Posts Tagged ‘WMATA’

Metro Crime Is Down Big Time This Year

Crime was down on the D.C. Metro system by 31 percent in the first quarter of 2014, according to a new report from Metro Transit Police Department.  The report compares crime occurring during the first three months of 2014 with the same period in 2013. The decrease was driven by a drop in robberies, snatches of electronic devices, and [...]

So Long, Paper Metro Farecards

Metro wants to end the sale of paper fare cards and switch entirely to SmarTrip cards over the next 18 months. The plan is part of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's capital budget for fiscal year 2015, which is being voted on tomorrow.
The budget includes $8.7 million to convert the machines that currently dispense paper fare cards to only [...]

The Needle: Sterling and the Pigskins

Sherman Talk: The Seattle Seahawks Richard Sherman said in an interview with Time magazine that if the NFL had its own Donald Sterling, it would not ban him from the league. "Because we have an NFL team called the [Pigskins]. I don’t think the NFL really is as concerned as they show. The NFL is [...]

Russ Ptacek Spent Tuesday Waiting for Muriel Bowser

WUSA9 investigative reporter Russ Ptacek and a cameraman sat outside Ward 4 D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser's office at the Wilson Building for two and a half hours Tuesday, waiting to snag an interview with the Democratic mayoral nominee. But Bowser never came, and Ptacek, whom Washington City Paper dubbed D.C.'s most excitable newsman in a 2013 cover story, [...]

The Needle: Popping the Cherry

 
Cherry Don't Blossom: Because it is March—and still so freaking cold—experts are pushing back the expected date of the cherry blossom's peak bloom from April 9 to April 13. -4
Parking Jam: D.C. was ranked the seventh worst city in the country for parking by some study. -3

Metro Approves Fare Hikes. Here’s What You’ll Be Paying.

The Metro Board of Directors approved its fiscal year 2015 budget today, which, as expected, included fare hikes on buses, trains, and parking.
The fares go in effect July 1, 2014. Here it is, in dollars and cents:
Metrorail

Fares will increase about 10 cents per trip, or by about 3 percent.
Short trips of 3 miles or less [...]

Why Do People Always Fall While Chasing the Thief Who Stole Their Phones?

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority released a video yesterday showing a man snatching a cell phone from a woman at the Capitol South Metro station on Saturday. The woman subsequently chases after the man, falls, and then continues to chase him before the video cuts out. Police say the suspect was ultimately arrested outside the [...]

District Line Daily: Shaky Gray Grounds

A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.
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Amid the latest allegations that Vince Gray knew about the Jeff Thompson-financed shadow campaign, is the [...]

District Line Daily: Let’s Make a Deal

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Jeffrey Thompson, the businessman believed to be behind Mayor Vince Gray's 2010 shadow campaign, is [...]

The Worst Performing Metro Escalators of 2013 and 2014 (So Far)

The good news is that Metro escalator availability  is reportedly at a five-year high. The bad? If you're a frequent Metro rider who uses the system twice a day, you're statistically likely to confront a broken escalator at least once a week.
Tucked within a 50-page document answering questions in preparation for a D.C. Council oversight hearing, the [...]

District Line Daily: Crime Watch

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Police Chief Cathy Lanier's popularity has made it difficult for Mayor Vince Gray's re-election opponents [...]

Man Arrested for Showing Lewd Selfies to Women on Metro

Metro Transit Police announced today that officers arrested and charged Steven Andrew Slaughter, 22, for committing alleged lewd acts after he approached women on the Metro and showed them "inappropriate" photos of himself on his phone.
He was also charged with an assault that occurred in January.
Police became aware of the "cell phone flasher" in mid-January [...]

The Needle: Decriminalize It

Blaze Up (Inside): The D.C. Council gave preliminary approval to legislation that would decriminalize weed if you're smoking on private property, which means that most people will continue smoking in the privacy of their own homes. +2
Ridin' Dirty: The man who was spotted masturbating on the Metro Monday may actually be a serial public transit [...]

An X2-Rated Love Story

The X2 bus line has gotten a bad rap in recent years. Yes, the line that runs from downtown to H Street NE and ends east of the Anacostia River at the Minnesota Avenue Metro stop is notorious for its overcrowding. And, yes, it made headlines last year when a woman allegedly assaulted the driver on [...]

District Line Daily: Train to Nowhere

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Officials are analyzing data from the Silver Line's first full test run over the weekend [...]

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