Regional Transit News
- Pentagon Commuter Store is closing
The Pentagon Commuter Store will be closing on Friday, January 29, 2021 until further notice. The Mobile Commuter Store will visit the Pentagon on Tuesdays from 7:00 am-2:00 pm and will park at U7 in the Upper Bus Bay (directly behind the current store location). Customers may also visit the Commuter Store in Crystal City or buy transit passes on CommterDirect.com.
January 22, 2021, Commuter Store
- Weekend Metro travel should be a breeze, no track work scheduled
Here's what to expect if you're taking the Metro this weekend.
Alessia Grunberger, January 22, 2021, Takoma Park Patch
- 'Stuff the Bus' enters 10th year helping Fairfax County food pantries
Fairfax County is changing up its Stuff the Bus food drive this winter to support increased demand for food while accommodating challenges presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
January 22, 2021, Reston Now
- Transit ridership drop may be permanent
Many local commuters who used to take Amtrak, the Virginia Railway Express, a carpool, vanpool or bus to work are now socially distancing and teleworking at home.
January 21, 2021, Free Lance-Star
- Weekend Road and Rail: Metro gives riders a break; Suitland Parkway closures
This weekend will see a rare break from track work on Metro, with all stations open and trains operating on normal weekend schedules.
Mary DePompa, January 22, 2021, WTOP
- DC police investigating deadly head-on crash involving Metrobus
Police are on the scene investigating a head-on crash involving a Metrobus early Friday morning. Police say one person has died in the crash.
Matt Pusatory, January 22, 2021, WUSA9
- Biden requires international travelers to quarantine upon arrival to US
President Biden on Thursday signed an executive order to back up Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines recommending that international travelers quarantine for seven days after arriving in the United States.
Lexi Lonas, January 21, 2021, The Hill
- Biden to sign order Thursday requiring masks on planes, buses, trains and at airports
President Biden will sign an order Thursday mandating mask usage in airports and on many planes, trains, ships and intercity buses, the White House said.
Michael Laris, January 21, 2021, Washington Post
- 11 Metro stations remain closed day after inauguration
Eleven Metrorail stations will continue to be closed Thursday due to security around the presidential inauguration.
Michael O'Connell, January 21, 2021, Vienna Patch
- Why transportation advocates need to talk about seating
“I thought there must be a bench somewhere,” she said. “I was so silly. I thought I could find one in time, but then my feet just went out from under me. I should have known better.”
Kea Wilson, January 21, 2021, GGWash
- Buttigieg to cite 'generational opportunity' on infrastructure at confirmation hearing Thursday
Pete Buttigieg, a young, former Midwestern mayor with a national profile, will make his pitch Thursday to the Senate committee weighing his nomination to become President Biden’s transportation secretary.
Ian Duncan, Michael Laris, January 21, 2021, Washington Post
- Joe Biden becomes first traffic violence widower to hold U.S. presidency
Joe Biden is the first president in U.S. history who’s lost a child and a spouse to our national traffic violence epidemic.
Kea Wilson, January 20, 2021, Streetsblog USA
- Metro launches pilot program to test new air filtration system in subway cars
Metro is testing out a new air filtration system in subway cars that it hopes will help to rebuild public faith in public transit.
Justin George, January 20, 2021, Washington Post
- Reagan National about as hard-hit as any airport in the nation
In December, the year-over-year passenger count at the airport was down 74.3 percent from December 2019, according to figures from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as reported by Airlines for America, the main airline-industry trade organization.
January 20, 2021, Inside NoVa
- Prince George's council requests 6 months to comment on environmental impact of high-speed train
The Prince George’s County council in Maryland voted 10-0 Tuesday in favor of requesting six months to comment on the environmental impact of a proposed high-speed train.
Dick Uliano, January 20, 2021, WTOP
- Stuff the Bus food drives coming up on two dates in Fairfax County
Stuff the Bus, a food drive at locations around Fairfax County, will return in 2021 on two upcoming dates: Saturday, Jan. 30 and Saturday, Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Emily Leayman, January 19, 2021, Vienna Patch
- New VRE station could bring Amtrak to Crystal City in 2024
A new Virginia Railway Express station could bring Amtrak service to Crystal City, says a new report.
Matt Blitz, January 19, 2021, ARLnow
- Construction begins on Potomac Yard redevelopment
Developer JBG Smith starts construction on the big Potomac Yard redevelopment project in Alexandria, Virginia, this month.
Jeff Clabaugh, January 18, 2021, WTOP
- Biden's emergency COVID-19 response plan includes $20B for public transit
President-Elect Joe Biden’s emergency COVID-19 response plan will include $20 billion for hard-hit public transit agencies.
Liz Carey, January 19, 2021, Transportation Today
- DC Circulator service modification update
Effective January 19, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is modifying service on the DC Circulator Rosslyn - Dupont Circle route due to Key Bridge area traffic closures implemented by the United States Secret Service.
January 19, 2021, DDOT
- Metro announces bus and rail service to be suspended to the Pentagon on Inauguration Day
Blue and Yellow Line trains will continue to operate but will pass through the station without stopping. The Pentagon Transit Center, served by six Metrobus lines, will also be closed. Buses will be relocated instead to Pentagon City, on the east side of Hayes Street S. and 12th Street S. for the day.
January 15, 2021, WMATA
- Ten months into the pandemic, transit systems in the Washington suburbs have a long way to normal
Ten months into the coronavirus pandemic, ridership on regional bus systems is 40 to 60 percent below previous levels, according to transit officials, who also point to some encouraging signs.
Luz Lazo, January 16, 2021, Washington Post
- Amtrak suspends some service south of DC ahead of inauguration
Amtrak said in a statement that is suspending some service to Virginia and that no Northeast Regional service south of Washington, including all Virginia stations, will run on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tal Axelrod, January 16, 2021, The Hill
- Federal review of Baltimore-Washington high-speed maglev project moves ahead
A proposal to bring a high-speed maglev train system to the Washington region, which proponents say is key to addressing congestion along the Interstate 95 corridor, has reached a critical milestone.
Luz Lazo, January 15, 2021, Washington Post
- 2020 ends hottest decade on record
It is now official, 2020 ends the hottest decade on record.
Brenda Ekwurzel, January 15, 2021, Union of Concerned Scientists
- DC Streetcar, DC Circulator, and Capital Bikeshare service modifications
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will modify service in preparation for the 59th Presidential Inauguration on the following transit systems.
January 15, 2021, DDOT
- How to get around -- and avoid -- downtown Washington during the inauguration. It won't be easy.
For those who want to witness the moment Joseph R. Biden Jr. is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, your best bet is to watch from home.
Luz Lazo, January 15, 2021, Washington Post
- Biden: $20B for 'hardest hit' public transit agencies
President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan on Jan. 14 that includes a $20 billion investment to “protect the future of transit.”
Marybeth Luczak, January 15, 2021, Railway Age
- Drivers are still top polluters, even during quarentine
Not even months of quarantine orders that confined millions of Americans to their homes were enough to unseat transportation as the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States — and cars are the biggest polluters in the sector, a new study finds.
Kea Wilson, January 14, 2021, Streetsblog USA
- Fredericksburg train station improvement plan advances
The Fredericksburg train station is inching closer to proposed upgrades.
Mike Morones, January 14, 2021, Free Lance-Star