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Lawmakers still have work to do on improving Baltimore transit | COMMENTARY
The Baltimore region barely dodged a bullet when many of the Maryland Transit Administration’s proposed cuts to essential transit service were canceled last month, but the need for Maryland’s legislature to step up and act on behalf of those who live and work in our state’s largest population center is clearer than ever.
Paul Sturm, 10/28/2020 Baltimore Sun
WATCH: Self-driving shuttle debuts in high-traffic northern Virginia spot
Video of the new "Relay" bus service in Fairfax County between Dunn-Loring Metro station and Mosaic District.
Associated Press, October 22, 2020
Good urban design can make Greater Washington more dementia-friendly
How do we make urban spaces more dementia-friendly? Many of the solutions are surprisingly simple: walkable urban design and dementia-friendly design are often one and the same.
Jonathan Paul Katz, October 27, 2020,
Corners are out and crossings are in as Metro considers station name changes
Metro is considering formal requests to change two station names submitted by Fairfax and Prince George’s counties. 

Libby Solomon, October 27, 2020

DC-region traffic rebounded in summer but still below average
The number of cars crowding D.C.-area roads has rebounded since coronavirus lockdowns took hold in early spring, though it has not yet recovered to pre-pandemic levels, according to a new analysis of traffic levels in the capital region. Alejandro Alvarez, October 28, 2020
Report: Better access to transportation important for equity
Inequitable access to transportation for Black communities has been an issue dating back before before the civil rights movement, and there’s renewed effort to better address those challenges now.
WTOP News, Melissa Howell, October 28, 2020
Bicyclist struck, killed by D.C. police vehicle in Prince George's, county police say
A man riding a bicycle was struck by a D.C. police vehicle and fatally injured Tuesday in Prince George’s County, the county police said.
Martin Weil, October 28, 2020, Washington Post
Council overrides Elrich veto on bill for tax incentives for Metro station development
The Montgomery County Council won a tug-of-war with County Executive Marc Elrich on Tuesday, overriding his veto of a bill giving tax incentives to developers for constructing high-rise buildings on top of Metro stations.
Briana Adhikusuma, October 28, 2020, Bethesda Magazine
ART buses now feature art highlighting famous Arlingtonians
The latest “Art on the ART bus” installations features public icons with ties to Arlington.
Jo DeVoe, October 28, 2020, ArlNow
County needs more funding for planned commuter garage in Woodbridge
Prince William County is seeking additional state and federal funding for a $53 million commuter garage on Opitz Boulevard after a failed effort to build a new stadium for the Potomac Nationals left a $17 million hole in the project’s budget.
Daniel Berti, October 28, 2020, Prince William Times
Fairfax Connector sees passenger-count dropoff during COVID
The Fairfax Connector bus network saw more of a fall-off in ridership during the initial phase of the COVID crisis than some of the region’s other bus systems, but less of a decline than Metrobus ridership across Northern Virginia.
October 28, 2020,
Metro seeks feedback on proposed name changes for 2 stations
Metro is seeking public feedback on proposed name changes for two of its transit stations — one in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and another in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Scott Gelman, October 28, 2020, WTOP
Maryland lawmakers write to Gov. Hogan with 'deep' concerns about fate of Purple Line
Members of Maryland’s congressional delegation wrote to Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Wednesday, saying that their “deep” concerns about the fate of the Purple Line “have grown exponentially” since the consortium managing the project terminated its contract.
Katherine Shaver, October 28, 2020, Washington Post
DOE, USDOT issue $5.25M in project grants to advance transit tech
Researchers at MIT will look to develop a transit-centric Smart Mobility System to help agencies create short-term operating plans and adaptable real-time control strategies.
Chris Teale, Smart Cities Dive, October 27, 2020
These six 'spokes' could make Washington a model biking region
As the Washington region recovers from the coronavirus pandemic and considers ways to build resilience, investing in biking could offer far-reaching benefits. A robust biking infrastructure can help improve health, and address climate change, systemic racism and economic hardship.
Andrew Grinberg and Shayna Goldsmith, October 27, 2020, GGWash
New names for Lee Highway in Arlington narrowed to list of 20
The list of 20 possible replacement names has been announced, looking to change the moniker of the portion of U.S. 29 named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee by Virginia’s General Assembly in 1922, which runs through Arlington.
Neal Augenstein, October 27, 2020, WTOP
Most scooter injuries in D.C. region happen on sidewalks, study says
A report offers some evidence that most injuries involving e-scooters happen on sidewalks — though the vast majority of the injured are the riders themselves.
Luz Lazo, October 27, 2020, Washington Post
City–county feud paralyzes Fredericksburg area transportation committee
A rift on the area’s transportation planning organization has grown now to the point where little is getting done because Fredericksburg representatives are boycotting meetings.
Scott Shenk, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, October 26, 2020
Public transit faces uncertain future after pandemic
Public transportation in cities across the U.S. faces an uncertain future in a post-pandemic world.
Rebecca Klar, The Hill, October 26, 2020
Virginia studies multimodal options to address congestion on I-495 bridge
Study aims to identify a range of multimodal solutions to enhance mobility and connectivity.
Roads & Bridges, October 26, 2020
How the pandemic changed the urban soundscape
A map of recordings from around the world during lockdowns reveals what cities sound like without noise pollution.
Linda Poon, October 26, 2020, City Lab
How this election could impact our transit future
With so much at stake, issues like public transportation can get buried under more pressing issues.
Dave Murphy, October 25, 2020, GGWash
Arlington Memorial Bridge to close for repairs on Halloween weekend
The Arlington Memorial Bridge will be closed for repairs during Halloween weekend, starting Friday, Oct. 30, the National Park Service said Friday.
Jose Umana, October 25, 2020, WTOP
Purple Line project uncertainty leaves Maryland residents, businesses in limbo
The aggravation of living amid Maryland’s massive Purple Line light-rail project was supposed to end in spring 2022, leaving residents in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties with the region’s first direct suburb-to-suburb rail link.
Katherine Shaver and Luz Lazo, October 25, 2020, Washington Post
This website helps you measure walkability on your block, neighborhood, or even region
The website, Pedestrians First, to help you measure walkability from an area as a small as a block to an entire region, and beyond.
D. Taylor Reich, October 24, 2020, GGWash
The pandemic kick-started an urban motorcycle boom. are cities ready?
Two-wheeled vehicles surged during lockdown on streets around the world. So have worries about noise, air pollution and safety.
John Surico, October 22, 2020, City Lab
Alexandria Metrobus route cuts will hurt Pentagon support staff, mayor says
As Metro faces a $250 million budget gap, its board of directors is planning to vote on a series of cost-saving measures that include schedule changes and service cuts.
Victoria Chamberlin, October 22, 2020, dcist
OmniRide Receives TSA Gold Standard Award
The award is the top recognition TSA can give to a transit agency for demonstrating outstanding performance in enhancing its security programs.
October 22, 2020, Inside NoVa
Neighbors say they only want bus garage if WMATA switches to electric buses
Metro is in the process of reconstructing its Northern Bus Garage in D.C. to once again house 150 buses.
Jordan Pascale, October 22, 2020, dcist
Metro says it will improve standards, training for protecting the integrity of investigations
Metro officials on Thursday pledged to improve communication with passengers during emergencies and come up with better evidence control standards in response to missteps made after a Red Line train separated earlier this month.
Justin George, October 22, 2020, Washington Post

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