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Commuter Stores, call centers closed June 18
The Commuter Store Arlington locations, Mobile Commuter Store Arlington locations, Customer Service Call Center, ART - Arlington Transit Call Center, and STAR Call Center will be closed Friday,, June 18 in recognition of the Juneteenth holiday (June 19). Commuter Store locations outside of Arlington will be open. orders placed after 2 p.m. Thursday, June 17 will be processed and mailed on Monday, June 21. ART will operate regular weekday service.
June 14, Commuter Store
Amtrak is a top travel choice in the Northeast. With an ally in the White House, it wants trains in the rest of America.
Biden is helping to put passenger rail back in the spotlight -- and train enthusiasts hope his influence will put more trains on the tracks.
June 15, 2021, Washington Post
Washington must be part of plan to expand nation's passenger rail network, says Amtrak president
The proposed expansion could mean 20 million more passengers annually using Amtrak, the passenger rail says.
Luz Lazo, June 15, 2021, Washington Post
Amazon will help fund 1,000 affordable housing units near Metro stations
Amazon and Metro are joining forces in the Washington region’s latest effort to boost a dwindling supply of affordable housing.
Teo Armus, Justin George, June 16, 2021, Washington Post
A first look at the future Purple Line's railcars
Details were shared during an online community forum Tuesday night on the vehicles that will eventually be used on Maryland’s upcoming Purple Line.
Matt Small, June 16, 2021, WTOP
From fare changes to boosted bus service, here's what to expect from Metro this year
The Metro Board approved a set of changes on Thursday that will bring the return of some rail service as well as enhance a network of fairly-frequent bus routes.
Stephen Repetski, June 15, 2021, GGWash
Learn about Richmond Hwy. BRT preliminary roadway design on June 30
Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) will host an online community meeting on preliminary roadway design, Wed., June 30 at 6:30 p.m.
June 15, 2021, Fairfax County
Virginia is a rising leader in passenger rail
Ask Shannon Valentine how passenger rail rose to the top of Virginia’s transportation priority list and she will take you to the crawling traffic of Interstate 95.
Luz Lazo, June 15, 2021, Washington Post
Metro service changes will help draw riders, officials say
Metro service changes announced last week -- including increased services, late night hours, and reduced fares -- are being praised by many in the community.
Matt Blitz, June 15, 2021, Reston Now
APTA releases new report on high-performance rail's return on investment
The report, “Assessing the Business Case ROI for Intercity Passenger Rail Corridor Investment: Guide for Decision Makers,” provides a consistent methodology to quantify the economic and social benefits of passenger rail corridor investments.
Liz Carey, June 15, 2021, Transportation Today
Opinion: Rail is central to Maryland's future
Rail systems are a vital piece of the nation’s infrastructure and serve as the backbone of our transportation system. Rail creates economic development, connects communities and reduces traffic.
Anthony G. Brown, Jared Solomon, June 14, 2021, Washington Post
Metro summer Red Line project could have big impact on federal workers
With many people continuing to work from home, the impact on feds remains unknown, because it is unclear when orders will go out to return to the office.
Mike Murillo, June 14, 2021, WTOP
High-speed rail getting last minute push in Congress
High-speed rail is getting a last-minute push from lawmakers and lobbyists as Congress debates how to revamp the nation’s infrastructure.
Karl Evers-Hillstrom, June 15, 2021, The Hill
Alexandria launches $75M Duke Street transit project planning
The City of Alexandria is giving the green light to its $75 million Duke Street transit project, dubbed “Duke Street in Motion” — and it’s reaching out to residents to gather feedback.
Will Vitka, June 14, 2021, WTOP
Take a first glimpse inside a real Purple Line railcar
The 26 light rail trains that will someday carry Purple Line passengers are looking closer and closer to being ready.
Dan Malouff, June 14, 2021, GGWash
National Dump the Pump Day
This Thursday, June 17, is National Dump the Pump Day, when everyone who isn’t traveling by bike is encouraged to ride public transportation instead of driving.
June 14, 2021, FABB
TSA screens more than 2 million travelers, most since start of pandemic
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened more than 2 million people on Friday, making it the highest number screened in one day since the start of the pandemic last year.
Lexi Lonas, June 12, 2021, The Hill
D.C. mayor's budget amplifies goal of reducing car travel in the nation's capital
The city’s transportation spending plan fixes roadway infrastructure while advancing projects aimed at buses, bikes and pedestrians.
Luz Lazo, June 11, 2021, Washington Post
Single tracking, station closures on Red Line will cause 'significant impact' for Metro riders
Repairs on Metro’s Red Line scheduled to start in July will involve round-the-clock single tracking and station closures that the transit agency said are expected to cause “significant impacts” for customers.
Abigail Constantino, June 11, 2021, WTOP
Advocates overjoyed with new and improved INVEST Act
A once-divisive baseline infrastructure bill is quickly transforming into the game-changing legislation America needs to shift the country away from car dominance, many advocates say.
Kea Wilson, June 11, 2021, Streetsblog USA
Metro projects will bring months of delays, station closures on the Red Line
A Metro tunnel ventilation and platform canopy replacement project will bring months of delays and station closures on the Red Line starting next month through the end of the year. Two stations in Montgomery County will be closed for months.
Justin George, June 11, 2021, Washington Post
CDC: Vaccinated travelers don't need masks outdoors at airports, train stations
The order applies to outdoor areas at train and subway stations, airports, ferry and bus terminals, among others.
Lexi Lonas, June 11, 2021, The Hill
Metro board approves fare reductions, service increases in bid to lure back riders
Metro board members passed a slate of fare reductions and service increases Thursday in their bid to lure more people to transit while seeking to provide service workers and low-income passengers with a break on transportation costs.
Justin George, June 10, 2021, Washington Post
Maryland transit officials seek $183 million for consultants on delayed Purple Line
State officials say they need consultants to continue oversight work left by the construction team that quit.
Katherine Shaver, June 11, 2021, Washington Post
Metro trains, buses are safe and ready for passengers to return, chief safety officer says
The coronavirus pandemic presented her and Metro with a challenge unlike any that those in her line of work have encountered.
Justin George, June 11, 2021, Washington Post
Businesses looking forward to Metro changes
On Thursday, Metro announced plans to make those improvements riders have been calling for, including extending hours to midnight seven days a week in July.
Anna-Lysa Gayle, June 10, 2021, ABC7
Metro planning for fully electric bus fleet by 2045
Metro will start to phase out purchasing diesel buses in 2030 with the goal of having a fully electric bus fleet by 2045.
Jordan Pascale, June 10, 2021, dcist
Study: Hundreds in Maryland die prematurely from vehicle emissions
An academic study released Tuesday finds that ozone and fine particulate matter from vehicle emissions in 2016 led to an estimated 7,100 premature deaths in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast — including 664 in Maryland.
Josh Kurtz, June 10, 2021, WTOP
Metro says Metrobus hit by someone throwing rocks in NW DC, not gunfire
Officers with the Metropolitan Police Department responded to calls that a Metrobus was hit by gunfire Wednesday evening, police say.
Samantha Mitchell, June 9, 2021, ABC7
Metro board to vote Thursday on reducing fares and boosting service
Metro board members will consider a slate of fare decreases and service increases Thursday in their bid to lure more people to transit while seeking to provide service workers and low-income passengers with a break on transportation costs.
Justin George, June 10, 2021, Washington Post