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Capitol Hearing Highlights Metro Woes

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By Sara Sciammacco

Congressional lawmakers heard testimony on Capitol Hill that the Metro rail system continues to suffer maintenance and management problems as it struggles to improve safety.

According to a new audit the rail system is plagued with inadequate staffing, expertise and communication. Federal Transit Administration Administrator Peter Rogoff warned lawmakers about the findings and asked that the federal government have more authority to address them.

“I think one of the things that is very, very hard to determine from the outside if whether this whole issue of communication has yet been solved, is whether all of the assorted stovepipes are working together, are talking to each other and pulling resources around common safety goals," says Rogoff.

Rogoff is calling on Congress to pass legislation to give the federal government power to issue and enforce national safety standards. One lawmaker testified that hiring a new general manager with operational experience and managerial authority is also necessary to fix the rail’s problems.

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