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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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FIRED!

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Metro gets rid of six on inspection team following the Silver Line derailment

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WASHINGTON – Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said Thursday he fired six track inspectors and supervisors after Metro Transit Police finished investigating a train derailment for criminal activity.

“I want the board, our employees and our customers to know that this review revealed a disturbing level of indifference, lack of accountability, and flagrant misconduct in a portion of Metro’s track department which is completely intolerable,” Wiedefeld said at the Board Safety Committee meeting Thursday.

Two cars of a Metrorail train moved off the rails July 29, injuring three people. Emergency personnel took one to the hospital for a minor head injury.

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Ties that don't bind...

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Metro slows down as wood ties are linked to recent derailment

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Metro is running some Red Line trains at slower speeds so they don’t damage the wooden rail ties that hold the track in place, according to Metro spokesperson Richard Jordan.

“The Red Line speed restrictions are at various locations,” Jordan said. “They are added as conditions warrant and lifted as repairs are made.”

Metro officials did not return requests for a list of speed restriction locations and speeds before deadline.

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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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Metro investigates rail yard derailment

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metro logoWASHINGTON - - A deputy general manager for Metro on Friday said Metro staff have not identified a cause for a non-passenger train derailment near the Alexandria rail yard Thursday night.

Andy Off, assistant general manager for rail operations, said Metro is investigating the cause of the derailment of a non-passenger six-car train that occurred near the Alexandria rail yard Thursday night. The final two rail cars, both 6000 series, derailed as the train was entering an interchange.

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Metro Transit Police investigating East Falls Church derailment

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Metro Transit Police are investigating the July 29 derailment on the Silver Line after Metro’s general manager expressed concerns about findings from the internal inquiry. 

Metro Board of Directors Chairman and DC Council member Jack Evans said conflicting interviews led Metro General Manger Paul Wiedefeld to have Metro Transit Police begin their own investigation of two Silver Line train cars derailing while switching tracks last month.

“I talked with Paul (Thursday) and essentially what he told me... he’s getting inconsistent and contradictory information from this investigation to the point he found it was necessary to bring in criminal investigators,” Evans said.

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FTA says Metro track inspectors need more training

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Staffers from a university rail inspection program are scheduled to retrain Metro track inspectors after they failed to identify and address track defects that led to a derailment last month in Virginia.

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said Aug. 10 he hired trainers from the University of Tennessee’s Center for Transportation Research to train inspectors during a two-week program.

“Safety trumps service now more than ever at Metro,” said Wiedefeld.

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Metro Managers Negotiate Rocky Week

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ROCKVILLE – Metro riders suffer delays and shuttle bus rides during SafeTrack, experienced the same when a Silver Line train derailed Friday and Metro’s need for maintenance time may cancel post-midnight hours.

The Metro general manager’s repair crews launched the first Red Line SafeTrack Aug. 1 as part of his program to catch up on maintenance, just days after a Silver Line train derailed due to deteriorating rail ties. That led to Wiedefeld hiring a derailment inspector.

Wiedefeld for months asked riders to consider alternative transportation to the Metro so trains and platforms wouldn’t crowd when trains single tracked or stations shut down.

Montgomery County Transportation Director Al Roshdieh requested the same, informing residents about bike routes, arranged free shuttle buses and encouraged commuting on Marc Train or telecommuting.

Metro said Monday rail ridership decreased by between 30 percent and 40 percent and attributed this to riders seeking alternatives.

“Riders heeded the warnings of reduced service and took advantage of travel options,” Metro said. “Metrobus reported ‘steady’ ridership on routes that run along the Red Line, but no overcrowding conditions.”

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