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Congressman says D.C. Metro won't get bailout

Congressman says D.C. Metro won't get bailout

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a hearing in Congress about the safety of Washington's subway system:

3:30 p.m.

A House Republican says Congress won't be bailing out the Washington area's struggling subway system after a series of crises.

Rep. John Mica of Florida said at a hearing Wednesday that the Metro system has received more than $700 million in federal grants for capital improvements that haven't been spent. He says Metro's problems can be traced to poor management.

Last month, Metro's general manager made the unprecedented decision to shut down the system for an entire day for emergency safety inspections. At the time, he said he couldn't guarantee that the...