I write stories about how people live and work in the D.C. region for The Post's Transportation and Development Team.

The cat who saved a Japanese train station

washingtonpost.com — Times were tough for the tiny little train station in western Japan. The local Kishigawa Line was nearly bankrupt and the station's entire staff had been laid off. The only creature left? A small calico cat, who'd set up home. And so in 2007, officials with the Wakayama Railway Company, appointed Tama assistant station master at the Kishi station.

Ron Linton, former chairman of D.C. Taxicab Commission, has died

washingtonpost.com — Ron Linton, former chairman of the D.C. Taxicab Commission credited with pushing through much needed reforms that modernized the city's taxicab fleet, has died. He was 86. Linton stepped down from the job as head of the taxicab commission in January following after D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) took office.

Communication breakdowns undercut response in deadly Metro incident

washingtonpost.com — It was raining Jan. 12 at L'Enfant Plaza when a Metro Transit Police official walked over to a District fire official's SUV. A tunnel below L'Enfant Plaza was filling with smoke, and a train was stuck in the tunnel. Metro's deputy police chief, Mark Olson, wanted to elevate command of the incident to D.C.

Senate bill includes $150 million in funding for Metro

washingtonpost.com — A bit of good news in what has been a difficult week for officials at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority: Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) announced this week that $150 million in funding for the transit agency has been included in the Senate's version of the bill that would fund the Department of Transportation.

Federal officials grill Metro over fatal Jan. 12 smoke incident

washingtonpost.com — Thousands of pages of documents were released this morning as part of the federal probe into the first fatal Metro incident involving passengers since the 2009 Red Line crash that killed nine people. The documents show that the fatal smoke calamity in a Metro tunnel Jan.

NTSB begins two days of public hearings into fatal Metro incident

washingtonpost.com — Thousands of pages of documents will be released this morning as part of a federal probe into the deadly Jan. 12 Metro incident, the first involving a passenger fatality since the 2009 Red Line crash that killed nine people.

D.C.’s new identity? A hub for transportation innovation.

washingtonpost.com — The white shuttle bus with the bright red seal on the door eases to a stop at a Metrobus shelter on P Street NW, just west of Dupont Circle. Today, the driver is picking up a passenger bound for Capitol Hill. Tomorrow, who knows? That's because this bus has no fixed stops.

FTA audit urges quick action on independent Metro oversight board

washingtonpost.com — Officials in Maryland, Virginia and the District are not moving quickly enough to create an independent oversight board to monitor safety issues at Metro, according to an audit released by the Federal Transit Administration.

Metro train system’s operation center is understaffed and chaotic, federal investigators find

washingtonpost.com — Metro's central train control center - tasked with ensuring the safety of thousands of passengers moving through the nation's second busiest rail system - is chronically understaffed, chaotic and filled with distractions, according to a federal report released Wednesday. Its staff members lack adequate training and have no formal checklists to help guide them as they do their jobs.

Federal transit officials find significant flaws in Metro’s system for ensuring safety

washingtonpost.com — Federal transit officials have found significant flaws in Metro's system for ensuring that trains and buses operate safely, members of Congress said Tuesday. At a Capitol Hill news conference, four members of the Washington area's congressional delegation said a report by the Federal Transit Administration, set to be released Wednesday, cites major problems with safety management at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
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Jun 30, 2015

@alpert I will ask them about that. Do you remember the date of that prior delay.

Jun 30, 2015

Note: you can also call #WMATA at 202-637-1328 to request a refund.

Jun 30, 2015

If you were caught in Monday's #RedLine delay, here's where you can file a complaint. #WMATA bit.ly/1gYeDhn

Jun 30, 2015

And our next contestant from NJ .. Chris Christie, a faded Republican star, launches presidential campaign. wapo.st/1LAlaNG

Jun 30, 2015

Metro aims to cut trains on some lines -- goal is to ease #BlueLine crowding #WMATA says. wapo.st/1KqLo5N

Jun 30, 2015

Washington Post special report: Police shootings: Distraught people, deadly results. wapo.st/1IK2shk

Jun 30, 2015

A college balks at Hillary Clinton’s fee, so books Chelsea for $65,000 instead - wapo.st/1GMiRRU

Jun 30, 2015

RT @capitalweather: Little downpours continue to fire off and move northeast through the metro. pic.twitter.com/L8lIK7iM69

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