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Missing sidewalks? There's an app for that
Something as simple as a missing sidewalk ramp can make an entire block of sidewalk out of reach to someone who can't step up onto a curb. Inaccessible sidewalks are all over DC, and researchers at the University of Maryland created a tool for pointing them out. Now, they just need you to help them do it.
Canaan Merchant, September 25, 2016, Greater Greater Washington
New Va. HOT lane tolls to be a fraction of I-66 estimates
People who choose to pay a toll to drive alone on Interstate 66 inside the Beltway next year may feel some pangs of jealousy when they see the bill. Toll prices in a similar conversion of HOV lanes to HOV or toll lanes in the Hampton Roads area are expected to be just a fraction of the cost.
Max Smith, September 25, 2016, WTOP
Whatever they call it, you pay more to go faster
This issue of toll roads and carpool lanes will not only linger for years in Virginia, but also across the Potomac River, where it will spawn debates in Maryland.
Robert Thomson, September 25, 2016
How a 'smart' public transit system can better serve riders with disabilities
A team of researchers is designing a system to ensure riders are at the right stop at the right time.
Linda Poon, September 24, 2016, CityLab
What prompted Sept. 13 Red Line 'self-evacuation?' Metro releases report
Malfunctioning track and train equipment and a communications breakdown between Metro personnel left a Red Line train idling on the tracks near Farragut North station late on Sept. 13, complicating a routine track problem and leading to the dangerous “self-evacuation” of two passengers while the third rail was still energized, the transit authority’s top safety official said.
Martin Di Caro, September 24, 2016, WAMU
Metro weekend service adjustments September 23-25 for rebuilding
Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of September 23-25 with service adjustments on four of six lines.
WMATA, September 23, 2016
Can San Francisco build housing that eases traffic?
Bay Area planners are betting that new developments can accommodate growth and relieve traffic congestion.
Laura Bliss, September 23, 2016, CityLab
Here are the most and least satisfied types of commuters in the Washington region
If you're feeling frustrated with your commute, you're not the only one. A new study from the National Capital Region’s Transportation Planning Board, about half of drivers and Metro riders report being unsatisfied with their trips to and from work.
Mikaela Lefrak, September 23, 2016, WAMU
Road closures for DC museum grand opening start Friday night
Road closures in downtown D.C. will begin as early as 7 p.m. Friday and continue through the weekend for the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Kristi King, September 23, 2016, WTOP
Metro officials probe repeat radio problems after Red Line riders bail
After a series of communications failures resulted in two fed-up Red Line riders exiting a stopped train last week, Metro officials Thursday discussed solutions ranging from better testing equipment to equipping train operators with bullhorns to communicate with passengers in an emergency.
Max Smith, September 23, 2016, WTOP
Metro trying a low-tech fix to its ongoing communication problem: bullhorns in train cabs
Metro will place handheld bullhorns in the cabs of all of its trains, following a series of communication lapses that culminated in a dangerous self-evacuation on the Red Line last week.
Faiz Siddiqui and Martine Powers, September 22, 2016, Washington Post
Metro conducting full sweep of pocket tracks for signal problems after radio failure
Metro is conducting a full sweep of its pocket tracks for signal issues after a backup radio failed in a Red Line self-evacuation incident earlier this month, in a frightening episode that left passengers stranded in a tunnel for about 40 minutes.
Faiz Siddiqui and Martine Powers, September 22, 2016, Washington Post
Our roads are choked. We're on the verge of carmageddon
If you controlled the billions that are spent every year – privately and publicly – on the transport system, and your aim was to smooth the passage of those who use it, is this what you would do?
George Monbiot, September 22, 2016, The Guardian
Public reaction to Metro's proposed cuts proves the need to be vastly more transparent about rebuilding
Metro has a trust problem that’s impeding the agency’s ability to fix its decaying rail system.
Beyond DC, September 22, 2016
Montgomery County Council panel to discuss MetroAccess
A Montgomery County Council panel will hold a work session on a program that provides transit service to people who cannot use the region’s fixed-route bus and rail systems due to disabilities.
September 22, 2016 WTOP
Dreaded closures begin on Beach Drive
Dreaded closures along Beach Drive started Thursday morning, bringing significant changes for thousands of drivers who normally use the route to get to and from downtown D.C.
Nick Iannelli, September 22, 2016, WTOP
Commuter survey shows riders souring on Metro
A survey done every three years for the D.C. region’s Transportation Planning Board compares commuter satisfaction with various ways of getting around, and the latest one shows how much support Metrorail has lost — even before the SafeTrack maintenance disruptions started.
Robert Thomson, September 21 2016, Washington Post
The U.S. DOT officially puts a car in the self-driving race
The U.S. Department of Transportation is officially inserting itself into this self-driving saga, issuing a long-awaited policy guidance on regulating the emerging technology nationwide.
Laura Bliss, September 21, 2016, CityLab
Survey: Commuters find more satisfaction traveling with others
Commuters across the D.C. region look to more shared modes of traveling to work as driving alone becomes less popular. Carpooling, walking or biking are the more satisfying commuting options, according to the findings of a survey released Wednesday.
Max Smith, September 21, 2016, WTOP
New Alexandria red-light camera to issue tickets this week
Alexandria police began using a new red-light camera on Aug. 22 at the intersection of Duke Street and West Taylor Run Parkway.
Sarah Beth Hensley, September 20, 2016, WTOP
Monday morning meltdown on Metro affects nearly every line
Beach Drive travelers urged to plan ahead for closure
Government says self-driving vehicles will save money, time, lives
D.C. launches cab service for underserved neighborhoods in Wards 4, 7, 8
D.C. officials advice to Beach Drive users: Find an alternate plan
New coalition wants a better ride for I-270 commuters
Lyft's vision: an autonomous fleet, 'bar car,' and the end of private car ownership
Amid debate over D.C.'s red-light cameras, study notes that they save lives
New ART 92 schedule with more frequent service starts September 19
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