Posts Tagged ‘DDOT’

DDOT Expects Fare-Collecting, Passenger-Transporting Streetcars by Year’s End

The streetcar waiting game took an optimistic turn yesterday, as WAMU reported that District Department of Transportation Director Terry Bellamy put the odds that the H Street-Benning Road streetcar line will "go live" this year at two in three.
So what exactly does "going live" entail? There are a few things that have to happen before [...]

Bikeshare Showdown Possible as Workers’ Deadline Approaches

Two weeks ago, a group of former Capital Bikeshare workers and allies delivered a petition to the program's general manager and—eventually—the District Department of Transportation, demanding back pay and higher wages. The current and former employees who signed the petition charge that the company operating Capital Bikeshare, Portland, Ore.-based Alta Bicycle Share, isn't complying with [...]

Bikeshare Workers’ Wage Protest Stops by Wrong Office

Capital Bikeshare workers feel they're not getting their due. They allege that they haven't been paid the prevailing wages and benefits they're owed, and the U.S. Department of Labor is investigating their claim. Last month, 16 current and former employees signed a letter to Portland, Ore.-based Alta Bicycle Share, Capital Bikeshare's operator, demanding back pay. And [...]

Flawed Metropolitan Branch Trail Cameras Not Doing Much to Fight Crime

On Tuesday, a cyclist on the Metropolitan Branch Trail was senselessly beaten by about 15 juveniles, apparently just for kicks—they stole nothing. This raises the question, of course, of what the city's doing to prevent crimes like these. One intended deterrent is the security cameras set up by the District Department of Transportation along the [...]

Is the District Laying Groundwork for a New Transit Authority?

The District Department of Transportation issued a mysterious press release on Tuesday. "Megaproject Update," it said. "DDOT Preparing Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for an Integrated Premium Transit System and South Capitol Street Corridor Projects."
The South Capitol Street component was relatively straightforward: a $600 million project to upgrade two segments of the corridor. But the "integrated premium [...]

Wells Introduces Bill to Enforce Parking Permit Bans

During the fight over its planned residential development at the old Babe's Billiards site in Tenleytown, Douglas Development Corporation made a pledge to neighbors: If the company were given permission to construct the building without any off-street parking, it'd also bar residents from obtaining residential parking permits to park on the street. That way, residents [...]

Open Questions Remain as Bikeshare Comes Under Investigation

Mike DeBonis beat me to the story last night: The U.S. Department of Labor is investigating Capital Bikeshare for possible failure to pay the federal prevailing wage to its employees. The program, run by Portland, Ore.-based Alta Bicycle Share, is operating under a $16.4 million contract with the District Department of Transportation.
Former Bikeshare employee Samuel Swenson, [...]

Behold, New Streetcar Barn Renderings!

Speaking of things Ward 5 is looking to get rid of: On Thursday, the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts reviewed new plans for the proposed streetcar barn on the campus of the soon-to-close-for-renovations Spingarn High School. Which means we get to take a look at some new renderings.
The District Department of Transportation's original design was [...]

Ivy City Bus Lot Opponents Get a Gift: Alternatives

Ivy City residents have been fighting the city's plans to put a tour bus depot in their neighborhood with all they've got. In December, they won a temporary injunction from a judge against placing the depot on the lot of the defunct Alexander Crummell School until certain conditions were met. But in their struggle, they've [...]

The Organic Verses

There were just two shoppers at the Yes! Organic Market in Fairlawn last Friday afternoon. Entire aisles of refrigerated shelves were empty and dark, never to be refilled.
“This is the healthiest place to go,” said Lachuna Johnson, 24, who lives near Good Hope Road SE in Anacostia. “The other places have more artificial food. Today, [...]

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