Metro train nearly runs over safety inspectors

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Re: Metro train nearly runs over safety inspectors

Postby smallfire85 » Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:43 am

Ok, so I read the Washington Post article on this incident and it says that there was only one train involved with two operators on the train. The issue should be discussed at Thursday's board meeting, which I think will shed some more light on the incident.

Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2016/10/21/close-call-speeding-metro-train-nearly-strikes-federal-inspectors-on-tracks/
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Re: Metro train nearly runs over safety inspectors

Postby STrRedWolf » Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:17 am

It's looking more and more like a complete personnel system failure.
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Re: Metro train nearly runs over safety inspectors

Postby MCL1981 » Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:15 am

And in another article, a bunch of union speeches about how it makes them sad that WMATA doesn't want to listen to their employee's decades of experience and expertise....
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Re: Metro train nearly runs over safety inspectors

Postby Rbts Stn » Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:50 pm

2 weeks later, any report on what happened? Or what happened to the operators?-
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Re: Metro train nearly runs over safety inspectors

Postby Head-end View » Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:29 pm

I'm amazed that this situation is allowed to exist on WMATA. Compare these practices with the NYC Transit Authority's procedures on NYC Subways. Work zones are marked with flags/lights, trains reduce to restricted speed, sound the horn, etc. But then, WMATA has long been accused of lacking any safety culture. I can't understand how it got to be this way, and why it's allowed to continue this way. What would it take to wake up WMATA? Maybe enough fatalities on the tracks?
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Re: Metro train nearly runs over safety inspectors

Postby STrRedWolf » Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:48 pm

Head-end View wrote:I'm amazed that this situation is allowed to exist on WMATA. Compare these practices with the NYC Transit Authority's procedures on NYC Subways. Work zones are marked with flags/lights, trains reduce to restricted speed, sound the horn, etc. But then, WMATA has long been accused of lacking any safety culture. I can't understand how it got to be this way, and why it's allowed to continue this way. What would it take to wake up WMATA? Maybe enough fatalities on the tracks?


There's too many fatalities on the tracks. WMATA basically has to be taken over, old regs and contracts thrown out, and everyone retrained. Oh, and no more overtime for dispatchers. You put in your 40 and you're done.
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