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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Another Try For Maryland's Gas Tax In Special Session?

Transportation advocates are hoping that state lawmakers will reconsider a statewide gas tax for Maryland during a possible special legislative session next month.

Monday, June 18, 2012

UVA Board Defends President's Ouster

The University of Virginia Board of Visitors was forced to elaborate Monday on their decision to replace University President Teresa Sullivan, who was forced out over "philosophical differences."

Arlington, Alexandria Strike Deal On Transit Study

Leaders in Arlington County and Alexandria are once again seeing eye to eye on a jount transit study for the Route 1 corridor, after negotiations broke down earlier this spring.

Funding For D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program Moves Forward

The House struck a deal Monday that will secure funding for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provides private school vouchers for low-income District students.

Pepco Tree Bill Stalled For Now In Montgomery County

A bill that would affect Pepco's tree trimming program in Montgomery County has hit a few snags.

Giordano Sues For $3.5M Life Insurance Claim

Gary Giordano, the man suspected in the disappearance of fellow Maryland resident Robyn Gardner in Aruba, is suing for the payout on a $3.5 million insurance policy he took out on her life.

NASA Rocket To Launch From Eastern Shore

The shuttle has come and gone, but NASA is moving on. This week, they'll be launching a 35-foot rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore.

Storify: Rush Plus Reactions From Metrorail Commuters

Metrorail commuters weren't shy in expressing their opinions on the new schedule of Rush Plus.

Loudoun County Board Meeting Monday On Silver Line Funding

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors meet Monday night to discuss ways to finance Phase 2 of the Silver Line to Dulles, despite expectations that they will miss their deadline.

Two Injured In D.C. School Bus Crash

Two adults are injured after an accident involving a D.C. public school bus and a sedan Monday morning.

Analysis: Gridlock In Congress Over Student Loan And Transportation Funding

Congress, amist a looming deadline,  remains in gridlock over student loan interest rates and transporation funding.

D.C. Taxicab $1 Fuel Surcharge Expires

The fuel surcharge on the cost of a taxicab ride in D.C. is set to expire this week.

Car Trips To Area Airports Getting Longer, Report Finds

Trips by car to the Washington area's airports are getting more time consuming, according to a new report from a regional transportation planning board. 

Montgomery County Extends Parking Meter Program

Montgomery County officials are extending a parking meter pilot program in order to gather more information about the devices.

Metro Launches Rush Plus, New Rush Hour Rail Schedule

Metro is rolling out Rush Plus this morning in hopes of easing the commutes of more than 100,000 riders between Virginia and the District.