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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:

In obvious good news this week, Metro had the brilliant idea to declare “Independence from Track Work” on July 4. And the Metro board passed the agency’s 2012 budget with no fare increases and only minor service changes.