Regional Transit News
- MARC's commuter train connecting W. Va. to D.C. may drop to one round trip per day
This past August, the Maryland Transit Administration announced a plan to cut back all but two of the six trains which stop at the MARC Brunswick Line’s three West Virginia stations each day.
Alex Holt, October 22, 2019, GGWash
- How to get to Nationals Park for the World Series
The Nationals will be back in town for the World Series this week, where they’ll face the Houston Astros. If you’ve got tickets, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to get around and how much getting to the games will affect your wallet.
Jordan Pascale, October 22, 2019, WAMU
- It's the 11th hour for MARC service in West Virginia
Last week, authorities in Jefferson County, W. Va., decided not to commit any local funds to retaining MARC service in the state’s eastern panhandle.
October 21, 2019, Baltimore Sun
- JPMorgan Chase commits $5 million to combat gentrification along the Purple Line
A major national bank has committed $5 million to nonprofits to support affordable housing and small businesses threatened by development expected to follow the Purple Line being built in Washington’s Maryland suburbs.
Robert McCartney, October 22, 2019, Washington Post
- Teen struck by MARC train in Laurel
A teen boy was struck by a MARC train in Laurel on Monday, according to police.
Evan Lambert, October 22, 2019, Fox5
- New Purple Line concrete problems include Bethesda shaft
Concrete problems, communications concerns, and traffic or safety changes without permission are among problems raised in Purple Line oversight documents obtained by WTOP through a public records request.
Max Smith, October 21, 2019, WTOP
- Why do we put up with a transit system that kills, maims and wastes hours of our time?
Imagine a transit system that kills more than 260 people every year in one metropolitan area, maims and seriously injures another 2,600 or more, and forces those who survive to waste more than two hours every week in unscheduled delays.
Fred Hiatt, October 20, 2019, Washington Post
- School bus cameras catch 9,300+ who didn't stop in Montgomery Co. in 5-week period
“An inordinate number of people, I’m sad and upset and angry to say, pass school buses while the red lights and stop sign and the arm and all of those things are down,” Smith said.
John Domen, October 18, 2019, WTOP
- Virginia Railway Express CEO stepping down
The commuter railway operator said Rich Dalton, deputy CEO and chief operating officer, has been recommended to be appointed acting CEO while the board searches for a replacement.
Jonathan Capriel, October 18, 2019, WBJ
- Amtrak's chronic delays are costing millions of dollars
Nationwide, 27 percent of Amtrak trains were late in 2018, according to an analysis by the Amtrak inspector general, who concluded that the company’s inability to deliver reliable service is not only affecting riders’ confidence in Amtrak but also directly contributing to the company’s annual operating losses -- assessed at about $171 million for fiscal 2018.
Luz Lazo, October 18, 2019, Washington Post
- Omniride to start Stafford service Nov. 4
Stafford residents will have a new commuting option starting Monday, Nov. 4, when OmniRide begins operating two new Express bus routes from the Staffordboro Commuter Lot with service to L’Enfant Plaza and the Pentagon.
October 18, 2019, Inside NoVa
- Fairfax County seeking input on Fairfax Connector changes
Fairfax County is seeking more feedback from commuters who use the Fairfax Connector.
Ashley Hopko, October 17, 2019, Reston Now
- Arlington Board poised to advance VRE Crystal City project
Arlington’s buy-in is required as part of the VRE’s funding application to the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA), which helps oversee the railroad service, per a staff report to the Board.
Airey, October 17, 2019, ARLnow
- Metrorail weekend service adjustments, Oct. 19-20
Medical Center station will be closed. Trains will travel through the station but will not stop. Silver Line will operate between Wiehle-Reston East and New Carrollton.
October 18, 2019, WMATA
- Long Bridge bike-ped crossing moves forward
As they finalize plans and funding sources, DC government officials need to hear from you: the bike-pedestrian crossing must remain in the plan.
Katie Harris, October 17, 2019, WABA
- Metro: We're paying for World Series trains because Nationals management won't
Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said transit agency staff wanted to provide "certainty" to fans after Nationals management refused to foot the bill for after-hours service.
Pete Muntean, October 16, 2019, WUSA9
- Metro to open early for Marine Corps Marathon
Metro will open early to accommodate the thousands of runners and spectators who gather in Virginia and D.C. for the 44th Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 27.
Abigail Constantino, October 16, 2019, WTOP
- Transit projects take decades and need investment; Md. has neither plans nor funding
Beyond the Purple Line, there are no essentially no transit projects in the Maryland Transit Administration’s (MTA) “pipeline.” That’s a problem because transit projects of any real size take decades to execute.
Alex Holt, October 16, 2019, GGWash
- Metro taps developer to move Huntington Metro project forward
Metro is moving forward with plans to develop the areas around the Huntington station in Fairfax County, just south of Alexandria.
October 15, 2019, ALX Now
- Man hurt after he 'walked off' Metro platform
An official with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority says a man “walked off” a station platform and suffered minor injuries.
October 15, 2019, WTOP
- Metro will provide late service for the World Series
Trains will run up to an hour after normal closing time if Nationals games end late.
Justin George, October 16, 2019, Washington Post
- Halloween anti-drunk driving event in Arlington
On Friday, October 25, police are hosting a Halloween anti-drunk driving event to highlight the impact that alcohol has on motor skills. This free event is open to the public and will take place at the intersection of N. Hudson Street and Wilson Boulevard, beginning at 8:00 p.m.
October 15, 2019, Arlington County
- 'Unite the Right 2' cost Metro more than $100K
Metro spent more than $125,000 on last year’s white nationalist rally, including an essentially private railcar for the tiny group of marchers, according to Metro data obtained by WTOP through a public records request.
Max Smith, October 15, 2019, WTOP
- Six juveniles arrested in assault of man on Green Line train
Six juveniles were arrested for the assault of a man aboard a Green Line train leaving the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station on Sunday.
October 13, 2019, WJLA
- DC's transportation plans for Nationals' playoff run
The Nationals’ playoff run is something fans have been dreaming about for well over a decade; and now that it’s here, D.C. has plans to make fans’ travel to and from the games a little bit smoother.
Zeke Hartner, October 12, 2019, WTOP
- Shuttles in Va. suburb show the future of robot cars may be slow
At a building site in Reston, there is something small and quiet on the roads alongside big noisy dump trucks: automated shuttles that ferry office workers whose routines have been disrupted by the construction.
Ian Duncan, October 12, 2019, Washington Post
- 15-year-old dies after Capitol South Metro stabbing
A teenager from Southeast D.C. has died Saturday after he was stabbed by another teen on the Capitol South Metro station on Friday.
Zeke Hartner, October 12, 2019, WTOP
- D.C. joins international pledge to reduce air pollution
The District is among 34 global cities at the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, today signing a declaration to put aggressive clean air policies into practice by 2025.
Andrew Giambrone, October 11, 2019, Curbed
- Alexandria Metro bus loops, kiss & rides done by late fall
Sure, the Metro trains at Alexandria stations are back up and running after a summer-long construction-related shutdown, but what about the rest of the Platform Improvement Project?
James Cullum, October 11, 2019, Zebra
- Metro riders encouraged to use phones to report safety concerns
Monitoring social media is one way officials discover something isn’t safe on Metrorail. That’s how a train running with an open door came to light last May.
Kristi King, October 11, 2019, WTOP