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Reston Town Center merchants say paid parking has cut business
Owners of several Reston Town Center stores say their receipts are down as much as 37 percent since center owner Boston Properties Inc. (NYSE: BXP) instituted a paid parking system in January.
Karen Goff, March 29, 2017, Washington Business Journal
Congressional hearing to press Metro on track work, finances
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s Subcommittee on Government Operations is set to press Metro’s general manager and chief financial officer on the issues Wednesday afternoon as they testify alongside Government Accountability Office Director for Physical Infrastructure Mark Goldstein.
Max Smith, March 29, 2017, WTOP
New bus line planned for D.C.'s 14th St. corridor
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) on Wednesday plans to announce the launch of a new bus route on 14th Street, one of the busiest corridors in the region’s bus system.
Luz Lazo, March 29, 2017. Washington Post
Md. scraps "farebox recovery ratio" mandate
Maryland lawmakers have voted to scrap a state requirement that bus and rail systems cover at least 35 percent of their operating costs through ticket revenue.
Katherine Shaver, March 29, 2017, Washington Post
Can Uber modernize slugging?
Uber is preparing to bring its disruptive technology to one of the Washington region’s commuting traditions: slugging.
March 28, 2017, WAMU
Metrobus struck by gunfire
Metro Transit Police are searching for a person of interest after a bus with passengers on board was struck by nine bullets Monday night, the transit agency said Tuesday.
Faiz Siddiqui, March 28, 2017, Washington Post
Md. joins Va. in proposing talks on Metro Compact
The push to reform Metro’s governance and financing is gaining a new backer, as the Maryland General Assembly prepares to join Virginia in formally proposing talks to revise the Metro Compact, legislators said Tuesday.
Robert McCartney, March 28, 2017, Washington Post
Metro in dispute with fiber optic company over unpaid bills
A fiber optic cable company attempting to avoid more than $1 million in payments to Metro argues in court filings that the transit agency cannot prove it owns all rights to the tunnels where fiber optic, cellphone and other cables are hung alongside the tracks.
Max Smith, March 28, 2017, WTOP
D.C. area still gaining population
After years of booming growth, cities around the United States appear to be slowing down. But that's not quite the case in the Washington region. Here, new residents are simultaneously moving back to the city and also farther out into suburban areas.
Dan Reed, March 28, 2017, GGW
Crystal City 5k Fridays will close roads
The Crystal City 5k Friday races will take place each Friday evening in April (7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th).
March 28, 2017, Arlington County
Uber is betting D.C. commuters are willing to pay to slug
Despite the established slugging culture on I-395, the company sees a potential market for paid carpooling on I-66, where there are HOV-2 restrictions during rush hours (compared with HOV-3 on I-395) and fewer places for would-be slugs to catch a ride.
Faiz Siddiqui, March 27, 2017, Washington Post
MTA to install traffic light sensors to prioritize buses in Baltimore
As part of Gov. Larry Hogan's BaltimoreLink bus system overhaul, the Maryland Transit Administration has budgeted $11 million to install sensors on 200 buses and city traffic signals that will keep traffic lights green for six to 10 seconds longer when a bus is approaching, and shorten red lights for waiting buses by the same amount of time.
Colin Campbell, March 28, 2017, Baltimore Sun
Some work from 1st stretch of Silver Line still not complete
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which is responsible for constructing the rail line and maintenance facilities before turning them over to Metro, expects the final work connected to the first phase of the line between Falls Church and Reston to be complete next year.
Max Smith, March 27, 2017, WTOP
US air travel hit record high in 2016
Airlines carried a record-high number of passengers in the United States last year, surpassing the previous record by 3.5 percent, according to new federal data.
Melanie Zanona, March 27, 2017, The Hill
No injuries reported after Amtrak derailment in Chicago
An Amtrak train derailed outside of Union Station in Chicago late Monday morning, but no one was injured in the incident, according to multiple reports.
Melanie Zanona, March 27, 2017, The Hill
Md. considers left lane bill
Drivers who hog the left lane soon could face fines up to $250 in Maryland under a bill designed to ease bottlenecks and reduce road rage by making it easier for motorists to get around slower vehicles.
Katherine Shaver, March 25, 2017, Washington Post
Md. alchohol tax increase linked to drop in crashes
Alcohol-related crashes where people were killed or hurt dropped by an annual rate of 6 percent after the state raised the alcohol sales tax in 2011, according to a University of Maryland-led study to be released Monday.
Meredith Cohn, March 27, 2017, Baltimore Sun
Cherry blossoms finally reach peak bloom
Saturday was the first day cherry blossoms on the Yoshino trees reached peak bloom.
March 25, 2017, WUSA9
Metro board chair to Md., Va.: This is the time to act
“There are no other places to go to get funding other than the jurisdictions,” Metro Board Chair and D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans said.
Max Smith, March 24, 2017, WTOP
Metro adjusts for cherry blossom crowds
Metro is adjusting to accommodate visitors heading downtown for the National Cherry Blossom Festival and to see peak bloom this weekend.
Kristi King, March 24, 2017, WTOP
Acela train derails in New York
Laurel wins fight to keep historic MARC station
Dr. Gridlock's cherry blossom weekend travel tips
Employers offer Capital Bikeshare perk to lure millenials
Arlington police to conduct safe bicycling initiative
Gov. Hogan's office says Purple Line, Metro are among priorities
Metro to hike fares, cut service starting in July
Va. governor orders review of Metro
Uber to pilot 'digital slug lines' in D.C. region
Metro GM prepares to pivot as Metro "austerity" budget passes