Regional Transit News
- Fairfax to seek funding for second McLean Metro station entrance
Fairfax County supervisors on Jan. 28 were slated to approve a resolution authorizing county Department of Transportation Director Tom Biesiadny to seek $10.1 million from the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) to pay for several projects, including $1 million for construction of a second entrance to the McLean Metro station.
Brian Trompeter, January 28, 2020, Inside NoVa
- MARC trains could be carrying passengers into Virginia in a few years
Maryland residents would be able to ride MARC commuter trains to jobs in Northern Virginia under legislation being introduced in the General Assembly this week.
Luz Lazo, January 27, 2020, Washington Post
- Va. Gov. Northam proposes gas tax increase as part of major transportation bill
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is proposing a 4-cent increase in the state’s gas tax to raise money to jump-start his $3.7-billion landmark rail plan and shore up a fund used to pay for roads, transit and rail projects.
Luz Lazo, January 27, 2020, Washington Post
- Va.'s proposed climate-change bills
The General Assembly has drafted a slew of bills to tackle climate change’s underlying causes.
Wyatt Gordon, January 27, 2020, GGWash
- Two arrested after fatal stabbing at Union Station Metro
Police are investigating a fatal stabbing that occurred Sunday morning at the Union Station Metro following an argument that began on the mezzanine level of the station, a transit agency spokesman said.
Fredrick Kunkle, January 26, 2020, Washington Post
- Metro's next-generation rail cars will not be made in China
Metro is no longer considering China’s state-owned rail-car manufacturer to build its next series of rail cars after Congress, concerned about cybersecurity risks, passed legislation prohibiting transit agencies from making such purchases.
Justin George, January 25, 2020, Washington Post
- How Va.'s $3.7 billion rail plan fits Amtrak's long-term vision
The state exemplifies Amtrak’s growth strategy of focusing on adding short-haul trips that compete with car rides and flights in dense urban corridors.
Luz Lazo, January 25, 2020, Washington Post
- Youth Ride On usage has doubled since Kids Ride Free expansion
Six months after the county government made Ride On and Metro bus services free for children, usage among people younger than 18 more than doubled.
Caitlynn Peetz, January 24, 2020, Bethesda Magazine
- How Metro found out it had a bad number to reach D.C. emergency response
Three incidents on Metro in the last 60 days led to the discovery that the transit agency was using a bad number to reach D.C. emergency dispatchers.
Megan Cloherty, January 24, 2020, WTOP
- Bicyclist injured in hit-and-run after tire gets caught in streetcar tracks
A bicyclist was severely injured last week when a tire became stuck in the streetcar tracks on H Street in Northeast D.C. and she was struck by a hit-and-run driver.
Jackie Benson, January 24, 2020, NBC Washington
- Metro touting big changes to real-time data feed
The update will allow customers to see detailed transit schedules, live departure and arrival times, and the current location of buses and trains in a wider selection of apps, Metro says.
Elliot C. Williams, January 24, 2020, dcist
- Md. lawmaker proposes tax credit for those with long commutes, no access to transit
A Maryland lawmaker has introduced a plan aimed at appeasing commuters forced to drive to work because they lack access to public transit.
John Domen, January 23, 2020, WTOP
- Metro used outdated D.C. emergency number for years
Metro was consistently calling an outdated number for 911 in D.C., and at peak times, emergency calls from the transit agency were put on hold.
Megan Cloherty, January 23, 2020, WTOP
- On-time delivery of new Acela train sets at risk, Amtrak inspector general says
Amtrak’s plan to roll out new high-speed trains on its Acela line in early 2021 may be derailed, according to an audit by the railroad’s inspector general, citing delays in the delivery of the trains, testing and training.
Luz Lazo, January 23, 2020, Washington Post
- Fairfax County to get first zero-emission electric school buses
Fairfax County Public Schools will receive its first electric school buses by the end of the year after successfully bidding to be part of Dominion Energy’s ambitious, statewide electric school bus program.
January 24, 2020, Fairfax County Times
- Alexandria receives grant for five electric school buses
Alexandria City Public Schools will be purchasing five electric school buses thanks to a recent grant from Dominion Energy, ACPS announced on Jan. 17.
January 23, 2020, Alexandria Times
- MCPS reviewing bus stops after serious crashes involving students
Following two pedestrian crashes at or near school bus stops in December, Montgomery County Public Schools officials are reviewing the locations of all stops.
Caitlynn Peetz, January 23, 2020, Bethesda Magazine
- Transportation Commission endorses bus overhaul, worries reforms lack teeth
While Alexandria’s Transportation Commission endorsed a WMATA-backed plan to overhaul the region’s bus system, that approval was accompanied by concerns that the project won’t be able to achieve its lofty goals.
Vernon Miles, January 23, 2020, ALX Now
- Arlington County Board to consider contract for Pershing Dr. safety upgrades
The project calls for “Complete Streets” safety upgrades at four intersections -- three in Lyon Park, near the Lyon Park Community Center, and one in Ashton Heights.
January 23, 2020, ARLnow
- Arlington to advance Vision Zero Action Plan with open house
The open house is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 5-8 p.m. at Washington-Liberty High School (1301 N. Stafford Street).
Vernon Miles, January 23, 2020, ARLnow
- Workshops set on future of Lee Hwy. in Arlington
The events will detail progress made during the first phase of the effort to design a plan for the corridor’s future.
January 24, 2020, Inside NoVa
- New Acela fleet to enter service in 2021
New Amtrak state-of-the-art, high-speed trainsets are scheduled to enter service on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) in 2021, as Amtrak and Alstom have partnered to introduce the new Acela fleet.
Andrew Corselli, January 23, 2020, Railway Age
- In Montgomery County, students are taking advantage of free public buses
Kids are riding public buses more in Montgomery County after officials made Ride On and Metrobus service free at all times of the day for people under 18.
Margaret Barthel, January 23, 2020, WAMU
- Caucus of 48 Md. legislators will push transit funding, pedestrian safety, more
A new caucus of legislators plans to work together this year to advance priorities around funding more and better transit, ensuring oversight of highway widening projects, and much more.
Alex Holt, January 23, 2020, GGWash
- Woman trapped under Metro train after being hit at Court House station
WMATA said initial video review shows the woman may have had a medical emergency before falling from the platform.
Laura Wainman, January 23, 2020, WUSA9
- Fairfax to kick in funding for Route 7 bus initiative
The Fairfax County government will toss in $140,000 in support of the next phase of a plan to develop high-quality bus service in the Route 7 corridor.
January 23, 2020, Inside NoVa
- Why the streetcar from Union Station to Georgetown died (mostly)
The once-proposed DC Streetcar extension in dedicated lanes from Union Station to Georgetown didn’t just die. It basically died years ago.
David Alpert, January 23, 2020, GGWash
- Electric buses in Md. could make Va., D.C. go green, too
Montgomery County says electric RideOn buses will start running routes in Takoma Park and Silver Spring in March.
Pete Muntean, January 22, 2020, WUSA9
- Metrobus crash causes damage to multiple parked vehicles in Northwest D.C.
A Metrobus driver caused damage to at least a half-dozen vehicles parked along a street in D.C.’s Cleveland Park neighborhood early Tuesday.
Teta Alim, Michelle Basch, January 22, 2020, WTOP
- DC Streetcar to Georgetown is dead
Plans to extend the DC Streetcar to Georgetown have been effectively scrapped.
Max Smith, January 22, 2020, WTOP