“I am riding on faith this morning,” she said. “What is going on? Why in the heck was there smoke? That makes me afraid. There’s just no protection on these trains. I need to know what happened. It does make me nervous.
But other passengers said Monday’s tragedy didn’t greatly alter their perception of safety on the rails.
“I feel much safer on Metro than driving,” said Pat Hastings, an Army colonel who moved to the Washington area four years ago. “Yesterday was a tragedy, absolutely, and it’s horrible that it occurred… but I still feel that Metro is safer than any other way of getting around town.”
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DeNeen L. Brown and Joe Heim contributed to this report.