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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:
- That House of Representatives measure endangering $150 million for Metro could also strip the system of funds for improving security
- Some Metrobus drivers are said to have taken to carrying guns to protect themselves against assault.
- The ACLU is going to sue Metro over bag searches
- A man at Suitland Station was attacked by a “teen mob”
- WMATA closed a staircase at Branch Avenue, apparently for maintenance
- More disruptions this weekend—try not to miss the last train
- A station manager at Twinbrook responded to a series of questions about broken gates by yelling at customers
- The watchdog group Guardian Angelshas responded to rising violence by increasing their own patrols of the transit system