After years of safety and technical difficulties, with the most recent story of 72 train operators removed from service because of their certification lapse last year, Metro Board Chair Paul Smedberg, on behalf of the Board of Directors, released a statement on management changes at the agency.
In a recent letter, Canek Aguirre, chair of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, urged Paul Wiedefeld, General Manager/CEO of WMATA to move “swiftly to design a solution to relieve train congestion at the Rosslyn Tunnel ahead of any broader Blue Line, Orange Line or Silver Line rail expansion desires.”
Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Wiedefeld said he will not resume the placement of 7000-series trains into passenger service for about 90 days to allow Metro engineering and mechanical experts time to focus on root cause analysis and acquire technology to measure 7000-series wheelsets.
Metrorail customers saw improved service Monday morning (Nov. 1), including the extension of Silver Line service, as a result of around-the-clock efforts by rail maintenance teams to get more trains into service.
Metrorail in Washington, D.C. will continue with significantly reduced service next week.
Passengers riding a Washington, D.C. Metro train at about 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12 experienced a significant disruption to their travel plans.
RT&S Editor-in-Chief Bill Wilson goes over the top stories of the week.
Metro has released a report on progress it has made over the past three years, after it received a significant infusion of dedicated funding.
WMATA begins a significant tunnel ventilation project this weekend.
Continuing safety issues are front and center at Washington Metro.