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

In the shadow of Dulles Airport: The hunt for a threatened bat

washingtonpost.com — The work isn't glamorous and the hours aren't great, but when Cynthia Hauser gazes into the eyes of a bat, the ticks, the mosquitoes and the ever-present danger of Lyme disease seem to just fade away. Hauser loves bats. She always has - starting from her days as a teenage spelunker in Pennsylvania.
Aug 03, 2015

It appears that #wmata is now getting ready to blame the delay of the Silver line to Dulles on a poor, little bat. washingtonpost.com/local/traffica…

Aug 03, 2015

In the shadow of Dulles Airport: The hunt for a threatened bat wpo.st/pZGT0

Aug 03, 2015

In the shadow of Dulles Airport: The hunt for a threatened bat - wapo.st/1ITM9o3

Aug 03, 2015

RT @drgridlock: In the shadow of Dulles Airport: The hunt for a threatened bat wapo.st/1DlKDss

Amtrak reporting some delays between Trenton and Philadelphia

washingtonpost.com — All Service TRE to PHL delayed by police activity. Amtrak apologizes for any inconvenience. - Amtrak Northeast (@AmtrakNEC) August 1, 2015 Travelers on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor may experience some delays Saturday after officials with the rail line announced there will be residual service delays between Trenton and Philadelphia after a person was struck by a train.

New details emerge about Metro contract that raised ethical questions

washingtonpost.com — Metro agreed to pay nearly $350,000 to its former general counsel who signed on as a consultant to its board the same day she resigned from the transit agency. The contract Kathryn Pett signed would have paid her $311,300, plus roughly $36,000 in travel expenses, before it was abruptly canceled last month, according to newly-released documents obtained by The Washington Post.
Jul 23, 2015

New details emerge about Metro contract that raised ethical questions. #wmata wpo.st/4VjR0

Metro submits response to critical FTA safety oversight report

washingtonpost.com — Officials at the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Agency have submitted their responses to a sharply critical report by the Federal Transit Administration that found troubling gaps in the agency's safety management and employee training programs, including instances where employees tasked with managing subway trains were spotted using their cellphones while on the job.
Jul 20, 2015

Metro submits response to critical FTA safety oversight report wpo.st/2bIR0

D.C. Mayor Bowser: Region’s leaders closer to agreeing on kind of leader Metro needs

washingtonpost.com — D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) addressed questions about Metro on Tuesday morning, ahead of an afternoon meeting with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D). Bowser said regional officials appear to be getting closer to agreeing on the type of leader that Metro needs, after long delays in the process.
Jul 15, 2015

D.C. Mayor Bowser: Region's leaders closer to agreeing on kind of leader Metro needs wpo.st/JpgQ0

New problems with phase 2 of the Silver Line

washingtonpost.com — There are cracks in the girders that will support the Silver Line tracks at Dulles International Airport forcing crews to halt work on that portion of the project until officials can determine the cause and whether the girders can be repaired or will have to be replaced, project officials said Wednesday.
Jul 15, 2015

Officials have suspended some #SilverLine phase 2 work after cracks were found in track support beams. #MWAA wapo.st/1e0HClr

Jul 16, 2015

ICYMI -- Officials suspend some #SilverLine phase 2 work after cracks are found in track support beams. #MWAA wapo.st/1e0HClr

Jul 16, 2015

The cracks in the girders supporting the new Silver Line to Dulles are growing. Have a nice day. washingtonpost.com/blogs/dr-gridl…

Transportation secretary, area leaders say Metro must be fixed quickly

washingtonpost.com — Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and the region's top elected officials met behind closed doors Tuesday to discuss the future of Metro and what it will take to right a transit system reeling from significant safety and financial problems and a lack of permanent leadership. Emerging from the hour-long session, D.C.
Jul 15, 2015

Fix it now - basic message from U.S. transportation secretary, area leaders on Metro and its troubles. #wmata wpo.st/5jcQ0

Jul 15, 2015

The nation's top transportation official has new authority to push for change at #WMATA but will it work? wapo.st/1CDmw8C

Metro restarts search for a general manager

washingtonpost.com — Heeding a growing number of calls that Metro needs permanent leadership to address the serious financial, legal, safety and reliability issues it faces, transit officials announced Wednesday they are resuming their search for a new general manager.
Jul 09, 2015

ICYMI -- #WMATA has restarted its search for a new general manager. wapo.st/1LUyWuy

Jul 10, 2015

RT @kojoshow: What qualities should the Metro general manager have? wamu.fm/1L2xRQI We'll discuss on today's #PoliticsHour

Metro resumes search for a new general manager

washingtonpost.com — Metro is resuming its search for a new general manager, the agency said Wednesday. "The Board is committed to re-energizing the search for a new chief executive who will provide Metro with effective leadership emphasizing safety as the top priority, exceptional financial management and the first-class service delivery for our customers that the region deserves," said Metro Board Chairman Mortimer Downey in a statement that accompanied the announcement.
Jul 08, 2015

#WMATA resumes search for a new general manager - send resume/cover letter to: wmata@lochlinpartners.com wapo.st/1HgbHb7

Peter Neffenger sworn in as new TSA administrator

washingtonpost.com — The Transportation Security Administration has a new administrator. Peter Neffenger, 59, was officially sworn in July 4 at the TSA's headquarters in Arlington as the agency's sixth administrator. Prior to being appointed, Neffenger was the U.S. Coast Guard's 29th Vice Commandant.
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Aug 04, 2015

Chelsea Clinton is a very public figure. So why does she still feel so distant? - wapo.st/1M9IYcH

Aug 04, 2015

How the Planned Parenthood debate could cause another government shutdown - wapo.st/1g5LdQk

Aug 04, 2015

Severe thunderstorms possible this afternoon and evening - likely to be worse south/east of DC. wapo.st/1VZocj4

Aug 04, 2015

The good news? At least the snake wasn't poisonous. #WMATA

Aug 04, 2015

Snake that turned up at the Naylor Road Metro station likely fell from the rafters. #WMATA wapo.st/1eQtcog

Aug 04, 2015

RT @postmetrogirl: A snake breaks Metro's no eating rule, as it eats a bird at Naylor Road stop; no train delays. wpo.st/fwUT0 pic.twitter.com/Amn0hbovvq

Aug 03, 2015

RT @capitalweather: PM Update: Slow-moving cold front brings a chance of rain late tonight and again tomorrow wapo.st/1SXa0CX

Aug 03, 2015

RT @phscoop: DC police chief at national crime summit on rising homicides: "We're seeing something we have not seen in a decade."

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