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.
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.
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.
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.
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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