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Metro moves toward service cuts as talks stall on coronavirus aid bill
The Metro board on Friday took the first step toward cutting $212 million from its operating budget, endorsing a plan that could lay off up to 1,700 employees, move up rail closing times and create longer transit waits.
Justin George, September 18, 2020, Washington Post
Weekend Metro schedule for Sept. 19-20
ll 91 Metro stations have reopened after months of pandemic- and construction-related shutdowns.
September 18, 2020, Takoma Park Patch
New study shows dangers of in-flight COVID-19 transmission
One person with COVID-19 infected 15 others during a long-haul flight from London to Vietnam in early March, according to a new analysis.
Nathaniel Weixel, September 18, 2020, The Hill
Capital Bikeshare celebrates 10 years in the Washington region
DC’s Capital Bikeshare marks its 10th birthday this Sunday, September 20. Along with iPads and electric car charging stations which also turn 10 this year, they’ve changed the possibilities for how many of us work and play.
Caitlin Rogger, September 18, 2020, GGWash
Metro faces potential service cuts, shorter hours, layoffs in budget battle
The Metro Board of Directors voted Friday on potential service cuts, schedule changes and layoffs as the organization attempts to balance its budget during the coronavirus pandemic.
Will Vitka, September 18, 2020, WTOP
A caustic environment at Metro's ROCC pushes out trainees and experienced employees alike
Metro’s Rail Operations Control Center (ROCC) doesn’t provide the proper training needed for employees and is also a caustic work environment, according to a recent report from the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission.
Stephen Repetski, September 18, 2020, GGWash
The D.C. Metro could be unrecognizable next year
DRASTIC SERVICE cuts are ahead for the D.C. area’s transit system as officials face a loss of roughly a tenth of the network’s current operating revenue.
Editorial Board, September 17, 2020, Washington Post
Purple Line companies countersue Maryland for breach of contract over cost overruns
The companies overseeing construction of Maryland’s Purple Line have sued the state for breach of contract, seeking more than $100 million for its refusal to pay for delays and allegedly requiring the firms to “mask” delays in some project schedules.
Katherine Shaver, September 17, 2020, Washington Post
D.C. sex abuse suspect touched victim on Metro station escalator, chased her when she tried to get away
A D.C. sexual abuse suspect who reportedly touched a victim inappropriately on a Metro station escalator and then pursued to a location on Quincy Street, Northwest where he tried to pull off her clothes was caught on camera, police say.
September 18, 2020, Fox5
Weekend road and rail
The Purple Line work will occupy lanes at the junction of the Baltimore Washington Parkway and Riverdale Road this weekend, and interchange work will continue to revamp the Interstate 295 corridor and the Suitland Parkway.
Mary DePompa, September 18, 2020, WTOP
DC region among worst nationwide for commute times, ranking reveals
D.C.-area drivers might not have the smoothest commutes compared to other regions across the country.
Mike Murillo, September 17, 2020, WTOP
Locals turned to the outdoors in record numbers as the pandemic took away usual haunts
As the coronavirus pandemic quickly stole what once were our normal lives -- the days when many of would go to our offices, meet friends for a baseball game, or play an open mic night -- it seems everyone had a breaking point.
Margaret Barthel, Jordan Pascale, September 17, 2020, dcist
PARK(ing) Day is back and bringing nine new parklets to D.C.
PARK(ing) Day, an annual event that brings pop-up parks to the District, will return on Sept. 18.
Nathan Diller, September 17, 2020, dcist
How cities can revamp streets for kids during COVID-19
Cities need to keep their youngest residents safe, healthy, and learning in their own neighborhoods, thanks to a pandemic that is putting roughly 80% of US students on remote learning platforms -- and a national group is offering a toolbox.
Kea Wilson, September 17, 2020, GGWash
County Board approves contract for new ART bus facility
The Arlington County Board has approved a nearly $4 million contract to plan, design and manage the construction of a new bus facility in the Green Valley neighborhood.
September 17, 2020, ARLnow
OneRail survey: Americans support passenger rail, public transit
Results of recent passenger and freight rail surveys demonstrate the need for federal policies and programs that promote a shift to rail, according to the OneRail Coalition.
Marybeth Luczak, September 17, 2020, Railway Age
Vienna officials add one new sidewalk, defer action on others
The Vienna Town Council on Sept. 14 approved just one of seven proposed sidewalk projects, citing no clear neighborhood consensus in the majority of cases.
Brian Trompeter, September 16, 2020, Inside NoVa
Fairfax school buses still on the road without students to keep skills and equipment sharp
School leaders said they are delivering meals, school supplies, as well as transporting students to daycare programs.
Timothy Barber, September 16, 2020, WJLA
Prince George's County is actively hiring bus drivers
Prince George's County is currently hiring bus drivers.
September 16, 2020, WJLA
Wiehle-Reston East station closing three weekends
ABC7 has learned the Wiehle-Reston East station on Metro's Silver Line will shut down for three weekends for work to prepare for a likely opening of the Silver Line's second phase next year.
Tom Roussey, September 16, 2020, WJLA
Hit hard by COVID-19, D.C. area airports experience slow recovery
All three major local airports have been hit hard by the pandemic, but Baltimore-Washington International is recovering much faster than Reagan National and Dulles.
Tom Roussey, September 16, 2020, WJLA
Many employers in D.C. region expect expanded telework after pandemic
Will the pandemic completely change what work looks like in the D.C. region?
Margaret Barthel, September 16, 2020, dcist
Airline job cuts loom in battleground states
Airlines are warning they’ll have to start cutting tens of thousands of jobs in the month before the elections unless they receive more financial relief from Washington.
Alex Gangitano, September 17, 2020, The Hill
Tracking the ups and downs of the Purple Line's roller coaster history
The idea was conceived in the early 1980s as what one local politician referred to as “a Toonerville Trolley, a very modest little thing that just went back and forth all day long” on an old railroad bed between Bethesda and Silver Spring.
Louis Peck, September 16, 2020, Bethesda Magazine
Arlington board nixes plan to continue sidewalk crowding ordinance
The Arlington County Board of Supervisors had decided not to adopt a pandemic-related sidewalk crowding ordinance on a permanent basis.
September 16, 2020, Inside NoVa
Maryland's first Bus Rapid Transit line is almost finished
Maryland’s first Bus Rapid Transit line will open in Montgomery County later this year.
Dan Reed, September 16, 2020, GGWash
Metro has ramped up service. What measures can help keep riders and workers safe?
Experts say that if standard public health precautions are taken and wider local transmission rates are stable, transit poses no greater risk than being in any other indoor public space, maybe even less.
Caitlin Rogger, September 16, 2020, GGWash
OmniRide contractors test positive for coronavirus
Two OmniRide contractors have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the first of the company’s hundreds of tested contract employees.
Gianna Jirak, September 15, 2020, Potomac Local
Purple Line project at standstill after contractor dispute
A dark cloud is now hanging over the massive Purple Line project in Maryland after a judge ruled the contractor for the project could walk off the job over cost disputes.
Adam Tuss, September 15, 2020, NBC Washington
Montgomery Co. park police seek suspect in assault, injuring of cyclist
Maryland law enforcement officers are seeking an assault suspect wanted for pushing a 64-year-old man from his bicycle in South Kensington on Saturday.
Alejandro Alvarez, September 16, 2020, WTOP

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