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D.C. Metro Crash Spurs Federal Oversight Effort

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WASHINGTON (AP) Supporters of legislation in Congress that would give federal regulators the power to force transit agencies to make improvements are rallying around a ruling by investigators that the lack of federal safety oversight contributed to the Metro crash that killed nine people last year.

They hope the National Transportation Safety Board's strong language favoring this oversight will make it easier to convince lawmakers that it is necessary. But a hold placed on the bill by Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn to keep it from being fast-tracked through Congress could interfere.

The $66 million Public Transportation Safety Act, which is now before the full Senate, would give the transportation secretary authority over public transportation safety.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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