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- Work on College Park Woods Connector Trail to start next month
Work on the College Park Woods Connector Trail, an extension of the Anacostia Tributary Trails System, will begin next month and complete in early 2020 according to a recent update.
January 23, 2019, WashCycle
- Technology of future delivers doughnuts of today
Starship Technologies announced Tuesday that its delivery robots are now in use at George Mason University in Fairfax.
January 23, 2019, WUSA9
- Crystal City transportation projects tied to Amazon deal set to receive funding
A pair of major Crystal City transportation projects that were key parts of Arlington’s pitch to Amazon are now set to receive millions in state funds.
Alex Koma, January 22, 2019, ARLnow
- Washington Flyer taxi driver carjacked in D.C., vehicle stolen
Police are investigating the armed carjacking of a taxi driver early Wednesday morning in Northwest, D.C.
January 23, 2019, Fox5
- Metro hours could change significantly
Metro hours could change significantly under a series of proposals due to be presented Thursday to the Metro Board.
Max Smith, January 22, 2019, WTOP
- Freezing weather causes MARC, VRE, Metrorail delays
MARC, Virginia Railway Express and Metrorail services saw multiple problems amid frigid weather during Tuesday morning commute.
Alejandro Alvarez, January 22, 2019, WTOP
- Md. bill urges environmental review before expanding roadways
As Maryland looks for ways to tackle congestion on Interstate 270 and the Capital Beltway, a proposed bill aims to straighten out plans to expand the often-gridlocked roadways.
Teta Alim, Kristi King, January 23, 2019, WTOP
- D.C. gets a dedicated Vision Zero office
As part of D.C.’s effort to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2024, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is setting up a new Vision Zero office that will focus on safety strategies, including through engineering, regulation, and community engagement.
Andrew Giambrone, January 22, 2019, Curbed
- D.C. Council overrides Bowser veto, votes to decriminalize Metro fare evasion
The D.C. Council voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to override Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s veto of its legislation decriminalizing fare evasion on Metro.
Faiz Siddiqui, January 22, 2019, Washington Post
- D.C. mayor signs ambitious clean energy law
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the most ambitious clean energy law in the nation on Friday.
Mark Rodeffer, January 22, 2019, GGW
- Speeding is a primary cause of traffic deaths in D.C.
The Governors Highway Safety Association put out a report on Speeding and traffic safety entitled "Rethinking a Forgotten Traffic Safety Challenge".
January 22, 2019, WashCycle
- I-95 tech upgrades proposed to limit traffic jams
Changes meant to help ease traffic jams along more than 60 miles of Interstate 95 could include variable speed limit signs similar to the ones many drivers ignored on I-66, as well as a number of other technological upgrades.
Max Smith, January 22, 2019, WTOP
- Temperature drop leads to spike in calls for roadside assistance
In the frigid weather, roadside service provider AAA fielded thousands of calls from D.C. area drivers who discovered on Monday their cars wouldn’t start.
Mike Murillo, January 22, 2019, WTOP
- Amtrak issues RFP for replacement railcars
Amtrak on Jan. 18 released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a new fleet of single-level passenger cars to replace its dependable but decades-old, 470-unit stable of Amfleet I and ex-Metroliner cars, which were converted from electric-multiple-units years ago.
January 20, 2019, Railway Age
- Would you change your commute for cash?
Imagine waking up to a text offering you cash in exchange for changes to your usual commute. It could be reality soon enough, thanks to a plan in the works for a wide-ranging Northern Virginia transportation database that would be analyzed in real-time using artificial intelligence.
Max Smith, January 21, 2019, WTOP
- Hacking concerns as Metro considers buying rail cars from China
The four U.S. senators who represent Maryland and Virginia are raising concerns that spies could potentially infiltrate Metro if the transit agency decides to buy rail cars from China.
Nick Iannelli, January 21, 2019, WTOP
- TSA closes BWI checkpoint after employee callouts
The Transporation Security Administration had to close a security checkpoint at BWI on Saturday after "excessive callouts" from employees.
Gina Cook, January 19, 2019, NBC Washington
- Red Line riders face disruptions this summer
Metro Red Line riders will face significant disruptions this summer -- either through a shutdown or weeks of single-tracking -- and on the same stretch of track that was shut down just two years ago during the agency’s SafeTrack maintenance blitz, officials said.
Katherine Shaver, Faiz Siddiqui, January 19, 2019, Washington Post
- Amtrak, Virginia Breeze ridership higher than expected in Va.
Virginia saw higher than expected usage over the past year of Amtrak routes and a new intercity bus service connecting the D.C. region to Harrisonburg and Blacksburg.
Max Smith, January 20, 2019, WTOP
- Va. provides transit cash to bridge shutdown gap
“We’re going to be forwarding our next two months of state funding to all of the transit systems, so that if they need to draw down on those state funds because they can’t access their federal funds that they can do that,” Jennifer Mitchell, director of the Department of Rail and Public Transportation, said this week.
Max Smith, January 19, 2019, WTOP
- Shutdown puts transportation safety probes on hold
Dozens of investigations conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are reportedly on hold due to the ongoing partial government shutdown.
Owen Daugherty, January 18, 2019, The Hill
- Metro Transit Police seek person of interest in assault
Metro Transit Police are seeking the public's assistance to identify a person of interest in connection with a first-degree assault that occurred at approximately 9 p.m. last night outside the Addison Road Metro Station.
January 18, 2019, WMATA
- Residents, museums take sides in meeting about Dupont bike lane
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has been studying options for “north- and south-running protected bicycle lanes between Dupont Circle, the western side of Downtown, and the National Mall that provides a safe environment for people biking of all ages and abilities on either 20th, 21st, or 22nd Street NW.”
David Alpert, January 18, 2019, GGW
- Pentagon Metro cleared Thursday evening
Authorities evacuated the Pentagon Metro station Thursday evening as a precaution after a Pentagon police dog signaled an alert in an area of the station, the agency said.
Clarence Williams, January 17, 2019, Washington Post
- Montgomery capital budget plan delays funding for Metro improvements
Funding has been delayed for improvements at two Metrorail stations at opposite ends of the Red Line in Montgomery County.
Dan Schere, January 17, 2019, Bethesda Magazine
- Plan unveiled for development at West Falls Church Metro
For the first time in a public meeting, the scope of a three-party cooperative effort to put over 40 acres of dense mixed-use development adjacent the West Falls Church Metro station was unveiled Tuesday night at a forum on the campus of the Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Graduate Center.
Nicholas F. Benton, January 17, 2019, FCNP
- Variably priced parking could be coming to Arlington
Virginia is considering providing $5.4 million for a system that would detect the number and location of empty and full street parking spaces in the Crystal City area and the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor in order to raise prices on busy blocks and lower prices where there are more spaces available.
Max Smith, January 18, 2019, WTOP
- Amtrak brings more hot food to Capitol Limited
What Amtrak is now calling “Contemporary Dining Improvements” includes three hot entrées and “deluxe breakfast choices,” up from one hot-meal choice brought back in July 2018.
William C. Vantuono, January 17, 2019, Railway Age
- March for Life and Women's March bring traffic challenges this weekend
Protesters are back in the nation’s capital this weekend, presenting travel challenges Friday and Saturday.
Luz Lazo, January 18, 2019, Washington Post
- Metro is losing $400,000 a day during shutdown
The loss of federal workers is cutting into ridership, and the agency could be forced to scale back service, or ask local jurisdictions for more money.
Faiz Siddiqui, January 17, 2019, Washington Post