Transportation Report

DC Metro Silver Line nears completion

The extension of Washington, D.C. Metrorail subway system toward Dulles International Airport is nearing completion, the Washington Post reports.

The contractors who are building the often-delayed Washington Metro Silver Line are preparing to declare the first half of the capital area subway extension is "substantial complete," according to the report.

The Silver Line was declared complete once before in February, but officials with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) found problems with the railway in several areas and declined to accept it from the construction workers who are building it.

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FAA sex assault tracking requirement offered as amendment

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) is attaching her proposal to require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to keep track of sexual assaults that are committed on airplanes to a bill about airfare advertising that is scheduled to be marked up on Wednesday.

Norton said her measure, which has been dubbed the Protecting Airline Passengers from Sexual Assaults Act, would help close a loophole in sexual assault reporting that occurs because in-flight sexual assaults are often not investigated properly due to murky jurisdiction rules.

Norton said the airline advertising bill that is scheduled to be marked up on Wednesday by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee “provides an opportunity to move this vital legislation to require the FAA to keep real-time statistics and documentation on sexual assaults on airplanes.

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