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January 5, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

How the District can improve public transportation in wards 7 and 8

TRANSIT | Metro bus and rail riders east of the Anacostia River have the longest commute times in the District. DC Policy Center believes the city can improve public transportation for these communities by integrating buses and the rail, including making transfers between the two free. (DC Policy Center, 1/4)

Public transit east of the Anacostia River has unique challenges: difficult physical geography, Metrorail stations that are not placed for optimal bus connections, and very low incomes among riders. But it is possible to overcome these challenges; the area is not doomed to circuitous bus routes.

The central piece to improving the area’s public transportation is fare integration between buses and trains, through very small increases in bus fares and free transfers. With fare integration, passengers are likely to switch from buses to Metrorail, which has lower cost of service provision, which would allow pruning some bus branches. This has the potential to stimulate sufficient additional ridership that despite the decrease in fare collection, the overall public subsidy required may yet go down.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY | Graham McLaughlin, WRAG board member and managing director of community impact program at Advisory Board Company, and Marc DeCourcey, senior vice president of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation and our partner in the Institute for CSR, joined other leaders in discussing the lessons they learned from their company’s CSR work in 2017. (Huffington Post, 12/26)

WORKFORCE | The Greater Washington region weigh the potential consequences after Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a directive encouraging the enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states where it has been legalized. (WaPo, 1/4)

POVERTY/ TECHNOLOGY | Opinion: Elisabeth A. Mason, founding director of the Stanford Poverty and Technology Lab, considers the role of artificial intelligence and data in lifting people out of poverty. (NYT, 1/1)

SEXUAL ASSAULT | Me Too Creator Tarana Burke Reminds Us This Is About Black and Brown Survivors (YES! Magazine, 1/4)

PUBLIC SAFETY 
– In 2017, the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty dropped to its second lowest in fifty years. Forty-four of the 128 officers that have died were shot and killed. (USA Today, 12/28)

– According to a Washington Post ongoing investigation, the police shot and killed almost 1,000 people in 2017. (WaPo, 1/5)


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