Local News from WAMU 88.5

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

After String Of Delays, Riders Question What Was Fixed In SafeTrack Surge 2

For 16 days Metro contractors labored on the elevated tracks on the eastern side of D.C. On July 3, the transit authority issued a progress report claiming “all critical tasks completed.” But in the two weeks since the project ended, commuters have been repeatedly stuck in delays, and they are wondering why.

Metro’s SafeTrack Results In (Some) Extra Traffic, Earlier Commute Times

Traffic was somewhat worse during each of Metro’s first four “maintenance surges” of the SafeTrack rebuilding program and commuters started their highway trips earlier than normal, according to an analysis by the regional transportation planners.

VRE Sees Record Ridership As Commuters Avoid Metro

Last week was the busiest week ever for Virginia Railway Express, as some commuters looked for transit options beyond the Metro system, which was in the middle of its latest maintenance surge on the Yellow Line.

How Best To Report Police Misconduct? UDC Law Student Tackles Challenge

A  University of the District of Columbia law student who started school just days after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, is working on a new resource that will enable anybody in the country to submit reports of police misconduct.

Does The D.C. Taxi Industry Need To Deregulate To Survive?

Regulations are hurting taxi drivers in their attempt to compete with the Ubers of the world, according to a new report put out by a group of economists.

Friday, July 15, 2016

LISTEN: Author David Miller On The Relationship Between Police And Young Black Men

Educational consultant and author David Miller — whose work includes Ten Rules Of Survival When Stopped By The Police — talks with WAMU 88.5's Armando Trull about the recent killings of black men by police, and the reactions in his Southeast D.C. neighborhood.

Newly Approved Pedestrian Bridge Would Simplify Access To Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center has been called a “marble island” because of its isolation from downtown D.C., but a planned pedestrian bridge aims to make the arts venue more accessible to foot traffic.

Feds Say Worker Protections Violated During First SafeTrack Surges

The Federal Transit Administration has noted more than 100 "defects" by Metro during the first two surges of the SafeTrack program.

Metro Faces Yawning Deficit As Budget Is Squeezed From Both Sides

The combination of declining ridership and ballooning labor costs have set the stage for yearly deficits in excess of $1 billion inside of a few years, according to a new report presented to the WMATA board this week.

Anacostia Residents Fed Up With Negligent Property-Owner: The D.C. Government

In D.C., property owners who allow homes to be vacant or blighted can be punished. But what if those vacant homes are actually owned by the D.C. government? That's the case in Anacostia's historic district.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Does D.C. Need More Police?

After a week when the nation has been torn by two graphic videos of shootings by police and the killing of five officers in Dallas, the mayor of D.C. is saying that one of the city's public safety challenges is not enough police officers.

U.S. Senator Takes Aim At D.C. Over... Occupational Licensing

Republican Mike Lee of Utah is proposing a bill that would streamline — or gut, depending on your point of view — the city's occupational licensing rules and regulations for dozens of professions.

SafeTrack Shuttles Can't Use Alexandria Express Bus Lanes, Despite Complaints

Shuttles ferrying passengers around the station closures for SafeTrack Surge No. 4 will continue to stay bogged down in Route 1 traffic, despite complaints from riders and Congressman Don Beyer (D-Va.).

How One D.C. Delegate Tried To Soften The GOP Party Platform On LGBT Issues

Rachel Hoff is an openly gay D.C. Republican, and this week she tried to soften the Republican Party's official position on same-sex marriage.

Has $2.1M Spent Lobbying U.S. Lawmakers Derailed Peace Process In South Sudan?

In a reporting collaboration with the Center for Public Integrity, we look into how the government of South Sudan has spent millions on lobbying to keep aid flowing to the African republic and smooth out its image amid bloody civil conflict.