Breakfast links: WMATA and Metro’s largest union strike a deal to slow privatization

Author: Nicole Cacozza (Contributor)  Source: Ggwash.org  11-Dec-2019
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 protests working conditions under a Metro contractor at the WMATA headquarters in November. Image by GKJ. Alexandria will review a dangerous intersection The city’s Vision Zero Crash Task Force will review a collision at King Street, Braddock Road and Quaker Lane where a car flipped over. Despite this, and the high car and pedestrian traffic there, Alexandria says it is not planning a large scale project to fix the intersection.  (Vernon Miles / ALX Now)   DC wants wealthy enclaves to open up for housing As part of an effort to convince residents in wealthy upper Northwest DC neighborhoods to accept Mayor Bowser’s plan to add nearly 2,000 affordable housing units to the area by 2025, DC sponsored a screening of “Segregated by Design” and a talk about the history and present reality of housing segregation in Ward 3.  (Graham Vyse / DCist)   A DC pilot program will test free Metro rides DC will offer free transit for 1,000 low-income Washingtonians as part of a study to see how transportation impacts overall well being for residents. The city may fund more discounts and free Metro rides depending on the results of the study, which will take place over the summer.  (Justin George / Post. Tip:

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“WMATA reports train service has been suspended between Van Ness and Dupont Circle Metro station due to fire activity at Woodley Park.”

Author: Prince Of Petworth  Source: Popville.com  10-Dec-2019
Photo by Yannick Shamamba Update 6:25pm: “Red Line Delay: Trains are single tracking between Van Ness & Friendship Heights due to a track problem outside Van Ness. Expect delays in both directions.” UPDATE 6:08pm from Alert DC: “FEMS reports the fire activity has cleared. WMATA reports trains are no longer single tracking, and normal operation has resumed. Residual delays continue in both directions.” Metro Center Photo by Kim Cooper From Alert DC: “WMATA reports train service has been suspended between Van Ness and Dupont Circle Metro station due to fire activity at Woodley Park. Shuttle bus services has been requested for Woodley Park, Dupont Circle, and Van Ness Metro stations.” From WMATA: “Red Line Alert: Shuttle buses available between Cleveland Park and Farragut North due to a track problem outside Woodley Park.” “UPDATED: Red Line Delay: Single tracking btwn Farragut North & Van Ness w/ bypassing Dupont Circle & Woodley Park due to a track problem outside Woodley Park.” Also: “Silver/Blue Line Delay: Expect delays in both directions due to a signal problem outside Largo Town Center.” Scene from Farragut North: Photo by IceKareemy Outside Dupont: Photo by Mike Chelen

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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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