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Bowser Promises to Extend Free Circulator Bus Rides Indefinitely

Bowser Promises to Extend Free Circulator Bus Rides Indefinitely

The D.C. Circulator Bus, which provides transportation across six different routes in the District and Rosslyn, Va., will continue to provide service to riders free of charge indefinitely, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) announced during the State of the District address Monday. The Circulator began operating for free Feb.[Read More…]

by March 22, 2019 0 comments City News, News, News - Top
CAROLINE PAPPAS/THE HOYA | A proposal that would offer Metro riders an increased number of trains and extended service on the Red and Yellow lines gained initial approval March 14.

Metro Aims to Boost Ridership Through Increased Service

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority plans to double the number of trains at approximately 12 stations to increase service amid historical lows in Metro ridership. There will be no fare increases or service cuts in other areas despite these extended service proposals. The proposal is part of a preliminary[Read More…]

by March 21, 2019 0 comments City News, News, News - Top
FILE PHOTO: CAROLINE PAPPAS/THE HOYA | Metro  plans to return to automatic doors in a move to reduce wait times and mitigate rider risk, according to a March 4 news release.

DC Metro Tests Automatic Doors for Reintroduction

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has been testing automatic doors on trains in the Washington, D.C. area over the last three weeks as part of a plan to reintroduce automatic doors by the end of the year. The transition back to automatic doors would shorten wait times and reduce[Read More…]

by March 14, 2019 0 comments City News, News, News - Top
FILE PHOTO: CAROLINE PAPPAS/THE HOYA | The Metro is set to propose a program to subsidize ride-sharing services for late-night workers in place of reinstituting late-night service.

Metro to Propose Ride-Share Subsidies for Late-Night Workers

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is set to propose a $1 million program to subsidize Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing services for late-night workers in the Washington, D.C., area by March. The subsidized trips, which would pay for a maximum of $3 per ride, would compensate for a lack[Read More…]

by February 22, 2019 0 comments City News, News, News - Top
FILE PHOTO: CAROLINE PAPPAS/THE HOYA The Washington, D.C. Council voted Tuesday to override a veto by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) on proposed legislation that would reduce the penalty for failing to pay for travel on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

DC Council Overrides Bowser Veto on Fare Evasion Bill

The Washington, D.C. Council overrode a Jan. 16 veto by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) on a bill that would downgrade the penalty for fare evasion, or failing to pay for travel on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, on Tuesday. Enacted in 1978, current D.C. Metro fare evasion law[Read More…]

by January 25, 2019 0 comments City News, News, News - Top
CHRISTIAN PAZ FOR THE HOYA A measure to decriminalize fare evasion for WMATA riders advanced through the Washington, D.C. Council Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety Oct. 4. If approved by the full D.C. Council, the proposed legislation will reduce the penalty for failing to pay for Metro travel to a civil offense and a $50 fine.

DC Council Moves to Decriminalize Metro Fare Evasion

The Washington, D.C. Council Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety unanimously passed a measure to decriminalize fare evasion, or the failure to pay for metro travel, for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority riders Oct. 4. If approved by the full D.C. Council later this month, the bill will downgrade[Read More…]

by October 11, 2018 0 comments City News, News, News - Top

EDITORIAL: Subsidize Student Access to DC

Living in Washington, D.C., presents nearly-unlimited opportunities that too often go unappreciated by Georgetown University students. Bound by the ties of classes and clubs, we find ourselves wondering whether a trip into the District is worth the time and money. This problem can be simply addressed: The university should join[Read More…]

by September 21, 2018 4 comments Editorial
CAROLINE PAPPAS/THE HOYA
A higher sales tax would apply to the greater D.C. region that is serviced by Metro, including suburbs in Maryland and Virginia. A panel of local leaders last April recommended a 1 percent increase, but the Council ultimately settled on 0.75 percent, as this was the lowest rate that would still provide the $500 million dollars the DC Council hopes to generate annually.

Metro Plans Mobile App for Paying Fare With Smartphones

A new fare payment app that would allow Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority riders to pay using smartphones is planned to launch next year, WMATA announced April 10. The app, designed to serve as a virtual alternative to the SmarTrip cards currently required to pay fare, would enable passengers to[Read More…]

by April 18, 2018 0 comments City News, News, News - Top
CHRISTIAN PAZ FOR THE HOYA

Historic Agreement Guarantees Dedicated Funding for WMATA

Maryland lawmakers joined the governments of Washington, D.C., and Virginia yesterday in a final approval to jointly provide up to $500 million annually to fund the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in a historic funding decision that could boost the floundering system’s recovery efforts. The Virginia general assembly pledged $154[Read More…]

by March 23, 2018 0 comments City News, News, News - Top

Safety Concerns to Be Addressed After Metro Worker Injured

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is responding to safety concerns following an injury sustained by a Metro worker performing a repair on the Washington, D.C. transit’s electrical rail system Oct. 31. The worker suffered an electrical burn when coming into contact with a rail that was still electrified as[Read More…]

by December 1, 2017 0 comments City News, News, News - Top