• 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?

    • 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.

    • A letter from DC Council chairman Phil Mendelson and five colleagues could imperil the Metro funding deal

      By David Alpert     March 15th, 2018

      A letter, released yesterday from DC Council chairman Phil Mendelson and five other council members, argues DC shouldn't pay what Virginia expects. That could lead Virginia or Maryland to pull back on their own contributions, leaving Metro with not enough money for needed repairs and upgrades.

    • 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?

    • Your recommendations, and a few more questions, for Metro unlimited passes

      By David Alpert     November 29th, 2017

      Recently we asked readers how Metro could improve its unlimited passes for commuters and visitors. You gave us some great feedback, which we've rounded up here — and now you have the opportunity to weigh in further!

    • How could Metro improve its unlimited passes?

      By David Alpert     November 15th, 2017

      Metro wants to improve its unlimited passes for both commuters and visitors, and they want to hear from you. What do you think Metro should do to make this work?