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Metro Examines Fasteners

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Vibrations on the Green Line and possible ties to derailments explored in subway

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WASHINGTON – Metro’s chief safety officer, Pat Lavin, said Tuesday Metro is investigating a possible connection between Metro rail fasteners and shaking houses located above the Green Line.

Inspectors say some of the fasteners may have been less than a day old when discovered broken.

“I wouldn’t say the rail clips are defective,” Lavin said. “If there’s an issue with a certain clip or a certain batch, those would be explored.”

Residents of D.C. neighborhood Petworth, located above the Green Line, complained to Metro executives last year they believe trains are causing their houses to shake and to vibrate, Metro said.

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Metro tackles variety of problems including 'smoldering' rail ties

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WASHINGTON – Several problems plagued the Metro and delayed service on the Red, Orange, Green and Blue lines this week including a smoldering wooden rail tie Monday that forced passengers to offload from the Red Line, spokesperson Ron Holzer said.

Holzer said a Metro supervisor extinguished the burning tie before it burst into flames and with minimal damage.

Meanwhile, riders on the Green and Yellow lines experienced delays Tuesday morning because the door to a railcar wouldn’t open at Georgia Avenue Station, Holzer said. 

The Metro safety department is also working on a response to safety directives from the Federal Transit Administration regarding protection of workers on the tracks. Metro’s Chief Safety Officer Pat Lavin told a board committee Thursday the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority workers in some sections of track will soon be issued wrist bands which will provide notice of oncoming trains.

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Metro investigates death on Green Line and more problems

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As the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority battles its continuing safety problems, Metro Transit Police Wednesday investigated the death of a person on the tracks near Suitland Metro Station on the Green Line in Prince George’s County Wednesday. 

Metro Transit Police said the unidentified man, who died between the Naylor Road and Suitland stations, may have intended to take his own life.

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority spokesperson Dan Stessel said Metro likely will not release the man’s identity if the death is confirmed to be a suicide.

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