Topic : Washington D.C.

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D.C. Metro wants to shrink workforce, spend more on contractors

Management & Operations| January 10, 2017

Agency to spend $64.6 million on contractors in the fiscal year beginning in July, which is $17.2 million more than the budget for the current fiscal year.

WMATA budget proposal would kill 14 bus lines

Management & Operations| October 31, 2016

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.

Government Issues| October 27, 2016

Allowing D.C. Metro's continued decline could cost region $1 billion

Finding new funds for Metro, and insisting that it improve its performance, are both critical to the region’s economic future, according to a report.

Rail| October 26, 2016

WMATA report on running red lights calls for capping speeds, brighter bulbs

Plans to upgrade signals with LED bulbs at the following problem-spots by the end of the year: National Airport, Silver Spring, Vienna, Grosvenor, Largo, and Farragut North.

Security and Safety | October 6, 2016

Changes to DC Metro safety oversight bill to boost public access

The revised bill increases transparency and provides public access to the commission’s work, including access to meetings and the ability to request documents and records by requiring the commission to adhere to the federal public records law.

Mobility| October 3, 2016

DDOT questions DC Metro's ability to protect ADA passengers using Uber, Lyft

Specifically, DDOT is calling into question the tech companies’ diver screening processes and disability training, as well as their ability to comply with the same American with Disabilities Act requirements that apply to taxicabs companies, such as accommodating wheelchairs and service animals.

Bus| September 30, 2016

D.C. Metro completes $5.5 million in bus improvements at station

The improvements expand capacity and provide additional amenities to enhance the customer experience, including three new bus bays and the introduction of real-time bus arrival information.

Rail| September 28, 2016

Part of Amtrak investment package to modernize D.C. Union Station concourse

Early action construction will start in the fall of 2016 and include the relocation of heating and ventilation. Full-phased construction, funded by the new investment package, is anticipated to start in 2017 and will seek to minimize impacts to all station users.

Management & Operations| September 14, 2016

DC Metro adds 28 new digital ad displays to increase revenue

Each digital display is expected to generate at least four times more revenue than the static ads they replace and significantly expand Metro’s digital advertising network.

Mobility| September 8, 2016

DC Metro paratransit partnership with Uber, Lyft could save $6M annually

Under the program, MetroAccess customers will have the choice of booking a ride on the same day they need it, a significant improvement from the current MetroAccess requirement that trips be booked 24 hours in advance

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