Regional Transit News
- Virginia Railway Express fares to increase July 1
There will be a three percent average fare increase to coincide with the start of the new fiscal year.
Andi Wenck, June 13, 2019, WUSA9
- Amtrak bullying targets commuter rail
Amtrak is tightening the screws on three commuter operators using its infrastructure -- Virginia Railway Express (VRE), Chicago’s Metra and now the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).
Frank N. Wilner, June 18, 2019, Railway Age
- Details of Potomac Yard Metro design
The $370 million Potomac Yard Metro station is entering the down and dirty phase of design review, one of the final steps before construction can finally get underway.
Michael Neibauer, June 19, 2019, WBJ
- Fairfax County, Dominion Energy announce autonomous shuttle pilot
Fairfax County and Dominion Energy are partnering on an autonomous electric shuttle pilot tentatively planned for the Merrifield area in Fairfax County. Today, the demonstration project moved a step closer to implementation with the award of a grant from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (VDRPT) for the execution of the pilot.
June 19, 2019, Fairfax County
- Evans probe would be laughable, except the stakes are so high
Metro’s ethics investigation of board chairman Jack Evans has grown so surreal that D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser was demanding Tuesday to see the full legal report on the probe, which board members say does not exist, and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan was talking about a “coverup.”
Robert McCartney, June 18, 2019, Washington Post
- New Broad Run VRE parking lot to have 600 spaces, pedestrian tunnel
The Broad Run Virginia Railway Express station is about to undergo a radical change.
Uriah Kiser, June 18, 2019, Potomac Local
- Self-driving shuttles set to hit Northern Va. streets
A long-planned self-driving shuttle is set to launch in Fairfax County, Virginia, marking what could be the first autonomous shuttle for public use on public roads anywhere in Virginia.
Max Smith, June 18, 2019, WTOP
- Arlington County Board extends shared mobility device demonstration project
The County Board today approved an extension to Arlington’s demonstration project for e-scooters and e-bikes for six months, through Dec. 31, 2019, to allow continued public comment and sufficient time for analysis.
June 18, 2019, Arlington County
- Second Rosslyn Metro station to be studied
After decades of discussion, Metro kicked off a study this week of a new, second station at Rosslyn and other changes that could overhaul the way trains on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines run throughout the system.
Max Smith, June 18, 2019, WTOP
- Stuff the Bus event set for Saturday in Herndon
Over the summer, Fairfax County has been holding several “Stuff the Bus” events throughout the county. The food collection partnership helps individuals who need support during the summer.
Fatimah Waseem, June 17, 2019, Reston Now
- Residents fed up with noise brought by Metro summer shutdown
“We understand the need for work to be done, but well past midnight, we’re talking one, two a.m. They’ll be out here jackhammering, right between two high-density residential buildings,” Hedger said.
Anna-Lysa Gayle, June 17, 2019, WJLA
- Metro investigation into Evans found evidence of violations
WMATA board chair Jack Evans violated the board’s ethics code multiple times, according to a law firm hired to investigate the matter at the request of the Metro ethics committee.
Jordan Pascale, June 17, 2019, WAMU
- How are downtown DC's red hot summer bus lanes working out?
DC’s H and I street pilot bus-only lanes are getting more publicity, now from a short film produced by public transit foundation TransitCenter and educational film nonprofit Streetfilms.
Caitlin Rogger, June 17, 2019, GGWash
- Council members gain empathy from Transit Challenge
This week, members of the Montgomery County Council experienced firsthand the challenges faced by commuters who rely exclusively on public transit.
Dan Schere, June 14, 2019, Bethesda Magazine
- Who has oversight of Metro shutdown construction?
The Washington Metrorail Safety Commission says it is still watching at Metro’s six closed stations south of Reagan National Airport this summer, even though Metro has designated it as a construction zone rather than an active part of the rail system.
Max Smith, June 15, 2019, WTOP
- How many people are adding to traffic during Metro shutdown?
Though regional efforts to quantify the exact traffic impacts will take more time, in Alexandria, the city found heavier traffic on the roads in the first week.
Max Smith, June 14, 2019, WTOP
- CPB identifies over 100 imposters with facial recognition
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said Friday it has processed more than 19 million travelers using facial recognition technology in airports and at borders, but has only identified a little more than 100 "imposters" whose identities do not match their ID documents.
Emily Birnbaum, June 14, 2019, The Hill
- No one in D.C. is checking to see if fare evasion fines are paid
The District, unlike jurisdictions such as Arlington and Montgomery counties, doesn’t track whether people actually pay up, believing that doing so is Metro’s responsibility, city officials said.
Kery Murakami, June 13, 2019, Washington Post
- Prince William commuters tackle summer Metro shutdown
Instead of driving, OmniRide, Virginia Railway Express, SlugLines or joining a vanpool or carpool can be alternatives for commuters during the summer shutdown.
Emily Sides, June 13, 2019, Inside NoVa
- Metro shutdown a headache for people living near tracks
The racket rattling living room walls near Metro stops south of Reagan National is adding to the challenges facing thousands of Virginians struggling with the Metro summer shutdown.
Max Smith, June 14, 2019, WTOP
- White House pulls rule that would require two-member crew in locomotives
The White House has pulled an Obama era proposal that would have mandated two crew members in most locomotives, and it has banned states from requiring railroads to do so.
Ashley Halsey III, June 13, 2019, Washington Post
- Suitland Metro station is inaccessible to people walking
Unfortunately, federal agencies often design their campuses and otherwise plan around automobiles. Perhaps the most egregious case of this is the Suitland Metro station.
Dave Murphy, June 13, 2019, GGWash
- I said goodbye to my car a year ago. I don't miss it.
Here’s how I’ve gotten around without the car in the year since I watched it get taken away by a tow truck.
Matt Friedman, June 13, 2019, GGWash
- New DC-sponsored app will give you a free ride across the city
The District has a fleet of passenger vans picking people up in certain neighborhoods.
Pete Muntean, June 12, 2019, WUSA9
- Construction on Silver Line extension hits a new snag
New Silver Line construction delays could push back the opening of the extension to Dulles Airport and Loudoun County by more than two more months.
Max Smith, June 13, 2019, WTOP
- Metro looks set to win more federal funding
Metro appears likely to win another decade’s worth of federal funding in the coming months -- but the troubled transit agency’s prospects of locking in a larger annual appropriation from Congress look considerably more gloomy.
Alex Koma, June 12, 2019, WBJ
- How to get reimbursed for Alexandria Water Taxi commute
The City of Alexandria has a program in place during the summer shutdown of Alexandria’s metro rail stops that offers reimbursement of certain Potomac Riverboat Company Water Taxi tickets from May 25 through September 8.
Mary Wadland, June 10, 2019, Zebra
- Smoking cocoa powder to blame for MARC delays
The MARC Brunswick Line saw significant delays Tuesday morning after a suspected loading mishap led to a fire on a freight train carrying cocoa powder.
Alejandro Alvarez, June 11, 2019, WTOP
- DC Councilmembers try out the H & I pilot bus lanes
Braving the drizzle, councilmembers Anita Bonds, David Grosso, Brianne Nadeau, Brandon Todd, and Chairman Phil Mendelson shared the ride organized by DC Sustainable Transportation, and councilmembers Charles Allen and Elissa Silverman and Vincent Gray’s chief of staff appeared later to voice their support.
Caitlin Rogger, June 11, 2019, GGWash
- Intercity bus company to serve Rockville
Buses travel from Rockville to a pair of stops in New York City, one in Baltimore and another in the District. Customers can take buses from those locations, along with Richmond, Virginia, to the Rockville stop.
Charlie Wright, June 10, 2019, Bethesda Magazine