New Stimulus Money To Fuel N. Va. Transportation | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

New Stimulus Money To Fuel N. Va. Transportation

Play associated audio

As congestion gets worse in Northern Virginia, buses can sit in traffic and run late. That creates the need for more buses, which contributes to traffic congestion.

Transportation officials hope tens of millions of dollars in new stimulus money will result in a solution.

"The stimulus money is going to provide them with traffic-signal priority that will see the bus coming, turn the light green or extend the green so the buses can get through intersections and make their schedule," says Eric Randall, a senior transportation engineer for the Council of Governments.

Other projects that will be funded by stimulus grants signed this week include $10 million for new clean-fuel buses, $10 million for new bus bays at Metro stations and $8.5 million for construction for dedicated lanes for buses that will be built in the median of Route 1 in Alexandria.

"Right now, we are moving forward with construction of this busway, which will then enable BRT, bus rapid transit, to be introduced in the Washington metropolitan region for the first time," Randall says.

Don't expect that to happen anytime soon -- the projected date of completion is October 2013.

Michael Pope also reports for Northern Virginia's Connection Newspapers.

NPR

The Perfect Family Book List

For the holidays, critic Alan Cheuse is making up a list of books to give to each of his family members. Only the best of 2014 for them. Here's his picks.
NPR

Guyanese Christmas Gives A Whole New Meaning To Slow Food

Two classic Christmas dishes beloved by the people of Guyana are pepperpot and garlic pork. To get the flavors just right, you have to cook them and let them sit out for weeks.
NPR

With New Congress, Will Obama Work Differently?

The GOP-led Congress President Obama will have to deal with for the last two years of his presidency is a stark contrast to the Democratic-led one he came in with. Does that mean Obama will change his approach to dealing with Capitol Hill?
NPR

2014 Hashtags: #BringBackOurGirls Made Nigerian Schoolgirls All Of 'Ours'

As part of a series on hashtag activism in 2014, Audie Cornish speaks with Obiageli Ezekwesili of the Open Society Foundation. Ezekwesili was one of the early promoters of the hashtag #bringbackourgirls, about schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria in April.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.