency’s policing practices.
Abigail Constantino, February 19, 2020, WTOP
Northern Virginia pedestrians, cyclists to see better paths
Safety improvements for seven areas in Northern Virginia got the OK during the February meeting of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Transportation Planning Board.
Liz Anderson, February 19, 2020, WTOP
Metro GM: Silver Line likely delayed until mid-2021
The long-delayed Silver Line extension to Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County will likely not be ready for riders until spring or summer 2021, Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said Wednesday.
Max Smith, February 19, 2020, WTOP
Metro Blue Line extension into Prince William? Virginia lawmakers want a study.
Virginia lawmakers have included language in the state budget for a $2 million study of how Metro’s Blue Line could be extended through Fairfax into Prince William County to expand mass transit in the heavily congested and rapidly growing Interstate 95 corridor.
Katherine Shaver, February 19, 2020, Washington Post
What will it take for Va. to get all-electric school buses?
In Virginia this year, lawmakers are reviewing just how significant the climate and public health impacts would be if the state swapped its current school buses for all-electric alternatives -- and what it would take to get that done.
Wyatt Gordon, February 19, 2020, GGWash
Va.'s first electric, self-driving bus is coming to Fairfax
This method of transportation, called Relay, will take passengers from Dunn Loring-Merrifield metro station to the popular Mosaic District.
February 18, 2020, WUSA9
What are your thoughts on Metro's proposed fares, service changes?
Metro is seeking feedback on its proposed budget for the next fiscal year.
February 18, 2020, Reston Now
Next-Gen Acela enroute to TTCI
The first of 28 new Acela Express high-speed trainsets that Alstom is building for Amtrak in Hornell, N.Y., departed for the Federal Railroad Administration facility in Pueblo, Colo., for high-speed testing on Feb. 17.
David Briginshaw, February 18, 2020, Railway Age
Multibillion-dollar deal promises more VRE trains, weekend service
The deal is expected to vastly increase the number of trains VRE can offer commuters, including the addition of weekend service.
Jared Foretek, February 17, 2020, Inside NoVa
Fairfax Connector bus drivers again warn of a strike
Two months after Fairfax Connector bus drivers and maintenance workers in Virginia returned to their jobs following a brief strike, more than 500 members of the Amalgamated Transit Union are threatening to walk off their jobs again on Thursday.
Dick Uliano, February 17, 2020, WTOP
Metro will close three Orange Line stations for three months this summer
Metro is preparing to shut down three stations on the Orange line from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day due to deteriorating conditions at several platforms.
Natalie Delgadillo, February 17, 2020, dcist
Metro must address train operator fatigue, maintenance issues
An exhausted train operator dozed off and forgot to stop a Green Line train at the Waterfront station during morning rush hour last June, a Washington Metrorail Safety Commission report on the incident revealed.
Margaret Barthel, February 17, 2020, WAMU
Proposed light rail for Southern Maryland aims to relieve some of America's worst traffic
This 18.7-mile-long light rail project, first proposed in the 1990s, would stretch from Branch Avenue at the southern end of WMATA’s Green Line in Prince George’s County to White Plains in Charles County, just south of the area’s largest community, Waldorf.
Alex Holt, February 17, 2020, GGWash
Gentrification in the D.C. area pushes people from homes and away from transit
The District’s most vulnerable residents, who had not historically relied on a car because they lived in dense urban zones, are being pushed into areas where having a car is necessary. Many can’t afford one.
Yulia Panfil, February 14, 2020, Washington Post
First look at I-395 toll lane use and financial returns finds Transurban made $25M
New financial disclosures are shedding light on the early months of tolling and activity on Interstate 395 in Virginia.
Max Smith, February 17, 2020, WTOP
Man who fell onto Capitol South Metro tracks uses 'refuge area' to avoid oncoming train
In the train business, they’re called “under-platform refuge areas” and a man used one at the Capitol South station around 11 a.m. Sunday to avoid an approaching train after he tumbled onto the tracks.
Kristi King, February 16, 2020, WTOP
Your old bike can change a life
Bikes for the World collects and redistributes new and used bikes to provide people a means of transportation that allows them to gain employment, get an education, and receive health care.
February 16, 2020, FABB
Climate Ride heading from Philly to D.C.
September 10-13, 2020, bicyclists will be riding from Philadelphia to Washington, DC on a peer-to-peer fundraising ride.
Jonathan Kincade, February 15, 2020, WABA
Metro safety audit shows a lack of checks, records and rules
The new safety commission overseeing Metrorail found several problems with how Metro maintains its tracks, including a failure to consistently check for heat-related buckling and kinks that could lead to derailments.
Justin George, February 14, 2020, Washington Post
Surface parking at East, West Falls Church & Vienna to close for most of 2020
According to a press release, the transit authority will close surface parking lots at both East Falls Church and West Falls Church -- and at Vienna -- metro stations for seven to nine months starting Sunday, March 15.
Matt Delaney, February 14, 2020, FCNP
Man struck by Metro train at Minnesota Ave.
D.C. Fire and EMS freed the man from beneath the train and took him to a hospital with critical injuries.
February 14, 2020, NBC Washington
Metro plans major parking cuts ahead of summer Orange Line shutdown
Months ahead of a summer-long rail shutdown, Metro is dramatically cutting back parking at two key stations for staging work, a change that could lead to hundreds shifting to other stations -- or not riding at all.
Max Smith, February 15, 2020, WTOP
Tech issues, conflicting standards hold back smoother Metro rides
A newly available internal review details Metro’s struggles in returning to faster, smoother automatic train operation after more than a decade.
Max Smith, February 14, 2020, WTOP
No scooter companies have applied to operate in Fairfax County
Six weeks after the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors opened up permits for shareable e-scooters, it’s still waiting for a company to apply.
George Kevin Jordan, February 14, 2020, GGWash
Va. renews its push to ban cell phones while driving
Road safety advocates are hopeful that 2020 will be the year Virginia requires drivers to put down their phones.
Wyatt Gordon, February 14, 2020, GGWash
Metro train operator fell asleep at the switch, investigation finds
A Metro train operator fell asleep at the controls, leading to a rush-hour train blowing right through a station without stopping last year, a newly-finalized investigation concluded.
Max Smith, February 13, 2020, WTOP
Your dog is now welcome in (some) DC Ubers
Uber has launched Uber Pet in D.C. meaning Uber riders can bring along their dog or cat for an extra fee. But not all Uber drivers are available.
Jeff Clabaugh, February 12, 2020, WTOP
Significant problems found in Metro track safety and inspection department
Metro must fix inadequate, inconsistent or outdated track safety and maintenance policies that lead to some track workers essentially winging it and others skipping key maintenance or inspection procedures, the first-ever audit from the independent Washington Metrorail Safety Commission found.
Max Smith, February 13, 2020, WTOP
Dangerous Tysons intersection gets a safety upgrade
The Virginia Department of Transportation added a new traffic signal at Westpark Drive and Westbranch Drive, which VDOT says sees more than 11,000 vehicles each day.
George Kevin Jordan, February 13, 2020, GGWash
Metro Transit Police held a competition to encourage arrests, other enforcement
Metro Transit Police held a weekly contest to encourage arrests and other enforcement actions last summer before top commanders learned of the unsanctioned competition and shut it down, the transit agency confirmed Wednesday.
Justin George, February 12, 2020, Washington Post
Reps suggest slugging at Pentagon during summer Metro shutdown
Members of Congress called for feds to look into pick-up and drop-off points at the Pentagon ahead of disruptions in the I-66 corridor.
Emily Leayman, February 12, 2020, Arlington Patch
Close calls, reform ideas shared at MoCo road safety forum
Montgomery County residents flocked to Wheaton High School on Sunday to discuss traffic safety at a Vision Zero town hall.
Alessia Grunberger, February 10, 2020, Takoma Park Patch
DASH looks to upgrade mobile app
Alexandria’s DASH bus system is looking to improve its mobile ticketing smartphone application, but city officials want the app to be compatible with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s SmarTrip cards.
James Cullum, February 12, 2020, ALX Now
Va. toll lane extension could worsen traffic
Virginia is moving forward with a toll lane extension on the Beltway that will make at least some traffic worse unless a planned widening of the Legion Bridge and toll lanes into Maryland are done by the time the extension opens.
Max Smith, February 12, 2020, WTOP
Interactive map promises to reduce traffic woes
Seeing where Metrorail, commuter rail, streetcars and Bus Rapid Transit exist now, and is proposed and planned for the future, promises to be a helpful tool for leaders who have a goal of putting 75% of new area housing near high-capacity transit or activity centers.
Kristi King, February 12, 2020, WTOP
Metro has spent $3.8 million and five years building two unfinished bike racks
Metro has spent $3.8 million and taken five years to build two unfinished bike racks -- at East Falls Church and Vienna Metro Stations.
Sam Sweeney, February 12, 2020, WJLA
Alexandria to evaluate water taxi for commuters
During last summer’s Metro Shutdown, Alexandria eased restrictions allowing for the Potomac Riverboat Company’s water taxi to ferry commuters from the city’s waterfront to the District Wharf.
James Cullum, February 11, 2020, ALX Now
Trump again asking Congress to slash Amtrak funding
The proposal to cut Amtrak’s subsidy by more than half renews the administration’s calls to reform the passenger rail system to focus on more profitable intercity routes.
Luz Lazo, February 11, 2020, Washington Post
Are electric vehicles really better for the climate?
The latest data affirms that driving on electricity produces significantly fewer emissions than using gasoline and is getting better over time.
David Reichmuth, February 11, 2020, Union of Concerned Scientists
WMATA wants your opinion on its next budget
The agency posted an online survey about the budget proposals. There will also be three public hearings.
David Alpert, February 11, 2020, GGWash
Gas tax changes among votes on Virginia's 'crossover' day
Gas taxes would rise less than initially proposed and car inspections would remain an annual requirement under the latest version of a major Virginia transportation funding overhaul set to be approved by the state’s Senate on Tuesday.
Max Smith, February 11, 2020, WTOP
Capital Crescent Trail tunnel weighed for Montgomery County budget
The planned tunnel would take pedestrians and cyclists on the Capital Crescent Trail under Wisconsin Avenue/Route 355, and would be located near the planned Purple Line station.
Kate Ryan, February 10, 2020, WTOP
Alexandria tests first electric 'accordian' bus
Alexandria is testing out its first articulated electric bus in the DASH transit system this week. The 60-foot bus runs on battery-electric power, releases zero emissions, and can carry more than 120 people at a time.
Elliot C. Williams, February 10, 2020, dcist