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Opinion: How to Save D.C. Transit

Ridership data shows that many D.C. transit users depend on the service, despite a drop in ridership. The system needs changes—and funding—to have a future.

September 26, 2023 - Greater Greater Washington

Silver and red WMATA public bus at station in Washington, D.C.

D.C. Delays Bus Lane Enforcement

The program using cameras to ticket drivers who block bus lanes was scheduled to begin this week.

September 22, 2023 - DCist

Silver turnstiles at a subterranean subway station

Opinion: Fare Evasion Is a Red Herring

The loss of revenue from fare evasion is a drop in the bucket compared to the fiscal cliff facing major U.S. transit agencies.

September 13, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

Close-up of rows of clear plastic cups filled with cut fruit on outdoor street vendor table

D.C. Passes New Street Vending Rules

The District’s new regulations lower permit fees, reduce barriers to entry for vendors, and decriminalize vending offenses.

August 24, 2023 - Next City

View of U.S capitol dome at night with blurred traffic in foreground

Opinion: D.C. Should Go All in on Traffic Cameras

More widespread deployment of automated enforcement sensors could change the system from one of high fines and sparse enforcement to one that encourages more extensive behavior change.

August 22, 2023 - Greater Greater Washington

Aerial view of downtown Atlanta, Georgia

Quantifying the Losses Caused by New Freeways

Data shows cities lose millions in potential property taxes when highways displace homes and businesses.

August 17, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

Electronic parking pay station next to curb in Washington D.C., on rain-soaked red brick sidewalk with neoclassical white building in background

D.C. Residents Heavily Subsidize Residential Parking

The District is losing out on hundreds of thousands in potential revenue while encouraging residents to store cars on valuable public land.

August 8, 2023 - Greater Greater Washington

View down Pennsylvania Avenue with U.S. capitol in background and bike lane in middle of street

Op-Ed: How to Make Over Pennsylvania Avenue

The Washington, D.C. street briefly regained its former vibrancy during the pandemic. A proposed redesign could bring it back once again.

August 6, 2023 - The Washington Post

Washington, D.C. Bus Lane

D.C. Buses to Begin All-Door Boarding

Some bus lines will start letting riders board through both front and back doors this fall as part of Metro’s efforts to improve service speed and reliability.

July 31, 2023 - The Washington Post

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D.C. Metro Plans Ambitious Expansion Despite Financial Woes

Facing a $750 million ‘fiscal cliff,’ the agency says it’s important to continue looking forward to ‘visionary’ future plans.

July 12, 2023 - DCist

View from above platform in D.C. Brutalist subway station with people waiting on platforms

D.C. Leads the Nation for Transit Recovery

Ridership on the region’s rail systems is rebounding faster than other major transit systems.

July 9, 2023 - Greater Greater Washington

Aerial view of suburban Sterling, Virginia near Washington D.C.

Retrofitting D.C.’s Suburbs for a New Era

How to equip suburban sprawl for a different future.

July 2, 2023 - Greater Greater Washington

Stormwater Infrastructure

50 Years Later: Anacostia River to Welcome Swimmers

The Washington, D.C. region has accomplished a major environmental victory, cleaning up the Anacostia River enough for humans to swim in for the first time in five decades.

June 28, 2023 - WJLA

Traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue with U.S. Capitol dome in background

D.C. Road Safety Campaign Will Target Drivers With Dangerous Records

A pilot program will send letters and text messages directly to drivers with histories of speeding and reckless driving warning them of the increased risk for themselves and others.

June 27, 2023 - DCist

Washington, D.C.

D.C. Metro Announces Service Improvements

The Red, Blue, and Silver lines will see faster headways as the agency reintroduces its 7000-series rail cars to the fleet.

June 14, 2023 - The Washington Post

Google street view of historic one-story Chase Bank building (now PNC Bank) in Washington, D.C. with drive-through banking kiosk

D.C. Preservation Board Includes Parking Lot in Historic Designation

The decision to protect a non-historic parking lot as part of designating an adjacent historic bank building is being derided by critics as another form of exclusionary zoning.

June 5, 2023 - Greater Greater Washington

Nighttime view of U.S. Capitol and blurred traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue

D.C. Residents Fight Light Pollution

New LED lighting has raised concerns about the health and environmental impacts of excessive or harsh lighting.

May 30, 2023 - Route Fifty

View down Pennsylvania Avenue with U.S. capitol in background and bike lane in middle of street

Opinion: Downtown D.C. Recovery Requires More Inclusive Planning

To meet its climate goals and revitalize its downtown core, the District must expand its transit and urban amenities to meet the needs of a wider variety of people.

May 26, 2023 - Greater Greater Washington

A sign on the side of a street light reads “Woodley Park Historic District D.C.”

Zoning Changes Could Allow More Restaurants and Bars in D.C. Neighborhoods

Zoning can limit more than just multi-family housing.

May 21, 2023 - WAMU

Passengers lined up to board city bus in Washington, D.C. to Dulles Airport

Complicating the Free Transit Vs. Service Debate

Pitting Washington, D.C.’s K Street Transitway against free transit oversimplifies a more complex issue.

May 15, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

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