• The good, the bad and the unexplained: what you need to know about the WMATA budget

      By David Alpert     January 29th, 2020

      Soon, WMATA will formally be asking riders and other members of the public to weigh in on its next budget. There's a lot riders should understand, and weigh in on, in addition to proposed cuts or changes to bus service which have rightly attracted a lot of attention — some of which transit advocates have been requesting for years, and other items which are worrisome.

    • What the heck is going on with the WMATA budget?

      By David Alpert     December 16th, 2019

      Up to 68 Washington-area bus routes could face cuts in 2020 (and some could see increases), under a draft budget document presented to the WMATA board Thursday. At the meeting, various board members then proposed numerous of amendments, and the board ultimately put off any action for a month. What's going on, and what should riders take from this?

    • Road trip! DC Councilmembers try out the H & I pilot bus lanes

      By Caitlin Rogger     June 11th, 2019

      DC’s dedicated bus lanes need long-term political commitment to thrive amid the jungle of competing demands for our street space. That commitment had a visible boost Monday, as a group of DC councilmembers gamely tried out the H & I pilot bus lanes, and shared their thoughts on the value of bus priority in the District.

    • DC rolls out the “red carpet” for new bus lanes

      By David Alpert     May 28th, 2019

      In one more week, buses on H and I streets NW past the White House will have their own dedicated rush hour lanes. Over Memorial Day weekend, DC officials started painting the roadways red in preparation.

    • The Circulator is now free. Why just the Circulator? It’s complicated.

      By Caitlin Rogger     March 19th, 2019

      Following two months of free rides on DC’s Circulator bus in February and March, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that Circulator rides will now be free, permanently. But with no routes serving Wards 4, 5, or 7, is making the Circulator free really an equitable move?

    • The K Street Transitway gets $122 million. What’s the K Street Transitway?

      By David Alpert     March 19th, 2019

      DC Mayor Muriel Bowser pledged $122 million to build the K Street Transitway in her State of the District address Monday evening. Residents who haven't been in DC for a decade, and probably 98% of those who have, may have been wondering: What the heck is the K Street Transitway?

    • Bus-only lanes on H and I streets NW could make for a faster downtown commute

      By Caitlin Rogger     March 18th, 2019

      Your bus ride in DC may get quicker this summer, thanks to a proposed downtown bus lane pilot. Buses on H and I Streets past the White House will get dedicated bus lanes during rush hours from early June to late September.

    • Make buses better in Baltimore, Richmond, and Washington, says a regional business group

      By David Alpert     September 18th, 2018

      Baltimore, Washington, and Richmond should all make their bus service a priority with more lanes, faster boarding, better infromation, and much more. Those are recommendations from the Greater Washington Partnership, a super-regional business-led organization which just released a new issue brief on bus service.

    • Your recommendation for a better Metro pass is…

      By David Alpert     December 13th, 2017

      I asked, and you answered: here are the results of the survey I set up to collect riders' thoughts on WMATA's current and potential pass products. What do you think of the recommendations?