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Maryland's MARC plan promises better rail service
MARC’s 2019 cornerstone plan — its strategic priorities, policies, and initiatives — followed up on a largely unfulfilled 2007 growth and investment plan, which included all-day and weekend service for all three MARC lines and railcar and station upgrades. 
Ethan Goffman, December 1, 2023, Greater Greater Washington
Northern Virginia officials say proposed transportation funding changes hurt transit, bike, and pedestrian projects
The state’s Commonwealth Transportation Board and the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment have been evaluating a series of changes to the program this year, and the board plans to vote on the changes next week. 
Margaret Barthel, December 1, 2023, DCist
Metro sets aside 1 seat on every bus in its fleet to honor Rosa Parks
Metro is setting aside one seat on every bus in its 1,500-vehicle fleet to honor Rosa Parks on the 68th anniversary of her famous act of civil disobedience.
Jack Moore, December 1, 2023, WTOP
Biden-Harris Administration announces $1.5 billion available through the 2024 RAISE grant program
RAISE discretionary grants help project sponsors at the state and local levels, including municipalities, Tribal governments, counties, and others complete critical freight and passenger transportation infrastructure projects.
November 30, 2023,
A small Virginia city is ditching traditional transit
A shift to a microtransit system will improve transportation times for riders, getting them to the places that matter quicker, say city leaders.
Skip Descant, November 30, 2023, Government Technology
Metro admits it may have to cut service as it struggles with money problems
Last month, Metro posted plans for how it could make up the financial shortfall. In a worst-case scenario, Metro says it could cut more than 60% of its service. Eliminating as many as 95 of its 134 bus routes and bumping wait times between trains from 6 to 12 minutes, up to 20 to 30 minutes. 
Rafael Sanchez-Cruz, November 30, 2023, WUSA9
Virginia Square-GMU station to close Sunday morning for safety exercise
Arlington County Fire, Metro Transit Police, rail transportation personnel, and Metro’s new Integrated Command and Communications Center will respond to a simulated scenario involving a report of smoke in a tunnel.
November 30, 2023, WMATA
Lost on the D.C. Metro? You're not alone — and WMATA is working on it
One of the most notorious stations for getting lost is L’Enfant Plaza. With five different lines meeting there (Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow and Green), two levels, at least six escalators and four different street exits, you’d better know where you’re going.
Carolyn M. Proctor, December 1, 2023, Washington Business Journal
VDOT expects fewer crashes after I-395 ramp closure In Arlington
As part of the project, the ramp from southbound I-395 to eastbound Boundary Channel Drive also will be closed permanently, effective Friday morning, according to VDOT.
Mark Hand, November 30, 2023, Patch
Winterfest to bring Santa, free cookies to Fairfax County Government Center
Space is quickly disappearing for the public bus system’s holiday event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 in parking lot B of the government center (12000 Government Center Parkway).
Angela Woolsey, November 29, 2023, FFXNow
Wheels of Change moving Fairfax forward
A highlight of this year’s progress was the culmination of FABB’s work to ensure the inclusion of relevant bike parking guidance in the county’s new zoning ordinance. 
November 29, Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling
Union for Fairfax Connector workers blasts pay proposal as contract nears expiration
Representing 546 employees of Fairfax Connector, which serves about 26,000 daily passengers across 93 different routes, the union confirmed that it got Transdev’s latest contract offer a day earlier.
Angela Woolsey, November 28, 2023, FFXNow
Some Arlington Transit routes seeing extreme subsidies
ART service is provided by a contractor but is funded by the county government. Data provided at the Nov. 14 meeting broke down copious information by route, including daily passenger totals and cost per mile for operation.
November 28, 2023, Gazette Leader
Federal court to weigh Amtrak bid to take DC's Union Station in eminent domain case
The largest railroad service in the United States is seeking to seize full control of the property interest owned by Union Station Investco, bluntly arguing in court filings that Amtrak is better suited to manage and operate the station because of its decades of experience. 
Kaelan Deese, November 28, 2023, Washington Examiner
Sweet ride: Metro train, buses to transform into 'gingerbread wonderland' for holidays
A Metro train and four buses will be wrapped to look like they're made of gingerbread — complete with icing trim. Metro says it's also transforming the inside of the vehicles with candy canes, lollipops, gumdrops, red bows and gingerbread men.
Gina Cook, November 27, 2023, NBC4 Washington
Downtown D.C. BID urges Metro to delay Red Line shutdown, citing 'negative and permanent damage'
During the closures, “critical safety repairs” and upgrades are planned to the tunnel and track infrastructure, per the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the agency that runs Metro.
Michael Neibauer, November 27, 2023, Washington Business Journal
Last access points for 95 Express Lanes Fredericksburg Extension to open next month
Drivers will be able to get to the 95 Express Lanes using a reversible ramp that can be accessed from Courthouse Road in Stafford County. They’ll also be accessible using a northbound exit from and southbound entrance to the I-95 general purpose lanes near Marine Corps Base Quantico.
Scott Gelman, November 28, 2023, WTOP
VRE Santa Train tickets on sale tomorrow morning, Monday, Nov. 27
Each year, the tickets sell out in minutes. Santa trains will run on Saturday, December 9, 2023, on both the Fredericksburg and Manassas lines.
Amelia Breeden, November 26, 2023, Potomac Local News
One year in, Silver Line Phase 2 ridership modest for Fairfax County stations
Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA) planners had hoped for 20,000 riders a day when the rail line was being planned in the early 2000s.
Fatimah Waseem, November 26, 2023, Inside NOVA
Old train routes are getting recycled into new trail networks
The president of the D.C.-based Rails-to-Trails Conservancy said the 2021 infrastructure law is speeding up efforts to create protected pathways, lifting lives and communities in the process, and building what he sees as the nation’s new town squares.
Michael Laris, November 27, 2023, The Washington Post
Red Line riders, Metro will end the year with shuttle bus service between some stops. Here's what to know
Starting Monday Dec. 18, Metro will shut down Red Line tunnels between those two stops to repair and improve tracks and tunnels, replacing train service in that portion of the line with free shuttle buses.
Maggie More, November 23, 2023, NBC4 Washington
D.C. weighs banning cars in three corridors to create pedestrian zones
The District is considering banning cars in some corridors as New York and some other cities around the world have done to encourage more walking, biking and transit usage.
Luz Lazo, November 24, 2023, The Washington Post
One year in, Silver Line Phase 2 ridership modest for Fairfax County stations
More than 3.5 million trips later, daily average ridership on the rail extension hovers at 3,600 trips. Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA) planners had hoped for 20,000 riders a day when the rail line was being planned in the early 2000s.
Fatimah Waseem, November 22, 2023, FFXNow
Metro to offer shuttle service during Red Line closures in December
There will be no service between Dupont Circle and Union Station from Dec. 22 to Dec. 24. Crews will be working to repair the ceiling above the tracks and install fiber-optic cables.
Makea Luzader, November 21, 2023, DC News Now
Why local transit systems need to prepare for global challenges ahead
In the face of impending global challenges, it's essential for local transit agencies to recognize thinking globally is not only advisable but necessary for the resilience of the communities they serve.
Gamaliel Anguiano, November 21, 2023, Metro Magazine
U.S. DOT awards $3.4M to underserved communities with rural, tribal grants
Part of the Rural and Tribal Assistance Pilot Program (RTA) and administered by the Build America Bureau, the grants will be used to fund early-stage development for transportation solutions, specifically for technical, legal, and financial assistance.
Liz Carey, November 22, 2023, Transportation Today
Bikeshare Beat: October was CaBi's busiest month ever
The previous monthly ridership record was set in August 2023, which touted 470,132 trips during the city’s summer swelter.
Samuel Littauer, November 20, 2023, Greater Greater Washington
Silver Line to Dulles marks 1-year anniversary: 67,000 workers, 42,000 residents
Metro ridership through the six new Silver Line stations is now an average 6,500 weekday rail entries, up 78.2% since December 2022. The Dulles stop accounts for 2,100 daily rider entries. 
Jeff Clabaugh, November 20, 2023, WTOP
Biden Administration marks 2nd anniversary of IIJA
Nov. 15 marked the second anniversary of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), or Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which was signed into law by President Biden and provided a “once-in-a-generation investment in America’s infrastructure and competitiveness.”
Alex Roman, November 18, 2023, Metro Magazine
Micromobility is having a weird year
At the heart of that question lies a deep anxiety about the structural foundations of the micromobility industry, and whether those foundations are beginning to shift.
Kea Wilson, November 20, 2023, Streetsblog USA

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