Regular riders of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's bus and rail networks can expect life to get a little busier in 2013. Metro announced this week that while new fare hikes are off the table, the next several months are going to be dominated with weekend track work that could disrupt service throughout the system. We talk with Metro's general manager about what's in store for 2013, and how Metro is preparing for major events like the presidential inauguration.
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WMATA General Manager Richard Sarles talked about strategies to ramp up safety within the Metro system in response to an uptick in crime. Sarles said the transit agency is working closely with the Metropolitan Police Department and has hired more officers to police specific D.C. neighborhoods. He said WMATA's overall crime rate has decreased annually and is much lower than many of the neighborhoods the trains and buses service.
A short-term fix for the nearly empty Highway Trust Fund is a step closer to President Obama's desk. Congress has been talking about the long-term problems with the construction account, but the two chambers have not agreed on a long-term solution.
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