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- Virginia Railway Express fares to increase July 1
There will be a three percent average fare increase to coincide with the start of the new fiscal year.
Andi Wenck, June 13, 2019, WUSA9
- Amendment would prevent purchase of Chinese railcars
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) filed an amendment to the fiscal year 2020 transportation appropriations bill Monday that would prohibit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) from purchasing Chinese-made railcars.
Melina Druga, June 19, 2019, Transportation Today
- White bicyclist convicted of assaulting black motorist
A D.C. Superior Court jury found a white bicyclist guilty Wednesday of assaulting a black motorist last August in Georgetown but deadlocked on whether the attack was racially motivated, a finding that could have added years at sentencing.
Keith L. Alexander, June 19, 2019, Washington Post
- Metro chair Jack Evans acknowledges he violated board's ethics code
Metro board chairman Jack Evans acknowledged Wednesday night that he violated the board’s ethics code by failing to disclose a conflict of interest and agreed not to seek reelection as chairman to help settle an investigation into his conduct.
Robert McCartney, June 19, 2019, Washington Post
- Public art proposal for Reston underpass receives design approval
Reston Association’s Design Review Board approved Philadelphia-based artist Ben Volta’s vision to transform the Colts Neck Road underpass into public art.
Fatimah Waseem, June 19, 2019, Reston Now
- Kids Ride Free program expansion goes into effect July 1
The expanded 'Kids Ride Free' program is designed to make public transportation more accessible to Montgomery County's youth.
Alessia Grunberger, June 19, 2019, Takoma Park Patch
- On-demand transit service will cost less than a cup of coffee
Montgomery County has launched a mobile application that will power the region's first on-demand microtransit service, government officials announced Wednesday.
Alessia Grunberger, June 19, 2019, Takoma Park Patch
- WMATA platform reconstruction overview and construction update
Before a new platform can appear under your feet, sections of the deteriorated platforms require extensive repair work and partial demolition.
Debby Critchley, June 19, 2019, Zebra
- How much faster will your commute be when Metro train doors open automatically?
After years of manual door opening, Metro trains will soon start using the automatic-door-opening feature again.
June 19, 2019, WJLA
- No plans for automated operation 10 years after Metro crash
Ten years after two Metro trains collided killing nine and injuring dozens after the automatic train control system failed, the agency has no plans to return to automated operation.
Adam Tuss, June 19, 2019, NBC Washington
- Amtrak promises Wi-Fi fixes in Virginia
Amtrak is promising better Wi-Fi service in Virginia as ridership in the state ticks up.
Max Smith, June 20, 2019, WTOP
- D.C. suspends Skip scooter service after second fire within a month
There was a fire at Skip’s D.C. warehouse early Wednesday; city officials also discovered there had been two fires in the fall involving Skip scooters.
Luz Lazo, June 19, 2019, Washington Post
- Amtrak bullying targets commuter rail
Amtrak is tightening the screws on three commuter operators using its infrastructure -- Virginia Railway Express (VRE), Chicago’s Metra and now the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).
Frank N. Wilner, June 18, 2019, Railway Age
- Details of Potomac Yard Metro design
The $370 million Potomac Yard Metro station is entering the down and dirty phase of design review, one of the final steps before construction can finally get underway.
Michael Neibauer, June 19, 2019, WBJ
- Fairfax County, Dominion Energy announce autonomous shuttle pilot
Fairfax County and Dominion Energy are partnering on an autonomous electric shuttle pilot tentatively planned for the Merrifield area in Fairfax County. Today, the demonstration project moved a step closer to implementation with the award of a grant from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (VDRPT) for the execution of the pilot.
June 19, 2019, Fairfax County
- Evans probe would be laughable, except the stakes are so high
Metro’s ethics investigation of board chairman Jack Evans has grown so surreal that D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser was demanding Tuesday to see the full legal report on the probe, which board members say does not exist, and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan was talking about a “coverup.”
Robert McCartney, June 18, 2019, Washington Post
- New Broad Run VRE parking lot to have 600 spaces, pedestrian tunnel
The Broad Run Virginia Railway Express station is about to undergo a radical change.
Uriah Kiser, June 18, 2019, Potomac Local
- Self-driving shuttles set to hit Northern Va. streets
A long-planned self-driving shuttle is set to launch in Fairfax County, Virginia, marking what could be the first autonomous shuttle for public use on public roads anywhere in Virginia.
Max Smith, June 18, 2019, WTOP
- Arlington County Board extends shared mobility device demonstration project
The County Board today approved an extension to Arlington’s demonstration project for e-scooters and e-bikes for six months, through Dec. 31, 2019, to allow continued public comment and sufficient time for analysis.
June 18, 2019, Arlington County
- Airports see year-over-year passenger increases in April
Northern Virginia’s two main airports saw year-over-year increases in passenger traffic in April, according to new data, with year-to-date totals also running above 2018 figures.
June 18, 2019, Inside NoVa
- Second Rosslyn Metro station to be studied
After decades of discussion, Metro kicked off a study this week of a new, second station at Rosslyn and other changes that could overhaul the way trains on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines run throughout the system.
Max Smith, June 18, 2019, WTOP
- Slight drop in road deaths, but pedestrian, cycle fatalities jump
For the second year in a row, the number of people who died on the nation’s roadways dropped slightly, but the number of pedestrians and cyclists killed has risen considerably.
Neal Augenstein, June 18, 2019, WTOP
- Residents east of Rock Creek want more traffic lights and protected bicycle lanes
DC is taking a comprehensive look at how to improve the transportation network in neighborhoods east of Rock Creek Park to make it safer and more accessible for all road users. Residents there want more bike lanes, traffic lights, and barriers to make streets more walkable and otherwise safe and useable.
George Kevin Jordan, June 18, 2019, GGWash
- Stuff the Bus event set for Saturday in Herndon
Over the summer, Fairfax County has been holding several “Stuff the Bus” events throughout the county. The food collection partnership helps individuals who need support during the summer.
Fatimah Waseem, June 17, 2019, Reston Now
- Park Service advances plans to redesign Memorial Circle
The agency can now move forward on making the nexus of roadways safer for drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
Airey, June 17, 2019, ARLnow
- Bicyclists call for change at Northwest D.C. intersection
DC bicyclists are sounding a warning about the spot where 16th and U Streets intersect with New Hampshire Avenue Northwest.
Heather Graf, June 17, 2019, WJLA
- Residents fed up with noise brought by Metro summer shutdown
“We understand the need for work to be done, but well past midnight, we’re talking one, two a.m. They’ll be out here jackhammering, right between two high-density residential buildings,” Hedger said.
Anna-Lysa Gayle, June 17, 2019, WJLA
- Metro investigation into Evans found evidence of violations
WMATA board chair Jack Evans violated the board’s ethics code multiple times, according to a law firm hired to investigate the matter at the request of the Metro ethics committee.
Jordan Pascale, June 17, 2019, WAMU
- How are downtown DC's red hot summer bus lanes working out?
DC’s H and I street pilot bus-only lanes are getting more publicity, now from a short film produced by public transit foundation TransitCenter and educational film nonprofit Streetfilms.
Caitlin Rogger, June 17, 2019, GGWash
- We can't wait another year for laws to make our streets safer
In a flurry of activity this spring, the DC Council announced four different bills (details below) to promote safer streets and a better bike network. We need your help to make sure these bills turn into laws.
Robert Gardner, June 17, 2019, WABA