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U.S. asks transit agencies to conduct inspections after Washington subway derailment

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) said Friday it had asked U.S. transit agencies to conduct fleet-wide inspections of wheel gauges on rail cars following the Oct. 12 derailment of a Washington subway train. FTA said it had directed state safety agencies to report all out-of-tolerance wheel gauges and advised them to require fleet-wide inspections of wheel gauges in public transportation systems. The Washington subway system said Thursday it expected to operate sharply reduced service through at least Nov. 15. (Reporting by David Shepardson)

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