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D.C. Streetcar Can Start Running As Soon As Feb. 26, Safety Agency Says

The city's first streetcar line since 1962 may start carrying passengers along the Northeast D.C. corridor “on or after Feb. 26,” according to a letter from D.C. Fire and EMS to federal transportation officials.

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Communication Breakdown Led Train Operator To Ignore Red Light, Metro Says

Metro is faulting human error for a red light overrun that resulted in an Orange Line train coming within 200 feet of another train shortly after midnight on Feb. 3.

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Deal To Widen I-66 Will Bring Tolls And Construction At The Same Time

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe campaigned in 2013 as a dealmaker who could work with Democrats and Republicans, and he says he's delivering on that promise through another compromise with lawmakers — this time on the thorny transportation issue of widening Interstate 66.

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Metro Continues To Lose Riders, With No Quick Turnaround In Sight

While multiple factors are contributing to the downward trend, most troubling is the fact that some people simply have quit Metro because service is poor.
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For Slow-Moving 16th Street Buses, Relief Will Also Come Slowly

After years of study and much prodding from frustrated commuters, the District is moving ahead with plans to designate a rush hour bus lane on one of its busiest corridors, 16th Street NW. They'll take two to four years to implement.

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Feds Threaten To Withhold Funding Over Metro Safety Board Foot-Dragging

The threat is the latest move to pressure legislators and bureaucrats in the two states and the District to comply with federal law by forming a Metro Safety Commission.
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Three African-American Churches Open To Compromise On Shaw Bike Lane

The controversy surrounding the District’s proposals to build a major north-south bike lane through the Shaw neighborhood has taken a civil turn.

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Difference In Deadlines: Feds Say Metro Is Late Correcting Array Of Safety Problems

Metro officials believed they were on track to meet more than 70 deadlines on safety problems across rail and bus service but now find themselves behind on some key issues after the FTA revised the timetable.

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You've Heard Of UberX. Now D.C. Is Considering Its Own 'Xclass'

Just four years ago D.C. regulators were calling Uber illegal and threatening to shut down the then-upstart ride-hailing app. Fast-forward to 2016, and the D.C. Taxicab Commission, the chief regulator of the city's roughly 6,000 taxis, is trying to not only emulate Uber's all-digital convenience, but offer something better for consumers and drivers alike.
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Pop-ups, Parking, and Mom-and-Pop Shops: New Zoning Rules for the District

The term "zoning" puts many to sleep, but new rules in the District address hot-button issues: adding floors to row-houses, renting out English basements, and parking minimums for new apartment buildings. We consider how the regulations will affect local neighborhoods, and how they compare to nearby jurisdictions.

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