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Weeks After Latest Delay, Still No Word On Silver Line Opening

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Signal problems are holding up D.C.'s new Silver Line. But the contractor responsible for fixing them says it hasn't even received a list of the issues that need to be resolved.

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Crowding Prompts Renewed Calls For D.C. Bus Lane

Thursday, March 13, 2014

WAMU

If you stand at a bus stop on 16th Street NW south of the U Street intersection after 8 a.m. on a typical weekday, there’s a good chance the next S line bus heading downtown will not stop to pick you up. It’s nothing personal. The driver simply cannot fit any more passengers on board.

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D.C., Maryland and Virginia Pledge $75 Million For Metro Upgrades

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Metro will be getting more funding from the three jurisdictions it serves.

After Gov. Martin O’Malley, Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray met privately in Arlington Wednesday, the three Democratic executives announced they had reached an agreement in principle to each provide $25 million for Metro’s FY2015 budget. ...

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Reliability Concerns, Not Safety, Behind Silver Line Delay

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

WAMU

Problems with the Silver Line's signaling system are pushing back its launch date yet again, but officials say the contractor will foot the bill.

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Silver Line Delayed Again After Problems With Contractor

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

For a third time, officials say construction delays will push back the scheduled opening of a $2.8 billion extension of the region's Metrorail system in Northern Virginia.

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D.C. Metro Chief: If You Want More Service, We Need More Money

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Metro's plans call for a series of upgrades to rail service through 2025, but whether the plans come to fruition depends on the transit agency receiving local and federal funding. And that's far from guaranteed.

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Silver Line Contractor Completes Testing

Monday, February 10, 2014

The $3 billion Silver Line rail extension through Virginia's Tysons Corner is one step closer to opening to the public.

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D.C. Metro Says Cold Weather to Blame for Recent Mechanical Problems

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Metro's top executive says cold weather is mostly to blame for mechanical problems snarling rail commutes.

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Silver Line's Final Safety Testing Scheduled for End of This Month

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The agency building the Silver Line Metrorail extension through Virginia's Tysons Corner is raising hopes that the first phase of the $6 billion project could open to passenger service this spring.

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D.C. Metro Awards $184 Million Contract For Open Payment System

Thursday, January 09, 2014

WAMU

Metro will begin testing an open payment system this year, giving commuters the option of using their credit cards, federal government IDs, or smartphones to speedily pay fares.

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D.C. Metro Unveils New Rail Cars

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Its 1970s-era rail cars creaking with age, Metro finally stepped into the 21st century on Monday, as the transit authority unveiled the first four in its fleet of modern trains scheduled to begin carrying passengers by the end of the year.

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D.C. Metro Could Add Up To 14 Stations, But Expansion Is Decades Away

Friday, December 20, 2013

WAMU

Metro is considering a long-range plan to relieve congestion on its crowded rush hour trains, but the transit agency's top official says it's at least a couple decades away from being realized.

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Bright Lights, No Carpet: Big Changes Coming to D.C.'s Metro

Friday, November 22, 2013

WAMU

Say goodbye to dim station lighting and ratty carpet in Metro trains.

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D.C. May Speed Up 16th Street Buses with Traffic Light Tech and Bus Lanes

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Metro carries half of all people heading downtown on 16th Street, but the already-crowded buses must compete with cars. Now, D.C. is looking at ways to speed buses along -- including giving drivers the ability to change traffic lights.

 

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Metro GM Apologizes After Especially Bad Week On Red Line

Friday, November 15, 2013

WAMU

The head of D.C.'s transit agency is apologizing to Red Line riders for the delays this week which were unusually bad -- even by the standards of the oft-beleaguered Metro line.

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D.C. Metro's New Role: Real Estate Developer

Thursday, November 07, 2013

WAMU

Talk about transit-oriented development: for the first time in seven years, Washington's transit authority is soliciting developers for land it owns at five separate Metro stations.

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D.C. Metro To Begin Running New Railcars In Late 2014

Friday, November 01, 2013

WAMU

D.C.'s new Metro cars are "a complete departure" from what transit riders have seen for the last four decades, according to the agency's chief.

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Property Thefts On Metro Drive 9.8 Percent Increase In Crime

Thursday, October 10, 2013

WAMU

Crime is up 9.8 percent on Metro rail and bus through the first eight months of this year, compared to the same period in 2012. The data comes as part of a crime report being presented to the transit authority's board Thursday morning.

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Work Accident Kills WMATA Contractor

Monday, October 07, 2013

WAMU

A contractor was killed and two transit authority employees were injured in a work accident shortly after midnight Sunday in Washington, D.C.’s subway system.

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Con Ed: It Could Take Three Weeks to Repair Metro-North Power Outage

Thursday, September 26, 2013

As crews scrambled to determine the cause of a power failure on the New Haven Line, Thursday morning's commute was crowded -- but not unusually so.

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