Wednesday, June 23, 2010
(David Schultz, WAMU News) Metro, Washington D.C.'s embattled transit authority, has changed drastically in the past 12 months - ever since two of its trains crashed into each other a year ago this week, killing eight passengers and a train operator.
The change felt most viscerally by passengers has to do with how Metro's trains operate. Because its automatic train control system was thought to be at fault, Metro switched its trains to manual control. This has not only hurt the trains' on-time performance, it's made them more herky jerky - especially when coming to a stop at a platform. As a result, motion sickness has become a real hazard for many Metro riders.
But the legacy of the Metro train crash goes beyond some queasy train passengers.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
(Washington, DC - David Schultz, WAMU News) One year ago today, a Washington, DC Metro train slammed into the back of a stopped train. Nine people died and dozens were injured in the deadliest crash in the capital system's history. Since then, Metro has made changes, but it's not clear what is making the ride for passengers safer. In a series of reports on the year since the crash, David Schultz looks at whether Metro is safer than it was one year ago. Earlier, WAMU News reported on the debate over federal regulation of transit started by this crash and the feelings of Capital residents, some of whom see little signs of change.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Pew survey finds adult drivers text, talk on phone as much as teens. (Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project)
Everything from Governor's future to state's finances ride on Boston commuter rail extension. (Globe)
New York's MTA considering more cuts to subway, buses even as service cuts come down this week. (NYTimes)
Lakers victory parade promises traffic nightmare in downtown LA. Will Angelenos take transit to get there? (Southern California Public Radio/KPCC)
Thursday, May 27, 2010
(David Schultz, WAMU) The Board of Directors of Metro, Washington D.C.'s transit system, was scheduled to vote on a package of historically large fare increases and services cuts late last month.
They did not.
Instead they delayed for two weeks a vote on the package, which was meant to close a nearly $200 million shortfall in Metro's budget.
Two weeks later, on May 13, the Metro Board met again. And again, they decided to delay the vote another two weeks to today.