Thursday, July 9, 2009
Following the June 22 crash on the Red Line, Metro trains have been operating in manual mode and pulling to the front of the station platforms.
We understand the decision to go manual: The investigation of the crash is ongoing, and it's possible it was caused by a problem with the automatic control systems. It probably helps keep the operators focused, too.
However, we don't understand exactly how pulling to the front of the station lessens the chance of another collision.
Regardless, it's a good idea because train operators were forgetting how many cars were in the trains they were driving, which led to more than a handful of occasions when the doors were opened while part of the trains were still in the tunnel. Seems like trains should have been pulling to the front of the platforms all along.
So what's the connection with the Red Line wreck?
We asked Metro, and this is what they had to say:
"As a result of the accident and all trains operating in manual mode, the decision was made for all trains to pull to the end of the platform for consistent operation of the trains."
That is all.
AGAIN! Operator caught sleeping while driving (Fox 5) h/t: NattyBo
D.C. pulled $50M share of Metro dedicated funds (Examiner)
Washington Metro Area's Senate and House Delegation briefed by WMATA (American Chronicle)
Weekend track work
Red Line rehab outlined (WaPo)
Board approves Red Line renovation (WMATA)
Posted by Unsuck DC Metro at 7:30 AM