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Optimism grows that infrastructure deal will get to Biden's desk
The Senate voted to begin debate on a bipartisan infrastructure package that has yet to be turned into legislative text, and that many senators have yet to see.
Naomi Jagoda, August 1, 2021, The Hill
Visionary highway removal program axed from fed infrastructure package
Advocates are rallying to restore a visionary highway removal program that lost virtually all of its funding during bipartisan infrastructure negotiations despite President Biden and DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s big talk that they would use the package to repair the harm done by urban highways to BIPOC communities.
Kea Wilson, August 2, 2021, Streetsblog USA
Metro Board member weighs possibility of fare increase for long-distance riders
Metrorail fares for long-distance passengers may be going up in the near future.
Glynis Kazanjian, John Aaron, July 31, 2021
How bipartisan infrastructure deal impacts rail, transit
The U.S. Senate has voted 67-32 to consider a nearly $1 trillion national infrastructure package, following a compromise by President Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of senators on key provisions, including $39 billion for public transit and $66 billion for passenger and freight rail.
Marybeth Luczak, July 29, 2021, Railway Age
Biden administration reaches $1 trillion infrastructure deal, Senate votes to begin work
On Wednesday, a bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure deal was reached, and the U.S. Senate voted to begin working on the legislation.
Liz Carey, July 29, 2021, Transportation Today
The pandemic-era commute might be changed forever
Continued teleworking could ease traffic congestion, experts say, but only if commuters embrace mass transit.
Katherine Shaver, Justin George, July 30, 2021, Washington Post
Weekend Road and Rail: I-66 bridge demolition; closures on DC-295; Metro work on all lines
Metro is doing work on all lines this weekend.
Mary DePompa, July 30, 2021, WTOP
Eno study: U.S. rail transit projects cost more than they should
A new study from the Eno Center for Transportation, “Saving Time and Making Cents: A Blueprint for Building Transit Better,” analyzes current and historical trends “to understand the drivers behind mass transit construction, cost and delivery in the United States and abroad.”
William C. Vantuono, July 29, 2021, Railway Age
$1 million in federal emergency funds to help cover costs of collapsed D.C. bridge
Funding will reimburse cleanup costs. A bridge replacement will cost $25 million.
Luz Lazo, July 29, 2021, Washington Post
Metro delays vote on proposal that would ban passengers arrested for sex offense
Board members said they want more input from jurisdictions served by Metro on the proposal.
Justin George, July 29, 2021, Washington Post
Automakers to join Biden in 40 percent electric vehicle pledge
Three major automakers will reportedly join President Biden in a promise to make 40 percent of car sales electric by 2030.
Rachel Frazin, July 29, 2021, The Hill
Shared scooters aren't always where you need them. A U-Md. researcher has a plan for that.
Researchers are trying to get the scooters to reposition themselves in more convenient locations.
Michael Laris, July 29, 2021, Washington Post
School bus drivers needed: Prince George's is holding a virtual job fair to fill the gap
To help fill a severe shortage of bus drivers, Prince George’s County Public Schools is recruiting new drivers with virtual job hiring events.
July 28, 2021, ABC7
D.C. rejects proposal for free Circulator bus rides
For the second time, the D.C. Council rejected Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s proposal to keep D.C. Circulator rides free, opposing her request to subsidize a $1 fare on the six-route system.
Luz Lazo, July 29, 2021, Washington Post
National 'Vision Zero' resolution introduced
As an epidemic of traffic deaths surges nationwide, Vision Zero finally is finally gaining traction in Congress.
July 28, 2021, Streetsblog USA
Would temporary bans after sex offenses make Metro safer?
Metro’s safety board gave its initial approval July 15 to a policy that would temporarily ban people charged with sex or weapons offenses on Metro property. The full Board of Directors is set to vote on the policy Thursday.
Libby Solomon, July 28, 2021, GGWash
FRA issues final rule on revised PTC reporting
Effective Aug. 26, 2021, the Federal Railroad Administration is revising regulations governing changes to Positive Train Control (PTC) systems and reporting on PTC system performance.
William C. Vantuono, July 28, 2021, Railway Age
Prince George's County short more than 270 school bus drivers
Prince George's County is hosting a job fair in hopes of recruiting school bus drivers after reportedly being short more than 270 drivers shortly before the 2021-2022 school year begins.
Alanea Cremen, July 28, 2021, WUSA9
Study: America's SUV spree spurred pedestrian-death surge
According to a recent study published in Economics of Transportation, as the number of SUVs on the street tripled from 2000 to 2019, pedestrian deaths surged nationwide by 30 percent.
Christopher Robbins, July 27, 2021, Streetsblog USA
Summer advocacy roundup
This summer has been hot! Our advocacy team has been busy collaborating with partners on the ground to heat up the region with major victories and we are so excited to share these updates with you!
Jonathan Kincade, July 27, 2021, WABA
Metro switching order of announcements on railcars at request of Accessibility Committee
The new message moves the most important information, what train line and destination it is, to the front. The change will be especially helpful at stations that have multiple lines.
Jordan Pascale, July 27, 2021, dcist
How MoCo embraced e-scooters and the future of shared micromobility
While these scooters may have seemed like a temporary fad at first, policy in some places, like Montgomery County, shows these e-scooters may be here to stay.
Abby Wester, July 27, 2021, GGWash
Get police out of traffic enforcement!
The best way to ensure walkers, bikers, and bus riders have safe commutes is to fund safe infrastructure to change driver behavior, and to educate drivers on safety rules and regulations.
Jonathan Kincade, July 27, 2021, WABA
Make telework decisions based on the job, not 'managerial preference,' OPM says
Agencies are knee-deep in planning and preparing for more federal employees to return to the office, and when it comes to telework, many are reconsidering their old ways.
Nicole Ogrysko, July 26, 2021, Federal News Network
Americans want green school buses, but Congress sells them short
Most Americans agree it's past time to green the nation’s fleet of yellow school buses, a new survey finds — but Congress keeps whittling down funding for this common-sense, bipartisan priority.
Kea Wilson, July 26, 2021, Streetsblog USA
Planning a return to the office? The D.C. area's transit systems want to get you there.
Bus and train service is returning to normal. Some systems are adding routes, reducing or eliminating fares, and rolling out new amenities to get riders back.
Luz Lazo, July 24, 2021, Washington Post
Construction to temporarily close streets around Lafayette Park
Pedestrians and cyclists may encounter some road closures and detours on streets near the White House starting Monday.
Abigail Constantino, July 23, 2021, WTOP
Car-sharing company Getaround to pay D.C. nearly $1M over alleged misrepresentation of services
D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine’s office has reached a settlement with car-sharing company Getaround, claiming the company allegedly misrepresented the safety of its services, operated without a license in D.C., and failed to pay local sales tax.
Christian Zapata, July 23, 2021, dcist
GM recalling nearly 70,000 Bolt cars over fire risk from batteries
The automaker said it will recall 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt EVs to “address the risk of battery fires” in the vehicles.
Jordan Williams, July 23, 2021, The Hill
FTA finds more Americans riding public transportation
According to the FTA, transit ridership is up more than 80 percent over early 2020 levels.
Liz Carey, July 23, 2021, Transportation Today
Study: Bike Share saves the U.S. $36M public health dollars every year
The long-term health benefits of using bike share vastly outweigh the short-term risks, even in the most polluted and car-dominated U.S. cities, a new study finds -- and cities who invest in reducing those risks by loosening car dominance can save even more lives and millions in precious public health dollars.
Kea Wilson, July 23, 2021, Streetsblog USA
MCDOT will offer free bus rides for seniors, persons with disabilities
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will enact a long-term ‘Ride Free Program’ for seniors and persons with disabilities.
Sarah Dilworth, July 21, 2021, mymcm
Prince George's Co. faces bus driver shortage, encourages drivers to apply
Like many local school systems, Maryland’s Prince George’s County Public Schools is facing a bus driver shortage -- and just weeks before the school year starts.
Kyle Cooper, July 22, 2021, WTOP
Uber acquiring transportation logistics company for $2.25B
Uber’s trucking division has reached an agreement to acquire transportation logistics firm Transplace for roughly $2.25 billion, the ride-sharing company announced Thursday.
Celine Castronuovo, July 22, 2021, The Hill
Board's reversal revives Maryland plan for toll lanes on part of Beltway, I-270
The approval came after Gov. Larry Hogan agreed to direct state money to bus lanes in Montgomery County.
Katherine Shaver, July 21, 2021, Washington Post
Tolls for I-270, parts of Capital Beltway back on list of DC-area long-term plans
Proposed toll lanes for Interstate 270 and parts of the Capital Beltway are back on a list of long-term transportation plans for the D.C. area.
Kate Ryan, July 21, 2021, WTOP
Regional board reverses vote, approves controversial toll lanes for Beltway, I-270
Faced with both a carrot and stick from Gov. Larry Hogan, a regional transportation board on Wednesday reversed course and approved a controversial toll lane project on the American Legion Bridge, Beltway, and I-270.
Jordan Pascale, July 21, 2021, dcist
MPD creates new unit of officers on bikes, scooters to address violent crime
The Metropolitan Police Department is establishing a new patrol unit focused on combating the recent spike in violent crime through what they describe as “intelligence driven” policing.
Catherine Whelan, July 21, 2021, dcist
This unique form of casual carpooling is making a comeback
Slugging helps drivers meet HOV lane requirements, while passengers get a free ride to their destination.
Michelle Logan, July 21, 2021, WUSA9
AAA Report: Traffic volume plunged in spring 2020
According to a AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety survey, U.S. road travel dropped dramatically in spring 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Melina Druga, July 21, 2021, Transportation Today
FAA reports nearly 100 cases of unruly airline passengers in past week
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recorded nearly 100 cases of unruly airline passengers in the past week amid a surge in aggressive and violent behavior at airports and on flights as more people return to the skies following loosened pandemic restrictions.
Celine Castronuovo, July 21, 2021, The Hill
I-270 toll project could include money for dedicated bus lanes in Montgomery Co.
The day before a regional panel gets set to take a second look at Maryland’s $3 billion plan to deal with traffic from the American Legion Bridge up to Gaithersburg, the state’s transportation secretary offered support for dedicated bus lanes in Montgomery County.
Kate Ryan, July 20, 2021, WTOP
Why U.S. car crash reporting is broken
Almost a third of car crashes involving a vulnerable road user go unreported in the nation’s capital, skewing District crash totals -- but national under-reporting is worse, advocates say.
Kea Wilson, July 20, 2021, Streetsblog USA
Hogan commits money to dedicated bus lanes as part of Maryland toll lanes plan
Busway projects that could receive design money are planned for the I-270 corridor or along Rockville Pike.
Katherine Shaver, July 20, 2021, Washington Post
DC area drops to 12th most gridlocked during COVID-19 pandemic
Lower traffic counts resulted in the D.C. area dropping from the fifth most congested metro region in the U.S. to the 12th most gridlocked.
Mark Hand, July 20, 2021, Arlington Patch
Md. traffic reaches pre-pandemic levels: How travel habits changed
Travel numbers are close to pre-pandemic levels, the Maryland Department of Transportation said. Use of taxis and rideshares remains down.
Deb Belt, July 20, 2021, Takoma Park Patch
As transportation panel prepares for revote, critics scoff at MDOT claims
Under intense pressure from the Hogan administration, an influential regional transportation board is poised to revive a plan to widen portions of Interstate 270 and the Capital Beltway in Montgomery County.
July 20, 2021, WTOP
Tell Senate to add bicycle safety and infrastructure provisions to infrastructure bill
FABB encourages area riders (and other lovers of active transportation) to participate in the League of American Bicyclists’ campaign to use the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework to incorporate key bike safety and infrastructure provisions from BOTH the House and Senate transportation reauthorization bills.
July 20, 2021, FABB
Start prioritizing traffic safety over speed
The lack of attention to our shameful national record of traffic deaths in the latest infrastructure debate is a political, professional, and moral failing
July 20, 2021, Streetsblog USA
Get the latest on the 9th Street NW protected bike lane project
The District Department of Transportation will be providing new information on the 9th Street NW protected bike lane project during an upcoming open house.
George Kevin Jordan, July 19, 2021, GGWash