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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

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SoberRide to be in effect for Independence Day

The Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP), in conjunction with Lyft, will offer free rides home to those who have been imbibing over the Independence Day holiday as part of its SoberRide initiative. The initiative will run from July 4 at...

Portion of Georgetown Pike to be closed over weekend

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will close to through traffic a portion of Georgetown Pike (Route 193) over Difficult Run between Old Dominion Drive and Towlston Road from June 18 at 8 p.m. to June 21 at 4...

Airports continue digging out of pandemic hole

The worst hopefully is in the rear-view mirror, but it was, to no one’s surprise, an ugly first quarter of the year at Northern Virginia’s two commercial airports. The 1.2 million passengers traveling through Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport from...

VRE, in recovery mode, still seeing little cash at the farebox

Virginia Railway Express continues to see slow but incremental progress in wooing back passengers. But the commuter-rail system continues to take in less than 10 cents from riders for every dollar it spends on operations, far below the roughly...

Metro predicts long slog to get commuters back

Less than half of commuters who used Metrorail service pre-pandemic are expected back by the end of the year, leaving up in the air how long it will take transit levels will return to their pre-COVID levels. If ever. In a...

Reagan National moving in right direction, but slowly

Things continue to move in the right direction at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, but the road to recovery could still be a long one. The trade group Airlines for America has reported that total commercial flights scheduled out of...

Speeding to cost you more on Blake Lane in Oakton

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on May 18 unanimously approved installation of signs reading “$200 Additional Fine for Speeding” on Blake Lane in Oakton. The Fairfax County Department of Transportation will ask the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to...

New airline to serve Va., but not (yet) local area

Two Virginia airports will be among those to be served by a new startup airline, but Northern Virginians will have to hit the highway first before catching a flight. Breeze Airways on May 21 announced its initial route network of...

Vienna allocates $600K more for paving, roadwork

Vienna Town Council members on May 17 unanimously approved an additional $600,000 worth of spending with Arthur Construction to provide paving and roadway-maintenance work within the town. The expenditure will include $535,100 for milling-and-overlay work on streets where the town...

DMV offices adding more appointment opportunities

It’s not exactly a return to normal, but the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles plans on June 1 to expand in-person access that had been limited at the onset of the pandemic. DMV will open more windows in its customer-service...
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W-L foundation announces student scholarships

The W-L High School Education Foundation has awarded 12 scholarships to members of the Washington-Liberty High School Class of...
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