It may seem like piling on, but Metro continues to have widely reported problems ever since the  deadly Fort Totten Metro train crash on June 22, 2009.

The latest contretemps  involves allegations that a MetroAccess driver sexually assaulted a disabled patron and the sudden bursting into flame of a Metrobus on the Beltway.

The assault is the fourth this year involving allegations that MetroAccess drivers have attacked patrons.

The bus fire has resulted in removal of 99 buses from the active fleet. The buses are 10-year-old, diesel Orions and will be taken out of service pending a repair. This would be more comforting if Metro officials had not acknowledged a fire two weeks ago in a newer model bus.

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