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Refund policies for MARC, MTA Commuter Bus, and VRE passes.
March 24, CommuterDirect
Metro budget passes, but coronavirus costs could force re-evaluation
Metro’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the agency’s fiscal year 2021 budget on Thursday, but major questions remain about its implementation as the agency reacts to the coronavirus outbreak.
Jordan Pascale, Margaret Barthel, April 2, 2020, WAMU
Bike and scooter-sharing companies implement new cleaning practices
As a result of World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, the companies have modified their cleaning and sanitizing protocols, and they’ve also added new safety practices.
Brandon Millman, April 2, 2020, WTOP
What would it take for Metro to shut down?
Metro does not expect to totally shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said.
Max Smith, April 2, 2020, WTOP
North Branch Trail construction pushed back to 2021
Construction on a couple of segments of the North Branch Trail, a trail that will eventually extend along the North Branch of Rock Creek from the Rock Creek Valley Trail to Olney, was to begin this spring or last fall, but has been pushed out to 2021.
April 2, 2020, WashCycle
Despite telework, stay-at-home orders, not much change to air quality in D.C. area
One outcome that is emerging from the mandated stay-at-home orders and other local initiatives related to the coronavirus pandemic is less traffic on D.C.-area roadways. But the potential for improved air quality remains to be seen, at least for now.
Brandon Millman, April 1, 2020, WTOP
Biking during COVID-19
Note: Everything in this post could change very quickly.
April 1, 2020, WABA
Where can I park my bike?
While locking your bike to a rack is always the ideal scenario, sometimes there aren’t enough racks available.
April 1, 2020, WABA
Bikes on bus and rail
Sometimes you need to take your bike on the train or bus.
April 1, 2020, WABA
Construction ends on the Bay Bridge's westbound span a year early
A long-term rehabilitation project on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge’s westbound span ended Wednesday, when Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced construction wrapped more than a year ahead of schedule.
Alejandro Alvarez, April 1, 2020, WTOP
Project helps D.C. residents donate bicycles to essential workers
As avid cyclists, Rachel Maisler and Rudi Riet already knew that bikes could be great alternative modes of transit. But as the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of D.C. and greatly reduced access to public transportation, they seemed even more vital.
Nathan Diller, April 1, 2020, WAMU
What social distancing and staying home might mean for D.C.'s air quality
In D.C., it’s still too soon to know the true environmental impact of the crisis. But experts say that, at least in the short term, it’s likely to clear up air pollution in the city.
Nathan Diller, March 31, 2020, dcist
Metro backs away from significant bus service cuts
The Metro Board is set to approve its final budget for fiscal year 2021 on Thursday, following an extensive public comment period and no shortage of controversy.
Margaret Barthel, March 31, 2020, WAMU
How WMATA is juggling riders' needs and coronavirus safety
Some are questioning WMATA’s approach to curtailing service during a time when many people need it most, bringing to the forefront some key questions.
Caitlin Rogger, March 31, 2020, GGWash
Facing stay-at-home orders, Metro says it will close more stations, scale back service
Metro is warning that it could scale back essential rail and bus service even further now that stay-at-home orders have been issued in all the jurisdictions it serves – Maryland, D.C. and Virginia.
Pete Muntean, March 30, 2020, WUSA9
Metro board will decide on service, fare changes this week
Metro’s board of directors is set to vote on a final version of its fiscal year 2021 budget this Thursday, likely bringing changes to Metro’s fare structure and service. Once passed, the budget could take effect as early as July.
Margaret Barthel, March 31, 2020, WAMU
Amtrak makes more service cuts, extends waiver on change fees
To help reduce the spread of the virus, Amtrak said Monday it would temporarily reduce bookings in coach and business class by 50 percent “to help maintain CDC recommendations for social distancing onboard our trains.”
Luz Lazo, March 30, 2020, Washington Post
WMATA on track for budget compromise that achieves key rider asks
Most but not all of Metro’s proposed cuts to bus service are off the table, under a draft budget proposal the WMATA Board will vote on Thursday. So is an extra charge for riders using cash on buses, which advocates had opposed.
David Alpert, March 30, 2020, GGWash
Md. Gov. Larry Hogan issues 'stay at home' order
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has issued a “stay at home” order, directing Maryland residents not to leave their homes unless it’s for an “essential” purpose, such as getting food or medicine or reporting for work that is deemed essential.
Jack Moore, March 30, 2020, WTOP
Work on region's big projects continues amid coronavirus
Infrastructure projects across the Washington region, from routine road maintenance to major transit and highway expansions, are progressing apace even as efforts to limit the spread of the potentially deadly virus have brought much of the region to a standstill.
Luz Lazo, Katherine Shaver, March 28, 2020, Washington Post
Metro to close front and rear cars of trains to riders to protect employees from COVID-19
Metro announced it will shutting the front and rear cars of its trains in order to protect its employees during the COVID-19 pandemic starting Monday, March 30.
Samantha Mitchell, March 29, 2020, WJLA
IRS issues evacuation notice putting nearly all employees on mandatory telework
The IRS issued an evacuation notice Friday afternoon that would send nearly all of its employees home on mandatory telework during the coronavirus pandemic.
Jory Heckman, March 27, 2020, Federal News Network
Real ID deadline extended to Oct. 1, 2021
The Department of Homeland Security extended the deadline a year because the coronavirus is delaying issuance of the credential in DMVs across the country.
Luz Lazo, March 27, 2020, Washington Post
Local public transit agencies cut service in wake of coronavirus
As cases of the coronavirus continue to rise in the Washington region, transit agencies are adapting their schedules in an attempt to balance the virus’ impact on ridership and public health.
Margaret Barthel, March 27, 2020, WAMU
Van Ness and Tenleytown Stations reopen after contractor tests positive for COVID-19
Metro temporarily closed the Van Ness and Tenleytown Metro stations after it says an overnight contractor tested positive for COVID-19. The stations have since been reopened.
Samantha Mitchell, March 26, 2020, WJLA
Va., Md. make changes to tolling amid COVID-19 pandemic
Virginia and Maryland are making some tolling changes amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Max Smith, March 26, 2020, WTOP
Coronavirus bill would provide $114 billion to prop up faltering transportation networks
A federal bailout bill aimed at keeping the economy afloat during the coronavirus pandemic would provide $114 billion to prop up transportation networks that have been financially battered as passengers have stayed home.
Ian Duncan, March 25, 2020, Washington Post
Federal agencies would get money for telework, equipment -- and cleaning the office
Numerous federal agencies would get money to buy protective equipment, sanitize their offices and accommodate increased telework by their employees under the coronavirus emergency spending bill approved by the Senate.
Eric Yoder, March 26, 2020, Washington Post
Transportation options available in Montgomery during pandemic
Montgomery County transportation and health officials have compiled a list of transportation resources for residents -- but particularly for adults over 50 and people with disabilities -- during the coronavirus pandemic.
Alessia Grunberger, March 24, 2020, Takoma Park Patch
How coronavirus could impact Metro commuters for months after a cure
This pandemic’s impact on public transit systems will be felt by commuters for months after a cure. That's according to transit advocates, who warn that without an influx of federal money, coronavirus could cripple systems like D.C.'s Metro.
Pete Muntean, March 25, 2020, WUSA9
Teleworking among feds ramped up but plenty of issues remain
It may have taken awhile to get going, but a new survey of federal employees shows that strong majority of federal employees are teleworking during the coronavirus pandemic.
Jason Miller, March 25, 2020, Federal News Network
Transit agencies grapple with cutting service during pandemic
“Metro wants to provide bus service for essential trips in the region, but if continued usage for non-essential trips becomes a public health concern, Metro may consider discontinuing all bus service,” the agency said in a statement.
Margaret Barthel, March 25, 2020, WAMU
Mass transit systems desperate for financial relief as riders stay home
A sharp decline in ridership and revenue is forcing some of the largest transportation systems in the country to seek bailouts from the federal government as money dries up during the coronavirus pandemic.
Rachel Bucchino, March 25, 2020. The Hill
Metro to close 17 more stations, several entrances amid coronavirus rider drop
Metro is closing more than a dozen stations for an indefinite period beginning Thursday morning.
Max Smith, March 24, 2020, WTOP
Nearly 80 airlines cut capacity by 100 percent over coronavirus
A majority of airlines worldwide have cut capacity by 100 percent as a result of the coronavirus shutting down travel and grounding most flights.
Zack Budryk, March 24, 2020, The Hill
Metro's cuts and messaging leave some riders who still need transit confused
Although local leaders stopped short of a formal “shelter in place” order, WMATA, the region’s transit agency, has taken extraordinary measures to keep people from gathering.
Ron Thompson, March 24, 2020, GGWash
Nation's transit agencies ask Congress for $25 billion in coronavirus aid
The nation’s largest public transit agencies said Monday that they need at least $25 billion in federal aid to survive the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on their systems.
Justin George, March 23, 2020, Washington Post
Trump to delay deadline to acquire Real ID
President Trump on Monday said the federal government will delay requirements for Americans to obtain a Real ID to travel, citing the coronavirus.
Brett Samuels, March 23, 2020, The Hill
Alexandria haggles Metro to acceptable price for southwest Potomac Yard access
The long squabble between the City of Alexandria and Metro over the Potomac Yard Metro station’s southwest access entrance has ended with an agreement within the initial $50 million framework.
Vernon Miles, March 23, 2020, ALX Now
In a week, the coronavirus razed U.S. transit and rail systems
As recently as a month ago, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority was talking about increasing service, having finally turned a corner after years of precipitous ridership declines.
Luz Lazo, Justin George, March 22, 2020, Washington Post
D.C. mayor closes National Mall to pedestrian and bike traffic
The restriction will be in place, according to a news release, “until further notice to ensure social distancing and prevent community transmission of COVID-19.”
March 22, 2020, Inside NoVa
Metro 'significantly' reducing service this week due to coronavirus
“We all need to think of transit service as a limited resource because, right now, it is," said Paul Wiedefeld, Metro’s general manager and CEO.
March 23, 2020, Inside NoVa
Metro says it will continue limiting service to 'essential only travel' due to COVID-19
Metro joins public health officials in continuing to urge people to stay at home and to only use Metro if no other options are available.
Samantha Mitchell, March 22, 2020, WJLA
Metro union calls for more cuts during coronavirus crisis
As Metro aims to run trains every 20 minutes or so this week on each line, with buses mainly on a Sunday schedule, workers continue to fear they could be exposed to COVID-19.
Max Smith, March 22, 2020, WTOP
D.C.-area cab drivers feel pinch of COVID-19 pandemic
Despite many people taking advantage of being outdoors, taxi drivers in the D.C. area are feeling the pinch of the coronavirus pandemic.
Liz Anderson, March 23, 2020, WTOP
Metrobus riders will be required to board from rear doors, making rides essentially free
The agency is looking to stabilize service schedules after a week of sudden changes.
Justin George, March 22, 2020, Washington Post
Metrobus operator tests positive for coronavirus
Metro has confirmed to News4 that one of its bus drivers has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Gina Cook, March 21, 2020, NBC Washington
Metro to cut hundreds of bus routes over coronavirus concerns
Metro is suspending nearly 95 percent of its bus routes Saturday evening to curb commuters' exposure to coronavirus.
March 21, 2020, Fox5
FAA says 11 air traffic facilities affected by coronavirus outbreak
Disruptions hit air travel Saturday as air traffic controllers tested positive.
Michael Laris, March 21, 2020, Washington Post
Metrobus limiting service to just 20 routes starting at 5 p.m. Saturday
It was unclear if more routes would be restored Monday.
Justin George, March 21, 2020, Washington Post