Category Archives: Inadequate Training

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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Point of Impact

On May 14, 2006, a Metro employee died. There are about 10,000 active and retired members of our union so this isn’t unusual. We probably lose an average of 5 or 6 people every month. What was unusual is that … Continue reading

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Lack of Training

When I was hired in October 1983 I was handed a $1.29 yellow plastic flashlight and a very lame “safety vest” (just some orange mesh, no reflective tape) and told to watch out for trains and avoid the third rail. … Continue reading

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Radio Problems

I recall asking the superintendent of COMM back in 1998 when the new Motorola UHF system would be fully operational. He said about 18 months. More than ten (10) years later we still did not have the new radios. Ten … Continue reading

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The June 22, 2009 Train Wreck

On June 22, 2009, near the Fort Totten Metro Station, 9 people (the train operator and 8 passengers) were killed and scores more were injured unnecessarily in a horrific wreck on Metro’s Red Line. It could have been avoided and … Continue reading

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Who’s in charge of Metro’s safety upgrades?

This Washington Examiner editorial sheds some light on how things work (or don’t) at Metro and expands upon the Washington Times article linked to in my previous post.

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Metro engineers lacked licenses

A recent article in the Washington Times disclosed that at least three (3) WMATA “engineers” lack certification from any of the three jurisdictions Metro serves. I’m somewhat ashamed to admit that this did not surprise many ATC techs (including myself) … Continue reading

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