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Record number of handguns detected at airports in 2021
Throughout 2021, the Transportation Security Administration has shared news of incident after incident of guns being detected at airport security checkpoints.
Jack Pointer, January 18, 2022, WTOP
A shortage of bus drivers is causing problems for those who use public transportation
Frustration is growing among people who depend on public transportation as employees quit and agencies make major cuts.
January 17, 2022, NPR
Contemplating MARC expansion, Md. lawmakers look enviously at Virginia
Maryland policymakers and transit advocates are contemplating a bigger and better future for the state’s MARC commuter rail service.
Josh Kurtz, January 18, 2022, WTOP
Washington, D.C., approves 25-year strategic plan for multimodal transportation system
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) recently approved moveDC 2021, a goal-based strategic plan establishing a 25-year vision for the district’s multimodal transportation system.
Melina Druga, Janury 18, 2022, Transportation Today
Closings & delays: Washington DC, Maryland & Virginia
The following is a list of the current WTOP Stormdesk Closings and Delays for schools, governments, houses of worship and other organizations.
January 18, 2022, WTOP
Low overnight temperatures brings refreeze, icy conditions to DC region
As most people head back to work Tuesday after the MLK holiday, low overnight temperatures throughout the D.C. region will refreeze wet spots created from Sunday’s storm, creating icy and slick conditions for the morning commute.
Jose Umana, January 18, 2022, WTOP
U.S. Department of Transportation announces historic bridge investment program under Infrastructure Law
On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced it was launching a historic Bridge Replacement, Rehabilitation, Preservation, Protection and Construction Program (Bridge Formula Program) as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Liz Carey, January 17, 2022, Transportation Today
Airlines warn of 'catastrophic' crisis when new 5G service is deployed
U.S. airlines and cargo carriers on Monday warned that the new 5G wireless service set to deploy Wednesday could ground flights, potentially stranding thousands of Americans overseas and delaying the delivery of key goods.
Karl Evers-Hillstrom, January 17, 2022, The Hill
DASHing through winter weather
To help keep you safe and comfortable while making your trips with DASH this winter, we've compiled a few helpful tips.
January 10, 2022, DASH
WMATA eyes trackside wheel inspection tech
The Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (WMATA) 7000-series rapid transit cars will be out of service for another 90 days, the agency reported on Jan. 13; it said it is acquiring technology to measure the cars’ wheelsets, which have been under inspection since an Oct. 12, 2021 Blue Line train derailment.
Marybeth Luczak, January 14, 2022, Railway Age
More than 2,000 Sunday flights canceled due to weekend storm
The flight-tracking website FlightAware reported 2,280 canceled flights on Sunday as of Saturday night.
Brad Dress, January 16, 2022, The Hill
Amtrak conductor dies after falling off train heading from Boston to DC
An Amtrak conductor has died after falling off the train she was working on near the Westerly train station, according to Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey.
January 15, 2022, ABC7
Weekend winter storm set to bring snow, sleet, rain and damaging wind
Snow develops Sunday afternoon.
January 16, 2022, WUSA9
Prince George's County planners are setting a vision for transportation, looking toward 2035
The public has the opportunity to weigh in on plans last updated more than a decade ago.
Ian Dumcan, January 14, 2022, Washington Post
Omicron deepens bus driver shortage, frustrating passengers as transit agencies pare back service
The fast-spreading variant has thrown transit agencies into crisis as they try to fill shifts and keep routes operating.
Justin George, January 15, 2022, Washington Post
MDOT MTA Purple Line won't open until late 2026, project costs have gone up too
The 16-mile light-rail project has experienced a shake-up in its contracting team, as well as supply chain challenges, rising material costs and labor shortages.
Mischa Wanek-Libman, January 14, 2022, Mass Transit
Metro is listening to local government, developers – not riders – when it comes to station re-naming
In recent months, local officials have been asking Metro to change the name of stations in their area to reflect a revitalized neighborhood, and Metro has largely been granting their preferred choice. That’s despite public surveys done by Metro that often show riders don’t like or agree with the new names.
Jordan Pascale, January 13, 2022, dcist
Unveiled: Amtrak P-42 honoring OLI's 50th anniversary
The diesel locomotive, unveiled during a ceremony at Washington (D.C.) Union Station, will run on Amtrak’s national network, the railroad reported.
Marybeth Luczak, January 13, 2022, Railway Age
How the 7000-series train outage makes Metro less accessible
Service times have suffered without the railcars, which make up more than half of Metro’s fleet. But it wasn’t until my recent ride that I realized the lack of 7000-series trains is also an accessibility issue.
Jonathan Paul Katz, Jauary 14, 2022,
Winter Storm Watch issued in DC area with snow, wintry mix expected Sunday
More winter weather is on the way Sunday as the D.C. area braces for the potential impacts of snow and freezing rain.
Jessica Kronzer, Jose Umana, January 14, 2022, WTOP
Plans underway to improve pedestrian access to Innovation Station
The county is working on plans to improve pedestrian connectivity to Innovation Center Metro Station, which is expected to open sometime this year.
Fatimah Waseem, January 13, 2022, Reston Now
Metro hopes to bring back service after 'tough period'
Omicron continues to hit the Metro system — and area riders — hard.
John Aaron, January 13, 2022, WTOP
Metro says 7000-series trains won't return until mid-April at earliest
On Thursday, Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld announced that he will not return any 7000-series trains for “about 90 days” to buy engineers and mechanical experts more time to analyze the root cause of the wheelset problems that have kept the trains off the tracks on and off for months.
Amanda Michelle Gomez, January 13, 2022, dcist
Metrobus riders report buses not showing up, issues with real-time location data
Metrobus customers have been having a rough week as the transit agency reduced service this week. Riders say some buses aren’t showing up on time, or at all, leading to long waits in frigid temperatures.
Jordan Pascale, January 13, 2022, dcist
Capital Bikeshare and Metro extend free rides for mobile SmarTrip card offer through June
Have you been thinking about switching to a mobile SmarTrip card? It’s not too late to get 10 free Capital Bikeshare rides for your efforts, after CaBi and Metro expanded a partnership until June.
Libby Solomon, January 13, 2022,
40 years ago, a 737 crashed into the 14th Street Bridge during a snowstorm, killing 78
The date also marked the first deaths on the Metrorail system after a train derailed.
Ian Duncan, January 13, 2022, Washington Post
Fairfax Connector operating Holiday service Monday, January 17
For estimated real-time arrival times for Fairfax Connector buses, see the Fairfax Connector BusTracker.
January 13, 2023, Fairfax Connector
VRE not operating Monday, January 17
For weather-related and other adjustments to VRE service, see Train Talk Alerts.
January 13, 2022, VRE
MARC and MTA Commuter Bus service information
To find out about weather-related and other adjustments to MARC and MTA Commuter Bus service, check or sign up for MDOT MTA service alerts.
January 13, 2022, MDOT MTA
ART to operate on Saturday schedules Monday, January 17
Arlington Transit will operate holiday service on Monday, January 17, 2022 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. To keep up with weather-related and other service adjustments, check or subscribe to ART Alerts.
January 13, 2022, ART

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