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Pete Muntean


Washington, DC, United States

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Past articles by Pete:

How empty streets now could lead to better commutes later

Traffic analytics firm INRIX reports that nationwide, personal driving trips are down 47% for the week ending April 3 – a drop close to one in every two cars. → Read More

These essential workers could get $25,000 in hazard pay

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer has proposed a "Hero Fund" to provide up compensation for transit workers and grocery clerks during the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Here's how to wear a mask in public, and where it could be required soon

Health officials tell WUSA9 that masks are not a reason to relax frequent hand-washing or social distancing at places such as grocery stores and pharmacies. → Read More

Maryland prepares for domestic abuse surge during coronavirus

Even though county courts are closed, protective orders are still being executed, arrests are still being made and warrants are still being served. → Read More

Metro employees worried new cuts will mean furloughs

Metro says it's closing stations at 9 p.m. because that's when ridership has been dropping off the most. Rail ridership now down 95% overall. → Read More

Why you should fill out your medical forms ahead of time in case you're hospitalized for COVID-19

Emergency workers stress that now is the time to do it for you and your family since some hospitals have now banned visitors in most cases. → Read More

Facing stay-at-home orders, Metro says it will close more stations and scale back service for a month

Metro officials said there would be no layoffs, but also no hazard pay for employees. → Read More

DC airport workers, fearing homelessness, hope for help from stimulus

'If I don’t get a paycheck, it means I have to be a homeless person,' said a Dulles wheelchair agent. Labor unions say 500 contractors have already been laid off. → Read More

Metro closes two stations after worker tests positive for coronavirus

Twenty-one Metro stations have now been closed due to decreased ridership and coronavirus cases. → Read More

How coronavirus could impact Metro commuters for months after a cure

Transit advocates warn that without an influx of federal money, coronavirus could cripple systems like D.C.'s Metro. → Read More

Metrobus is now free during the coronavirus crisis, but is for 'essential trips only'

Metro says the move better protects bus operators, who felt exposed to COVID-19 → Read More

Metro is slashing service again this weekend – and more cuts are coming

The transit agency says it must protect its front-line employees, warns trains and buses are for essential trips only. → Read More

Two Metro stations closed until further notice

"Let's keep trains available for hospital staff, first responders and other heroes who need to travel right now. The trees will be there next year," WMATA tweeted. → Read More

WMATA closes 19 Metro stations until further notice

Metro says ridership has dropped by 90% and they need to conserve cleaning supplies. → Read More

Here's how you can help Metro employees still working in the face of coronavirus

The transit agency has already reduced service hours, and urged riders to only make essential trips, but they may cut services even further to protect employees. → Read More

Metro is running trains every 12 minutes. It may scale back even further due to coronavirus

The transit system was eerily quiet Monday, the first day of reduced rail and bus service, More cutbacks might be coming. → Read More

Local governments say they are already outpaced by the coronavirus. Here's why

Alexandria’s director of health told this meeting that his office is already low on resources as D.C. braces for more cases. → Read More

University of Maryland plans to hold classes online, citing coronavirus

The University of Maryland has sent a message to more than 40,000 students in College Park, Md. that classes could soon be held online, citing coronavirus concerns. → Read More

Do not take Metro with coronavirus symptoms, agency officials say

Serving hundreds of thousands of riders each day, public transit systems in the D.C. region are urging anyone with coronavirus symptoms to not take mass transit. → Read More

MD begins contact tracing after positive coronavirus tests

Public health officials begin the painstaking task of contact tracing-- finding where the three infected in Maryland have been and who they came in contact with. → Read More