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Metro Red Line shutdown: Shuttle bus routes and transportation alternatives
Seven miles of dedicated bus lanes have been implemented along Georgia Avenue, and rush-hour bus lanes and parking restrictions will provide additional capacity on 16th Street NW. 
May 26, 2024, Source of the Spring
And of an era as Metro retires its 2000-series trains
The goal is to remove the aging trains that have more maintenance issues, leaving a more reliable fleet of newer vehicles resulting in fewer offloads and delays. The 2000-series had issues nearly four times as often as our newer 7000-series trains.
May 26, 2024, Gazette Leader
Multiple Metrorail Red Line stations to close 3 months for construction, maintenance
The Glenmont, Wheaton, Forest Glen and Silver Spring stations will close for the entire period, while the Takoma Park station will be closed June 1-29, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority said in an advisory.
Brad Matthews, May 24, 2024, The Washington Times
Anne Arundel, Eastern Shore residents relieved MTA will retain commuter bus routes: 'It's a godsend for me'
The public outcry resulted in the MTA retaining all 36 commuter bus routes at reduced frequencies. The new service schedule will take effect July 1.
Natalie Jones, May 24, 2024, Capital Gazette
Baltimore looks to add electric scooter, bike provider
The city’s Department of Transportation has opened its application portal for companies to submit bids on providing electric scooters, electric bikes or other dockless vehicles for public use.
Tony Roberts, May 23, 2024, Government Technology
Virginia Railway Express cuts ribbon on Fredericksburg rail station improvements
The $14.4 million project included rehabilitating the existing platforms, stairs and all four rail bridges, constructing new stairs to provide direct access from the platform to a parking lot, improving ADA access to the west side elevator, adding signage, sidewalks and lighting and refreshing the platform canopies and other areas with paint. 
May 23, 2024, Mass Transit Magazine
Debate over potential bike lanes on Connecticut Avenue in DC continues
The future of the thoroughfare is up for debate with the possibility of adding bike lanes back on the table. Last year, the mayor reversed course, and the plan was postponed by the D.C. Department of Transportation.
Carl Willis, May 23, 2024, ABC7 News
Your guide to WMATA's Proposed Network bus route redesign
Based on the feedback WMATA received during their outreach for the Visionary Network, the Proposed Network includes some system-wide changes around route naming and route placement.
Kai Hall, May 23, 2024, Greater Greater Washington
How cities can lead the way in reducing transportation emissions
Decisions made at the local level can have a significant impact on emissions in the transportation sector.
Diana Ionescu, May 23, 2024, Planetizen
Is microtransit a threat to 'real transit'?
It’s too good to be true, according to a new report from the Amalgamated Transit Union, which shows that microtransit is already costing local transportation agencies two to three times more per passenger than their worst-performing bus routes on average.
Mary Hammon, May 22, 2024, Planetizen
As cities add bus and bike lanes, traffic enforcement keeps them clear
A March 2023 study from the Urban Institute found that priority bus lanes could increase access to jobs and reduce costs for the transit agency by enabling buses to move faster. 
Dan Zukowski, May 22, 2024, Smart Cities Dive
Local artists infuse a touch of flair to the Rosslyn Station with temporary art installation
The series of artworks will serve to enhance the visual appeal and customer experience inside the station while work is underway to replace the four escalators.
May 22, 2024, WMATA
Metro urges customers to know their options, summer construction begins on Red Line June 1
After months of preparation and planning, summer construction will begin on the Red Line June 1. Five stations - Glenmont, Wheaton, Forest Glen, Silver Spring, and Takoma - will be closed and with less than two weeks to go customers are encouraged to plan their travel alternatives.
May 22, 2024, WMATA
Federal spending rescued mass transit during Covid. What happens now?
With ridership still lagging and the prospects for mass transit again uncertain, the health of large transportation agencies around the county could hinge, in large part, on how much aid and in what form the federal government can supply.
Colbi Edmonds, May 22, 2024, The New York Times
Amtrak reduces auto train fares from Lorton
This offer is valid for sale from May 21, 2024, through July 31, 2024, and for travel from May 24 to September 2, 2024. The discount is available for travel between Lorton, Va., and Sanford, Fla. A three-day advance purchase is required.
May 21, 2024, Potomac Local News
VRE eyes ridership boost with new Saturday service and Fredericksburg station upgrades
The commuter railroad's CEO, Rich Dalton, told Potomac Local News that he anticipates adding 5,000 and 7,000 new passengers once the Saturday service starts later this year. While the agency budgeted for the new service late last year, its Operations Board is set to vote on its implementation next month.
Uriah Kiser, May 21, 2024, Potomac Local News
Washington Post poll finds Metro riders rate transit system highly
Ratings from the annual poll have been on the ride over the years from a low of 45% approval in 2017. This year’s 77% is an up tick from 75% positive ratings last year.
May 21, 2024, ALXNow
Metro service information and track work for Memorial Day Weekend
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, Metrorail will open at 7 a.m. and close at midnight. Metrobus will operate on a Sunday schedule. MetroAccess customers may make a reservation to travel on the holiday; however, subscription trips will be canceled. Normal weekday fares will be in effect on the holiday.
May 21, 2024, WMATA
U.S. Department of Transportation awards more than $63M to 99 communities for safer roads
“Bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers should be safe on our roads and streets, and the Biden-Harris Administration is taking action across the country to make our roads safer for everyone who uses them,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said. 
Liz Carey, May 21, 2024, Transportation Today
Is it time to bring back the W&OD as commuter rail?
For those who are unfamiliar, the W&OD was a railroad that once spanned from Bluemont, a town on the western edge of Loudoun County, through Leesburg to Rosslyn and Alexandria. 
Ryan Jones, May 21, 2024, Greater Greater Washington
Watchdog report: Metro skipping some steps while inspecting railcars
The Washington Metrorail Safety Commission conducted interviews, site visits and data reviews since December 2023 for the audit. Metro has 30 days to make plans that respond to the report’s findings and recommendations.
Jessica Kronzer, May 22, 2024, WTOP
Fairfax Co. program offering $50 SmarTrip cards helps Inova focus on 'sustainability'
It can serve as a big help for someone who is new to transit or is exploring a new route because of workplace or home changes, and it can be particularly important in places such as Fairfax County where the roads can get extremely crowded during rush hour.
May 20, 2024, WTOP
FRA continues strengthening rail safety through new rules requiring certification of dispatchers and signal employees
These final rules address this gap in rail safety and will help ensure that certified dispatchers and signal employees are qualified and fit for duty. 
May 20, 2024, Transportation.gov
WMATA awarded $17 million in state funding to improve Capital Heights Metro Station infrastructure
The funding and infrastructure improvements will allow WMATA to move forward with a request for proposals for a mixed-use development at the site. A solicitation is expected to be issued in the coming weeks.
May 20, 2024, Mass Transit Magazine
VDOT to lift lane closures for Memorial Day weekend
“VDOT will be suspending many highway work zones and lifting most lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia from noon on Friday, May 24, until noon on Tuesday, May 28,” VDOT said in a release.
Vernon Miles, May 20, 2024, ALXNow
Bikeshare Beat: Ridership surges in April
CaBi members have consistently represented the majority of rides across the network. April was no exception, with 64.3% of riders holding an annual membership. 
Samuel Littauer, May 20, 2024, Greater Greater Washington
Metro's Red Line reopens before summer shutdown starting June 1
Metro said it will be doing repairs and maintenance in this part of the Red Line, but the biggest reason for this shutdown is the future Silver Spring station for the Purple Line Light Rail system.
Joy Wang, May 20, 2024, WJLA
Microtranist is taxpayer funded Uber, advocates warn — and it's a threat to real transit
Microtransit costs already cash-strapped agencies two to three times more per passenger than even their worst-performing bus routes, the report said.
Kea Wilson, May 20, 2024, Streetsblog USA
Maryland officials prepare for beginning of Bay Bridge summer traffic
In preparation for the increase in traffic, Maryland Transportation Authority police officers conducted “high visibility traffic enforcement” along US-50 near the Bay Bridge on Friday.
Valerie Bonk, May 19, 2024, WTOP
County requests federal funding for hybrid and diesel Fairfax Connector buses
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved FCDOT’s request on May 7 to apply for $128.1 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to purchase a total of 72 buses, including 60 hybrid and 12 diesel models.
James Jarvis, May 17, 2024, FFXNow

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