Security and Safety

Foxx warns he could shut down D.C. subway

Posted on May 11, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Tuesday he seriously considered ordering a shutdown of the entire Washington Metro subway system last week and may still do that if local officials don’t follow Transportation Department safety directives, according to WTOP News.

“We have the ability to withhold (federal) funds from Metro. We have the ability to shut Metro down, and we’re not afraid to use the authority we have,” Foxx said told reporters. “This is serious business.”

Local officials have yet to identify the root cause of incidents involving electrical arcing, smoke and fire, he said, and so have no plan for how to fix the problem, WTOP reported.

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