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Weekend Metro schedule: Train time changes, station closures
Here's what to expect if you're taking the Metro this weekend.
Alessia Grunberger, April 23, 2021, Takoma Park Patch
Montgomery, Loudoun will jointly explore other ways of reopening White's Ferry
Montgomery and Loudoun counties have teamed for a joint study on expediting the reopening of White’s Ferry, a transportation link across the Potomac River.
Dan Schere, April 23, 2021, Bethesda Magazine
Honda sets goal of all electric vehicle sales by 2040
Honda Motor Co. is looking to extend its commitments to cleaner energy by increasing its inventory of electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles to 100 percent of all sales by 2040.
Celine Castronuovo, April 23, 2021, The Hill
Sierra Club applauds governors' push for electrification
In response to a letter sent by a dozen governors to President Joe Biden urging the administration to set standards for the transportation industry, the Sierra Club on Wednesday said it applauds the move towards electrification.
Liz Carey, April 23, 2021, Transportation Today
Weekend Road and Rail: I-66 sees overnight closures, still no Blue Line service on Metro
The Metro news of the weekend remains the same as it has been for a while: The Platform Improvement Project keeps Blue Line service shuttered through May 23.
Zeke Hartner, April 23, 2021, WTOP
Group releases first report after reviewing complaints against Metro Transit Police
Metro officials praised a new report from a panel created to review claims against the Transit Police, calling it a boost to the agency’s transparency.
Justin George, April 22, 2021, Washington Post
Safety association says DMV crashes have spiked
The Governor’s Highway Safety Association says there’s been a spike in traffic crashes nationwide.
Nick Minock, April 22, 2021, ABC7
DC to waive penalties for unpaid tickets for 4-month period
Unpaid tickets could put drivers at risk of their vehicles being towed or booted and block them from getting their licenses or registrations renewed.
Michael Quander, April 23, 2021, WUSA9
Key vote on Hogan's DC-area highway and bridge plan is delayed again
The carefully-orchestrated plan to get Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s top transportation priority to the Board of Public Works is again in danger of being thwarted by a protest lodged by a losing bidder.
Bruce DePuyt, April 22, 2021, WTOP
Metro Board considers fare incentives to lure riders back
The Metro Board of Directors says the transit system has weathered the pandemic-related financial storm that threatened drastic service cuts, and is looking for financial incentives to lure riders back to the transit system.
Neal Augenstein, April 22, 2021, WTOP
GOP infrastructure bill goes all-in on cars
Senate Republicans celebrated Earth Day by releasing a counter-offer to President Biden’s infrastructure plan that would deepen America’s dependence on gas-powered cars.
Kea Wilson, April 22, 2021, Streetsblog USA
Consumer Reports finds it's easy to trick Tesla into driving with nobody at the wheel
Consumer Reports found that it is easy to trick a Tesla into driving when nobody is at the wheel, a test it took after a crash on Saturday involving a Tesla that killed two people.
Lexi Lonas, April 22, 2021, The Hill
How DC can reduce traffic deaths and make real progress on Vision Zero
While there have been some marginal improvements to the city’s transportation infrastructure, it has been nowhere near enough to slow the number of deaths on our streets -- in fact, they’ve been increasing.
Nick Sementelli, Conor Shaw, April 22, 2021, GGWash
Bike to Work Day is back and set for next month
Set for Friday, May 21, Arlington and the entire D.C. region will be participating in the 20th anniversary of this event.
Matt Blitz, April 22, 2021, ARLnow
DC crosswalk transforms into dance floor as group entertains drivers
A group of dancers strutted their stuff on a crosswalk in D.C. this week as they entertained drivers waiting at a stoplight with laughter and music.
April 21, 2021, Fox5
Metro to begin multi-year escalator replacement project starting with Gallery Place April 26
As part of a $179 million investment to improve safety and reliability, Metro will begin work to replace the oldest, least reliable escalators in the system starting with Gallery Place Station, Monday, April 26. It’s the first of 130 escalators to be replaced over seven years.
April 21, 2021, WMATA
Lower speed limits, bicycle lanes, crosswalks part of new road safety goals
Lower speed limits, new bike lanes and sidewalks, and more speed and red light cameras are in Montgomery County’s plans to eliminate traffic-related deaths and serious injuries by 2030.
Briana Adhikusuma, April 22, 2021, Bethesda Magazine
7News examines Metro safety as woman recovers from devastating attack in Northeast
After D.C. police say a man followed a woman out of Metro station and attacked her from behind, 7News looked into both the safety of riding Metro during the pandemic and the safety of the neighborhood surrounding the NoMa-Gallaudet station.
Tom Roussey, April 21, 2021, ABC7
Loudoun, Montgomery counties look to reopen a ferry across Potomac River
The historic White’s Ferry that once carried hundreds of commuters between the states closed in December following a court decision that said the ferry’s landing site had trespassed on land owned by Rockland Farm.
Luke Lukert, April 21, 2021, WTOP
Pittman: proposal for third Bay Bridge span should be put 'on hold'
Before the pandemic, motorists traveling eastbound through Anne Arundel County toward the Bay Bridge endured tedious backups, particularly during beach season when commuters, contractors and vacationers mingled unhappily.
Bruce DePuyt, April 21, 2021, WTOP
Tickets issued for aggressive driving, excessive exhaust noise in Montgomery County
Maryland law enforcement agencies issued more than 100 tickets in an effort to combat street racing, aggressive driving and excessive exhaust noise in Montgomery County.
Abigail Constantino, April 21, 2021, WTOP
Regional trail awareness and safety -- focus group
In September 2020, Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) conducted a focus group to better understand trail awareness and safety among DC area residents and to understand barriers (those real and perceived) that may prevent residents from utilizing trails more regularly.
April 21, 2021, WABA
DOT appoints chief science officer for first time in 40 years
The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced on Wednesday it is appointing a chief science officer, the first time in more than 40 years the role will be filled in the department.
Alex Gangitano, April 21, 2021, The Hill
After six years of failure, it's time to start over on Vision Zero
Six years after Mayor Muriel Bowser committed DC to the goal of ensuring that “no lives are lost on our streets or at our intersections,” DC is on pace for its deadliest year of traffic violence in over a decade.
Conor Shaw, Nick Sementelli, April 21, 2021, GGWash
Also roaring back from pandemic: earth-warming emissions
Global warming emissions are expected to spike this year as the world emerges from the coronavirus pandemic and economies begin to recover.
Matt Ott, April 20, 2021, Frederick News-Post
Amazon launches Alexa Transit
The new service supports major systems in the U.S. with more to be added in the coming months.
Mischa Wanek-Libman, April 20, 2021, Mass Transit
County bill proposes permits for soliciting on roads, medians, sidewalks
County Council Member Craig Rice, who proposed the legislation on Tuesday, said the new iteration would help meet Vision Zero goals to protect pedestrians from traffic-related injuries or fatalities.
Brianna Adhikusuma, April 20, 2021, Bethesda Magazine
Metro to approve $4.7 billion budget, preventing service cuts but delaying Silver Line Phase II to 2022
Metro’s Board of Directors is set to approve a $4.7 billion capital and operating budget on Thursday (April 22) that includes $723 million in federal relief.
Matt Blitz, April 20, 2021, Reston Now
Montgomery County works toward climate equity with new initiatives
According to environmental experts, climate change has hit communities of color especially hard, from higher rates of pollution to less access to green space.
Aimee Cho, April 20, 2021, NBC Washington
Report: DC area among top 25 worst in US for ozone
The D.C. area ranks 22nd worst in U.S. for ozone, according to the American Lung Association’s 2021 “State of the Air” report.
Kristi King, April 21, 2021, WTOP
Biden dispatches Cabinet members to sell infrastructure plan
Four members of President Biden's Cabinet took to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to sell his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, pushing back on Republican criticisms that the plan was too large and wide-ranging.
Niv Elis, April 20, 2021, The Hill
District issues RFP for first public-private patrtnership, to modernize streetlight network
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT), and the Office of Public-Private Partnerships (OP3), issued the Request for Proposals (RFP) to three short-listed offerors for the DC Smart Street Lighting project, the District’s first-ever public private partnership.
April 19, 2021, DDOT
Slightly divided Board of Supervisors backs 495 NEXT proposal
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted 8-2 April 13 to endorse the Virginia Department of Transportation’s 495 Express Lanes Northern Extension (495 NEXT) project and expressed hope that Maryland officials would expand highway capacity on their side of the Potomac River.
Brian Trompeter, April 20, 2021, Inside NoVa
Nearly 1 in 3 DC-area traffic deaths were on foot or bike
Nearly one-third of the people killed in traffic crashes in the D.C. area last year were pedestrians or bicyclists, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments said Monday.
Rick Massimo, April 19, 2021, WTOP
Debris on Outer Loop causes flats for drivers
WTOP Traffic Reporter Jack Taylor reports “upwards of two dozen” drivers had flat tires.
Colleen Kelleher, April 20, 2021, WTOP
GOP eyes new strategy to derail Biden infrastructure plan
Republicans say President Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure package will have a tough time getting through the Senate intact because of several key provisions that will open the legislation up to parliamentary challenges under the arcane Byrd Rule.
Alexander Bolton, April 20, 2021, The Hill
D.C. to offer amnesty for overdue tickets, as ticketing for all parking violations resumes
In a step toward pre-pandemic normalcy, the District is set to resume full enforcement of parking violations this spring.
Luz Lazo, April 19, 2021, Washington Post
Harris says 'hard work' ahead to get infrastructure package through Congress
Vice President Harris on Monday acknowledged the tough road ahead for President Biden's $2.3 trillion infrastructure package, but said the administration is committed to getting the proposal through Congress.
Alex Gangitano, April 19, 2021, The Hill
ParkMobile users might want to change password after cybersecurity 'incident'
“In March, ParkMobile became aware of a cybersecurity incident linked to a vulnerability in a third-party software which we use,” the company said in a news release.
Will Vitka, April 19, 2021, WTOP
No one driving Tesla before Texas crash that killed two, authorities say
A Tesla vehicle that struck a tree near Houston on Saturday, killing two passengers, did not appear to have anyone in the driver's seat at the time of the crash and may have been the result of a failure of the car's self-driving feature, according to police.
?ohn Bowden, April 19, 2021, The Hill
Fearing a post-pandemic talent exodus, agencies view telework as key retention tool
Now more than a year after the pandemic forced government to expand telework in ways they hadn’t previously imagined, agencies fear remote work flexibilities will make or break their recruitment and retention strategies.
Nicole Ogysko, April 16, 2021, Federal News Network
Maryland Transportation Authority customer service to go offline on Tuesday
Motorists who use Maryland toll facilities will not be able to reach the Maryland Transportation Authority’s customer service department during a nine-day period that begins on Tuesday.
Bruce DePuyt, April 19, 2021, WTOP
Interstate 95 express lanes traffic remains low
Traffic on Transurban’s many electronic toll roads across the globe is creeping back to pre-COVID-19 figures, but express lanes traffic in the Washington metro area is lagging, according to a quarterly report released Thursday.
Scott Shenk, April 18, 2021, Free Lance-Star
Rules to abide by for safety on trails, roads and bike paths
As the world slowly reopens, the issue of safety on shared-use paths comes back into focus.
Bob Cawood, April 18, 2021, Capital Gazette
Md. man accused of stealing over 100 air bags
A Maryland man accused of stealing 100 air bags was arrested Thursday while driving a stolen car, police say.
Sophia Barnes, April 17, 2021, NBC Washington
Elon Musk's Boring Company removes D.C.-Baltimore tunnel from list of projects
Elon Musk’s tunnel-digging business no longer lists a proposed high-speed D.C.-to-Baltimore transit system on its website and a Federal Highway Administration spokesman said the company has given the agency no indication it intends to move ahead with the project.
Ian Duncan, April 16, 2021, Washington Post
Putting cars and trucks back on track to meeting climate goals
The White House is getting ready to release the next round of targets for its commitment under the Paris Agreement.
Dave Cooke, April 16, 2021, UCS
Three District teenagers plead guilty to day-long spree of armed carjackings
Three young District men pleaded guilty Thursday and face up to years in prison for a day-long spree of eight armed carjackings last October across Northwest and Northeast Washington.
Spencer S. Hsu, April 16, 2021, Washington Post
Buttigieg casts proposed transportation budget as down payment on infrastructure
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg presented his department’s budget to lawmakers Thursday as a miniature version of the administration’s mammoth infrastructure plan, with new money for transit, rail and racial justice.
Ian Duncan, April 15, 2021, Washington Post
Maryland businesses hurt by Purple Line construction eligible for $2.5 million in aid
Businesses hurt by construction of the Purple Line are eligible for $2.5 million in financial aid allotted by the Maryland General Assembly over the next three fiscal years, a lawmaker said.
Katherine Shaver, April 15, 2021, Washington Post