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Metro dips its toe into the 8000 series water
On Tuesday, Metro released an initial “expression of interest” asking some preliminary questions about creating its next series of railcar, the 8000 series.
Stephen Repetski, February 22, 2017, GGW
Could a subtle tweak to Metro's map fix overcrowding on the Blue Line?
With Metro’s most recent SafeTrack shutdown, Northern Virginia riders are finally doing the thing that Metro has been asking them to do for years: They’re switching from the historically overcrowded Blue Line to roomier Yellow Line trains.
Martine Powers, February 22, 2017, Washington Post
Ridership losses push Metro to finanical tipping point
The year-long effort to restore Metro to a state of good repair has added to the agency’s financial problems, creating a projected $125 million revenue shortfall for the current fiscal year, the agency said Tuesday.
Faiz Siddiqui, February 21, 2017, Washington Post
Md. considers repealing transit system revenue requirement
Maryland lawmakers are considering whether to repeal a state requirement that transit systems cover at least 35 percent of their operating costs through passenger revenues, a mandate that critics say hurts bus and light-rail service in Baltimore.
Katherine Shaver, February 22, 2017, Washington Post
Bill that could handcuff Arlington on towing passes state Senate
The state Senate has approved a measure, previously passed by the House of Delegates, to stymie efforts by the Arlington County Board to handcuff local property owners when it comes to towing illegally parked vehicles.
Scott McCaffrey, February 22, 2017, Inside NoVa
Bus rapid transit meetings in Silver Spring
County transportation planners are holding a series of March open house meetings to boost a proposal for bringing bus rapid transit to Route 29.
Bethany Rodgers, February 21, 2017, Bethesda Beat
Metro injury rates up slightly in 2016
Injury rates systemwide rose slightly for Metro workers and riders in 2016.
Max Smith, February 22, 2017, WTOP
Metro ridership drops 12 percent
Far fewer people are riding Metro over the first half of Metro’s budget year, a drop that is much steeper than the last several years of rider decreases and is contributing to a projected $125 million revenue shortfall for Metro by the budget year’s end in June.
Max Smith, February 21, 2017, WTOP
Comments needed on Va. transportation plan
VTrans is the Virginia statewide multimodal transportation plan. The Draft 2025 Plan contains project-level recommendations. Comments are being solicited on these recommendations until March 10.
February 21, 2017, FABB
Metro GM: "We cannont be eliminating 1000 jobs a year"
The Washington region’s transit authority is “fast approaching” a financial nadir, general manager Paul Wiedefeld said Wednesday, conceding that he is running out of places to find money to help close yawning budget gaps caused by the combination of plummeting ridership and rising labor costs.
Martin Di Caro, February 21, 2017, WAMU
Commuter railroads make progress installing life-saving tech
Commuter railroads have made some progress installing a potentially life-saving train technology, though they still have a long way to go, according to new analysis from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
Melanie Zanona, February 21, 2017, The Hill
Drivers log record-breaking miles on US roads in 2016
Drivers in the U.S. traveled a record-breaking number of miles last year, for the fifth straight year of increased driving on public roads, according to new federal data.
Melanie Zanona, February 21, 2017, The Hill
Meeting on Washington Blvd. enhancements March 1
An open house, rescheduled from January, on planned Washington Boulevard bike, pedestrian and roadway enhancements between Westover and East Falls Church will be held on March 1st from 5-8pm at the Westover library.
February 21, 2017, WashCycle
D.C. Streetcar will stay free
D.C. streetcar fares will remain free for at least four years as District transportation officials prepare to extend the initial 2.2-mile line along H Street/Benning Road NE east across the Anacostia River to the Benning Road Metrorail station in Ward 7.
Martin Di Caro, February 20, 2017, WAMU
Regional transit agencies 'caught in the middle' with Metro safety commission penalties
When federal officials imposed financial penalties on the region to force action on safety oversight of Metro, the impact was felt 200 miles away at a midsize transit agency in Southside Virginia.
Martine Powers, February 18, 2017, Washington Post
For low-income communities, Purple Line is opportunity, threat
“It will push us out,” said Henry Castro, 33, a window technician who grew up in the Prince George’s County community. “The rent went up almost $200 last year. Can you imagine how expensive it will be when the Purple Line arrives?
Luz Lazo, February 18, 2017, Washington Post
VRE to open public hearings on fare hike
Riders could be paying more to ride the Virginia Railway Express.
Kathy Stewart, February 19, 2017, WTOP
Metro police seek to identify suspect in assault on bus
A teenage boy reported being touched inappropriately Tuesday.
February 17, 2017, Bethesda Beat
Montgomery approves plans for bike facilities
Last week the Montgomery County Council approved the Lyttonsville Sector Plan, which sets up a framework for how to reorient and rebuild the area once the Purple Line and Capital Crescent Trail are built through it.
February 17, 2017, WashCycle
Metro announces new controls on absenteeism
Metro General Manager and CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld announced new controls on absenteeism this week to improve productivity and reduce use of overtime, as part of his management team’s actions to reduce operating expenses.
February 17, 2017, WMATA
Dr. Gridlock's travel tips for Presidents' Day weekend
Metro GM: Commuting changes causing ridership decline
Circulator gets new stop flags
Metro to reduce call center hours
What a weakened Metro means to the D.C. region
New Loudoun Metro estimates are in, and they aren't pretty
How the 4000 series became Metro's worst cars
Metro makes case to local leaders for raising fares, cutting service
Metro begins retiring 4000-series cars
Traffic deaths reach highest level in nearly a decade