: News

Congress To Consider Federal Safety Rules For Subway Systems

Play associated audio

By Eric Niiler

Congress will consider new federal safety rules for metro systems next year. D.C. transit officials say the changes are necessary.

Accidents in Washington and several other big city metro systems this year have spurred a call for new federal safety guidelines. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wants each state to enforce them. Metro manager John Catoe says a lack of money is the real problem.

"If not addressed, I believe this combination of increasing transit demand and infrastructure and lack of sufficient funding would continue to form a perfect storm that will eventually undermine transit's success," says Catoe.

Catoe told lawmakers the new rules are a step in the right direction, but Metro really needs new rail cars that don't break down so much and more money to train drivers.

NPR

A Glimpse Of Listeners' #NPRpoetry — From The Punny To The Profound

It was a simple idea: Would you, our listeners, tweet us poems for National Poetry Month? Your response contained multitudes — haiku, lyrics, even one 8-year-old's ode to her dad's bald spot.
NPR

When It Came To Food, Neanderthals Weren't Exactly Picky Eaters

During the Ice Age, it seems Neanderthals tended to chow down on whatever was most readily available. Early humans, on the other hand, maintained a consistent diet regardless of environmental changes.
NPR

Every Party But The Real One: A Night Chasing The #WHCD

Washington's biggest night has gotten big because of all the parties happening around the main event. A weekend of nerd prom excess could be seen as D.C. at its worst, or D.C. at its best.
NPR

'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

Leave a Comment

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