News Articles July 2012 – June 2013
WashingtonExaminer Nov 12, 2012 by Mark Berman
Arlington and Alexandria officials insist that they'll move ahead with plans to build a streetcar line along Route 1 despite community opposition to the project and disputes between the supporters themselves over how to pay for it.
WashingtonTimes Nov 12, 2012 by Shivan Sarna
Commuters may have shorter drive times on the Virginia side of the Capital Beltway with this weekend’s opening of 14 miles of four high-occupancy toll lanes — a milestone public-private partnership that is one of the biggest transportation projects of its kind in the country.
nbcWashington Nov 09, 2012 by Adam Tuss
The Silver line expansion will bring new metro stations to Tysons Corner but there won't be any new parking lots.
Gazette.Net Nov 07, 2012 by Sherry Greenfield
Frederick Alderman Carol Krimm’s proposal to install bus shoulders on Interstate 270 to help relieve traffic congestion is moving forward.
Washington BJ. Nov 05, 2012 by Mark Berman
Before Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on our region, I found myself in Reston at the Reston Chamber of Commerce — recently ranked No. 6 on our list of regional business organizations.
WashingtonPost Nov 06, 2012 by Luz Lazo
After months of delays, SmarTrip card vending machines are now available at every Metrorail station.
WashingtonPost Nov 04, 2012 by shyam kannan.
Metro ridership is on the rebound after taking a recession-driven dip. More interesting: people in the national capital region are starting to leave their cars at home.
WashingtonExaminer Nov 02, 2012 by Taylor Holland
Arlington officials are warning that the county should not become home to the nation's first all-electric fleet of taxi cabs and called on the County Board to reject the upstart cab company.
WashingtonExaminer Oct 31, 2012 by Liz Essley
A new company in the D.C. area is calling itself the "eBay for carpoolers."
WashingtonExaminer Oct 31, 2012 by Kytja Weir
A total of 67 Metrobus drivers were caught sleeping on camera while driving their buses on local roads in a 19-month period, according to data obtained by The Washington Examiner. And one of them was caught dozing while driving twice within six months.
WAMU Oct 26, 2012 by Patrick Madden
A poll commissioned by the Washington City Paper and WAMU's The Kojo Nnnamdi Show finds 55 percent of residents surveyed support the continued use of traffic cameras. About half of these people also say they have been caught and ticketed by the cameras.
WashingtonPost Oct 25, 2012 by Robert Thomson
The Maryland Transportation Authority reported Thursday that traffic on the Intercounty Connector is growing at an average rate of 3 percent a month.
GazetteNet Oct 25, 2012 by Natalie McGill S
Riverdale Road has not changed much since Prince George’s County Councilwoman Andrea Harrison (D-Dist. 5) of Springdale attended Riverdale’s William Wirt Middle School — then a junior high school, she said. But Harrison’s eyes widened when she saw sketches of roadside restaurants and retail stores that could come with a nearby Purple Line stop.5, 2012 by Mark Berman
WAMU Oct 25, 2012 by Martin Di Caro
Metro Red Line riders are happy to see the return of the Dupont Circle south escalators, three of 94 escalators that will be entirely replaced across the rail system. Riders may need to be patient waiting for their station's replacements to be installed, however, as it will take at least five years to replace all of Metro's troublesome escalators.
WashingtonPost Oct 25, 2012 by Kytja Weir
More Metro riders are making the switch to plastic farecards, just as the agency hoped they would when it raised the surcharge on paper farecards to $1 per trip.
Oldtownalexandria.Patch Oct 25, 2012 by Drew Hansen
Alexandria City Council approved the use of $650,000 in state funds on Tuesday for the purchase of a real-time information system for the DASH bus fleet.
Georgetown Metropolitan Oct 24, 2012 by Mark Berman
Monday night, DDOT finally began construction of the long awaited separated bicycle lanes (or “cycletracks”) on L St. from the West End to downtown. This will hopefully precede another lane to be installed on M St. from 29th to Thomas Circle. This will bring improved biking facilities right to the threshold of Georgetown, but not through it. Will this mean that Georgetown will miss out?
WTOP Oct 24, 2012 by Michelle Basch
FAIRFAX, Va. - A town hall meeting to discuss the future of Fairfax County Parkway had one focus: Congestion.
WashingtonExaminer Oct 23, 2012 by Liz Essley
The District is building a bike lane on L Street Northwest that will eliminate 150 parking spaces and require a whole new set of rules for both motorists and cyclists.
WashingtonExaminer Oct 20, 2012 by Liz Essley
The U.S. Census Bureau says the number of telecommuters, workers who most days go off to the office in their pajamas, is on the rise in the D.C. area and nationally.
WashingtonPost Oct 20, 2012 by Katherine Shaver,
One of the easiest ways to beat the Washington region’s traffic congestion might soon be to ride the bus — but not the buses of today stuck in the backups.
WashingtonExaminer Oct 20, 2012 by Jeremy Borden,
The Virginia Railway Express has been notified that it may not receive about $10 million in state transportation funding, a development that could mean steep increases in passenger fares.
WashingtonExaminer Oct 18 2012 by Kytja Weir
It's about to get a little bit cheaper to take Amtrak from Northern Virginia into D.C. each day.
Arlington-va.Patch Oct 17, 2012 by Jason Spencer
Arlington's transportation director said Tuesday that while the county is "absolutely committed" to making the streets more accessible to pedestrians, cyclists and transit, the massive amount of construction here presents a number of challenges to those people in the short-term.
WAMU Oct 18, 2012 by Matt Bush.
Police in Montgomery County have a new tool in cracking down on drivers who illegally use handicap parking spaces.
WashingtonExaminer Oct 17, 2012 by Mark Berman
The Washington region's airports board on Wednesday advanced plans to increase tolls on the Dulles Toll Road to help pay for the construction of the $6 billion Silver Line.
WashingtonExaminer Oct 17, 2012 by Taylor Holland
Despite calls to scrap its $249 million plan to run streetcars along a 5-mile stretch of Columbia Pike, members of the Arlington County Board say they're committed to moving forward with the project.
WashingtonPost Oct 17, 2012 By Katherine Shaver.
Planned expansions at the National Institutes of Health and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center will add thousands of employees to the facilities, and Montgomery County planners want to keep many of the new workers off Bethesda’s congested roads.
WAMU Oct 09, 2012 by Michael Pope
Walking up to the King Street Metro today, pedestrians face an obstacle course. First they have to dodge buses that are double parked outside the station. They also have to wind their way around cars hunting for a parking spot. City leaders in Alexandria now want to redesign the station with pedestrians.
GazetteNet Oct 08, 2012 by Natalie McGill
A plan to add bike lanes and sidewalks to Kenilworth Avenue has some Prince George’s County residents wondering whether it will add to existing traffic jams for motorists.
WashingtonExaminer Oct 04, 2012 by Liz Essley
Bike lanes are on their way to Montgomery County -- if county Councilwoman Nancy Floreen gets her way.
WashingtonPost Oct 07, 2012 by Jonathan O'Connell
Ten years ago, 2,500 acres of forested land along the Potomac River in Prince William County was a grand vision of developer Robert C. Kettler, who plotted a luxury town center project he called Harbor Station.
WTOP Oct 05, 2012 by Mark Berman
URBANA, Md. - Changing technology and employer attitudes are enabling more workers to telecommute at least one day a week, according to U.S. census figures.
WashingtonExaminer Oct 03, 2012 by Liz Farmer
A D.C. task force appears poised to recommend lowering speed camera fines issued in the District, however red-light camera violations will likely be unchanged.
WashingtonPost Oct 02, 2012 by Robert Thomson
Transportation planners may think of six-year capital programs and 20-year vision statements, but commuters tend to live for today. In online discussions, they often ask about the timing on a traffic light or the closing of a lane. So a comment titled “Dream project” got my attention during Monday’s chat.
WashingtonExaminer Sep 30, 2012 by Alan Blinder
When D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray proposed his budget for the fiscal year that ended Sunday, city officials estimated the District would rake in tens of millions of dollars from speed and red light cameras.
WashingtonExaminer Sep 29, 2012 by Kytja Weir
Changes are coming to local bus service around the region starting Sunday, ranging from new express lines to cuts to existing service.
Washington BJ. Sep 28, 2012 by Michael Neibauer
D.C. is a hotbed for cycling. Soon enough, cyclists will have a place to store their rides.
FastCoexist Sep 27, 2012 by Ariel Schwartz
Sometimes it seems that a new study comes out every day touting the benefits of working remotely--it makes you more productive, happier, potentially even more creative. Companies are catching on, building offices designed for employees to work remotely, with better systems for communicating with telecommuters (i.e. giant TV screens), fewer desks, flexible seating arrangements, and less floor space overall.
WashingtonPost Sep 26, 2012 by Jonathan O’Connell
The Washington area’s population is steadily rising, and officials at Metro, looking 30 years down the road, are trying to determine how the transit system will grow with it.
WTOP Sep 25, 2012 by Dick Uliano,
MANASSAS, Va. - Peering into the future, transportation planners see more trains, buses and street cars.
WashingtonPost Sep 25, 2012 by Paul Schwartzman,
In the always changing city, there is no shortage of goodbyes.
Fallschurch.Patch Sep 24, 2012 by William Callahan
Fairfax County residents can provide input starting Monday on how the county should fund an estimated $3 billion gap in transportation funding over the next 10 years.
Herndon.Patch Sep 23, 2012 by Erica R. Hendry
As questions over Dulles toll increases and Silver Line funding continue, the Dulles Corridor Advisory Committee — which advises the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority on the Dulles Corridor — is preparing to give its own opinion on the issues.
WashingtonExaminer Sep 22, 2012 by Kytja Weir
Virginia Railway Express riders have ranked the quality of the commuter train service at the highest level in a decade as trains arrive on schedule more often.
WashingtonExaminer Sep 23, 2012 by Kytja Weir
Metro has added real-time alerts for track work, elevator outages and other problems to its online trip planner. But the alerts have some bugs, initially failing to show a weekend rail shutdown while also showing inaccurate fares, The Washington Examiner found.
WashingtonPost Sep 20, 2012 by Mark Berman
As part of Metro’s campaign to push riders to ditch paper Farecards, every station in the system was supposed to have a SmarTrip card vending machine by now.
WashingtonPost Sep 19, 2012 by Patricia Sullivan
On a perfect day for a bike ride, Alexandria City Council member Del Pepper took a spin around the plaza in front of City Hall on a brand-new red bike.
UpperMarlboro.Patch Sep 20, 21012 by Laura L Thornton.
Designated by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board, "the annual event is organized and promoted by the Council of Governments’ Commuter Connections program to encourage people to use alternative methods of transportation, such as walking, biking, public transportation, or going 'car lite' by carpooling," according to Car Free Metro DC website.
WAMU 88.5 Sep 19, 21012 by Laura L Thornton.
This is the second part in a series of ongoing reports about the metropolitan Washington region’s changing neighborhoods. The first part highlighted Southeast D.C.'s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.
WTOP Sep 19, 21012.
WASHINGTON - Sustainable transportation advocates are urging DC to go car free, at least for a day.
WashingtonPost Sep 14, 21012 by Mark Berman
The D.C. government spent $611 million building Nationals Park. The Nationals’ 2012 payroll is more than $81 million.
WashingtonPost Sep 15, 21012 by Ashley Halsey III.
The first automobile accident in U.S. history is said to have been recorded in New York in 1896 when a car collided with a bicycle.
WashingtonPost Sep 12, 21012 by Mark Berman
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a plan Tuesday to provide express bus service that will travel to Tysons Corner using the 495 Express Lanes.
WashingtonExaminer Sep 12, 21012 by Liz Essley
The increasing popularity of biking is giving drivers and cyclists a crash course in the rules -- fueling road rage and leaving both sides scared, annoyed and angry.
Maryland tolling agency, lawmakers pledge to go after toll cheaters
Maryland’s tolling agency is investigating whether it can publicize the names of the worst toll scofflaws in a “Hall of Shame” and resume suspending the vehicle registrations of repeat offenders, the state’s top tolling official said Wednesday.
WashingtonExaminer Sep 12, 21012 by Liz Essley
One source of contention -- and site of crashes -- between bicyclists and drivers is Capitol Hill's bike lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, which run down the center of the road.
WashingtonExaminer Sep 06, 21012 by Liz Essley
Hundreds of protesters have signed a petition to fight higher tolls even as the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority kicked off a series of meetings Thursday to get public input on the toll increase, which would pay for the construction of the $6 billion Dulles Rail line.
WashingtonPost Sep 09, 21012 by Ted Trautman
Some days they make the 5:28 p.m. train. Other days, they have to wait for the 6:55. But sooner or later, Coleen Lonas, Stephanie Collins and a select group of commuters board MARC’s Camden Line at Union Station and take up their regular spot at the back of the second car.
Montgomery County plans bike-sharing expansion
A new measure in Montgomery County would allow bike-sharing stations to be built with revenue from taxes paid by developers, which currently fund transportation projects like roads and buses.
TBD Sep 04, 21012.
Today on NewsTalk, we talked to David Catanese about the Virginia Senate race and Republican George Allen's decision to scrap ads during the tight race between him and former Virginia governor Tim Kaine.
WashingtonExaminer Sep 04, 21012 by Liz Essley
Drivers on the Capital Beltway can get two free weeks of travel on the new express lanes if they open a new E-ZPass account in September, the company operating the lanes announced Tuesday. The new lanes, which will charge a toll for a less congested drive, are set to open in December. The lanes will be free for carpoolers with new E-ZPass Flex transponders.
FairfaxNews Sep 03, 21012.
Like a shark circling idly near a crowded beach, it’s been out there all summer. We’re talking about Terrible Traffic Tuesday, the annual first-day-back when the Washington area’s streets and freeways are transform from a mass of tangled, slow-moving traffic to impenetrable gridlock.
WashingtonPost Sep 03, 21012 by Mark Berman
The Dulles Toll Road is key to the financing for Metro’s planned Silver Line, and that means rate increases on the toll road are going to be closely watched in coming years.
WashingtonPost Sep 02, 21012 by Luz Lazo
Rugiatu Jalloh placed her algebra textbook on top of her bulky purse and got comfortable in what looked to be the last open seat in the bus shelters on Campus Way South in Largo.
WashingtonExaminer Sep 03, 21012 by Liz Essley
Compact Smart Cars zipping around the District are becoming a common sight as D.C.'s newest car-sharing service catches on.
WashingtonPost Sep 04, 21012 by Tom Jackman
The plan to build a major north-south highway connecting Loudoun and Prince William counties, skirting the western edge of the Manassas Battlefield National Park, appears to be nearing fruition after 30 years of planning. In fact, it’s been on the boards for so long, the highway has changed names — it’s now the Tri-County Parkway — and it will only run through two counties.
WashingtonTimes Sep 03, 21012 by Tom Howell Jr
A decision by a judge on the D.C. Contract Appeals Board has put on ice the District’s highly touted plans to install “smart meters” in its taxicabs and prompted the city’s “Mayor for Life” to gloat that he warned officials to delay the gadgets, which are intended to improve the city’s fleet.
DDOT wants to hear about D.C.'s parking problems
WTOP August 29, 21012 by Michelle Basch
WASHINGTON - Parking in D.C. frustrates many residents, from restaurant patrons and church-goers to business developers. The District Department of Transportation wants to hear about it. "I've gotten tickets, with money on my meters," says Elton, one of dozens of people who showed up Tuesday for the first in a series of public meetings called Parking Think Tanks.
D.C. drivers are the worst in the country, report says
Washington Post August 28, 2012 By Mark Berman
Do you ever drive in the Washington area? Please stop, pack up as many of your possessions as you can fit into your car and head to South Dakota as soon as you can. Sioux Falls, S.D., to be exact. It has been dubbed the safest city in the country for driving by Allstate. For the eighth consecutive year, the insurance giant collected crash data and ranked drivers in the 200 largest cities in the nation. (The findings, which are based on Allstate claims, use frequency of car collisions to rank cities.)
SchoolPool Makes Carpooling Kids to School Easier
Southern Maryland Online August 23, 2012
HUGHESVILLE, Md. -- With the school year approaching, The Tri County Council for Southern Maryland and Commuter Connections is offering SchoolPool, a new, free service to connect parents of children who attend the same school and are interested in sharing driving duties. In addition, SchoolPool can match parents who want to form bicycling and walking groups to school for their children.
Loudoun Times August 22, 2012 by Trevor Baratko
During their first seven months on the job, the 2012 Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has voted to drop property taxes for the average Loudoun County homeowner and given final approval to extend Metrorail service to the Dulles airport and into Ashburn. But while those undertakings have secured the bulk of the supervisors’ time and attention, movement on smaller, yet still significant, road projects has progressed.
Washingtonexaminer. By: Kytja Weir . Jul 11, 2012
The number of cracked rails on Metro's rail system has soared in recent years, growing from seven in 2008 to 49 broken rails in 2011, according to the agency's records.
WashingtonPost. By: Lori Aratani. Jul 11, 2012
Metro officials are expected to provide new details Thursday about the derailment that shut down a stretch of the Green Line last weekend in Maryland a mishap that has heightened questions about the transit authoritys safety practices.
Washingtonexaminer. By: Liz Farmer. Jul 09, 2012
After fielding thousands of complaints, Virginia officials on Monday said only new E-ZPass holders would be charged a monthly fee and not those who already have such passes.
bizjournals. By: Daniel J.Sernovitz. Jul 10, 2012
Getting from the District to New York City could get a lot easier and quicker under a plan unveiled Monday by rail operator Amtrak.
Amtrak is proposing to build a six-track, high-speed rail station under Union Station in D.C.
Washingtonexaminer. By: Liz Essley. Jul 06, 2012
Metro investigators think the recent heat wave caused Friday's Green Line derailment.
Washingtonexaminer. By: Liz Essley. Jul 05, 2012
Capital Bikeshare may be coming to Fairfax County.
Local officials are trying to find a way to test the popular bike program in Reston and later take it to Tysons Corner.
"I am very interested in seeing it happen," said Fairfax County Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, a Democrat whose district includes Reston. "I think it's a possibility in the near future."
Washingtonexaminer. By: Kytja Weir. Jul 04, 2012
West Virginia officials are looking at kicking in money to the MARC train service to ensure that its riders aren't shortchanged on service.
Discussions involving commuters and officials began after they realized that service to the three commuter train stations in West Virginia would be reduced under a new schedule change that will take effect July 16.
Washingtonexaminer. Jul 03, 2012
The Charles County Sheriff's Office will launch the new program about July 9 at nine school zones. The sheriff's office says the program is designed to reduce driver speeds.
MyFoxdc. Ju 03, 2012
LEESBURG, Va. - Loudoun County's Board of Supervisors has narrowly voted to approve county participation in a $2.8 billion project to build the second phase of a Metrorail extension to Dulles International Airport and beyond.