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High-occupancy toll lanes on the Beltway in Northern Virginia are underperforming a year after opening, a hurdle similar to others across the country during the infancy of road projects.
Gas prices at the pump are falling markedly all around the country, and the Washington area could soon join the growing number of states where the average price of gas is less than $3 a gallon, a level not seen in two years.
Twelve months into a massive three-year project to establish, expand and improve high-occupancy toll lanes between Alexandria and Stafford County, Virginia transportation officials are standing by their predictions of smoother commutes in the near future — even though the current reality is construction-related gridlock and delay.
Memorial Day travelers will have slightly less company on the roads this year because of the effects of sequestration, travel officials said Tuesday.
D.C. parking enforcement officers stuck 1.9 million tickets on car windshields in fiscal 2012 — a rate of one ticket every eight seconds — raking in $92.6 million in revenue for the city, according to figures from the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.
A drop in gas prices means a boost in Memorial Day travel for D.C.-area vacationers, officials with AAA Mid-Atlantic said Tuesday.
High gasoline prices that are expected to continue rising will force motorists to shell out more at the pump and may have many people reconsidering summer travel plans to save money.
Signs of a rebounding economy are few, but America's top travel group saw some last week in its annual Thanksgiving holiday travel report.
Washingtonians will help make this coming Thursday the Thanksgiving with the heaviest travel in four years, according to AAA forecasters.
The Prince George's County town of Cheverly sent a letter in July to speed-camera vendor Optotraffic, informing the company that one of its cameras had caught a bicycle going 57 mph — just 26 mph off the world record for a flat surface.
The District of Columbia collected $80.4 million from parking tickets last year and is on pace to break that mark this year, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.
More than a month after the Obama administration said it would tap the country's emergency oil reserve to try to combat supply disruptions in the Middle East, gas prices at the pump actually have risen 10 cents.
High gas prices will mean fewer people traveling by car this Independence Day weekend, according to travel estimates released Monday, but steep charges at the pump don't mean that highways won't still be jammed.
The District has the highest percentage of "unfit" motorists, who do not have the basic knowledge to pass a written driver's test, according to a national study by GMAC Insurance.
Gas prices $1-per-gallon higher than this time last year are not likely to deter area motorists from traveling on Memorial Day weekend, although estimates released Tuesday suggest they will spend less when they get where they're going.