Regional Transit News
- Metro extends platform project by six days
Station closures now expected to continue through Sunday, September 8
April 18, 2019, WMATA
- Amtrak Acela train strikes a person north of Baltimore
A person was struck by a Boston-bound Acela train Thursday morning, causing delays along the busy Northeast rail corridor, officials said.
Lori Aratani, April 18, 2019, Washington Post
- Train technology that could have saved over 300 lives inches toward completion
“In the course of 50 years we have investigated 150 PTC preventable accidents that have caused 303 fatalities and 6,800 injuries,” said Jennifer Homendy, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board.
Ashley Halsey III, April 17, 2019, Washington Post
- New bus service to Quantico VRE
Beginning Wednesday, May 1, 2019, FREDericksburg Regional Transit (FRED) will start early morning and late afternoon feeder bus service between Aquia Towne Center, the north VDOT commuter lot on Route 610/Garrisonville Road and the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) station in Quantico, VA.
April 18, 2019, VRE
- Purple Line project gets new CEO amid schedule, cost disputes
The team of companies designing and building Maryland’s Purple Line has replaced its CEO, hoping a new leader will resolve disputes with the state over construction delays and potential cost overruns in the $5.6 billion public-private partnership, a project spokesman said Wednesday.
Katherine Shaver, April 17, 2019, Washington Post
- Md. chief of toll operations resigns abruptly
The head of the Maryland Transportation Authority, Kevin C. Reigrut, who oversaw the state’s eight toll facilities, abruptly tendered his resignation Tuesday.
Luz Lazo, April 17, 2019, Washington Post
- Metro to shut down several Blue, Yellow line stations for the summer
Heads up: if you live or work in Northern Virginia, a massive Metro shutdown is right around the corner -- and it's going to last all summer.
Adam Tuss, Gina Cook, April 17, 2019, NBC Washington
- Bicycle-collection effort slated for Arlington recycling event
Bikes for the World will be collecting unneeded bicycles, bike parts and accessories on Saturday, May 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the Arlington E-CARE (Environmental Collection and Recycling Event) at 1425 North Quincy St.
April 18, 2019, Inside NoVa
- Bike to Work Day planned for May 17
On May 17, thousands of riders are anticipated to pedal to work as part of the free, annual event -- now in its nineteenth year.
Andrew Giambrone, April 17, 2019, Curbed
- U.S. public transportation growth outpaces population growth
Riders in the United States took 9.9 billion trips on public transportation last year according to a report from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), with ridership increases seen throughout the country.
Chris Galford, April 17, 2019, Transportation Today
- VRE fully compliant with positive train control
VRE, a transportation partnership between the Northern Virginia and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation commissions, became fully compliant last week.
Melina Druga, April 17, 2019, Transportation Today
- D.C. may be overpaying for transportation projects due to few bidders
Paving roads and laying the groundwork for infrastructure projects in the District could be costing taxpayers more than is necessary, according to a recent audit by the D.C. inspector general’s office.
Andrew Giambrone, April 16, 2019, Curbed
- Fake rideshare driver takes woman home, then allegedly robs her in Bethesda
Montgomery County Police are hoping new video will help people identify a fake rideshare driver who drove a woman to her home in Bethesda and then forced his way inside before allegedly robbing her last month.
Marina Marraco, April 16, 2019, Fox5
- App-based transit coming to Md.
Montgomery County plans to test an app-based system that will allow riders to request a ride through the Via app on an 11-passenger shuttle.
Max Smith, April 17, 2019, WTOP
- Purple Line construction endangers 66-inch water main in Prince George's
The Purple Line light rail project is being asked to “cease and desist” construction near a major water main in Maryland’s Prince George’s County.
Dick Uliano, April 16, 2019, WTOP
- Little Paint Branch Trail expected to be finished soon
Work on an extension to the Little Paint Branch Trail from Beltsville to North College Park is expected to wrap up within the next few weeks.
Alexander Dacy, April 17, 2019, Diamondback
- Amtrak expands weekend Acela Service
Amtrak is increasing weekend service along the popular Northeast Corridor, adding additional Saturday departures starting next month.
Lori Aratani, April 17, 2019, Washington Post
- Officials investigating reports that two Metro cars came apart Monday night
Officials from Metro’s newly minted safety oversight board said they are looking into an incident in which two Metrorail cars came apart as they were being moved to a storage track behind the Wiehle-Reston East station late Monday.
Lori Aratani, April 16, 2019, Washington Post
- Uber introduces Jump scooters, changes price structure for e-bikes
Riders now can unlock the bikes and scooters for free and pay 15 cents per minute.
Luz Lazo, April 16, 2019, Washington Post
- Silver Spring gets a train-iguana mural
Work on the mural started last week on a blank wall the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Bonifant Street, where Purple Line trains will run once the light rail opens in 2023.
Dan Reed, April 16, 2019, GGWash
- Md., Va. to study extending commuter rail
Could a future Amazon.com Inc. employee living deep in the Old Line State catch a MARC train straight to Crystal City? Or how about a Manassas resident riding VRE to Baltimore? Maryland and Virginia are setting out to answer those questions in the next year.
April 15, 2019, Washington Business Journal
- I-270, Beltway expansion plans bring fears of noise, property loss
The potential for increased traffic noise, declines in property values and not enough consideration for public transportation options were among the concerns that surfaced at a weekend public meeting on plans to add toll lanes to Interstate 270 and the Beltway.
Dan Schere, April 15, 2019, Bethesda Magazine
- Prince George's County leaders confront distracted driving crisis
County leaders went on ride-along patrols with police officers to appeal to distracted drivers first-hand.
Scott Broom, April 15, 2019, WUSA9
- Most Commuter Store locations closed Easter Sunday
The Silver Spring TRiPs Commuter Store and the Takoma Langley Crossroads Transit Center will be closed Easter Sunday, April 21. The Odenton Commuter Store will be open 9:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
April 15, 2019, Commuter Store
- Metro to begin escalator canopy installation at Dupont Circle
Later this month, Metro will begin work to install a specially designed canopy over the north entrance of Dupont Circle station, the transit authority announced today.
April 15, 2019, WMATA
- Lots of ways to celebrate Earth Day
With Earth Day right around the corner, you've got more than one way to get into that environmental spirit.
Jeb Stenhouse, April 15, 2019, GGWash
- Catching a Metro train in Alexandria this summer will be impossible
Metro and Alexandria are planning an extensive network of free express and local shuttle bus services to help customers get around the region during construction.
April 15, 2019, Zebra
- Capital Bikeshare pulls its electric bikes
On Sunday, Capital Bikeshare announced that it was removing electric bikes from its fleet after receiving a “small number” of complaints from people who said the front wheels’ braking force was “stronger than expected,” according to the operator’s announcement.
Ian Shapira, April 14, 2019, Washington Post
- VRE rolls out safety technology
In theory, new technology should make life easier, but the transition often proves painful. Virginia Railway Express riders have experienced this recently, as new and expensive safety technology for the trains has contributed to a spike in delays recently.
Scott Shenk, April 14, 2019, fredericksburg.com
- Capital Bikeshare electric bikes removed from service
Out of an abundance of caution, we are proactively removing the electric bikes from service for the time being.
April 14, 2019, Capital Bikeshare