Regional Transit News
- Homeless children in hotels are struggling to get to school
“How can we expect them to do well in school if they can’t get to school?” Jamila Larson, the executive director of the Playtime Project, said of the children at the hotels.
Theresa Vargas, August 21, 2019, Washington Post
- Local mothers launch electric school bus campaign
A group of mothers from Fairfax County are banding together to push county schools to use electric school buses.
Fatimah Waseem, August 21, 2019, Reston Now
- OmniRide, NVCC partner for college bus pass
OmniRide is partnering with Northern Virginia Community College to offer a bus pass exclusively for NOVA’s Woodbridge and Manassas users.
August 20, 2019, Inside NoVa
- Nearly 300 vehicles illegally stopped in dedicated bus lanes in DC
More than 30 volunteers fanned out near the red bus lanes on I and H streets downtown and counted all of the vehicles illegally stopped in the lanes, which are in effect from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Josh Rosenthal, August 21, 2019, Fox5
- Metrorail weekend service adjustments, Aug. 24-25
Blue and Yellow lines shutdown continues south of Reagan National Airport. Work will also affect the Red Line.
August 22, 2019, WMATA
- Taking a bus across Virginia is now a Breeze
In the year and a half since the Breeze’s launch, the first route from Blacksburg in the state’s Southwest to Union Station in DC has exceeded initial ridership estimates by over 200%.
Wyatt Gordon, August 21, 2019, GGWash
- Metro stations to reopen next month -- a relief for bus riders
Metro had anticipated that 18,000 riders would take the shuttles daily, but the numbers surged to about 30,000 after Metro’s board decided shortly before the shutdown to offer free parking at the ends of the line at the Huntington and Franconia-Springfield stations.
Kery Murakami, August 20, 2019, Washington Post
- Va. laws on passing a stopped school bus
Here are the rules for driving through a school zone and passing buses with the 2019-20 school year starting in Virginia.
Deb Belt, August 20, 2019, Arlington Patch
- The debate around the Taxi-To-Rail pilot in DC [video]
The Taxi-To-Rail program is offering subsidized taxi rides to residents and visitors of Wards 7 and 8. But not everyone is on board with the plan.
August 21, 2019, WUSA9
- I-66 toll lane construction to completely close bridge near Vienna Metro
A bridge over Interstate 66 will close for nearly a year as part of toll lane construction, and a ramp to the interstate will close permanently, complicating traffic near the Vienna Metro in Virginia.
Max Smith, August 21, 2019, WTOP
- After four years, chiller system for two Metro stations isn't fixed
This summer’s string of steamy, 90-degree-plus days have created the perfect conditions to turn two of the District’s busiest Metro stations into underground saunas.
Luz Lazo, August 20, 2019, Washington Post
- Eight ways the law incentivizes driving
Recently, University of Iowa law professor Greg Shill wrote a paper detailing how US law subsidizes driving.
Julie Strupp, August 20, 2019, GGWash
- New tool for Fairfax Co. parents, students waiting for the bus
Fairfax County, Virginia, students and parents won’t have to wonder how long before the school bus arrives, and it’s thanks to a new app.
Dick Uliano, August 19, 2019, WTOP
- Temporary parking limitations in place at Reston-Wiehle East Metro
Parking availability at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station will be reduced by up to a total of 40 spaces from Aug. 19 into September due to maintenance repairs on a number of levels in the garage.
August 19, 2019, Inside NoVa
- Pay up or hit the road, Md. transit officials tell W.Va.
“The State of Maryland cannot continue to absorb the cost of transit services provided outside of the State at the expense of Maryland taxpayers,” reads a statement posted online by the Maryland Department of Transportation.
Bruce DePuyt, August 19, 2019, WTOP
- A guide to D.C. public transportation for freshmen
There are multiple transportation options to navigate D.C., including the Metro and Circulator, but deciding on the most efficient mode can be confusing if you’re not used to city living.
Molly Kaiser, August 19, 2019, GW Hatchet
- Upcoming forum to look at plans for I-66 in Vienna area
The Virginia Department of Transportation will host a community forum on upcoming work on Interstate 66 near the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metro Station on Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Providence Community Center, 3001 Vaden Drive in Fairfax.
August 19, 2019, Inside NoVa
- After years-long slump, Dulles International Airport bounces back
In the past two years, more than a half-dozen international carriers have announced new or expanded service from Dulles to destinations as diverse as San Salvador, Cape Verde and Hong Kong. And United, the dominant airline at Dulles, is beefing up its domestic offerings with more service to cities in Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
Lori Aratani, August 17, 2019, Washington Post
- Potomac Yard Metro construction drags
“Frankly, this summer we were not able to get the amount of work that we wanted to get done, done,” Fred Robertson, a project manager with WMATA, said.“ I think we were optimistic about what we could get done.”
August 15, 2019, Alexandria Times
- Jack Evans threatened Metro officials in effort to conceal ethics violation
Former Metro chairman Jack Evans threatened the jobs of the agency’s top lawyer and board secretary in an effort to keep secret that the panel’s ethics committee had found he committed a violation, according to confidential agency documents.
Robert McCartney, August 16, 2019, Washington Post
- Metro expects everything to get back to normal Sept. 9 -- including parking fees
When six Blue and Yellow Line stations reopen at 5 a.m. on Sept. 9, Metro expects everything will return to normal, including the fees charged at the stations’ parking lots.
Max Smith, August 16, 2019, WTOP
- System shutdown impacts US customs at airports nationwide
Air travelers across the country were struck with delays Friday due to a computer issue that prevented customs officials from processing new arrivals.
Tal Axelrod, August 16, 2019, The Hill
- 11 area sports venues you can get to on transit
Nothing brings together a city much like its sports teams, and DC is fortunate to be represented by all five major sports leagues as well as lesser known leagues and a wealth of college teams. Happily for those of us who don’t drive, most of them are pretty accessible by transit, too.
Dave Murphy, August 16, 2019, GGWash
- Gasoline expenditures increase 11 percent from 2016 levels
The amount of money spent on gasoline in the United States increased 11 percent between 2016 and 2017, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, reaching a nominal per capita average of $1,072.
Melina Druga, August 16, 2019, Transportation Today
- Dupont Circle, Farragut North chiller fixes delayed again
Metro had most recently said the fixes would be done by mid-August, which would have been the end of this week, after blaming the last round of delays on the need to order more new pipe fittings to accommodate revised designs.
Max Smith, August 15, 2019, WTOP
- WMATA provides final month Metro platform project update
According to the Aug. 8 update, the project is on schedule for the planned Sept. 9 reopening of the Metro stations -- if a major storm or heat wave doesn’t cause any delays.
Cody Mello-Klein, August 15, 2019, Alexandria Times
- Get ready for more Metro shutdowns next summer
As Metro winds down its longest total track shutdown yet on the Blue and Yellow Lines, riders on other lines need to prepare for closures next summer.
Max Smith, August 14, 2019, WTOP
- Fairfax County to limit parking at Wiehle-Reston East garage for three weeks
Commuters who park at the Wiehle-Reston East garage may need to make alternative plans for parking beginning August 19.
Fatimah Waseem, August 14, 2019, Reston Now
- Loudoun County looks to self-driving and other shuttles
Self-driving shuttle buses and publicly run, app-based, on-demand transit are probably coming to Loudoun County, Virginia, at least on a trial basis.
Max Smith, August 12, 2019, WTOP
- Bus loop to close for construction at College Park Metro
Temporary bus bay relocation and surface parking lot closure construction begins Sunday, September 1, 2019, for approximately nine months.
August 8, 2019, WMATA