Metro GM To Testify About Increased Federal Oversight | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Metro GM To Testify About Increased Federal Oversight

Play associated audio

By Patrick Madden

The general manager of Metro is expected to testify on Capitol Hill today as the federal government looks to take greater control over subway and light rail systems across the country.

The Obama Administration is asking Congress to give the Federal Transit Administration authority to set standards and inspect local rail systems. Right now, there are only volunteer standards produced by industry groups.

Metro G.M. John Catoe will join Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood and others at the senate hearing to offer input on a proposed bill.

Nine people were killed and 70 injured in a metro accident in June.

An investigation into the crash revealed the group monitoring metro, the Tri-State Oversight Committee, lacked any real regulatory authority over the transit system.

NPR

New Technology Immerses Audiences At Sundance Film Festival

From flying like a bird to walking through a refugee camp in Syria, virtual reality has enabled journalists, filmmakers and artists to immerse their audience in their stories like never before.
NPR

Sandwich Monday: Girl Scout Cookie Coffeemate

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try Girl Scout Cookies in a new form. Coffeemate has somehow blended them into nondairy creamer, so you can start your day the disturbing way.
WAMU 88.5

Court Approves McDonnell's Request To Remain Free During Appeal

A federal appeals court is approving former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's request to remain free while he appeals his corruption convictions.
NPR

Just Plane Sad: A Show Of Support For SkyMall

News last week that SkyMall's parent company has filed for bankruptcy protection inspired an outpouring of odes to the kitschy in-flight catalog.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.