WMATA board chair Jack Evans says Metro needs $1 billion in dedicated funding annually, of which $300 million should come from the federal government, if we’re serious about fixing Metro. (Post) Twitter
No Metro sales tax
Virginia Senator Mark Warner supports creating a dedicated funding source for WMATA, but he’s not so keen on implementing a regional sales tax after a nasty political fight in 2002 shot down his proposal for a similar measure. (Post) Twitter
A cause for celebration?
Metro’s attempts to celebrate its 40th anniversary with a PR campaign may not make much sense on the surface, but they fit into an overarching agency goal of improving customer engagement. (Washingtonian) Twitter
Respect the bus driver
Metrobus operators aren’t a happy bunch right now. 2015 saw an uptick in assaults on drivers, and many say that fare evasions continue despite new automated messages that announce a minimum $1.75 fare. (WTOP) Twitter
Architecture and aging
Many elderly people have to move to retirement communities and then to be near family, which takes away from their ability to form social bonds. Can architecture instead help people age without having to move? (WAMU) Twitter
Build at Braddock?
Could the entrance to Braddock Road Metro become a “vibrant neighborhood square”? Metro is studying options for development, but Alexandria has a lot of development already in the works that might mean lower demand here. (WBJ) Twitter
Mixed-use to retail
Gas station magnate Joe Mamo owns a property in Bloomingdale and has approvals for a 6-story mixed-use building with 85 housing units. But he can’t get financing, so he’s giving up and proposing retail with no housing. (WBJ) Twitter
Starting May 1, every new driver in the District regardless of age will be required to take a course in order to get a DC license. The course will involve 30 hours of classroom instruction and 8 hours behind the wheel. (DCist) Twitter