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Service AlertsNew Route 56 Effective July 1st: A new ART route, ART 56 Military Road-Rosslyn Metro, begins July 1, 2024. This route replaces ART 53, 61 and 62 which will end service on June 30, 2024. For more information see our blog post. https://www.arlingtontransit.com/about/art-news/new-art-56-military-rd-rosslyn-metro-begins-july-1/ View all ART Alerts

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Maryland to build nation's largest renewable energy bus depot
The microgrid project in Montgomery County — spearheaded by the energy supply company AlphaStruxure — will transform Rockville’s David F. Bone Equipment Maintenance and Transit Operations Center into the nation’s largest renewable energy-powered transit facility by late 2025.
Francisco "A.J." Camacho, June 20, 2024, E & E News
Are Virginia toll roads costly and confusing? A state study shows many drivers think so.
According to the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, which conducts analysis and provides oversight of state agencies on behalf of the General Assembly, 7% of EZ-Pass users from Northern Virginia surveyed said they don’t use the toll routes because of their design and layout.
Nathaniel Cline, June 20, 2024, Inside NoVa
FHWA awards $108M in grant funding to support road safety on Federal, Tribal lands
“Improving safety for those traveling on tribal lands is of paramount importance to the U.S. Department of Transportation,” Arlando Teller, Tribal Government Affairs assistant secretary, said. 
Melina Druga, June 20, 2024, Transportation Today
Hydrogen-powered buses are coming to Montgomery County, thanks to private equity
The new Rockville transit center, funded almost entirely by a massive investment of an undisclosed amount by a private-equity-backed energy company, will be the largest renewable energy-powered bus depot in the nation, officials said in a news release. 
Daniel Zawodny, June 19, 2024, The Baltimore Banner
For whom the wheels roll: examining the mobility of care in Washington, DC, USA
Recent transportation scholarship focuses on this inequity by quantifying the daily travel of women and men for everyday care provision, often termed “the mobility of care.”
Dina Passman/Sabine O'Hara/Meike Levin-Keitel, June 19, 2024, Frontiers
What does WMATA's Better Bus redesign mean for Montgomery County?
WMATA anticipates that in Maryland, the redesigned network will open up more access to jobs and emphasize increased weekend service.
James Musial, June 18, 2024, MoCo 360
Senators want more transit hubs to help reduce housing costs
Many of the 42 million Americans who report being cost-burdened by housing could benefit from dense housing near transit hubs, according to transportation experts at the subcommittee hearing.
Tom Ramstack, June 18, 2024, The Well News
Amtrak will likely break ridership record this year
The agency says its revenue, while higher, has also been impacted by a reduction in business travel, as well as by closures and delays on some of its lines. 
Diana Ionescu, June 19, 2024, Planetizen
Virginia, Maine announce new state-supported intercity bus routes
The new Virginia route, which will launch in 2025, runs east-west connecting Virginia Beach and Norfolk on the coast with the inland communities of Richmond, Charlottesville and Harrisonburg.
Dan Zukowski, June 18, 2024, Smart Cities Dive
VRE getting cozier with Maryland's MARC trains; to reinstate cross-honor agreement
The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) and Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) services are set to strengthen their collaboration. The VRE Operations Board is expected to vote on Friday, June 21, to restore an agreement that allows VRE riders to board MARC trains and vice versa.
Uriah Kiser, June 18, 2024, Potomac Local News
D.C. traffic cameras have led to sharp decline in speeding, data shows
In 2015, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) unveiled a traffic safety initiative called Vision Zero, with the aim of bringing traffic fatalities and injuries to zero. 
Danny Nguyen, June 16, 2024, The Washington Post
Metro offers new development opportunity in the District's historic Deanwood neighborhood
Metro has a prime piece of real estate on the market in Deanwood, one of DC’s oldest and historic neighborhoods. The site includes more than an acre of land adjacent to Metro’s Deanwood Station, ideal for joint development with neighborhood-serving retail and new housing steps away from public transit.
June 18, 2024, WMATA
Amtrak's efforts to go green include renewable diesel, sustainability measures for capital projects
Amtrak plans to roll out its first clean energy generation facility, and to encourage Americans to ditch cars and plane rides to help double its ridership to 66 million by 2040. It intends to use fully carbon-free electricity by 2030.
Chris Galford, June 18, 2024, Transportation Today
How DC's bus shelters can better serve riders who need them most
Bus shelters, while maybe less sexy of a topic than bus lanes or electric buses, are critical to supporting existing ridership and attracting new riders to the bus.
Santiago Lakatos, June 18, 2024, Greater Greater Washington
Public transit in the post-pandemic world: Views diverge at congressional hearing
Federal lawmakers, transit industry experts and labor union representatives debated public transit costs, contracting, the value of microtransit and autonomous transit operations in a June 13 hearing of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on highways and transit.
Dan Zukowski, June 17, 2024, Smart Cities Dive
Monument Drive commuter garage to begin operations this Saturday
The garage at 12113 Government Center Parkway near the Monument Drive intersection will have eight bus bays and a canopy for Fairfax Connector and Metrobus.
Caitlyn Meisner, June 17, 2024, FFXNow
This guy biked to all 790 Capital Bikeshare stations
For Stanley Seiden, the journey of 790 Capital Bikeshare stops began with a single push notification. “One day, probably in November 2022, I got a text that said I had reached 6 percent of all Capital Bikeshare stations,” Seiden says. “And so I said: challenge accepted.”
Arya Hodjat, June 14, 2024, Washingtonian
Red Line offers Baltimore a chance to catch up
At its core, this is a transportation project that will dramatically improve mobility throughout the region. An east-west transit route, decades overdue, that transverses downtown Baltimore expeditiously.
June 17, 2024, The Baltimore Sun
This D.C. suburb is planning the country's most ambitious clean transit effort
A Maryland county just north of Washington, D.C., is embarking on an ambitious effort to provide clean, sustainable public transit — even to the point of installing a microgrid for its own electricity and hydrogen fuel production.
Joann Muller, June 17, 2024, Axios
Metro kicks off summer with inaugural community Metro Fest Celebration
The event is open to all ages. Family-friendly activities will be available, including face painting, a 360-photo booth, and a live DJ. The event will also include tables with information about Metro programs and services. 
June 14, 2024, WMATA
Metro advises customers of upcoming bus changes
Starting June 16, more trips are being added or expanded on selected routes in DC, Maryland, and Virginia to improve connections and meet ridership demand. 
June 14, 2024, WMATA
Mount Vernon Express 11Y bus route could get renamed (and other transportation news)
The Metrobus redesign, launched in 2022, is designed to better connect the region, increase access to better bus service and make riding the bus more convenient, according to WMATA. 
Erika Christ, June 12, 2024, Mount Vernon on the Move
Amtrak ridership hit all-time high in May
May was Amtrak’s best month ever for revenue in the 53 years the nation’s passenger railroad company has been providing inter-city service. Congress created Amtrak in 1971 to serve as the country’s rail operator.
Susan Carpenter, June 13, 2024, Spectrum News 1
Frederick Transit expands bus service around county
According to the Transit Services of Frederick County, this change comes after seeing an increase in ridership after expanding the 40 connector route.
Skyler Sales, June 13, 2024, DC News Now
Could we see express lanes on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge?
Recently the Virginia Department of Transportation proposed adding EZ Pass lanes. The proposal has caught the attention of residents, as well as elected officials who believe the plan to be a bad one. 
Matt Gregory/Alanea Cremen, June 13, 2024, WUSA9
Maryland issues new complete streets policy
Complete Streets requirements will apply to capital improvement projects, new or reconstructed streets connecting to MDOT rights-of-way, and “When there is an opportunity to improve safety for all users by applying proactive engineering safety countermeasures to resurfacing projects.”
Diana Ionescu, June 14, 2024, Planetizen
New changes coming to Arlington Transit this summer
Arlington Transit (ART) will be increasing its fares, adding a new route and discounting three routes this summer. The new changes will begin on July 1.
Anna Chen, June 13, 2024, DC News Now
Tap-to-pay transit tech is cash-poor, but rich in data
New technologies in contactless fare payment systems enable riders to not carry cash and can save them money through features like fare-capping. And for transit systems, they can be an informational gold mine.
Skip Descant, June 13, 2024, Government Technology
Maryland and Virginia debate expanding Beltway express lanes
The Potomac River is very much so the dividing line, and right in the middle of the tension is the Wilson Bridge. Some officials say there’s enough space on top of the bridge to make major changes, but not everyone is sold.
Adam Tuss, June 13, 2024, NBC4 Washington
Arlington Transit to implement fare and route changes starting July 1
The ART regular fare will increase from $2 to $2.25. The ART discounted fare for seniors, passengers with disabilities and students in kindergarten through high school paying cash will increase from $1 to $1.10. 
June 13, 2024, arlingtonva.us
How transportation costs vary across US cities
An article by Jordan Rosenfeld in Yahoo! Finance lists transportation costs and overall cost of living for the top 50 metropolitan areas in the United States.Washington, D.C. takes the top spot, with an average transportation cost per year of $12,232. 
Diana Ionescu, June 12, 2024, Planetizen
New WMATA research shows importance of public transit to Washington, D.C., area
The research reveals that without transit, the region would lose more than $9 billion worth of economic activity and business output due to heavy traffic congestion, lack of access to jobs and much slower movement of goods.
June 12, 2024, Mass Transit Magazine
Virginia is latest state to cancel mandate requiring sale of only EVs by 2035
In a news release, Youngkin called the law a "misguided electric vehicle mandate imposed by our elected leaders nearly 3,000 miles away from the Commonwealth."
June 13, 2024, ABC7 News
Escalators under construction at Vienna Metro station
Started on Monday, June 3, the project will replace each of the escalators to the train platform one at a time with new escalators that are “more durable and reliable,” the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
announced.
Angela Woolsey, June 11, 2024, FFXNow
Metro still not complying with safety commission's document requests, leader says
“Metro is committed to collaborating with the WMSC on ensuring our system is as safe and reliable as possible,” responded Metro spokesperson Sherri Ly. “We look forward to upcoming discussions.”
Tom Roussey, June 11, 2024, ABC7 News
Discover Metro's Proposed 2025 Better Bus Network during Discovery Days events, public hearing June 12-26
As part of the event, Metro will hold a public hearing to get feedback on the 2025 redesigned bus network. We’ll also have additional in-person and virtual public hearings, and more pop-up events throughout June and July.
June 11, 2024, WMATA
Some Arlington bus riders will be saving a nickel in July
Arlington County Board members on June 15 are slated to cut by 5 cents the previously approved increases in fares for seniors, those with disabilities and county students.
June 11, 2024, Gazette Leader
Virginia Railway Express still facing farebox challenges
For the first seven months of the transit agency’s fiscal year – up to April – farebox collections amounted to just 16 percent of total costs. The figure is slightly below budget projections made last year that saw passengers picking up 17 percent of the tab.
June 11, 2024, Gazette Leader
Virginia looks to boost passenger services
Purchasing the Manassas Line would enable Virginia Railway Express to increase its Broad Run to Washington DC services beyond the current traditional commuting options, potentially including evening and weekend trains.
June 7, 2024, Railway Gazette
Seeing red bus lanes in Gaithersburg? $90 fines start in fall for new transit option
These new dedicated bus lanes and stations are part of the Great Seneca Transit Network, a new frequent transit option that will connect riders to jobs, healthcare providers, and medical facilities in Montgomery County.
John Gonzalez, June 11, 2024, ABC7 News
New research highlights the incredible benefits of transit to the Capital Region
While the areas around Metro stations take up 3% of the land in the region, they host nearly 40% of the region’s jobs and 30% of its property values. Land and buildings near Metro stations generate around $3.2 billion in property tax revenue for local governments every year.
June 10, 2024, WMATA
DMVMoves holds first task force meeting to discuss future of Metro transit system
The Task Force is a new effort by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and WMATA to create a unified vision for the region’s public transit system, as well as secure sustainable funding.
Stephanie Ramirez, June 10, 2024, Fox 5 News
Federal Transit Administration announces $7.8M for public transport to benefit individuals in need
This is being done through the Innovative Coordinated Access & Mobility (ICAM) Pilot Program, which is designed to improve access to public transportation by building partnerships among health, transportation, and other service providers and offering competitive funding. 
Chris Galford, June 10, 2024, Transportation Today
DC Council should insist on a true multi-modal design for Connecticut Avenue, or defund the project
Drivers will be forced into four travel lanes and will have to navigate around those who are stopping to park, buses that are stopped in a lane, and the inevitable person on a bike or scooter. 
June 10, 2024, Greater Greater Washington
Six big ideas to improve Metro and regional transit
The task force, DMVMoves, is a good start, but regional leaders must think bigger, starting with restructuring WMATA and other transit agencies.
Sean Maiwald, June 10, 2024, Greater Greater Washington
Fredericksburg announces 7th season of free trolley rides
Now in its 7th season, the “Around the Town” initiative was introduced in 2018 as part of the city’s efforts to manage downtown parking while enhancing the visitor experience. 
Kelly Sienkowski, June 9, 2024, Potomac Local News
Metro reaches new post-pandemic high in ridership
Over 650,000 people rode the rails and the buses over the weekend, Metro says.
June 10, 2024, NBC4 Washington
Commuter Alert: Fare increases for Metro bus and rail on July 1
Bus and base rail fares will increase by 12.5 percent from $2 to $2.25, while the maximum rail fare will rise from $6 to $6.75. Late-night and weekend fares will also increase, shifting from a flat $2 to a variable rate between $2.25 and $2.50 based on distance traveled.
June 8, 2024, Source of the Spring