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Congress To Consider Federal Safety Rules For Subway Systems

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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.

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