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  • Toll lanes over Potomac, DC Streetcar changes, road widenings

    01/22/2018 7:56:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    WTOP ^ | January 17, 2018 | Max Smith
    WASHINGTON — Expanding and extending Beltway toll lanes over the Potomac River sooner, delays and changes to D.C. Streetcar plans, and changes to widening plans for a number of roads across the region. Those are some of the transportation projects that moved forward to be part of long-range plans that can actually be constructed in coming years. Other projects accepted Wednesday as having the funding to move forward include an additional lane by 2025 on Interstate 95 south just across the Occoquan River to exit 160, and a plan to widen Route 15 from Battlefield Parkway to Montresor Road near...
  • Subway drivers REFUSE to stop at several stations in Paris because of huge rise in violent crime

    01/16/2018 12:06:57 PM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 16, 2018 | Julian Robinson
    Subway drivers are refusing to stop at some stations in Paris because of a surge in violent crime at some stops, it has emerged. Frightened drivers say they are not calling at certain stations in the French capital's north east in order to 'protect passengers' and themselves. Some stations are increasingly being used by crack dealers, they say, with Marx Dormoy on line 12 and Marcadet-Poissonniers on lines 12 and 4 said to be among the worst hit.
  • Judge Rules that D.C. Can Ban “Religious” Christmas Ads on City Buses

    12/14/2017 2:30:20 PM PST · by detective · 27 replies
    The New American ^ | 13 December 2017 | Warren Mass
    A federal appeals court judge on December 8 denied the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington’s request for an injunction against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), challenging the agency’s refusal to allow the Archdiocese to purchase advertising on D.C. buses that featured a Christmas message. The complaint filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on November 28, stated that, “the Archdiocese wishes to access a widely available advertising platform on the exterior of public 2 buses as they traverse public thoroughfares to convey a simple message of hope in connection with the Christmas season.”
  • Dulles Toll Road Fee Projected to Increase to $4.75 in 2019, $6 in 2023

    10/22/2017 11:15:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    Reston Now ^ | October 18, 2017 | Dave Emke
    Users of the Dulles Toll Road can expect to pay more in 2019, according to a 2018 draft budget presented to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board today.No increase from the $3.50 toll ($2.50 at the plaza and $1 at the ramp) is planned in 2018; however, it is expected to jump to $4.75 the following year. Numbers presented by the Board’s Finance Committee show that is only the beginning of the hikes.In 2023, the toll is projected to go up to $6. Additional jumps of $1.25 or more are projected every five years for the following two decades, resulting...
  • Trump budget plan would deal blow to Washington region’s transit; Purple Line at risk

    04/06/2017 4:01:35 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 16, 2017 | Lori Aratani and Katherine Shaver
    Federal funding for Maryland’s Purple Line is in jeopardy, as are Metro’s hopes for a significant increase in money from the government under President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget released Thursday. Trump’s proposed spending plan, which slashes the federal transportation budget by 13 percent, also curbs long-distance Amtrak service out of Washington and cuts millions in federal grants that the region’s governments have relied on for new rapid bus lines, road work, bus stop improvements and bike paths. The cuts came as a shock to many, considering Trump’s campaign pledge to pump $1 trillion into the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. “I find...
  • Two attackers . . . accused of planting a nail bomb . . . on St Petersburg metro (trunc.)

    04/03/2017 12:15:55 PM PDT · by libstripper · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (Uk) ^ | Apr. 3, 2017 | Gareth Davies, Julian Robinson, & others
    Full title: "Two attackers on the run as images emerge of first 'terror suspect' accused of planting a nail bomb which ripped through carriages on St Petersburg metro killing at least ten and injuring 50" Text of Excerpt: Two suspected terrorists are on the run after a nail bomb planted in a St Petersburg train ripped through the carriages - killing at least 10 people and injury 50 today. Several Russian media outlets have released the CCTV picture of the bearded suspect who was wearing a long, black top and a hat blamed for causing the carnage by detonating a...
  • St Petersburg metro blast leaves many injured - media

    04/03/2017 5:23:35 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 185 replies
    An explosion has hit an underground station in the city of St Petersburg, Russian media report. The Tass and Interfax agencies reported a blast at the Sennaya Ploshchad metro station, which left a number of victims.
  • US transportation secretaries have left a lasting legacy in D.C. region

    02/27/2017 5:51:05 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Dayton Daily News ^ | February 23, 2017 | Lori Aratani - The Washington Post
    U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao had been on the job only a few weeks when she took action on one of the region's most intractable problems and directed millions in federal transit dollars be withheld from the District, Maryland and Virginia until they create a safety agency to oversee D.C.'s subway, Metro. Chao was making good on a threat by her predecessor, Anthony Foxx, a move that surprised some local officials who had hoped that the jurisdictions had shown enough progress to stave off the action. It's too soon to say whether Chao's action is a sign she will continue...
  • Two men plead guilty after accusations to set off pressure-cooker bomb in New York City

    02/11/2017 5:22:06 PM PST · by grundle · 46 replies ^ | Feruary 11, 2017 | Katrina Butcher
    <p>NEW YORK – Two New York residents accused of conspiring to support ISIS and plotting to set off a pressure-cooker bomb in the city have pleaded guilty to all charges against them, federal prosecutors and New York City officials said.</p>
  • Swedish fake fact-checker page pulled from Facebook

    01/22/2017 10:22:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies ^ | 22 January 2017 14:55 CET+01:00
    A Swedish fake fact-checking page reported on by Britain’s Guardian newspaper has been pulled from Facebook after a string of critical articles. The Mediekollen page, which purported to be a fact-checking website but instead itself pushed propaganda and fake news, was removed from Facebook on Friday afternoon after Viralgranskaren, a fact-checking site run by Sweden’s Metro newspaper, contacted Facebook to complain and wrote an article on the site. “We noticed that after we wrote the article, they wrote an article saying our article was fake,” Viralgranskaren’s Hugo Ewald told The Local. “I then posted some comments under that article, and...
  • New O’Keefe Video: Leftists Plan to Blockade Trump Inauguration

    01/17/2017 1:10:35 PM PST · by maggief · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 17, 2017 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    <p>James O’Keefe and Project Veritas released a new undercover video on Tuesday showing left-wing activists with the “DisruptJ20” effort plotting to stop Donald Trump’s inauguration by chaining D.C. Metro trains and blocking roads. The video adds a layer of deep detail to a story by Ryan Lovelace in the Washington Examiner earlier this month, “How protesters plan to wreck Donald Trump’s inauguration,” which first reported the efforts of “#DisruptJ20.”</p>
  • Metro’s crumbling crossties may be too small to begin with

    11/17/2016 10:13:41 AM PST · by detective · 23 replies
    WTOP ^ | November 17, 2016 | Max Smith
    The Federal Transit Administration is raising questions about whether Metro rail ties are the proper size to keep tracks safely in place. A federal inspection report released Wednesday says inspectors have “consistently noted” WMATA crossties on mainline track that are 7 1/2 inches. Metro’s own standards call for rail ties at switches to have at least an 8-inch face. The inspection report noted that as of Sept. 24, Metro had not responded to federal inspectors’ questions about crossties that are a half inch narrower than internal standards. It is not clear how many of the smaller crossties exist in the...
  • Police officer for D.C. subway system accused of trying to help ISIS

    08/03/2016 8:31:49 AM PDT · by NRx · 46 replies
    WaPo ^ | 08-03-2016 | Rachel Weiner
    A Metro Transit police officer has been arrested and charged with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State, marking the first time a U.S. law enforcement officer has been accused of trying to aid the terrorist group. Nicholas Young, 36, of Fairfax, Va., was arrested Wednesday morning at Metropolitan Police Headquarters in Washington and his employment was terminated. Young, at the request of an undercover federal agent, sent codes for mobile messaging cards that Young believed would be used by Islamic State fighters overseas to communicate, according to an indictment filed in federal court in Alexandria, Va.
  • Portions of Orange and Silver lines to remain closed following Metro derailment

    07/29/2016 4:47:49 PM PDT · by Fraxinus · 9 replies
    WTOP ^ | July 29, 2016 | Jack Moore
    Because of a derailment at the East Falls Church Metro station portions of the Orange and Silver lines will remain closed for the rest of the day. WASHINGTON — Service on parts of the Orange and Silver Lines will remain suspended through at least Saturday, following an early-morning derailment near the East Falls Church station that damaged two train cars, sent one rider to the hospital and scrambled passengers’ Friday morning commutes. Service on the Silver Line between the McLean and Ballston stations and on the Orange Line between West Falls Church and Ballston will remain suspended through the end...
  • Man Hijacks Metrobus; Pedestrian Fatally Struck: Police (Armed Teens Hijack DC Metro Bus)

    05/03/2016 9:07:00 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 28 replies
    NBC Washington DC ^ | 03 MAY 16 | News staff
    A man attacked a Metrobus driver with a weapon and hijacked his bus Tuesday morning, D.C. police said. The bus then struck a pedestrian, who later died. It's not clear where the bus was taken from, but police say the bus in now stopped at a gas station in the 4300 block of Minnesota Avenue in Northeast Washington. Police say the suspect got on the bus and attacked the bus driver with a weapon. The driver managed to get off the bus, but suffered a back injury in the process. He is expected to be OK. The suspect then drove...
  • Feds appoint safety experts to Metro board (Washington DC)

    04/29/2016 7:38:32 AM PDT · by deks · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/28/16 | Melanie Zanona
    The Department of Transportation is appointing three new members to the board that oversees Washington’s Metrorail system to improve safety at the beleaguered transit agency. The announcement on Thursday comes amid heavy frustration with Metro’s continued safety problems and rail disruptions, including an unprecedented shutdown of the entire system for emergency inspections last month. “Building a safety culture is not easy and requires relentless focus at every level,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement. “These three new Federal members will build on our promise to bring a laser-like focus on making the transit system of our nation’s capital...
  • The Tragic Deterioration of Washington’s Great Society Subway

    04/12/2016 3:38:18 PM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    Human Events ^ | Apr 12, 2016 | Michael Barone
    If you live any distance beyond the Capital Beltway you probably didn’t notice, but an important part of government in Washington shut down on Wednesday, March 16. That’s when the Metro subway system’s recently installed general manager, Paul Wiedefeld, ordered a one-day shutdown of the entire 117-mile system for emergency inspection of track-based power cables.
  • BREAKING: Brussels Metro Station Attacked

    03/22/2016 1:27:53 AM PDT · by springwater13 · 314 replies
    Explosion at Brussels metro station close to EU institutions: Belgian broadcaster RTBF.
  • Entire Metrorail system to shut down Wednesday (Washington DC)

    03/15/2016 2:38:52 PM PDT · by OwenKellogg · 86 replies ^ | 3/15/2016 | WTOP Staff
    WASHINGTON — Metrorail will shut down entirely for more than a day beginning at midnight Wednesday for safety checks, Metro has announced. Metrorail will reopen at 5 a.m. Thursday. Metro General Management Paul Wiedefeld says that the 29 hours should be enough time to inspect 600 underground jumper cables that provide power to the energized third rail to run the trains. There is no word yet of the closure’s impact on federal offices or its employees — many of whom rely on Metro to get to work. The Office of Personnel Management says it will provide an update later today....
  • Metro lays out missteps before officers shot, killed fugitive holding cell phone

    01/05/2016 8:33:38 AM PST · by redreno · 14 replies ^ | January 4, 2016 - 10:47pm | By Rachel Crosby
    Las Vegas police Monday outlined a handful of missteps, including miscommunication from the U.S. Marshals Office, that led up to the moment two Metro officers shot and killed an unarmed fugitive holding a cell phone in front of a west valley home on New Year's Eve. Eighteen minutes before the shooting, Metro knew nothing about the fugitive, Keith Childress. Though the agency often works with U.S. Marshals to catch fugitives, Metro had its eye on the Strip that afternoon, where about 1,000 officers were working with the Nevada National Guard to secure the area for celebrations, Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said....