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Metrorail weekend service adjustments Aug. 18-19
Red Line shutdown continues, work on Orange, Silver, and Blue lines continues.
August 17, 2018, WMATA
How to survive next two weeks of Metro trackwork
Trackwork between McPherson Square and Smithsonian will lead to single-tracking on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines, with trains only running every 20 minutes.
Tim Lemke, August 13, 2018, DC Commute Times
Arlington police make arrests in thefts from autos
The arrests distinguished the Arlington incidents from similar incidents that occur throughout the Washington area frequently, with daily totals in the dozens.
Martin Weil, August 17, 2018, Washington Post
Two robberies reported in four days on Metropolitan Branch Trail
Authorities found, police said, that “several trees there were overgrown,” allowing robbers to hide and attack victims jogging or walking by. Police said Friday that the city has trimmed the trees to eliminate the hiding places.
Martin Weil, August 17, 2018, Washington Post
Metrobus camera footage leads to large award to crash victim
A man hit by a Metrobus in 2015 has been awarded millions in a case against WMATA that hinged on the transit agency’s own camera system.
Julia Alrey, August 16, 2018, Washington Times
School's back! What you need to know
The extra traffic -- and the presence of young people traveling to and from school -- places a new emphasis on driving safely and being aware.
Tim Lemke, August 17, 2018, DC Commute Times
Small fire at Georgia Ave. Metro station Friday
Smoke was reported in the station after what D.C. fire officials said was a small brake fire. Rail service was restored about 5:10 p.m. No one was injured.
Tim Richardson, August 17, 2018, Washington Post
E St. near White House will remain closed
The U.S. Secret Service is replacing almost a third of a mile of security barriers outside the White House and E Street on the south side of the White House will remain closed indefinitely “based on the current threat environment,” according to a Secret Service work order obtained by News4.
Scott MacFarlane, August 16, 2018, NBC Washington
Richmond impounds Bird scooters
After attempting an unannounced launch in downtown Richmond, a West Coast scooter startup had its wings clipped by the city.
Mike Platania, August 17, 2018, Richmond BizSense
What E-ZPass users need to know about using Waze app
“Unless a customer goes into their settings under navigation and, under navigation, activates the toll pass, there’s a chance that Waze won’t send you on the fastest trip,” said Jennifer Aument, president of Transurban North America.
Kristi King, August 17, 2018, WTOP
What happens when the lights go out at Reagan National Airport
Airports, like other large enterprises, are designed to have backup systems in place so they can continue to operate even when their primary source of power fails. That was the case Wednesday night when Reagan National Airport temporarily lost power, plunging travelers at gate areas, terminals and concourses into darkness.
Lori Aratani, August 16, 2018, Washington Post
Baltimore shuts down docked bikeshare
Baltimore is shutting down its problem-plagued public bikeshare system, and will instead allow up to 2,000 Lime and Bird bikes and scooters.
Dan Malouff, August 16, 2018, GGW
DC incentivizing driving with subsidized employee parking
Despite its goals of reducing car commuting and carbon emissions, the District of Columbia is undercharging hundreds of DC government employees for workplace parking and allowing hundreds more not to pay for their parking spaces at all, a new report from the Office of the DC Auditor shows.
Mark Rodeffer, August 16, 2018, GGW
We still don't know whether Uber is a real business
After a decade of operation and perhaps a year or so away from its initial public offering, an essential unanswered question remains: Is Uber viable?
Shira Ovide, August 15, 2018, Washington Post
Power restored after major outage at Reagan National Airport
Power has been restored after a widespread power outage at Reagan National Airport on Wednesday night. Arrival and departure flights were halted temporarily, but resumed operations after a short time. The runway lights were still working, as well as some of the lights on the outside.
August 15, 2018, WUSA9
Woman hospitalized after altercation on Metrobus
Emergency crews were called to a bus stop near 2nd and H streets in Northeast D.C. during the Tuesday evening rush hour as a fight spilled out onto the street.
Anjali Hemphill, August 15, 2018, Fox5
Terms reached between Metro, largest union on healthcare, wages
Arbitrators have agreed on new terms for a contract between Metro and its largest union, ATU Local 689, two years after their last contract expired.
Jordan Pascale, August 15, 2018, WAMU
Arlington's Quincy St. has a protected bikeway
Arlington has a new protected bikeway on Quincy Street in Ballston between 9th Street N and Glebe Road. Check out this video from Bike Arlington via Twitter.
Julie Strupp, August 15, 2018, GGW
Arlington police to participate in Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign
The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from August 17 through September 3, 2018.
August 15, 2018, Arlington County
Capital Bikeshare goes electric
Capital Bikeshare is adding electric bikes to its fleet, according to a Tweet by DDOT on Monday.
Chelsea Cirriuzzo, August 14, 2018, WUSA9
124K drivers ticketed from Beltway work zone cams in first year
Around 124,477 drivers were ticketed on the Interstate 495 work zone near Joint Base Andrews, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. That’s over $4.9 million in fines.
Teta Alim, August 15, 2018, WTOP
Md. state parks are so popular, they're turning people away
At some sites, on weekends with good weather, they’re filling every picnic table, beach and trail to capacity. Many have become so popular that rangers are shutting down the entrances and turning away latecomers.
Scott Dance, August 13, 2019, Washington Post
Summer traffic backups toward Bay Bridge could worsen
A spokesperson for the Maryland Transportation Authority said the agency will be prioritizing westbound traffic, keeping the reversible lane open to westbound drivers longer, even on summer Fridays.
Dave Dildine, August 13, 2018, WTOP
Most older drivers outlive the age at which they can drive safely
Older drivers outlive the age when they’re capable of driving safely by seven to 10 years, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety said Tuesday, but more than 80 percent of them never talk with their family or doctor about it.
Ashley Halsey III, August 14, 2018, Washington Post
Farragut West Metro briefly closed after reported bomb threat Monday
A reported bomb threat on Monday briefly shut down the Farragut West Metro station in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., just before rush hour.
Brett Samuels, August 13, 2018, The Hill
Amtrak Midwest improves service, offers more bicycle options
Amtrak and the state sponsors of the Amtrak Midwest Network have worked through the summer to make several service improvements in time for back-to-school and other fall travel.
August 13, 2018, Amtrak
Capital Trails Coalition's new trail network map
We’re working to complete the region’s paved trail network, and today, we’re launching a map that articulates our bold vision for trails in the DC region.
Katie Harris, August 13, 2018, WABA
Capital Trails Coalition envisions regional trail network
The Capital Trails Coalition, a group advocating for a comprehensive network of high-quality trails in the region, has envisioned and mapped ways for people people to walk and bicycle through Maryland, Virginia, and DC.
Bryan Barnett-Woods, August 13, 2018, GGW
Metro under fire for white supremacists' ride to rally
Multiple D.C. councilmembers are criticizing how Metro handled the transportation of a group of white nationalists attending the "Unite The Right 2" rally on Sunday.
Jordan Pascale, August 12, 2018, dcist
Metro outsources portion of bus operations
Metro will pay a private company $89 million over the next five years to operate and maintain buses for nine bus lines in Northern Virginia, in an agreement that could pave the way for increased privatization at the transit agency.
Martine Powers, August 11, 2018, Washington Post