Posts Tagged ‘Transportation’

Feds Shut Down Party Shuttle for Partying Too Hard

Washington tour bus company DC Party Shuttle's name suggests that your time on the bus will be fun, like a party. But according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the real party on Party Shuttle was going on in the driver's seat.
Federal investigators shut down Party Shuttle today, declaring the company "an imminent hazard [...]

Washington’s Newest Interest Group: “Transportation Birthers”

The war on the "war on cars" continues! Hostilities began again this week after Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham said in a Washington Post article that increased visitor parking restrictions were meant to discourage driving, and really got going after newsletter author Gary Imhoff blamed the alleged decarification on hipsters.
Now David Alpert, founder of arch-smart [...]

The Needle: I Paid for Those Turkeys Edition

Flapjake Fenty: Anyone wondering what Still Mayor Adrian Fenty will be doing for a living when his title changes to Former Mayor Adrian Fenty can wonder no more. Turns out the IHOP uniform suits him fine. The only problem will be when the obsessive triathlete has to take orders from customers eager to try the [...]

October: The Month In Photos

Our Morning Roundup: From Padma to iPad Edition

Creepy news from Arlington Cemetery: A Virginia funeral home was fined $50,000 for mishandling bodies awaiting burial at the hallowed national cemetery. As if that weren't enough, The Washington Post also found gravestones "lying in the muck near a maintenance yard."
As foodies, reality TV fans and Padma Lakshmi devotees probably already know, Top Chef DC premiered [...]

Plan Now For Even Pricier Metro Rides This Summer

How much will higher Metro fares impact your own pockets? Adam Tuss at WTOP points out that the transit agency's Trip Planner tool can now tell you.
If you type in a trip, making sure that you use a date that is after June 27, you will be able to see your new fare.
Catching the 8:15 a.m. train [...]

Morning Roundup: Crowded, Uncrashworthy Sweatbox Edition

Area Metro riders are predicatably less than thrilled at yesterday's passage of "the most expansive fare hike in the history of the transit agency," perhaps none more disgruntled than 30-year-old Michael Wasson of Cleveland Park, who told WaPo:
"My position would be, if we need to pay a little more, that's fine, but is this really paying for Metro to [...]

Photos: Partly Cloudy

Our Morning Roundup: Free Ride Edition

Taking the trolley around town could cost you as little as nothing. Maybe.
"It is certainly possible that in certain areas of the city it would be free," District Department of Transportation Director Gabe Klein tells WTOP.
City officials yesterday unveiled a 66-foot-long, 168-seat Czech-designed prototype of the streetcars planned to one day shuttle Washingtonians to and fro. (Our own [...]

Bicyclist Struck Purposely By Motorist in Bloomingdale

From the Bike Washington listserv via WashCycle blog:
I unfortunately had the awful experience of being hit by a car on my commute home this evening. The details are as follows: Around 5:50 PM I was riding along First St. NW with other commuters. We crossed over Florida Ave and a car came in behind me, [...]

Photo: Bus Spotting

Kennedy Street NW, March 22

Photo: Bus Stop

H Street NE, March 12

Catoe Departs Metro: Now Who Will Want This Job?

John Catoe had to go.
Right?
Over the past year, and certainly after the June 22 Red Line tragedy, an undeniable chasm developed on the subject of Catoe's performance as Metro's general manager.
The people who use Metro and comment on it from arms' length—those not engaged in day-to-day reporting on the system—have been scathingly critical of Catoe, [...]

Morning Roundup: Palin’s Fox Debut, the Circulator’s Circulation, and African-American Progress

Good morning, City Desk.
Using insightful analytical phrases like "bunch of BS" and "that kind of crap," Sarah Palin made her debut on Fox News as a commentator last night! Sorry to say: missed it. But Bill O'Reilly, on whose show Palin appeared, said later the whole thing was really "no different from interviewing Chuck Schumer." [...]

DDOT Confirms End of Upper Georgetown Circulator

Yesterday City Desk reported on how the upper Wisconsin Avenue portion of the D.C. Circulator's bus route was on the chopping block. The Department of Transportation has since confirmed: It will in fact be chopped.
According to DDOT spokesman John Lisle, this “difficult decision” stems from budget constraints: Although the upper leg carries 2 percent of [...]

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