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Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)

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Washington’s Metro transit system covers the region with 110 miles of subway track and hundreds of bus routes. Yet the aging system has suffered from neglect, a negligent attitude toward safety and a lack of dedicated funding. Riders face a constant stream of malfunctions and resulting delays, and the prospect of paying increased amounts for their trips. Now Metro is pursuing a $5 billion , six-year capital plan to bring the transportation network back into what officials call “ a state of good repair.” The work includes recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board in past years to improve the safety of the system, but questions constantly linger: Are officials making the best use of the resources at their disposal, and when will passengers see some relief?