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Planning Commission chair says Alexandria needs to step up its federal grants game to make transit corridors a reality

Transitway corridors are areas where the city is hoping to implement “enhanced transit services” like bus rapid transit, a streetcar, dedicated bus lanes and more.  Read more...
Vernon Miles, April 12, 2024, ALXNow

'Significant' MARC Penn Line schedule changes to begin

The changes will mean that some trains may arrive early, and some will be delayed between Baltimore and Union Station in D.C. Read more...
Anna-Lysa Gayle, April 11, 2024, DC News Now

DC Department of Transportation director: Connecticut Avenue won't get bike lanes

Initial plans from DDOT had a protected bike lane on Connecticut Avenue as part of safety improvements but Director Sharon Kershbaum told the Council Thursday they weren’t moving forward with that plan. Read more...
Daniel Hamburg, April 11, 2024, DC News Now

Transit ridership continues its slow recovery

Transit riders took 7.1 billion trips in 2023, down from 9.9 billion in 2019, in large part due to shifting work patterns and low office occupancy.  Read more...
Diana Ionescu, April 11, 2024, Planetizen

How transit agencies can succeed at outsourcing operations

Transit agencies often contract with private companies to operate part or all of their rail, bus or other services. Done right, it can improve service and even lower costs.  Read more...
Dan Zukowski, April 11, 2024, Smart Cities Dive

Biden-Harris Administration announces nearly $830 million in grants to make transportation infrastructure more resilient to climate change

To strengthen America’s climate resilience, President Biden has secured more than $50 billion for climate resilience and adaptation through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act. Read more...
April 11, 2024, Transportation.gov

6th Annual Mount Vernon District Environment Expo

Organized by Supervisor Dan Storck, in collaboration with the National Park Service, this event promises an educational and engaging day for the whole family.  Read more...
April 11, 2024, Fairfax Alliance of Better Bicycling

Circulator bus service could end by March 2025, officials say

The Circulator would require an infusion of more than $100 million to sustain itself next fiscal year, said DDOT director Sharon Kershbaum in a hearing with the D.C. Council transportation committee on Thursday. Read more...
Danny Nguyen, April 11, 2024, The Washington Post

WMATA and MWCOG announce new joint transit initiative

In a news release sent out Wednesday, officials said that the organizations’ Boards of Directors will meet on May 1 to start “months-long discussions about how to efficiently provide, fund, and govern public transit.” Read more...
Makea Luzader, April 10, 2024, DC News Now

CaBi continues to break records through March

CaBi members consistently make up the majority of trips each month, representing 63.7% of all rides in March. E-bikes continue to account for nearly half of all rides, as 49.9% of riders chose the pedal-assisted option over the classic red bikes. Read more...
Samuel Littauer, April 11, 2024, Greater Greater Washington

FTA issues final rule on PTASP regulation, revises National Public Transportation Safety Plan

The major safety updates will make transit systems safer for transit workers and passengers across the U.S. while providing workers more input in safety-making decisions through enhanced safety committees. Read more...
April 10, 2024, Mass Transit Magazine

New NVTC report highlights importance of public transit to the environment

The report, "Climate Benefits of Transit in Northern Virginia,” finds the use of public transit in northern Virginia reduces up to 160,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year and that diesel-fueled buses provide greater benefits to the environment than people driving in cars, SUVs and light trucks. Read more...
April 10, 2024, Mass Transit Magazine

APTA releases ridership trends report

After falling to 20% of pre-pandemic levels in April 2020, public transit has recovered to 79% of pre-pandemic levels as of March 2024, according to the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) latest ridership trends report. Read more...
Marybeth Luczak, April 9, 2024, Railway Age

'All of their riders are listening to you' | Kids with autism voicing announcements on Metro buses, trains all month long

On Wednesday, around 40 children with autism gathered to tour a train, and bus and ask questions to Metro General Manager and CEO Randy Clarke. Read more...
John Doran, April 10, 2024, WUSA9

Metro, Council of Governments officials plan to partner on developing unified vision for the region's transit

The planned partnership builds on recent coordination related to Metro's FY 2025 financial challenges. It also provides an opportunity for the region to act with urgency to fully address complex, long-term transit needs. Read more...
April 10, 2024, WMATA

Will DC put the brakes on Circulator buses?

Under the budget proposal from Mayor Muriel Bowser, Circulator buses would be phased out by early next year. The mayor said rising costs for something that people aren’t using, and is already duplicated by Metro, is too hard to justify when she has a budget to balance. Read more...
John Domen, April 10, 2024, WTOP

How DC's Metro lured riders back

WMATA’s strategy has been successful so far: In February, ridership across the system was at 83 percent of pre-pandemic levels, and DC has now seen a faster transit recovery than any other major metro area with a comparable public transportation network. Read more...
Abdallah Fayyad, April 10, 2024, Vox

Report confirms public transit is good for Northern Virginia's environment

The "Climate Benefits of Transit in Northern Virginia" report concludes that while personal vehicles are a major cause of pollution, riding trains and buses can mitigate these emissions. Read more...
April 9, 2024, Metro Magazine

Run MARC commuter trains into Virginia. It could draw thousands more riders

Nonetheless, the fact that over 10,000 people from the Maryland suburbs are employed near L’Enfant Plaza, Crystal City, and King Street means there is a strong opportunity for MARC to grow ridership.  Read more...
Ethan Finlan, April 9, 2024, Greater Greater Washington

Virginia governor strikes extra funding for Metro from budget

The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission says it has the funding for Metro for now, but it says sending the money will mean that reserve funds for other transportation projects down the line will dry up in about a year. Then taxpayers may be asked to pay more. Read more...
Adam Tuss, April 9, 2024, NBC4 Washington

DC Circulator bus: What to know about the mayor's shutdown proposal

Part of the problem, according to D.C. officials, is that ridership on the Circulator hasn’t returned to where it was pre-pandemic. Bike share and scooters have become more popular since the pandemic, further taking riders away from the Circulator. Read more...
Adam Tuss, April 8, 2024, NBC4 Washington

FTA announces $20.5B for transit agencies

The funding will be available to help communities expand, modernize, maintain and operate public transportation systems, upgrade stations, tracks and maintenance facilities, plan and design new transit corridors, and provide access for seniors and riders with disabilities. Read more...
Liz Carey, April 8, 2024, Transportation Today

Neighbors upset about Beltway work in Virginia speak out

The ongoing project to expand the express lanes on Interstate 495 in Virginia has some McLean area residents upset and looking for answers. Read more...
Kyle Cooper, April 8, 2024, WTOP

How DC's new traffic signs can tell when drivers are on their phones or not wearing a seatbelt

The signs, which are attached to a mobile trailer unit, tell drivers to put their phones down, buckle up or slow down, said Rick Birt, the director of the DC Highway Safety Office. They’re similar to signs that display speed. Read more...
Kaela Roeder, April 8, 2024, Technically

Department of Transportation awards $3.3 billion to monumental transportation project: 'Helps give everyone an equal chance'

The Department of Transportation has set aside $3.3 billion to cap highways, add new transport routes, add sidewalks and bike lanes, and construct bridges. It's said the money means "more than 130 communities in 41 states and Washington, DC, will benefit." Read more...
Leo Collis, April 8, 2024, The Cool Down

Officials install taller, stronger faregates in Foggy Bottom Station

The spokesperson said officials have upgraded faregates at about 33 of 98 stations in the Metro system as of Friday. They said there has been an almost 80 percent reduction in fare evasion at the stations with upgraded faregates. Read more...
Max Porter, April 8, 2024, The GW Hatchett

Average gasoline prices in Virginia have risen in the last week, GasBuddy says

Prices in Virginia are 21.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 1.6 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has increased by 3.1 cents in the last week and stands at $4.02 per gallon, GasBuddy said. Read more...
Kaylee Shipley, April 8, 2024, ABC7 News

$20.5B in federal funds for public transit available in FY 2024

The funding will support urban, rural and tribal communities with grants “to start new projects, fix old infrastructure, and ensure fast, safe, convenient service,” the acting FTA administrator said. Read more...
Dan Zukowski, April 5, 2024, Smart Cities Dive

The good, the bad and the ugly of DC Metro's design and wayfinding evolution

A pilot program at L’Enfant Plaza, one of its busiest stations, provides a preview of what’s to come: updated platform signage, altered pylons, refreshed neighborhood maps, and a new way to find your way out of each station. Read more...
Mark Byrnes, April 4, 2024, Bloomberg

Biden-Harris Administration to provide $20.5 billion in federal funding to support transit systems, boost communities

The investments will help people get to work, school, healthcare appointments, and other destinations via subways, light rail, buses, and ferry systems.  Read more...
April 4, 2024, Transportation.gov

OmniRide faces $16 million budget shortfall in Prince William, fueled by rising transit costs

OmniRide will be forced to cut service if it can’t secure local funding to offset its rising costs, although it’s not immediately clear what those service cuts might look like. Read more...
Ben Peters, April 4, 2024, Inside NOVA

E-bikes are transforming urban mobility and cities need to get onboard: study

The study delves into the motivations and usage patterns of e-bike riders, revealing intriguing insights into their preferences. Contrary to popular belief, e-bikes are not just for leisurely rides. In fact, the majority of e-bike users primarily utilize them for utilitarian purposes, such as commuting and running errands. Read more...
Ron Johnson, April 2, 2024, Momentum Magazine

FRA issues ruling on size of train crews

The rule permits, in limited cases, exceptions for smaller railroads to continue or begin certain one-person train crew operations by notifying FRA and complying with federal safety standards. Read more...
Melina Druga, April 4, 2024, Transportation Today

Ridership up, fare evasion down on Metro, transit agency says

Efforts to reduce fare evasion and increase safety on Metro trains and buses appear to be working, the transit agency said Thursday, citing positive ridership and crime trends. Read more...
Thomas Robertson, April 4, 2024, WTOP

Cities look to AI-powered cameras to keep bus lanes clear

A March 2024 Urban Institute study in partnership with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority found that “well-enforced and unobstructed priority bus lanes” could increase access to jobs reachable within 30 minutes by 90% for the average D.C resident. Read more...
Dan Zukowski, April 3, 2024, Smart Cities Dive

Route 7 widening in Pimmit Hills among local transportation projects up for regional funds

“With funding requests totaling nearly $1 billion, the projects cover various transportation modes including transit, rail, roadway enhancements, technology, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, and intersection/interchange improvements,” the NVTA said in a press release. Read more...
Angela Woolsey, April 3, 2024, FFXNow

Metro to open early for the Cherry Blossom 10-Mile race. Here are the best stations to use

The rail system will open at 5 a.m. to ensure that the thousands of runners and spectators will be able to make the race which starts on the grounds of the Washington Monument. Corrals open at 6:45 a.m., according to the event's schedule. Read more...
Jordan Young, April 3, 2024, NBC Washington

Alexandria transportation projects in proposed NVTA 6-year funding

Every two years, the authority updates its six-year plan to allocate regional transportation funds to transportation projects with a focus on multimodal projects to reduce traffic congestion. Read more...
Emily Leayman, April 2, 2024, Patch

Transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg announces new rule to bolster rail safety

The Federal Railroad Administration's provision establishes a minimum crew size for all railroads, including freight, passenger, and commuter trains, requiring at least two crew members.  Read more...
Kaia Hubbard, April 2, 2024, CBS News

Roadway construction, station improvements to impact customers at Pentagon Transit Center and Pentagon Metrorail Station over multiple weekends

Metrorail service will be unaffected. Blue and Yellow line trains will continue to provide normal service to Pentagon Station. However, rail customers that normally make bus connections at the Pentagon will need to transfer to buses at Pentagon City. Read more...
April 2, 2024, WMATA

Prince George's has ambitious transit plans, but they're threatened by a lack of funding

Later this spring, the county will release a new Transit Vision Plan that encompasses TheBus, Metrorail, Metrobus, Amtrak, state bus routes, and paratransit.  Read more...
Ethan Goffman, April 2, 2024, Greater Greater Washington

Alexandria adding protection to four bike lanes, including Seminary Road and King Street

The City of Alexandria website said each of the streets currently has painted buffer zones but no physical barriers. While many of the physical barriers on bike lanes are obviously not strong enough to stop a car, it still provides a physical demarcation that helps keep drivers out of the bike lane. Read more...
Vernon Miles, April 1, 2024, ALXNow

WMATA shares details on summer Red Line construction plan

There will be local service that stops at each Red Line station. A “Limited One” option that starts at Glenmont, stops at Wheaton which will then travel directly to Fort Totten. Read more...
Kevon Dupree, April 1, 2024, DC News Now

Metro offers half-acre site in Alexandria for 'joint development' amid $750M budget deficit

According to Metro, ‘joint development’ projects are private developments that create "vibrant, mixed-use communities on transit-owned property that require coordination with transit facilities." Read more...
Sam Kosmas, April 1, 2024, Fox 5 News

DOT accepting applications for more than $5B in infrastructure grants

Another $2.7 billion will be available through the INFRA program that awards competitive grants to multimodal freight and highway projects of national or regional significance to improve safety, accessibility, efficiency and reliability of transportation across urban and rural areas. Read more...
Liz Carey, April 1, 2024, Transportation Today

Proposed fare and service changes - Fiscal Year 2025 Arlington County proposed budget

The Arlington County Board is considering a 12.5% fare increase to ART and STAR in the Fiscal Year 2025 County operating budget, commensurate with WMATA’s proposed bus fare increase. Read more...
March 27, 2024, Arlingtontransit.com

Traffic complications predicted for commutes from Baltimore after bridge collapse

Commuters from Maryland will be navigating new ways to get to work and school after a container ship hit Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge, causing it to partly collapse in the early morning of March 26.    Read more...
Izzy Fantini, April 1, 2024, The Eagle

Want to reduce traffic congestion? Cash out employer-paid parking

The city can require employers who offer free parking at work to offer commuters the option to choose the cash value of the free parking. Called parking cash out, this policy rewards all the alternatives to solo driving. Read more...
Donald Shoup, April 1, 2024, Planetizen