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Monday, June 13, 2016

SafeTrack Leaves Riders Wondering: Where Did $5B For Metro Forward Go?

Metro has had more than five years of overhauls costing billions, but the system seems in even worse shape than when they started. How?

Attack In Orlando Casts Shadow Over D.C. Pride Events

Sunday marked the last day of two weeks of D.C. Pride events, but the deadly attacks in Orlando dampened spirits among the city's LGBT community.

D.C. Constitutional Debate Touches On Everything From Process To State Name

D.C. is convening a constitutional convention this week, the first step in a formal petition for statehood. But has the process been open enough? And is the District moving too fast?

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Is Washington's Notorious Traffic Congestion Worse Under SafeTrack?

With some Metro commuters abandoning the rails to avoid the delays caused by the SafeTrack plan, some people are turning to the roads to get to work. But the evidence suggests the gridlock may not be too bad — at least not yet.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Newest, Shiniest Metro Cars Aren't Available On First Lines Hit By SafeTrack

Metro’s Orange and Silver lines not only have crowded trains these days. They also have old trains.

How Influence And Money Fueled Approval Of The Pepco-Exelon Deal

Just how much money went into selling the merger between Pepco and Exelon? Due to the nature of the work done by supporters, we may never know.

D.C. Takes First Step Toward $15 Minimum Wage

The D.C. Council on Tuesday gave initial approval to a bill increasing the city's minimum wage to $15 by 2020. The tipped wage would also go up, from $2.77 to $5, over the same time period. Mayor Muriel Bowser supports the bill.

Developer To Pay $1.3 Million Over Shoddy House-Flipping Claims In D.C.

A couple accused of overseeing the shoddy renovation of dozens of D.C. homes they later sold has agreed to pay $1.3 million in restitution to buyers. They will also be banned from doing any future construction, renovations or sales of any properties in the city.

Monday, June 6, 2016

D.C. Poised To Adopt $15 Minimum Wage, Give Restaurant Workers A Boost

The D.C. Council is poised to give initial approval to a bill increasing the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. Tipped restaurant workers will also see a pay hike, though not as big.

First Rush Hour Of Metro's SafeTrack Era Shows Riders Are Already Adjusting

Metro managed to get through the first rush hour under the SafeTrack maintenance blitz without any major hangups, providing tolerable service on the Orange and Silver Lines in Northern Virginia on Monday morning.

U.S. Supreme Court To Look At Virginia House Of Delegates Districts

The case concerns claims that a plan approved in 2011 illegally packed black voters into a dozen legislative districts.

SafeTrack To Affect D.C. Students 'Tremendously,' Both In Summer And Fall

More than 8,500 students use Metro to get to and from school. How will SafeTrack delays hit schools in the weeks and months ahead?

Friday, June 3, 2016

Metro Sees Unprecedented 'Crush Loads' Unless Riders Find Alternatives

With fewer trains running next week, Metro is looking at just how bad the crush of bodies could get on some cars. Some of the numbers are eye-opening.

With Late-Night Metro Service Gone, Many Wonder: Is The Party In Washington Over?

Metro will now close at midnight instead of 3 a.m. on weekends — and the change has business leaders worried about the nighttime economy and bartenders and building cleaners struggling to find alternate ways home.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Is The Region Really Ready For The Beginning Of Metro's SafeTrack Plan?

With SafeTrack starting this weekend, local counties, businesses and above all commuters need to have plans in place for how they will cope. Some are questioning whether we're really ready for the maintenance surges.