January 20, 2012 |
The impact of the proposed Metro fare increases would vary greatly, depending on the type of trip. Metro General Manager Richard Sarles has proposed ending the peak-of-the-peak surcharge , while increasing the Metrorail boarding charge, the per-mile charge, the maximum SmarTrip fare and daily parking rates. But those costs affect riders in different ways, depending on whether they commute long distance at the height of rush hour, make a shorter trip at a less crowded time or head for one of the D.C. region's...
October 28, 2011 |
After several years of study, the transit authority has decided how it wants to rearrange the Metrorail trains . Now Metro's task is to explain this new rush-hour service so people can take advantage of it, or at least avoid getting lost. What's changing? Starting in June, the peak period service will include more Orange Line trains coming from the line's western end in Northern Virginia into downtown Washington. Fewer Blue Line trains will serve the downtown's west side.
October 24, 2009 |
Next time you ride Metro, consider this: Some of your fellow passengers are trying desperately not to lose their lunch. Or breakfast. The sufferers cite a queasy combination of hot, crowded rail cars and a more herky-jerky ride since the June 22 Red Line crash . Most of those affected blame the more-sudden stops and starts from trains operating in manual mode since then. However, Metro officials said some of the problem also stems from the post-crash reconfiguration of trains, which are made up of...
April 28, 2012
The April 22 editorial " Is Dulles rail running aground ?" was the best explanation I've seen for why Metrorail should not be extended into Loudoun County. The editorial said that extending Metro could bring up to 40,000 jobs to Loudoun that would otherwise go to Reston or elsewhere in Fairfax County and that Loudoun's growth would be lessened by 10 percent or more. And of course, it will cost us millions. I don't want 40,000 new jobs in Loudoun, and slowing growth by 10 percent or more would be...
April 7, 2011 |
Metrobus passengers in Maryland and Northern Virginia will keep all their routes, but Metrorail riders could wait longer for trains on weekends as part of the agency's efforts to close a $72 million gap in its next operating budget. However, Metro's board of directors said Thursday they are still considering cutting some bus routes in the District to save money. The board also agreed it would not try to generate income by selling naming rights to Metrorail stations. In a meeting, board members also said...
April 5, 2013 |
Arlington is a highly desirable place to live, and I am proud to have represented it for decades as an elected official. I am also proud that my county is moving forward with a new streetcar system . I started my public service in Arlington on the school board in 1976. At that time, Arlington faced a storm of controversy about a major new transit project: Metrorail. A small but vocal faction of our community claimed that the proposed Orange, Blue and Yellow lines were too...