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Problems With D.C. Circulator Buses Started With Decision To Hire Private Firm, Union Says

An audit released last week found systemic problems with the District's fleet of Circulator buses, which union officials are saying is the consequence of the decision to hire a private, for-profit contractor to run the system.

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Drivers' Union Seeks Major Changes After Audit Exposes Problems With Circulator

The union representing D.C. Circulator drivers called on the District to fire the private firm in charge of operating and maintaining the bus line, after an audit determined Cincinnati-based First Transit kept buses in service that were in a state of disrepair.

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MPD Asking For Public's Help Cracking Down On Dirt Bikes, ATVs

After several high-profile incidents, D.C. Police are hoping the public can identify more than 200 persons of interest in connection with incidents involving groups of people on dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles.

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Defective Buses, Inadequate Maintenance Found In Audit Of D.C. Circulator

The oldest D.C. Circulator buses in the District’s fleet have remained on the roads despite “an exceptionally high number of defects,” says an audit by the District Department of Transportation.

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Metro Track-Safety 'Blitz' Continues On Specific Areas Of Rail System

Federal safety inspectors are descending upon Metrorail for a “track inspection blitz,” part of the federal government’s temporary yet growing intervention into the regional subway system’s routine maintenance program.

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Passenger 'Panic Buttons' Coming To D.C. Cabs Over Industry Opposition

Prompted by legislation to improve safety, "panic buttons" are starting to appear in D.C. cabs. Rollout so far has been slow and early implementation is exposing potential wrinkles in the idea.

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Maryland Wraps Up State-Level Approval Process For Purple Line

The Maryland Board of Public Works, which includes Gov. Larry Hogan as a member, has approved the deal between the state and a team of private contractors to build the 16-mile line between Bethesda and New Carrollton.

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Transportation Secretary: Metro Has Support If Shutdowns Deemed Necessary

Secretary Anthony Foxx says he would defer to Metro’s new general manager on any decisions to shut down parts of the rail system to quicken the pace of maintenance.

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D.C. Has A New Tool In The Fight To Fill Potholes: Tablets

Filling potholes isn't much of a science, but the District is now using technology — tablet computers, to be specific — to improve its performance during its annual pothole-filling campaign.
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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx On The Legacy Of The U.S. Highway System

Addressing the unanticipated consequences of the U-S highway system and urban renewal: Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on helping isolated, poor and minority communities get access to reliable and safe transportation.

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