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  • Beyer Statement on Federal Transit Administration’s WMATA Track Integrity Report
    Posted in Press Releases on August 8, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today released its Track Integrity Investigation on the WMATA Metrorail system. The investigation, which addresses inspections from FTA’s Spring 2016 safety blitz and mostly predates WMATA’s SafeTrack plan, found major, longstanding deficiencies in the way that WMATA conducts rail inspections and protocol used to carry out routine repairs and track work. The FTA report was accompanied by a safety directive outlining a series of twelve required corrective ... Read more

  • Beyer, National Capital Delegation Announce Memorial Bridge Selected For $90 Million FASTLANE Grant
    Posted in Press Releases on July 5, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Congressional representatives from Virginia and the District of Columbia today announced that the National Park Service (NPS), jointly with the District Department of Transportation, has been awarded a $90 million FASTLANE Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for repairs to Arlington Memorial Bridge, which carries 68,000 vehicles daily. Rep. Don Beyer, Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Reps. Gerry Connolly and Barbara Comstock jointly issued the foll... Read more

  • Beyer Announces Airplane Noise Meeting
    Posted in Press Releases on June 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Congressman Don Beyer is convening a community meeting with the Federal Aviation Administration, the Metro Washington Aviation Administration, and community leaders. The announcement comes after recent changes to departure procedures for aircraft taking off to the south of the airport. WHO: FAA officials MWAA officials City of Alexandria officials Supervisor Dan Stork Senator Adam Ebbin Delegate Paul Krizek WHERE: National Airport, Historic Terminal A Lobby WHEN: June 27, 2016 at 6 PM The meetin... Read more

  • Capital Region Delegation Continues to Press for Quiet Skies
    Posted in Press Releases on June 9, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    June 9, 2016 (Washington, DC) – Members of the National Capital Region House delegation today wrote Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta expressing concern over the din from military helicopters in their communities. The group offered their assistance in helping Department of Defense (DOD) and FAA complete a report mandated by Rep. Beyer’s amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to study changes to the region’s ... Read more

  • Beyer Reacts to NTSB Findings On January 2015 L’Enfant Smoke Incident
    Posted in Press Releases on May 3, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Rep. Don Beyer issued the following statement today after investigators presented their findings on the 2015 smoke incident at L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) board. The investigator’s findings were critical of the coordinated emergency response. They also highlighted persistent safety deficiencies at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) during the last three decades. “NTSB investigators outlined a perfect storm of failure, co... Read more

  • Beyer Statement On Secretary Foxx’s WMATA Board Appointments
    Posted in Press Releases on April 28, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx today announced three new federal appointees to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board of Directors, exercising his newly-granted authority under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Under the FAST Act, Virginia, Maryland, D.C., and the federal government may appoint four members each to the 16 member board. “Secretary Foxx’s appointments represent the federal government’s focus on passenger safety at Metro,” s... Read more

  • National Capital Region Members Endorse Memorial Bridge Grant Application
    Posted in Press Releases on April 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Congressional representatives from Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia wrote Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to immediately endorse the National Park Service’s (NPS) FASTLANE Grant application, following news that the District of Columbia agreed to join as a local sponsor. The FASTLANE grant program requires federal land management agencies to apply jointly with a state. The lawmakers released the following joint statement today: “Arlington Memorial Bridge is an important s... Read more

  • Rep. Don Beyer Urges Employers to be Generous and Flexible in the Face of Tomorrow’s Unprecedented Metro Shutdown
    Posted in Press Releases on March 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Congressman Don Beyer released the following statement after the announcement this afternoon that the Washington Metropolitan Area Metro Authority (WMATA) will suspend Metrorail service for 29 hours beginning at midnight tonight: Our office has been in contact with the Office of Personnel Management. We have urged them to allow unscheduled leave for federal employees, and I urge other employers in the region to be equally flexible, allowing employees to take unscheduled leave or to work from hom... Read more

  • Virginia Members React to NPS Memorial Bridge Announcement
    Posted in Press Releases on March 3, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    The National Park Service (NPS) today announced that Arlington Memorial Bridge will need to close by 2021 absent funding for a full rehabilitation. The bridge has been undergoing emergency repairs since last year. Northern Virginia Reps. Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly, and Barbara Comstock, along with Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, reacted to the news with urgent calls to fund repairs, estimated to cost as much as $280 million. “Memorial Bridge was built to symbolize the coming together and reun... Read more

  • Beyer Attempts To Offer Amendments To Curb Regional Airplane & Helicopter Noise
    Posted in Press Releases on February 11, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Transportation

    Today Congressman Don Beyer offered two amendments in the Science, Space, and Technology Committee that would have compelled the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to study the impact of military helicopter noise on the National Capital Region and to evaluate FAA-operated flight paths over the region. Beyer introduced the amendments for inclusion on H.R. 4489, the “FAA Leadership in Groundbreaking High Tech Research and Development Act,” otherwise known as the Flight R&D Act. In a highly unus... Read more