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David Catania is now earning twice as much as an electrical contractor executive than he gets from taxpayers. He did recuse himself from votes on electrical licensing. He defends the practice of making outside income, saying it expands the pool of people who can run for office. (Post) Twitter
Is Metro friendly for kids?
Metro has many kid-friendly features, including elevators and free rides for small children. But some policies are tough for school groups, and many riders don’t defer to kids for elevator space. (Post) Twitter
Beware confusing SmarTrip balance readouts
SmarTrip changes are confusing some commuters because when you load your SmartBenefits, the faregate only show the balance on 1 of the 3 “purses.” You can see all 3 balances online. (Post) Twitter
Contractor, MWAA dispute Silver Line delays
MWAA accuses the construction consortium building phase 1 of the Silver Line of hiding construction delays so it can win the contract for phase 2. (Examiner) Twitter
Mayor Gray is dissatisfied that only 14% of WMATA employees are DC residents. DOES, the District’s employment agency, is now connecting WMATA with pre-screened job candidates. (Washington Times) Twitter
Light rail to Charles Co?
Officials in PG and Charles counties are pushing for a light rail line from the Branch Avenue Metro to Charles County. However, competing with the Purple Line and Baltimore’s Red Line for state money will be difficult. (Examiner) Twitter