A Red Line train was evacuated at the Tenleytown station on Saturday night after an arcing insulator caused railcars to fill with smoke. No injuries were reported, but passengers reported a chaotic and unnerving scene.
District officials like to boast about the number of construction cranes piercing the skyline, a sign of the city’s growth. But on the ground, while old buildings are knocked down and new ones built, pedestrians and bicyclists face a temporary yet pervasive side effect: closed sidewalks and bike lanes.
Under current standards, cyclists involved in an accident can be denied compensation if they are even 1 percent at fault. A bill that made it through the D.C. Council's judicial committee Thursday could move towards changing that.
A recent 'safety blitz' by the Federal Transit Administration unearthed more than 200 defects with impacts on emergency preparedness and numerous violations of workplace safety rules by Metro personnel.
Public transit in the nation's capital is in a perilous state. Now, Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld is in studio with Kojo and WAMU 88.5's Martin DiCaro to talk about safety, security, reliability and the way forward for a system long besieged by challenges.
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