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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?


Lawsuit against Metro alleges policy on background checks is a civil rights violation

Complaint: Transit agency’s policy on criminal background screenings is broad, unfair to African Americans.

DDOT lays out ‘action plan’ for 16th Street NW; no bus lane for now

The District Department of Transportation says it will conduct a study to determine if a bus lane is feasible along 16th Street NW.


Maryland releases bid details for light-rail Purple Line construction contract

Companies will have until Jan. 9 to submit proposals for 35-year contract to build and operate transit line

Ever heard of Greensboro? Spring Hill? How the Silver Line stations got their names

If you’ve never heard of the Northern Virginia communities of Greensboro or Spring Hill, just ride the Silver Line.


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