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WMATA

May 7, 2019, 11am PDT
Ridership on the WMATA bus system, down an estimated 13 percent between 2012 and 2017, will need drastic innovations to reverse, according to a new report by the Bus Transformation project.
The Washington Post
March 25, 2019, 10am PDT
The U.S. is an expensive place to build transit resources. A move from Congress to ban Chinese rail cars over espionage fears may exacerbate that problem.
Governing
March 19, 2019, 5am PDT
D.C.'s ridership is down even as density around stations is up. More residents are choosing to drive or bike.
The Washington Post
March 11, 2019, 7am PDT
Train fans rejoice.
Greater Greater Washington
January 27, 2019, 7am PST
"Should DC spend about $2 million on a parcel of land in Columbia Heights to build a dog park?"
Greater Greater Washington
October 29, 2018, 11am PDT
For the first time in years, there is talk of expanding service on existing rail lines in the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) system.
The Washington Post
October 17, 2018, 11am PDT
The computer-driven trains will start up again next year with the goal of improving riders’ experiences.
The Washington Post
October 8, 2018, 8am PDT
A decrease in ridership is not disputed. However, ideas about the best solutions for turning things around abound.
The Washington Post
September 11, 2018, 9am PDT
David Alpert and DW Rowlands of Greater Greater Washington share their hopes for a planned review of D.C.'s bus system.
Greater Greater Washington
August 12, 2018, 7am PDT
The WMATA's Quality Assurance, Internal Compliance & Oversight office delivered bad news to the beleaguered transit service.
WTOP
March 29, 2018, 8am PDT
Mayor Bowser's 2019 budget also continues investments designed to create affordable housing and distribute homeless shelters throughout the city.
The Washington Post
October 5, 2017, 2pm PDT
It isn't always easy, especially for politicians and engineers, but there are proven ways to save a floundering bus system.
Greater Greater Washington
September 13, 2017, 8am PDT
Metro Map Maker allows users to add, alter, and erase pieces of the WMATA system—or redraw it from scratch.
DCist
May 23, 2017, 12pm PDT
A recent ruling by a U.S. district court could be a deathblow for the 16-mile Purple Line extension into Maryland, as well as for transit planning in general.
Greater Greater Washington
April 6, 2017, 11am PDT
Controversy erupted last week in Washington, D.C., after D.C. Metro decided to paint Union Station's vaulted ceilings—a famous icon of the District, it's regional transit system, and the architectural style of Brutalism.
WAMU
March 27, 2017, 6am PDT
For months, transit advocates have dreaded the decision to raise fares and cut service throughout the D.C. Metro system. That day arrived last week. Changes take effect on July 1.
The Washington Post
March 17, 2017, 1pm PDT
Track repairs and inconsistent service have lead to a 14 percent decrease in ridership, enough to wipe out the year's gains of all other U.S. rail systems put together.
Washingtonian
March 13, 2017, 8am PDT
At transit agencies like D.C, Metro, bad ridership projections beget bad fare scheduling which begets bad budgets. And so on.
WAMU
January 20, 2017, 7am PST
Reports from inside the Trump transition are that the incoming administration will follow a budget blueprint laid out by the Heritage Foundation—public transit not included.
The Hill
January 13, 2017, 7am PST
How has the Green Line benefitted the economy of Washington, D.C.? A new report counts the ways.
Greater Greater Washington