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(Washington Examiner) — Metro officials are preparing to roll out a new $250,000 program intended to address the recent rash of successful suicide attempts involving the transit system.

The Metro Board’s safety committee on Thursday is scheduled to discuss a long-delayed suicide prevention program. But details of the agency’s plan to stop people from killing themselves with the help of Metro trains and tracks are ill defined.

At least 15 people have killed themselves on Metro property since the start of last year, or roughly five times the two-suicide annual average since 1976. Metro planning documents say action is needed to combat that “surge in suicides.”

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