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- Commuter Stores, call centers closed Jan. 20
The Commuter Store Arlington locations, Mobile Commuter Store Arlington and D.C. locations, CommuterDirect.com Customer Service Call Center, and ART - Arlington Transit Call Center will be closed Monday, January 20 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Odenton and Takoma Langley Crossroads stores will be open. CommuterDirect.com orders placed after 2 p.m. Friday, January 17 will be processed and mailed on Tuesday, January 21. ART 41, 42, 45, 51, 55, 77 and 87 will operate on Saturday schedules. All other ART routes will not operate.
January 15, 2019, Commuter Store
- Alexandria mulls making proposed pedestrian-only King St. permanent
Alexandria officials are still working through the details, but there’s an unmistakable air of excitement from city staff and leadership when it comes to turning part of King Street into a pedestrian-only zone.
Vernon Miles, January 17, 2020, ALX Now
- Arlington seeking funding to make one lane of Lee Hwy. near Rosslyn bus-only
The Transportation Commission unanimously approved staff’s request to seek $1 million in funding from the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission for pavement treatment, restriping, and signage for a new bus lane.
Vernon Miles, January 17, 2020, ARLnow
- Bankrupt contractor blamed for delayed escalator canopy at Dupont Circle station
A spokesperson for Metro said the project encountered a "non-Metro delay" when the company contracted to provide glass panels declared bankruptcy.
Heather Graf, January 17, 2020, WJLA
- Residents in Wards 7 and 8 urge for more safety following recent traffic deaths
Four people have died in traffic accidents this year, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. Three of the four victims were killed east of the Anacostia.
John Henry, January 17, 2020, WUSA9
- Metro puts 22 bus lines up for 'elimination.' Will your route be cut?
Metrobus riders are telling the transit agency not to cut or change dozens of bus lines in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia by this summer. But WMATA says it needs to save money by getting rid of routes it calls inefficient.
Pete Muntean, Jordan Fischer, January 17, 2020, WUSA9
- D.C. rule overhaul could cut some regulations for taxis
The regulation changes set for public comment in coming months would take the taxi rules from about 400 pages to about 200 pages, and would lift requirements that cabdrivers get medical physicals, meet dress codes and get rid of cars that are over eight years old.
Max Smith, January 17, 2020, WTOP
- Montgomery County leaders plan road safety town hall after recent pedestrian deaths
Despite Montgomery County, Maryland, being one of the first county governments in the U.S. to create a “Vision Zero” plan, a recent spate of pedestrian deaths involved two just this week on Rockville Pike.
Kristi King, January 17, 2020, WTOP
- WMATA Inspector General finds $87,000 worth of lapel pins in storage closet
A new report from the WMATA Office of the Inspector General found $87,000 worth of unclaimed lapel pins in a Metro storeroom, marking the second unfavorable report on the transit agency this week.
Colleen Grablick, January 17, 2020, dcist
- Metro signs digital ad contract it says will be worth hundreds of millions of dollars
Metro has signed a contract with a digital advertising network that the transit authority says will add hundreds of new LCD screens across the system and pay the agency at least $325 million over the next decade.
Justin George, January 17, 2020, Washington Post
- Purple Line is chugging along
Now, an eastern portion of the 16-mile line, from New Carrollton to College Park, is expected to open in late 2022. The other section, from College Park to Bethesda, won’t be carrying riders until June 2023, according to state officials.
Margaret Barthel, January 17, 2020, WAMU
- CDC to begin airport screenings for cases of new Chinese virus
Public health officials are implementing enhanced health screenings to detect ill travelers traveling to the United States from Wuhan, China, in response to an outbreak of a new type of coronavirus.
Nathaniel Weixel, January 17, 2020, The Hill
- Which bills could improve transportation in Va.?
Two of the more transformative bills before legislators may be HB1414 in the House and SB890 in the Senate, both of which encompass the Governor’s big plans to revolutionize mobility across the Commonwealth.
Wyatt Gordon, January 17, 2020, GGWash
- Delayed vote on funding for Silver Line could push back its opening
Board member Michael Goldman said it is now unlikely the extension will open this year without “heroic circumstances.”
Justin George, January 16, 2020, Washington Post
- Alexandria's new electric school buses will help feed power grid
The new “vehicle to grid” energy workhorses will not only carry children to and from the classroom. They will be feeding the power grid and reducing emissions as Dominion Energy moves forward with the nation’s largest electric school bus deployment.
Mary Wadland, January 16, 2020, Zebra
- Arlington moving forward with pedestrian bridge near Shirlington
Arlington could finally make progress on a pedestrian and bicycle bridge over Four Mile Run near Shirlington that’s been under discussion for nearly two decades, according to county staff.
Vernon Miles, January 16, 2020, ARLnow
- Why an East Falls Church Metro bike rack under construction for five years isn't finished
Metro has been building a Bike & Ride facility at the East Falls Church Metro Station for nearly five years, and the project still is not finished.
Sam Sweeney, January 17, 2020, WJLA
- DC-area school districts will soon have electric school buses
Local school districts that will get some of the 50 electric buses in phase one include Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County and Prince William County.
Jeff Clabaugh, January 16, 2020, WTOP
- New details on Silver Line issues that could contribute to opening delay
A quality control leader on Silver Line construction has provided new information to Metro’s inspector general about the thickness of concrete panels in stations, as the watchdog finalizes a report on one of the key issues that could further hold up the opening of the extension to Dulles International Airport and Ashburn.
Max Smith, January 17, 2020, WTOP
- Funding to build trail tunnel at Bethesda Purple Line station dropped from county budget proposal
Montgomery Executive Marc Elrich (D) has included no money in his capital budget proposal for the county’s long-promised plan to build a tunnel to carry cyclists and runners on the Capital Crescent Trail beneath busy Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Bethesda.
Katherine Shaver, January 17, 2020, Washington Post
- MLK Day of Service trail cleanups
Join in a Day of Service for Martin Luther King Jr Day on the Capital Trails Network.
Ursula Sandstrom, January 16, 2020, WABA
- Union votes overwhelmingly for worker contract, ending strike at Metrobus garage
Members of a transit union have approved a worker contract at a Metrobus garage in Northern Virginia, formally ending an 82-day strike and setting the stage for the return of regular service on several bus routes that had been canceled by the work stoppage.
Justin George, January 16, 2020, Washington Post
- Metro board weighs fare increases, service changes in proposed budget
The Metro Board met today to review the transit agency’s proposed 2021 budget, which includes possible fare hikes and bus and train service changes.
Margaret Barthel, January 16, 2020, WAMU
- Safety Commission tells Metro to do its own work on Silver Line
The commission responsible for safety oversight of Metro is telling Metro that it will not do the transit agency’s own safety work and contract negotiations on Silver Line construction problems.
Max Smith, January 16, 2020, WTOP
- Columbia Pike crews got a surprise after looking underground
Unexpected duct work will cost the county over $5 million.
Mike Salmon, January 15, 2020, Arlington Connection
- Vienna pondering slate of transportation, pedestrian improvements
Vienna officials are reviewing a set of multi-modal transportation priorities that would improve mobility and enhance pedestrian safety.
Brian Trompeter, January 16, 2020, Inside NoVa
- Va. tries again to ban handheld devices while driving
A broad transportation safety bill assigned Tuesday to a Virginia House Transportation subcommittee would make it illegal to hold cellphones and similar devices while driving.
Sophia Barnes, January 16, 2020, NBC Washington
- Greenbelt mayor: Maglev train is all pain and no gain, except for rich people
The high-speed project is in the final stages of its approval process.
Mke Valerio, January 16, 2020, WUSA9
- Big changes for Va. drivers could include fuel-efficient car fee, speed cameras
New fees, speed cameras and a handheld cellphone ban are some of the measures on the horizon for Virginia drivers under a wide-ranging transportation bill proposed by Gov. Ralph Northam and Democratic leaders of the state’s General Assembly.
Max Smith, January 15, 2020, WTOP
- Metrorail weekend service adjustments, Jan. 18-20
On the Red Line, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont stations will be closed. Other lines will have regular weekend service.
January 16, 2020, WMATA