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Friday Morning Notes

by Catherine Douglas Moran January 4, 2019 at 9:00 am 6 Comments

Herndon’s HawkEye 360 aims high — The Herndon-based company behind a space-based civil global intelligence network successfully sent its first three satellites into orbit last month. [Financial Times]

Bike ban ends — Starting next week, Metro will allow bikes on trains during rush hours, which means Metro riders can now bring their bikes onboard at any time. The ban on bikes during rush hours ends on Monday. [WMATA]

Metro crime decreases — Metro recently announced there were fewer serious crimes on the transit system in 2018 than any year since 1999. The decline was driven mostly by a 19 percent reduction in theft. Robberies decreased 6.2 percent and aggravated assaults declined at slightly 3 percent. [WMATA]

County tallies up most traffic fatalities statewide — Fairfax County had the most traffic fatalities in 2018 in Virginia with 44 deaths — an increase from 35 in 2017. On Dec. 30, a 16-year-old South Lakes High School student died after a hit-and-run in Reston. [DCist]

  • Well, duh

    Of course crime on Metro has gone down, considering how much ridership has gone down!

    • Why do you bother?

      Now criminals can steal bikes on Metro!

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Awright. I’m taking my bike on the 8 am train. That should keep the filthy masses from pressing themselves up against me during the morning commute.

  • SupBrah

    It would be interesting to see Metro’s crime rate as a % of total ridership by year. My hypothesis is that the crime rate has NOT dropped since 1999 when normalized in that fashion. An objective journalist would look at the data in this way instead of just parroting a WMATA press release.

    • David Romero

      Although Metro’s ridership is down from it’s peak, it is significantly higher than 1999 levels. [Not a great accomplishment.]

      The percentages referenced are compared to 2017 numbers which had similar ridership levels.

      Average weekly riders:
      538,498 1999
      750,603 2010
      620,094 2017
      626,423 2018

      Info can be found on wmata’s public records.

  • Why do you bother?

    Terrific idea – add bicycles to the already overcrowded rush hour trains. That will make things less overcrowded….NOT.

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