NEWS & EVENTS
Read about what’s happening in today’s news that affects your daily commute. We’ve consolidated a collection of the latest articles about transportation and commuter related trends and challenges faced by Washington area commuters. Be sure to check back on a regular basis to keep tabs on the most up to date news.
Visit our construction projects section and learn about upcoming road improvements taking place around the Washington region. Anticipate roadwork delays and avoid the snarls to stay ahead of the construction curve.
Find out about upcoming events that pertain to commuting in the Washington metropolitan region and read recent Commuter Connections press releases.
- Traffic Changes at Route 123/I-66 Interchange Starting on or about November 30
- New Loop Ramp from Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road) North to I-66 West Opening on or about Tuesday Night, November 2
- Gallows Road South Shifts to New Alignment at I-66 on or about October 21; Demolition of Old Gallows Road Bridge Planned to Begin October 23
- Hunter Mill Road over Colvin Run Bridge Replacement Underway in Vienna
- Construction Begins on Bicycle Pedestrian Bridge Over I-495 in Tysons
- I-66 East Travel Lanes Approaching Route 28 to Shift to New Roadway Configuration on Sunday Night, August 15
- I-66 West Travel Lanes Between Gallows Road and Nutley Street to Shift to New Pavement Next Weekend, August 13-15
- I-66 East Travel Lanes Approaching Route 28 to Shift to New Roadway Configuration on or about August 3
- I-66 Eastbound Direct Access Ramp to West Falls Church Metrorail Opens Tomorrow, Thursday, July 15
- I-66 construction work in Virginia going into high gear this week
- Part of Northwest DC’s Beach Drive to close for trail work through December
- Opening interchange promises to speed up travel along Route 7 in Northern Virginia
- Demolition of Old Route 50 West Bridge over I-66 Begins Tonight, June 29, with Overnight Ramp Closures; Full Closures of I-66 West Planned June 30 and July 1
- New Bridge on Route 50 West Over I-66 Scheduled to Open On or About This Saturday, June 26
- I-95 South Auxiliary Lane Construction Underway in Woodbridge
- Ramp Openings, Traffic Changes at I-66/Route 28 Interchange and Braddock Road/Walney Road This Weekend, June 25-27
- 4 Maryland Metro stations close for summer platform reconstruction
- 9th Street protected bike lane project gets moving
- Piece of the puzzle: Groundbreaking in Manassas aims to improve VA-28 commute
2021 Press Releases
- Take Your Foot off the Gas and Take the Free Pledge: Car Free Day 2021 Registration Open!
- Commuter Connections honors employers for excellence and innovation in commute alternative programs
- Bike to Work Day is Back in 2021
- Early registration for Bike to Work Day 2021 is now open
2020 Press Releases
- Pledge to go car free on September 22 by telewoTake Your Foot off the Gas and Take the Free Pledge: Car Free Day 2021 Registration Open!rking, biking, walking, and more
- Commuter Connections recognizes three employers for excellence in commute alternative programs
- Commuter Connections offers new resources for area employees during transition back to the workplace
2019 Press Releases
- Commuters are driving alone less, taking transit and teleworking more
- Commuter Connections and American Lung Association urge drivers to go car-free on September 22, 2017
- Commuter Connections and University of Maryland launch incenTrip app
- Drop your keys for Car Free Days—Take the free pledge today!
- Commuter Connections recognizes employers for making commuting easy
- Bigger and better: 18,000 turn out for Bike to Work Day
- Commuter Connections helps commuters during Metro shutdown
- D.C. region gears up for a record-breaking Bike to Work Day
- Looking Ahead to Summer (Mentions Bike to Work Day)
- Annual Bike to Work Day Planned for May 17
- Save Some Cash on Commuting: Register for Bike to Work Day!
- Registration for Bike to Work Day is open
2018 Press Releases
- New Commuter Connections Bicycle Route Finder makes cycling in D.C. region easier
- Don’t miss out on great Car Free Day prizes
- Commute to a healthier lifestyle on Car Free Days, September 21 and 22
- Drop Your Car Keys for a Day or Two! Take the Pledge to Go Car Free on September 21 and 22
- Commuter Connections honors employers for commitment to better commutes
- Despite rainy weather, thousands of commuters participate in Bike to Work Day
- Bike to Work Day Press Release: Pedal to help Metro DC Win ‘Nation’s Fittest Region’
- Celebrate spring by registering for Bike to Work Day 2018
2017 Press Releases
- New Rewards Program Gives Commuters Information to Avoid Traffic Delays and Congestion
- More than 7,000 have already pledged to go car-free on September 22 09-20-2017
- More than 3,000 Take the Car Free Day Pledge for September 22; Join Them and Win Great Prizes!
- Commuter Connections and American Lung Association Urge Drivers to go Car-Free on September 22, 2017
- Area employers recognized for innovative and sustainable commuter programs 06-22-2017
- Bike to Work Day Breaks Records in Metropolitan Washington 05-22-2017
- 85 Pit Stops Around Metropolitan Washington Gear Up to Host Thousands of Area Bike to Work Day Participants 05-18-2017
- Bike to Work Day Plans Support for First-Time Bicycle Commuters 05-05-2017
- Registration Opens for Bike to Work Day 2017 03-20-2017
- Commuter Connections Provides Area Commuters with Options for Navigating Metro’s SafeTrack and Winter Weather 01-26-2017
2016 Press Releases
- Commuters Can Carpool On-Demand and for Free with CommuterConnections’ CarpoolNow App
- Four Ways Commuting in the DC Region Has Changed Over the Last Three Years 9-21-2016
- Regional Businesses, Transit Agencies Support Upcoming Car Free Day, Sept. 22 9-19-2016
- Car Free Day Registration Opens – Metropolitan Washington Gets Ready to Green the Commute on September 22 8-30-2016
- Employers Receive Awards for Outstanding Commute Alternative Programs 6-27-2016
- Bike to Work Day Participants Gather at More Than 80 Pit Stops in the Region, Take to the Streets for Cleaner, Greener Commutes 5-20-2016
- Area Officials and Dignitaries to Celebrate Bike To Work Day Friday, May 20
- Metro D.C.’S Bike To Work Day Expands Its Reach
- Following Metrorail Repair Plan Announcement, COG Encourages Residents to Visit Commuter Connections for Commuter Info
- Registration Now Open for D.C. Region’s 16th Annual Bike to Work Day March 16 3-16-2016
2015 Press Releases
- Prizes, Promotions, and a Papal Visit—Great Reasons to Take the Pledge to Go Car Free on September 22 9-16-15
- Pledge for Car Free Day and Choose Your Team! – MWCOG Press Release 8-13-15
- 2015 Commuter Connections Employer Awards Press Release
- Bike to Work Day Breaks Regional Record
- Elected Officials Among the Thousands to Celebrate Bike to Work Day May 15
- Bike To Work May Be Habit Forming
- Bike to Work Day 2015: Spring is Upon Us and Registration is Now Open
2014 Press Releases
- Commuter Connections Program Offers Cash Incentive for New Carpoolers on Soon-to-Open 95 Express Lanes
- Commuter Connections Announces 95 Express Lanes Carpool Photo Contest
- Drivers in the Metro DC Area Are Asked to Pledge to Go Car Free or Car Lite on September 22nd
- Capital Area Car Free College Campus Challenge
- Car Free Day Free Registration is Now Open!
- Region Celebrates 40 Years of Free Commuter Solutions Through Commuter Connections
- Employers with Top Commuter Benefits Programs Recognized for Their Green Efforts
- Bike to Work Day Breaks Regional Record: 16,700+ Cyclists Registered
- Secretary of Transportation Scheduled To Lead Celebrations with Elected Officials and Dignitaries for Bike to Work Day
- May 16 Officially Proclaimed Bike to Work Day in Region
- Commuter Connections Launches Mobile-Friendly Website, Mobile Apps
- Bike to Work Day 2014 Registration Opens Marking the Start of Spring
- Traffic continues to grow on DC-area highways following pandemic plunge
- More workers are returning to the office. The pandemic-era commute might be changed forever.
- Ride On Flex on-demand program will start up again in Montgomery Co.
- VDOT unveils electric car charging station finder
- Feds sign off on biggest DC interstate renumbering in decades
- King Street Trolley returns to Alexandria on Monday
- MARC fares bumped $1
- Upgraded faregates running at some Metro stations
- New interchange in Leesburg will remove final stop light for Route 7 drivers
- Prince George’s remains deadliest Md. county for traffic, pedestrian deaths
- DC 295 reopens after pedestrian bridge collapses, injuring 5
- MARC Train, Commuter Bus return to full service in August, as fares rise next week
- New program aims to make roads safer for bicyclists in part of Montgomery Co.
- New Virginia laws aimed at boosting safety for cyclists start July 1
- Metro set to increase service, decrease some rail fares
- Arlington Co. will consider lowering speed limits on some busy streets
- Metro adds Android phones for ‘touch-free’ SmarTrip payments
- DC Council asks that Upper Beach Drive be closed to cars permanently
- Metro looks to expand service this summer
- Parking enforcement, rail changes start for DC region commuters
- Virginia Railway Express returns to full service
- All DC parking enforcement set to resume
- D.C.-Area Traffic Increasing as COVID Restrictions Ease
- New red-light camera, 7-speed cameras installed in DC
VIRTUAL PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING NEXT MONDAY,
DEC. 6 ON 395 EXPRESS LANES/SEMINARY ROAD HOV RAMP PROJECT
Learn about and provide input on plans to convert Seminary Road HOV-only ramp to express lanes ramp
ALEXANDRIA – The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a virtual public information meeting Monday night, December 6, on plans to convert the 395 Express Lanes/Seminary Road Ramp from a High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) ramp to a High Occupancy Toll (or express lanes) ramp. This meeting is a follow-up to VDOT’s previous public meeting for the project held on December 9, 2019, and will include a project overview and status update. VDOT will also present and seek input on draft design plans for the ramp conversion.
This south-facing reversible ramp at I-395 and Seminary Road falls within the limits of and provides access to the 395 Express Lanes. Currently, this ramp operates as an HOV-only ramp, providing access to the 395 Express Lanes at all times for carpools and buses. VDOT’s private operator of the 395 Express Lanes, Transurban, is proposing to convert this ramp from an HOV-only ramp to an express lanes ramp. This ramp would provide access to the 395 Express Lanes for vehicles with fewer than three occupants who pay a toll, and would continue to be available toll-free for HOV vehicles with three or more occupants.
The 395 Express Lanes/Seminary Road HOV Ramp Conversion Project would be implemented by VDOT, in partnership with Transurban. VDOT would maintain oversight, while Transurban would design, implement needed changes, and maintain the project.
Virtual Public Information Meeting Details:
Monday, December 6, 2021 6:30-8:30 p.m. (presentation at 6:30 p.m., followed by comments, and question and answer period)
· Join the meeting via WebEx (link and details at https://www.virginiadot.org/projects/northern_virginia/i-395-seminary_road_hov_ramp-virtual_public_information_meeting.asp;
· Participate in listen-only mode, call 866-692-4530 (use access code 2424-608-4393); or
· Watch via VDOT’s Live You Tube Channel (find link at https://www.virginiadot.org/projects/northern_virginia/i-395-seminary_road_hov_ramp-virtual_public_information_meeting.asp
Ways to Provide Your Input:
The public can provide their comments during the December 6 virtual meeting, or following the meeting until December 16, 2021, via the online comment form, email to meetingcomments@VDOT.Virginia.gov, or mail to Mr. Abi Lerner, P.E., Virginia Department of Transportation, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030. Please reference “I-395/Seminary Road HOV Ramp” in the subject line of all related correspondence.
Meeting information, materials and the presentation will be available online at https://www.virginiadot.org/projects/northern_virginia/i-395-seminary_road_hov_ramp-virtual_public_information_meeting.asp, including the recorded presentation after the meeting. Individuals can also contact VDOT staff at 703-691-6715 for more information.
VIRTUAL PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING NOV. 30 ON
RICHMOND HIGHWAY (ROUTE 1) SPEED LIMIT STUDY
Participate and give feedback online; learn more atvirginiadot.org/Route1SpeedLimitStudy
FAIRFAX – The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a virtual public information meeting Tuesday, Nov. 30 on a study assessing the speed limit on about eight miles of Richmond Highway (Route 1) between Belvoir Road/Meade Road and I-95/I-495 (Capital Beltway) to improve safety for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, and transit users.
Richmond Highway (Route 1) averages about 55,000 vehicles a day within the study limits based on 2019 data, and the existing posted speed limit is 45 MPH.
In lieu of an in-person meeting, VDOT invites residents and travelers to learn more, participate in the virtual meeting and give feedback in the following ways through Friday, Dec. 10:
· Attend the Tuesday, Nov. 30 online meeting. Register atvirginiadot.org/Route1SpeedLimitStudyor to participate without registering in listen-only mode, call 866-952-8437 (use access code 840-652-473). The study team will make a short presentation beginning at 7 p.m. and answer questions for about an hour after the presentation. In case an alternate date is needed, the meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 16.
· Provide comments via the online survey or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Mail comments to Ms. Tien-Jung “Tina” Ho, P.E., Virginia Department of Transportation, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.
A draft report and recommendations are scheduled to be presented at a second public information meeting in spring 2022, with the final report scheduled to be completed in the summer.
VDOT ensures nondiscrimination and equal employment in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you need more information or special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact VDOT Civil Rights at 703-259-1775.
Extended comment deadline for Managed Lanes Study
In an effort to keep you informed of the status of I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) and your opportunities to comment, I am pleased to share an update regarding the public comment period. The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced a 15-day extension of the public comment period for the SDEIS.
The Managed Lanes Study will accept comments through 11:59 p.m. on November 30, 2021.
I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study
Members of the public will be allotted three minutes and elected officials will be allotted five minutes, per person, for verbal testimony. Responses to questions will not be given at the hearing.
In addition to providing live verbal testimony, stakeholders also may leave a single voicemail message limited to three minutes with their verbal testimony during the virtual hearing sessions by dialing 855-432-1483.
The public can watch the livestream at OpLanesMD.com/SDEIS or listen by telephone by dialing 855-432-1483.
Prior to attending a public hearing session or providing verbal or written comments, the public is encouraged to review the presentation and the SDEIS online. Hard copies of the SDEIS and electronic copies of the SDEIS technical reports also are available for review at multiple library locations in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, as well as one in Fairfax County, Virginia and one in Washington, D.C.
In addition to the virtual public hearing sessions and call-in voicemail testimony, written comments will be accepted for the official record through 11:59 PM November 15, 2021.
Those interested may:
· submit an electronic comment form
· email at oplanesMLS@mdot.maryland.gov
· send a written letter about the SDEIS to:
Jeffrey T. Folden, P.E, DBIA
Director, I-495 & I-270 P3 Office
Maryland Department of Transportation
State Highway Administration
707 North Calvert Street
Mail Stop P-601
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phase 1 South Toll Rate Range Setting Process
American Legion Bridge I-270 to I-370
Comments Accepted until 5 p.m.
October 28, 2021
VIRTUAL PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING
SEPT. 29 FOR I-495 EXPRESS LANES
NORTHERN EXTENSION PROJECT
Get latest updates and information about efforts to
improve travel, bring relief and multimodal solutions
to I-495 and Capital Beltway area
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold a Virtual Public Information Meeting on September 29, 2021, to present the latest updates and information related to the I-495 Express Lanes Northern Extension (495 NEXT) project. The 495 NEXT project involves extending Virginia’s 495 Express Lanes by approximately three miles from the Dulles Toll Road interchange to the George Washington Memorial Parkway interchange in the vicinity of the American Legion Bridge. This important project is advancing to the design and construction phase following more than three years of environmental study and traffic analysis. In June 2021, VDOT received a “Finding of No Significant Impact,” from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on its environmental assessment, and an approval from FHWA on its interchange justification report, setting the stage for the project to move to the implementation phase.
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will participate in this meeting to provide an update on their New American Legion Bridge I-270 to I-70 Traffic Relief Plan, with a focus on proposed project improvements in Virginia near the George Washington Memorial Parkway and across the American Legion Bridge into Maryland. Information on this project can be found at 495-270-p3.com.
Meeting details include: Virtual Public Information Meeting
Wednesday, September 29, 2021, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
(Presentations at 6:30 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session)
Visit 495NorthernExtension.org for the meeting link and details on how to participate. Call 703-691-6715 with questions about joining the meeting.
Plan to join this virtual public information meeting for updates on these important projects and ongoing collaboration and coordination between Virginia and Maryland project teams to improve travel and bring relief and multimodal solutions to I-495 and the Capital Beltway area. Information about transit plans and commitments also will be provided.
VDOT ensures nondiscrimination and equal employment in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you need special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact VDOT Civil Rights at 703-259-1775.
Walk Maryland Day
7th Annual Walk Maryland Day
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Walk Maryland Day is a celebration of our state’s official exercise and a call to action to promote walking for physical activity and improved health. Walk Leaders are the change agents from different sectors of the community who see the health benefits of walking and encourage fellow Marylanders to take time out of their day to enjoy a walk within their community. “Sole Mates” are participants who sign up to join registered walks throughout the State. https://mdot.maryland.gov/tso/pages/Index.aspx?PageId=79
Take the Car Free Day 2021 pledge to reduce traffic congestion and enhance the air quality in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. It’s free! All who take the pledge will be sent a $30 promo code from Nift (Neighborhood Gift) to spend at local neighborhood businesses. Plus, you will be automatically eligible to win great prizes such as a Samsung tablet, gift cards to popular restaurants and stores, annual memberships, transit passes, and more! www.carfreemetrodc.org
ONE WEEK LEFT TO COMMENT ON PROPOSED HOT LANE TOLL RATE RANGES FOR PHASE 1 SOUTH: AMERICAN LEGION BRIDGE I-270 TO I-370
Public Comments Accepted Through 5 p.m. Thursday, August 12
The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is reminding the public that one week remains in the comment period for the proposed High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lane toll rate ranges for Phase 1 South: American Legion Bridge I-270 to I-370. The public comment period opened May 20 and continues through 5 p.m. August 12. Staff will present the public comment period summary to the MDTA Board Members and post online at mdta.maryland.gov/ALB270TollSetting during the August 26 MDTA Board meeting.
Written comments and call-in testimony through voicemail will be accepted for the official record through 5 p.m. Thursday, August 12. Those interested may:
- submit an electronic comment form at mdta.maryland.gov/ALB270TollSetting;
- download and email a completed comment form to ALB270TollSetting@mdta.maryland.gov;
- print and mail a completed comment form to Phase 1 South: American Legion Bridge I-270 to I-370 Toll Rate Range Public Comment, Maryland Transportation Authority, 2310 Broening Highway, Baltimore, MD 21224; or
- provide call-in testimony at 855-701-1977 and leave a single voicemail that is limited to three minutes.
ALL COMMENTS received will be given EQUAL CONSIDERATION. The MDTA encourages the public to review all public hearing materials available in the Virtual Information Room at mdta.maryland.gov/ALB270TollSetting prior to commenting. MDTA’s toll rate range proposal is limited in focus to solely Phase 1 South: American Legion Bridge I-270 to I-370. The elements of the MDTA staff tolling proposal for public comment are Minimum and Maximum Toll Rate Ranges, Soft Rate Caps, Escalation Factors and Discounts that are detailed in the public hearing materials.
The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is holding public hearings on July 12 and July 14 as part of the toll rate range setting process public comment period for proposed High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes within Phase 1 South: American Legion Bridge I-270 to I-370.
Two in-person testimony hearing sessions are being held from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 12, at the Hilton Washington D.C./Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center in Rockville, and two call-in testimony hearing sessions are being held from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14. There will be no formal presentation during the public hearings and no responses to questions can be given. The public can listen live to the hearings via telephone (855-701-1977) or live stream at mdta.maryland.gov/ALB270TollSetting.
Phase 1 South Toll Rate Range Setting Process Public Hearings
The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) has scheduled public hearings on July 12 and July 14 as part of the toll rate range setting process public comment period for proposed High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes within Phase 1 South: American Legion Bridge I-270 to I-370.
Two in-person testimony hearing sessions are being held from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 12, at the Hilton Washington D.C./Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center in Rockville, and two call-in testimony hearing sessions are being held from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14. There will be no formal presentation during the public hearings, and no responses to questions will be given. The public can listen live to the hearings via telephone (855-701-1977) or livestream at mdta.maryland.gov/ALB270TollSetting.
In addition to the hearings, written comments and call-in testimony through voicemail will be accepted for the official record through 5 p.m. Thursday, August 12. Those interested may:
- submit an electronic comment form;
- download and email a completed comment form to ALB270TollSetting@mdta.maryland.gov;
- print and mail a completed comment form to
Phase 1 South: American Legion Bridge
I-270 to I-370 Toll Rate Range Public Comment
Maryland Transportation Authority
2310 Broening Highway
Baltimore, MD 21224; or
- provide call-in testimony at 855-701-1977 and leave a single voicemail that is limited to three minutes.
Click here to register or call 888-725-0174.
GIVE FEEDBACK ON STUDY OF ROUTE 1/123 INTERSECTION
View the presentation online and take the survey through May 24; learn more at virginiadot.org/WoodbridgeStars
WOODBRIDGE – The Virginia Department of Transportation is asking travelers in Woodbridge to give feedback on a study of potential improvements for the intersection of Route 1 and Route 123. While the recently completed widening, shared-use path, and sidewalk have improved conditions along Route 1, the intersection at Route 123 is expected to experience higher traffic volumes in the future.
The study alternatives are assessing connecting Route 123 and Belmont Bay Drive to reduce traffic at the Route 1 and Occoquan Road intersection, constructing a partial or full grade-separated interchange, and pedestrian, bicycle, and transit enhancements to improve traffic flow and safety. At the intersection, Route 123 currently averages 19,000 vehicles a day, and Route 1 averages 39,000.
In lieu of an in-person presentation, VDOT invites residents and travelers to learn more and share feedback from home. View the presentation online to learn about draft alternatives developed for the Route 1 and Route 123 intersection, and give input and comments by taking the online survey through May 24.
The presentation and survey (also available in Spanish) and more study details are available at virginiadot.org/WoodbridgeStars. Comments can also be sent to email@example.com or to Ms. Angel Tao, P.E., Virginia Department of Transportation, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.
Please note that these studies do not set construction dates for any improvements, but develop proposed improvements that localities can pursue for funding.
Other Area Studies
Potential safety and operational improvements are also being studied for the nearby intersection at Route 123 and Old Bridge Road, as well as the adjacent I-95 and Route 123 interchange. Opportunities to learn more and comment on the Route 123 and Old Bridge Road study will be announced later this month. For the study of the I-95 and Route 123 interchange, comments were invited earlier this spring, with the final study expected to be complete later this summer.
These studies are being completed through VDOT’s Strategically Targeted Affordable Roadway Solutions (STARS) program that aim to identify cost-effective measures to improve safety and reduce congestion. The final studies are expected to be complete and posted online this summer.
View this release online.