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Staff Writer — Washington Post
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I write stories about how people live and work in the D.C. region for The Post's Transportation and Development Team.

Metro knew smoke-emergency system had problems before fatal incident

washingtonpost.com — Months before a fatal crisis Jan. 12 in which noxious fumes enveloped a Metro train underground, the transit agency set out to improve its decade-old computerized process for handling smoke emergencies in tunnels, documents show. But the planned upgrades, meant to help Metro pinpoint the location of smoke and coordinate the work of ventilation fans, have not advanced beyond the paperwork stage.

Metro knew smoke-emergency system had shortfalls before fatal incident

washingtonpost.com — Months before a fatal crisis Jan. 12 in which noxious fumes enveloped a Metro train underground, the transit agency set out to improve its decade-old computerized process for handling smoke emergencies in tunnels, documents show. But the planned upgrades, meant to help Metro pinpoint the location of smoke and coordinate the work of ventilation fans, have not advanced beyond the paperwork stage.

Metro officials put off decision on whether to increase fares, cut service

washingtonpost.com — One month to the day that an Alexandria woman died after being trapped in a smoke-filled Metro car for more than 30 minutes, board members of the embattled transit agency held a hearing Thursday on possible fare hikes and service cuts. The timing could not have been more awkward.

Mikulski urges Metro to share progress on safety investigation after fatal smoke incident

washingtonpost.com — Sen. Barbara Milkulski (D-Md.) on Friday added to the chorus of voices urging Metro to take aggressive steps to ensure the public is aware of steps the transit authority is taking to ensure passenger safety on the rail system following a fatal smoke incident last month in which one person was killed and more than 80 others hospitalized.

Metro officials face more scrutiny from D.C. Council today

washingtonpost.com — Metro officials will face more questions from D.C. Council members Thursday afternoon about the Jan. 12 incident in which hundreds of Metro riders were trapped for more than 35-minutes on a smoke-filled train in a tunnel just outside of L'Enfant Plaza.

Family of Metro victim Carol I. Glover sues WMATA for $50M

washingtonpost.com — The family of Carol I. Glover, the Alexandria woman who died earlier this month after being trapped on a smoke-filled Metro train, on Friday filed a $50 million lawsuit against the transit authority. Glover's two sons Anthony (Ray) and Marcus Glover attended the press conference at the offices of their lawyer Patrick Regan.

Inert grenades? Ah, just another day at airport security

washingtonpost.com — MT @TSAMedia_MarkH: Busy morning for @TSA @Atlanta_Airport. So far today, 2 loaded guns & 2 inert grenades. pic.twitter.com/QFkrVqC6oe - Ross Feinstein (@TSAmedia_RossF) January 29, 2015 Last week, our colleague Mark Berman offered readers some fun details about the interesting items that TSA officers confiscate at airport security checkpoints (knife in an enchilada, anyone?).

Super Bowl rules: guacamole yes, drones no

washingtonpost.com — Super Bowl XLIX is just days away, but officials at the Federal Aviation Administration are doing their best to get the word on an issue that's been the topic of discussion this week. Yes folks, drones. In a helpful press release, the FAA reminds folks that: A D.C.

Capital Bikeshare hosts an open house Jan. 28

washingtonpost.com — The folks at Capital Bikeshare are inviting people to a Open House on Jan. 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Northwest Washington. The event is a chance for people to learn more about the bikesharing system that launched in 2010 and now boasts more than 200 stations around the region.

Proposals aim to ease I-66 commute, add bike lanes in D.C.

washingtonpost.com — Virginia transportation officials have pondered many ways to improve traffic flow on Interstate 66, but a push to charge solo drivers to use the roadway inside the Beltway may be their boldest gambit yet. Officials want to require everyone traveling alone during morning and evening rush hours to pay to use the road.
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Feb 26, 2015

RT @capitalweather: Snow to continue at decent clip another hour or 2, then tapering immediate DC area. Updates: wapo.st/17AJjD0

Feb 26, 2015

RT @Metrobusinfo: Earlier tweet re: DCPS was INCORRECT. Our apologies. Schools open 2 hours late and our buses will be there #wmata

Feb 26, 2015

RT @postmetrogirl: Most area schools have gone from delays to closed. Check out our closings list here -- wapo.st/1DZlUcu

Feb 26, 2015

RT @postmetrogirl: Roads, sidewalks getting very slippery out there. Be careful. Follow our roads, trains and schools updates. #wmata wapo.st/1DWcaOP

Feb 26, 2015

RT @mcfrsPIO: @metrorailinfo MT Medical Ctr, insulator w/minor "sparks." Apparently Not affecting trains. Metro Maint will handle, no fire, no smoke

Feb 16, 2015

RT @capitalweather: Heavier snow moving into south burbs should start to accelerate accumulation there. Radar: ow.ly/i/8Fyx6

Feb 16, 2015

RT @brianstelter: 26% of @NBCNightlyNews viewers would welcome Jon Stewart as a successor to Brian Williams, survey says: cnnmon.ie/1AeYega

Feb 16, 2015

RT @BrianWeik: Very light snow has started in Alexandria. Looks beautiful, like the CO powder on the slopes! @capitalweather

Feb 16, 2015

Meet Maryland's new top transportation official -- already lots on his plate via @shaverk #purpleline wapo.st/17bwOxN

Feb 16, 2015

Paging snow lovers -- flakes should begin falling tonight. wapo.st/1L5gehW

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