DC mayor concedes subway system needs improvement

DC Mayor Adrian FentyDistrict of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty says this week’s deadly crash of a Metro subway train dramatizes the need for officials who operate the system to upgrade and modernize the fleet.

Fenty said in a nationally broadcast interview Thursday that while federal safety investigators are still searching for the cause of the crash that killed nine and injured scores of others, there’s no question that the issue of rail car safety is a valid one.

Fenty told MSNBC in an interview that it’s clear “we have to make some changes.”

He added that “we have to get rid of some of these cars that are not as crashworthy as they should be.” He said he believes Washington ranks sixth among about 15 metropolitan area with rapid transit systems and that improvements are in order.

Fenty told the network there is no doubt “we can protect more people with stronger cars.” The system is operated jointly by the governments of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.