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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 gives us the rundown of the system’s delays for the week. A new iPhone app offers an alarm to alert Metro users of “real-time delays.”
- When push comes to shove, Metro isn’t messing around. The bus driver who pushed a passenger off the bus a few weeks ago has been fired.
- An informal appointment of a new board member rubs the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission the wrong way.
- After finding out that Metro has spent $1 million on employee take-home cars, other agency employees have offered some behind-the-scenes information to Unsuck DC Metro.
- Next Monday, Sept. 26, officials will gather to discuss the possibility of a Metrorail extension to Woodbridge. Greater Greater Washington explains why this is and isn’t a good idea.
- High crime rates on the Metro in 2011 scare users. A Metro advocacy group has called for a safety briefing tomorrow, Sept. 21, to discuss what can be done to ensure safety throughout the system.