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WMATA appoints Febles IG, resumes Blue Line service at closed stations

Rene Febles is the new inspector general at WMATA, where he has served as acting IG since April.
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The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority last week appointed Rene Febles inspector general for a three-year term.

The agency's acting inspector general since April, Febles will be responsible for conducting audits, evaluations and investigations of fraud and abuse cases, WMATA officials said in a press release.

He began his career as a federal auditor at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he later became a federal law enforcement officer. Febles also held senior leadership roles at the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

“The IG has the critically important task of holding this organization accountable to the public we serve,” said WMATA Chairman Paul Smedberg.

Meanwhile, the transit agency also announced the full return of service Nov. 6 to six Blue Line stations that had been closed since September. The Braddock Road, King Street-Old Town, Eisenhower Avenue, Huntington, Van Dorn Street and Franconia-Springfield stations were shuttered during construction as crews relocated 2,000 feet of existing tracks and connected new tracks to the Potomac Yard Station, which is expected to open next year.

Additional work included the installation and testing of traction power and automatic train control infrastructure that's considered crucial to operations, WMATA officials said. The Blue Line service will also stand in for riders on the Yellow Line (for which service is completely suspended until May 2023) as crews continue to work on a tunnel and bridge rehabilitation project.

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