Post Tagged with: "WMATA"

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
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

EDITORIAL: Alleviate Transportation Costs

From weekend trips to downtown Washington, D.C. to internships on Capitol Hill, university admissions officers and Blue and Gray tour guides extol the social, academic and professional opportunities that students gain from living in the nation’s capital. They portray access to the nation’s capital as one of the defining features[Read More…]

by December 8, 2017 1 comment Editorial

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
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.

DC Council Proposes Sales Tax Hike as Metro Bans Negative Balances

The Washington, D.C. Council proposed a bill Nov. 7 to increase the city’s sales tax to 6.5 percent from 5.75 percent to fund repairs and other expenses for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority as the transit agency looks to fund capital improvement projects. The proposal came before Metro announced[Read More…]

by November 30, 2017 0 comments City News, News, News - Top
FILE PHOTO: CAROLING PAPPAPS FOR THE HOYA
Four miles of track from Silver Spring to Fort Totten will see repairs and replacement in these repairs, replacing an interlocking, a part of the track where trains can cross from one track to another.

Metro Red Line Repairs Cause Closures in Late November

The Washington, D.C. Metro Red line is set to halt service between the Silver Spring and Fort Totten stations in Maryland from Nov. 25 to Dec. 10 for a second round of major planned track maintenance this year. The improvement project will cut service on the easternmost end of the[Read More…]

by November 8, 2017 0 comments City News, News, News - Top