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Weekend Metro schedule: These three lines will be impacted
Here's what to expect if you're taking the Metro this weekend.
Alessua Grunberger, December 4, 2020, Takoma Park Patch
Arlington Memorial Bridge ropens all six lanes to traffic, after two years of construction
It’s official: After two years of construction, all six lanes of traffic reopened Friday on Arlington Memorial Bridge. Half of them were closed for construction starting in October 2018.
Margaret Barthel, December 4, 2020, dcist
Metro faces pushback on drastic service cuts from some Board members
Metro Board members Stephanie Gidigbi and Michael Goldman say WMATA’s proposed service cuts are too drastic and its ridership predictions are too conservative given the news of a pending widespread vaccine that could lead to increased ridership.
Jordan Pascale, December 4, 2020, dcist
Thanksgiving vehicle travel down just 5 percent from 2019 despite health experts' warnings
Vehicle travel on and around Thanksgiving Day was only 5 percent less than in 2019, despite warnings from health care experts and elected officials to avoid family gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Celine Castronuovo, December 4, 2020, The Hill
Metro issues layoff notices for more than 1,100 D.C.-area employees
Metro is preparing to lay off between 1,100 and 1,200 employees in January, according to Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notifications filed in Maryland and Virginia in late November.
Jonathan Capriel, December 3, 2020, Washington Business Journal
Another Seminary Road debacle? Duke Street redesign commences
The project’s goal is to add enhanced bus service along the corridor and attract more public transit riders, according to staff.
December 3, 2020, Alexandria Times
WMATA proposes cutting service at two Alexandria Metro stops
Facing a nearly $500 million deficit due to the pandemic, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority proposed a sweeping set of budget cuts on Monday that would eliminate two of Alexandria’s Metro stops.
December 3, 2020, Alexandria Times
Metroway is on the chopping block as WMATA eyes bus cuts
Metro’s “barebones” Fiscal Year 2022 budget proposal threatens to eliminate service on a number of bus lines running through Arlington.
James Cullum, December 3, 2020, ARLnow
What's Next: Metro funding is not just a pandemic problem
This week Metro released a devastating budget for FY 2022 in order to balance a $500 million deficit.
Nicole Merlene, December 3, 2020, ARLnow
Reagan National gets bikeshare station, first major airport in United States to get one
For those area residents looking for an environmentally friendly way to get to the airport, you're in luck.
Elliot Henney, December 3, 2020, WJLA
U.S. Sec. of the Interior to reopen Arlington Memorial Bridge Friday
After two years of work, the Arlington Memorial Bridge's improvements will be officially done Friday.
December 3, 2020, WJLA
Park Police investigating dirt bike riders on National Mall
The United States Park Police stated Thursday afternoon that it was investigating reports of dirt bike riders zooming around the National Mall.
December 3, 2020, WJLA
Blind pedestrian getting help for dangerous intersection
A Maryland man who recently lost his eyesight begged the state for a safer crosswalk near his Bowie neighborhood, and changes are being made after News4 first told his story Thursday afternoon.
Tracee Wilkins, December 3, 2020, NBC Washington
Weekend Road and Rail: Full stops on I-66, work on I-295; Metro shutdowns
Metro will see full shutdowns on two rail lines this weekend.
Mary DePompa, December 4, 2020, WTOP
Fall-winter Maryland advocacy roundup
As we continue to virtually organize from our homes, the WABA advocacy team has made it a priority this year to remain engaged in the push to achieve Vision Zero and complete our bike and trail networks in Maryland.
Jeremiah Lowery, December 3, 2020, WABA
Ever wanted to test out a self-driving shuttle? Now is your chance.
The State of Virginia, Fairfax County, and Dominion Energy recently launched Relay, a free self-driving and 100% electric public transportation shuttle, that will circulate between the commercial hub of Mosaic District in Merrifield, Virginia, and the Dunn Loring Metrorail Station.
Eric Maribojoc, December 3, 2020, GGWash
Here's what to know about Metro's proposed service cuts
Metro has proposed the most severe service cuts in its history because of steep fare revenue losses due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Justin George, December 3, 2020, Washington Post
Testing Amtrak's next-gen Acela trainset
Amtrak has released a video progress report on testing its next-generation high-speed Acela trainset prototype at the Transportation Technology Center, Inc., (TTCI) in Colorado.
Marybeth Luczak, December 3, 2020, Railway Age
Skip, the first company to bring e-scooters to D.C., to be acquired by competitor Helbiz
Helbiz already operates e-bikes in D.C. and says the acquisition will elevate its presence and growth in the U.S.
Luz Lazo, December 3, 2020, Washington Post
Amtrak agrees to fix stations and pay $2.25 million to settle ADA discrimination claims
Amtrak has agreed to pay $2.25 million to settle civil claims that it discriminated against disabled passengers by failing to accommodate people in wheelchairs or with limited mobility at its stations.
Luz Lazo, December 2, 2020, Washington Post
Herndon embarks on project to reconfigure Sterling Rd.
According to a staff report from Dec. 1, the town would like the residential street to reflect its current plans for traffic access management and multimodal circulation. The project length will be about one mile, located between Elden Street and Rock Hill Road.
Madeline Taylor, December 2, 2020, Reston Now
Amtrak employee hit by train at Union Station in D.C., transported to trauma center
An Amtrak employee is in the hospital Thursday morning after a train hit the individual at Union Station in D.C.
Lesly Salazar, December 3, 2020, WJLA
Loose bolts found on Metro train that separated on Red Line
A number of lose and worn bolts were found on the train’s coupler, the part of the train that holds railcars together.
December 2, 2020, NBC Washington
Suspect arrested in unsolved 1991 Metro rapes, Arlington police say
Three cases of women attacked walking from the East Falls Church Metro station in 1991 were linked by DNA evidence, and a fourth case is being investigated.
Laura Wainman, December 2, 2020, WUSA9
Local leaders warn of proposed Metro service cuts' impact on minorities, front-line workers
Metro’s plan to dramatically scale back service next year as a result of a pandemic-related budget shortfall is facing more backlash.
John Aaron, December 2, 2020, WTOP
Transportation Dept: Preparations in place for 'immediate mass shipment' of COVID-19 vaccines
The Department of Transportation is prepared for “immediate mass shipment" of coronavirus vaccines within the U.S., department officials said Tuesday.
Zack Budryk, December 2, 2020, The Hill
Could Fairfax and Montgomery counties finally get a transit connection?
No transit route directly connects Fairfax and Montgomery counties, which share miles of border along the Potomac River.
Libby Solomon, December 2, 2020, GGWash
42 DUI arrests made in second round of 2020-21 alcohol crackdown
The Alcohol Holiday Task Force arrested 42 people for driving under the influence during a four-day period in Montgomery County.
Alessia Grunberger, December 2, 2020, Takoma Park Patch
Outdoor 'steeteries' might get $1.25M for winter operations
The county is considering using that money to give outdoor “streeteries” -- blocked-off streets filled with tables and chairs for patrons to eat outdoors -- tools to prepare for operating during winter, such as heaters.
Briana Adhikusuma, December 2, 2020, Bethesda Magazine
7 On Your Side compares D.C. pandemic Metro ridership to other major cities
With Metro’s general manager proposing dramatic cuts to the system due to low pandemic ridership, 7 On Your Side investigated how other cities are handling an issue that’s affecting all U.S. transit systems.
Tom Roussey, December 1, 2020, WJLA
Initial findings released after Metro train separation near Glenmont
Metro officials released their first batch of findings Wednesday after cars on a Metro Red Line train separated Nov. 24 in a tunnel near Glenmont station in Maryland’s Montgomery County.
Will Vitka, December 2, 2020, WTOP
Transit system service cuts proposed in Congress's backyard elicit calls for more funding
From coast to coast, transit agencies are planning for layoffs and pared-down service as the coronavirus pandemic decimates budgets and a federal stimulus package remains stalled in Congress.
December 1, 2020, Washington Post
Court docs: Metro station manager beat coworker for helping customer
A Metro employee beat a coworker unconscious at the Pentagon station in 2017, after becoming enraged because the victim helped a rider, according to recent court filings about a previously-reported incident.
December 1, 2020, ARLnow
Lawmakers propose $15 billion in U.S. transit aid as Metro eyes deep cuts
Members of Congress included $15 billion for transit in a COVID-19 relief bill on Tuesday, a day after officials with D.C.’s Metro system said they would need to significantly cut service without federal relief funds.
December 1, 2020, NBC Washington
Metro riders fear the transit system may never recover if proposed cuts are enacted
Some local leaders are making dire predictions that D.C.'s Metro system may never recover if it's forced to go through with drastic cuts proposed Monday.
Scott Broom, December 1, 2020, WUSA9
Md. leaders sound alarm on proposed Metro cuts
Maryland leaders from both parties said Tuesday that proposed cuts to transit service in the capital region would cause devastating harm to its economy, workforce and environment.
December 1, 2020, WTOP
Alexandria to speed up bikeshare expansion with 7 new stations
Alexandrians living in the Virginia city’s West End can expect to see expanded Capital Bikeshare service years ahead of schedule.
Alejandro Alvarez, December 2, 2020, WTOP
D.C. Council to vote Tuesday on proposal to let e-scooter riders recoup medical bills after crashes
The D.C. Council on Tuesday is expected to pass several transportation measures, including one that would make it easier for some road users, including e-scooter riders, to recoup a share of medical bills and other costs if injured in a collision.
Luz Lazo, December 1, 2020, Washington Post
Alexandria announces rolling expansion of bikeshare program to West End next year
The City of Alexandria has announced that the Capital Bikeshare will be headed to the West End ahead of schedule starting early next year.
Vernon Miles, December 1, 2020, ALX Now
Virginia rep: Metro service cuts would be 'catastrophe'
The congressman representing Virginia suburbs near Washington, D.C. warned that proposed cuts to public transit in the area due to economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic would be devastating for the region.
Dominick Mastrangelo, December 1, 2020, The Hill
Alsobrooks leads opposition to proposed DC – Baltimore 311 mph maglev train
The Prince George's County Executive expressed opposition to the proposed maglev before, but she left no ambiguity during a virtual Greenbelt council meeting Monday.
Mike Valerio, November 30, 2020, WUSA9
How to ride your electric bike in the winter
An electric bike can make for a fun way to stay active, travel from place to place, and enjoy the outdoors.
Mary Wadland, November 30, 2020, Zebra
Metro's budget shortfall during pandemic could have huge impact on service
Based on the new budget proposal from WMATA CEO Paul Weidefeld, weekday wait times could increase to up to 30 minutes on all seven rail lines, weekday service hours would change from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., and weekend rail service would be eliminated.
November 30, 2020, Fox5
Gardner named Amtrak president
Amtrak Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating and Commercial Officer Stephen Gardner has been appointed President, effective Dec. 1, 2020, succeeding Bill Flynn, who will remain as CEO and continue to serve on the company’s board of directors.
William C. Vantuono, November 30, 2020, Railway Age
Fed pedestrian safety 'action' plan light on action, heavy on studies
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s first pedestrian safety “action” plan is pretty thin on dramatic action to end the pedestrian death crisis — but some experts think it could at least give cities a few more tools to save lives.
Kea Wilson, December 1, 2020, Streetsblog USA
Metro proposes to stop weekend rail service, close 19 stations, slash bus routes by half in upcoming budget
Metro is suggesting it stop weekend rail service, close 19 of its stations and slash its bus routes by half, according to budget proposals released on Monday, as the transportation industry deals with financial struggles spurred by the coronavirus pandemic.
Justine Coleman, November 30, 2020, The Hill
Air travel on Sunday after Thanksgiving hits highest level since March
Nearly 1.18 million travelers passed through U.S. airports on Sunday, making it the busiest air travel day since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in March.
Alex Gangitano, November 30, 2020, The Hill
Amtrak maintains funding needed for continued service
Amtrak officials maintain that funding is needed to continue focusing on improving future intercity passenger rail service in the wake of the carrier meeting the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Douglas Clark, November 30, 2020, Transportation Today
First responders urge drivers to move over, slow down
Enacted in 2010, but expanded in subsequent years, the law requires motorists "approaching from the rear of an emergency vehicle using visual signals while stopped on a highway to, if possible, make a lane change into an available lane not immediately adjacent to the emergency vehicle," according to a Maryland State Police statement.
Mary Grace Keller, November 28, 2020, Frederick News-Post
Possible legal challenges pose cost risks for Maryland toll lanes proposal
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has said the state can expand the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270 at no net cost to taxpayers because the private sector will build billions of dollars of toll lanes in exchange for keeping most of the revenue.
Katherine Shaver, November 27, 2020, Washington Post