Category Archives: WMATA

Metro discusses hot cars issue

As summer heated up this year, many riders rediscovered an old frustration: Metro cars with malfunctioning air conditioning. On sweltering days, these cars can be even hotter than the outside. After seeing so much angst online from one of Metro’s … Continue reading

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>Streetcar on the “Honor System”

> Like most other rail street transit systems in the world, the DC streetcar should be on the honor system.  This system requires passengers riding the streetcar to have proof that their current ride is paid for, but does not … Continue reading

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>Infosnack and Greater Greater Washington Mentioned in the Post

>I was mentioned in the Washington Post. Woot. Probably because Unsuck DC Metro mentioned me or perhaps Lena Sun of the Post has my business card after I talked to her at a WMATA board meeting, before I was writing … Continue reading

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>Board to Catoe: Cut service to balance the budget

> According to this draft resolution, the Board will consider providing the following guidance to GM Catoe for preparing the FY 2011 budget, which starts next July: Assume that jurisdiction subsidies will not likely increase Assume a fare increase in … Continue reading

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>Metro Budget Possibilities

> Metro’s 2011 budget starts out about $100M in the red from a preliminary analysis, but the General Manager has to submit a balanced budget to the Board by December. Here’s some things he could consider: Revenues: A fare increase … Continue reading

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>Preliminary Metro Budget Forecast

> As reported in the Washington Post, Metro’s staff released a report for the Board’s Finance Administration and Oversight committee meeting this Thursday.  Next year will certainly be a challenging year for Metro.  According to the report, even after an … Continue reading

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>Metro Customer Service Complaints

> At a meeting of a Metro board planning committee (audio), on Thursday Metro staff presented the results of the track maintenance this past Labor Day weekend. According to the staff member giving the report, the track repair was completed … Continue reading

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>Metro trip planner problems

> Other than wanting to find out if they could be paid, the other reason Metro said they were not working on partnering with Google for their transit mapping service was the quality and availability of Metro’s own trip planner. … Continue reading

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>What’s left for WMATA and Google Transit?

> The Washington Post reported back in March that Metro had finally decided to release its transit schedule and routing information using the open Google Transit Feed Specification format. But a little while ago, I tweeted that WMATA and MBTA … Continue reading

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>Bus On-time performance statistics at Metro

> Every month, Metro’s customer service committee looks at a presentation on operating statistics, which includes a chart showing the latest bus “on-time performance” percentage.  Usually, the number is around 73-75% and reflects the number of buses that arrive within … Continue reading

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