More Cuts Threatened By Metro
WMATA’s proposed budget threatens to close up to 22 MetroRail stations, including Clarendon, Virginia Square, Arlington Cemetery and East Falls Church. Metro also proposes to cut train schedules to just 2 trains per hour all day long and shut down daily at 9PM. Bus service would be halved with many lines consolidated or eliminated. The 38B, which runs through Clarendon, would be eliminated. Metro Proposal
VA & MD Senators Offer WMATA $350M With Strings Attached
The Metro Safety, Accountability and Investment Act of 2021 introduced by US Senators Warner, Kaine, Cardin and Van Hollen would reauthorize for the next 10 years $150 million per year of Federal funds and $50 million in matching funds each from VA, MD, & DC.
The bill would also authorize an additional $50 million per year contingent on a series of safety, oversight, and governance reforms.
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Blue Line Closing For 3 Months
Metro is rebuilding platforms at Addison Road and Arlington Cemetery so is closing the entire Blue Line from Feb 13 to May 23. WMATA
Metro Clamps Down for Inauguration
Metro will close 13 stations: 11 on Friday and 2 on Saturday. Stations will remain closed until Friday morning. Trains will pass through the closed stations without stopping. Beginning Friday and continuing for 6 days trains will operate on a Saturday schedule: every 15 minutes, except every 12 minutes on the Red Line.
On Jan 16 (Sat) Metro Center & Gallery Place will also close.
Buses on 26 routes will detour around the security perimeter from Fri to Thur. Buses will operate normal service on weekdays and weekends, except on Jan 20 buses will operate on a Saturday schedule. News Release
Jan 5-7 DC Street Closures
From Tues, Jan 5, to Thur, Jan 7, multiple demonstrations are expected to occur in DC. There will be parking restrictions and potential street closures. Motorists could encounter delays if operating in the vicinity of downtown and may wish to consider alternative routes.
No Parking Map Street Closures Map
More Speed Cameras Proposed
Arlington wants to deploys speed cameras and to lower speed limits in residential and business districts below 25 miles per hour. Board member Dorsey said “Automated ticket enforcement has the potential to improve safety… and further advance equitable outcomes by reducing or eliminating race-based disparities in speed enforcement.” ARLnow
Lee Hwy to Get HOV/Bus Only Lane
The County has received a grant to convert one eastbound lane from N Veitch to N Lynn during peak morning hours and one westbound lane from N Oak to N Veitch during the evening peak. No date has been set for implementation. Story at ARLnow
Clarendon & Va Square Metro Stations May Close
Due to a projected $500 million shortfall in its $1,945 million budget, Metro is proposing to close 19 MetroRail stations, eliminate all weekend rail service, run only 2 MetroRail trains per hour on each line during rush hour, shut MetroRail at 9PM, and eliminate half of its MetroBus routes. The 38B bus line, the only bus route WMATA operates in LV, is among those proposed for elimination. WMATA employees would be reduced by 3,800. These cutbacks would begin July 1, 2020. Some citizens are wondering if it is worth $1,445 million per year to fund the meager service that would remain. Some are troubled by the economic impact on the region of diminished transit.
Story at WaPo
WMATA 2022 Proposed Budget
WMATA 2020 Financial Report
All 91 Metro Stations Now Open
Vienna & Dunn Loring stations have reopened. Parking continues to be limited for several additional months at the 4 Orange Line stations west of Ballston: Vienna, Dunn Loring, West Falls Church & East Falls Church. News Release
● Face coverings required (but not enforced) on trains, buses & in stations
● Silver Line beyond Wiehle-Reston East (Phase 2) is expected to open in 2021.
Metro Returning to (Almost) Regular Schedule
On Sunday (Aug 16) Metro trains resume normal schedules: rush hours every 8 minutes on all lines; off-peak 15 minutes except 12 minutes on the Red Line. Regular opening times (5AM weekdays, 7AM Sat, 8AM Sun). Closing at 11PM, still much earlier than “normal.” Vienna, Dunn Loring, East Falls Church, and Arlington Cemetery stations remain closed.
On Sunday (Aug 23) bus service will resume on routes that have not had service in months. Increased service on almost every line. Buses will run from 4AM to midnight daily. Only Metrobus route 38B on Wilson & Clarendon Blvds serves LV.
Masks and social distancing will be encouraged, but not enforced. Metro notes that “social distancing may not be possible on every train and bus”.
WMATA News Release
Plan to Rename Lee Highway
The Lee Highway Alliance (LHA) will develop a Working Group of stakeholders including the LHA Community Advisory Committee, civic associations, property owners, and business owners in the corridor. The Working Group will meet over the summer and into the fall, at which time a shortlist of names will be sent to the County Board. Arlington must reach consensus on the name with adjacent jurisdictions. News Release
VA AG Sues Advanced Towing Company
Attorney General Mark Herring filed suit against Advanced Towing, alleging the company breaks state and county towing provisions and is “frequently predatory, aggressive, overreaching and illegal.” Herring seeks restitution for consumers and a bar on future violations of the law. NBC4 Washington
LV’s Community House has a towing contract with Advanced Towing.
ART 75 Weekday Bus Service Returning June 29
Starting on Monday, June 29, ART 75 will return to weekday bus service and operate a regular weekday schedule.
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Masks Now Required on Metro
Face coverings or masks are now required when traveling on Metro. This applies to all Metro stations, trains, buses, and MetroAccess vehicles.
WMATA News Release
DMV Reopening Plan
Beginning May 18, DMV is opening 11 customer service centers statewide for specific, appointment-only services. Site nearest to LV is 50 miles away at 5700 Southpoint Centre Boulevard, Fredericksburg More Information at DMV
Ballston Metro Station Plaza Improvements
18 months of construction begins in June on major improvements to the bus stops and seating areas along N Fairfax Dr and N Stuart St. Bus stops E, F & G along Fairfax Dr will be relocating on Sun, May 31. Details on the project page
Arlington Loses Seat on WMATA Board
For the first time in recent memory, Arlington will not have a representative on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) board of directors. WMATA operates the MetroRail and MetroBus systems.
Story at Sun Gazette
N Lynn Street Paving Starts March 16
Milling and repaving on North Lynn Street between east and westbound Lee Highway will occur during the day from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20 during normal construction hours.
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The street repaving program runs from March to November. A letter will be mailed to all residents included in a paving project area about 4 to six 6 weeks in advance of the start repaving. Door hangers will be distributed to affected residents with more specific information 48 hours prior to the repaving of their street. Areas scheduled for repaving in Lyon Village are shown on this map in red.Click map to enlarge
County Street Maintenance Web Page
Lyft, Jump & Spin Scooters Denied Arlington Permit
Must remove scooters from Arlington by March 15. Only Jump, Lyft, Skip, and Spin are licensed in DC, hence only Skip and Jump can be ridden in both DC and Arlington. ARLnow
Scooters Yes, E-Bikes No
Five e-scooter firms: Bird, Jump, Lime, Razor and Skip were approved to operate in Arlington county. Three others were rejected for various reasons, like lack of speedometers on their scooters. The only applicant for electric-bicycles failed to get County approval. Sun Gazette
New App for VA Highway Tolls
Transurban, the company that runs Virginia’s express lanes, has developed Android and iPhone apps for mobile payment of tolls. It is intended for people who occasionally use Virginia’s toll roads but don’t have an E-Z Pass.
The app currently works on 12 Virginia highways, including the express lanes on the Capital Beltway, I-95 and I-66. The app does not currently work on any highways outside Virginia.
Android App iPhone App ExpressLanes.com GoToll.com
Dorsey Resigns from Metro Board Amid Money Troubles
Christian Dorsey resigned from the Metro board Thursday, Feb 6. This reportedly removes his obligation to repay a $10,000 campaign donation from the ATU, Metro’s biggest labor union.
Dorsey’s position will be temporarily filled by Loudoun Board of Supervisors member Matthew LeTourneau until the NVTC appoints a permanent replacement at its March 5 meeting.
Story at WaPo
Story at ARLnow
$65 fine for parking in a bike lane in DC starts Feb 28.
The new procedure allows parking enforcement officers (PEO) to take photographs of motorists that are seen blocking bike lanes, and then send out a ticket to violators.
More at WJLA
$200 Additional Speeding Fine
The Arlington County Board voted unanimously to establish a $200 additional speeding fine zone for residential neighborhoods that meet certain criteria. The move came in response to complaints from residents about speeding and pedestrian safety. The current $80 fine would jump to $280.
To qualify for the designation, a road must be in a residential area; must be classified as a neighborhood principal, minor arterial or major arterial street on the County’s road classification map and must have a documented speeding issue.
Once a road is found to qualify, a “$200 Additional Speeding Fine” sign will be attached to the speed limit signs along the road to alert drivers. The fine will be added to the current fine for speeding in a residential neighborhood, which is $6 for every mile-per-hour above the 25 miles-per-hour speed limit (plus the state-mandated $66 in court fees). The County Manager said staff will widely communicate the new fine.
County Board Chair Libby Garvey said that speeding fines are just one of many methods the County uses to make streets across Arlington safe for all who use them, including protected bike lanes; signage; traffic signals; enforcement campaigns, and the Vision Zero traffic safety strategy, adopted by the Board in July 2019.
To learn more about transportation safety in Arlington, visit the County website
County Plans Bus/HOV Lane on Lee Hwy
Under the plan curb lanes would be bus/HOV only eastbound from N Veitch to N. Lynn during AM peak and westbound from N Oak to N Veitch during PM peak. This section of Lee Hwy is 3 lanes wide in each direction and highly congested during peak hours. This makes it difficult for buses to maintain schedule.
More details at ARLNow
App to Report Traffic Safety Violators
Starting up in DC now. Hopefully Arlington will follow.
The Our Streets app allows users report traffic safety violations directly to DC government. The app connects to the complaint system at DC’s DFHV (Department of For-Hire Vehicles, which regulates taxi and ride-hailing companies).
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