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From MPD:

“On Sunday, May 28, 2017, the 2017 Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom will take place in the District of Columbia. In conjunction with this event, there will be several street closures that motorists should take into consideration:

Assembly Area

The rally area will be at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on the north and south parking lots, which will be open at 7:00 am.

The staging area will be in front of the Lincoln Memorial at Ohio and Independence Avenue, S.W.

Parade Route

The following roads will be closed from approximately 10:30 am to 3:00 pm:

Memorial Bridge
Constitution Avenue, NW from 23rd Street, NW to 3rd Street, NW
3rd Street, SW from Constitution Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue, SW
Independence Avenue, SW from 3rd Street, SW to West Potomac Park, SW
All NORTHBOUND traffic across the 14th Street bridge will be diverted to EASTBOUND I-395 (SE/SW Freeway)
12th Street Tunnel will be closed to ALL NORTHBOUND traffic
The 9th Street Tunnel will be closed to ALL SOUTHBOUND traffic
There will be no closures of the 3rd Street tunnel but traffic may be heavier than normal, due to the other closures

The motorcycle ride will form in North Pentagon Parking Lot and will proceed over the following route: (more…)


14th and Irving St, NW looking north towards DCUSA

Ed. Note: A prescient reader requested one back in March of 2014!! You can read about the Barnes Dance in Chinatown here, which debuted back in 2010.

From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is beginning construction activity for a new “Barnes Dance” traffic signal operation at the intersection of 14th Street and Irving Street, NW, in the Columbia Heights neighborhood in Ward 1. Construction is expected to begin in early June and last approximately three weeks.

The new traffic signal timing features an all-red pedestrian-only phase and “No Turn on Red” restrictions designed to improve operations and create a safer intersection for all users. (more…)


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From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will temporarily close one travel lane continuously in Grant Circle NW from 6 pm Sunday, May 21 through noon Saturday, May 27. During this time, DDOT will also temporarily close one northbound travel lane on New Hampshire Avenue NW between Upshur Street NW and Grant Circle.

The closure is needed for a traffic study designed to improve transportation safety for all Grant Circle users, and to slow speeding drivers. During the study, Grant Circle operations will be reduced to a single travel lane, and crosswalks into the Circle will be shorter. (more…)


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Ed. Note: I’m told you’ll still be able to use cash or credit card if you prefer.

From a press release:

“In the latest move to bring innovation to the taxi industry and riders of Washington, DC, The Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) has announced new digital meter solutions within taxis with payments powered by Square. Square’s technology will support the shift to an all-digital platform on a smartphone or tablet, eliminating outdated traditional meters, streamlining the taxi experience and ensuring equitable rates for consumers and drivers.

Washington, DC will be the first major U.S. city to transition to a digital platform setting an example for how the industry can transform in the evolving digital economy. The new digital meters will allow dynamic pricing for passengers hailing taxis from the street, as well as a number of other customer-friendly features such as estimated fare calculations, GPS route tracking and electronic receipts. (more…)

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From WMATA:

“Metro today announced that changes to fares, schedules and rail system hours will take effect Sunday, June 25, 2017. The changes, approved by the Board of Directors earlier this year, are part of an effort to rightsize service, close a budget gap and provide needed time for new categories of preventive maintenance to improve safety and reliability.

Among the changes taking effect, most fares on Metrobus and Metrorail will increase between 10-25 cents; some low-ridership bus routes will be discontinued; trains will arrive slightly less frequently during rush hour; and Metrorail system hours will be adjusted to provide an additional eight hours of track access weekly to improve safety and service reliability.

To ensure customers are prepared for the changes, Metro will conduct extensive outreach in the weeks leading up to the June 25 change day, including signage aboard vehicles, at rail stations and key bus stops, MetroAlerts email and text messages, social media, and handouts distributed to customers at high-traffic locations. Information can also be found at wmata.com/changes.

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Some Metrobus routes will add trips to provide service in key corridors that no longer have late night or early weekend rail service.

Fare Changes (more…)

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Thanks to a reader for sending from 7th and Pennsylvania Ave, NW just before noon.

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Another reader sends: “California plates edition”

If you spot a person driving poorly around town and get a good photo please send in an email where you spotted it to [email protected] and I’ll add it to the queue. People Driving Poorly is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.