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Bike Ride DC Advisory

Bike Ride DC Advisory

This advisory comes to us from Cathy L. Lanier:

(Washington, DC)-The Metropolitan Police Department would like to inform the public that the Bike Ride DC is scheduled to be held on Sunday, May 22, 2011. In order to facilitate this event there will be no vehicular traffic allowed along the routes of the ride. The ride will begin at 7:30 am and end approximately at 12:00 pm. Street closings will begin at 6:00 am. All streets affected by this event are expected to be reopened at approximately 12:00 pm, depending on prevailing conditions. Motorists should expect delays during the event. Bike DC is a celebration of bicycling or community and the Nation's Capital.

 

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Loudoun Continues Opposition to MWAA Dulles Rail Station Decision

Loudoun Continues Opposition to MWAA Dulles Rail Station Decision

From Loudoun County -- The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has taken action on several fronts in its continued opposition to the decision of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Board of Directors in favor of an underground alignment for the proposed Metrorail station at Dulles International Airport.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Board of Supervisors directed the County Administrator to seek additional information from MWAA and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority regarding the potential impacts on Dulles Metrorail, the operations at Dulles Airport, and any possible extension further into Loudoun County should the Board vote to opt out of the funding agreement for Phase 2 of the project.

Loudoun County Transit Celebrates One Million Rides Milestone

Loudoun County Transit Celebrates One Million Rides Milestone

Loudoun County Transit (LC Transit) has reached the milestone of one million rides. On Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at about 7:30 a.m., a passenger crossed the threshold by boarding a Loudoun County commuter bus, putting the service over one million rides for Fiscal Year 2011.

LC Transit provides commuter bus service weekdays from twelve park and ride lots throughout Loudoun to destinations within the Washington metropolitan region, including Tysons Corner, West Falls Church, Rosslyn, Crystal City, and the Pentagon.  Buses also make stops in the District of Columbia along major business corridors and near federal buildings and tourist locations. 

In FY 2001, total passenger trips were just over 180,000.  By June 2011 and the end of FY 2011, LC Transit will have logged just over 1.2 million passenger trips.  In 10 years the annual passenger trips have increased more than six fold. 

Regular Gas Up To $5.10 Per Gallon At Watergate Exxon

Regular Gas Up To $5.10 Per Gallon At Watergate Exxon

Just when you thought prices couldn't increase any more at the Watergate Exxon gas station in Foggy Bottom, they have.

A couple of weeks ago I reported in the most recent update of the Watergate Exxon saga that the station had actually reached $5 per gallon of regular gas.

We didn't think it could get any worse...but it has.

Now, regular gas at the Watergate Exxon is $5.10 per gallon.

Yes...$5.10 per gallon.

With some expecting gas prices to decline in the near future because crude oil prices fell Thursday, it will be incredibly interesting to keep an eye on our Exxon friends at 2708 Virginia Avenue to see if their prices do the same.

DooWop Talent...On A Metro Platform?

DooWop Talent...On A Metro Platform?

I'm sure many of you have already encountered After The Storm, as this certainly isn't breaking news, but I figured a video of the group was warranted.

Plus, we want to get your opinion on their musical abilities.

For those of you who don't know After The Storm, they are a group of four men, generally dressed in Washington Redskin jerseys, that sing old school DooWop music on Metro platforms to entertain people who are waiting on trains.

Check out the video above, taken at Metro Center, which features the group singing songs like "My Girl" and explaining why they always wear Redskin jerseys to perform.

What do you think about the group?  We want to know.

 

Spend It Like It’s Your Own

Spend It Like It’s Your Own

You may have heard that tempers are flaring over the planned metro station at Dulles. According to news reports, the board at Dulles International Airport stands behind its decision to build an underground station because it would be more 1) convenient for travelers, and 2) attractive than an above ground station.

So, it behooves us to ask about the degree of perceived inconvenience. How would using an above ground metro station compare with:

DDOT Announces City-Wide Pay By Phone Parking Program

DDOT Announces City-Wide Pay By Phone Parking Program

This story comes to us from John Lisle:

(Washington, DC) – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Parkmobile today announced a program that will allow residents, workers and visitors to use their mobile phones to pay for parking at all of the approximately 17,000 on-street metered spaces throughout the District of Columbia.

 

“We piloted pay by phone parking in select business districts, with great results, and now we’re ready to offer this service citywide,” said DDOT Interim Director Terry Bellamy. “It provides another, convenient payment option for drivers. Instead of paying with cash or a credit card, all it takes is a couple clicks with the mobile app or a short phone call and you’re on your way.”