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13th Annual What You Need to Know about Transportation Program and Breakfast

It’s a Wrap! If you missed the 13th Annual What You Need to Know About Transportation – the Alliance’s signature event – on October 3rd, we’re sorry because you missed an outstanding lineup of speakers addressing a broad array of transportation topics in the usual rapid fire format. The theme for this year was “Regional […]

Coalition of Business Organizations urge USDOT Secretary Chao to restore transit funds

A coalition of 17 business organizations sent a letter to US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao urging her to suspend the decision to withhold federal transit funds from VA, MD and DC to allow the two state legislatures to finish their work on the federally required legislation to establish a Metrorail Safety Commission (MSC).  The […]

Bye Bye 4000-Series Railcars

Great news for Metro riders! Starting today, Metro will begin retiring its least reliable rail cars, the 4000-series. Metro started retiring its oldest rail cars — the 1000 series — last year as new 7000- series cars began to arrive. Metro says that all 1000- and 4000-series rail cars will be retired by the end […]

Alliance: Major Reforms Necessary to Restore Metro to World-Class Status

In a letter to WMATA Board Chairman Jack Evans, the Alliance praised the work of Metro General Manager and CEO Paul Wiedefeld through SafeTrack and other measures to improve safety and reliability, but emphasized that restoring Metrorail to a world-class system “cannot occur without fundamental Compact, management, and labor reforms.” The Alliance noted that many […]

NVT Alliance, Dulles Corridor Rail Association Merger Brings Greater Focus on Restoration of a World-Class Metrorail System

Founded in 1998, the Dulles Corridor Rail Association (DCRA) served as the leading advocate for advancement of Metrorail’s Silver Line.  With Silver Line construction nearing completion, DCRA’s goal has been realized. But ongoing advocacy is necessary to make the Silver Line (and Metro) a success. Dulles Corridor rail, transit-oriented development and Metro’s long-term sustainability and […]

Survey Finds Consensus, Not Controversy, on Regionally Significant Projects

To listen to most media reports and discussions among elected officials, transportation projects such as new Potomac River Bridges, I-66, Capital Beltway and other regionally significant improvements are “highly controversial in the minds of the public” and face “stiff citizen opposition.” But when the public as a whole is actually asked about these projects one […]

Moving Metro Forward

After being on the job several months new WMATA General Manager Paul Wiedefeld says he found the system in worse shape than he original thought.  Last week’s electrical fire and cable problems confirmed his findings and the 29 hour system-wide shut down inspection underscored his resolve to put public safety first and fix the system.  […]

All Aboard!

The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) this morning opened the new Spotsylvania Station south of Fredericksburg, with a 1,500 parking space lot to accommodate future growth.  This marks the first expansion of the VRE system since it’s opening in 1992, in part made possible by investment of a third rail line along the corridor. Currently VRE […]

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