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Metro Safety Makeover Is Possible, But Priorities Must Be Set, NTSB Head Says

After two days of hearings on the deadly L'Enfant Plaza smoke incident, Christopher Hart said his agency has a better understanding of what might have gone wrong in the tunnel, and what Metro can do to improve.

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Day 2 Of NTSB Hearings Turns On Metro's Close-Call Reporting System

Metro's safety culture was under the microscope on the second day of NTSB hearings, including some memorable exchanges about the bathroom habits of train operators.

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Thousands Of Documents, But No 'Solid Conclusions' In Metro Smoke Incident

A chaotic picture emerged from the first day of testimony at National Transportation Safety Board headquarters about the harrowing Jan. 12 incident.

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Memorial Park To Red Line Victims Opens As NTSB Hearings Into Metro Death Begin

A memorial park honoring the nine victims of the 2009 Red Line crash at Fort Totten was dedicated during a solemn ceremony Monday — just a day before NTSB hearings into the latest Metro death are scheduled to begin.
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Transit Unions See No Surprises In Federal Report On Metro Safety Lapses

Unions representing Metro transit workers say that many of the troubling findings that came out Wednesday in the Federal Transit Administration's "safety management inspection" report were unsurprising, and echo what they have long said about Metro's lack of a safety culture.

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'Serious Safety Lapses' At Metro, According To Federal Oversight Agency

The Federal Transit Administration has released a 116-page report on Metro following the deadly smoke incident in January, finding the transit agency has safety issues as specific as operational employees chatting on cell phones and as broad as system-wide maintenance issues and inconsistent management.

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Senators Chide Metro's 'Failure Of Leadership' In Advance Of Safety Report

Four Senate lawmakers came together Tuesday to lambast Metro for its shoddy safety culture and failure of leadership, in advance of an investigation by the Federal Transit Administration.

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Virginia To Set Up Scoring System For Future Road And Transit Projects

A scoring system to rate potential road improvements in Northern Virginia is in the works, and officials will have to decide what weight to give to factors like congestion relief.

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Backlog Of 1,600 Passenger Complaints Being Cleared, Drawing Ire Of Taxi Drivers

Taxicab passenger complaints dating back to 2012 are being scheduled for mediation, but the representatives for drivers say the process is raising important questions about due process.

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Metro's Horrible 2015 Reaches Halfway Point With Another Safety Problem

It's about the halfway point of a tough year for the D.C. region’s subway system — one that started with the death of a passenger in a cloud of smoke on the Yellow Line — and Metro is now dealing with new challenges.

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