Security and Safety

Chicago's Metra bans hoverboards

Posted on January 15, 2016

Soar Boards
Soar Boards

Chicago's Metra commuter rail line announced that hoverboards will no longer be permitted onboard its trains due to concerns over potential fire hazards related to the self-balancing, electronic scooters.

“The safety of our passengers and employees is our top priority,” said Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno. “There have been multiple reports of fires and injuries caused by hoverboard use throughout the country, and while there have been no incidents on Metra, we simply want to be proactive by banning this potential fire hazard from being carried on our trains.”

Douglas Rahden
Douglas Rahden

The popular two-wheeled motorized scooters have been banned for transport by all major U.S. airlines, Amtrak and L.A.’s Metrolink rail system due to concerns over reports of fires thought to be caused by the lithium ion batteries used to power the devices. Use of the scooters has also been reportedly banned or restricted at more than 20 college campuses across the U.S. and from use on New York City streets.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced in December 2015 that it has launched an investigation into the root cause of these fires. Just this week, the commission reported that it's now investigating 28 fires in 19 states tied to the motorized scooters.

Effective immediately, onboard personnel who see anyone attempting to board a Metra train with a hoverboard in their possession will require that person to exit the train.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Philadelphia investigator named '2016 Amtrak Officer of the Year'

Investigator O’Keefe was able to link several thefts of rental cars from Wilmington Station to a large-scale auto-theft ring operating out of Delaware and Pennsylvania.

Greyhound deploys AlertMedia critical communications tech

The motorcoach operation is using the AlertMedia platform to enhance and improve communications with approximately 1,000 employees.

Maryland Transit continues to have lowest number of serious crimes

The number of serious crimes reported on MTA's system has decreased from 388 in 2013 to 285 in 2014, 255 in 2015, and 240 in 2016.

NY, NJ governors call for independent review of Penn Station infrastructure

In a letter Gov. Cuomo and Gov. Christie said the train derailments and severe service disruptions at the century-old Manhattan rail hub have made clear “the need for a complete review of Amtrak’s infrastructure and maintenance protocols.”

NJ Transit derailment injures 5

The slow-speed derailment of the three middle cars happened as train 3926 from Trenton rolled onto Track Nine in the station at about 9 a.m. The impact was hard enough to break a wheel off of one of the cars.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close