Urgent Service Updates
- Proposed ART & STAR Fare Increases
ART adult fare would increase to $2.00; half-fare for seniors, people with disabilities and students would increase to $1.00. STAR fares would increase by $0.50. Fare increases would help offset increased operating expenses. Other fare changes include extending the iRide half-fare program to elementary school students, and allowing personal care attendants to ride ART free when accompanying a MetroAccess rider. More info + how you can comment at https://tinyurl.com/kqw7jvo . This website will be updated with a Spanish translation as soon as possible.
- Proposed ART & STAR Fare Increases
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Metro workers threaten weekend 'sick out'
Metro workers are threatening a "sick out" for this weekend. Sources tell News4 that Metro employees have been telling their supervisors they will not be going to work Friday.
Adam Tuss, April 25, 2017, NBC Washington
Crystal City VRE station set for updates
The Crystal City station in the Virginia Railway Express system is set for a major facelift, including a new entrance and a longer platform to add ridership capacity.
Chris Teale, April 25, 2017, ARLnow
Purple Line art submissions unveiled
Construction has not started on the Purple Line, but behind the scenes artists have been working for months on their proposals to beautify the light-rail system’s planned stations in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.
Andrew Metcalf, April 25, 2017, Bethesda Beat
Street Smart campaign kicks off
Last year, 81 cyclists and pedestrians were killed on road in the D.C. region. That’s up from the previous year when 75 people who were biking or walking died in collisions with vehicles region wide.
Kate Ryan, April 25, 2017, WTOP
Class status granted in discrimination suit against Metro
A federal judge has granted class certification to three pools of Metro workers and job applicants after nine African American men alleged discrimination in the transit agency’s criminal background screenings, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.
Faiz Siddiqui, April 26, 2017, Washington Post
Amtrak weighs track closings at NYC Penn Station for repairs
After two derailments at Pennsylvania Station in New York, Amtrak officials are considering closing tracks at the station for an extended period to make long-term repairs -- a drastic move that would cause huge disruptions for tens of thousands of commuters, according to officials who were briefed on the plans.
April 25, 2017, New York Times
Union, Metro clash over paratransit
The union for MetroAccess paratransit drivers is calling on WMATA to stop contracting out the service for people with disabilities to private companies.
Martin Di Caro, April 25, 2017, WAMU
Metro police looking for suspect in sexual assault
Metro Transit Police are searching for a man in connection with the sexual assault of a woman at L’Enfant Plaza Metro station Saturday afternoon, officials said Tuesday.
Faiz Siddiqui, April 25, 2017, Washington Post
Va. bike-ped projects will connect communities to transit
At its April 19 meeting, the TPB approved seven new projects in Northern Virginia to receive $2.7 million in funding under the federal Transportation Alternatives Program.
April 25, 2017, TPB
Arlington's plans for police training exercise Wednesday
The Arlington County Police Department’s (ACPD) Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team will be participating in a joint full-scale training exercise with our local law enforcement partners on Wednesday, April 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the vicinity of the George Mason Antonin Scalia Law School.
April 25, 2017, Arlington County
It's hard to overstate the health benefits of biking to work
A massive new study of commuters in the United Kingdom reveals that people who bike to work tend to live longer and are at lower risk of heart disease and cancer.
Stephen Miller, April 24, 2017, Streetsblog USA
Exercise simulating terror attack will take place Wednesday
Authorities are warning residents not to be alarmed by the increased presence of police, fire and emergency crews that will be deployed through the region for the exercise designed to train first responders for a possible attack on the region, according to a statement from Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
Lynh Bui, April 25, 2017, Washington Post
FTA to withhold Metro funding if worker safety fixes aren't made
The Federal Transit Administration is threatening to withhold millions in funding from Metro if the transit agency does not take urgent steps to address worker safety on the tracks, the federal agency announced Monday.
Faiz Siddiqui, Martine Powers, April 24, 2017, Washington Post
Transit union calls bill to reform Metro 'heartless' and 'cruel'
Metro’s largest union denounced a Maryland congressman’s proposed legislation to overhaul the agency’s governance and labor practices Monday, saying it is “among the most outrageous proposals ever put forth by a Democratic member of Congress in recent memory.”
Faiz Siddiqui, April 24, 2017, Washington Post
Metro isn't on fire as much, but stuff is still 'arcing'
One potentially hopeful sign for the state of Metro? So far this year, there have been fewer track fires than last year.
Martine Powers, April 24, 2017, Washington Post
Arlington tax increase all goes to schools, Metro
The Arlington County Board unanimously voted to raise its property tax rate by 1.5 cents Saturday, a hike that elected officials said was entirely attributable to higher costs for Metro and schools.
Patricia Sullivan, April 22, 2017, Washington Post
Earlier Metro delays after train struck a deer
A Metro train struck a deer early Monday morning, causing delays on the Blue and Silver lines.
Dana Hedgpeth, April 24, 2017, Washington Post
Arlington police investigate fatal single-vehicle crash
At approximately 5:40 p.m. on April 22, police were dispatched to the 2400 block of S. Glebe Road for the report of a single-vehicle crash involving a moped.
April 23, 2017, Arlington County
Is riding the bus finally becoming cool?
Even as Washington-area residents malign the subway -- vowing after each rush-hour meltdown that they’ll never take a train again -- there is an increasingly vocal cohort of bus evangelists.
Martine Powers, April 22, 2017, Washington Post
Person fatally struck by train in Fredericksburg
One man is dead and another is critically injured after being hit by a train in Fredericksburg, Virginia early Saturday morning, police said.
April 22, 2017, WUSA9
Metro to begin escalator replacement at Stadium-Armory
New Va. bike, sidewalk projects aim to provide a way out of driving
Wiedefeld's new role: chief lobbyist
Second suspect arrested in Red Line robbery
Higher ART fares proposed
Union dissent highlights difficulty of enacting Metro plan
Metro must reinstate worker fired after smoke disaster
Metro GM proposes 'new business model'
Megabus adding stop in Virginia Beach
Northern Va. commutes eat up more time than distance