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Bill For Federal Subway Standards Sponsored By Local Senators

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Some members of the region's Congressional delegation introduced legislation to set federal standards after Metro's fatal Red Line crash in 2009. They say 14 million passengers ride subway systems every day, but it's the only mode of transportation without federal oversight and enforcement.

Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner of Virginia and Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland are cosponsoring the latest version of the legislation.

It would give the U.S. Secretary of Transportation the authority to develop and implement safety regulations, ranging from crash-worthiness standards to rules governing time off to ensure adequate sleep for conductors.

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