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Inspection Blitz Finds More Track Defects; Metro Adjusting SafeTrack Schedule

The derailment last month of a train at East Falls Church has prompted Metro to double down on inspections, yielding at least 19 track defects in three weeks.

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Metro Faces More Pressure From Feds, This Time For Red-Signal Overruns

Federal safety officials want Metro to take corrective actions to prevent train operators from overrunning red signals, and they released a 45-page report examining all signal violations on the rail system from January 2012 onward.

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Extra SafeTrack: More Weekend Metro Closures May Be Coming

More stretches of Metro may close entirely on weekends over the next few months, as the transit agency struggles to make fixes to the deteriorating system as part of its maintenance surges.
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When Busy Roads And Bike Trails Meet

Accommodating pedestrians and cyclists in urban areas is hard enough. But speed and roads with an emphasis on cars make the suburbs even more dangerous.

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Here Are Some Unsettling Findings From The Feds' Metro Track Inspection Report

A new report from the Federal Transit Administration says Metro is falling short on inspecting the system's 269.8 miles worth of track, and has ordered that 12 steps be taken to improve track inspections and maintenance.
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Will A New Legal Development Derail The Purple Line?

Will the long-planned Purple Line ever get built? We get an update on the fight against light rail in the Maryland suburbs.

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How Is Metro's Ridership Related to The Purple Line's Environmental Impact?

A judge put an unexpected new roadblock in the way of Maryland's Purple Line this week, pegging the project to the flagged ridership of Metro.

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D.C. Streetcar Quietly Exceeds Low Expectations Six Months In

The bar was set low for the D.C. Streetcar, but so far it's performed as it's needed to. Questions linger, though: Will DDOT expand service? And will it remain free for good?

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How Washingtonians Can Sharpen Their Visual Intelligence

Author Amy Herman explains how simply improving our observation and communication skills can make our communities safer and more engaged.

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Track Involved In July 29 Derailment Wasn't Inspected Properly, NTSB Finds

Metro failed to adequately inspect the tracks prior to the derailment of a Silver Line train at East Falls Church on July 29, federal officials said in announcing several findings in their investigations of the incident.

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