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June 14, Commuter Store
Virginia is a rising leader in passenger rail
Ask Shannon Valentine how passenger rail rose to the top of Virginia’s transportation priority list and she will take you to the crawling traffic of Interstate 95.
Luz Lazo, June 15, 2021, Washington Post
Metro service changes will help draw riders, officials say
Metro service changes announced last week -- including increased services, late night hours, and reduced fares -- are being praised by many in the community.
Matt Blitz, June 15, 2021, Reston Now
Bollards, all-day restrictions come to crash-prone intersection
For years the intersection of Old Dominion Drive and Little Falls Road has been the scene of numerous crashes.
June 15, 2021, ARLnow
APTA releases new report on high-performance rail's return on investment
The report, “Assessing the Business Case ROI for Intercity Passenger Rail Corridor Investment: Guide for Decision Makers,” provides a consistent methodology to quantify the economic and social benefits of passenger rail corridor investments.
Liz Carey, June 15, 2021, Transportation Today
Opinion: D.C.'s cheap parking permits are the Achilles' heel of the Comprehensive Plan
Last month, the D.C. Council passed an updated Comprehensive Plan for the District that the council members and Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) hope will pave the way toward more affordable housing, more inclusive growth, and streets that are safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
Ike Brannon, June 14, 2021, Washington Post
Opinion: Rail is central to Maryland's future
Rail systems are a vital piece of the nation’s infrastructure and serve as the backbone of our transportation system. Rail creates economic development, connects communities and reduces traffic.
Anthony G. Brown, Jared Solomon, June 14, 2021, Washington Post
Preliminary work underway to prepare for W&OD bridge at Wiehle Avenue
Preliminary work necessary for the eventual construction of a new pedestrian bridge on the Washington & Old Dominion Trail over Wiehle Avenue has begun.
Scott Fields, June 14, 2021, Reston Now
Final vote to rename Lee Hwy. in Arlington pushed back a month
It appears more a speed bump than a roadblock, but the effort to rename Lee Highway in Arlington will be taking a one-month detour.
Scott McCaffrey, June 14, 2021, Inside NoVa
Metro summer Red Line project could have big impact on federal workers
With many people continuing to work from home, the impact on feds remains unknown, because it is unclear when orders will go out to return to the office.
Mike Murillo, June 14, 2021, WTOP
High-speed rail getting last minute push in Congress
High-speed rail is getting a last-minute push from lawmakers and lobbyists as Congress debates how to revamp the nation’s infrastructure.
Karl Evers-Hillstrom, June 15, 2021, The Hill
Capital Trails Coalition impact report highlights benefits of a full trail network
Back in April, the Capital Trails Coalition released the National Capital Trail Network (seen above) impact report which showed that a billion dollar investment in trails would pay off with over $2.4 Billion in savings PER YEAR.
June 14, 2021, WashCycle
Alexandria launches $75M Duke Street transit project planning
The City of Alexandria is giving the green light to its $75 million Duke Street transit project, dubbed “Duke Street in Motion” — and it’s reaching out to residents to gather feedback.
Will Vitka, June 14, 2021, WTOP
Md. to test new system for I-270 traffic management
Maryland transportation officials will demonstrate a ramp metering system on Interstate 270 next week, with the goal of alleviating congestion and simplifying mergers on one of the state’s busiest roadways.
Alejandro Alvarez, June 14, 2021, WTOP
Take a first glimpse inside a real Purple Line railcar
The 26 light rail trains that will someday carry Purple Line passengers are looking closer and closer to being ready.
Dan Malouff, June 14, 2021, GGWash
American Trucking Associations creates climate committee
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) recently created the Climate and Clean Energy Advisory Committee to take action on key environmental issues and help shape the organization’s policies.
Melina Druga, June 14, 2021, Transportation Today
National Dump the Pump Day
This Thursday, June 17, is National Dump the Pump Day, when everyone who isn’t traveling by bike is encouraged to ride public transportation instead of driving.
June 14, 2021, FABB
Full overnight I-66 West closures planned at Beltway interchange
The Virginia Department of Transportation is conducting overhead bridge work that will close the westbound direction of I-66.
Emily Leayman, June 11, 2021, Vienna Patch
Montgomery County will continue shared streets program through summer
Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation will continue its “shared streets” program through the summer, in which select roads and parkways are closed to vehicular traffic.
Dan Schere, June 11, 2021, Bethesda Magazine
More than 50 volunteers gather to help clean up Rock Creek Park
More than 50 volunteers with ASEZ WAO (Save The Earth From A to Z- We Are One) showed up Sunday to help clean up Rock Creek Park, according to the organization.
Samantha Mitchell, June 13, 2021, ABC7
NHTSA: Despite fewer cars on road, fatalities spiked in 2020
The federal agency estimates road crashes killed more than 38,000 people nationwide.
Zach Merchant, June 13, 2021, WUSA9
Officials to consider permanently closing long portion of Beach Drive to motorists
The National Park Service is now planning a meeting next month on what to do with Beach Drive Northwest, from Broad Branch Road all the way to the Maryland border.
Stephanie Ramirez, June 13, 2021, Fox5
New red light camera in Manassas to start issuing warnings
A new red light camera will be up and running starting on Monday in Manassas, Virginia. It will issue warnings for its first month and will begin charging drivers who run the light after that.
Valerie Bonk, June 13, 2021, WTOP
Arlington plans to rename Lee Highway for abolitionist John Langston
The Arlington County Board said at its Saturday meeting that it plans to vote next month to rename Lee Highway for abolitionist John Langston, who also was the first Black person to be elected to Congress from Virginia.
June 12, 2021, NBC Washington
TSA screens more than 2 million travelers, most since start of pandemic
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened more than 2 million people on Friday, making it the highest number screened in one day since the start of the pandemic last year.
Lexi Lonas, June 12, 2021, The Hill
Road rage shootings kill or injure someone every 18 hours
A person has been killed or injured in a road rage shooting every 18 hours in 2021, an analysis done by Everytown for Gun Safety, a group that works to stop gun violence, found.
Lexi Lonas, June 12, 2021, The Hill
D.C. mayor's budget amplifies goal of reducing car travel in the nation's capital
The city’s transportation spending plan fixes roadway infrastructure while advancing projects aimed at buses, bikes and pedestrians.
Luz Lazo, June 11, 2021, Washington Post
Part of Beach Dr. will stay closed to cars while NPS studies permanent closure
The National Park Service will keep part of Beach Drive car-free through Rock Creek Park while it analyzes what would happen if it made the restriction permanent, the agency said Friday.
Michael Laris, Luz Lazo, June 11, 2021, Washington Post
D.C. residents unhappy with city response to stop sign camera complaints
A D.C. Council member says promised improvements to better warn drivers about the District's most lucrative stop sign camera have not been delivered, despite what the Department of Transportation said in an email to residents last week.
June 11, 2021, NBC Washington
Uber, Lyft prices surge amid driver shortage, demand for service
An Uber and Lyft driver shortage is causing higher prices and longer wait times.
Natalie Rubino, June 11, 2021, Fox5
Single tracking, station closures on Red Line will cause 'significant impact' for Metro riders
Repairs on Metro’s Red Line scheduled to start in July will involve round-the-clock single tracking and station closures that the transit agency said are expected to cause “significant impacts” for customers.
Abigail Constantino, June 11, 2021, WTOP
Va. will pay up to $500 to lure people back to work
In an effort to attract unemployed residents back to the workforce after months of historic pandemic-induced joblessness, the state is piloting a $3 million “Return to Earn” grant program that will match up to $500 in signing bonuses provided by eligible small businesses.
Ally Schweitzer, June 11, 2021, dcist
Advocates overjoyed with new and improved INVEST Act
A once-divisive baseline infrastructure bill is quickly transforming into the game-changing legislation America needs to shift the country away from car dominance, many advocates say.
Kea Wilson, June 11, 2021, Streetsblog USA
Active transportation big in 'INVEST' earmarks
An unprecedented number of infrastructure projects “earmarked” in the House infrastructure bill would serve pedestrians, micromobility riders, and people who use assistive devices, in addition to big funding jumps for core active transportation infrastructure programs.
Kea Wilson, June 11, 2021, Streetsblog USA
Metro projects will bring months of delays, station closures on the Red Line
A Metro tunnel ventilation and platform canopy replacement project will bring months of delays and station closures on the Red Line starting next month through the end of the year. Two stations in Montgomery County will be closed for months.
Justin George, June 11, 2021, Washington Post
CDC: Vaccinated travelers don't need masks outdoors at airports, train stations
The order applies to outdoor areas at train and subway stations, airports, ferry and bus terminals, among others.
Lexi Lonas, June 11, 2021, The Hill
Fairfax Co. police hear from community on proposed changes to pursuit policy
Police in Fairfax County, Virginia, heard from members of the community Thursday about proposed new rules for officers when it comes to deciding if a car should be pursued.
Mike Murillo, June 10, 2021, WTOP
Brood X motorcycle commuters: 'Least of concerns is going to be the cicadas'
You’re not looking out for cicadas, you’re looking out for cars,” Withrow said. “I think one of your least concerns is going to be cicadas.”
Neal Augenstein, June 11, 2021, WTOP
Metro board approves fare reductions, service increases in bid to lure back riders
Metro board members passed a slate of fare reductions and service increases Thursday in their bid to lure more people to transit while seeking to provide service workers and low-income passengers with a break on transportation costs.
Justin George, June 10, 2021, Washington Post
Maryland transit officials seek $183 million for consultants on delayed Purple Line
State officials say they need consultants to continue oversight work left by the construction team that quit.
Katherine Shaver, June 11, 2021, Washington Post
Metro trains, buses are safe and ready for passengers to return, chief safety officer says
The coronavirus pandemic presented her and Metro with a challenge unlike any that those in her line of work have encountered.
Justin George, June 11, 2021, Washington Post
Herndon's Sugarland stream project tweak approved by county
The project will restore part of Sugarland Run by the Washington & Old Dominion Trail in Herndon.
David Taube, June 10, 2021, Reston Now
How telework could impact Arlington's office, real estate markets
Some federal agencies are looking to continue remote and hybrid working options for employees post-pandemic -- a shift with potential impacts on Arlington’s office and residential real estate markets.
Jo DeVoe, June 10, 2021, ARLnow
Sudley Road widening draws criticism
A plan to add a third lane to Sudley Road between Grant Avenue and Godwin Drive is drawing criticism for its process and substance, with some saying the design will create a more hostile environment for vulnerable road users on foot and bikes.
Jared Foretek, June 11, 2021, Inside NoVa
Businesses looking forward to Metro changes
On Thursday, Metro announced plans to make those improvements riders have been calling for, including extending hours to midnight seven days a week in July.
Anna-Lysa Gayle, June 10, 2021, ABC7
Another scooter company coming to D.C. region, with monthly rentals
E-scooter company Unagi is launching a scooter rental service across the region Thursday, bringing their Model One e-scooter to D.C., Northern Virginia, parts of Montgomery County.
Colleen Grablick, June 10, 2021, dcist
Metro planning for fully electric bus fleet by 2045
Metro will start to phase out purchasing diesel buses in 2030 with the goal of having a fully electric bus fleet by 2045.
Jordan Pascale, June 10, 2021, dcist
D.C. DMV extends deadline for renewing expired licenses, ID cards
Residents who need to renew will now have until Sept. 9.
Lori Aratani, June 10, 2021, Washington Post
Study: Hundreds in Maryland die prematurely from vehicle emissions
An academic study released Tuesday finds that ozone and fine particulate matter from vehicle emissions in 2016 led to an estimated 7,100 premature deaths in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast — including 664 in Maryland.
Josh Kurtz, June 10, 2021, WTOP
Arlington considers lower speeds along seven corridors
Arlington County is considering lowering the speed limit along a number of corridors with lots of pedestrian activity.
Jo DeVoe, June 9, 2021, ARLnow
Metro says Metrobus hit by someone throwing rocks in NW DC, not gunfire
Officers with the Metropolitan Police Department responded to calls that a Metrobus was hit by gunfire Wednesday evening, police say.
Samantha Mitchell, June 9, 2021, ABC7