Summer 2019 Metro Closures Highlight Traffic Dangers

This summer, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), is shutting down six Metro stations on the blue and yellow lines south of Ronald Reagan National Airport. These stations include Braddock Road, King Street-Old Town, Eisenhower Avenue, Huntington, Van Dorn Street, and Franconia-Springfield. The Washington Post estimates that 17,000 daily commuters are affected by these station closures. Increased Traffic Volume The displacement of passengers affected by the station closures will likely increase traffic in the District and surrounding areas over the summer, especially during rush hour. Commuters not affected by the station closures should still be aware that they might face denser…

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Metro Removes and Subsequently Reinstates 3000-Series Cars

On Tuesday, the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (“Metro”) took all of its 3000-series cars out of service after receiving a report that a car door had slid open on an Orange Line train on Sunday. According to The Washington Post, Metro first became aware of the incident after a rider posted a video of the open door on social media on Monday, and later confirmed the malfunction with camera footage at the Dunn Loring station. Metro’s General Manager, Paul Wiedefeld, said in a news conference on Tuesday that the removal of the 3000-series cars was temporary, and that Metro was unsure…

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DC Metro Train Derails on the Red Line

A Red Line train carrying 63 people derailed between the Metro Center and Farragut North stations. DC Metro (WMATA) officials said the train was one of the new 7000-series that was recently put into service. Passengers on the train described a loud boom and violent shaking. One passenger interviewed by NBC Washington said it felt twice as bad as turbulence he had experienced while flying. Emergency services were able to evacuate the 61 passengers without any issues. Power to the third rail was shut down as passengers walked 2,000 feet to Metro Center station. No injuries were reported. Does the…

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