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Metro Gets Funding For Improvements

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By Jessica Gould

The Federal Transit Administration has given officials at Metro the go-ahead to spend $220 million on bus and rail improvements.

A portion of the money, more than $10 million, will go toward implementing recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board.

In the wake of last year's red line crash, the safety board insisted Metro engineers examine the system's tracks, circuits and electronic control systems.

Other planned projects include upgrading the orange and blue lines and fixing broken escalators and elevators. Bus garages are also scheduled for improvement.

The funding is part of a ten-year, $1.5 billion package passed by Congress last year. It includes a combination of federal funds and matching funds from the District, Maryland and Virginia.

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