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Streetcar Starts Service...Really!

D.C. welcomed a new transit mode over the weekend with open arms. But is the streetcar a fad or will it become a backbone of one of the city's buzziest neighborhoods?

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After 50-Year Hiatus, Streetcars Are Running Again In Washington D.C.

It's hard to believe, but it's finally happened. The D.C. Streetcar officially opened to the public Saturday morning, and transportation reporter Martin Di Caro was there for the inaugural ride.

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When Will Improved Cell Phone Coverage Come To Metro Rail Tunnels?

As part of a larger effort to upgrade communication systems used by first responders, the transit agency will start improving the wireless signal in tunnels incrementally.

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On Eve Of Launch, D.C. Streetcar Backers Recall Origins Of Its Revival

Will our collective patience pay off with the launch of the D.C. Streetcar on Saturday? We look back at where the project came from and look elsewhere in the country for models for how it might go.

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Metro Police To Deploy More Officers After Spate Of High-Profile Crimes

Metro is hiring private security guards to pick up certain tasks — like guarding transfers of money — so that an additional 17 transit cops can be freed up to patrol railcars, platforms, and buses.

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Special Sessions On Metro Safety Group? Foxx Ups The Pressure On Lawmakers

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says he doesn't think lawmakers in D.C., Maryland and Virginia are acting fast enough on the creation of a Metro Safety Commission.

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Broken Trains, Failing Finances: Report Exposes Deep Problems At Metro

A report prepared for WMATA by the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company says the problems swamping the D.C. region’s transit system are deeper than the public has been led to believe but not insurmountable.

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Transportation Secretary Made Wrong Move With Metrorail Safety Oversight, NTSB Says

The nation’s top transportation official made the wrong move when he transferred the direct safety oversight of Metrorail to the Federal Transit Administration, federal safety officials said Monday.

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Streetcar Lessons From Other Cities

D.C.'s streetcar - along the H Street corridor in NE - is set to come online later this week. Other cities in the United States - Atlanta, Portland, Cincinnati and Kansas City among them - have launched similar projects in recent years. We talk with a transportation activist about where those projects run parallel, and differ from, the one in the nation's capital.

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Metro Mum On Plan To Ease Platform Crowding

There's been no word yet from Metro following a rider complaint to the Federal Transit Administration about the possible dangers of platform crowding and overcrowding.

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