ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) -- The first phase of Metro's Silver Line will open on Saturday, July 26 at noon.
The Silver Line is a 23-mile extension of the existing Metrorail system with new tracks that extend from East Falls Church, through Tysons Corner and Reston, and eventually by 2018 to Washington Dulles International Airport west to Ashburn.
Phase 1 of the project adds four new stations in Tysons Corner, Virginias largest employment center, and one in Reston.
Here's an overview of what riders will need to know about service changes:
Adding the Silver Line will lead to changes during rush hour that impact riders on the Blue and Orange lines due to technical limitations on the number of trains Metro can send through each stretch of track.
Currently, during the morning and afternoon rush hours, there are 7 Blue Line trips per hour on an uneven headway. After the Silver Line begins service the Blue Line will be reduced to an even 12 minute headway (5 trains per hour) with more of the trains being 8-car trains. There is no change to Blue Line service during midday or weekend hours. Blue Line resources to download:
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ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) &ndash: Advisory company CEB is planning to invest $149. million in a new headquarters project : that will create 800 new jobs in Rosslyn, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday.
The new CEB building, to be named &ldquo:CEB Tower,&rdquo: will cost $149.7 million.
":Virginia has proudly served as home to CEB since its move from the District in 2008. A new global headquarters and investment of this magnitude are tremendous testaments to the confidence the company has in Arlington County and the Commonwealth as it grows its presence internationally, and creates the workspace and technology for jobs of the 21st century,&rdquo: said McAuliffe in a statement.
McAuliffe approved a $4.5 million grant from the Governor&rsquo:s Opportunity Fund in order to help Arlington County pay for the project. An additional $5 million in funds from the Virginia Economic Development Grant (VEDIG) was also approved by McAuliffe for CEB.
Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette praised the move and what it will mean for Arlington County.
":CEB is exactly the type of business Arlington needs as we move forward as a leader in the innovation economy,": said Fisette in a statement. ":Today's announcement is a shining example of how the new initiatives we've implemented this year are increasing Arlington's economic competitiveness and ensuring our place as a leading community for technology businesses of the future.":
CEB is expected to open their new headquarters in 2018.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Officials in Arlington will require the organizers of pub crawls to get a permit and pay for any county services the event uses.
The Arlington County Board voted unanimously Saturday to require the permits. Officials say they've seen a significant increase in pub crawls and the participants in them since the county adopted its special events policy in 2012.
The county manager will develop the details for managing the pub crawls. The new policy will allow the county to assess fees and charge pub crawl event organizers for police, fire and emergency services.
ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) &ndash: Runners and cyclists on the W&:OD Trail were taken by surprise when a car made its way onto the popular pathway.
Thousands of people utilize D.C.-area bike trails every day. The trails are not only wide enough for emergency and maintenance vehicles to get by, but also for errant drivers who have lost their way.
Participants in Sheila Cordaro&rsquo:s boot camp are used to I-66 traffic buzzing over their shoulders. However, they are not used to seeing a car driving on the path right next to them.
&ldquo:All of a sudden, I saw this black car driving up the bike path,&rdquo: said witness Beth Yoder.
Cordaro recalled, &ldquo:We all turned and we said, &lsquo:No, stop, stop! This isn&rsquo:t a road!&rsquo:&rdquo:
&ldquo:It was almost like she thought she found [a] special magic path or something,&rdquo: said witness Ginny Kelly.
Posted warning signs and rubber barriers make it hard to imagine where the driver mistook the W&:OD Trail for the street.
&ldquo:I was afraid that a biker or runner was coming the other way and going so fast they couldn&rsquo:t stop&mdash:the car was taking up the entire path,&rdquo: Yoder said.
This is not the first time a car has found its way onto the trail: a YouTube video captured a car on the trail in Vienna last year. Various new accounts indicate it happens at least half a dozen times a year.
In the end, witnesses guided the driver, who appeared to be in her mid-50s and had out-of-state tags, off the trail down a narrow path and past a crowded playground.
&ldquo:It was amazing that she had no idea she wasn&rsquo:t allowed in this space,&rdquo: Yoder said.
The Northern Virginia Regional Park Foundation does not track how often cars end up on trails. Police will ticket drivers, but witnesses need to report the incidents, so authorities can determine where the holes are.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WJLA) &ndash: There is a danger looming over some drivers: exploding sunroofs are a more common problem than many people realize.
Kate Vasiloff is a D.C.-area transplant, missing the perks of home.
&ldquo:I&rsquo:m a Florida sun baby, so I love the sun,&rdquo: the Arlington resident said. Vasiloff can still catch her daily rays in Virginia, thanks to her sunroof.
But a May shower ruined her drive: it wasn&rsquo:t rain that started falling&mdash:it was glass.
&ldquo:All of a sudden, we hear what sounded like a gunshot and had no idea what it was,&rdquo: Vasiloff said.
Vasiloff says her sunroof spontaneously exploded as she sat at a stop sign in Washington, D.C., shattering the glass.
&ldquo:We knew we didn&rsquo:t hit anything. We knew nothing had hit us,&rdquo: she said. &ldquo:It&rsquo:s such a random thing to have happen.&rdquo:
But it happens more than you think. ABC 7 News dug through National Highway Traffic Safety Administration records and found hundreds of complaints about exploding sunroofs. Owners of various makes and models reported having been unexpectedly showered with glass: some were even injured by it.
&ldquo:It&rsquo:s not supposed to happen, and I didn&rsquo:t think it could happen,&rdquo: Vasiloff said.
When a sunroof spontaneously explodes, everyone wants to know the cause. But it&rsquo:s a mystery that can be tough to crack.
Experts tell ABC 7 News there is no definitive way to tell what shattered a sunroof, unless you&rsquo:ve got a rock as your smoking gun. But they say the way the glass shatters can provide some clues.
&ldquo:If the flat glass at the edges of where it&rsquo:s broken are curved up, that indicates something internally caused the glass to break&mdash:a defect in the glass,&rdquo: said Pete Daly, the president of Paymer &: Phillips Auto Repair in Laurel, Md.
In his 20 years in the sunroof repair business, Daly has seen plenty of these defects. He says techs at his shop fix blown-out sunroofs on a regular basis, many of them from customers that claim explosions.
&ldquo:It doesn&rsquo:t matter what make or model or what sunroof manufacturer&mdash:they all have these problems,&rdquo: Daly said.
Still, exploding sunroofs are known to be more of an issue for some makes and models than others. In the last two years, both Audi and Hyundai have recalled thousands of cars because of sunroof issues that could send glass falling onto drivers. Aftermarket manufacturer Webasto recalled hundreds of thousands of sunroofs, out of concern they could spontaneously break.
Vasiloff&rsquo:s sunroof was original equipment that&rsquo:s since been fixed. Now, she&rsquo:s back to catching rays behind the wheel.
&ldquo:I use it like nothing happened,&rdquo: Vasiloff said. &ldquo:I&rsquo:m not a live-in-fear kind of person. It might happen again, but I figure lightning can&rsquo:t strike twice.&rdquo:
NHTSA has been looking into reports of exploding sunroofs. In May, the administration upgraded an investigation into the problem tied to Kia Sorentos, but so far there have been no recalls on that car.
To check if your car has a history of exploding sunroofs, or other common issues, visit NHTSA&rsquo:s Office of Defects Investigation.
If you're into eclectic music, this is a pretty decent weekend for you on a variety of fronts. Ditto for lovers of burgers, beer and ice cream. And don't forget the first-place Nationals.
&bull: Washington&rsquo:s Nationals begin the second half of their season at home against the Milwaukee Brewers (7:05 p.m.). The Nats lead the National League East while the Brewers lead the NL Central.
&bull: It&rsquo:s a three-day run for Baltimore&rsquo:s 33rd annual &ldquo:Artscape,&rdquo: a decidedly eclectic mix of music, performance art and on and on and on. It&rsquo:s held in and around the Maryland Institute College of Art. (Details: 410-752-8632, artscape.org)
&bull: Arlington&rsquo:s Cherrydale United Methodist Church (3701 Lorcom Lane) will hold its &ldquo:Movies on the Lawn,&rdquo: from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Suffice to say, it&rsquo:s family-friendly. (Details: 703-527-2621).
&bull: It&rsquo:s the debut of the &ldquo:D.C. BRGR Bash,&rdquo: featuring exoctic burgers and beers from area establishments. It&rsquo:s a bit pricey ($30-$50) but some of goes to charity. Noon-6 p.m., 954 Florida Ave NW. (Details: dcbrgrbash.com).
&bull: Similarly, there&rsquo:s the &ldquo:Artists and Artisans Festival,&rdquo: presented by the &ldquo:3 Stars Brewing Company.&rdquo: Cool music, food and beer. 1-6 p.m., 6400 Chillum Place NW. (Details: 202-670-0333).
&bull: Fort Dupont&rsquo:s summer concert series, 7-9 p.m., Fort Dupont Park. (Details: 202-426-7723).
&bull: It&rsquo:s the fourth annual &ldquo:D.C. Scoop Festival&rdquo: at Union Market. Frozen treats galore. 1-4 p.m. (Details: unionmarketdc.com)
&bull: Brewers at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
&bull: Huey Lewis &: The News. Remember them? Wolf Trap. (Details: wolftrap.org).
&bull: Brewers at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
ABC7 WEATHER: Sun gives way to increasing PM clouds, pleasant. temperatures in the low to mid 80s. http://wj.la/1ivsSwP
&lsquo:GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON&rsquo:: Among the reports &ndash:Arlington and Alexandria officials will hold a groundbreaking for a new Transitway bus service: much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.
MALAYSIA AIRLINES LATEST: A Ukrainian official says 181 bodies have been located so far at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine. A Ukraine Foreign Ministry representative says the bodies will be taken for identification to Kharkiv, a government-controlled city 170 miles north of the crash site. Separatist rebels who control the area where the plane was brought down say they've recovered most of the plane's black boxes and are considering what to do with them. Ukraine accuses separatists of shooting down the plane yesterday. http://wj.la/1mlPY42
MOM ACCUSED OF LEAVING SON, DOG IN HOT CAR: A Rockville mother is out on bail after police say she went on a shopping spree at Lakeforest Mall, leaving her 7-year-old son and puppy in a searing-hot car. Joshalin Evans, 30, is now facing three felony counts related to the incident. http://wj.la/1mlUVcW
ISRAEL-HAMAS CRISIS: Israeli troops are pushing deeper into Gaza to destroy rocket launching sites and tunnels, firing tank shells and clashing with Palestinian fighters in a ground offensive meant to weaken Hamas rulers. Israel launched the ground operation late Thursday, following a 10-day campaign of more than 2,000 air strikes against Gaza that failed to halt relentless Hamas rocket fire into Israel. Casualties have been arriving at Gaza's main hospital today, including several members of a family wounded by shrapnel from tank shells. http://abcn.ws/WgOGC2
NATIONAL ZOO&rsquo:S SPOCK THE MACAQUE EUTHANIZED: Spock, the National Zoo&rsquo:s only Sulawesi macaque, was euthanized on Thursday after suffering from diabetes. He was 27 years old: the median lifespan for his species is about 18 years, according to the Zoo. http://wapo.st/WmxfAw
IRAQ LATEST: The United Nations says violence in Iraq has killed more than 5,500 civilians over the first six months of this year. That time period corresponds with an offensive by the Islamic State extremist group and other Sunni militants that has overrun a huge chunk of northern and western Iraq. The U.N. mission to Iraq says in all of 2013, 7,800 civilians were killed. That was the highest annual death toll in years. http://abcn.ws/1qNB3nh
NELSON MANDELA INTERNATIONAL DAY: It's Nelson Mandela International Day, a day of service celebrated on July 18, Mandela's birthday. Mandela, the former president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Price recipient, died at 95 on Dec. 5, 2013. This is the first time the day has been celebrated since his death. http://usat.ly/1p1Vxch
CHIKUNGUNYA CONFIRMED IN U.S.: Florida Health officials Thursday confirmed the first locally acquired cases of the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya. The two cases are the first instances in the U.S. in which the virus was not contracted during Caribbean travel, according to the Florida Department of Health. http://usat.ly/1nSy0es
BROADWAY ACTRESS DIES: Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a theatrical icon, has died, according to Brigade Marketing. She was 89. wj.la/1qL5dYd
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: The Washington Wizards have officially signed veteran forward Paul Pierce. http://wj.la/1rps9gt
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: Did you notice these sidewalk markings in the District on Thursday? As part of a social experiment for its new show, ":Mind Over Masses,": the National Geographic Channel gave an 18th Street sidewalk two lanes: ":Cellphones": and ":No Cellphones.": http://wj.la/1rlwvZ0
NEWSTALK: Friday&rsquo:s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) are Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), who will talk about the downing of a Malaysian Airways jetliner over Ukraine: political analyst Mark Plotkin, who will talk about DC&rsquo:s pushback against efforts by Republicans in Congress to force changes to city laws on marijuana and guns: Washington Post reporter Arelis Hernandez: and health/fitness expert Josef Brandenburg to discuss the link between carbs and weight gain.
ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) &ndash: Residents in Arlington County and the City of Alexandria will soon have another travel option when the Crystal City Potomac Yard Transitway opens for service.
The Transitway, which aims to provide faster bus service along the Route 1 corridor, will be the D.C. metropolitan area&rsquo:s first right of way dedicated to premium bus operations, according to the project&rsquo:s website. The service, also called Metroway, will be operated by WMATA.
Once complete, the Transitway will be 4.5 miles long and extend between the Crystal City and Braddock Road metro stations with all-day dedicated transit lane in Potomac Yard and seven other transit stations.
Officials from both Arlington and Alexandria will host a groundbreaking event for the Transitway on Friday at 9 a.m.
Construction on the Alexandria section is almost complete and the first phase is scheduled to begin on Aug. 24. The Arlington section is scheduled to open in spring 2015.
David Rubenstein, a billionaire history buff and co-founder of The Carlyle Group, said he is giving the National Park Foundation the funds needed for a full restoration of the historic house, grounds and slave quarters to show visitors how they appeared in 1860, as well as an overhaul of the site's museum exhibits. Rubenstein said the site crowns the most sacred land in the country, Arlington National Cemetery, but needed major repairs.
Rubenstein also has given multimillion dollar gifts in recent years to restore the Washington Monument, the first president's Mount Vernon estate and Thomas Jefferson's home at Monticello, including a recreation of its historic slave quarters.
"The goal is to remind people of American history," Rubenstein said. "I think when you're restoring history, you should remind people of the good and the bad."
Arlington House, as it is known, was built between 1802 and 1818 by Washington's step grandson, George Washington Parke Custis and his slaves on a hilltop overlooking the new capital city and the Potomac River. Lee later married into the family, and it became his family's plantation estate.
After Lee resigned from the Union army and joined the Confederacy, Union troops captured the estate during the Civil War and made it their military headquarters to defend Washington from Virginia. Graffiti from Civil War soldiers is still visible in the mansion's attic.
After the war, the area became a community for emancipated slaves, and Union troops began burying their war dead on the grounds, in part to prevent Lee from returning. It eventually became Arlington National Cemetery, the burial site for many soldiers as well as President John F. Kennedy.
The 200-year-old house and grounds symbolize the nation's reconciliation after the Civil War, said National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, but it is in poor condition.
The roof leaks inside, and the climate control system is so unstable some artwork can't be displayed. Decorative paint on the building's facade is peeling away. Exhibits in a nearby museum building haven't been updated in 30 years. The needs are part of an $11 billion backlog on maintenance across the national parks.
"We frankly do not get enough appropriations on an annual basis to take care of these places," so private support is critical, Jarvis said.
Still, the home is the most visited historic house in the national park system. It receives about 650,000 visitors each year, and between 1 and 2 million people visit the grounds, park officials said.
"As you can imagine, that's fantastic but it also leads to a certain level of wear and tear," said Project Mangaer Brandon Bies.
Some restoration planning has already begun, and designs will be drafted later this year. Much of the work will be completed in late 2015 through 2016.
Plans call for scaffolding to be built around the brick-and-stucco house for artisan painters to restore the decorative paint design that looks like marble. Interior systems will be replaced. Slave quarters will be completely restored, along with the gardens and grounds.
Art and decorative features brought more than 150 years ago from Washington's Mount Vernon estate and from Lee's West Point office will be conserved. Even Lee's plumbing system that provided early flush toilets inside when such contraptions were extremely rare in the 19th century will be restored.
The work may require the house to close for a short time during periods of low visitation in the late fall and winter, but other parts of the site will remain open.
"It's an extraordinary site," Rubenstein said, "and I think all Americans will benefit from having it restored."
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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - The commander of the Navy shipbuilding agency stunned by last year's fatal shooting of 12 workers at its Washington headquarters is charting a course for the future.
Vice Admiral William Hilarides will speak Thursday to a breakfast meeting of defense contractors and Navy supporters about the strategic business plan of Naval Sea Systems Command.
The agency manages 150 acquisition programs and has an annual budget of nearly $30 billion.
In other public appearances this year, Hilarides has touted the resilience of the command and the thousands of people who worked at Washington Navy Yard Building 197.
The building is undergoing renovation before reopening next year, renamed for Joshua Humphreys, designer of the first Navy frigates.
The gunman in the Sept. 16 shootings, Aaron Alexis, was killed by police.
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