Washington Metro crash focuses spotlight on outdated rail cars

06/25/2009 | NYTimes.com

Monday's fatal Metro train crash in Washington, D.C., has focused the spotlight on aging rail cars. In 2006, regulators warned the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority to replace or upgrade the cars involved in the crash, but money was an issue. According to a report by the Federal Transit Administration, one-third of the equipment of the nation's largest transit agencies is in poor or marginal condition.

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