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Drivers heading north on I-95 and I-270, and east on US-50, should be ready for congestion.

Drivers heading north on I-95 and I-270, and east on US-50, should be ready for congestion.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: GETTING OUT OF D.C. FOR THANKSGIVING

Thanksgiving Eve is the worst day for motorists heading north on I-95 or I-270, or east on US-50 according to traffic data firm INRIX and AAA. Metro, VRE, MARC, Amtrak and Alexandria DASH and King Street Trolley run on holiday operating schedules.

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  1. DC commuters don’t know if they can bring their kids into Uber or Lyft vehicles and ridesharing drivers aren’t sure how to deal with families that request rides.

    DC commuters don't know if they can bring their kids into Uber or Lyft vehicles and ridesharing drivers aren't sure how to deal with families that request rides.

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    UBER TO BABIES: ‘SHOW ME THE MONEY’

    Uber has doubled prices for rides in which it provides baby carseats. DC commuters don’t know if they can bring their kids into Uber or Lyft vehicles, and ridesharing drivers aren’t sure how to deal with families that request rides. Some drivers are refusing parent passengers. Laws across the DC area are inconsistent and Uber options…

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  2. METRO YELLOW LINE SHUTDOWN ON NOV. 26-DEC. 9

    Expect crowds and longer waits as Virginia-to-D.C. traffic shifts to the Blue Line. Free shuttle bus options will also be available for Blue Line customers.

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  3. The 2018 Capital Trails Symposium helped explain why a bike lane might take 25 years to build.

    The 2018 Capital Trails Symposium helped explain why a bike lane might take 25 years to build.

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    THIS BIKE LANE WILL TAKE 25 YEARS TO BUILD

    DC non-car transportation stakeholders met this week at the Capital Trails Symposium. The nerds—and they would call themselves that—spent all day in sessions discussing the past, present, and future of DC’s bike trails. The gathering, organized for the fifth time in 2018 by Washington Area Bicyclist Association, included some…

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  4. Montgomery County is considering options for a permanent change to the Capital Crescent Trail crossing at Little Falls Parkway. Little Falls has been on a temporary road diet there after a cyclist was killed in 2016.

    Montgomery County is considering options for a permanent change to the Capital Crescent Trail crossing at Little Falls Parkway. Little Falls has been on a temporary road diet there after a cyclist was killed in 2016.

    CYCLISTS AND NEIGHBORS DIFFER ON PREFERRED OPTION FOR CAPITAL CRESCENT TRAIL CROSSING

    Montgomery County is considering options for a permanent change to the Capital Crescent Trail crossing at Little Falls Parkway. Little Falls has been on a temporary road diet there after a cyclist was killed in 2016. Cyclists and trail users support a permanent lane reduction and inexpensive design option. Neighbors support the most…

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  5. Note that several ground transportation modes have moved during Project Journey construction.

    Note that several ground transportation modes have moved during Project Journey construction.

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    TIPS FOR HOLIDAY TRAVEL AT REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT

    ​From using terminal garages for picking up or dropping off passengers, to reserving parking online, DCA provides a primer for getting in and out of this busy transportation hub during the holidays.

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  6. For Amazon, Virginia will add two new Metro entrances, expansions to the Metroway bus network, and pedestrian improvements.

    For Amazon, Virginia will add two new Metro entrances, expansions to the Metroway bus network, and pedestrian improvements.

    VIRGINIA PROMISES $765 MILLION FOR TRANSPORTATION AS AMAZON PICKS CRYSTAL CITY

    Amazon picked Crystal City as one of two locations for their new corporate offices. For Amazon, Virginia will add two new Metro entrances, expansions to the Metroway bus network, and pedestrian improvements. Projects include $570 million of investment from Arlington County and the City of Alexandria with $195 million from the Commonwealth…

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  7. Information about all commuting choices resides in CityMotion app.

    Information about all commuting choices resides in CityMotion app.

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    TRANSITSCREEN LAUNCHES NEW ‘CITYMOTION’ APP

    ​New app launched by D.C.-based start-up provides one-stop commuting info shop.

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  8. The 2017 extension of I-95 toll lanes in Virginia reduced commute times.

    The 2017 extension of I-95 toll lanes in Virginia reduced commute times.

    I-95 VA TOLL LANE IMPROVED COMMUTE TIMES THIS YEAR

    Commuters going North and South along I-95 in Virginia have moved through the toll lanes quicker this year than last. That improvement comes after a two-mile extension of the 95 Express Lanes opened to reduce backups in the regular and toll lanes at the original southern merge.

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  9. WMATA probably won’t find extra revenue by courting station sponsorship deals with big DC brands.

    WMATA probably won’t find extra revenue by courting station sponsorship deals with big DC brands.

    STATION SPONSORSHIP WON’T SAVE METRO

    WMATA probably won’t find extra revenue by courting station sponsorship deals with big DC brands. That’s according to reporting from transit sponsor discussions in NYC and London. Capital One and Kastle Systems don’t want to be associated with Red Line fires and Silver Line deer delays.

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  10. Bird needs to make their scooters last twice as long at half the price to be profitable.

    Bird needs to make their scooters last twice as long at half the price to be profitable.

    BIRD SCOOTERS NEED TO LAST TWICE AS LONG FOR HALF THE PRICE

    Financial data from Bird show that the scooter company makes money each time a scooter gets rented, but that revenue doesn’t pay off the initial purchase cost fast enough. To be profitable, scooter companies need to make their scooters last twice as long at half the price.

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  11. During Mayor Bowser’s Vision Zero Week last month, she announced a plan to make it illegal to take a right turn on red (RTOR) in about 100 of intersections within DC’s downtown core.

    During Mayor Bowser's Vision Zero Week last month, she announced a plan to make it illegal to take a right turn on red (RTOR) in about 100 of intersections within DC's downtown core.

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    BOWSER’S RIGHT TURN ON RED RESTRICTION: NOT NEW OR NECESSARILY SAFER

    During Mayor Bowser’s Vision Zero Week last month, she announced a plan to make it illegal to take a right turn on red (RTOR) in about 100 of intersections within DC’s downtown core. The change was required by 2016 legislation, not exclusively a result of newfound Vision Zero energy. Research is mixed that there are positive safety…

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  12. HEAD-ON CRASH BETWEEN OMNIRIDE BUS, CAR LEAVES 2 DEAD

    Sedan crashed head-on into bus near a Woodbridge high school. ​There were no passengers aboard the bus at the time of the Nov. 5 accident, police said.

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  13. Virginia will spend $14 million from their VW settlement money ($94 million) to transition to electric transit buses.

    Virginia will spend $14 million from their VW settlement money ($94 million) to transition to electric transit buses.

    VA USING DIESELGATE SETTLEMENT TO INVEST IN ELECTRIC BUS DEVELOPMENT

    Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia will invest $14 million, or 15 percent of VA’s $93.6 million, of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust to fund the deployment of all-electric transit buses across Virginia. Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality will provide electric bus funding…

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  14. 2018 Ballot Measures featuring Transportation

    2018 Ballot Measures featuring Transportation

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    TRANSPORTATION ON BALLOTS IN MONTGOMERY, ARLINGTON, AND LOUDOUN COUNTY

    The Eno Center for Transportation published an exhaustive list of ballot measures up for voting so far this year and this week on Election Day 2018. Prince George’s County and Montgomery County want to finance multi-modal projects. Loudoun County looks to spend exclusively on roads.

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