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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?

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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.

Former Metro CFO Carol Kissal takes job at Emory University

Carol Kissal takes the job just a few months after she left her job as Metro’s CFO.

D.C.-area busker wins round in suit against Metro ban on accepting tips near stations

(Bonnie Jo Mount / Washington Post)

Temporary court order says transit agency can’t bar street musicians from accepting tips near stations.

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Silver Line opened transit troubles for bus riders

(Amanda Voisard / For the Washington Post)

Bus schedules shifted when the new Metro line opened.

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Metro agrees to pay nearly $5 million for role in no-bid contract

(Astrid Riecken / For The Washington Post)

Federal grant funds were used, and a former employee claimed he was unfairly fired for complaining about it.

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Trail advocates sue over Purple Line route, say endangered species needs protection

Plaintiffs say light-rail line would harm habitat of two rare crustaceans, including endangered species.

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DC transit police chief urges vigilance

Metro Transit Police are urging officers to be vigilant to threats from jihadist terrorism.

 

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