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Masks are still required in planes, trains and buses despite loosened CDC guidelines
Fully vaccinated people traveling in buses, trains and airplanes must continue to wear a mask, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday, even as it said they could go without one in most other indoor settings.
Ian Duncan, May 13, 2021, Washington Post
Here are things that might change about your commute this fall
While more companies outline plans to bring employees back, many workers are still likely to do their jobs from home.
Lori Aratani, May 14, 2021, Washington Post
Weekend Metro schedule
Here's what to expect if you're taking the Metro this weekend.
Alessia Grunberger, May 14, 2021, Takoma Park Patch
MetroAccess contract dispatchers end strike over wages
More than 100 MetroAccess reservation-takers and dispatchers went on strike Friday in a dispute with a Texas-based transportation provider over pay and working conditions.
Michael Laris, May 14, 2021, Washington Post
Montgomery County strikes deal to electrify Ride On buses
AlphaStruxure, an energy-as-a-service company, will help Montgomery Co. transition at least 44 Ride On buses from diesel to electric power.
Alessia Grunberger, May 14, 2021, Takoma Park Patch
Metro's Red Line single-tracking in Maryland after person struck by train
Trains on Metro’s Red Line were sharing a track between the Twinbrook and Grosvenor stations in Maryland after a person was struck by a train at the White Flint station, officials said Friday.
Justin Wm. Moyer, May 14, 2021, Washington Post
Joint Economic Committee releases report on infrastructure investments
America invests less in infrastructure than its peers, a new report for the U.S. Congress’ Joint Economic Committee (JEC) released Wednesday said.
Liz Carey, May 14, 2021, Transportation Today
Washington D.C. DOT to invest $10M in road improvements
The Washington D.C. District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will be investing $10 million to improve the safety of intersections and roads.
Melina Druga, May 14, 2021, Transportation Today
What does WMATA's non-dire 2022 budget mean for an equitable recovery in DC?
Thanks to an influx of $729 million in federal relief after fare revenues collapsed in 2020 and early 2021, WMATA’s FY2022 budget restores about 80 - 85% of pre-pandemic service levels for train and bus, respectively, from June.
Caitlin Rogger, May 14, 2021, GGWash
Metro expects most pre-pandemic riders won't return this year amid an altered future for transit
The transit agency will regain only about 42 percent of its pre-pandemic riders by the end of the year, according to a new report.
Justin George, May 13, 2021, Washington Post
Metro waives fee for events that end after normal closing time
The temporary fee waiver and extended rail service will be provided until Dec. 31 when needed for the Capitals, Nationals and other events.
Mark Hand, May 13, 2021, Arlington Patch
Metro bus service to ramp up without rail fare discounts
Metro will take more steps toward a return to normalcy next month with additional bus service.
John Aaron, May 13, 2021, WTOP
Weekend Road and Rail: Paving in Md., sign work in DC, detour in Va.
The weather forecast is looking good for road work in the D.C. area over the weekend. Here’s what you need to know.
Mary DePompa, May 14, 2021, WTOP
Riders say frequent cleaning, ability to social distance will encourage them to return to Metro
About 55% of riders surveyed said more frequent cleaning of buses or trains would make them more likely to take transit.
May 13, 2021, dcist
New bill would help measure transportation access for non-drivers
A new bill would give U.S. communities money to analyze how easy -- or difficult -- it is for residents to access the destinations they need most, and how their mode of transportation, race, income, age, disability, and other factors that affect their basic mobility.
Kea Wilson, May 13, 2021, Streetsblog USA
Have an expired Maryland license? Get it renewed before Aug. 15.
The Motor Vehicle Administration will resume requirements to renew state-issued documents after an extension during the coronavirus pandemic.
Luz Lazo, May 13, 2021, Washington Post
Agreement allows buses to switch from diesel to electric
Montgomery County has reached an agreement with AlphaStruxure for an integrated microgrid and electric bus charging infrastructure project at the Brookville Bus Depot in Silver Spring.
May 13, 2021, Bethesda Magazine
MDOT hosts meeting on University Blvd. bike lane project
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration is hosting a virtual presentation Thursday so residents in Montgomery County can learn more about the shared streets pilot project coming to University Boulevard in Wheaton.
Will Vitka, May 13, 2021, WTOP
Modern Mobility: Happy Bike Month
May is Bike Month, and from what I’ve seen out and about so far, lots of you are already celebrating.
Chris Slatt, May 12, 2021, ARLnow
As long lines reported at local gas stations, D.C.-area officials urge drivers not to panic buy
Some local gas stations are experiencing fuel shortages as the effects of a ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline late last week ripple through the region.
Dominique Maria Bonessi, May 12, 2021, dcist
Maryland Department of Transportation shrinks plan to supersize Beltway
Maryland’s Department of Transportation announced a proposal to drastically reduce its Beltway expansion project, a part of the state’s years-long effort to reduce congestion on the Beltway and I-270.
Colleen Grablick, May 12, 2021, dcist
Amid rising road deaths, Bowser pledges $10 million for more speed cameras, street improvements
With traffic deaths happening at the fastest pace in recent years, Mayor Muriel Bowser said Wednesday that she’s dedicating $10 million to add speed cameras across D.C. and make changes at dangerous intersections.
Jordan Pascale, May 12, 2021, dcist
Study: Cycling rates low unless women are riding
Around the world, cities that do the best job of catering to the needs of women cyclists also have the highest level of cycling overall, a new study finds -- and the U.S. has among the lowest share of female-identified riders on the planet.
Kea Wilson, May 13, 2021, Streetsblog USA
Metro is behind on training and safety protocols, audit says
Metro is not keeping up with preventive maintenance, lacks needed safety certifications and is not training employees on how to maintain the system’s complex equipment and machinery, the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission said in a new audit.
Justin George, May 12, 2021, Washington Post
Toyota predicts most of its vehicles will still use gas in 2030
Toyota on Wednesday predicted that most of its U.S. vehicles would still use gasoline in 2030, though the company signaled a commitment to developing hybrid and electric vehicles.
Joseph Choi, May 12, 2021, The Hill
Officials seek state study on MARC Brunswick Line
The administrator of the Maryland Transit Administration will meet with several elected officials from Frederick and Montgomery counties as they seek a study about improvements on MARC’s Brunswick Line.
Ryan Marshall, May 11, 2021, Frederick News-Post
Drivers line up at DC-area gas stations in fueling frenzy
Lines of vehicles were seen at D.C.-area pumps, as drivers filled up on gas following a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline -- the biggest fuel pipeline in the U.S., delivering about 45% of what is consumed on the East Coast.
May 12, 2021, WTOP
Dispatchers who connect riders with disabilities to MetroAccess vote to authorize strike if necessary
Dispatchers who connect people with disabilities to MetroAccess paratransit vans are threatening to strike.
Jordan Pascale, May 11, 2021, dcist
Inside Berlin's free cargo-bikeshare program
This sounded like such a simple and brilliant solution to a challenge that anyone without a car (or who shares a car with other family members and can’t always use it) has probably faced.
Rachel Quednau, May 12, 2021, Streetsblog USA
Airlines start to feel Colonial Pipeline pinch
Fuel supply shortages from the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack are hitting airlines at a time when the industry is just beginning to emerge from the coronavirus recession.
Alex Gangitano, May 11, 2021, The Hill
D.C. parking enforcement will resume June 1 after suspension for pandemic
D.C. officials said Tuesday that parking enforcement suspended for the coronavirus pandemic will return June 1.
Justin Wm. Moyer, May 11, 2021, Washington Post
Reps. Crawford, Rouzer, Cohen introduce legislation prioritizing transportation workers for PPE, vaccines
U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford (R-AR), David Rouzer (R-NC), and Steve Cohen (D-TN) introduced the legislation Friday that would give priority to transportation workers when it comes to personal protective equipment and vaccines.
Liz Carey, May 11, 2021, Transportation Today
Where DC drivers have jumped curbs in May (so far)
In the first 10 days of May alone, we’ve counted at least six separate reported incidents of drivers crashing their cars where they’re not supposed to be: into sidewalks and buildings.
Libby Solomon, May 11, 2021, GGWash
Buttigieg labels infrastructure a national security issue
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg pointed to a ransomware attack on a major U.S. pipeline providing energy to much of the East Coast as he suggested funding the country's infrastructure needs amounts to a national security issue.
Dominick Mastrangelo, May 11, 2021, The Hill
D.C.'s Lafayette Square opens gates to pedestrians for first time in nearly a year
The tall metal fence that has surrounded Lafayette Square for nearly a year opened Monday morning -- to the delight of tourists and relief of D.C. residents, who took cautious steps forward into the center of the park.
Marissa J. Lang, May 10, 2021, Washington Post
Survey: Metrobus riders return in greater numbers, but Metrorail's ridership looks bleak
Results of a new survey of pre-pandemic Metro riders show that although a majority of bus riders have now returned, rail ridership's present and future still look bleak.
Tom Roussey, May 10, 2021, ABC7
BWI Marshall sets passenger departures record over Mother's Day weekend
BWI Marshall Airport experienced its busiest day for departing passengers on the Friday before Mother’s Day since Maryland first announced a state of emergency due to COVID-19 in March 2020.
Glynis Kazanjian, May 10, 2021, WTOP
Survey finds support for maglev in Prince George's; officials skeptical
Public discourse regarding a proposed high-speed train running between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. has been dominated by a vocal group of project opponents, particularly in Prince George’s County.
Bruce DePuyt, May 11, 2021, WTOP
Metro wants to temporarily drop fees for special events
One of the ways Metro is hoping to entice riders back to the system is to waive the fees it charges for keeping the trains running during events in the D.C. area.
Abigail Constantino, May 11, 2021, WTOP
Rebirth of the streetcar
During the past 40 years, the streetcar has rebounded from the precipice of the grave.
David Peter Alan, May 10, 2021, Railway Age
Drivers stole 20% of bike/walk dollars last year
A fifth of the largest pot of federal money that’s explicitly promised to active transportation users instead went to drivers last year -- and advocates say it’s critical that we pass legislation that makes it harder for states to misuse the funds.
Kea Wilson, May 10, 2021, Streetsblog USA
Events: Get the latest on a protected bike lane project on 15th Street NW
The District Department of Transportation and the National Park Service are holding a public meeting to offer updates on the extension of the 15th Street NW Cycletrack, this Wednesday from 5:30 pm to 7 pm.
George Kevin Jordan, May 10, 2021, GGWash
Don't panic over fuel shortage from halted pipeline, expert says
With a critical U.S. pipeline struggling to resume operations after a cyberextortion attempt, an industry expert is tempering fears of a gasoline shortage and spikes in prices -- as long as the public doesn’t panic.
Alejandro Alvarez, Mike Murillo, May 10, 2021, WTOP
A $73 billion bill could speed up electric bus adoption in the US
Two Democratic senators want to give (almost) the same amount of funding to transit agencies to electrify nation’s bus fleet as President Biden promised to private drivers to electrify their cars.
Kea Wilson, May 10, 2021, GGWash
Gas prices set to rise after pipeline cyberattack
Gas prices are expected to rise following a ransomware attack targeting Colonial Pipeline Company last week that forced the company to shut down a major fuel pipeline.
John Bowden, May 10, 2021, The Hill
Customs officers and nurse help save infant's life at BWI Marshall Airport
Their job is to inspect planes, but on Wednesday afternoon, three U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers dropped their normal duties to help save an infant’s life.
Mike Murillo, May 7, 2021, WTOP
Out-of-state drivers owe more than $167 million to Maryland
The state tolling authority is being urged to negotiate reciprocity agreements with neighboring states to recoup the tolls.
Luz Lazo, May 7, 2021, Washington Post
Miles of George Washington Parkway will see lane reduction as part of plan to boost safety
The National Park Service is planning to put parts of Northern Virginia’s George Washington Memorial Parkway on a “road diet,” the agency says, reducing the number of travel lanes on the southern part of the route.
Justin Wm. Moyer, May 8, 2021, Washington Post
New research released on e-scooters
The scooters can be found in cities and in the suburbs and are used as a quick inexpensive way to get around. But where do they belong? On the street -- the sidewalk -- bike lanes?
Bob Barnard, May 7, 2021, Fox5
State to embark on next phase of Central Maryland transit plan
The Maryland Transit Administration and five metro Baltimore jurisdictions announced on Thursday that they are moving forward with their joint pursuit of improved transportation options for the region.
Bruce DePuyt, May 7, 2021, WTOP