Security and Safety

26 issues found during D.C. Metro inspection shutdown

Posted on March 17, 2016

Screenshot of frayed power cable found during inspection of Metrorail. D.C. Metro
Screenshot of frayed power cable found during inspection of Metrorail. D.C. Metro

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's (D.C. Metro) rail system reopened Thursday morning after it was closed all day Wednesday for emergency inspections of 600 power cables — and after repairs of at least 26 cables that were frayed and damaged, NBC Washington reported.

The damage at three locations was so severe that those parts of the track were "showstoppers," where "we would not be running trains if we came upon these conditions," said Metro GM Paul Wiedefeld at a press conference Wednesday.

Frayed power cables are believed to have been the cause of a fire on the tracks early Monday and of an emergency in January 2015, when smoke filled a Metro tunnel, dozens of passengers were sickened and one woman died, reported NBC Washington.

For the full story, click here.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (1 Comment)

More News

Op/Ed: This Memorial Day Weekend, Let’s Resolve to Use Tech to Make Roads Safer

AAA estimates 34.6 million people will travel by car, the highest number on the road in over a decade this holiday weekend. Unfortunately, the risk of a highway crash causing serious injury or death is still a reality.

Metra to install inward-facing locomotive cameras

Congress in 2015 ordered the DOT to draft rules within two years to require passenger railroads to install inward-facing and outward-facing cameras in all locomotives and other operating compartments such as cab cars and Highliner cars.

MBTA bus operator stabbed by passenger

Police said the passengers detained the suspect until police arrived and took him into custody.

NJ Transit unveils plan to install 360-degree cameras on buses

The $29.1 million system will be installed in 2,500 new and existing buses to provide operators with a 360-degree field of vision around the bus that will help to eliminate blind spots and enhance pedestrian safety.

Canada seeking to mandate locomotive voice and video recorders

In November 2016, the Minister of Transport announced his intention to make the installation and use of LVVR mandatory, ensuring that the information could be used during accident investigations, while protecting the privacy of employees.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (1)

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