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Category: WMATA

Comstock Introduces WMATA Board Reorganization Bill

December 8, 2017 – Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA), the sole remaining Republican in Congress from the Washington D.C. mass transit service area, introduced a bill in the House this week to make reforms in the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) governance structure.

Chao Replaces Federal Members of WMATA Board

July 27, 2017 – Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on July 24 replaced the two federally-appointed principal members of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) board of directors.

The End of “SafeTrack” – The Beginning of “Routine Maintenance?”

July 7, 2017 – On June 29th, 2017 around 700 Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) employees hit the stations to thank Metro users (in the form of a coupon for fast food coffee, even though WMATA still bans drinking beverages on its trains and in its stations) for enduring the year of track work and service interruptions.

House Judiciary Approves WMATA Compact Changes

June 16, 2017 – The House Judiciary Committee on June 14 approved, with little debate, two joint resolutions ratifying new policies adopted by Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia relating to the DC-area mass transit agency, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).

WMATA’s SafeTrack Successes Overshadowed by Financial Trouble

April 7, 2017 – On March 29, the House Oversight Subcommittee on Government Operations held a hearing to examine progress and lessons learned since the Washington Area Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) launched its SafeTrack program nearly a year ago in June.

Virginia, Maryland Jurisdictions Pay Price for WMATA Woes

February 24, 2017 – The embattled Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) once again has its back on the ropes as the federal government is withholding funding from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia due to WMATA’s spotty track record of safety.

New DC Metro Budget Causes Concerns in Congress

November 4, 2016 – The general manager of the Washington DC-area mass transit system released an outline of his proposed operating budget for the system this week covering fiscal year 2018.

Shut the Subways Down

When the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority shut down its subway system for an entire day in March for emergency repairs, it sent a shockwave through the country. People and pundits wondered: How could this be allowed to happen in the nation’s capital? Who’s to blame? What were they thinking?

What Can DC Metro’s Past Tell Us About Its Future?

The ongoing problems of the Washington, DC regional rapid transit system (“Metro”), long obvious to local residents, have now leapt into the national spotlight. What can Zachary Shrag’s 2006 book The Great Society Subway tell us about the past and future of Metro?

Foxx Replaces 3 WMATA Board Members, Emphasizing Safety

April 29, 2016 – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced yesterday that he will replace three of the four federal members of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board of Directors with new members who share extensive backgrounds in transportation safety.

House Hearing Examines DC Metro’s Woes

April 20, 2016 – Last week, the House Oversight Committee held a much-discussed hearing regarding safety and service of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).

New WMATA Chief Outlines Plans for DC Metro’s Future

March 10, 2016 – The National Press Club held a luncheon on March 7 featuring Paul Wiedefeld, the general manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) since last November. This event follows a public plan recently released by Wiedefeld, as well as an editorial in the Washington Post. While the discussion focused on WMATA’s myriad problems, he took a pragmatic tone, acknowledging that issues have not been communicated properly to the public.

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