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WMATA upgrading fare tech to be mobile ready by 2019

Management & Operations| April 11, 2018

Mobile payments will be supported on Metrorail, Metrobus, and regional bus services that accept SmarTrip today. The modernization project will be done in three phases

WMATA train derails in downtown D.C.

Security and Safety | January 16, 2018

Multiple cars of a train on the Red Line crashed off the tracks near the Farragut North station. No one was hurt, but the accident startled dozens of passengers.

Rail| January 10, 2018

WMATA proposal would refund passengers for delayed trains, buses

According to GM Paul Wiedefeld, the program is an expression of the confidence the agency has in its ability to meet performance targets and provide reliable rush-hour service.

University| August 21, 2017

WMATA, Carnegie Mellon partner on U-Pass program

Carnegie Mellon joins American University and Washington College of Law, the first university to launch the U-Pass program on campus last year.

Management & Operations| July 11, 2017

WMATA looking for ways to boost ad revenues

The most controversial of the revenue-generating ideas is expected to be the sale of station naming rights, which is currently forbidden by board policy. The board was firmly against the idea of selling naming rights in 2012.

Sustainability| April 21, 2017

New Flyer showcases electric bus at U.S. DOT Earth Day Fair

The Xcelsior XE40 battery-electric 40-foot bus accommodates 76 passengers (40 seated). WMATA is the second major metropolitan transit fleet in the U.S. to place New Flyer’s battery-electric bus in service.

Management & Operations| April 19, 2017

WMATA to add free Wi-Fi at 30 rail stations

If plans stay on track, nearly every Red Line station from Union Station to Medical Center will have access to free Wi-Fi and a broad section of the system’s core also should be covered by the end of the year.

Management & Operations| March 7, 2017

WMATA revised budget restores some service, maintains 'balanced sacrifice'

GM Paul J. Wiedefeld’s revised plan would increase rail, bus, and parking fares for the fiscal year that begins July 1, as originally proposed.

Government Issues| February 13, 2017

FTA to withhold funding from D.C., Md. and Va. pending safety oversight program

The funds will be withheld until the jurisdictions pass identical legislation and meet related requirements in order for FTA to certify a new SSOP for WMATA Metrorail.

Management & Operations| October 31, 2016

WMATA budget proposal would kill 14 bus lines

Fares on the regional bus system would increase to $2 from $1.75, while the plan would also raise Metrorail fares, reduce train frequency, and cut 1,000 jobs, including 300 bus and train operators.

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