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Wednesday, June 8, 2005; 4:51 PM

Washington's world-class subway has fallen into decline, and nearly $1 billion spent on projects to upgrade the system has not improved service.

Day 2

As the number of Metro derailments, rail breaks and other safety concerns has risen sharply, records show that many incidents could have been prevented had managers heeded warnings from experts and employees.

Day 3

MetroAccess, the transportation program for the disabled, has been plagued by poor service, rising costs and dishonest drivers and riders.

Day 4

Even as Metro officials complain about tight finances, they continue to spend millions on projects that have little to do with the core mission of transporting customers.

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