Workers at the D.C. Streetcar voted overwhelmingly on Friday to join Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689, which already represents more than 10,000 WMATA Metrorail, Metrobus, and MetroAccess employees in the region.
Metro Washington Council delegates on Monday night nominated Jackie Jeter to serve as President. If elected at next month's meeting as expected (she's the only candidate), Jeter (right), who's president of ATU Local 689, will be the Metro Council's first female president. "I'm tremendously excited at the chance to work with the Council's leadership to improve the lives of working people across the metro region," Jeter told Union City. "Together with our new Executive Director (see story below) and the dynamic combination of new blood and experienced hands on the Board, I know we'll achieve great things." The election will be held at the March 21 Council meeting. Read more here.
Dozens of disabled riders and MetroAccess workers joined together at Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church to call on Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker to support with a living wage for MetroAccess workers, more safety for riders and increase reliability of service. Read more here.
Safety oversight officials within the D.C. Fire and EMS Department have approved the long-delayed, oft-criticized H Street-Benning Road streetcar project, pending a final review expected to wrap up in the next week. Read more here,
The DC council’s Committee on Transportation and the Environment will hear from the D.C. Department of Transportation and residents on Jan. 8 to discuss a controversial proposal to raise traffic fines in the District — among them, a $1,000 ticket for drivers going 25 over the posted speed limit. The proposals call for significant increases to several traffic offenses and the creation of new ones as part of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Vision Zero plan. Read more here.