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Today's Read: Metro Safety, Transportation Politics, Taxis

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued urgent safety warnings about track circuits to Metro and the federal agencies that monitor rail safety, Lena H. Sun and James Hohmann write in today's Post. The warnings are part of the investigation into the June 22 Red Line crash.

Meanwhile, Hohmann writes that the Metro board on Thursday is likely to approve a contract to repair all the doors on the 1000 Series rail car. These cars, the oldest, make up about a quarter of Metro's fleet. Since April 2008, Metro train operators have manually opened and closed the doors after four incidents in which the doors opened on the wrong side of trains.

Construction of new 11th Street bridges could get started next month following D.C. Council approval of a plan for the federal government to transfer some of the needed property to the District, Tim Craig writes.

And on the Opinion page, R. Creigh Deeds, the Democratic candidate for governor in Virginia, says he really does have a transportation plan, despite appearances to the contrary.

Taxi Strike: About 1,000 taxi drivers went on strike Tuesday in response to a D.C. Council bill aimed at establishing a taxi medallion system or a taxi vehicle certificate system, organizers said. If passed, cabdrivers fear, the bill could substantially increase the cost of operating a taxi in the District. (Post story by Yamiche Alcindor)

By Robert Thomson  |  September 23, 2009; 7:50 AM ET
Categories:  Metro , Transportation Politics  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Today's Read  
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