Winter Weather Advisory issued in the Alexandria, Virginia for Sunday, January 29 (Image via @NWS_BaltWash on Twitter)

Winter Weather Advisory thru 10 AM Tuesday

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Alexandria, Virginia and the surrounding area from 10:00 PM Sunday, January 29, 2017 to 7:00 AM on Monday, January 30, 2017. Up to two (2) inches of snow are expected in the immediate Alexandria, Virginia area as well as ICE.


Winter Weather Advisories are normally issued in advance of a storm when travel conditions are expected to worsen.

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO
7 AM EST MONDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT
FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 AM EST MONDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS…A COATING TO 1 INCH. LOCALIZED AMOUNTS OF 1 TO
2 INCHES ARE EXPECTED SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 66 IN VIRGINIA AND
EAST OF INTERSTATE 95 IN MARYLAND.

* TIMING…SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE AREA BETWEEN 7 AND 10 PM THIS
EVENING. THE STEADIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED BETWEEN 11 PM AND 4 AM.
SNOW WILL END BY 6 AM ACROSS MOST LOCATIONS.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BE MAINLY WET THIS EVENING WITH
TEMPERATURES ABOVE FREEZING. UNTREATED SURFACES WILL BECOME
SLIPPERY AFTER MIDNIGHT WITH TEMPERATURES DROPPING TO NEAR OR
SLIGHTLY BELOW FREEZING.

* WINDS…NORTH TO NORTHWEST AROUND 5 MPH…BECOMING NORTHWEST
AROUND 10 TO 15 MPH TOWARD MORNING.

* TEMPERATURES…MID TO UPPER 30S THIS EVENING…FALLING INTO THE
UPPER 20S AND LOWER 30S OVERNIGHT INTO EARLY MONDAY MORNING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

(Image via @NWS_BaltWash on Twitter)

but of course... Track Work

Track Work this weekend affecting four of six Lines

Via WMATA, reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of September 10-11 with track work and service adjustments on four of six lines.

Trains are operating as follows:

  • Orange and Green line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals
  • Free shuttle buses replace Blue Line trains between Franconia Springfield and Van Dorn Street
  • Blue Line trains will operate every 24 minutes between Van Dorn Street and Largo Town Center
  • Yellow Line trains will operate every 24 minutes between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Sq
  • Red Line trains will operate every 6-20 minutes
  • Silver Line trains will operate every 15 minutes between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston only

(Photo via Barbara Kracowicz, on Flickr)

CN-RGC Royal Air Maroc Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner - cn 43818 / ln 285

New Route Operated by Royal Air Maroc’s Brand-New Boeing 787 Dreamliner

On September 8, Royal Air Maroc, the award-winning national airline of Morocco, launched three times weekly non-stop service between Washington Dulles International Airport and Casablanca. Washington, D.C. becomes the airline’s third destination in North America, and its second U.S. destination, after New York and Montreal.  The Washington, D.C. and New York-to-Casablanca flights, which are operated with a new generation Boeing 787 Dreamliner, will increase the seats offered in the United States by more than 40 percent.

Flight AT218 from Casablanca touched down at 9:55pm local time at Dulles Airport outside Washington, D.C. and was greeted with a water cannon salute.  The return flight to Casablanca, flight AT219, departed promptly at 11:40pm. The Washington, D.C.-to-Casablanca flight operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and offers a schedule and product perfectly connected to the domestic and international networks of Royal Air Maroc. Through its global hub in Casablanca, customers can seamlessly connect to destinations such as Dakar, Lisbon, Nairobi, and the popular vacation destination, Marrakesh.

“Royal Air Maroc is thrilled to launch the only non-stop service between Washington, D.C. and Casablanca.  We are equally excited about deploying the state-of-the-art Boeing 787 on this important route; the spacious cabin interior allows our customers to move with ease and gives them a greater feeling of comfort. We look forward to welcoming guests onboard as they travel to Casablanca and beyond across our global network”, said Mr. Abdelhamid Addou, Royal Air Maroc’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

“Royal Air Maroc’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliner service to Casablanca, Morocco, provides passengers another important destination from Dulles International, the region’s international gateway airport,” said Mike Stewart, Vice President of Airline Business Development at Washington Dulles International Airport. “This new service also allows passengers in the national capital region to easily connect to more than 90 other Royal Air Maroc destinations.”

Royal Air Maroc’s fleet of brand-new Boeing 787 Dreamliners feature 18 Business Class flat-bed seats and partitions with adjoining seats in a 2-2-2 layout, and 256 Economy Class seats in a 3-3-3 layout.  Ergonomic seats have been entirely redesigned to guarantee all customers more space, legroom, and comfort for a truly relaxing journey.

Casablanca serves as Royal Air Maroc’s global hub, offering convenient connections to more than 90 cities across Morocco, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas.  Morocco offers visitors a cultural experience that will always be remembered and creates lasting memories, including ancient cities, modern metropolises, gorgeous luxury coastal resorts, and remote towns on the edge of the desert.

(Photo via Woodys Aeroimages, on Flickr)

Put it away – uncar for a day

Join your fellow commuters like me in Alexandria, Virginia for part of a worldwide movement to celebrate more sustainable forms of transportation on Car Free Day, September 22. Go car-free or car-lite and make a difference by bicycling, walking, teleworking, carpooling or taking transit.

To participate in this fun and worthwhile event, all you need to do is pledge to go car free at this link, or call 1.800.745. RIDE, then go car free or rely less on your car by going “car lite” on Tuesday, September 22. You can win prizes!

To learn more about Car Free Day, click this link.

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Mark W. McGregor, 63, of Charles Town, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds.  In addition, McGregor was ordered to pay $380,000 in restitution, $380,000 in forfeiture, and a $50,000 fine.

McGregor pleaded guilty on May 16 for his role in a bribery scheme that caused $380,000 in losses to the U.S. government. According to court documents, McGregor served as the chief executive officer of Virginia Regional Transit (VRT), a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides transportation services throughout Northern Virginia.  VRT is funded by a combination of federal, state and local grants, including from the U.S. Department of Transportation.  McGregor engaged in a bribe scheme with co-conspirator Thomas Ahalt, then President of Mobile Auto Truck Repair (Mobile Auto), an automotive repair business in Purcellville, since 2007.  Mobile Auto provided automotive repair services to VRT.

According to plea papers, from January 2007 through December 2015, Mobile Auto submitted—and McGregor caused to be approved—false invoices for additional weekly labor charges. McGregor approved and VRT paid to Mobile Auto approximately $380,000 in fraudulent additional weekly labor charges.  A portion of the monies VRT paid to Mobile Auto were federal program funds originating from the Federal Transit Administration, an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation.  In exchange, McGregor received regular kickback payments from Ahalt and others associated with Mobile Auto totaling half of the additional weekly labor charges.  In total, McGregor received approximately $190,000 in kickback payments.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; and Floyd Sherman, Regional Special Agent-in-Charge of the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Uzo Asonye prosecuted the case.

Transit Police arrest man for threatening train operator with knife

Norman Polk

Metro Transit Police have arrested a 29-year-old man for assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly threatened a Green Line train operator with a knife this morning.

At approximately 8:40 a.m. today, Metro Transit Police officers responded to Anacostia Station after the operator of a southbound Green Line train reported that he had been threatened with a knife by a male patron, subsequently identified as Norman W. Polk.

Polk allegedly kicked and banged on the door leading to the train operator’s cab while the train was stopped servicing a station. When the operator opened the door to see what was going on, Polk allegedly displayed a three-inch folding knife and verbally threatened the operator for not moving the train fast enough. The operator secured the door and radioed for assistance.

Metro Transit Police responded, and the suspect was arrested on the platform at Anacostia Station without further incident. A knife was recovered at the scene.

The police activity resulted in Green Line delays of approximately 15 minutes during the morning rush hour, and two trains were single-tracked around the incident. There were no injuries.

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