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Bicyclist struck, killed by D.C. police vehicle in Prince George's, county police say
A man riding a bicycle was struck by a D.C. police vehicle and fatally injured Tuesday in Prince George’s County, the county police said.
Martin Weil, October 28, 2020, Washington Post
ART buses now feature art highlighting famous Arlingtonians
The latest “Art on the ART bus” installations features public icons with ties to Arlington.
Jo DeVoe, October 28, 2020, ArlNow
County needs more funding for planned commuter garage in Woodbridge
Prince William County is seeking additional state and federal funding for a $53 million commuter garage on Opitz Boulevard after a failed effort to build a new stadium for the Potomac Nationals left a $17 million hole in the project’s budget.
Daniel Berti, October 28, 2020, Prince William Times
Fairfax Connector sees passenger-count dropoff during COVID
The Fairfax Connector bus network saw more of a fall-off in ridership during the initial phase of the COVID crisis than some of the region’s other bus systems, but less of a decline than Metrobus ridership across Northern Virginia.
October 28, 2020,
Metro seeks feedback on proposed name changes for 2 stations
Metro is seeking public feedback on proposed name changes for two of its transit stations — one in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and another in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Scott Gelman, October 28, 2020, WTOP
Maryland lawmakers write to Gov. Hogan with 'deep' concerns about fate of Purple Line
Members of Maryland’s congressional delegation wrote to Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Wednesday, saying that their “deep” concerns about the fate of the Purple Line “have grown exponentially” since the consortium managing the project terminated its contract.
Katherine Shaver, October 28, 2020, Washington Post
DOE, USDOT issue $5.25M in project grants to advance transit tech
Researchers at MIT will look to develop a transit-centric Smart Mobility System to help agencies create short-term operating plans and adaptable real-time control strategies.
Chris Teale, Smart Cities Dive, October 27, 2020
New names for Lee Highway in Arlington narrowed to list of 20
The list of 20 possible replacement names has been announced, looking to change the moniker of the portion of U.S. 29 named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee by Virginia’s General Assembly in 1922, which runs through Arlington.
Neal Augenstein, October 27, 2020, WTOP
Most scooter injuries in D.C. region happen on sidewalks, study says
A report offers some evidence that most injuries involving e-scooters happen on sidewalks — though the vast majority of the injured are the riders themselves.
Luz Lazo, October 27, 2020, Washington Post
City–county feud paralyzes Fredericksburg area transportation committee
A rift on the area’s transportation planning organization has grown now to the point where little is getting done because Fredericksburg representatives are boycotting meetings.
Scott Shenk, Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, October 26, 2020
Public transit faces uncertain future after pandemic
Public transportation in cities across the U.S. faces an uncertain future in a post-pandemic world.
Rebecca Klar, The Hill, October 26, 2020
Virginia studies multimodal options to address congestion on I-495 bridge
Study aims to identify a range of multimodal solutions to enhance mobility and connectivity.
Roads & Bridges, October 26, 2020
How the pandemic changed the urban soundscape
A map of recordings from around the world during lockdowns reveals what cities sound like without noise pollution.
Linda Poon, October 26, 2020, City Lab
How this election could impact our transit future
With so much at stake, issues like public transportation can get buried under more pressing issues.
Dave Murphy, October 25, 2020, GGWash
Arlington Memorial Bridge to close for repairs on Halloween weekend
The Arlington Memorial Bridge will be closed for repairs during Halloween weekend, starting Friday, Oct. 30, the National Park Service said Friday.
Jose Umana, October 25, 2020, WTOP
Purple Line project uncertainty leaves Maryland residents, businesses in limbo
The aggravation of living amid Maryland’s massive Purple Line light-rail project was supposed to end in spring 2022, leaving residents in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties with the region’s first direct suburb-to-suburb rail link.
Katherine Shaver and Luz Lazo, October 25, 2020, Washington Post
Alexandria Metrobus route cuts will hurt Pentagon support staff, mayor says
As Metro faces a $250 million budget gap, its board of directors is planning to vote on a series of cost-saving measures that include schedule changes and service cuts.
Victoria Chamberlin, October 22, 2020, dcist
OmniRide Receives TSA Gold Standard Award
The award is the top recognition TSA can give to a transit agency for demonstrating outstanding performance in enhancing its security programs.
October 22, 2020, Inside NoVa
Neighbors say they only want bus garage if WMATA switches to electric buses
Metro is in the process of reconstructing its Northern Bus Garage in D.C. to once again house 150 buses.
Jordan Pascale, October 22, 2020, dcist
Metro says it will improve standards, training for protecting the integrity of investigations
Metro officials on Thursday pledged to improve communication with passengers during emergencies and come up with better evidence control standards in response to missteps made after a Red Line train separated earlier this month.
Justin George, October 22, 2020, Washington Post
Alexandria tells financially crippled Metro to keep buses running in West End
Alexandria is opposed to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s plan to eliminate bus routes in the West End to the Pentagon, and has asked the transit system to reconsider its proposed service changes.
James Cullum, October 22, 2020, ALX Now
Weekend road and rail: Work on Beltway ramp to I-66, paving on I-270 and Metro trackwork
This weekend will see scheduled routine maintenance on all but the Red Line.
Mary DePompa, October 23, 2020, WTOP
Metro: No intentional tampering of evidence in detached Red Line cars
Metro still doesn’t know what caused Red Line rail cars to detach near Union Station earlier this month, but insists there’s been no tampering of evidence in the investigation, the transit system said.
Kyle Cooper, October 22, 2020, WTOP
Service begins on self-driving shuttle in Fairfax Co.
If you want to get a first-hand look at cutting-edge driverless vehicle technology, you can now hop on a self-driving electric shuttle in the Mosaic District of Fairfax County.
Nick Ianelli, October 22, 2020, WTOP
American, Southwest report billions in third-quarter losses
American Airlines and Southwest Airlines on Thursday reported billions of dollars in losses as the industry continues to be hit hard by decreased travel amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Celine Castronuovo, October 22, 2020, The Hill
Good news and bad news for the Capital Crescent Trail expansion - victim of the troubled Purple Line
Workers building the Purple Line, and with it the Capital Crescent Trail, have stopped construction as the companies they work for quit the project.  This will likely delay the opening of the trail by at least a year.
October 22, 2020, WashCycle
Alexandria Mayor asks Metro to reconsider service cuts that impact low-income, households of color
Metro is facing a tough budget season with $200 million to cut. That will result in service cuts, shorter hours and layoffs.
Marcella Robertson, October 22, 2020, WUSA9
Metro has 30 days to propose new emergency protocols following Red Line train 'uncoupling'
The Washington Metrorail Safety Commission released its findings Tuesday on several investigations, including a Red Line train that pulled apart earlier this month.
Laura Wainman, Lorenzo Hall, October 20, 2020, WUSA9
Inspectors pinpoint likely cause of Metro cars unexpectedly separating
Independent safety regulators have pinpointed the likely failure that caused two Metrorail cars to unexpectedly detach two weeks ago near D.C.’s Union Station.
Dick Uliano, October 20, 2020, WTOP
VDOT seeking input on ways to improve Rt. 1 in Crystal City
The Virginia Department of Transportation is asking residents to take a short survey that will shape a study of potential improvements to Route 1 between 12th and 23rd Streets S. in Crystal City.
Jo DeVoe, October 20, 2020, ARLnow

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