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Metro encourages Green and Yellow line customers to plan ahead for May 1-9 track work
Metro is reminding Green and Yellow line customers to plan ahead for scheduled track work May 1-9 that will require free shuttle buses to replace trains at four stations over one weekend and the weeklong closure of West Hyattsville. The work will upgrade the interlocking system at Fort Totten, which allows trains to safely cross from one track to another.
April 14, 2021, WMATA
As Biden shifts infrastructure focus to climate and racial justice, cities and states alter pitches
Cities and states across the country are pitching new kinds of infrastructure projects and offering fresh assessments of existing proposals as they chase $2 billion in grant funding the Biden administration has tied to environmental and racial-justice goals.
Ian Duncan, April 15, 2021, Washington Post
Modern Mobility: Five ways to build back better
This is an opportunity to reset our priorities and “build back better” to a transportation system that is safe and sustainable.
Chris Slatt, April 14, 2021, ARLnow
7News asks Metro: What will you do to help people start commuting again?
7News On Your Side is asking Metro what it will do to help as more and more people begin commuting again, in some cases for the first time in more than a year.
Tom Roussey, April 14, 2021, ABC7
Science, environmental communites call on Biden, Congress to decarbonize transportation, power generation
President Biden recently unveiled his American Jobs Plan -- a two trillion-dollar package with significant investments in infrastructure, advanced technologies, and jobs that will reduce our global warming emissions.
Jonna Hamilton, April 14, 2021, UCS
Safety commission says 'urgency' needed from Metro in responding to incidents
A near collision, a runaway Metro train, trains running red signals, worker protection guideline violations — those are a few of the incidents the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission highlighted in its virtual April meeting Tuesday.
Bruce Alan, April 14, 2021, WTOP
Safety board official calls for 'holistic' Metro plan to address recurring issues
Members of the independent commission charged with monitoring Metro safety said the transit system is trending in the wrong direction when it comes to ensuring that trains stop for red signals and that proper protocols are followed to keep workers safe.
Justin George, April 13, 2021, Washington Post
Results of Arlington, Montgomery County collaboration on airplane noise
Local officials in Arlington and Montgomery counties continue their collaborative efforts following upticks in their communities' airplane noise complaints as aircraft approach and depart Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, DCA, located in Arlington County.
Mercia Hobson, April 14, 2021, Arlington Connection
Virginia public transit grapples with reduced ridership
Virginia public transit systems from Northern Virginia to Hampton Roads are hoping for a recovery after losing riders and revenue.
April 13, 2021, Arlington Patch
City looking for feedback on future of transit, traffic and overall transportation planning
An update to the Alexandria Mobility Plan could reshape some of the ways the city approaches transit, streets and more.
Vernon Miles, April 13, 2021, ALXnow
County seeking public input for improvement to portion of S. Eads St.
“We’re hoping to gather observations and experiences on how people use the street now across all modes, from biking and walking to taking transit and driving,” writes Eric Balliet, spokesperson for Arlington’s Dept. of Environmental Services, in an email to ARLnow.
Matt Blitz, April 13, 2021, ARLnow
Metro's secret 'near miss' of head-on crash in Nov.: Here's how it (almost) happened
For the first time Tuesday details became public of an incident in which two Metro trains with passengers had a “near miss” of a head on collision during single tracking.
Tom Roussey, April 13, 2021, ABC7
White House says gas tax won't be part of infrastructure bill
The White House said Tuesday that raising the federal gasoline tax is not being considered as part of President Biden’s infrastructure package.
Alex Gangitano, April 13, 2021, The Hill
Brown, Hucker say more transit needed for Beltway expansion
U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown and Montgomery County Council President Tom Hucker on Monday called for the state to consider more transit options for the Capital Beltway expansion project.
Briana Adhikusuma, April 13, 2021, Bethesda Magazine
Bullet strikes 7-Eleven door near Braddock Road Metro station
Alexandria Police are investigating a bullet that struck the door of a 7-Eleven near the Braddock Road Metro station.
James Cullum, April 13, 2021, ALXnow
President Biden's infrastructure plan could improve I-495, mass transit in Montgomery Co.
If approved by Congress, some of that money would enhance bus rapid transit lines, The Baltimore-Washington Parkway, and I-495.
Kevin Lewis, April 12, 2021, ABC7
Pre-2012 SmarTrip cards to be phased out by Metro
Metro will install new faregates where SmarTrip cards made before 2012 won't be compatible.
Emily Leayman, April 12, 2021, Vienna Patch
Runaway train on Metro's Red Line went unreported for weeks
After an empty runaway train on the Red Line went unreported to managers, Metro’s general manager is changing the rules on what incidents require an emergency response.
Megan Cloherty, April 12, 2021, WTOP
Montgomery County Seeks $3.3B In Funding For Transit, Pedestrian Projects As Part Of Proposed Infrastructure Bill
Montgomery County is outlining $3.3 billion in local transportation priorities as Congress begins a critical period of negotiations on President Joe Biden’s major infrastructure bill.
Jordan Pascale, April 12, 2021, dcist
White House issuing reports on states' infrastructure needs
The Biden White House is amplifying the push for its $2.3 trillion infrastructure package with the release of state-by-state breakdowns that show the dire shape of roads, bridges, the power grid and housing affordability.
April 12, 2021, WTOP
VDOT wants your thoughts on improvements at I-95 and Va. 123
VDOT’s study is looking into modifications and relocation of traffic signals, lane extensions, ramp reconfiguration and managing access, and pedestrian, bicycle and transit enhancements, to improve traffic flow and safety.
Will Vitka, April 12, 2021, WTOP
Advocates optimistic Biden infrastructure plan is a step toward sustainability
Environmental advocates are hopeful that parts of the White House’s multitrillion-dollar infrastructure package’s sustainability measures can gain traction with lawmakers in Congress despite GOP claims that they fall outside the definition of infrastructure.
Zack Budryk, April 12, 2021, The Hill
Review prompts Metro to make emergency response program changes
Metro will update its safety and emergency protocols following a March incident in D.C. involving a mechanical issue that left passengers stranded for over an hour on its rail system.
Acacia James, April 11, 2021, WTOP
Metro finds several safety missteps in disabled train investigation
Metro on Saturday required its employees to trigger a full emergency response whenever a passenger train, bus or MetroAccess car breaks down in lieu of several safety and reporting failures that officials said occurred last month, including an unreported runaway train.
Justin George, April 10, 2021, Washington Post
WMATA Board Finance and Capital Committee approves budget that maintains service improvements to support regional recovery
Capital investments will continue safety and state of good repair rehabilitation.
April 9, 2021, Mass Transit
DJ Stadtler to lead VPRA as executive director
Stadtler is a known leader among rail professionals and will work to deliver $3.7 billion in rail improvements throughout Virginia.
Mischa Wanek-Libman, April 9, 2021, Mass Transit
White's Ferry owners to seek eminent domain in dispute with landowners
The new owners of White’s Ferry are seeking to have county and state leaders exercise eminent domain, which would give control of the landing to the respective governments and allow for the resumption of ferry operation.
Nathaniel Cline, April 9, 2021, Loudoun Times-Mirror
Metro phasing out older SmarTrip cards as part of upgrades to fare payment
Metro is phasing out older cards as part of upgrades to fare gates and fare payment technology.
Abigail Constantino, April 10, 2021, WTOP
If you have a SmarTrip card from before 2012, you'll need to replace it soon
If you’ve managed to hold on to your same Metro card for more than nine years: 1. congrats, and 2. sorry to break the news, but it’s going to be obsolete soon.
Jordan Pascale, April 9, 2021, dcist
Metro committee approves proposed budget that maintains current service levels, delays Silver Line Phase 2
If Metro’s board of directors adopts the proposed Fiscal Year 2022 approved by its finance and capital committee yesterday (Thursday), the start of service on the second phase of the Silver Line will officially be delayed until next year.
Angela Woolsey, April 9, 2021, Reston Now

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