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Weekend Road and Rail: Metro holiday hurdles, major roadwork on hold
It’s going to be a long holiday weekend travel-wise, which means most roadwork in the D.C. region will be suspended. There will be changes on Metrorail to facilitate travel downtown for Fourth of July festivities.
Mary DePompa, July 1, 2022, Washington Post
Maryland election could decide fate of Beltway, I-270 toll lanes
The results of Maryland’s July 19 primary elections could decide the fate of a state plan to widen part of the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270 with express toll lanes as Gov. Larry Hogan (R) faces possible delays in securing a key contract before leaving office.
Katherine Shaver, July 1, 2022, Washington Post
The uneven recovery of transportation modes in the D.C. region
Transit systems are struggling, while roads, airports and bike-share programs are approaching or exceeding pre-pandemic levels.
Gaya Gupta, July 1, 2022, Washington Post
How did cars on D.C. 295 stick to asphalt? The city investigates.
The sticky asphalt material that adhered to about 20 cars Wednesday on D.C. 295, jamming up tires and causing an hours-long closure of one of the city’s busiest highways, should never have been exposed directly to traffic in the way it was, D.C. Department of Transportation officials said Thursday..
Julie Zauzmer Weil, Michael Laris, June 30, 2022, Washington Post
Officials in DC announce safety measures, road closures ahead of July fourth
Preparations are now underway for Monday's fireworks on the National Mall.
Mark Segraves, June 30, 2022, NBC Washington
In wake of Suprme Court gun ruling, D.C. gun owners sue to be able to carry concealed handguns on Metro
Three D.C. residents and one Virginia resident are suing D.C. over its prohibition on carrying concealed handguns on Metrorail and Metrobuses within the city, kicking off a legal battle spurred by last week’s Supreme Court ruling that raised constitutional questions about an array of limits on carrying guns outside the home.
Martin Austermuhle, June 30, 2022, dcist
Packed roads, delayed Metro may make for frustrating July fourth travel
Be prepared for a frustrating weekend ahead for travel.
Jordan Pascale, June 30, 2022, dcist
WMATA's MTPD awarded DOJ grant to support implementation of body worn camera program
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) announced the Metro Transit Police Department will equip officers with body worn cameras (BWC), adding a new tool to MTPD’s crime fighting initiatives.
June 29, 2022, Mass Transit
National Safety Council to release new report: Mobility, Technology and Safety: The Next 20 Years
Addressing the current and ongoing national crisis on U.S. roads, the report's executive summary offers 10 key conclusions for the next 20 years.
June 30, 2022, Mass Transit
Commentary: Recent tragedies underscore how dangerous motorists threaten everyone
Trucks ignored the bells and horns and continued to cross in front of the moving locomotive I was in, back when I toured the San Francisco Bay Railroad in Hunters Point in 2018.
Roger Rudick, June 29, 2022, Streetsblog SF
Advocates: U.S. needs Vision Zero for railroads following Mo. crash
Safety advocates are demanding action following an Amtrak derailment at a “passive” crossing that could have been prevented if policymakers had funded the basic infrastructure and policy changes that safety hawks have been recommending for decades.
Kea Wilson, June 30, 2022, Streetsblog USA
Senators urge airlines to address growing delays and cancellations
As airlines continue to cancel hundreds of flights due to staff shortages ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, a group of senators is urging them to address scheduling issues.
Kelsey Carolan, June 29, 2022, The Hill
Transportation Research Board details efforts to make national travel more ADA accessible
As part of a running series on equity, the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board (TRB) recently laid out in detail the resources aiding transportation accessibility in the U.S. for people with disabilities – an area governed and aided by the federal American with Disabilities Act.
Chris Galford, June 30, 2022, Transportation Today
DC Metro says wait times could reach 60 minutes on July 4th
Washington, D.C.’s, Metro warned customers could face wait times of up to an hour on July 4 as the transit agency grapples with a reduced number of railcars on one of its busiest days of the year.
Zach Schonfeld, June 29, 2022, The Hill
Car-free travel idea: Backpacking via Metro
Parks in both Maryland and Virginia have campgrounds that are less than a one-hour hike away from Metro stations.
Payton Chung, June 29, 2022, GGWash.org
Metro Tansit Police to wear body cameras by next year
Transit Police officers that monitor Metro stations and buses will wear body-worn cameras starting next year, the agency said Tuesday.
Jordan Pascale, June 29, 2022, dcist
More than 60 members of Congress call for streamlined licensing process for motor fuel haulers
Through a letter dispatched to U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg last week, more than 60 members of Congress urged changes to the licensing process for motor fuel truck haulers as means to draw in more applicants to the workforce.
Chris Galford, June 28, 2022, Transportation Today
Metro debuts late-night fares for a flat $2 this week
The new fares, which begin after 9:30 p.m., are meant to help late-night workers and attract riders headed to events and other entertainment.
Justin George, June 27, 2022, Washington Post
Path extension proposed on Lafayette Boulevard
Planners are looking for input on a proposed project aimed at a bike and pedestrian “connector project” extension of a shared-use path along Lafayette Boulevard in Fredericksburg.
Scott Shenk, June 26, 2022, Free Lance-Star
Bridge that carries 21st Street N. over I-66 set to be repaired
The 21st Street N. bridge over I-66 is set to get a minor makeover.
Mavis Chan, June 27, 2022, ARLnow
New feedback option launches for monitoring Northern Virginia helicopter noise
Those with concerns about helicopter noise in the local area now have a new outlet to provide feedback.
June 27, 2022, Inside NoVa
Anne Arundel Co. officers clock drivers going as fast as 169 mph
During a recent traffic enforcement effort, officers stopped multiple drivers who reached triple-digit speeds.
Matt Pusatory, June 28, 2022, WUSA9
Uber brings back shared rides as UberX Share
Shared ride services were suspended in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mischa Wanek-Libman, June 27, 2022, Mass Transit
In the US, women are losing autonomy while cars are gaining it
Halfway through the call, it dawned on me: with the Court’s decision to remove the federal government’s responsibility to protect the human right to access an abortion, including in cases of medical need, the US is in effect reducing the autonomy of women, at the very same time as authorities are gradually granting autonomy to motorized vehicles.
Caitlin Rogger, June 27, 2022, GGWash.org
Airline consumer complaints up 300 percent from pre-pandemic levels, according to USDOT report
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released its Air Travel Consumer Report for April 2022, which showed that consumer complaints against airlines were up more than 300 percent from before the pandemic in April 2019.
Melina Druga, June 27, 2022, Transportation Today
At least 3 dead, 50 injured in Amtrak train derailment in Missouri
At least three people were killed and 50 injured when an Amtrak train en route to Chicago derailed and fell sideways off a track in northwest Missouri.
Chloe Folmar, June 27, 2022, The Hill
I-395 lane closures in Alexandria start tonight
After road work on I-395 was rescheduled from this weekend, the highway will see closures starting tonight.
Vernon Miles, June 27, 2022, ALXnow
Metro expands $2 flat fares for weeknight travel
Metrorail’s weeknight $2 flat fare per one-way trip begins at 9:30 p.m.
Liz Anderson, June 27, 2022, WTOP
Metrorail announces price cuts for late night rides and monthly ride passes
In an effort to win back more riders than it lost during the pandemic, starting Monday Metrorail will cut the price to ride after 9:30 p.m. In addition, it is currently selling monthly passes that are cheaper than in the past.
Tom Roussey, June 26, 2022, ABC7
Take VDOT survery for McLean-Tysons Dolley Madison Corridor Study
FABB is asking local McLean and Tysons area riders to remind FCDOT that congestion reduction plans need to include active transportation options.
June 26, 2022, FABB

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