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Recent derailment reminiscent of Bethesda double derailment several years ago

The most recent derailment reminds me of the double derailment at Bethesda several years ago. The hardware that secures the rail in that area is Pandrol clips. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandrol) According to my coworkers, they found that approximately 20 feet of rail had … Continue reading

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Two Year Anniversary of the deaths of Jeff Garrard & Sung Oh

[I meant to post this on January 26.  Somehow it was left as a “draft” and not posted.]: Today, January 26, 2012, is the two year anniversary of the completely avoidable and incredibly tragic accident that killed my former coworkers … Continue reading

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Metro Admits Liability for June 22, 2009 Wreck

I’m glad to see that after over 2 1/2 years Metro has finally done the right thing and admitted liability for the June 22, 2009 wreck — even if it was for legal expediency. It is unclear to me why … Continue reading

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Overtime Limits Part of Contract Negotiations?

Fatigue due to excessive overtime (OT) is in the news again. I found it interesting that WMATA sees this serious safety issue as a ‘bargaining chip’: “Metro officials have said they plan to rely on a study released last week … Continue reading

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Excessive Overtime Causes Fatigue

I’ve written about the very serious problems caused by employees working too much overtime (OT) several times before — here, here, here, and most recently here. In the news lately is a story that suggests the Tri-State Oversight Committee (TOC) … Continue reading

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Cembre Connectors, Part 2

Back in January, I posted about the Cembre connectors Metro has been using for the past few years. A member of Metro management (who I knew casually the entire 27 years I was at Metro) recently discovered that post and … Continue reading

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The true cost of commuting

There is a positive story over on Unsuckdcmetro written by a guy named Chad who got so fed up with Metro that he decided to begin biking to work.  He ended up losing 50 lbs and just completed an IronMan … Continue reading

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