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- Weekend Road and Rail: Stops planned on the Beltway and I-66, District events; Metro maintenance
The weather will likely play a big factor in any work zones scheduled this weekend. Be sure to stay tuned for up to the minute conditions.
Mary DePompa, September 30, 2022, WTOP
- Former Metro manager pleads guilty in nine-year fraud scheme
Metro paid $1.3 million to a company that federal prosecutors said was involved in the conspiracy.
Ian Duncan, September 29, 2022, Washington Post
- Bike groups sue over demolition of Maryland bridge they want for trail
A lawsuit alleges changes to the design of a Potomac River crossing in Southern Maryland violated environmental review laws.
Ian Duncan, September 29, 2022, Washington Post
- More traffic cameras, reckless driving classes among D.C. plans for bad drivers
With traffic fatalities at a 14-year-high last year, D.C. looks to driver’s license points and other measures to reduce recklessness on city streets.
Luz Lazo, September 30, 2022, Washington Post
- Maryland's Move Over Law, car seat requirements changing this weekend
If you drive on Maryland roadways, officials are giving a heads-up about some changes taking effect on Sunday.
David Kaplan, September 29, 2022, Fox5
- Metro GM responds to overcrowding risk and radio problems since deadly smoke incident in 2015
An audit found radio communication issues persist since the L'Enfant Plaza smoke incident.
Delia Goncalves, September 29, 2022, WUSA9
- 'Walking While Black': DC man sues park police for $1M after arrest
Jonathan McKinney, a professional dogwalker, says he was walking home through Battery Kemble Park when officers chased him, tased him and put him in jail for a night.
September 29, 2022, NBC Washington
- New Metro HQ to reduce transit agency's costs
Metro celebrated the opening of its new headquarters in Southwest D.C. Thursday, which will help the transit agency save millions of dollars over time.
Mark Segraves, September 29, 2022, NBC Washington
- $19.9M Project To Improve I-395 Bike, Pedestrian Access Breaks Ground
Arlington County and state officials break ground Wednesday on a $19.9 million project at the Boundary Channel Drive and I-395 interchange.
Michael O'Connell, September 28, 2022, Arlington Patch
- Diverse strategies in customer experience programs across North America help increase ridership, improve morale
As with many other industries, customer experience (CX) programs are taking transit by storm.
Aaron Weinstein, September 28, 2022, Mass Transit
- Public transit ridership rises to more than 70 percent of pre-pandemic levels
People returning to the office and school are fueling the ridership recovery, according to the latest data from APTA’s Ridership Trends Dashboard.
September 29, 2022, Mass Transit
- 'WMATA is treading carefully'
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Vice President and Assistant Chief Safety Officer Jayme Johnson wants everyone to know that the NTSB investigation involving the 7000-series railcar is still ongoing, and that no definitive conclusions have been made.
Bill Wilson, September 27, 2022, Railway Age
- Biofuel facilities eligible for USDA grants
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding $100 million in grants through its Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program to expand infrastructure for renewable fuels sourced from U.S. agricultural products (biodiesel, ethanol, etc.).
William C. Vantuono, September 27, 2022, Railway Age
- Not all roundabouts are created equal when it comes to bicycle safety
As roundabouts decrease traffic deaths for drivers, some designs of the controversial traffic treatment may actually increase non-deadly collisions for people on bikes. while scaring others off riding entirely, a series of studies suggests — and its raising thorny questions about who might get hurt along the road to Vision Zero.
Kea Wilson, September 30, 2022, Streetsblog USA
- Two fully electric school buses on the roads in Frederick this year
Frederick County Public Schools bus No. 22977 didn't make a sound as Fred Punturiero booted it up.
Jillian Atelsek, September 29, 2022, Frederick News-Post
- Maryland car seat law takes effect Saturday
A law in Maryland about children’s car seats goes into effect Saturday. It aims to clear up some confusion about the type of car seat that should be used.
John Domen, September 29, 2022, WTOP
- Purple Line study: Without help, light-rail line will bring gentrification
As major construction resumes, academics and activists say more is needed to preserve small businesses and affordable housing.
Katherilne Shaver, September 28, 2022, Washington Post
- Montgomery County Department of Transportation looks to revise sidewalk construction policy
The department plans to revise its policy on installing more sidewalks in the wake of the rise of fatal collisions in the county.
Chioma-Emilia Ahaghotu, September 28, 2022, WUSA9
- Metro to welcome D.C. elected leaders to celebrate opening of new HQ and Transit Accessibility Center at L'Enfant Plaza
On Thursday, September 29 at 11 a.m., Metro General Manager and CEO Randy Clarke will welcome Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, Metro Board Chair Paul C. Smedberg, and Metro staff to a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Metro’s Headquarters Building at L’Enfant Plaza.
September 28, 2922, WMATA
- Disagreements surface over county vision of greener, denser Langston Blvd
As Arlington County continues collecting feedback on the preliminary concept plan to turn Langston Blvd into a “Green Main Street” over several decades, a few disagreements have emerged.
Jo DeVoe, September 28, 2022, ARLnow
- Most Metro lines will run every 15 minutes this weekend
Most lines will run every 15 minutes, with some maintenance work disrupting service on parts of the Red and Green lines. Remember the Yellow Line is out of service until May of next year as the transit agency rehabilitates the Potomac River tunnel and bridge, and a handful of Blue Line stations are closed through Oct. 22.
Colleen Grablick, September 28, 2022, dcist
- Construction aims to smooth car, bike travel through Boundary Channel Drive maze
If your travels have taken you near the Pentagon in Virginia, you’ve seen highway signs for Boundary Channel Drive — and on Wednesday, construction begins to make the current maze of cloverleaf interchanges easier and safer to navigate for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.
Neal Augenstein, September 28, 2022, WTOP
- In digital town hall, Metro GM addresses how WMATA is addressing rider safety concerns
Tuesday afternoon Metro did a first of its kind town hall on Facebook in which the general manager and the director of the rail operations control center took questions that had been posed by riders.
Tom Roussey, September 27, 2022, ABC7
- USDOT announces $6.5M in research funding for bus safety projects
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced Thursday it would make $6.5 million in research funding available for innovative transit bus automation demonstration projects that improve safety and efficiency.
Liz Carey, September 26, 2022, Transportation Today
- Advocates hope D.C.'s proposed right-on-red ban will inspire national reform
The nation’s capital is poised to become the second major city in the United States to repeal a dangerous law that allowed drivers to make right turns at red lights — and some advocates believe other communities are overdue to follow.
Kea Wilson, September 28, 2022, Streetsblog USA
- Rail union that rejected deal signs new tentative agreement
A union that rejected its deal with the nation's freight railroads earlier this month now has a new tentative agreement, but officials cautioned that the contract dispute won't be fully settled until all 12 rail unions approve their agreements this fall.
Josh Funk, September 28, 2022, Frederick News-Post
- Biden wants the full cost of flights to be clearer for U.S. travelers
The fees would be required to be displayed the first time a ticket price is shown.
Ian Duncan, September 26, 2022, Washington Post
- Here's what I-66 drivers paid Monday during the first tolled commute
Tolling began Saturday on the western section of the 66 Express Lanes, bringing to an end a two-week, toll-free adjustment period.
Luz Lazo, September 26, 2022, Washington Post
- American Airlines, JetBlue battle Biden administration in antitrust trial
Experts see the lawsuit as one volley in a larger Biden administration plan to tackle consolidation in key industries.
Dpuglas Moser, Lori Aratani, September 27, 2022, Washington Post
- Siemens unveils Mireo Plus B battery train
Siemens Mobility presented the Mireo Plus B battery train to the public for the first time at InnoTrans. The Baden-Württemberg state-owned rolling stock leasing company SFBW ordered 27 Mireo Plus B trains from Siemens Mobility in 2020.
David Burroughs, September 22, 2022, Railway Age