After a year in which Metrorail was buffeted by the worst string of accidents in its history, most riders give the system high marks on comfort, reliability and generally going the places they want to go, according to a new Washington Post poll. Two-thirds of rail users rate the safety of the system as excellent or good, but regular riders divide about evenly on how Metro has responded to the accidents, including a June 22 crash on the Red Line that killed eight passengers and a train operator: 42 percent approve, 45 percent disapprove. Just as in 2005, about a quarter of area adults say they take Metrorail very or fairly often, with about one of every eight commuters using the rail system as a primary way to get to work. But a third of users say they're riding less than they used to.
- The Washington Post
Man hospitalized after bike wreck was also shot, stabbedBaltimore City police are investigating the shooting and stabbing of a Baltimore man who was being treated Sunday night at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The man was brought to the hospital after being in a dirt bike accident. The accident occurred at Biddle Street and Harford Avenue, police said. Emergency personnel learned he had also been shot and stabbed, according to police. Police did not have any information on the man's condition.
- Kelly Brewington