"The 10-car train, which left Greenbelt at 4:50 p.m. July 31, was south of Fort Totten about 20 minutes later when the operator was told by a passenger via the intercom that there were two additional cars at the back of the train, said Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel. Metro's platforms were designed to handle nothing longer than eight-car trains."
According to Metro, this is actually a good news story because the intercom worked. OK, they didn't say that, but it wouldn't have been shocking to hear.
Taubenkibel gave the mandatory "this is a serious issue" response--heard that before--but to anyone watching Metro lately, it shouldn't be surprising that many of its employees can't seem to count. There has been a long standing problem with operators forgetting how many cars are on the trains they're driving.
In the wake of 6/22, Metro's apparent cover ups about circuit issues and near misses, and two days after a Metro employee died on the job, it's getting harder and harder to find that "culture of safety" of which Metro GM John Catoe seems so proud.
We're beginning to think that's some kind of crazy dream, too.
Unsafe, Unaware, Unscrutinized (WaPo) Is the Washington Post really just now coming to this party?
Live chat tomorrow with ATU rep (GGW)