Metro has paid out $173 million for legal claims in the past five years, and last year alone the payments jumped 54 percent as the agency started to settle lawsuits stemming from the deadly 2009 Fort Totten crash, records show.
Metro says weekend work on the red, orange, green and yellow lines will cause delays for train riders.
Metro watchdog groups say the transit system is safer than it was three years ago when nine people were killed in a crash, but there’s room for improvement.
Metro is using the long holiday weekend to make improvements to the rail system.
Metro is marking the anniversary of the 2009 train crash that killed a train operator and eight passengers with a wreath-laying ceremony.
The D.C. chapter of the Guardian Angels says it will begin patrolling Metro’s trains and buses with more frequency following an increase in attacks at Metro stations.
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