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Mobile Commuter Store changes this week
The Mobile Commuter Store will not be at Waverly Hills on Wednesday or Friday, March 3 and 5, this week. Instead, the units will be at Clarendon from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Wednesday, and at Courthouse from 7 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. on Friday.
March 2, 2021, Commuter Store
DASH to resume fare collection, front-door boarding March 15
Beginning Monday, March 15, DASH will begin fare collection and front-door boarding on buses. The cost per trip will be $2.
March 1, 2021, Zebra
Help shape the future of active transportation in Fairfax County
Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT), in collaboration with regional, county and community partners, is continuing to address the transportation of all users with the launch of the ActiveFairfax Transportation Plan development and community engagement effort.
March 1, 2021, Fairfax County
'Bike To Work Day' adds pit stops for Arlington telecommuters
The organizers are encouraging telecommuting registrants to bike to a local pit stop early in the day for a free t-shirt and then cycle back home to start the workday.
Mark Hand, March 1, 2021, Arlington Patch
Early registration for Bike to Work Day now open
The Bike to Work Day event, which will take place on May 21, has a new feature to make sure people working from home can participate.
Alessia Grunberger, March 1, 2021, Takoma Park Patch
Fairfax County releases surveys to get public input for climate action plan
In addition to holding two public meetings last week, one focused on energy and another on transportation, waste, and development, the county is looking to gather more public feedback through a trio of short surveys.
Fatimah Waseem, March 1, 2021, Reston Now
Bicycle safety bill wins approval from Virginia lawmakers
Legislation aimed at improving bicycle safety will require Virginia motorists to change lanes when passing bicyclists if the travel lane is not wide enough to pass at least 3 feet to the left.
March 2, 2021, WTOP
MARC fixes glitch that kept riders from paying with credit card
MARC says most train users can now use credit cards to pay fares, after a technical issue caused problems for its ticket-vending machines.
Anna Gawel, March 1, 2021, WTOP
No one's talking about the best thing about the new USPS mail truck
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will stop the mail from making it to your door -- but the next generation of mail trucks might be a lot more likely to stop for a pedestrian, thanks to the advanced safety features under the hood.
Kea Wilson, March 2, 2021, Streetsblog USA
Three Silver Line stations could close months after opening
Metro’s Board of Directors is still proceeding as if the Silver Line Phase II will open this year, but a public survey is asking riders to weigh in on drastic service cuts, including closing the newly-opened Phase II stations in Janurary 22.
Matt Blitz, March 1, 2021, Reston Now
Md. students return to riding school buses today, cops urge drivers to follow safety laws
Students across Maryland are taking the school bus Monday for the first time in almost a year, and state police are urging drivers on the roads to follow safety laws.
March 1, 2021, WJLA
National Cherry Blossom Festival unveils hybrid plan for 2021
A sure sign of spring is taking place in 2021 despite ongoing coronavirus concerns.
Matt Pusatory, March 1, 2021, WUSA9
Metro will only reunite riders with lost wallets, electronics going forward
Metro is bringing back in-person pickup for missing items found in the D.C. transit system, although anyone looking for something other than a wallet or electronics might be out of luck.
Alejandro Alvarez, March 1, 2021, WTOP
Head's up, MARC riders: Credit card machines still down Monday
MARC train users still aren’t able to use credit cards Monday because of processing problems with ticket vending machines that are affecting many vendors along the East Coast that have persisted for days.
Anna Gawel, March 1, 2021, WTOP
Random Hills Park trail plans
FABB encourages local Fairfax riders to share their views and ideas with the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) on the design of a planned trail improvement project in Random Hills Park in Fairfax.
March 1, 2021, FABB
Why the new mobility revolution leaves seniors behind
Elders are being left out of the new mobility revolution -- and if we don’t learn from the failures of the rise of e-taxis, the transportation challenges of older Americans will only compound with the rise of autonomous vehicles, a new study argues.
Kea Wilson, March 1, 2021, Streetsblog USA
Lime makes big bet on electric bikeshare
Micromobility giant Lime will announce on Monday that it will spend $50 million to quadruple the size of its e-bike fleet and bring the mode into 50 cities worldwide by the end of 2021, transforming an outfit that’s largely associated with scooters into the single largest provider of shared electric cycles outside of China.
Kea Wilson, March 1, 2021, Streetsblog USA
Survey examines the pandemic's effects on mobility in the D.C. region
Residents in the Washington region say they are likely to go back to driving once they resume commuting, but many are showing enthusiasm for biking and walking, according to a new survey that examines how the pandemic is reshaping attitudes about mobility in the area.
Lori Aratani, February 27, 2021, Washington Post
New Metro lost and found procedures go into effect Monday
Metro will only work to reunite customers with lost wallets and electronics starting Monday.
Michael O'Connell, February 26, 2021, Vienna Patch
Speed camera missing in Montgomery County
A technician who services the camera and downloads information from the unit arrived at the 4000 block of East West Highway, west of Connecticut Avenue, and found the camera missing, police said.
Camille Furst, February 26, 2021, NBC Washington
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg rode Capital Bikeshare
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg rode a bike on Thursday evening, presumably on his commute from the Department of Transportation headquarters in Navy Yard.
Jordan Pascale, February 26, 2021, dcist
Accelerating active transportation change in northern Va.
Plan now to join FABB and nine other organizations focused on bicycling, walking, and other elements of active transportation along with local government representatives for a major regional summit.
February 27, 2021, FABB
15th St. needs a better bicycle connection
The current configuration relies on a two-block stretch along Lafayette Park on Madison Place and Pennsylvania Avenue, which is increasingly closed for long stretches of time and has been totally closed since January 6 as part of the expanded White House security perimeter.
Matthew Holden, February 26, 2021, GGWash
Support for the DC Streetcar extension to the Benning Road Metro gains momentum from residents
Earlier this month, ANC 7E passed a resolution of support for the full streetcar extension to the Benning Road Metro, and requested that the Mayor and DC Council ensure that the extension receives full funding in the 2022 budget.
Michael Havlin, Delia Houseal, February 26, 2021. GGWash
Report: Smart traffic management significantly reduces congestion and emissions
A new report from Juniper Research has found that smart traffic management will save cities $277 billion by reducing emissions and congestion by 2025.
Liz Carey, February 25, 2021, Transportation Today
Md. reveals potential toll rates for proposed HOT lanes on Beltway, I-270
Motorists using high-occupancy toll lanes planned for the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270 in Maryland would pay an average of $4 to $5 for a typical weekday trip, according to preliminary toll rate ranges released Thursday.
Katherine Shaver, February 25, 2021, Washington Post
Metro Transit Police chief says changes underway to address community concerns
The Metro Transit Police Department is making strides in addressing community concerns about policing, its chief said Thursday, highlighting efforts to rewrite policing standards, review past internal investigations and improve transparency.
Justin George, February 25, 2021, Washington Post
Confederate president's name to be removed from Rt. 1
The Virginia Senate passed a bill Thursday that calls for removal of Jefferson Davis's name from all parts of Route 1.
Mark Hand, February 25, 2021, Arlington Patch
What's Next: Reducing traffic related injury
Arlington is beginning to wrap up an important long-term plan for Arlington street safety: Vision Zero.
Nicole Merlene, February 25, 2021, ARLnow
Metro asks customers to consider major cuts in service proposed to begin in July
When the new fiscal year begins in July, Metro will face a budget gap so big that it’s asking customers to consider some pretty serious service cuts.
Kristi King, February 25, 2021, WTOP
Support restored bicycle commuter benefits
Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon has introduced an amendment to the tax code, now under consideration by the House Ways and Means Committee, to modify employer-provided fringe benefits for bicycle commuting, including use of bikeshare.
February 26, 2021, FABB
What are the potential I-495/I-270 tolls? Md. Transportation Authority gets 1st look
Motorists who use Maryland’s new High-Occupancy Toll lanes along Interstate 270 and the Capital Beltway (I-495) can expect to pay -- on average -- about $1 per mile during the morning commute and approximately $1.50 per mile to get home, according to a preliminary set of toll ranges that were presented Thursday morning to the Maryland Transportation Authority board of directors.
Bruce DePuyt, February 25, 2021, WTOP
Annapolis, battling sea level rise, sues 26 oil companies
The city of Annapolis, Md., one of the oldest state capitals in the nation, is sinking into the quickly-rising Chesapeake Bay.
Jacob Fenston, February 24, 2021, dcist
Montgomery County school buses could go completely electric by 2035
Every bus in the Montgomery County Public Schools system could be electric by 2035, according to a plan approved this week by the county’s board of education.
Jenny Gathright, February 25, 2021, dcist
Buttigieg, Alghabra commit to 'reinvigorate' U.S., Canada transportation partnership
U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Canadian Transport Minister Omar Alghabra will team “to fight climate change and limit the environmental impacts” from the countries’ transportation networks, USDOT and Transport Canada announced on Feb. 25.
Marybeth Luczak, February 25, 2021, Railway Age
Md. lawmaker calls for better accountability in I-495 and I-270 partnership
A Maryland lawmaker is pushing for more transparency and accountability in the I-495 and I-270 public-private partnership, as the state’s board of public works appears poised to select a contractor before environmental impact statements have been released.
John Domen, February 25, 2021, WTOP
Quarter of MCPS buses to be electric by 2024
Over the next four years, Montgomery County Public Schools will switch some of its diesel buses to a fleet powered by electricity.
Caitlynn Peetz, February 24, 2021, Bethesda Magazine
State bill allows County to rename Lee Highway, but 'Loving Avenue' name unlikely
Passed Virginia legislation allows Arlington County to rename Lee Highway, but it’s unlikely to be “Loving Avenue.”
Matt Blitz, February 24, 2021, ARLnow
Lights out in Montgomery County on busiest stretch of I-270
For reasons unknown, dozens of overhead lights are either out or flickering dimly in the stretch between the Democracy Boulevard exit and the exit for Shady Grove Road.
Jackie Bensen, February 24, 2021, NBC Washington
Rebuilding infrastructure would bring jobs, improve economy, Hogan tells Congress
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan told Congress on Tuesday that rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure would create jobs and help the nation’s economy recover from the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic.
Dick Uliano, February 24, 2021, WTOP
Environmental critics tout bills for oversight of Beltway-270 toll lanes plan
As plans move forward for the addition of toll lanes on part of the Beltway and Interstate 270 in Maryland, some state lawmakers are backing a pair of bills that would put the plans under a microscope.
John Aaron, February 24, 2021, WTOP
Senator withdraws budget amendment over Metro station name
A Virginia state senator is withdrawing her budget amendment that could have cost the D.C. region’s Metro system more than $165 million if it didn’t add the name of Capital One bank to a Northern Virginia Metrorail station.
February 24, 2021, WTOP
Metro asking public to weign in on cuts, including closing several Arlington stations
Metro is asking the public to weigh in on possible options for drastic service cuts, including potentially closing several Arlington stations in January 2022.
Matt Blitz, February 24, 2021, ARLnow
Metro's wallet could lose $166M in Capital One dispute
A Virginia Senate budget amendment would block the D.C. region’s Metro system from receiving at least $166 million in state funding unless it adds the name of Capital One bank to a northern Virginia Metrorail station.
February 24, 2021, WTOP
Senators announce bill to renew federal funding for WMATA
U.S. Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) announced Thursday that they had introduced a bill to renew federal funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for the next 10 years.
Liz Carey, February 24, 2021, Transportation Today
Bicycle Friendly Community public survey
FABB asks all county cyclists to take a few minutes to complete a survey by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) on biking in Fairfax County.
February 24, 2021, FABB
Police to conduct transportation safety campaign as students return to school
New designated park and walk zones will be in place to create safe buffer zones for students, teachers and parents.
February 24, 2021, Arlington County
Maryland, citing traffic relief, recommends current Bay Bridge as best site for a new span
Building another span at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge would relieve the most traffic congestion, cause the least amount of environmental damage and cost the least of three sites considered, the Maryland Transportation Authority said Tuesday.
Katherine Shaver, February 23, 2021, Washington Post
Virginia Senate bill demands Metro change station name to include bank or lose millions in funding
A Virginia Senate bill would withhold at least $166 million pledged to Metro unless the transit system adds the name of Capital One bank to the McLean rail station.
Justin George, Robert McCartney, February 23, 2021, Washington Post
Pentagon City Metro is getting a second elevator
On Saturday, the Arlington County Board voted to award a contract to W. M. Schlosser Company for the construction of a second station elevator on the west side of S. Hayes Street, near the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City mall.
Matt Blitz, February 23, 2021, ARLnow
Beltway surface abrasion underway to prevent accidents, speeding
After a number of serious accidents on a dangerous stretch of the Capital Beltway in Montgomery County in recent months, highway officials have made changes to the road surface -- scuffing it up, on purpose.
Adam Tuss, February 23, 2021, NBC Washington