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Monday, June 27, 2016

Metro Ridership Is Down, With WMATA Pointing To External Forces For Drop

Metro ridership remains well below its 2009 peak, but officials at the transit agency are pointing to structural problems instead of service that has been widely regarded as poor.

How Traditional Nonprofits Run Into Problems Trying To Tackle Poverty

Poverty is a more complicated issue than many people realize, and organizations trying to tackle it often run into institutional roadblocks.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Got A Paper Fare Card Hiding Somewhere? Metro Says It Soon Will Be Worthless

The Metro system stopped accepting paper fare cards in March 2016. After June 30, riders will no longer be able to transfer the money from old paper cards to a SmarTrip card.

Metro Asked Rail Riders To Stay Away During SafeTrack, And They Listened

Metro is in the midst of the second of 15 maintenance "surges" schedule through next year, and the data shows many riders are turning to other modes of transportation to get around the region.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Out: The D.C. Taxicab Commission. In: The Department Of For-Hire Vehicles.

The commission that regulates some 6,500 taxis in the District is becoming a full-fledged agency with a new name — but it is not clear what effect, if any, the change will have on the riding public.

'Sad Day' Has Local Immigration Activists Looking To November And Beyond

A tie vote Thursday in the Supreme Court dealt a severe blow to an executive order by President Obama that would have allowed some 4 million undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation, including thousands in the Washington region.

How Learning 'Soft Skills' Prepares DCPS Students For The Workplace

When you're pursuing jobs in career-oriented fields, sometimes it's the little things that count — like dress, attitude and the way you shake hands. A DCPS program called Tenacity is giving students a leg up in those areas.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Fort Totten Crash Still Weighs Heavily On Discussions About Metro Safety

Seven years after the darkest day in Metro’s 40-year history, safety experts say the transit authority has made limited strides improving safety but has not entirely escaped the shadow of the Red Line crash near Fort Totten station that killed eight passengers and a train operator.

LISTEN: What Is Different About This Latest Push For D.C. Statehood?

Mayor Muriel Bowser is leading a renewed push for D.C. statehood this year, but it's hardly the first time the effort has been undertaken. We talk to historian George Musgrove to compare this effort to those in years past.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

D.C. Legislators Give Final Approval To $15 Minimum Wage, Bowser Will Sign Bill

Under the bill, the minimum wage in D.C. will increase to $15 by 2020, and the tipped wage earned by restaurant workers will rise to $5 from the current $2.77.

Monday, June 20, 2016

After Orlando Massacre, Kentucky Republican Pushes For Open Carry In D.C.

Residents of Kentucky can openly carry handguns without a permit, and now a Republican representative from the Bluegrass State wants D.C. residents to enjoy the same right.

What To Expect On Metro With SafeTrack Segment Shutdown Monday

The second surge in Metro's SafeTrack reconstruction program is expected to have much bigger impacts for rush hour commuters the next two weeks, starting Monday.

Friday, June 17, 2016

In Fight For More Housing In Washington, Groups Hope To Make Case For 'Yes'

The NIMBY or "not in my backyard" impulse is strong in cities like Washington D.C., but what if there was an organized group of YIMBYs to balance them?

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Find Other Ways To Get Around Monday, Metro And Other Officials Say

Transit authority leaders joined elected officials from D.C. and Prince George’s County to hammer home a message to commuters: Unless a significant number find alternative means of transportation, they will be stuck on packed trains and buses during the first rail shutdown under the SafeTrack program.

Montgomery County Police: Latino Youth Gang Violence On The Rise In Recent Months

Latino youth gang violence — including nine gang-related murders — has expanded alarmingly in Montgomery County over the past eight months, according to a new report from Montgomery County police.