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The Metro system, once a reliable point of pride for D.C.’s boosters, has had a rough few years: Safety problems, escalator outages, and rising prices have made the subway a regular subject of local griping. At times, it can be hard to keep up with the torrent of unflattering Metro-related scoops. As a public service, Washington City Paper is offering beleaguered riders this irregular round-up of recent media lowlights:
- Dr. Gridlock breaks down Metro crime by the numbers.
- Metro received third installment of $150 million from Senate. The total budget for 2012 was an astounding $1.5 billion.
- Crime in Largo Town Center’s parking garage is getting worse, despite previous reports.
- You can now add money to your SmarTrip card online.
- WMATA is hosting a bevy of hearings to improve Metrobus.
- People who frequent Unsuck DC Metro share photos of their Metro-based encounters.
- Metrobus to ditch timetables?! That’s not crazy talk—the 90 buses will now run every seven minutes, instead of sticking to a schedule.
- Metro thinks they are doing the public a favor by canceling track work on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial’s dedication day.
- Cell phone service on the Metro: To be angry or not to be? That is the question DCist tries to answer.
- According to the Post, Metro is destroying perfectly abandoned bikes!
- Man is shot, but goes for a Metro joyride instead. Officials are investigating.
- Nearly $40,000 was spent on Metro office upgrades.
- An electrical fire at Union Station on Sunday results in no injuries and an evacuation.
- The agency files lawsuit with their insurance company, and asks for $13 million.