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Metro officials testify before Congress about safety

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of Washington's Metro subway system is set to tell Congress about safety upgrades in the two years since a collision that killed nine people and injured dozens more.

Metro General Manager Richard Sarles testified Friday before a subcommittee that oversees the District of Columbia. Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier is also scheduled to testify. The hearing will examine Metro's safety policies and procedures.

Wednesday marked the two-year anniversary of the worst crash in the system's history, a collision between two trains outside the Fort Totten station.

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who represents the district in Congress, says she'll use the hearing to press for the next installment of $150 million in federal funding for Metro. The funds have been used to make safety upgrades. 

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