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WMATA report on running red lights calls for capping speeds, brighter bulbs

Posted on October 26, 2016

Larry Levine
Larry Levine

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) issued a series of recommendations aimed at fixing its red light-running problem, including capping train speeds and installing brighter bulbs at the site of frequent violations, The Washington Post reports.

An overview of 88 red-signal overruns dating back to 2011, shed light on the times, places, and conditions under which WMATA trains were most likely to run red lights. The agency’s review found violations occurred most frequently on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons, though the offenses were spread evenly during peak periods on weekdays.

WMATA plans to upgrade signals with LED bulbs at the following problem-spots by the end of the year: National Airport, Silver Spring, Vienna, Grosvenor, Largo, and Farragut North. For violations that occurred in rail yards, primarily a problem as peak service begins, WMATA recommended increased supervision. For the full story, click here.

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