Metro Roundup: Death, Rifts and Money Problems

WASHINGTON–Metro’s week was anything but good. The transit agency faced a tough few days, during which it suspended its search for a new leader, asked its board for permission to obtain a big loan and saw a police-involved fatality.

Metro Decides Against Fare Increase, Major Service Cuts

Metro will not see an increase in fares or make major cuts in train service, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s board of directors decided Thursday in response to next year’s budget issues.

NTSB Issues Urgent Recommendations Following Metro Yellow Line Incident

The NTSB issued urgent recommendations to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments today as they continue their investigation into the January 12th Metrorail smoke incident.

NTSB Makes Urgent Recommendations Following Deadly L’Enfant Plaza Smoke Incident

The National Transportation Safety Board issued urgent recommendations Wednesday for Metro to improve its ventilation procedures in the wake of the deadly smoke incident in the tunnel at L’Enfant Plaza in January.

Report: Long-Term Federal Funding Needed in Passenger and Transit Rail Projects

The infrastructure of passenger and transit rail hangs in the balance without long-term federal funding, according to a report released Friday by the BlueGreen Alliance and the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC).

Metro Yellow Line Investigation

Lawmakers and Metro riders are looking to the NTSB for answers for what caused the deadly incident on the Yellow Line last week.

Mikulski Calls for Kill Switches on Cell Phones to Protect Consumers’ Data

Sen. Barbara Mikulski supports a bill requiring cell phones to have a kill switch allowing victims of theft to deactivate the devices from a website.

Cardin Pushes for Transportation Bill to Gain Metro Funding

Metro’s funding for safety improvements could be in jeopardy without passage of the federal transportation bill stranded in the House of Representatives, said Sen. Ben Cardin Tuesday.

Metropolitan Sprawl Puts Urban in Suburban

The Washington, D.C., suburbs are expanding faster than any other part of Maryland, and the biggest growth is occurring along its periphery, in Charles and Frederick counties — two counties that share critical attributes, their leaders say.

Purple Line Peaks Interest

Video by Sean McCalley/CNS-TV COLLEGE PARK – The Maryland Transit Administration held a public open house on Tuesday at the University of Maryland, educating local residents on the benefits the light rail system will provide when completed in 2020. The…