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Metro commits to more stringent safety standards to protect track workers
Multiple instances of trains operating near Metro track workers has prompted the transit agency to commit to more stringent safety standards that officials say will increase worker protections.
Justin George, September 17, 2021, Washington Post
Metro cites policy change, apologizes to fans stranded after Washington Football Team game
Metro apologized Friday to football fans left stranded without trains the previous evening after a Washington Football Team game, coming months after the transit agency promised this spring that it would help fans get home.
Ian Duncan, Justin George, September 17, 2021, Washington Post
Losing bidder on project to design Maryland toll lanes on Beltway, I-270 asks judge to review bid protest
A team led by Spanish firm Cintra has alleged that the winning team, led by Transurban, used “unrealistic” construction cost estimates.
Katherine Shaver, September 17, 2021, Washington Post
Fairfax County board approves first-ever community-wide climate action plan
Fairfax County has committed to becoming carbon-neutral by 2050, and now, it has a plan to achieve that goal.
Matt Blitz, September 17, 2021, FFXnow
Montgomery County looks to create walking school bus program [video]
Montgomery County is trying to get families to sign up for a “walking school bus” program it says could help with traffic and the environment.
September 17, 2021, NBC Washington
Maryland toll authority was unaware it was overcharging motorists, audit finds
The Maryland Transportation Authority, which operates toll facilities around the state, didn’t know it was overcharging motorists, a review by legislative auditors concluded.
Bruce DePuyt, September 17, 2021, WTOP
Ground broken on Rt. 28 widening: Va. leaders seek to 'put all the pieces together'
Few topics can galvanize jurisdictions more than the congested traffic on Virginia Route 28 — especially in Prince William, Fairfax and Loudoun counties.
Neal Augenstein, September 17, 2021, WTOP
Walmart, Ford and Argo AI to launch autonomous delivery service
The service will deliver Walmart orders to customers in Austin, Texas, Miami and Washington, D.C., using Ford self-driving test vehicles equipped with the Argo AI Self-Driving System.
Melina Druga, September 17, 2021, Transportation Today
WMATA set out a timeline to electrify its buses. A DC Council roundtable asks: why not sooner?
In July, Metro’s Board of Directors approved plans to fully convert the WMATA bus fleet to electric buses over the next two decades, by 2045.
Libby Solomon, September 17, 2021, GGWash
Downed trees, wires and high water reported in parts of D.C. region
Several people had to be rescued from vehicles when they became stranded in flooded roads.
Dana Hedgpeth, September 17, 2021, Washington Post
DC Circulator fares restart Oct. 1
The District Department of Transportation said Friday that DC Circulator fares will be reinstated Oct. 1.
Will Vitka, September 17, 2021, WTOP
City to submit transit grant application
City Council unanimously approved a grant application to the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation for the 2022 Transit Ridership Incentive Program.
Olivia Anderson, September 16, 2021, Alexandria Times
Flooding reported in Alexandria
Matthew Cappucci, a reporter with Fox 5, reported extensive flooding at the Braddock Road Metro station.
Vernon Miles, September 16, 2021, ALXnow
Pike transit project modified after bus shelters found faulty
A multi-year project to improve transit along Columbia Pike has been delayed by design problems associated with the proposed bus shelters.
Jo DeVoe, September 16, 2021, ARLnow
Weekend Road and Rail: Beltway resurfacing and more Metro maintenance
Scheduled street closures are planned in the District due to some events, and Metro will be performing routine maintenance.
Mary DePompa, September 16, 2021, WTOP
PARK(ing) Day will bring 12 'parklets' to D.C. on Friday
PARK(ing) Day, an annual event that turns some curbside parking spaces across the city into temporary parks, is returning to D.C. on Friday. The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Jenny Gathright, September 16, 2021, dcist
D.C. has collected $36 million through ticket amnesty program that ends this month
Scofflaws who have accumulated debts in unpaid tickets in the District need to act soon to save on paying late fines.
Luz Lazo, September 17, 2021, Washington Post
FABB September meeting on crash reconstruction
Join FABB for a virtual meeting on September 21 at 7:00 pm to discuss Fairfax County Police procedures for traffic crash investigations.
September 16, 2021, FABB
Every block matters in the fight for safer streets and the climate
In the wake of both the tragic death of one of DC’s youngest cyclists, and another dire warning on climate change from global scientists, it is jarring to be caught up in debates about the merits of a bike lane project at the block-by-block level.
Amber Gove, September 16, 2021, GGWash
Fire on roof of future Metro HQ spews smoke through area
A fire at the top of a high-rise building under construction in D.C. made smoke that can be seen for miles Thursday morning.
Rick Massimo, September 16, 2021, WTOP
Rail Safety Week set for Sept. 20-26
Operation Lifesaver Inc. (OLI), Operation Lifesaver Canada and the Mexican Association of Railroads (AMF) are kicking off this year’s observance of Rail Safety Week in North America on Sept. 20.
Marybeth Luczak, September 16, 2021, Railway Age
U.S. DOT announces $25 million in funding for transit agencies
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced Tuesday it would make $25 million in funding available to help public transportation agencies return to service.
Liz Carey, September 16, 2021, Transportation Today
County to study ways of making temporary outdoor seating areas permanent
Arlington County says it will explore ways to make it easier for restaurants to establish or expand outdoor dining after the pandemic ends, according to a county report.
Jo DeVoe, September 15, 2021, ARLnow
Seventh Metro transit employee dies of covid
A seventh Metro employee has died of covid-19, even as the agency’s vaccination rate rose dramatically this month, transit officials said.
Justin George, September 15, 2021, Washington Post
Study group unanimously opposes developer-proposed solutions for Wiehle Avenue crossing
After nearly two years of discussions and 15 meetings, a study group has voted in favor of ditching three pedestrian crossing options offered by a developer of an approved mixed-use development near the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station.
Fatimah Waseem, September 15, 2021, Reston Now
Reston development by Metro to feature dog park, outdoor fitness area
The developer behind Halley Rise, the mixed-use project currently under construction, is now offering more details about amenities: a dog park and an outdoor fitness park.
David Taube, September 15, 2021, Reston Now
The Perch opens high above Tysons [video]
Fairfax County has a new park and community space near the McLean Metro Station.
September 15, 2021, NBC Washington
Metro offers its first-ever pass sale to riders
Metro riders in the D.C. region can save up to 50% off their purchase of unlimited day passes at discounted prices starting Thursday morning.
Ivy Lyons, September 16, 2021, WTOP
Purple Line payment is approved; contractor timeline slides to 2022
Maryland’s Board of Public Works approved a hefty payment to the consortium building the Purple Line on Wednesday, though the state’s top transportation official insisted the payout — in tandem with a new contract modification — will save taxpayers money in the long run.
Bruce DePuyt, September 16, 2021, WTOP
D.C. street closures for Saturday's rally in support of Jan. 6 insurrection defendants
Crews have started to put up perimeter fencing around the U.S. Capitol area in preparation for a rally in support of those arrested in the Jan. 6 attack.
Dana Hedgpeth, Meagan Flynn, September 16, 2021, Washington Post

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