A deputy mayor on the WMATA board could improve DC and Metro coordination

Author: David Alpert (Executive Director)  Source: Ggwash.org  04-Sep-2019
Lucinda Babers by DC DMV.Lucinda Babers, DC’s Deputy Mayor for Operations and Infrastructure, will join the WMATA Board of Directors, Fenit Nirappil reported in the Washington Post over the weekend. In addition to Babers’ strong qualifications, having a deputy mayor sit directly on the board could help better coordinate transportation policies, avoiding the kind of situation that turned a well-meaning effort to make Circulator free into a controversy over equity. Corbett Price, the previous mayoral appointee, resigned Friday afternoon, Nirappil and Bob McCartney reported. He had come under strong criticism for stopping the board’s ethics committee from releasing information about disgraced former board chairman and current DC councilmember Jack Evans. Greater Greater Washington had run an email campaign asking the mayor to remove Price and for the federal government to replace David Horner, who also had voted against disclosure. The WMATA Board has eight “principal” voting members and eight alternates. DC, Maryland, Virginia, and the federal government each appoint two principal members and two alternates. In DC, by convention, the mayor selects one pair while the council selects the other. The council’s principal member, Evans, stepped down in June. With Evans and Price gone, the board has no remaining principal

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“my 15 year old building shakes with the not-so-new trains they installed in the metro a few years ago” WMATA report finds otherwise

Author: Prince Of Petworth  Source: Popville.com  11-Jul-2019
“Dear PoPville, I live near 14th and U St. I just returned after living abroad for the last two+ years and noticed that my 15 year old building shakes with the not-so-new trains they installed in the metro a few years ago. They’re running the new trains faster and they are heavier which is why my bldg (a block and a half from the metro is now shaking, in particular felt in the morning). I’m concerned that this will have serious long term infrastructure implications and have been told by a local government representative that in fact there is a Washington Post journalist following this after several complaints throughout other parts of the city (Navy Yard, etc.). Have you heard complaints about this? What are options for getting DC Metro to slow their new trains down?” We spoke about this briefly back in late 2016. WUSA9 reported on the issue back in 2018. Are others still experiencing this as well? From WMATA: “During the evaluation Wilson Ihrig (consultant) inspected WMATA infrastructure and did not find any railcar issues or track conditions that contributed to elevated vibration readings, nor were vibrations isolated to any specific railcar series. Further, based on extensive

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Think you know Metro? It’s whichWMATA week 144

Author: Matt Johnson (Editorial Board Alum)  Source: Ggwash.org  25-Jun-2019
Image 1 It’s time for the 144th installment of our bi-weekly “whichWMATA” series! Below are five photos of stations in the Washington Metro system and a bonus photo from a different Metro system. Can you identify each from its picture? Image 2 Image 3 Image 4 Image 5 The bonus image this week follows the same theme, but it is not a Washington Metro station. To get the bonus point, you need to identify the station, not just the city where this station is located. It is a heavy rail (metro) station, not light rail or commuter rail. It is in the United States. Bonus image 6 (not WMATA) Please have your answers submitted by noon on Thursday. Good luck!

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Time to put an actual Metro rider on the WMATA Board

Author: Caitlin Rogger (Policy Manager)  Source: Ggwash.org  21-Jun-2019
A new day for WMATA’s Board? by Matt’ Johnson licensed under Creative Commons.A rare opportunity to influence Metro policy at the highest levels has appeared. Following confirmation of continued ethics violations, Councilmember Jack Evans resigned his post on the WMATA Board of Directors Thursday, which leaves DC in need of a representative. (As of press time, the FBI is apparently also raiding Evans’ home, and we’ll be following developments in that story closely.) DC Council chair Phil Mendelson should appoint a board member who can draw on both legislative knowhow and regular experience of riding Metro. Councilmember Charles Allen fits the bill. As far as we know, he’s the only regular Metro rider on the DC Council. He also has a track record in working for better Metro service for all. He successfully led the regional Transportation Planning Board for four years; championed transit-oriented development in Ward 6 and elsewhere; advocated strongly for Metrobus; and led the effort to decriminalize fare evasion. The mounting legal complexities around Evans, serial dabbler-in-venality, underscores the need for leadership with clean ethical credentials. The WMATA Board is a body of regional decision-makers with far-reaching influence. Its members should be well beyond the level of

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Eating While Black, And Employed By Metro – Woman Sparks Outrage After Tweeting Photo Of WMATA Employee Eating On Train

Author:   Source: Wusa9.com  11-May-2019
NEWS A Twitter user called out a black Metro employee for eating on the Red Line. The one with the complaint, not the employee, received the backlash. WASHINGTON – The 9 a.m. Friday tweet began, “When you’re on your morning commute & see @wmata employee in UNIFORM eating on the train. I thought we were not allowed to eat on the train. This is unacceptable.”Writer and World Bank employee Natasha Tynes wrote her statement of apparent frustration on Twitter after photographing a black Metro employee eating. The employee was in uniform at the time. She did not appear to be making a scene, or bothering other Red Line customers. The tweet continued, “Hope @wmata responds. When I asked the employee about this, her response was, ‘worry about yourself.’ @unsuckdcmetro.” Screen capture of original tweet during the 9 a.m. hour, May 5, 2019. WUSA9 has blurred the woman’s face. Twitter Ms. Tynes’ social media post did not remain confined to the two Twitter accounts. Instead, the public tweets quickly spread to thousands of people around the country.By the end of the day, Ms. Tynes’ book distribution company, Rare Bird Books, would sever all ties with her upcoming novel, and strongly urge

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WMATA inspector general calls on lawmakers to focus on DC Metro system threats | TheHill – The Hill

Author: Julia Manchester  Source: The Hill  02-May-2019
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Inspector General Geoff Cherrington is calling for lawmakers to pay more attention to potential cybersecurity threats facing the public transportation system in the nation’s capital.  “I think there needs to be a lot of emphasis and focus on cybersecurity, on homeland security, regarding the rail system, the transportation systems,” Cherrington told Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton last week when asked what issues he’d like to lawmakers to give more focus.”We focus a lot on aviation. We focus a lot on, you know, folks slamming into the Pentagon in a large truck,” he continued.”What I think we need to focus on are the large busses and the large rail that goes through our city, pretty much unfettered,” he said. Cherrington’s comments come amid heightened concerns surrounding state-owned China Railway Rolling Stock Corp’s (CRRC) involvement in the U.S. train industry.CRRC has raised concerns about potential cyberattacks from China, according to media reports.The Washington Post reported this month that some experts have warned that China could use transit rail cars to carry out cyberespionage, though the newspaper said CRRC called that “ludicrous.”The corporation has made inroads in the U.S. freight rail industry in recent years by producing rail cars for transit systems in cities like Los Angeles

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