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Get rid of solo motorists, writes the author.

Get rid of solo motorists, writes the author.

Veronica Wong

Letter to the Editor: Get Cars Out of the District

​Capitol Hill resident Don Whittaker offers a couple of simple suggestions to fix DC’s congested transit system.

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  1. Percentage of DC Commuters Using Transit 2009-17

    Percentage of DC Commuters Using Transit 2009-17

    Analysis by Gordon Chaffin

    WMATA Lost Riders of All Incomes During SafeTrack

    DC residents used transit relatively equally from 2009 to 2015, but almost every income group dropped transit in 2016 during SafeTrack. Ridership got even worse in 2017.

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  2. A Metrorail Breda 3000-Series car on Blue Line route in October 2005.

    A Metrorail Breda 3000-Series car on Blue Line route in October 2005.

    Ben Schumin/Wikipedia Commons

    Metro Will Not Raise Fares or Cut Service in 2019

    WMATA will not propose fare increases or service reductions at a meeting this week of the System’s Board of Directors on the budget beginning July 2019. The subdued response to rider loss from Metro officials telegraphs reduced ambitions for the system, heading toward reduced commuter rail service away from multi-point transportation utility.

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  3. SmarTrip Express Lane faregates at Vienna station.

    SmarTrip Express Lane faregates at Vienna station.

    Ben Schumin/Wikipedia Commons

    DC’s Student Transit Program in Tough Transition and May Not Help At All

    Starting this month, students in DC need a SmarTrip card for free transit. School officials have struggled to acquire enough cards to distribute to students. Moreover, data from the last few years raise doubts about whether the program will decrease truancy.

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  4. Severe Traffic Congestion at Reagan Airport Beginning Monday, Oct. 8

    Parts of upper-level roadway adjacent to Terminals B and C will be closed for round-the-clock work through mid-November.

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  5. Metro Columbus Day Operating Schedule

    Metrorail to operate on a Saturday schedule, while Metrobus will be on a Saturday supplemental schedule.

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  6. Andy Off,  Assistant General Manager of Rail Services at Metro

    Andy Off, Assistant General Manager of Rail Services at Metro

    LinkedIn

    The Guy Who Invented SafeTrack is Resigning

    Andy Off, Assistant General Manager of Rail Services at Metro, leaving to become a consultant.

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  7. Coming Wednesday: toothless grins and a big silver cup.

    Coming Wednesday: toothless grins and a big silver cup.

    WMATA

    Capitals’ Home Opener Closes Roads Around Capital One Arena

    ​Closures will begin around noon Wednesday and last through 1 am Thursday as the Stanley Cup champs begin 2018-19 season. Red carpet ceremony and a viewing party outside Capital One Arena will further restrict traffic in the area.

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  8. Commuter Crush: Getting Her Number in the Nick of Time

    This DC couple learned each other’s ins and outs while commuting on the Metro. How long did it take for him to ask her out?

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  9. Eliud Kipchoge at the 2018 Berlin Marathon

    Eliud Kipchoge at the 2018 Berlin Marathon

    AP

    This Guy Runs Your Commute Faster than You Could Drive It

    Elite marathoners are so fast that they can cover your commute faster than you can, even when you use fancy cars, buses, and trains.

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