U.S. Transportation Secretary Gives Metro $150 Million to Buy New Railcars | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

U.S. Transportation Secretary Gives Metro $150 Million to Buy New Railcars

Play associated audio

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced a $150 million grant to help Metro replace outdated rail cars.

The grant matches another $150million provided by Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Nearly $80 million of the money will allow Metro to purchase as many as 300 new 7000-series railcars.

The cars will replace Metro's current 1000-series cars -- cars that were cited by the National Transportation Safety Board as a contributing factor to the severity of passenger injuries and the number of fatalities in the Red Line crash in June of 2009.

The rest of the $300 million will go towards track rehabilitation and elevator and escalator improvements, and other station upgrades.

It includes $10 million specifically aimed at helping the transit agency address safety recommendations made by the NTSB.

WAMU 88.5

Arlington Artisphere Likely To Close Next Summer

With Arlington's county government tightening its belt, the county manager is recommending that the Artisphere arts center in Rosslyn close up shop next year.

NPR

A History Lesson On The Philippines, Stuffed In A Christmas Chicken

Rellenong manok is a deboned chicken filled with a jumble of ingredients. If it seems hard to pin down how this dish got all its fillings, it's because of the complexity of the Philippines' culture.
NPR

GOP Sens. Rubio, Paul Square Off Over Cuba Policy Shift

Rubio, appearing on ABC's This Week, lashed out at Paul, who has expressed support for opening trade with the island nation after a decades-long embargo.
NPR

Obama Calls North Korean Hack 'Cybervandalism'

On CNN's State of the Union, the president expanded on earlier remarks he made criticizing a decision by Sony Pictures to pull distribution of The Interview.

Leave a Comment

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