Category Archives: Malfunctions

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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Leak Repair

This photo was taken inside a train control room (TCR): Sometimes it takes a while for problems to get fixed at Metro and in the meantime we’d have to get creative.  Under the plastic is vital equipment that costs tens … Continue reading

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Door Problems

For security reasons I won’t disclose where these doors are located, but behind them is a serious power room with voltages as high as 13,800 volts (13.8 KV).  There are two sets of these double doors and neither would latch … Continue reading

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Dragging Equipment

Fairly often, parts of rail cars or track department equipment will come loose and be dragged along the tracks.  This often results in extensive damage to wayside Automatic Train Control (ATC) equipment. Usually, this causes substantial delays — particularly if … 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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Dipity Timeline Features History of Repeated Failures and Malfunctions for Washington DC Metro Transit System

Dipity.com is a website that makes it easy to create sophisticated web-based interactive timelines. One timeline shows the recent history of repeated failures and malfunctions that have plagued the Washington D.C. Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA). A snapshot of the timeline … Continue reading

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