Frustrating traffic backups on the Capital Beltway won’t disappear anytime soon. But some interesting transportation trends and factors are slowing the increase of the total amount of travel on area roads.
Extending Beltway toll lanes over the Potomac River sooner, changing D.C.’s streetcar plans and widening area roads are just some of the transportation projects that got the green light from a local transportation planning group. D.C.-area officials said these projects can actually be constructed in the coming years.
Travelers ranked traffic congestion as the most significant issue that makes trips unreliable, time spent in traffic as the largest issue that makes trips take longer, and more or better rail transit as the most important thing needed to provide real travel options.
Virginia is moving ahead with plans to allow buses to use Interstate 66 shoulders starting next year as a pilot project to reduce congestion along the heavily traveled corridor.
Even though there were eight days with
temperatures over 100 degrees and 52 days
over 90 degrees in 2012 — making it the third
hottest summer on record — the
region only had three Code Red days and 16 Code
The three-part series "The making of Marion Barry" looks at how the future mayor got his start in the civil rights movement, how he became a power player in the city and his enduring legacy.