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MARC Penn Line schedule change March 16, 2020
As a result of Amtrak beginning their 2020 trackwork season which will take place this year between Odenton and West Baltimore on the regular northbound track, a new Penn Line schedule will take effect on Monday, March 16.
February 20, 2020, MDOT MTA
Woman struck by Metro train near Rockville Metro
A woman suffered life-threatening, traumatic injuries after a Metro train struck her not far from the Rockville station Tuesday morning. Metro Transit police said in a tweet that the woman had climbed a fence next to the Metro tracks in Montgomery County.
Colleen Kelleher, February 25, 2020, WTOP
WMATA can't measure fare evasion, but still says it's a big problem
A new study from the DC Policy Center says there’s little or no evidence about how much fare evasion there is.
David Alpert, February 24, 2020, GGWash
Public Metro budget hearings start Monday
Metro’s first budget proposal hearing starts Monday evening.
Will Vitka, February 24, 2020, WTOP
Bethesda residents among those pushing to save rush-hour Metrobus into D.C.
WMATA is considering eliminating its D5 Metrobus route, which starts near the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Chesterbrook Road in Bethesda’s Westwood neighborhood, and runs to Farragut Square in D.C.
Dan Schere, February 21, 2020, Bethesda Magazine
Md. lawmakers propose financial support for businesses hurt by Purple Line construction
Everyone expected the construction of the Purple Line would lead to some disruptions for the streets and businesses near its path, but the duration of that disruption is far longer than some businesses expected.
John Domen, February 22, 2020, WTOP
HOV enforcement proves extremely difficult for police
More than 50,000 drivers in Maryland and Virginia have been cited or warned since 2017 for breaking HOV rules, the News4 I-Team has found, but they likely represent just a small fraction of the actual number of violators.
February 21, 2020, NBC Washington
Capital Bikeshare is bringing e-bikes back
After nixing its first electric bike initiative last year over braking issues, Capital Bikeshare will introduce a fleet of 1,500 electric bikes to the region’s streets next month.
Colleen Grablick, February 21, 2020, dcist
Watchdog group seeks ethics investigation of Md. Gov. Hogan's transportation funding
A D.C.-based government watchdog group has filed an ethics complaint with the Maryland State Ethics Commission against Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.
February 20, 2020, WTOP
Lime CEO: We made a lot of mistakes and we've learned from them
Lime CEO Brad Bao admits his company has had its fair share of missteps on its way to building the world’s largest scooter-sharing company.
Matt McFarland, February 19, 2020, WTOP
Montgomery County Council, state delegation urge WMATA to restore Metrobus funding
Montgomery County Council members and state lawmakers are urging the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) to maintain service levels for four Metrobus routes targeted for cuts.
Dan Schere, February 19, 2020, Bethesda Magazine
D.C. lawmakers want civilian panel to review Metro Transit police abuse complaints
An unsanctioned competition between some Metro Transit Police officers to make arrests has D.C. lawmakers questioning the transit agency’s policing practices.
Abigail Constantino, February 19, 2020, WTOP
What are your thoughts on Metro's proposed fares, service changes?
Metro is seeking feedback on its proposed budget for the next fiscal year.
February 18, 2020, Reston Now
Next-Gen Acela enroute to TTCI
The first of 28 new Acela Express high-speed trainsets that Alstom is building for Amtrak in Hornell, N.Y., departed for the Federal Railroad Administration facility in Pueblo, Colo., for high-speed testing on Feb. 17.
David Briginshaw, February 18, 2020, Railway Age
Fairfax Connector bus drivers again warn of a strike
Two months after Fairfax Connector bus drivers and maintenance workers in Virginia returned to their jobs following a brief strike, more than 500 members of the Amalgamated Transit Union are threatening to walk off their jobs again on Thursday.
Dick Uliano, February 17, 2020, WTOP
Metro will close three Orange Line stations for three months this summer
Metro is preparing to shut down three stations on the Orange line from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day due to deteriorating conditions at several platforms.
Natalie Delgadillo, February 17, 2020, dcist
Metro must address train operator fatigue, maintenance issues
An exhausted train operator dozed off and forgot to stop a Green Line train at the Waterfront station during morning rush hour last June, a Washington Metrorail Safety Commission report on the incident revealed.
Margaret Barthel, February 17, 2020, WAMU
Proposed light rail for Southern Maryland aims to relieve some of America's worst traffic
This 18.7-mile-long light rail project, first proposed in the 1990s, would stretch from Branch Avenue at the southern end of WMATA’s Green Line in Prince George’s County to White Plains in Charles County, just south of the area’s largest community, Waldorf.
Alex Holt, February 17, 2020, GGWash
Gentrification in the D.C. area pushes people from homes and away from transit
The District’s most vulnerable residents, who had not historically relied on a car because they lived in dense urban zones, are being pushed into areas where having a car is necessary. Many can’t afford one.
Yulia Panfil, February 14, 2020, Washington Post
Man who fell onto Capitol South Metro tracks uses 'refuge area' to avoid oncoming train
In the train business, they’re called “under-platform refuge areas” and a man used one at the Capitol South station around 11 a.m. Sunday to avoid an approaching train after he tumbled onto the tracks.
Kristi King, February 16, 2020, WTOP
Climate Ride heading from Philly to D.C.
September 10-13, 2020, bicyclists will be riding from Philadelphia to Washington, DC on a peer-to-peer fundraising ride.
Jonathan Kincade, February 15, 2020, WABA
Metro safety audit shows a lack of checks, records and rules
The new safety commission overseeing Metrorail found several problems with how Metro maintains its tracks, including a failure to consistently check for heat-related buckling and kinks that could lead to derailments.
Justin George, February 14, 2020, Washington Post
Man struck by Metro train at Minnesota Ave.
D.C. Fire and EMS freed the man from beneath the train and took him to a hospital with critical injuries.
February 14, 2020, NBC Washington
Tech issues, conflicting standards hold back smoother Metro rides
A newly available internal review details Metro’s struggles in returning to faster, smoother automatic train operation after more than a decade.
Max Smith, February 14, 2020, WTOP
Metro train operator fell asleep at the switch, investigation finds
A Metro train operator fell asleep at the controls, leading to a rush-hour train blowing right through a station without stopping last year, a newly-finalized investigation concluded.
Max Smith, February 13, 2020, WTOP
Your dog is now welcome in (some) DC Ubers
Uber has launched Uber Pet in D.C. meaning Uber riders can bring along their dog or cat for an extra fee. But not all Uber drivers are available.
Jeff Clabaugh, February 12, 2020, WTOP
Significant problems found in Metro track safety and inspection department
Metro must fix inadequate, inconsistent or outdated track safety and maintenance policies that lead to some track workers essentially winging it and others skipping key maintenance or inspection procedures, the first-ever audit from the independent Washington Metrorail Safety Commission found.
Max Smith, February 13, 2020, WTOP
Metro Transit Police held a competition to encourage arrests, other enforcement
Metro Transit Police held a weekly contest to encourage arrests and other enforcement actions last summer before top commanders learned of the unsanctioned competition and shut it down, the transit agency confirmed Wednesday.
Justin George, February 12, 2020, Washington Post
Close calls, reform ideas shared at MoCo road safety forum
Montgomery County residents flocked to Wheaton High School on Sunday to discuss traffic safety at a Vision Zero town hall.
Alessia Grunberger, February 10, 2020, Takoma Park Patch
Interactive map promises to reduce traffic woes
Seeing where Metrorail, commuter rail, streetcars and Bus Rapid Transit exist now, and is proposed and planned for the future, promises to be a helpful tool for leaders who have a goal of putting 75% of new area housing near high-capacity transit or activity centers.
Kristi King, February 12, 2020, WTOP
Trump again asking Congress to slash Amtrak funding
The proposal to cut Amtrak’s subsidy by more than half renews the administration’s calls to reform the passenger rail system to focus on more profitable intercity routes.
Luz Lazo, February 11, 2020, Washington Post
Are electric vehicles really better for the climate?
The latest data affirms that driving on electricity produces significantly fewer emissions than using gasoline and is getting better over time.
David Reichmuth, February 11, 2020, Union of Concerned Scientists
WMATA wants your opinion on its next budget
The agency posted an online survey about the budget proposals. There will also be three public hearings.
David Alpert, February 11, 2020, GGWash