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Metro: System safe despite smoke incidents

Metro now says there was a sudden release of electric current at the Woodley Park station this past Saturday, which was the result of a high voltage cable shorting out on a rail car. “That caused the arc flash and the resulting bang” heard by…

VRE seeks fare increase

Virginia Rail Express says it needs to raise fares 4 percent to cover revenue reductions and increasing costs. The increase in fare would help cover expenses for the expected increase in ridership with the new Spotsylvania station and to pay for the increasing price to…

Getting there: Slugs and Express Lanes make an odd but nice couple

It makes perfect sense, but the growing synergy between the Interstate 95 express lanes and slugs has created one odd couple. On the one hand, there is the strictly managed I–95 toll system. On the other hand, there is the unofficial commuter group that runs…

Maryland Senate Approves Bill To Raise Speed Limit On Some Roads

The Maryland senate Thursday morning gave final approval to a bill that would allow the speed limit to rise from 65 to 70 miles per hour on certain roads. The bill is the first measure to hit the floor of the Senate to see any…

I-66 Toll Lanes Proposal Gets Stamp Of Regional Planners

Virginia’s plans to add HOT lanes — toll lanes where HOV-3 carpoolers ride free — to I-66 inside and outside the Beltway were approved by regional planners on Wednesday to be included in a key air quality study, a prerequisite for making it to the…