Topic : Washington D.C.

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WMATA launches Wi-Fi pilot at six Metrorail stations

Rail| August 30, 2016

The service, part of the GM’s Customer Accountability Report initiatives, will be available for 45 days. After that time, the service will be suspended while the pilot program is evaluated.

WMATA issued safety directive to correct 'systemic safety deficiencies'

Rail| August 16, 2016

FTA can enforce the required actions through a number of means, including the withholding of Federal financial assistance from WMATA and directing WMATA to use Federal financial assistance to correct safety deficiencies.

Security and Safety | August 10, 2016

DC Metro GM outlines additional safety actions

Following the derailment at East Falls Church, Wiedefeld ordered a new round of inspections for all interlockings conducted by rail maintenance supervisors with track engineers participating.

Security and Safety | August 3, 2016

DC Metro police officer arrested for allegedly aiding ISIS

The officer, Nicholas Young, allegedly purchased technology-related items to send to the ISIS operatives so they could evade authorities when contacting each other.

Management & Operations| August 2, 2016

D.C. Metro considers sale of headquarters building following review

If Metro were to stay in the building, it would need to expend an estimated $75 million to $90 million to replace almost every major building system (plumbing, heating and air conditioning, electrical, fire/life safety).

Mobility| July 21, 2016

DC Metro moves ahead with plan to use Uber, Lyft for paratransit services

Metro plans to issue an RFP to take over the service in September, with the intent to have the system in place by spring 2017. The pilot program will be for users in the Maryland suburbs, where two-thirds of MetroAccess customers live.

Rail| July 20, 2016

First Transit Wins First Rail Contract in North America

Company to operate and maintain the Denton County Transportation Authority’s A-train 21-mile commuter rail line.

Mobility| July 12, 2016

Law would allow transit benefits to apply to Uber, Lyft

The measure would only allow the subsidy to apply to alternative options while Metro undergoes its massive maintenance plan, known as SafeTrack, which began last month and is scheduled to end in March.

University| July 11, 2016

D.C.'s American University first to pilot unlimited bus and rail UPass

While the new program will generate about $2.7 million for the current fiscal year, at about $1 a day for each student during the semester, the U•Pass offers an affordable transportation option for students to travel throughout the region for classes, internships, jobs and other activities.

Management & Operations| June 27, 2016

WMATA to eliminate 500 positions

Last month, GM Paul Wiedefeld fired 20 managers, including seven senior managers. The process of actually laying off employees will take several months. 

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