November 9, 2013
THE REGION
Developers sought for 5 Metro sites

In an effort to take advantage of the boom in development near public transit, Metro has launched a search for companies interested in building on properties the transit agency owns at five of its stations: Brookland, Grosvenor-Strathmore, Navy Yard, Fort Totten and Morgan Boulevard.

Many of the properties, outlined in a 135-page document the agency posted online Monday, are in neighborhoods where development by the private sector is underway or expected to start shortly, potentially boosting the value of Metro’s parking lots or land.

Three of the stations are in the District, one is in Montgomery County and one is in Prince George’s County.

With the area’s boom in apartment construction, developers have increasingly been calling Metro to ask about buying or leasing the agency’s properties, according to Stanley Wall, the transit authority’s director of real estate and station planning.

“Given that there is so much momentum at this time, we’re trying to take advantage of that,” he said.

— Jonathan O’Connell

THE DISTRICT
Lawsuit targets new taxicab rules

A group of D.C. taxicab drivers affiliated with the Teamsters has filed a lawsuit against the District seeking more time to implement changes the city adopted to improve and modernize service.

The group filed a lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court asking a judge to temporarily block the city from enforcing new rules that require drivers to install credit card readers and new dome lights.

The drivers characterized the new rules as “arbitrary and capricious.”

— Lori Aratani

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