Metro with­draws cars for safety in­spec­tions

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Robert Thom­son

Metro has tem­po­rar­ily re­moved an en­tire se­ries of rail cars from ser­vice for safety in­spec­tions.

Metro Deputy Gen­eral Manager Rob Troup or­dered that the 100 cars in the 4000 se­ries un­dergo spe­cial safety in­spec­tions af­ter rid­ers re­ported see­ing doors on two cars open while the trains were mov­ing. With those cars out of ser­vice, Metro won’t be able to op­er­ate eight-car trains on the Red, Blue, Or­ange or Green lines dur­ing rush hours, mean­ing trains are likely to be more crowded.

The agency hopes to re­turn the cars to ser­vice this week if no sys­temic prob­lems are found.

But even af­ter the week-long in­spec­tion of 4000s, rid­ers will still see fewer eight-car trains on Mon­days and Fri­days through the sum­mer be­cause of a new main­te­nance strat­egy, Metro said.

The rail cars with the worst main­te­nance his­to­ries will get more time in main­te­nance yards.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.