Regional Transit News
- Megabus to resume some D.C. service June 1
Megabus will reopen routes between New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and D.C. on a limited schedule starting on June 1.
Jose Umana, May 27, 2020, WTOP
- With buses only half-full, the first rush-hour during the 2020 Metro shutdown begins
Metro's summer shutdown is underway and today people will experience the closure for the first time during rush hour.
Kristen Powers, May 26, 2020, WJLA
- Fire, smoke billow from Metro headquarters' top floor
D.C. fire crews were called to the scene of a two-alarm fire at Metro headquarters in Northwest Wednesday morning, officials said.
Khalida Volou, May 27, 2020, WUSA9
- Amtrak preparing to cut up to 20 percent of staff
Amtrak reportedly plans to cut its workforce by about one-fifth in the next fiscal year after the coronavirus pandemic reduced ridership and ticket revenue by about 95 percent.
Zack Budryk, May 26, 2020, The Hill
- Amtrak says it needs additional bailout of nearly $1.5 billion to stay afloat
Railroad company projects ridership will remain low next year, about half of pre-pandemic levels.
Luz Lazo, May 26, 2020, Washington Post
- Watch new Acela train travel at 160 mph
Train manufacturer Alstrom continues advanced testing of Amtrak’s new Acela fleet, reaching another milestone with the first Acela prototype completing a test run at Transportation Technology Center near Pueblo, Colorado, traveling at speeds up to 165 mph.
Jeff Clabaugh, May 26, 2020, WTOP
- DASH expands service in Alexandria
Effective Sunday, May 24, DASH Bus will begin an expanded schedule in Alexandria, Virginia.
Lee Hernly, May 24, 2020, Port City Wire
- Day 1: Metro begins Summer Shutdown 2020. How did it go?
The level of confusion was lower than the year before but so was the number of riders, as on Saturday Metro began its second straight summer shutdown of a number of stations.
Tom Roussey, May 23, 2020, WJLA
- Washington region's airports reeling from impact of coronavirus pandemic
The presentation to the board that runs Dulles International and Reagan National airports was a grim summary of an average travel day in May vs. a year ago.
Lori Aratani, May 26, 2020, Washington Post
- Metro closes nine Va. stations for summer
Metro has suspended Silver Line service and closed nine stations in Northern Virginia from Memorial Day to fall, hoping to accelerate construction plans during the agency's summer shutdown.
Sophia Barnes, May 25, 2020, NBC Washington
- Safety leaders urge cautious driving as more cars fill the roads
Some drivers in the D.C. area have taken advantage of lighter than usual traffic to flout speed limits and behave more aggressively behind the wheel.
John Domen, May 25, 2020, WTOP
- Metro's summer-long shutdown is underway
Metro’s summer shutdown is underway. The multiyear platform-rebuilding project has moved to the western end of the Orange Line to rebuild deteriorating platforms at Vienna, Dunn Loring, West Falls Church and East Falls Church stations.
May 23, 2020, Washington Post
- During first week of Metro's mandatory mask policy, most riders comply
On Monday, Metro joined a growing number of transit agencies nationwide in requiring all train and bus riders to wear face masks in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Justin George, May 23, 2020, Washington Post
- Small businesses worry Metro shutdown may impact sales, when area reopens
“We have no idea how this will truly impact us, until we are on the other side of it,” said Palacios.
Anna-Lysa Gayle, May 22, 2020, WJLA
- DC Circulator driver dies from the coronavirus
A D.C. Circulator operator has died due to COVID-19 complications. The news comes a month after WUSA9 confirmed two operators had tested positive for the coronavirus.
May 23, 2020, WUSA9
- Memorial Day weekend deals latest economic blow to travel industry
The travel industry is bracing for a dismal Memorial Day weekend, as many Americans are either unwilling or unable to visit popular destinations around the U.S. because of the coronavirus.
Alex Gangitano, May 23, 2020, The Hill
- What will summer vacation be like in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic?
This time last year, more than 43 million Americans took to the roads rails and skies, kicking off one of the busiest summer travel seasons in recent history.
Luz Lazo, May 22, 2020, Washington Post
- Amtrak continues testing on new Acela fleet
Amtrak’s new Acela fleet, scheduled to enter service on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) in 2021, continues to progress with its high-speed testing at Transportation Technology Center near Pueblo, Colo., as the first Acela prototype completed another milestone by traveling at speeds up to 165 mph, although the train’s initial top operating speed will be 160 mph.
Andrew Corselli, May 22, 2020, Railway Age
- Businesses frustrated by upcoming Silver, Orange line closures
Metro is closing six Orange Line stations and the entire Silver Line starting Saturday and Northern Virginia business groups are not happy with the rollout.
Jordan Pascale, May 22, 2020, WAMU
- Silver Line Express buses are suspended, making transit options to Dulles even harder
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) is suspending its Silver Line Express (SLE) bus, which runs between Dulles Airport and the Wiehle-Reston Metro station, beginning this upcoming weekend and lasting through the summer.
Stephen Repetski, May 22, 2020, GGWash
- New report strengthens the case for MARC "run-through" service to Virginia
Even with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s recent veto of a bill to study expanding MARC (Maryland Area Rail Commuter) service to Northern Virginia, the potential demand to bring “run-though” rail service across the Potomac River remains strong according to a new report presented to the Washington region’s main planning body this week.
Alex Holt, May 22, 2020, GGWash
- Face coverings required for CUE bus riders beginning May 26
Beginning Tuesday, May 26, City of Fairfax CUE Bus passengers are required to wear face coverings when riding CUE Buses.
May 19, 2020, Fairfax City Patch
- Daily talks underway in hopes of preventing Purple Line builders from quitting
Maryland transportation leaders say they are negotiating daily with the builders of the Purple Line in hopes of preventing them from leaving the project.
Michelle Basch, May 21, 2020, WTOP
- Metro's summer shutdown begins Saturday
Metro will close nine Metrorail stations on the Orange and Silver lines through the summer starting Saturday in order to begin its platform reconstruction projects.
Mary DePompa, May 22, 2020, WTOP
- Greyhound will pay D.C. $125,000 to settle illegal idling suit
According to a lawsuit filed in December by D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, Greyhound routinely ignores the anti-idling law and allows its buses to idle at Union Station for much longer than the legal limit.
Jacob Fenston, May 21, 2020, dcist
- The ReOpenDC report recommends reallocating street space for walking, restaurants, buses
“DC should reallocate sidewalks and streets to support physical distancing for residents and greater outdoor capacity for restaurants and other businesses,” says one section of a new report, released Thursday by Mayor Muriel Bowser, “as well as reconfigure road lanes to prioritize Lifeline Network bus corridors.”
David Alpert, May 21, 2020, GGWash
- 12 states and DC join forces to curb harmful emissions from cars and other vehicles
With federal action limited on climate change, states have been stepping up to do their part. The latest move is the Transportation and Climate Initiative, an alliance among states from Maine to Virginia, plus DC, to reduce transportation-related emissions.
Ethan Goffman, May 21, 2020, GGWash
- D.C. officials see more problems with Union Station expansion
Union Station neighbors, D.C. leaders and one prominent developer are frustrated because they believe federal officials aren’t listening to their concerns about the massive station expansion project, especially as a new dispute has emerged.
Alex Koma, May 20, 2020, WBJ
- Md. Transportation Trust Fund faces up to $560 million shortfall
Maryland's already ailing Transportation Trust Fund faces an estimated $550 million revenue shortfall in the current fiscal year because of social distancing restrictions, and that number could be even higher next year, Transportation Secretary Greg Slater said Wednesday.
Holden Wilen, May 20, 2020, WBJ
- Metro gets $876M in federal funding through coronavirus aid package
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will be getting a boost to the tune of $876 million in federal funding, a Democratic delegation from Maryland announced Tuesday.
Will Vitka, May 20, 2020, WTOP