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Metro Takes More Heat From Investigators, This Time Over Ventilation Procedures

The transit agency had its claims of an improved safety culture undermined again on Wednesday when federal investigators disclosed another failure related to the fatal smoke incident on Jan. 12.

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Safety Board Issues Urgent Safety Guidelines After Finding Problems With Metro Ventilation Fans

Metro's ventilation fans malfunctioned on the day of its recent fatal smoke incident, the National Transportation Safety Board has learned. Now the board is issuing new safety recommendations for the transit system.
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Theatrical Smoke, Dummy Passengers: Inside A Simulated Metro Emergency

Metro opened its emergency training center to reporters Tuesday, following news reports that relatively few D.C. firefighters and medics received hands-on training at the facility in Landover, Maryland, last year.
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Comparing Metro Emergency Protocols To L'Enfant Smoke Incident Response

More than 80 people were injured and one woman died in a Metro emergency last month. As the investigation into the incident continues, we look at at an agreement on emergency procedures between Metro and responders and look at whether things went according to the plan.

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In Arlington, Cash-Friendly Bikeshare Eliminates A Barrier To Low-Income Residents

"One of the criticisms of bikesharing throughout the country is that you have to have a credit card to access this system," says Chris Hamilton, who runs Arlington's Commuter Services bureau. He says the cash program is designed to help folks who do not have credit or debit cards.
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Bill Would Automate Toll Collection On Bay Bridge, Ideally Slashing Wait Times

A Republican lawmaker from Maryland thinks he has the solution to heavy traffic crossing the Bay Bridge.
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At Hearing On Metro Incident, First Responders Complain Of Radio Problems

The D.C. Council’s first public hearing on Metro’s L’Enfant Plaza disaster revealed little new information about what went wrong, but the three-hour session did expose concerns about first responders’ radio communications systems and training.
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Cold Air Prompts Metro To Reduce Train Speeds On Some Tracks

Metro said it had capped speeds at 40 miles per hour over certain sections of track because cold weather can cause rails to crack.

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Proposed Cut To Gas Tax Is About 'Transparency,' Hogan Says

Indexing the state's gasoline tax to inflation results in increases that lawmakers don't actually vote on, Hogan argues.

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Metro Faces Federal Safety Audit As Probe Of Smoke Incident Continues

The Federal Transit Administration says it will conduct a safety management inspection of Metro's rail and bus systems starting next month.