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After Drop In 2014, Traffic Deaths Nationwide Tick Up In 2015

Despite a record low fatality rate, staggering numbers of motorists, pedestrians, and bike riders continue to die on the nation’s roads, spurring top safety officials to call on states to pass stricter distracted driving and helmet laws.
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U.S. Transportation Secretary On Metro: Safety First, Expansion Later

Praising the hiring of Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said it was an "encouraging sign" on improving safety, which will have to be addressed before expansion fans are considered.

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Leggett Changes Lanes, Plans To Build Rapid Bus Network 'Piecemeal'

A year ago, Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett proposed creating a transit authority for the county to help pay for transportation projects. Now he's scrapping that idea to build rapid bus routes on at a time.

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Northern Virginia, Land Of New Toll Lanes, Has Three Terrible Bottlenecks: Report

Three of the 50 worst highway bottlenecks in America can be found in Northern Virginia, according to a ranking released by a group representing businesses that would benefit from road construction.
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Hybrid Owners To Lose 'Clean Fuel' HOV Exemption On Virginia's I-66

Virginia hybrid owners with special plates have been allowed to use I-66 inside the Beltway, normally reserved for HOV-2 carpoolers. That exemption will not last.

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Maryland Remains Serious About Maglev, Despite Skeptics

Maryland has received a federal grant to study the engineering needed for a high-speed rail line between Baltimore and D.C. — evidence that a possible maglev project in the region is moving forward.
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The Politics Hour - November 20, 2015

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh joins Kojo and Tom Sherwood.

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Metro Board Gives Unanimous Approval To New General Manager

Metro has sworn in its new general manager after a unanimous vote by the transit authority’s board of directors, ending a bumpy search that began more than a year ago.
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For New Metro Leader, Long-Term Questions Come With $6 Billion Price Tag

Paul Wiedefeld, Metro's new general manager, takes over an agency with urgent problems. But there's also a longer-term, $6 billion question looming, and the answer will require cooperation from multiple players.

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Fairfax County Leaders Crack Down On Car-Title Lenders

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of a plan that would block car-title lenders from setting up in certain parts of the Virginia county. The new rules were effective at midnight — a rare move that shows the urgency the board felt.

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