1. FTA agrees with the GM/CEO’s assessment that WMATA’s progress over the last two- and-a-half years is a critical but fragile foundation for the future. WMATA’s continued progress will rely considerably on the team of executives, managers, supervisors, and front-line employees who have worked to bring about WMATA’s progress to date. Any major changes in personnel, relaxation in attention to safety, reduction of resources devoted to safety, or reemergence of complacency in the reporting and investigation unusual occurrences and conditions, could easily reverse WMATA’s recent gains.
    — The federal government released a new audit of Washington, D.C.’s rail system and assesses where it stands compared to past years. Still precarious but improved over years past, according to the report. 
     
  2. Sleep in Transit - Napping on the DC Metro

    willisbretz:

    Sleep in Transit by Willis Bretz

    …Over eight months, I photographed 86 passengers on Washington D.C.’s Metrorail System as they sat sleeping in their seats and at times while they stood in the aisles.  The final number of photographs was chosen because there are currently 86 stations that make up the rail system.

    Below are ten of my favorites from the collection.  I’m not sure what I will do with the other 76, but I at least wanted to share a few since completing the project back in January 2012. Read More

    I’ve never allowed myself to fall asleep on the Metro and all my commutes are too short to make it worth it anyway. Isn’t that a little bold to do so? This is interesting though. It reminds me of all the black and white photos of D.C. Metro People. I wonder if this will provoke paranoid reactions like that photo blog did—I remember a ton of people feeling violated after I posted a Q&A with that Metro photographer last year. 

     
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    Who doesn’t have a soft spot for transit in the ’80s? So many photos.

    Who doesn’t have a soft spot for transit in the ’80s? So many photos.

     
  4. This man will show you how to work out on the D.C. Metro. 

     
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    Should the D.C. Metro allow bicycles on its trains during rush hour? It’s forbidden, but many bicyclists want to change the rules. 

    Should the D.C. Metro allow bicycles on its trains during rush hour? It’s forbidden, but many bicyclists want to change the rules. 

     
  6. Fascinating to think back to the days when St. Louis featured streetcars all over. 

     
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    "Occupy Transit!" That’s the message Metro unions and other transit workers had this morning at Farragut Square in Washington, D.C. Governments all around the country, they contend, need to fund buses, trains, and light rail more than we have before. They’re allying with the Occupy movement to spread the message.
Read more about the rally here and see photos here.

    "Occupy Transit!" That’s the message Metro unions and other transit workers had this morning at Farragut Square in Washington, D.C. Governments all around the country, they contend, need to fund buses, trains, and light rail more than we have before. They’re allying with the Occupy movement to spread the message.

    Read more about the rally here and see photos here.

     
  8. The D.C. Metro is now working to let riders report sexual harassment after pressure from local groups last month. They’ve created an e-mail address you can send reports to, for starters, and are planning a public awareness campaign in the months to come. Wise, fast response to some hard critiques.

    The D.C. Metro is now working to let riders report sexual harassment after pressure from local groups last month. They’ve created an e-mail address you can send reports to, for starters, and are planning a public awareness campaign in the months to come. Wise, fast response to some hard critiques.

     
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    pigeonlibre:

    NYC in the 80’s 

    Beautiful photo’s of decayed New York in the 80’s by Steven Siegel

    E-mailed this to Dad.  His response: “It was worse in the ’70s!”

    Such a different vision of transit than I’m used to in D.C. in 2012 (except for maybe with I’m riding on one half of the Red Line). 

    (Source: hollowbrooklyn)