Posts Tagged ‘WMATA’

District Line Daily: Metro Incident Claims A Life

Dozens of people were hurt overall.

No Arrests Made After Teens Storm Bus

"Too much sugar" might have been a factor.

D.C. Struggles to Keep Its Pants Up On Metro

Metro Transit Police is on the hunt for four men who exposed themselves.

Want to Pay for Metro With Your Smartphone? Sign Up for WMATA’s Pilot Program

SmarTrip be gone!

Shrinking Federal Workforce Continues to Shrink Metro Ridership

Cyclists also aren't helping ridership numbers.

Metro CEO Richard Sarles to Retire

He'll step down in mid-January.

Metro Pays Feds $4.2 Million to Over Alleged Procurement Violation

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is out more than $4 million after it reached a settlement with the United States following allegations that it used federal grant money to fund a transit project without following federal guidelines.  The settlement follows a two-year-old whistleblower complaint filed in U.S. District Court for D.C.
In 2010, Metro awarded a [...]

The Needle: Broken Love

She Loves Me Not: The District Department of Transportation cut several "love locks" off  the Key Bridge today in the name of safety. The padlocks, which are locked to the bridge's railing, are a sort of modern version of carving your and your love's names into a tree. -2
Worldwide Metro: For a few hours today, Metro would take you [...]

Metro Will Take You All Around the World Today

Imagine if the D.C. Metro system could take you to St. Petersburg, or Rome, or even under the sea.
For now, it can—virtually anyway.
There's something wrong—or blissfully right—with's interactive Metro map today, as local Redditors discovered this morning. When you click on a Metro stop to get a Google Street View image of the area around the [...]

Should Busking Be Allowed in Metro? A Musician Suing WMATA Thinks So.

Enter a New York City subway station and there's a good chance you'll hear some sort of street performer playing for money—some enjoyable, some not so much. But walk into a Metro station, and you won't find any live entertainment, except maybe the accidental kind. And there's a reason for that.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority strictly prohibits [...]

PETA Slams WMATA’s Rat Traps

In case you're keeping track: Ben's Chili Bowl is PETA-approved. Metro is not.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling for the transit agency to stop capturing rodents intruding on its properties with glue traps, which likely subject the animals to a "prolonged, painful death."
"Each glue trap set in Metro stations can mean excruciating pain and a lingering [...]

Is Metro Totally Fucked or Just Kinda Fucked?

How fucked is your Metro commute home going to be today? Not fucked? Kinda fucked? Or, alas, totally fucked?
Columbia Heights resident Kyle Jennings created a website for local commuters to determine just how severely Metro plans to screw with its transportation plans. The site,, is an offshoot of the similar and lets users know the real-time schedules of [...]

WMATA Sued Over Strict Criminal Background Check Policy

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's criminal background screening policies for employees unfairly discriminate against black workers, a class action suit filed today alleges.
The suit, filed by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, and law firm Arnold & Porter, alleges that Metro and three [...]

51,000 People Rode the Silver Line This Weekend

Metro notched approximately 51,000 trips to or from one of its five new Silver Line stations this weekend, the Washington Area Transit Authority announced today. As of 10 a.m. today, 9,715 people had entered or exited one of the five new stations this morning, the line's first rush-hour day.
Here are this morning's ridership numbers for the five new [...]

Metro’s Biggest Fans Ride Train to Celebrate Silver Line Opening

Bertha and Jim Harrod rode the first Metro train in D.C. when the Red Line opened in 1976. Today, 38 years later, they waited on the train platform at East Falls Church for the first public trip on the Silver Line, which takes commuters from Wiehle-Reston East all the way to Largo Town Center in Maryland.
"It's [...]