Metro riders challenge proposed cuts to bus service

TRANSIT | Last night, Metro riders had the chance to tell Metro’s board why proposed cuts and reductions in the bus and rail line service would be harmful to their daily lives. The cuts were proposed to help pay for a projected $290 million deficit and the lines affected were said to be cut due to low ridership or nearby alternatives. (WAMU, 1/31)

Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld’s budget proposal also would reduce train frequencies on five of six lines during rush hour, although almost all the testimony voiced at the four-hour public hearing was directed at the proposed changes to bus service.

Riders expressed skepticism at the ridership figures Metro used to determine which routes are inefficient, and their words underscored the reality that for many people, the bus is the only inexpensive way to get to work.

PHILANTHROPY | Kevin Donnelly, Donor Services Associate for the Community Foundation in Montgomery County, reflects on his time as a Philanthropy Fellow at the foundation and how the opportunity changed his understanding of the community where he grew up. (Daily, 2/1)

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– With Zoning Modification, Skyland Town Center Hopes to Break Ground this Year (Urban Turf, 1/31)

D.C. startup launches Muslim-focused home-sharing with Muzbnb (WBJ, 1/30)

– Column: Former D.C. gang members have come together to create a clothing store in ward 8. (WaPo, 2/1)

ECONOMY | In an update to last year’s report, Roadmap for the Washington Region’s Economic Future, Stephen Fuller suggests ways the region can diversify its economy and become less dependent on federal spending. (WBJ, 2/1)

NONPROFIT | In Wake of Travel Ban, Nonprofits See Support Surge (Chronicle, 1/30)

DISTRICT/BUDGET | Yesterday, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the House voted to review the District’s laws and local spending. The plan was overseen by a Utah representative who believes “it’s Congress’ duty and obligation to oversee the minutiae of District affairs.” (WaPo, 1/31)

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