Local reporter covering the D.C. Metro, Uber and Lyft, and transit-oriented tech start-ups Education: University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Faiz Siddiqui is a reporter with The Washington Post's transportation team. For the past two years, he has covered all things Metro and D.C. transportation, including the year-long SafeTrack program, the system's chronic safety and reliability issues, and regional and federal officials' push for governance and finance reforms at the agency. He has also covered Uber, Amtrak and the launches of countless local tech start-ups. He has previously written stories for the Boston Globe and NPR.
The amount, which raises wages by an annual average of 1.6 percent over four years, is less than what leaders of the agency’s largest union had sought, but it’s a significant financial obstacle for the cash-strapped transit agency.
The bill imposes a one-year ceiling on non-wheelchair-accessible ride-hailing vehicles while the city undertakes a study on the impacts of ride-hailing. It also mandates a minimum wage for ride-hail drivers.
"A plan with such sweeping implications for the nation’s capital and the national capital region...should not be a secret, particularly from the top officials responsible for Metro and top local and regional officers," Norton wrote in the letter to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the subcommittee on highways and transit.
Metro has agreed to hold a new "pick," or job selection, for its union-represented custodians, ATU Local 689 spokesman David Stephen said. Union leaders were upset that the transit agency had reassigned custodians without regard for seniority.