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WMATA report finds rail station managers unprepared for emergencies

Security and Safety | September 27, 2017

Agency's quality control team says that inspectors found inoperative flash lights, expired first aid materials, and myriad inconsistent mechanisms for unlocking emergency lock boxes in a review of 19 stations over the summer.

WMATA, Sacramento RT tap Harsco's Protran unit for track worker safety

Security and Safety | September 20, 2017

The installations will include Protran’s Enhanced Employee Protection System, the first of its kind in the railway safety industry to incorporate three-way communication among track workers, train operators, and dispatchers in the central office.

Accessibility| September 8, 2017

WMATA taps taxi companies for subsidized Md. paratransit services

The decision was a win for disability rights activists who pressed WMATA officials to avoid companies such as Uber, because they lack vehicles with wheelchair-ramps and have been sued for alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Rail| September 6, 2017

D.C. Metrorail, Va. Railway Express boost state revenues by $600M, study says

The additional 85,000 households and 130,500 jobs that the two rail systems make possible in Northern Virginia generate both sales and income tax revenues that flow to Richmond.

Government Issues| August 30, 2017

K. Jane Williams appointed FTA deputy administrator

Prior to joining FTA, Williams was the director of the Washington Area Transit Office in the Maryland Department of Transportation.

Management & Operations| August 29, 2017

Maryland's Purple Line light rail project lands $900M in federal funding

The light rail line will make travel across Montgomery and Prince George’s counties faster and more reliable for thousands of Maryland residents, improving access to major business and activity centers in the state’s most populated counties.

Management & Operations| August 10, 2017

ACLU sues WMATA for barring 'political' ads

Agency's policy, which has been in place for two years, forbids accepting ads “intended to influence members of the public regarding an issue on which there are varying opinions” or “intended to influence public policy.”

Government Issues| July 19, 2017

House approves creation of WMATA safety commission

The passage of the resolution giving Congress's consent is now the final piece in creating the commission. However, the federal transit agency will continue to oversee safety until it determines that the new entity is capable of meeting its responsibilities.

Security and Safety | June 28, 2017

D.C. Metro to test use of 'curtain grouting' on Red Line tunnel

Red Line service had to be suspended in two separate areas due to arcing insulators caused by water infiltration during the morning commute.

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.

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