Congressional Delegation Says Metro Still Has Safety Issues

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress from the Washington area say they’re troubled that the Metro subway system isn’t doing enough to ensure that passengers are safe following a fatal malfunction in January.

The regional delegation received a briefing on Metro safety issues from the Federal Transit Administration on Tuesday. The FTA will release a report on Metro’s safety shortcomings on Wednesday.

Rep. Gerry Connolly, a northern Virginia Democrat, says the FTA’s review confirms “that Metro continues to lack a top-to-bottom culture of safety.” He says the system needs new leadership to get back on track.

One woman died and more than 80 others were sickened after an electrical malfunction caused a train to fill with smoke inside a downtown Washington tunnel in January. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating that incident.

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