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Wireless carriers activate first Metrorail tunnel segment

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 14:42:55 EST

On November 30th, 2016, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless launched commercial wireless service in the first underground subway tunnel segments on Metro's Blue, Orange and Silver lines between Potomac Avenue and the Stadium Armory tunnel portal. -- December 5, 2016, WMATA

Transit officials claim Metro's service cuts discriminate

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 08:04:20 EST

Some area transit officials claim that Metro’s planned service hours cuts discriminate against minority and low-income riders under Metro’s internal standards, an issue that could add a lawsuit to the list of things that could prevent the changes from happening next year. -- Max Smith, December 5, 2016, WTOP

Calls to 'blow up' Metro management at fiery Capitol Hill hearing

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 06:41:23 EST

Everyone loves General Manager Paul Wiedefeld. Everyone hates the Metro Board. And D.C. Council member and Metro Board Chair Jack Evans has many lawmakers fired up against him. -- Max Smith, December 2, 2016, WTOP

Latest designs for Purple Line stations

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 07:58:43 EST

Construction on the Purple Line may be stalled, but design work is soldiering on. -- Andrew Metcalf, December 1, 2016, Bethesda Beat

Public transit ridership drops in Northern Va.

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 07:56:35 EST

Overall, ridership levels are down 12 percent from this time last year, according to numbers from the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission. -- Mike Murillo, December 2, 2016, WTOP

Metro track inspectors copied old reports at site of derailment

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 07:50:10 EST

Metro track inspectors copied the same details over and over for months, even years, regarding the condition of the tracks outside the East Falls Church Station, where a train derailed in July, and told investigators that they were pressured not to accurately report the severity of track conditions. -- Max Smith, December 1, 2016, WTOP

Metro knew of potentially dangerous conditions long before derailment

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 07:32:30 EST

Documents released by the National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday related to the July derailment of a Metro Silver Line Metro train show Metro officials were aware of potentially dangerous deteriorating rail ties near East Falls Church for more than a year before the incident. -- Martine Powers, Faiz Siddiqui, December 1, 2016, Washington Post

Plans advance for late-night Metro service cuts

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 07:28:46 EST

After a contentious debate, a Metro board committee voted Thursday to advance a proposal that would shorten service hours for two years -- a decision Metro board chairman Jack Evans said would almost certainly get a jurisdictional veto from the District. The proposal will go to the full Metro board for a final vote in two weeks. -- Martine Powers, Faiz Siddiqui, December 1, 2016, Washington Post

Here's what's in Metro's Back2Good plan

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 07:07:19 EST

There isn't all that much by way of new information -- most of the efforts the plan mentions are already underway -- but it does group ongoing projects together so it's easier to understand what Metro is up to and verify that it's making progress. -- Stephen Repetski, December 1, 2016, GGW

VRE, MARC Toys for Tots campaigns

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 08:14:19 EST

VRE will hold its annual Toys for Tots collection on Dec. 7. MARC's campaign will be Dec. 11-12. --

With 'Back2Good' initiative, Metro sets goals

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:03:13 EST

To mark his first year at the helm of WMATA, General Manager Paul Wiedefeld unveiled a list of 2017 initiatives designed to significantly reduce passenger delays, the next steps toward restoring Metrorail’s reliability as the SafeTrack restoring Metrorail’s reliability as the SafeTrack reconstruction program concludes in the spring. -- Martin Di Caro, November 30, 2016, WAMU

Metro has a plan for late-night buses

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 07:57:08 EST

As Metro seeks to cut back late-night service, officials are hoping to provide a “lifeline” bus network to help transport late-shift workers home on Friday and Saturday nights -- but it’s up to the board to come up with the money to make the plan a reality. -- Martine Powers, December 1, 2016, Washington Post

Air travelers see low wait times over Thanksgiving

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:58:31 EST

Nearly all passengers traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday waited for less than half an hour in airport security lines, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). -- Melanie Zanona, November 30, 2016, The Hill

A year in, Paul Wiedefeld is remaking Metro

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:51:55 EST

Although progress may be difficult to discern from the outside -- trains run late today as frequently as they did a year ago -- Wiedefeld is turning things around, however slowly, at a transit system and bureaucracy of 13,000 employees with a $3 billion operating and capital budget. -- Martin Di Caro, November 30, 2016, WAMU

Metro's plan to get "Back2Good"

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:45:24 EST

Marking his first anniversary since taking the helm of Metro, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer (GM/CEO) Paul J. Wiedefeld today laid out next steps for the Authority that move beyond track work to get trains running safely and reliably. -- November 30, 2016, WMATA

After SafeTrack, Metro to shift focus to railcars

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:57:43 EST

In a speech marking his first anniversary with the agency Wednesday, Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld will introduce a post-SafeTrack agenda shifting the emphasis from track infrastructure to railcars, the source of a majority of the system’s delays. -- Faiz Siddiqui, November 30, 2016, Washington Post

Arlington considers land swap for bus parking

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:54:50 EST

Arlington County officials said Tuesday that they are considering a land swap that would put a six-story self-storage building on land near Washington-Lee High School, but save the county $4 million and secure a place to permanently park its buses. -- Patricia Sullivan, November 30, 2016, Washington Post

Man assaults Metro driver

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:42:40 EST

A Metro bus driver and security officer were assaulted by a man, who bit responding police officers, according to Fairfax County police. -- November 29, 2016, NBC Washington

Purple Line groundbreaking on hold

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:35:36 EST

As each day passes, it appears more unlikely that Maryland officials will celebrate the groundbreaking for construction of the Purple Line later this year as originally planned. -- Andrew Metcalf, November 29, 2016, Bethesda Beat

Pickpocketing up 33 percent on Metro as fewer ride rails

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:31:23 EST

The number of crimes on Metro is down slightly compared to last year, but with fewer riders, that means more crime per person across the system. -- Max Smith, November 30, 2016, WTOP