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Commuter Stores, Call Centers closed January 20
All Arlington Commuter Store and Mobile Commuter Store locations, the CommuterDirect.com Customer Service Call Center, and the ART - Arlington Transit Call Center will be closed January 20 for Inauguration Day. Affiliate Commuter Stores will be open. CommuterDirect.com orders placed after 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 19 will be processed and mailed Thursday, January 21. ART 41, 42, 45, 51, 55, 77 and 87 will operate on Saturday schedules. All other ART routes will not operate.
January 12, 2021, Commuter Store
Stuff the Bus food drives coming up on two dates in Fairfax County
Stuff the Bus, a food drive at locations around Fairfax County, will return in 2021 on two upcoming dates: Saturday, Jan. 30 and Saturday, Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Emily Leayman, January 19, 2021, Vienna Patch
New VRE station could bring Amtrak to Crystal City in 2024
A new Virginia Railway Express station could bring Amtrak service to Crystal City, says a new report.
Matt Blitz, January 19, 2021, ARLnow
Arlington board set to approve Arlington Blvd./Washington Blvd. upgrade
Arlington County Board members on Jan. 23 are slated to approve a project agreement for interchange improvements at Arlington Boulevard and Washington Boulevard, and accept $534,000 in funding from the Virginia Department of Transportation for it.
January 19, 2021, Inside NoVa
Lyon Park sidewalk project set for approval
Arlington County Board members on Jan. 23 are expected to approve a contract worth nearly $550,000 for construction of a Neighborhood Conservation project in Lyon Park.
January 19, 2021, Inside NoVa
Construction begins on Potomac Yard redevelopment
Developer JBG Smith starts construction on the big Potomac Yard redevelopment project in Alexandria, Virginia, this month.
Jeff Clabaugh, January 18, 2021, WTOP
Risky driving and fatal crashes surged in 2020, even with fewer drivers on the road, a new report finds
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report on Americans’ driving habits from March to September 2020 and found some disturbing trends.
January 19, 2021, WTOP
Authorities reverse course, reopen some DC bridges to local traffic
Authorities reversed course Tuesday morning and reopened bridges over the Anacostia River into D.C. ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Will Vitka, Alejandro Alvarez, January 19, 2021, WTOP
NHTSA issues final rule for driverless cars
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued its final rule on driverless vehicle safety standards.
liz Carey, January 19, 2021, Transportation Today
Biden's emergency COVID-19 response plan includes $20B for public transit
President-Elect Joe Biden’s emergency COVID-19 response plan will include $20 billion for hard-hit public transit agencies.
Liz Carey, January 19, 2021, Transportation Today
DC Circulator service modification update
Effective January 19, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is modifying service on the DC Circulator Rosslyn - Dupont Circle route due to Key Bridge area traffic closures implemented by the United States Secret Service.
January 19, 2021, DDOT
Metro announces bus and rail service to be suspended to the Pentagon on Inauguration Day
Blue and Yellow Line trains will continue to operate but will pass through the station without stopping. The Pentagon Transit Center, served by six Metrobus lines, will also be closed. Buses will be relocated instead to Pentagon City, on the east side of Hayes Street S. and 12th Street S. for the day.
January 15, 2021, WMATA
Bridge closures into D.C. begin at 6 a.m. Tuesday
The U.S. Secret Service announced the following bridge closures into Washington, D.C., starting tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 6 a.m. ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.
January 18, 2021, Inside NoVa
Arlington taxi industry may get break on license renewals
Arlington County Board members on Jan. 26 will decide whether to provide some relief for the beleaguered county taxi industry.
January 19, 2021, Inside NoVa
Redevelopment of hotel site could improve the Arlington Blvd. Trail
The Arlington Boulevard Trail is one of the oldest in Northern Virginia, having first opened in 1974, but even back then there was always a discontinuous section at the Day's Inn just south of Pershing Avenue. With that property being reviewed for a Special General Land Use Plan there's an opportunity to move the trail out of the parking lot and onto a real trail.
January 18, 2021, WashCycle
Pandemic flipped traffic worldwide in 2020
COVID-19 changed traffic across the globe. That’s the conclusion TomTom, the traffic navigation company, drew in its annual traffic index.
Scott Shenk, January 17, 2021, Free Lance-Star
In South Bend, Pete Buttigieg challenged a decades-old assumption that streets are for cars above all else
He pitched a $25 million plan to convert downtown’s wide, one-way roads into two-way streets with bike lanes and sidewalks.
Ian Duncan, January 16, 2021, Washington Post
Ten months into the pandemic, transit systems in the Washington suburbs have a long way to normal
Ten months into the coronavirus pandemic, ridership on regional bus systems is 40 to 60 percent below previous levels, according to transit officials, who also point to some encouraging signs.
Luz Lazo, January 16, 2021, Washington Post
Amtrak suspends some service south of DC ahead of inauguration
Amtrak said in a statement that is suspending some service to Virginia and that no Northeast Regional service south of Washington, including all Virginia stations, will run on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tal Axelrod, January 16, 2021, The Hill
Support the Bicyclist Safety Act
FABB encourages all riders and people who love riders to support The Bicyclist Safety Act, a commonsense proposal that is under consideration by the 2021 Virginia General Assembly.
January 16, 2021, FABB
Federal review of Baltimore-Washington high-speed maglev project moves ahead
A proposal to bring a high-speed maglev train system to the Washington region, which proponents say is key to addressing congestion along the Interstate 95 corridor, has reached a critical milestone.
Luz Lazo, January 15, 2021, Washington Post
Trump administration delays increase in fines for automakers who fail to meet climate change standards
The federal auto regulator said this week it would delay an increase in fines imposed on manufacturers that fail to meet emissions standards designed to curb global warming, even after the Trump administration has lost two lawsuits over the issue.
Ian Duncan, January 15, 2021, Washington Post
Alexandria residents invited to provide input on Old Cameron Run Trail project
A city news bulletin indicates: “The purpose of this project is to provide a safe, off-street trail connection for people walking and biking between the Eisenhower East and South Quadrant neighborhoods.”
Kevin Dauray, January 15, 2021, Zebra
Four bridges connecting Va. to D.C. will be closed starting Tuesday
Virginia State Police is working with the United States Secret Service to close Roosevelt Bridge, the I-395 Bridge and the 14th Street Bridge starting Tuesday morning through Thursday at 6 a.m., according to a joint statement from Virginia lawmakers.
Matt Blitz, January 15, 2021, ARLnow
2020 ends hottest decade on record
It is now official, 2020 ends the hottest decade on record.
Brenda Ekwurzel, January 15, 2021, Union of Concerned Scientists
FAA approves first fully-automated commercial drone flights
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this week approved the first fully-automated commercial drone flights, giving a small firm the green light to operate drones without direct supervision by human controllers or manned piloting.
Tal Axelrod, January 15, 2021, The Hill
Link roundup:Biking during Inauguration week
Do not attempt to bike around or through the federal core of DC for the next week.
Colin Browne, January 15, 2021, WABA
Fairfax Connector service information for Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, 2021
Due to Presidential Inauguration activities on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, the following detours will be in place on several Fairfax Connector bus routes.
January 15, 2021, Fairfax Connector
DC Streetcar, DC Circulator, and Capital Bikeshare service modifications
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will modify service in preparation for the 59th Presidential Inauguration on the following transit systems.
January 15, 2021, DDOT
How to get around -- and avoid -- downtown Washington during the inauguration. It won't be easy.
For those who want to witness the moment Joseph R. Biden Jr. is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, your best bet is to watch from home.
Luz Lazo, January 15, 2021, Washington Post

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