Metrorail provides safe, clean, reliable transit service for more than 600,000 customers a day throughout the Washington, DC area.
“Safe” and “reliable” they say…
Compare the above with what the National Transportation Safety Board says:
Metro officials have been aware since 2017 of equipment problems that appear to have caused the train derailment last week in Northern Virginia, a preliminary investigation by federal safety investigators showed.
Metro train 407, which derailed on the Blue Line on Oct. 12, had two other minor derailments the same day and was able to get back onto the tracks, Jennifer Homendy, chair of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said at a news conference Monday morning.
The train derailed and re-railed itself once near the Arlington Cemetery station at about 3:20 p.m. and again near the Largo Town Center station at about 4:15 p.m.
After the third and final derailment, the train with 187 people on board got stuck in a dark tunnel near the Arlington Cemetery station. Riders had to walk the equivalent of about six football fields to get to safety.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has known of problems with the wheel assemblies of 7000-series railcars for years, Homendy said.
“We were made aware that WMATA was aware of this situation with the wheel assemblies going back to 2017,” she said.
I wonder what the consequences will be to the government run Metro compared to a non government entity which did something similar.
A Boeing test pilot is being prosecuted over 737 Max crashes. I expect no prosecutions because of the Metro railcar issues and the probability of people being fired is low.
H/T to Paul K. for the email.