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 use rail owned by Amtrak and other train companies.
One of the first major transportation decisions made by the Bowser administration and its new director of DDOT was to hit the restart button on the long delayed H Street/Benning Road Northeast streetcar line. One bogus target date after another had passed without passenger service in both 2013 and 2014.
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 on its own unmanaged system with unwritten rules.
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 opposition this session.