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Keep Calm and Carry On: Metro Riders Post Terror Scare

Federal officials arrested 34-year-old Farooque Ahmed of Ashburn, VA on Wednesday for attempting to help members of al-Qaeda plot and carry out terrorist activities against four different metro stations in the Washington D.C. area.

The stations threatened included Pentagon City, Courthouse, Arlington Cemetery and Crystal City. Yesterday afternoon I went to a few of these metro stations to get reactions from riders. Even though WMATA released a statement to “assure riders and employees that at no time was the public in danger during this investigation,” I felt a little wary myself as I went down the escalator at one of the suspected locations. The day after a metro terrorist threat can be chilling for daily metro commuters, but that doesn’t alter the way people commute. Douglas Wetzel, who grew up Ashburn, commuted to work yesterday just as he does every day, only maybe with a little more vigilance.

Weekend Road Closures for Marine Corps Marathon

From the Metropolitan Police Department:

This event is scheduled for Sunday, October 31, 2010.  The race begins at 8:00 am in Arlington, Virginia, and then crosses the Potomac River into the District of Columbia. The Metropolitan Police Department in conjunction with US Park Police will close numerous streets along the race route beginning at 4:00 am and should reopen them by 1:30 pm:

Leesburg Executive Airport Hosts 2010 Open House and Air Show on Saturday, October 23, 2010

Free event promises fun for the whole family

TRAFFIC ALERT: Road Closures for 8K Race

The following was sent to us by Arlington County Police Department:

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Arlington County Police Department will close several streets on Sunday, October 17, 2010, for the Potomac River Running Club's Run Race for a Cause 8K. 

From 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.:

  * North Quincy Street, from North Glebe Road to Wilson Boulevard

From 7:45 a.m. to 10 a.m.:

  * Wilson Boulevard, eastbound from North Quincy Street to North 10th Street

  * Washington Boulevard southbound, from N. 10th Street to Columbia Pike

  * North 10th Street, eastbound, between Wilson Boulevard and Washington Boulevard

Any questions about traffic or street closings should be directed to the Special Operations Section of the Arlington County Police Department at 703-228-4141.

The race starts at 8 a.m.

Road Closures for filming of Transformers 3

This was sent to us by Arlington County Police Department:

ARLINGTON, VA. - The Arlington County Police Department will close several roadways surrounding the United State Air Force Memorial on Monday, October 11, 2010, to accommodate filming for Transformers 3.

Sections of the right westbound lane of Columbia Pike, from South Joyce Street to Washington Boulevard (Route 27), will be closed from 5 P.M. to 9 P.M. All lanes of travel on Columbia Pike will also be shut down periodically during this time period, and will reopen as available. Pedestrians should avoid the area due to security surrounding the film.

Any questions about traffic or street closings should be directed to the Special Operations Section of the Arlington County Police Department at 703-228-4141.

Capital Bikeshare Rolls Out in Arlington

Capital Bikeshare launched today, September 20, in Washington D.C. and Arlington, VA. Capital Bikeshare is the newest regional transportation system and largest bikeshare system in the United States.

As of today, there are 100 stations in the District and 14 in Arlington. There are 1,100 bikes in the fleet that will be fully operating by the end of October. The concept is that anyone can pick up a bike from one of the locations and use it all over the area. Membership options range from 24 hour for $5, to 30-day for $25, to annual for $75. The first 30 minutes of each trip is free. It is environmentally friendly, healthier, and adds another option to your transportation mix.

Federal Stimulus Dollars Create Model LED Streetlight Program

Arlington County is one of the nation’s first models for a large-scale LED (energy efficient light-emitting diode) streetlight program. By mid-September $500,000 of stimulus dollars will be put towards this program to help boost energy efficiency. This program will ultimately create savings in electricity costs for the County, as well as provide environmental benefits.