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July 13, 2020, CommuterDirect.com
- Washington, D.C. plan aids bus travel, cyclists
District Department of Transportation (DDOT) officials said agency plans to install Car Free Lanes in high-traffic areas would support enhanced bus travel efficiency and create bicyclist space.
Douglas Clark, July 13, 2020, Transportation Today
- Fairfax Connector resumes service to Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride
Fairfax Connector will resume service to the bus loop at the Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride as construction has been completed. Customers may board buses in the bus loop beginning on Monday, July 13, 2020.
July 10, 2020, Fairfax County
- Facing $550 million shortfall, MTA could miss out on federal stimulus funding
Facing $550 million in lost revenue attributed to the coronavirus in the fiscal year that ended last month, and a shortfall just as large looming for the year ahead, the MTA received about $392 million in funding from the federal CARES Act, according to the agency.
Colin Campbell, July 13, 2020, Baltimore Sun
- No Mobile Commuter Store at Navy Yard July 13 and 14
There will be no Mobile Commuter Store at Navy yard today or tomorrow, July 13 and 14, due to mechanical issues.
July 13, 2020, Commuter Store
- Metro Transit Police seek two in connection with shooting on Green Line
Metro Transit Police on Sunday released images of two people “of interest” they want to talk to in connection with a shooting on a Green Line train Saturday afternoon.
Michelle Boorstein, July 12, 2020, Washington Post
- Jump electric bikes return to D.C. streets Monday
About 150 red electric Jump bikes will be out on the streets of D.C. again starting Monday. Lime acquired the fleet of e-bikes from Uber in early-May. Robert Gardner, Lime’s director of government relations, tells DCist/WAMU that the bikes have been in storage ever since.
Jordan Pascale, July 12, 2020, dcist
- Adding toll lanes to Maryland Beltway, I-270 could require government funds, study finds
Adding toll lanes to Interstate 270 and most of the Capital Beltway in Maryland could require a government subsidy of $482 million to $1 billion even as state officials have said the highway expansion would come at “no net cost” to taxpayers, according to a study of the proposal released Friday.
Katherine Shaver, July 10, 2020, Washington Post
- America's 3,000 bus companies make appeal for economic relief amid pandemic
The pandemic has been a blow to the entire transportation industry, but the motor coach sector has been hit especially hard.
Luz Lazo, July 11, 2020, Washington Post
- Three people hospitalized after a shooting on Hyattsville park trail
An altercation between two groups of people on the Northwest Branch Trail in Hyattsville ended in gunfire that sent three people to the hospital.
Kevin Kenney, July 11, 2020, WUSA9
- Man in critical condition after shooting at Metro's Mount Vernon Square Station
A man is in critical condition after being shot while on a Metrorail train as it pulled into the Mount Vernon Square Station in D.C. Saturday afternoon.
Dan Friedell, July 11, 2020, WTOP
- Adams Morgan streatery will no longer be closed to traffic
After what appeared to be a popular pilot program in late June, the Adams Morgan streatery will not close to traffic again through the course of the pandemic.
Colleen Grablick, July 10, 2020, dcist
- Md. publishes 18,000-page environmental impact assessment of proposed I-270, I-495 expansion
The state of Maryland has released its long-awaited draft environmental impact assessment for the Hogan administration’s controversial Beltway expansion project.
Margaret Barthel, July 10, 2020, dcist
- Purple Line dispute continues on whether contractors can leave job in late August
Tensions are heightening in the dispute between Purple Line contractors and Maryland officials over whether the contractors can leave the job.
Briana Adhikusuma, July 10, 2020, Bethesda Magazine
- Former Redskins player pleads guilty to defrauding Metro
A former NFL player who played in Washington during the early 1980s has pleaded guilty to defrauding Metro of more than $300,000.
Rick Massimo, July 10, 2020, WTOP
- Four Arlington transportation projects to receive regional funding
Four major transportation projects in Arlington will receive tens of millions in regional funding, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority announced today.
July 10, 2020, ARLnow
- Amtrak will not accept step-up tickets from VRE riders, effective July 13
Amtrak can limit the number of passengers by reducing the number of seat bookings permitted on each train. Since VRE passengers utilizing the Amtrak Step-up trains are not pre-booked, the Step-Up program is being temporarily suspended.
July 10, 2020, VRE
- States are deferring billions of dollars of transportation projects
Leaders of state transportation departments across the nation say the coronavirus pandemic has left them facing an estimated $50 billion shortfall in funding needed to repave rutted and pockmarked roads, maintain bridges and otherwise prop up already shaky infrastructure.
Ian Duncan, July 10, 2020, Washington Post
- Commuters confident slug lines will make a comeback
Slug lines were bare in mid-March during the coronavirus pandemic. As things slowly start to reopen, some commuters are also returning to slugging.
Marcella Robertson, July 10, 2020, WUSA9
- Metro board to consider making bus rides free for low-income residents
The Metro board on Thursday asked its staff to look into proposals for free or reduced-fare travel for low-income Metrobus riders, adding momentum to initiatives by D.C. officials to provide residents with free transit.
Justin George, July 9, 2020, Washington Post
- Pandemic sends demand skyrocketing at Old Town bike store
While businesses across Alexandria have been struggling to pull out of the pandemic, the last few months have been an unusual windfall for Old Town waterfront business Big Wheel Bikes (2 Prince Street).
Vernon Miles, July 9, 2020, ALX Now
- Plan for complete street changes includes lane removals in Dominion Hills, Potomac Yard
The final plans are in for a trio of road projects in Arlington, and two out of three involve the removal of travel lanes.
July 9, 2020, ARLnow
- PRTC looks to replace service provider
The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission is expected to approve a new service provider contract Thursday night, leaving a 17-year arrangement with First Transit for Virginia Railway Express operator Keolis Transit.
Jared Foretek, July 9, 2020, Inside NoVa
- Dumfries receives $78M for U.S. 1 widening
A $130 million project to reshape U.S. 1 through Dumfries received the key funding Thursday night to move the project forward.
Emily Sides, July 9, 2020, Inside NoVa
- D.C. will add quick-build bus lanes as part of its COVID-19 response
Buses and cyclists will soon have a little more room to traverse the streets as the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced plans today to establish three dedicated lanes throughout DC, with construction starting late July.
Caitlin Rogger, July 9, 2020, GGWash
- Federal workers are returning to the office. Some members of Congress say they shouldn't be.
With the number of coronavirus cases increasing across much of the country, leading members of Congress on civil service issues are challenging orders by federal agencies for teleworking federal employees to return to their regular worksites.
Eric Yoder, July 9, 2020, Washington Post
- Northam signs hands-free cell phone bill for drivers
Virginia will join the rest of the Washington region in banning handheld cell phone use while driving starting in January.
Jordan Pascale, July 8, 2020, WAMU
- Metro agrees to solar power deal worth $50 million
Metro has sold 13 football fields’ worth of space at its parking lots and garages in the District and Prince George’s County for a solar power project worth up to $50 million over 25 years, the transit agency said Wednesday.
Justin George, July 8, 2020, Washington Post
- Could outdoor 'streeterys' become a permanent fixture across the DMV?
Outdoor "streeterys" are becoming increasingly popular across the DMV as restaurants continue to reopen.
Nicole DiAntonio, July 8, 2020, WUSA9
- New flyover ramp from I-66 East to Route 28 North opens
The first new exit ramp and bridge has opened at the under-construction Interstate 66 and Virginia Route 28 interchange in Fairfax County.
Neal Augenstein, July 8, 2020, WTOP