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

Addition to Metro safety manual suggests problems at control center

washingtonpost.com — Metro's book of safety rules for rail operations runs more than 700 pages, a manual so thick that some transit employees refer to it by a nickname: "the Brick." In January - after a deadly smoke event in a subway tunnel revealed problems with Metro's emergency preparedness - a fat new paragraph was added.

Moody’s downgrades Metro’s bond rating

washingtonpost.com — Metro officials received some bad news on the financial front Friday with Moody's Investors Service announcing that it has downgraded the transit authority's bond rating, a move that could make it more expensive to borrow money, reports the Washington Business Journal's Michael Neibauer.

German plane crash raises questions about airplane security

washingtonpost.com — Flying is safer than ever before, yet in this era of locked cockpit doors and pilot screening, authorities said Thursday that a single aviator was able to deliberately crash a commercial airliner in the French Alps. The disaster has raised questions about how pilots are evaluated and how airlines can be sure that such a horrifying, if rare, event won't reoccur.

Security experts say US rules aim to prevent 'lone pilot' scenario

timesonline.com — WASHINGTON - Aviation security experts said Thursday that U.S. airlines follow strict security procedures to ensure that no one is ever left alone in the cockpit as was the case with a Germanwings pilot now suspected of deliberately crashing an Airbus 320 in the French Alps.

Security experts say U.S. rules aim to prevent lone-pilot scenario

washingtonpost.com — Aviation security experts said Thursday that U.S. airlines follow strict security procedures to ensure that no one is ever left alone in the cockpit as was the case with a Germanwings pilot now suspected of deliberately crashing a Airbus 320 in the French Alps. All 150 people aboard the plane, including three Americans, , were killed.

Metro unveils new safety videos

washingtonpost.com — Metro officials on Thursday released two new safety videos designed to explain to passengers what they should do in the event of an emergency involving fire or smoke on a Metrorail train. "We encourage all of our customers to take a moment to review the new video," Jack Requa, Metro's interim general manager, said in a news release.

If it’s spring, it must be time for Potholepalooza

washingtonpost.com — Potholepalooza begins today. Are we ready to declare war on the potholes? #potholepalooza pic.twitter.com/cAz540wmuP - Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) March 25, 2015 D.C.'s Department of Transportation on Wednesday launched Potholepalooza, its seventh annual pothole eradication campaign, pledging to fill those pesky, alignment-busting holes in the road within 48 hours after they're reported.

Norton bill takes aim at MWAA’s contracting practices

washingtonpost.com — D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said she will introduce legislation requiring the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority to follow federal auditing and contracting regulations. The move follows the release of federal inspector general's report that raises serious questions about the work of MWAA's internal auditors.

Names picked for some of Metro’s Silver Line stops

washingtonpost.com — Two Metro stops on the Silver Line in Northern Virginia have new name suggestions. The stations at Route 772 and Route 606 will be called Ashburn and Loudoun Gateway, respectively. The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approved the names Wednesday. They will now be sent to the Metro board of directors, which needs to approve them.

MWAA responds to critical IG report

washingtonpost.com — Officials at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority on Tuesday issued a formal response to a federal inspector general's critical report on the authority's Office of Audit. A draft version of the Department of Transportation IG's report last week raised serious questions about the quality of the work being done by MWAA's internal auditors.
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Mar 30, 2015

Intriguing stat: As the U.S. population grew, gas consumption dropped 11 percent. wapo.st/1Hf1I4z

Mar 30, 2015

After deadly Jan. 12 smoke incident, questions about training, morale in #WMATA's train control center. wapo.st/1BE1uPN

Mar 30, 2015

The latest on #Germanwings crash -- officials say co-pilot was treated for suicidal tendencies. wapo.st/1NubCkG

Mar 30, 2015

Meet Trevor Noah, the new host of 'The Daily Show' -- wapo.st/1CpgXGW

Mar 30, 2015

RT @Reagan_Airport: Economy Parking is full. Parking still available in Terminal Parking A, B and C. Check updates mwaa.com/reagan/227.htm

Mar 30, 2015

Another example of how millennials are changing the world -- they want transit not cars. wapo.st/1Mnvnz5

Mar 30, 2015

RT @BreakingNews: JetBlue Airways is experiencing widespread computer system outage affecting flight check-in - @JetBlue bit.ly/1G7QeRU

Mar 29, 2015

O’Malley: Presidency is not a ‘crown to be passed between two families’ wapo.st/1Em6M9y

Mar 27, 2015

RT @PostSports: For third time in four seasons, Rick Pitino and Louisville are headed to the #Elite8. #NCAA wapo.st/1Ci6OvL pic.twitter.com/tACBOftiVI

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