Local News from WAMU 88.5

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Report On 'Zoned Out' Metro Drivers Gets Fresh Attention After Signal Overruns

As Metrorail operators overrun red signals at an increasing clip, the transit authority is considering ways to keep the drivers focused on their jobs — more than a year after outside experts came up with 18 recommendations designed to reduce distractions.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Effort To Slow Traffic Through Historic D.C. Neighborhood Is Slow But Promising

D.C. officials say they are moving closer to implementing a "road diet" for Maryland Avenue NE — one of the first projects that may serve as a model for the city as it pursues the goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities over the next decade, known as Vision Zero.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

LISTEN: 'Ka-blam!' — Lightning Talk With The Capital Weather Gang

Does "heat lightning" really exist? Where's the best place to go when you hear thunder? Angela Fritz of The Capital Weather Gang explains the science behind lightning to WAMU 88.5's Jonathan Wilson.

85 Degrees In The Cell Block: D.C. Jail Faces Pressure To Keep Inmates Cooler

A deputy mayor and a D.C. Council member discussed the steps the city is taking to fix things, for now, on The Kojo Nnamdi Show.

D.C. Prepares To Draft A Sweeping 'Cultural Plan' For The City

Can the arts become a bigger part of the overall development agenda for the nation's capital? D.C.'s government and insiders from its arts community want to make the city more attractive to creative people and industries — and they're working on an official plan for it.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Five More Metro Workers Disciplined In July 5 Red Signal Violation

Written reprimands, suspensions and the demotion of a supervisor are among the actions taken by General Manager Paul Wiedefeld, according to a memo to employees. A train operator already has been fired in the incident.

LISTEN: Stafford County Democratic Delegate On Kaine, Clinton And Convention

Kandy Hilliard, one of Virginia's delegates to the Democratic Convention this week in Philadelphia, says the commonwealth's delegation had a hint that Sen. Tim Kaine might be chosen as Hillary Clinton's running mate.

Metro's #Hotcars Problem Is Leading To More Than Just Overheated Riders

Metro is once again struggling to keep the air conditioning working in its railcars, and the result is a shortage in the number needed to meet demand during rush-hour periods.

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Future Of Paratransit In D.C.: Finding The Right Price Tag For A Civil Right

Effective Friday, Transport DC — a District-subsidized taxicab service for people with disabilities — is being scaled back. One group of involved citizens is demanding that they not be left behind in the new age of urban mobility.

'I Wanted To Give Voice To Them' — Summer Program Spurs Theater About Race

Stark spotlights illuminate about a dozen teens. They shout out in groups: “I’m Latino, I’m black, I’m a woman, I’m mixed …” They're working on a play for the Paso Nuevo summer theater program, where D.C. youths find their voices on issues that matter to them.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

LISTEN: 17-Year-Old Virginian Adds Millennial Flavor To GOP Convention

Jack Salm, a teenager from Virginia's Eastern Shore, is one of the commonwealth's delegates at the Republican National Convention. He talks with WAMU 88.5's Jonathan Wilson about how he's been treated this week in Cleveland.

Groups Turn Fire Hose Of Super PAC Cash On Local Elections

Super PACs are starting to have a big impact on local government, as donors use them to skirt donor limits and pump large amounts of cash into elections.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Uber Reaches Into Its Pockets To Handle Washington's SafeTrack-Related Demand

There had been speculation that SafeTrack would push riders off Metro, causing near-permanent surge pricing for Uber riders. Martin Di Caro looks at how they have worked to keep more drivers on the road and available.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

LISTEN: Inside The GOP Convention, From The View Of A Blue-State Delegate

What's it like to represent a solidly Democratic state at the Republican National Convention? Maryland has 38 delegates in Cleveland, and WAMU 88.5's Jonathan Wilson spoke Tuesday with one of them: Don Murphy, an at-large delegate from Catonsville.

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.