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Amtrak Service Cancellation

From AlertDC:

Amtrak and USDOT report that all rail service south of Washington D.C. has been cancelled from Friday through Sunday, due to expected impact from Hurricane Irene.  Amtrak will make further announcements regarding service as the storm progresses.

Metrorail to Resume Normal Operations

As of 5:00 a.m. this morning, metrorail has resumed normal operations. Extensive testing was done overnight last night after the 5.8 quake that shook the Washington D.C. area. WMATA's full release is available here.

HOV Restrictions Lifted for Today

According to VDOT, the HOV restrictions have been lifted (this afternoon only) for 66, 395, and 95.

Metro Track Work Planned for the Weekend of August 12-14

Metro Track Work Planned for the Weekend of August 12-14

From WMATA:

Metro's rebuilding efforts will continue this weekend on the Red, Orange, Blue and Yellow lines. The work will begin around 10 p.m. tonight and continue through closing on Sunday, August 14. 

*Here are the complete details! 

U.S. Open: Potomac Resident Turns Yard into Parking Lot

While players get ready for the first round of the U.S. Open, parking continues to be an issue.

According to the United States Golf Association, spectators attending the U.S. Open Championship at Congressional Country Club this week are reminded that there is no general spectator parking at or around the club.

Fifteen homeowners in Potomac, Maryland learned of the limited parking issue and decided to get permits for visitors to park on their lawns one week out of the year including David Stupar, whose two-acre lot has been in his family since 1960.

“We are the original owners. Horses used to graze our lot, but in 1997 we parked cars here for the U.S. Open and saw what a lucrative arrangement it was. We heard it was coming back this year, and knew we had a great business opportunity on our hands,” said Harrington Drive Resident, David Stupar.

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: