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No Mobile Commuter Store at L'Enfant Plaza this week or next week
Due to parking restrictions, there will be no Mobile Commuter Store at L'Enfant Plaza the week of June 1 or the week of June 8.
June 1, 2020, Commuter Store
Refund policies for MARC, MTA Commuter Bus, and VRE passes.
March 24, CommuterDirect
Metro suspends rail, bus service Monday due to curfew
Metro is suspending service early Monday due to a 7 p.m. curfew in place for the District.
Luz Lazo, June 1, 2020, Washington Post
Va. DMV extends validity of licenses, IDs, vehicle registrations
Driver’s licenses and identification cards expiring on or before July 31, 2020, are extended for 90 days, not to exceed August 31, 2020.
Kevin Dauray, May 31, 2020, Zebra
DDOT suspends Capital Bikeshare, pulls scooters from streets
The District Department of Transportation suspended Capital Bikeshare service and asked micro-mobility companies to remove their scooters from the streets as a safety precaution ahead of the third night of protests.
Jordan Pascale, May 31, 2020, dcist
Armed Forces Cycling Classic cancelled, virtual rides planned
The Armed Forces Cycling Classic, an annual series of cycling races around Clarendon and Crystal City, has been cancelled by the pandemic.
May 29, 2020, ARLnow
The COVID-19 impact on energy and emissions
Air pollution is down across Virginia and the rest of the country, due to much lower personal traffic on roadways.
May 30, 2020, ARLnow
'Shared Streets' initiative brings open spaces to Montgomery Co.
As parts of the D.C. region reopen and more people head outdoors amid the coronavirus pandemic, there’s a new plan in Maryland to turn some roads into open spaces.
Melissa Howell, May 30, 2020, WTOP
Support more open streets
Kudos to everyone involved in getting Fairfax County’s first Open Street for pedestrians and cyclists on a section of Tysons Boulevard in Tysons.
May 31, 2020, FABB
Strong proposals from Mayor Bowser for safer, slower streets
Yesterday morning DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced several big changes that affect how people get around as the District reopens, and beyond.
Colin Browne, May 30, 2020, WABA
DC is permanently changing speed limits on local streets to 20 MPH
The District is lowering the speed limit on Monday, June 1 in an effort to keep more pedestrians safe.
Kyley Schultz, May 29, 2020, WUSA9
Train hauling hazardous materials derails in Va.
Authorities say there is no threat to public safety after a train hauling hazardous materials derailed in Virginia.
May 29, 2020, Fox5
Bowser announces new measures for street safety as D.C. reopens
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser outlined plans Friday to reform D.C. streets in an effort to increase pedestrian safety and expand space for social distancing measures as the city slowly begins to reopen.
May 29, 2020, dcist
Masks will be required at Reagan National, Dulles airports
Face masks or coverings will now be required at Dulles International and Reagan National airports starting Friday.
Jeff Clabaugh, May 28, 2020, WTOP
Tell Congress to support active transportation
FABB encourages everyone to join Adventure Cycling’s push to have Congress include more money for active transportation in the next COVID-19 stimulus package and future federal transportation bill reauthorization.
May 29, 2020, FABB
D.C. doesn't have to become more car-centric after the pandemic
The novel coronavirus has changed the nature of transportation in the District, and choices made now may reshape mobility in our city permanently.
Stephanie Damassa, May 29, 2020, Washington Post
Governor Northam extends deadline for driver's license renewals
As Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles offices undergo phased reopenings, Governor Ralph Northam on Thursday announced an extension for residents who need to get renewals for identification cards and driver’s licenses.
James Cullum, May 28, 2020, ALX Now
As riders return, Metro outlines how physical distancing and safety will be enforced
As DC and most local counties enter the first phase of reopening in the coming days, Metro’s general manager was asked Thursday how he will stay ahead of demand as more riders return to the transit system.
Tom Roussey, May 28, 2020, WJLA
Popular Northern Va. roads close to cars as region reopens
Some popular streets in Northern Virginia will temporarily close to vehicles as parts of the Washington region begin to reopen and more space is needed for people to maintain safe distances.
May 28, 2020, dcist
Metro takes wait-and-see approach as region begins to reopen
As the Washington Metropolitan region takes its biggest step yet toward reopening, Metro plans to keep service limited -- but will adjust if demand for rides exceeds the transit agency’s expectations.
Justin George, May 28, 2020, Washington Post
Report recommends widening Mt. Vernon Trail in Arlington
The National Park Service this month released a report on its Mount Vernon Trail Corridor Study, which examined the condition of the trail, usage patterns and potential improvements.
May 28, 2020, ARLnow
Advocacy group offers advice for prospective bike-commuters
The Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling (FABB) has established a bike-adviser program to encourage people to try bicycling during the shutdown of Silver Line and Orange Line Metro stations over the summer.
May 28, 2020, Inside NoVa
DOD considers permanent teleworking for some Pentagon staff
For over two months, up to 4 million DOD active-duty and civilian personnel have been teleworking because of the pandemic, and hundreds of offices where unclassified work is done have been vacant.
John Gonzalez, May 28, 2020, WJLA
A road in Tysons becomes the first in Fairfax County to open for pedestrians, cyclists
It may have been a road where thousands of cars and trucks traversed everyday, but by Friday evening, portions of Tysons Blvd will open to pedestrians and cyclists for recreation and exercise.
George Kevin Jordan, May 28, 2020, GGWash
American Airlines to cut one-third of management, support staff
American Airlines on Wednesday said it will need to cut its management and support staff by 30 percent in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Rebecca Klar, May 28, 2020, The Hill
The second-life of used EV batteries
Before batteries are recycled to recover critical energy materials, reusing batteries in secondary applications is a promising strategy.
Hanjiro Ambrose, May 27, 2020, Union of Concerned Scientists
Megabus to resume some D.C. service June 1
Megabus will reopen routes between New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and D.C. on a limited schedule starting on June 1.
Jose Umana, May 27, 2020, WTOP
FABB's Bike Advisor program for new commuters
FABB is pleased to announce its new Bike Advisor program to help commuters try bicycling during the Metro Silver and Orange lines shutdown that began May 23, 2020 and runs through the fall.
May 27, 2020, FABB
With buses only half-full, the first rush-hour during the 2020 Metro shutdown begins
Metro's summer shutdown is underway and today people will experience the closure for the first time during rush hour.
Kristen Powers, May 26, 2020, WJLA
Fire, smoke billow from Metro headquarters' top floor
D.C. fire crews were called to the scene of a two-alarm fire at Metro headquarters in Northwest Wednesday morning, officials said.
Khalida Volou, May 27, 2020, WUSA9
In age of coronavirus, bikes becoming increasingly popular
Whether they’re used as an alternative transportation method or for exercise, bikes have become increasingly popular during the coronavirus pandemic.
Michelle Murillo, May 27, 2020, WTOP
Railroads pin hopes on auto manufacturing as U.S. carloads sustain record decline
The Class I railroads are closely watching the restart of North American automotive production, hoping that the slow ramp-up will not only grow motor vehicle volumes but also improve demand for supplies such as steel and plastics, according to executives at recent investor conferences.
Joanna Marsh, May 22, 2020, Railway Age
Amtrak preparing to cut up to 20 percent of staff
Amtrak reportedly plans to cut its workforce by about one-fifth in the next fiscal year after the coronavirus pandemic reduced ridership and ticket revenue by about 95 percent.
Zack Budryk, May 26, 2020, The Hill
Amtrak says it needs additional bailout of nearly $1.5 billion to stay afloat
Railroad company projects ridership will remain low next year, about half of pre-pandemic levels.
Luz Lazo, May 26, 2020, Washington Post
Pedestrian struck by car, injured on W&OD Trail in Vienna
A pedestrian traveling southbound on the Washington & Old Dominion Regional Trail on May 7 at 9:43 a.m. was struck while using the crosswalk at Church Street, N.E., by a vehicle traveling eastbound, Vienna police said.
May 25, 2020, Inside NoVa
Great Falls group, VDOT, Park Service collaborate on traffic hot-spot
The Great Falls Citizens Association (GFCA) has been working with the National Park Service on ways to mitigate traffic backups that occur sporadically near the entrance to Great Falls Park at Georgetown Pike and Old Dominion Drive.
Brian Trompeter, May 26, 2020, Inside NoVa
Watch new Acela train travel at 160 mph
Train manufacturer Alstrom continues advanced testing of Amtrak’s new Acela fleet, reaching another milestone with the first Acela prototype completing a test run at Transportation Technology Center near Pueblo, Colorado, traveling at speeds up to 165 mph.
Jeff Clabaugh, May 26, 2020, WTOP
DASH expands service in Alexandria
Effective Sunday, May 24, DASH Bus will begin an expanded schedule in Alexandria, Virginia.
Lee Hernly, May 24, 2020, Port City Wire
Day 1: Metro begins Summer Shutdown 2020. How did it go?
The level of confusion was lower than the year before but so was the number of riders, as on Saturday Metro began its second straight summer shutdown of a number of stations.
Tom Roussey, May 23, 2020, WJLA
Washington region's airports reeling from impact of coronavirus pandemic
The presentation to the board that runs Dulles International and Reagan National airports was a grim summary of an average travel day in May vs. a year ago.
Lori Aratani, May 26, 2020, Washington Post
Metro closes nine Va. stations for summer
Metro has suspended Silver Line service and closed nine stations in Northern Virginia from Memorial Day to fall, hoping to accelerate construction plans during the agency's summer shutdown.
Sophia Barnes, May 25, 2020, NBC Washington
Safety leaders urge cautious driving as more cars fill the roads
Some drivers in the D.C. area have taken advantage of lighter than usual traffic to flout speed limits and behave more aggressively behind the wheel.
John Domen, May 25, 2020, WTOP
D.C. residents close streets in call for expanded pedestrian, cyclist access
Residents across D.C. closed their streets to cars today in protest with a safer-streets advocacy group, D.C. Department of Transformation.
May 25, 2020, dcist
Cities are closing streets to make way for restaurants and pedestrians
The forced distancing required by the coronavirus prompted several cities to quickly close some public roads to make room so cooped-up residents anxious to get outside for exercise could do so safely.
Michael Laris, May 25, 2020, Washington Post
Montgomery Co. parkways are open to pedestrians through Memorial Day weekend
Sections of Little Falls Parkway, Sligo Creek Parkway, and Beach Drive will be open through Tuesday at 8 a.m.
Jess Arnold, Matt Pusatory, May 23, 2020, WUSA9
Advocates to close some District streets to cars in protest on Monday
Climate and safe streets activists will take matters into their own hands Monday when they plan to use cones and other objects to block some streets in the District to vehicles to allow more room for pedestrians.
May 24, 2020, dcist
Local mental health professionals say go outside -- but safely
While social distancing, caution and protection is still very much needed as COVID-19 continues to attack the region, area mental health care professionals want folks to understand that enjoying the outdoors and getting exercise is vital.
Matt Blitz, May 24, 2020, dcist
Tysons to create space for bikers and walkers
During a meeting with county officials last week, the Fairfax County Transportation Department (FCDOT) announced a plan to close a portion of Tysons Boulevard to allow for safer biking, better pedestrian access for exercise with social distancing, and generally enable people to get around Tysons.
May 24, 2020, FABB
Metro's summer-long shutdown is underway
Metro’s summer shutdown is underway. The multiyear platform-rebuilding project has moved to the western end of the Orange Line to rebuild deteriorating platforms at Vienna, Dunn Loring, West Falls Church and East Falls Church stations.
May 23, 2020, Washington Post
During first week of Metro's mandatory mask policy, most riders comply
On Monday, Metro joined a growing number of transit agencies nationwide in requiring all train and bus riders to wear face masks in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Justin George, May 23, 2020, Washington Post
DC Circulator driver dies from the coronavirus
A D.C. Circulator operator has died due to COVID-19 complications. The news comes a month after WUSA9 confirmed two operators had tested positive for the coronavirus.
May 23, 2020, WUSA9
Memorial Day weekend deals latest economic blow to travel industry
The travel industry is bracing for a dismal Memorial Day weekend, as many Americans are either unwilling or unable to visit popular destinations around the U.S. because of the coronavirus.
Alex Gangitano, May 23, 2020, The Hill