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What comes next after abolishing parking mandates
IIt’s not often that policymakers have an opportunity to make a simple change that simultaneously makes it easier to build abundant affordable housing, helps small businesses, encourages transit use, is rock-solid climate action, and actually saves the city money.
Tony Jordan, November 28, 2022, Streetslog USA
Disability groups file federal lawsuit against D.C. over protected bike lanes
Disability organizations in D.C., including the DC Center for Independent Living (DCCIL) and several individuals with disabilities filed a federal lawsuit against the District over street redesign projects they say violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. The lawsuit, filed Monday, highlights concerns about the addition of protected bike lanes.
Sarah Y. Kim, November 23, 2022, dcist
Supply chain platform raises $80M for measuring, mitigating transportation emissions
project44, a global Chicago-based supply chain visibility platform, recently raised $80 million in funding.
Melina Druga, November 15, 2022, Transportation Today
Association of American Railroads: Majority of labor unions ratify contracts
Rail unions Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, Transportation union (SMART-TD), AAR said, ended their voting periods recently. BLET successfully ratified its bargaining agreement, while a portion of SMART-TD, the union representing conductors and other rail employees, did not ratify their agreement.
Liz Carey, November 23, 2022, Transportation Today
Pedestrian struck and killed in front of home in Northeast D.C. [video]
Another deadly crash occurred Friday afternoon on K Street.
Walter Morris, November 25, 2022, NBC Washington
Metrobus struck by gunfire in D.C. in an apparent road rage incident
No injuries were reported in the incident, which happened Saturday afternoon in Southeast Washington.
Lori Aratani, November 26, 2022, Washington Post
Amtrak prepares for $1.5-billion Susquehanna River Rail Bridge replacement project
Amtrak is advancing the planned replacement of the 116-year-old Susquehanna River Rail Bridge with two new bridges that will increase capacity and improve reliability of both freight and passenger trains.
Mischa Wanek-Libman, November 22, 2022, Mass Transit
Amtrak, CSX, NS, Alabama State Port Authority reach agreement on Gulf Coast Corridor rail service
The agreement could lay the foundation for the eventual return of intercity passenger rail service between Mobile, Ala., and New Orleans, La., that has been suspended since Hurricane Katrina heavily damaged rail infrastructure in August 2005.
November 23, 2022, Mass Transit
Opinion: The real reason Americans keep buying SUVs
Urbanists like myself often malign the tremendous proliferation of Sport Utility Vehicles, or SUVs.
Arian Horbovetz, November 25, 2022, Streetsblog USA
Ford recalls over half a million SUVs after 20 fires break out
Potential cracks in the vehicles’ fuel line could cause fires to break out under the hood of some cars, according to Ford and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
November 25, 2022, WTOP
Rail fare revenue remains down but Silver Line gives Metro optimism
The new extension, which opened Tuesday, has already drawn in new riders, transit officials say, while evasion enforcement has cut down on offenses.
Justin George, Novembber 17, 2022, Washington Post
Yes, a Maryland law prevents Sheetz from selling cheap gas
Sheetz announced its selling Unleaded 88 gas for $1.99 per gallon ahead of holiday travel season. Maryland drivers won't see that discount. Here's why.
Eliana Block, Bryce Robinson, November 23 2022, WUSA9
Airport crowds, some long lines as Thanksgiving travel getaway commences
-Rpeagan National Airport saw a steady stream of travelers Wednesday morning with, at times, long lines to go through security screening and to check bags.
Jack Moore, November 23 2022, WTOP
A person is dead after a crash in Prince George's County
Few details were immediately available as to what happened, and the crash remains under investigation.
Dana Hedgpeth, November 23, 2022, Washington Post
States begin final push for compliance as Real ID deadline nears
Some states have made significant progress in rolling out the Real ID-compliant card, but many others are lagging and not close to ready.
Luz Lazo, November 23, 2022, Wshington Post
Auto safety advocates call for fix to pedestrian detection flaws as deaths soar
Benjamin Gates was headed for a snack on a rainy night in Southeast D.C. last year when a vehicle mowed him down as he crossed the street. The driver didn’t stop, leaving the professional cellist alone on the road with multiple severe injuries.
November 21, 2022, NBC Washington
Tesla recalls 321,000 vehicles, 19th recall of the year
A software glitch in some Model Y and Model 3 vehicles can cause the taillights to go off intermittently, increasing the risk of a collision.
wksaMegan Divers, November 21, 2022, WUSA9
Consumers could pay price if railroads, unions can't agree
All 12 railroad unions must approve the contracts to prevent a strike that could cripple supply chains and hamper a stressed U.S. economy just before the holidays.
John Funk, November 21, 2022, WUSA9
Should people be able to issue traffic fines against their neighbors?
Every cell phone in every pocket in America could be transformed into a portable traffic camera, capable of issuing misbehaving motorists a ticket with little more than a few swipes on a touch screen.
Kea Wilson, November 22, 2022, Streeetsblog USA
Airlines try to avoid meltdowns as longer Thanksgiving travel period begins
The holiday stands as a test of airlines’ recovery and their ability to get travelers to their destinations on time after a chaotic summer.
Ian Duncan, Lori Aratani, November 21, 2022, Washington Post
Maryland honors those who have died due to impaired driving
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan joined families to honor those who died from impaired driving at Monday’s 19th annual Maryland Remembers event.
Michelle Murillo, Novemvbe 21, 2022, WTOP
Cargo bikes; the happiest transportation mode on earth
How does a family of four – including a two-year-old and newborn baby – live (and get around the Bay) without owning a car?
Kim Ratcliff, November 18, 2022, Streetsblog SF
Metro to run Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving, November 24; normal service Friday, November 25
Metro welcomes customers and visitors to the region to take Metro wherever your travels take you during the Thanksgiving holiday.
November 21, 2022, WMAATA
Montgomery County warns of heightened risk of drunk drivers on Thanksgiving Eve
The day before Thanksgiving kicks off an especially dangerous period on the roadways that lasts through New Year’s, according officials in Montgomery County, Maryland.
John Aaron, November 20, 2022, WTOP
Future of Md. toll lane project is a mystery
The fate of Maryland’s long-planned toll lane project on parts of the Beltway and I-270 is up in the air.
Jordan Pascale, November 18, 2022, dcist
Thousands bike from Bethesda to U.S. Capitol to call for road safety
The 'Ride For Your Life' was held in memory of mom, wife and diplomat Sarah Langenkamp.
Katie Kyros, November 19, 2022, WUSA9
Metro tests new gates for fighting fare evasion [video]
ITwo prototype faregates have been installed at the Fort Totten Metro station. News4’s Mauricio Casillas shows how they’re designed to prevent fare evasion.
November 18, 2022, NBC Washington
DOJ antitrust challenge to airline alliance concludes in federal court
Antitrust regulators last year sued to stop an alliance between American Airlines and JetBlue Airways.
Douglas Moser, November 18, 2022, QAHIBFRIB OIAAR
On this World Day of Remembrance, get angry –– and take action
This Sunday, Nov. 20 is the annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, which will see a record number of U.S. communities come together to demand change to stem the mounting roadway safety crisis.
Leah Shahum, November 18, 2022, Streetsblog USA
Why there are so few monuments to traffic violence victims –– and why it matters
Legend has it that sometime in the late 1920s, an Ohio governor issued an unusual (and possibly visionary) order: that after every fatal car crash, a marker would be placed on the site of tragedy to remind the public about the dangers of driving.
Kea Wilson, November 18, 2022, Streetsblog USA
WA: Keeping pedestrians safe at bus stops isn't easy, as Uptown crash shows
Last week's fatal bus-pedestrian crash in Seattle's Uptown neighborhood happened because the victim fell into the rear tires of a departing RapidRide D bus, for reasons still undetermined, King County Metro Transit says.
Mike Lindblom,j November 17, 2022, Mass Transit
IBB rejects deal; 'cokling off' period continues
he International Brotherhood of Boilermakers (IBB) has failed to ratify its recent tentative agreement with most Class I railroads and many smaller ones, the National Carriers’ Conference Committee (NCCC) reported Nov. 14.
Frsnk N. Wilner, November 14, 2022, Railway Age
Fall safety tips for pedestrians, drivers, cyclists as daylight wanes
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ fall Street Smart campaign includes enhanced enforcement of traffic laws regionwide.
Kristi King, November 17, 3033, WTOP
Weekend Road and Rail: I-66 and Beltway stops, Red Line shutdown
t’ll prove a chilly weekend for many in the D.C. region, but most roadwork should still go ahead as scheduled.
Mary DePompa, November 18, 2022, WTOP
Man, teen shot aboard Metrobus near charter school in Southeast D.C.
Both victims are expected to survive, officials said, adding that it appears the man was targeted and that the young woman was a bystander.
Peter Hermann, justin George, November 17, 2022, Washington Post
Maryland wins $1.5 million federal grant for development near Purple Line
Federal funds will help to plan for affordable housing, along with bike and pedestrian connections to stations.
Ian Duncan, November 17, 2022, Washington Post
Md. toll lanes contract delayed in blow to Hogan's traffic-relief plan
A proposal to widen I-270 and the Beltway with toll lanes will be left to Maryland Gov.-elect Wes Moore, who has criticized it.
Kaatherine Shaver, November 17, 2022, Washington Post
Offices on K Street to be converted into luxury apartments
D.C. leads the nation for developers snapping up older office buildings and converting them to apartments or condos, and another one is in the works.
Jeff Clabaugh, November 17, 2022, WTOP
Shooting on Metrobus leaves 2 injured in Southeast DC
DC police are looking for a boy around the age of 17 as the person of interest. He has been described as being short and skinny, ranging from around 4'8" to 5 feet.
brittney Melton, November 17, 2022, WUSA9
Montgomery Co. reinstates extra route bonus for school bus drivers
Montgomery Co. reinstates extra route bonus for school bus driversaMaryland school districts have struggled the last two years to hold on to their school bus operators in the middle of a nationwide shortage. Montgomery County is hoping a few more bucks in drivers’ pockets will keep them at the wheel.
Dixk Uliano, November 16, 2022, WTOP
Former Metro police officer convicted in beating of rider
A former officer with the Metro Transit Police was found guilty Wednesday of a civil rights violation in an incident where he beat an unarmed rider with a metal baton in 2018.
Rick Massimo, November 16, 2-22, WTOP
Flying with food for the holidays? TSA has tips
If you can spill, spray, pump or pour it, and it’s more than 3.4 ounces, it should go in a checked bag; people who frequently fly know that golden rule.
Thomas Robertson, November 16, 2022, WTOP
Walkable City 10 years late: Cars make us sicker than we thought
On the public health front, the original edition of Walkable City described American obesity and asthma epidemics, largely the outcome of our automotive lifestyles; these continue unabated. It neglected to discuss the larger health impacts of tailpipe emissions and vehicle noise, which have both been discovered to be staggering.
Jeff Speck, November 15, 2022, Streetsblog USA
Senators urge regulators to 'put the pedal to the metal' on vehicle safety standards
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has been in effect for a full year, but federal transportation officials still haven’t implemented some of its most crucial safety provisions — and advocates and electeds say its time they step up to stem the record-setting tide of traffic deaths on U.S. roads
Kea Wilson, November 16, 2022, Streetsblog USA
Pothole closes road in Germantown; drivers should avoid area
Officials said a 24-inch water main break on Clopper Road likely caused the pothole.
DN Hedgpeth, November 16, 2022, Washington Post
Pedestrian hit-and-runs continue to be a problem in Prince George's Co.
The nine fatal pedestrian hit and runs this year are already more compared to eight in all of 2021 and seven in 2020. Why that number seems to be trending up remains a mystery.
Brad Bell, November 15, 2022, ABC7
The fastest way to Dulles from downtown D.C.: Driving or Silver Line?
Post reporters and photographers set out from downtown at 5 p.m. Tuesday, two in a car and two on the Silver Line, to compare travel times, costs and stress.
Katherine Shaver, Ian Duncan, November 16, 2022, Washington Post
Emergency bill will allow 11th St. Bridge Park to move ahead
D.C.’s ambitious $92 million 11th Street Bridge Park has been in the works for a decade, and is finally slated to begin construction next year.
Jacob Fenaston, November15, 2022, dcist
Brace for a very busy Thanksgiving travel season
Travel over Thanksgiving is expected to reach nearly 98% of pre-pandemic volume, according to automotive and travel club AAA.
November l5, 2022, WTOP