February 10, 2014
The transit authority has not proposed any changes in the formula that sets their paratransit rates, but many MetroAccess riders have said they would prefer that the formula did change because they expect their fares to go even higher.
January 8, 2014
Under a $184 million contract, the supplier will replace the agency’s existing fare collection systems. The new system will let riders continue to use SmarTrip cards, while expanding fare payment to chip-enabled credit cards, federal government ID cards, and mobile phones using near field communications.
January 7, 2014
FTA provided $44.8 million in funding specifically to help fund the replacement of the 1000-series railcars. In addition, the agency has committed $58.3 million for 64 new railcars through a grant program.
December 31, 2013
The report, which analyzes the D.C. Metro system, proposes that greater reliability of transit schedules could motivate more people to leave their vehicles at home and ride the bus.
July 19, 2013
The contract contains a firm order for 85 BRT-styled diesel-electric hybrid 42-foot buses and options of up to 498 42-foot BRT-styled diesel-electric hybrid or CNG buses, and up to 71 (142 EUs) 60-foot diesel-electric hybrid buses over a five-year contract period.
May 31, 2013
Every 20 seconds to 30 seconds, each individual Transit Screen receives the current arrival times for each transit agency at all stops within walking distance of its location.
April 11, 2013
Momentum, the model station, will enable Metro to test several design concepts in a single station, with improved lighting, better information and improved customer convenience. Some of the concepts being considered include high-output light fixtures to direct light to the vault ceiling, and a new information wall enclosing fare machines, ATMs, maps and digital screens.
April 10, 2013
Plans to spend $215 million over the next five years to replace 100 4000-series railcars under a contract with Kawaski. The cars have had numerous problems with brakes, lights and air conditioning. An overhaul for the cars would cost about $1.5 million per car.
March 28, 2013
Features include real-time train arrival times, number of cars and destination for any of Metro's rail stations; Next Bus, which uses a customer's GPS location to display bus arrival predictions for all nearby bus stops; and Service Nearby, letting customers to see all bus and rail transit service near their current location.
New York City, Washington, D.C. and Salt Lake City users can now access live departure times on rail lines.
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