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Escalators under construction at Vienna Metro station

Started on Monday, June 3, the project will replace each of the escalators to the train platform one at a time with new escalators that are “more durable and reliable,” the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
announced. Read more...
Angela Woolsey, June 11, 2024, FFXNow

Metro still not complying with safety commission's document requests, leader says

“Metro is committed to collaborating with the WMSC on ensuring our system is as safe and reliable as possible,” responded Metro spokesperson Sherri Ly. “We look forward to upcoming discussions.” Read more...
Tom Roussey, June 11, 2024, ABC7 News

Discover Metro's Proposed 2025 Better Bus Network during Discovery Days events, public hearing June 12-26

As part of the event, Metro will hold a public hearing to get feedback on the 2025 redesigned bus network. We’ll also have additional in-person and virtual public hearings, and more pop-up events throughout June and July. Read more...
June 11, 2024, WMATA

Coming soon to Columbia Road: More public space, and bus and bike lanes

The project is full of benefits that will improve bus service, make walking and biking safer, and create a new, car-free public space.  Read more...
Pete Rodrigue, June 11, 2024, Greater Greater Washington

Some Arlington bus riders will be saving a nickel in July

Arlington County Board members on June 15 are slated to cut by 5 cents the previously approved increases in fares for seniors, those with disabilities and county students. Read more...
June 11, 2024, Gazette Leader

Virginia Railway Express still facing farebox challenges

For the first seven months of the transit agency’s fiscal year – up to April – farebox collections amounted to just 16 percent of total costs. The figure is slightly below budget projections made last year that saw passengers picking up 17 percent of the tab. Read more...
June 11, 2024, Gazette Leader

Virginia looks to boost passenger services

Purchasing the Manassas Line would enable Virginia Railway Express to increase its Broad Run to Washington DC services beyond the current traditional commuting options, potentially including evening and weekend trains. Read more...
June 7, 2024, Railway Gazette

Seeing red bus lanes in Gaithersburg? $90 fines start in fall for new transit option

These new dedicated bus lanes and stations are part of the Great Seneca Transit Network, a new frequent transit option that will connect riders to jobs, healthcare providers, and medical facilities in Montgomery County. Read more...
John Gonzalez, June 11, 2024, ABC7 News

New research highlights the incredible benefits of transit to the Capital Region

While the areas around Metro stations take up 3% of the land in the region, they host nearly 40% of the region’s jobs and 30% of its property values. Land and buildings near Metro stations generate around $3.2 billion in property tax revenue for local governments every year. Read more...
June 10, 2024, WMATA

DMVMoves holds first task force meeting to discuss future of Metro transit system

The Task Force is a new effort by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and WMATA to create a unified vision for the region’s public transit system, as well as secure sustainable funding. Read more...
Stephanie Ramirez, June 10, 2024, Fox 5 News

Federal Transit Administration announces $7.8M for public transport to benefit individuals in need

This is being done through the Innovative Coordinated Access & Mobility (ICAM) Pilot Program, which is designed to improve access to public transportation by building partnerships among health, transportation, and other service providers and offering competitive funding.  Read more...
Chris Galford, June 10, 2024, Transportation Today

DC Council should insist on a true multi-modal design for Connecticut Avenue, or defund the project

Drivers will be forced into four travel lanes and will have to navigate around those who are stopping to park, buses that are stopped in a lane, and the inevitable person on a bike or scooter.  Read more...
June 10, 2024, Greater Greater Washington

Six big ideas to improve Metro and regional transit

The task force, DMVMoves, is a good start, but regional leaders must think bigger, starting with restructuring WMATA and other transit agencies. Read more...
Sean Maiwald, June 10, 2024, Greater Greater Washington

Fredericksburg announces 7th season of free trolley rides

Now in its 7th season, the “Around the Town” initiative was introduced in 2018 as part of the city’s efforts to manage downtown parking while enhancing the visitor experience.  Read more...
Kelly Sienkowski, June 9, 2024, Potomac Local News

Metro reaches new post-pandemic high in ridership

Over 650,000 people rode the rails and the buses over the weekend, Metro says. Read more...
June 10, 2024, NBC4 Washington

Commuter Alert: Fare increases for Metro bus and rail on July 1

Bus and base rail fares will increase by 12.5 percent from $2 to $2.25, while the maximum rail fare will rise from $6 to $6.75. Late-night and weekend fares will also increase, shifting from a flat $2 to a variable rate between $2.25 and $2.50 based on distance traveled. Read more...
June 8, 2024, Source of the Spring

Archives Metro Station fire prompts single tracking of Green, Yellow lines

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) put out a service alert Friday morning for people at the Archives Metro Station.Because of a fire investigation, trains on the Green and Yellow lines were single tracking from Mt. Vernon to L’Enfant. Read more...
Brian Farrell, June 7, 2024, DC News Now

ART 75 route to use regional funding for more service

The extra funding will be provided by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) through its “Commuter Choice” initiative. Funds come from tolls paid by drivers on Interstate 66 inside the Beltway. Read more...
June 6, 2024, Gazette Leader

How social infrastructure gets more people on bikes

Bike infrastructure isn’t just about bike lanes: safe, supportive spaces where adults can learn to ride and repair bikes are a key component. Read more...
Diana Ionescu, June 6, 2024, Planetizen

Summer concert series launches at Tysons Metro stations

Thursday afternoon commutes to and from Tysons are about to get more melodious for transit users. Read more...
Angela Woolsey, June 6, 2024, FFXNow

Metro honored with 2024 American Public Transportation Association Gold Safety Award

In 2023, Metro’s Station Overrun/Just Culture Pilot established new processes in which safety events are examined fully for all underlying causes, such as flawed procedures, training, or contributing environmental conditions.  Read more...
June 6, 2024, WMATA

Jurisdictions around the region are implementing bus network redesigns

Bus service in the greater Washington region is fragmented by a myriad of operators, hindered by traffic disruption, and plagued by inefficient and duplicative routings. Read more...
Ethan Goffman, June 7, 2024, Greater Greater Washington

Dulles Airport Metro station surpasses 2 million passengers

The Washington Dulles International Airport station on Metro’s Silver Line has now served more than 2 million passengers since its opening in November 2022, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) announced on June 5. Read more...
June 5, 2024, Gazette Leader

Washington, D.C., Bloomington, Ind., work with Lime on mobility

The two cities submitted the winning applications for the 2024 Mobility Insights Competition, organized by Lime and the League of American Bicyclists. The municipalities can now use Lime’s data to address mobility issues. Read more...
Skip Descant, June 4, 2024, Government Technology

Negotiations underway to bring passenger rail service to the New River Valley

The Virginia Passenger Rail Authority announced Tuesday that it is in discussions with Norfolk Southern Corporation to purchase the Manassas Line and look into options for extending passenger rail service to the New River Valley on the Norfolk Southern main line. Read more...
Sarah Irby, June 4, 2024, ABC7 News

Vienna inches closer to launch of Capital Bikeshare stations

Vienna has been considering joining Capital Bikeshare since at least 2018, when it participated in a feasibility study that also looked at expanding the system to the Fairfax City area and George Mason University’s campus. Read more...
Angela Woolsey, June 5, 2024, FFXNow

Capital Bikeshare sets record for monthly ridership in May

Annual ridership is up 31.3% through May 2024, as the record-setting month takes the regional network to 2,000,128 trips this calendar year.  Read more...
Samuel Littauer, June 5, 2024, Greater Greater Washington

Latest plan for Connecticut Avenue in DC includes left-turn lanes, pedestrian upgrades, but no bike lanes

During a virtual meeting Monday night, D.C. Department of Transportation Acting Director Sharon Kershbaum said the city is planning to complete a five-year strategic bikeway plan, which will help leaders decide where to expand bike lane infrastructure. Read more...
Scott Gelman, June 4, 2024, WTOP

Study: Bike lane prompts reduced traffic speeds

Delineating a bike lane with cones led to a 28 percent reduction in maximum speeds, a significant improvement over the presence of just a painted bike lane (which led to an 11 to 15 percent reduction in speeds only for drivers turning right).  Read more...
Diana Ionescu, June 4, 2024, Planetizen

OmniRide to restructure local bus service in eastern Prince William County

The restructuring aims to expand the service footprint, introduce new destinations, and enhance efficiency. The updated service will no longer include off-route trips and on-demand stops. Read more...
Uriah Kiser, June 4, 2024, Potomac Local News

Never wait in the school car line again. Here's how.

For the first time in decades, a small but critical mass of children are riding their bikes safely to school again. Read more...
Michael J. Coren, June 4. 2024, Washington Post

Loudoun County approves local fare-free buses, raises commuter rates

The county’s local, fixed-route buses will be fare-free as of 2025. Service runs from Purcellville through Leesburg and eastern Loudoun County, including some routes that bring riders directly to Silver Line Metro stations.   Read more...
Maggie Roth, June 3, 2024 Northern Virginia Magazine

What's in Virginia's transportation spending plan?

Virginia’s latest spending plan includes efforts to provide hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to a prominent transportation agency in Northern Virginia, toll relief in Hampton Roads and highway widening along a stretch of Interstate 81 in Southwest Virginia.  Read more...
Nathaniel Cline, June 4, 2024, Virginia Mercury

Special Report: 2024 trends in passenger rail

Following a dip in rail openings due to various factors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain challenges and construction quality issues, new rail transit and passenger rail projects in North America are being celebrated with ribbon cuttings. Read more...
Mischa Wanek-Libman, June 4, 2024, Mass Transit Magazine

'I'm not happy about it': Commuters deal with Metro's summer shutdown

“I’m not happy about it,” said Robin Richardson, who was waiting for the shuttle bus at the Silver Spring station. Richardson told WTOP she gave herself an extra 30 minutes to get to her job in Crystal City, Virginia. “I had to walk around the bus terminal to get here, so this is not working for me.” Read more...
Linh Bui, June 3, 2024, WTOP

Transforming Wiehle Avenue

The study aims to transform this auto-dominated suburban road into a multimodal urban street adjacent to the Metro Silver Line Station. Read more...
June 2, 2024, Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling

Red Line riders facing first morning commute of this summer's shutdown

"I think it's gonna be a lot of traffic," one commuter said. "A lot of chaos. A lot of people in the streets, that's for sure." Read more...
Adam Tuss, June 3, 2024, NBC4 Washington

Fare-free bus service coming to Loudoun in 2025

The fare waiver will not apply to the county’s fleet of commuter buses that carry residents to job sites in Washington, DC. Those prices will be increasing by $1 in each of the next two years, to $11 in 2025 and $12 in 2026.  Read more...
Norman K. Styer, May 30, 2024, Loudoun Now

Future Wiehle Avenue could have fewer lanes, more pedestrian and bicycle facilities

Reston residents got a glimpse into possible versions of that future at a community meeting on May 23, when the Fairfax County Department of Transportation shared three concepts for new roadway configurations with multimodal facilities, landscaping and other changes. Read more...
Angela Woolsey, May 30, 2024, FFXNow

Capital Pride Parade moves to new neighborhood, but Metro still gets you there

Metro is your easiest way to the new Pride Parade route on Saturday, June 8. Metro customers can head to U Street or Archives on the Green and Yellow Lines or McPherson Square, Metro Center, or Federal Triangle on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines or Metro Center on the Red Line. Read more...
May 30, 2024, WMATA

Metro Red Line closure begins Saturday. Here's what you need to know.

A segment of Metro’s Red Line in D.C. and Maryland will close for three months starting Saturday, forcing thousands of residents to rethink their commutes, though free shuttle buses will be available. Read more...
Danny Nguyen, May 31, 2024, The Washington Post

U.S. Transportation Department to advance work to incorporate AI into transportation applications

“AI has the potential to transform transportation and mobility in the future, just as it will transform our society and economy,” Dr. Robert C. Hampshire, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology and Chief Scientist at DOT, said. Read more...
Liz Carey, May 30, 2024, Transportation Today

Not just downtown: DC needs more rapid transit between neighborhoods

Off-peak and weekend ridership recovered faster post-pandemic compared to weekday commute trips, while local bus trips are growing as a share of total transit ridership.  Read more...
John Gorman, May 30, 2024, Greater Greater Washington

Amtrak offering Auto Train sale, free kids fares

Currently, the sale is valid from May 21 through July 24 on any booking made to or from Lorton, Virginia, and Sanford, Florida, on May 24 through Sept. 2, at least three days in advance. Read more...
Kristen Hess, May 29, 2024, The Baltimore Sun

Heat advisory will change schedules for some Amtrak trains on Northeast Corridor

A brief alert posted by Amtrak on its NEC social media feed says “CSX, the owner and maintainer of the tracks, issues heat orders notifying Amtrak that the maximum speed of passenger trains are reduced with high temperatures and temperature fluctuations.  Read more...
May 29, 2024, Trains

Bike Month is over — but the work continues

Bike share systems continue a slow revival, but a lack of safe and connected infrastructure often keeps people from getting on two wheels.  Read more...
Diana Ionescu, May 29, 2024, Planetizen

5 Metro stations to close for summer construction work on Red Line

The work will continue through the summer with the Takoma Station reopening first on June 30. The remaining stations will remain closed through August 31. Read more...
Melanie Alnwick, May 29, 2024, Fox 5 News

Express MARC service can help Maryland grow more equitably

Making MARC trains express could cut their travel time in half. Amtrak Acela trains running on the same tracks with similar locomotives make the trip directly from Baltimore to DC in an average of about 32 minutes.  Read more...
Ari Rickman, May 29, 2024, Greater Greater Washington