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The disturbing truth is that the loss of nine human lives in this week's DC metro crash would not be grounds for replacing the older cars with newer, safer models. The $888 million estimated cost would have been more than twelve times the statistical value of life used by government agencies.

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Jeannette Lee

Jeannette Lee is an Atlantic Media Fellow. Previously, she worked as an Associated Press reporter in Alaska and Hawaii.
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