Tag: Transportation News

Amtrak taking bids to replace decades old passenger cars

WASHINGTON — While Amtrak awaits arrival of its new Acela trainsets, it is moving forward with plans to replace its fleet of 470 passenger cars primarily used on the Northeast Corridor and adjoining corridors, many of which are 40 to 50 years old. Amtrak has released a Request for Proposals for a new fleet of […]

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Hacking concerns as Metro considers buying rail cars from China

WASHINGTON — The four U.S. senators who represent Maryland and Virginia are raising concerns that spies could potentially infiltrate Metro if the transit agency decides to buy rail cars from China. In a letter sent to Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld on Jan. 18, the senators noted that foreign governments often build transportation equipment for […]

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What to expect on Metro, area transit with long weekend, marches

WASHINGTON — The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend and two separate marches in downtown D.C. mean traffic and transit changes for the region from Friday through Monday. Friday The annual March for Life leads to parking restrictions and road closures Friday around Capital One Arena and between the White House and the Capitol. Constitution […]

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DC mayor vetoes bill decriminalizing fare evasion on Metro

WASHINGTON — D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser vetoed a measure Wednesday that would decriminalize fare evasion on Metro. The move follows the D.C. Council’s approval of the bill in a 10-2 vote last month. It would make evasion a civil offense, subject to a fine of up to $50. Currently a criminal offense, fare evaders face […]

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Look for road closures as DC synagogue moves

WASHINGTON — Here’s something you don’t see often — a synagogue traveling down a D.C. Street. But that’s what will happen Wednesday morning. The historic Adas Israel Synagogue — the oldest synagogue in the District — will move from its current storage location at the corner of 3rd and G streets, NW, to 3rd and F Streets, NW. It’s […]

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Amtrak taking bids for major Union Station makeover

WASHINGTON — Amtrak is one step closer to what will be a major renovation of its busy and sometimes chaotic passenger concourse at Union Station. It is part of Amtrak’s $2.45 billion investment in the Northeast Corridor, which will also eventually include faster and more frequent Acela service. Amtrak this month issued a Request for […]

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Fixes arrive for pothole problems near Memorial Bridge

WASHINGTON — With construction underway on the Memorial Bridge, crossing it already comes with challenges, and the arrival of several potholes have recently made the drive a much bumpier one. A listener’s news tip alerted WTOP to the large potholes that plagued Lincoln and Memorial circles. “It is bad enough that drivers are funneled into three […]

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Air traffic controllers, already at 30-year low, feel government shutdown strain

(NEW YORK) — A few days ago, several bulbs went out in a lighting system at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina. The lights were part of an instrument landing system for inbound aircraft, some of the criteria pilots use to guide planes onto a runway, especially during bad weather, an airport facility […]

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Metro: Fire concerns show need for continued service cuts

WASHINGTON — In a presentation aimed at justifying a continued reduction in rail service hours, Metro said it found a series of problems with cables and other electrical equipment through its preventive maintenance programs that began in 2017. Efforts to prevent electrical fires are among the most important and challenging, said Laura Mason, acting Assistant […]

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Free rides, late Metro: How to travel around DC for New Year’s Eve

WASHINGTON — With New Year’s right around the corner, you may have started thinking about your resolutions and how to celebrate the last night of the year. But, thanks to free ride-shares and public transportation staying open later, one thing you won’t have to worry about as you ring in the New Year is getting […]

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Despite record rainfall, Metro insulator fire incidents drop

WASHINGTON — Water infiltration into Metro’s tunnels is historically the leading cause of insulator fire incidents, but the numbers are down this year despite record rainfall. According to a news release, Metro encountered only 22 insulator-related or fire incidents in 2018, down from 65 in 2016 — a 66 percent drop. Metro credits this sharp drop in incidents […]

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Weekend single-tracking before Metro stays open late New Year’s Eve

WASHINGTON – Single-tracking disruptions are planned on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines on this final weekend of 2018. Orange and Blue line trains are scheduled every 20 minutes with single-tracking downtown between Smithsonian and Federal Center SW. Silver Line trains are cut back Dec. 29 and Dec. 30 to run only between Wiehle-Reston East […]

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‘Admission of failure’: A disturbing goal for reducing local traffic deaths

WASHINGTON — While the number of people killed on D.C. area roads has spiked recently, regional leaders aim to keep traffic deaths at an average of 253 a year. “It’s a frank admission of failure,” Falls Church City Councilman Dave Snyder said. Cutting the five-year rolling average number of fatalities to 253 would require a […]

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Where DC wants to ban right on red

WASHINGTON — D.C. is moving to make left turns safer at five intersections by the end of the year, and announced Friday the specific 101 other locations it plans to ban right turns on red. The changes are some small steps meant to make roadways safer. The city is installing actual infrastructure to slow down […]

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DC tour bus parking to double in effort to improve traffic

WASHINGTON — The number of parking spaces for tour buses in the Districtwill soon double, and the D.C. Department of Transportation hopes the change will improve traffic. The new tour bus parking zones are expected to all be in effect by spring of next year, just in time for the peak tourist season. The goal […]

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More — a lot more — dockless vehicles to come to DC in 2019

WASHINGTON — Expect to see more dockless bikes and scooters — a lot more — on D.C. streets in the next year. D.C.’s Department of Transportation announced Friday that as many as 6,000 dockless vehicles-including electric scooters and motorized bikes-could be available to users in 2019. That’s the number included in 10 permits already approved. If all […]

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MARC plans extra service for Women’s March, Metro plans no track work

WASHINGTON — Expecting big crowds for a third-annual protest against President Donald Trump, Maryland’s MARC Train has already announced extra service Jan. 19 for the Women’s March on Washington. Metro plans to avoid any track work. MARC plans to run a special schedule on the Penn Line between Baltimore and D.C. rather than the usual […]

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Easier Metro access, more regional bike trails approved as Md. pushes back on free toll plan

WASHINGTON — Efforts to alleviate traffic for tens of thousands of D.C.-area commuters were approved Wednesday, but not before Maryland attempted to eliminate a provision pushing for uniform tolling practices across the region’s express lanes. The resolution adopted by the region’s Transportation Planning Board is the first concrete action toward new goals developed over the […]

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Following repairs, Fort Dupont Drive reopens to drivers

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service reopened Fort Dupont Drive in Fort Dupont Park in Southeast on Sunday after finishing up repairs. The road received new asphalt, paint markings, and a cleaning of its drainage systems. “Completing this roadwork is going to provide relief to everyone who visits Fort Dupont Park,” said Superintendent Tara Morrison […]

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Coalition of states to work to curb transportation emissions

BOSTON (AP) — A coalition of nine Northeast and mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia have announced an agreement to work to impose regional limits on carbon emissions from transportation sources. The goal of the landmark agreement, announced Tuesday, is to create “a regional low-carbon transportation policy proposal that would cap and reduce carbon […]

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After Thanksgiving traffic jams, Dulles and DCA hope Amazon arrival could help widen roads

ARLINGTON — Airport leaders are outlining potential responses to the long Thanksgiving weekend traffic jams at Reagan National and Dulles International airports, and deflecting blame away from ongoing construction for the particularly bad backup at Reagan. Big crowds came for flights from early afternoon through early evening, and similar, if somewhat smaller, crowds are expected […]

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Metrorail Safety Commission issues warning as DC pushes for longer hours

WASHINGTON — The new Metrorail Safety Commission’s CEO slammed Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans and other District politicians Wednesday over D.C.’s push to restore Metro’s former late-night hours. The price of such a change, the commission said, would be Metro’s safety and reliability. “Metro has provided data that show that having additional overnight hours to […]

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