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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.).

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