In the early '80s, he approached New York's subway problems with a strong will, a skill for talking to politicians, a deep concern for ordinary riders and desire to learn the nuts and bolts of the system.
Federal officials inject themselves in the debate over Metro safety. Maryland state lawmakers spar over early voting sites in Montgomery County. And Pope Francis' representatives in D.C. make a last-minute plea for a death row inmate in Virginia.
The current federal oversight of the D.C. region's subway system is not strong enough, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, which is now saying the Federal Railroad Administration should oversee Metrorail.
Think Metro is running shorter trains more often these days? Your instincts are probably right. A analysis of train lengths over the past two weeks reveals that the percentages of eight-car trains were well below Metro's targets for the current fiscal year.
Repairs to a severely damaged power substation will take at least six months, leaving riders on Metro's Blue, Orange, and Silver lines faced with the possibility of extensive daily delays until the spring, officials with the D.C. region's transit system announced on Thursday.
Pope Francis left the people of the Washington, D.C. region with a lot to reflect upon in faith and politics, but he unintentionally may have revealed an important lesson about freeing up the roads, too.
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