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January 16, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

Broken Rail Had Been Inspected Recently, Metro Safety Official Says

The section of Metro track that failed Monday had been visually inspected three times this month, once in August and once also in October, a rail system official said Tuesday. Track failure remains the likely cause of Monday’s Metro derailment, but the transit system is examining other causes, said the official, Pat Lavin, Metro’s chief […]

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January 16, 2018 | Staff Writer

Metro Announces Parking Fee Changes

Metro announced some major changes to parking beginning Monday, Feb. 5, including ending free parking on Saturdays. Parking on Sundays and federal holidays will remain free except when special event parking rules are in effect. Metro will expand hours when parking fees are charged, lower parking fees at two stations as part of a pilot program, […]

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January 13, 2018 | Staff Writer

Metro Announces Schedule for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Metro plans to operate from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which will be celebrated this year on Jan. 15. Trains will run on Metro’s Saturday schedule and buses will operate on a Saturday supplemental schedule, according to a news release. Off-peak fares will be in effect and parking will […]

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December 27, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

The Year in Transportation: New Lanes Proposed for I-270, Capital Beltway

Gov. Larry Hogan dropped probably the most remarkable transportation news in September when he proposed that I-270 and the Capital Beltway get four new lanes. Private companies would design, build and maintain the lanes, which would then be able to charge tolls. Some local leaders have been skeptical about the plans, preferring less-expensive reversible lanes […]

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December 13, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Five Things to Know for Dec. 13 in Montgomery County

Here are five things to know for Wednesday, Dec. 13, in Montgomery County: 1. Santa Rides Again: Montgomery County Police will escort Santa as he rides his Harley Davidson motorcycle through the county for a benefit for The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health. For more information, including the parade route, visit here. […]

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December 12, 2017 | Staff Writer

Metro to Modify Red Line Service Amid Signal Problem

Beginning Wednesday Dec. 13, Metro will modify Red Line service to replace communication cables in need of replacement. During rush hours, trains between Shady Grove and Glenmont will run every 10 minutes instead of every 8 minutes. Additional trains will run between Grosvenor and NoMa-Gallaudet, resulting in service about every 5 minutes between those stations […]

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November 27, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Berliner Defends Millions Spent on Metro

Metro’s headaches for commuters continued Monday as long lines greeted anyone needing to go from Silver Spring to Fort Totten. Buses replaced the railcars because of track work. At his regular meeting with reporters, Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner defended spending on Metro. “The need is unquestioned,” Berliner said. Here’s the video:

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November 27, 2017 | Staff Writer

Metro SmarTrip Balances to not Allow Negative Balances Beginning Jan. 8

Metro will not allow customers to exit the rail system or board a bus if the trip would create a negative balance on their SmarTrip card. This change goes into effect Jan. 8. Currently, small negative balances are allowed on SmarTrip cards. Bus riders with $1.75 or less on their card are allowed to board […]

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November 14, 2017 | Staff Writer

Metro Says Back2Good Plan Delivering More On-Time Rides

Metro’s Customer Service, Operations and Security Committee is scheduled to meet Thursday, Nov. 16. and on their agenda is the latest Vital Signs Report. The report concludes that “better performance was achieved in FY18 than FY17 due to the actions completed in the…Back2Good plan. Metro customers are experiencing fewer train offloads, better on-time performance, and fewer unscheduled delays […]

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November 13, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Berliner Meets the Media, Nov. 13 (VIDEO)

Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner discusses the appointment of Marlene Michaelson to council administrator, the minimum wage, the LaHood document on Metro and Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn’s visit to a council committee this week.

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