Tag: Transportation News

Future of 120-year-old trestle in Northwest DC hangs in balance

The future of the more than 120-year-old Foundry Branch Trolley Trestle, a streetcar bridge in Glover-Archbold Park in Northwest D.C. that has long been abandoned, remains uncertain. It could be demolished, but some preservationists are pushing for its salvation, along with other community members who also want to preserve it for its practical value. We’re […]

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‘Congestion emergency’ costs DC-area drivers around $2,000 a year

The average driver in the D.C. area lost 87 hours to traffic congestion in 2017, at a cost of $2,007 in lost time and wasted fuel, according to the transportation group TRIP. Congestion in the Baltimore region caused the average driver to lose 50 hours, at a cost of $1,220. The TRIP report also stated […]

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Affordable housing, children key issues in DC mayor’s State of the District address

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser proposed more money for affordable housing, making child care more affordable and the continuation of free rides on D.C.’s popular Circulator bus during her State of the District address Monday night. Bowser’s budget that now goes to the D.C. Council includes $130 million — or a 30 percent increase in the […]

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Metrorail safety oversight to return to local leaders

Local leaders will take back control of Metrorail safety oversight Tuesday, marking a long-awaited milestone and freeing up millions in federal funding for the region. The Metrorail Safety Commission is a new local body certified by the Federal Transit Administration. The transfer of authority from the federal government to the commission allows $48.5 million — […]

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Metrorail safety oversight handed back to local leaders

Local leaders took back control of Metrorail safety oversight Tuesday, marking a long-awaited milestone and freeing up millions in federal funding for the region. The Metrorail Safety Commission is a new local body certified by the Federal Transit Administration. The transfer of authority from the federal government to the commission allows $48.5 million — which […]

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Why DC Circulator won’t run to DC United’s Audi Field this season

Some fans headed to Audi Field for D.C. United games may have to walk farther this season. The DC Circulator will not run buses to the stadium on match days as it did last year. Instead, the Eastern Market to L’Enfant Plaza route will remain on its regular route along M Street, which is about […]

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New bus lanes coming this summer to downtown DC traffic

Jammed downtown streets near the White House will get bus lanes this summer in place of current rush-hour lanes of traffic. “H and I Street Northwest, and generally east-west travel through … downtown, is congested and slow for all users, but it’s especially slow for bus riders,” District Department of Transportation Planner Megan Kanagy said […]

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George Washington U. team wins DC funding for traffic app

A team of George Washington University students and professors has won a $25,000 award from the District to continue developing an app that would provide D.C. drivers with real-time information on traffic congestion and crashes. The developers of the Road Vision app, which is still in the prototype phase, won the District’s first Gigabit DCx Challenge. […]

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Metro ridership may be headed for nearly 2-decade low

Many Metro trains are much less crowded, with ridership now around the lowest levels in nearly two decades. Metrorail ridership fell to an average 595,000 weekday trips in the period from July through December, down 1.5 percent from the prior year, Metro’s quarterly reports show. If the trend remains steady through May, when Metro typically […]

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Arlington Memorial Bridge stonework getting a little love in Maryland

Arlington Memorial Bridge is undergoing its first major overhaul since it opened in 1932, and some of its parts have been moved to Maryland to get some special attention. Some 2,320 pieces of stone taken from the bridge’s south elevation are now sitting in a stone yard in Upper Marlboro near Joint Base Andrews. They […]

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Arlington Memorial Bridge stonework gets a little love in Maryland

Arlington Memorial Bridge is undergoing its first major overhaul since it opened in 1932, and some of its parts have been moved to Maryland to get some special attention. Some 2,320 pieces of stone taken from the bridge’s south elevation are now sitting in a stone yard in Upper Marlboro near Joint Base Andrews. They […]

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With new traffic pattern set, DC’s biggest road project revs up

Drivers who use Suitland Parkway or Interstate 295 to navigate through the District should get ready for a new traffic pattern set to take effect later this week. The changes signal the next phase of construction associated with the District’s biggest road project to date. Drivers who use the Suitland Parkway or I-295 to navigate […]

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Maryland, Virginia counties top list of most expensive commutes in US

Bittersweet vindication — a new study shows people driving to work from Maryland and Virginia suburbs face the most expensive commutes in the United States. Ten of the 20 counties in the U.S. with the highest commuting cost are within the WTOP listening area, finds a Bloomberg analysis of Census Data. Charles County, Maryland, tops the […]

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Capital Bikeshare to expand electric bikes; dockless scooter companies push to raise speed limit

Capital Bikeshare plans to roll out many more electric-assist bikes this year to make it easier to get around the city, District Department of Transportation Director Jeff Marootian said this week. The public bikeshare system began a test of 80 black pedal-assist bikes back in September. “We have had positive feedback on this pilot and […]

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DC Water taxis return March 1, add service to all Nats, DC United home games

WASHINGTON — Potomac Riverboat Company’s fleet of seven water taxis, including four bright yellow high-speed water taxis added last season, will start running on the Potomac River again this year, starting March 1. The water taxis turned out to be very popular last year. The company says its water taxis carried about 300,000 passengers on […]

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Endless commute: Studies show DC-area drivers spending even more time behind wheel

WASHINGTON — If it seems like you’re spending more time in your car these days, there’s good reason — you are spending more time in your car. New national figures released by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows the typical driver is going farther, and taking more time to get there, while a separate INRIX […]

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Most dangerous DC intersections of 2018

WASHINGTON — Getting around D.C. comes with a higher risk at some intersections than others, a new list of 2018’s most dangerous intersections in the city shows. A weighted ranking of 2018’s most dangerous intersections that accounts for the severity of crashes puts Wisconsin Avenue, NW and M Street, NW in the heart of Georgetown […]

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Record rainfall worsened DC’s pothole problems — costly settlements included

WASHINGTON — With more potholes piling up across the District, and about a third of local roads already in poor condition, the city is struggling to keep up with fixes due in large part to last year’s record rainfall. “We lost 45 full days during our paving season due to the rain,” District Department of […]

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DC tops $324M in traffic tickets; Md. leaves most unpaid

WASHINGTON — Drivers on D.C. roads racked up $324 million in tickets last year, and Maryland drivers ended the year with the most money unpaid. Between Sept. 30, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018, more than 1 million tickets were issued in the District through speed and red light cameras. About 33,000 of them were dismissed […]

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Mass transit agencies cancel, change Wednesday service

WASHINGTON — In anticipation of Wednesday’s storm, local mass transit agencies are canceling or amending their services. Metro buses will run limited service on major roads only, and they could be cut back further through the morning. Many bus routes will not be operating and bus service may be canceled with little to no notice […]

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DC parking ticket, towing revenue on the decline

WASHINGTON — Parking ticket and towing revenue collected through the Department of Public Works is on the decline in D.C., continuing a trend of fewer tickets going back about a decade. While the District collected about $75 million in parking tickets and towing fees in the 2016 and 2017 budget years, that dropped to $69.4 million […]

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