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Metro to test pilot program for online payments

An online tool for users to add funds to SmarTrip cards online will launch within the next month, a spokesman for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority said June 9. The agency will randomly select 5,000 SmarTrip users to participate in a pilot program to test the payment upload system within the next month, Dan […]

Mayor looks to change liquor laws

District businesses may be able to sell liquor until midnight, if a budget proposed by Mayor Vincent Gray is approved by the D.C. Council in the coming weeks. The budget proposal would allow stores to sell alcoholic beverages until midnight Mondays through Saturdays, as opposed to current laws which force stores to cease the sale […]

Councilmember seeks to repeal food truck tax exemption

Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans introduced legislation last week that, if passed, would nix the sales tax exemption for all District street vendors, including the popular food trucks that frequent GW. The bill would require food trucks and street vendors to pay the same 10 percent sales tax as brick-and-mortar restaurants. “I’m concerned with two […]

D.C. avoids government shutdown

The federal government escaped a seemingly imminent shutdown last week with the passage of a 2-week budget measure that enables the government to keep operating through March 18. The Republican-led House passed a 2-week extension of the resolution with $4 billion in cuts to the budget Feb. 28. The Senate adopted the measure March 2, […]

Neighbors want campus’s brick sidewalks fixed

Residents are requesting that the city fix its deteriorating brick sidewalks in the Foggy Bottom area, an issue the University is also trying to address with its campus streetscape plans. Irked with the sidewalks, the Foggy Bottom Association and Advisory Neighborhood Commission are calling on Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans for support. “Residents are […]