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Federal safety oversight recommended for DC subway system

Federal investigators recommended Wednesday that the federal government assume oversight of Washington's troubled subway system, an unprecedented step for an urban mass transit network. The National Transportation Safety Board said the Federal Railroad Commission should take over safety oversight of the Metro system following a fatal electrical malfunction in January and other accidents that have shaken confidence in the nation's second-busiest transit network. Congress would have to pass a law reclassifying Metro as a commuter rail network for the commission to assume oversight. Like other urban subway systems, Metro is currently overseen by a state-level agency. The NTSB has...