Thursday, March 21, 2013
Traffic information for Northern Virginia commuters, including traffic jams, delays, Metro, ART, DASH, Fairfax Connector and more. Click on the grey tabs below for more information.
Problems on your commute today? Tell other readers about it in the comment section below. Updated traffic information: Delayed Metro trains, buses and cars sitting in endless traffic on I-66 and the Beltway—even a 10-minute commute in the DC metro area can be extreme some days. In fact, a March 2013 report from the Census Bureau shows people in the DC metro area have the second-worst commute in the country. That report came on the heels of a Texas Transportation Institute report in February that DC area commuters face the worst traffic in the country. Patch is here to help! Click on any of the grey tabs above to expand it and get more information about congestion, delays or other traffic alerts. On the Metro rail map, click on any …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Current escalator upgrades and maintenance, and future expansion plans for Metrorail could both be scaled back with sequestration.
If Congress doesn’t stop sequestration by Friday’s deadline, Metrorail users could be walking up and down more broken escalators. Sequestration—billions in automatic spending cuts set to start Friday—will hit the DC Metro area hard, with thousands of federal and government contracting employees bracing for furloughs as their agencies and companies look for ways to cut spending. Federal employees account for 40 percent of Metro’s ridership, WTOP reported, and passenger fares make up about 58 percent of Metro’s funding. Last week, James C. Dinegar, CAE, president & CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and Karen Young, chairwoman of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Board of Directors, co-signed a letter to Congress …
Monday, December 24, 2012
Metro will stay open two hours later on New Year's Eve.
Metro has announced the following holiday schedule: Monday (Christmas Eve) Tuesday (Christmas Day) Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve) Jan. 1 (New Year's Day)
Monday, December 3, 2012
Metro will stay open an hour later Dec. 3.
If you are relying on Metro for part of your trip home from the Redskins game Monday night, you are in luck. Metro will remain open an extra hour to accommodate fans leaving the Redskins game Monday against the New York Giants at FedEx field. According to a Metro news release, the last Blue Line train in the direction of Franconia-Springfield will leave the Morgan Boulevard station at 12:25 a.m., and the last Blue Line train to Largo Town Center will depart at 1:33 a.m. Metro customers will be able to transfer to other lines at the following stations: Though Metro entrances will close at the normal time, riders will still be able to exit from the stations.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Cards cost $15.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Metro has begun accepting orders for commemorative SmarTrip cards for the January inauguration of President Barack Obama. "Inauguration Day, January 21, 2013" and Obama's picture, along with "America Makes History Again" adorn the cards, which are $15. That's only $1 more than a one-day paper pass, according to a news release from the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority. The cards come pre-loaded with a one-day pass that provides unlimited Metrorail travel on the first day it is used. It can also be used as a "flash pass" for unlimited Metrobus transportation on Inauguration Day, the news release states. Cards are expected to ship in mid-December. Metro has launched an Inauguration Day webpage where customers can sign up for …
Monday, June 18, 2012
Two area men, one from Woodbridge, were sentenced on charges of stealing $500,000 from Metro fare machines.
A Former Metro Transit Police officer and Metro employee were sentenced following charges of stealing $500,000 from metro fare machines. The United States Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia announced Friday that the two local men, one from Woodbridge, were sentenced in Alexandria. A former Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) revenue technician, from Bowie, Md., and a former Metro Transit Police officer, from Woodbridge, were ordered to pay $472,679 in restitution for the theft. Keep up with breaking and daily news alerts with newsletters from Woodbridge Patch. Learn more here. John Vincent Haile, 52, from Woodbridge, and Horace Dexter McDade, 58, pleaded guilty March 19 to theft concerning programs…
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Va. politicos argue metro map redesign should include Blue and Yellow line extension
Local legislators called for the extension of the Metro’s Blue line to Fort Belvoir and the Yellow line into Woodbridge in letter addressed to the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority director on Wednesday. In their two-page letter, Senator Toddy Puller and Delegates Scott A. Surovell and Luke Torian argued that residents living along the Route One and I-95 corridor already suffer from over-congested roads, which will only get worse with the onset of BRAC. “The reality is they are taking thousands of employees off the metro line and throwing them onto roads,” said Surovell in an interview Thursday morning. Their letter did not highlight potential revenue streams to fund an extension but Surovell, said he thought the federal, state and …
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Suit against MWAA charges that the rising tolls are illegally being used to extend Metro.
Two Northern Virginia activists have filed a class-action lawsuit against the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority charging taxation without representation for increasing tolls to pay for Metrorail to Dulles Airport. Robert Cynkar, Christopher Kachouroff and Patrick McSweeney represent toll-road users John Corr of Great Falls and John Grigsby of Hillsboro, in Loudoun County. Before MWAA took control of the Dulles Toll Road in 2008, Northern Virginia voters turned down a referendum to create a special tax to raise $350 million a year to pay for extending Metrorail to Dulles Airport. The lawsuit states that the trouble started three years after voters turned down the referendum. In 2005, the Commonwealth Transportation Board increased …