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Today, 6/2, the Mobile Commuter Store at Navy Yard is located at 2nd Place SE between K Street and L Street
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OmniRide to host Senior Summit June 15
OmniRide will hold a Senior Summit on June 15 from 10 am-2:30 pm at the Ferlazzo building [15941 Donald Curtis Drive in Woodbridge]. Community partners will showcase their services and provide resources for older adults, their families, and caregivers.
Uriah Kiser, June 1st, 2023, Potomac Local News
MDOT MVA officially launched Maryland Mobile ID with Google Wallet
Governor Wes Moore announced that the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) has launched the Maryland Mobile ID in Google Wallet.
Emilie Kyler, June 1st, 2023, ABC7 News
American Legion Bridge would be even more congested without transit, study says
That’s the scenario posed by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) in a new study on the value of the region’s transit network, including Metro, local bus services like Fairfax Connector and the Virginia Railway Express (VRE).
Angela Woolsey, June 1st, 2023, FFX Now
Metro is showing its pride, ready for the huge crowds attending Pride Weekend events
Getting to events around Downtown DC couldn’t be easier with trains arriving every 4-5 minutes at stations in the downtown core area between Rosslyn and Stadium-Armory on the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines; and between L’Enfant Plaza and Mt Vernon Square on the Green and Yellow lines.
June 1st, 2023, WMATA
Metro shutting down four Orange Line stations starting Saturday
The transit agency said it will replace 40-year-old steel rails between the Ballston-Marymount University and Vienna stations. The work will shut down the Vienna, Dunn Loring, West Falls Church and East Falls Church stations from June 3 to June 25.
Thomas Robertson, June 2, 2023, WTOP
Federal Transit Administration asks for comment on proposed updates to National Public Transportation Safety Plan
Reauthorized under President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the plan creates a blueprint for transit agencies to adopt stronger safety measures.
May 31, 2023, U.S Department of Transportation
County proposes initial Route 7 BRT stations in Tysons, from Spring Hill to West Falls Church
The service will initially launch in Tysons, operating between the Spring Hill and West Falls Church Metro stations, before later expanding into Falls Church and Alexandria, Fairfax County Department of Transportation staff told planning commission members at a May 11 committee meeting.
Angela Woolsey, March 31, 2023, FFX Now
Trail linking Vienna Metro-Cross County Trail closed for construction
The trail that connects the Vienna Metro station south to the Cross County Trail and the City of Fairfax Connector trail through East Blake Lane Park is closed due to repairs to a detention pond dam, the Circle Woods Pond project.
May 31, 2023, Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling
Is it time for America to break up with the private car?
The number one source of carbon pollution in the United States is transportation. The vast majority of that comes from personal cars and trucks.
Kea Wilson, May 31, 2023, Streetsblog USA
Md. transportation secretary doesn't have 'a lot of faith' in expected 2026 completion of Purple Line
With a new contractor in place, Maryland Transportation Secretary Paul Wiedefeld said his agency is putting the pressure on new builders, Maryland Transit Solutions, to complete the line. However, he said he doesn’t “have a lot of faith” that an October 2026 completion is possible.
Mike Murillo, June 1st, 2023, WTOP
Coming soon: Metro's next-generation of railcars by: Joseph Olmo
Transit officials call Metrorail’s next-generation rolling stock the “fleet of the future”. Barring any unforeseen challenges, the agency hopes that doors to the 8,000-series railcars will open to passengers in 2026.
Joseph Olmo, May 30, 2023, DC News Now
Shared micromobility boosts job access when linked with public transit: report
The study found that, compared with cars, micromobility provided similar access to jobs for trips under 15 minutes and, in large metro areas with good public transit, 30-minute trips.
Michael Brady, May 30, 2023, Smart Cities Dive
How agencies are improving rail accessibility
More than 30 years later, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law established a new All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP) to provide federal competitive grants to assist eligible entities in financing capital projects to upgrade the accessibility of rail fixed guideway public transportation systems for people with disabilities.
Louis Prejean, May 30, 2023, Metro Magazine
Virginia train travel increases
Amtrak set a ridership record on the corridors for April with 107,929 passengers, the most for that month since state-supported service started in 2009 and up 53.2% compared to April last year, according to the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority.
Scott Shenk, May 31, 2023, Mass Transit Magazine
Upcoming OmniRide service changes, Dumfries micro transit start
OmniRide announced today that there will be changes in bus routes in Dale City, Montclair, Lake Ridge, Manassas, Stafford, and Haymarket starting June 5, 2023.
Uriah Kiser, May 31, 2023, Potomac Local News
Metro summer construction continues June 3, with four Orange Line station closures in Virginia
Beginning Saturday, June 3, Metro will begin rail replacement work on the Orange Line in Virginia. During construction, Metro will replace the original 40-year-old steel rail between Ballston-MU and Vienna stations.
May 30, 2023, WMATA
Purple Line looking for new leadership
The Purple Line, a $9.3 billion and counting rail line linking New Carrollton with Bethesda, has lost both its Executive Director and its Communications Director.
Tamara Saltman, May 30, 2023, Greater Greater Washington
How AI can advance, harm transportation equity
As artificial intelligence technology gains prominence, new ways to deploy it could help or hamper progress toward equity in city transportation.
Kalena Thomhave, May 29, 2023, Smart Cities Dive
Bike and hike on National Trails Day, Saturday June 3
FABB encourages local riders to celebrate National Trails Day, which is held each year on the first Saturday in June.
May 29, 2023, Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling
Long-range plan contemplates nearly $4 billion for Baltimore region transit corridors
The proposed expansion is part of a 25-year regional transportation plan released by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council. The plan also includes a multibillion transit corridor connecting Towson to Baltimore City.
Bryan P. Sears, May 29, 2023, Maryland Matters
FHWA awards more than $52 million to improve travel experiences
The program promotes advanced technologies to improve safety and reduce travel times for drivers and transit riders that can serve as national examples of innovation to improve access to transportation for all communities.
Mischa Wanek-Libman, May 26, 2023, Mass Transit Magazine
Testing 'difficulties' delay launch of faster Acela trains, Amtrak says
Amtrak’s plan to roll out higher-speed trains in the Northeast Corridor this year has been derailed amid complications in completing testing of the new train sets along the route’s decrepit infrastructure.
Luz Lazo, May 27, 2023, The Washington Post
MARC considers expansions to Delaware, Virginia
Creating a seamless continuation of MARC Train service both north and south of Maryland is a critical component to transforming MARC Train from a local, commuter rail to a regional rail provider.
May 26, 2023, Trains.com
Rail Problem: House GOP wants to undermine trains exactly when we need them most
The future of interstate rail travel is in jeopardy if the White House caves to House Republican spending cuts as part of the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations, advocates say.
Aaron Short, May 26, 2023, Streetsblog USA
Metro service information for Memorial Day, Monday, May 29
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, Metrorail will open at 7 a.m. and close at midnight, providing normal Sunday service on all lines. Metrobus will operate on a Sunday schedule.
May 25, 2023, WMATA
WMATA's new visionary bus network design could add Tysons-to-Bethesda route, among others
Metro is drafting a re-design of the D.C. Metrobus system with the potential for 24-hour routes, including a connection between Tysons and Bethesda.
Elina Shirazi, May 24, 2023, WJLA
Electeds, DC advocates ride together for policy change
A recent ride through the nation’s capital brought advocates and politicos together to experience life behind a set of handlebars — and rally support for new policies that could make that experience less deadly.
George Kevin Jordan, May 25, 2023, Streetsblog USA
Opinion: Could you go a week without driving? (Yes — and here's why you should)
The Week Without Driving challenge is simple: Participants can get around however they want, but can’t drive themselves. This applies to all activities — not just work commutes.
Anna Zivarts, May 25, 2023, Streetsblog USA
Montgomery County's University Blvd to get a temporary bus/bike lane, awaiting BRT
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) plans to install temporary combined bus and bicycle lanes on University Boulevard to speed riders and cyclists along and enable data collection for a future redesign.
Ethan Goffman, May 24, 2023, Greater Greater Washington
Major Blue Line projects aim to transform Prince George's County. Residents hope it's for the better
The loss of much of the retail at the Boulevard — as well as other shopping centers like Landover Mall, which peaked in the 80s and 90s and closed in 2002 — left a void in the communities along the Blue Line, say Edwards and other residents.
Aja Drain, May 24, 2023, DCist
Record 42 million Americans expected to travel Memorial Day Weekend: AAA
Nationally, AAA is projecting this will be the third busiest Memorial Day holiday on record since they started tracking this data in 2000.
Joy Wang, May 24, 2023, WJLA
Opinion: Feds must give transit the support (and flexibility) it needs right now
TTD calls on Congress to provide all public transit agencies with the ability to use federal funding for operations costs to ensure the long-term well-being of our public transportation systems.
Greg Regan, May 24, 2023, USA Streetsblog
When is a bus stop not a bus stop? When a new stop is nearby.
WMATA spokesman Ian Jannetta said there had been a sign directing riders to the new bus stop, but it had been removed.
John Kelly, May 23, 2023, The Washington Post
Transit Services of Frederick County launch 'Adopt-a-Stop' program
The program enlists volunteers to aid the county in maintaining transit stops.
Mikayla Newton, May 22, 2023, DC News Now
Fairfax Connector proposes new bus service in I-66 corridor using future parking garages
The Fairfax County Department of Transportation has proposed adding or revising almost 30 routes in Tysons, Vienna, Springfield, Chantilly and Centreville, as it seeks to incorporate the upcoming Springfield and Monument Drive garges into its bus system.
Angela Woolsey, May 22, 2023, FFXNow
VRE to offer free Friday rides this summer
The VRE’s Operations Board voted to approve the measure on Friday. With ridership still drastically below pre-pandemic levels, VRE is looking for ways to entice more people to ride the commuter trains.
Scott Shenk, May 22, 2023, The Free Lance-Star
What will Metro rail cars look like in the future?
The new color scheme is still mostly blue inside, stainless steel outside, with more squared-off corners. The new 8000 Series trains have a new seating configuration.
Kyle Cooper, May 22, 2023, WTOP
'We heard you': Richmond Highway speed limit permanently reduced to 35 mph in Alexandria
Police will be keeping a close eye on drivers on Richmond Highway between Jeff Todd Way/Mount Vernon Memorial Highway in Fort Belvoir and the southern Alexandria city limits at the capital beltway, it’s about a 7-mile stretch.
John Gonzalez, May 22, 2023, ABC7 News
Orange Line service returns to normal tomorrow following completion of 10-day construction project
Metro will resume normal service on the Orange Line tomorrow, May 22, following a 10-day construction project during which crews worked around the clock at the Minnesota Ave. and Deanwood stations to make roofing repairs.
May 21, 2023, WMATA
Montgomery County partners for renewable energy-powered transit depot
The project is one of three transit bus depots in Ride-On Montgomery’s network and the fifth largest County owned energy consumer. By 2035, the site is projected to accommodate over 200 mixed-fleet vehicles.
Staff and News Reports, May 18, 2023, Metro Magazine
What causes those 'unexplainable' traffic jams?
Nationally, the study found U.S. drivers “lost” an average of 51 hours sitting in traffic in 2022.
Addy Bink, May 20, 2023, DC News Now
New Tysons-Bethesda route among possible changes to Metrobus system
Local transportation officials are dreaming of a better future for Metrobus, including a 24-hour route connecting Tysons and Bethesda.
Melanie Pincus, May 19, 2023, FFX Now
How will the new Potomac Yard Metro stop impact Alexandria's economy?
Development has already begun to pop up in the immediate area around the stop. There are several massive building projects being constructed just blocks away from both of the station’s entrances.
John Henry, May 19, 2023, WUSA9
Access to Telegraph Road ramp would change under Alexandria pilot program
In Virginia, the City of Alexandria has plans to improve traffic flow along busy Duke Street, near the ramp onto Telegraph Road, but some in the surrounding neighborhood are concerned solving one problem will cause other problems.
Neal Augenstein, July 27, 2022, WTOP