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Transit union says more work needed to fix Baltimore's Metro safety problems

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    Transit union says more work needed to fix Baltimore's Metro safety problems

    Originally posted by Omaha Steve in the Latest News forum

    Transit union leaders said Thursday that plans to fix the Baltimore Metro fall short of addressing major safety and health concerns that put riders and workers at risk, and called for an emergency shutdown of the system.

    David McClure, president of Baltimore Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1300, said the Maryland Transit Administration has neglected the main problems his workers have raised, despite this week’s announcement of a 23-day partial shutdown while the agency performs $16 million in critical maintenance.

    “This is not only about the union, it’s about the riding public as well,” McClure said. “We have one objective here, and that’s to provide a safe and efficient service to the riding public, which at this point, I can’t say that we’re actually doing that.”

    MTA officials said safety is their top priority. In a statement, the agency said nearly $670 million was spent in the past year on planned safety upgrades. Of that total, $600 million was spent on 90 new subway cars and a new signaling system.

    FULL story at link: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-subway-repairs-20160714-story.html

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