Congress Not Impressed With Metro's Safety Measures | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Congress Not Impressed With Metro's Safety Measures

Play associated audio
Weekend delays are expected on the Metro for the next 12 months.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/naq/
Weekend delays are expected on the Metro for the next 12 months.

By Matt Laslo

As Metro officials asked Congress for more federal funding, they got an earful from lawmakers frustrated with safety problems in the rail system.

Metro officials want $150 million from Congress. But with 13 deaths on Metro rail in the past year, lawmakers are increasing oversight of the agency. Metro interim General Manager Richard Sarles tried to calm lawmaker’s fears by laying out new safety plans for both passengers and workers.

"We have set deadlines for delivering certain items, delivering when we’re going to have the track worker protection manual done, for example. We’ve already completed the draft, but now we have a deadline for finalizing that and starting training," says Sarles.

Maryland Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski told Sarles she isn’t impressed with his benchmarks.

"Start with the manual, but that’s the whole darn problem, which is that we hear, they’re giving out manuals and they meet deadlines," says Mikulski.

Sarles says Metro also plans to hire more safety officers soon. The transit authority is still wrestling with a nearly $200 million budget short fall. Metro officials told lawmakers the federal funding is essential to keep the system in good repair.

NPR

What's A Writer Gotta Do To Get A Little Health Care Around Here?

When you're making plans to become a famous author, just remember that you're going to want health care — especially when 40 rolls around and your body is no longer made of rubber.
NPR

When Zero Doesn't Mean Zero: Trans Fats Linger In Food

One in 10 packaged foods still contains trans fats, according to a new study. The problematic oils give foods a rich taste and texture and extend shelf life, but have been linked to heart disease.
WAMU 88.5

Testimony Wraps In McDonnell Trial, Closing Arguments Expected Friday

Leaving the courthouse this afternoon, the former Virginia governor said he was confident in his legal team's defense: "We've got three of the best law firms in the country that are working on this case."
NPR

New Amazon Series Pilots Fall Short Of A TV Revolution

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans ranks Amazon's new batch of five series pilots, asking why none of them seem break the rules of TV quite enough to draw attention.

Leave a Comment

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