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Metro Starts Safety Improvements

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By Kate Sheehy

Metro is taking actions it says will improve safety following the National Transportation Safety Board hearing this week.

Metro's board of directors has approved spending around $800,000 to install software on some 600 train cars to prevent them from rolling backward while in manual mode. Many of Metro's cars already have this protection.

Meanwhile $2 million will go into door repairs for nearly half of Metro's fleet.

In 2008 there were a few incidents where train doors opened on the wrong side of the train, away from the platform. Metro says this move will improve safety for riders once the system returns to automatic operation.

Metro trains have been running in manual mode since the fatal Red Line crash last June.

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