Metro withdraws cars for safety inspections
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.