Wednesday, October 21, 2009
From reader David:
I took this picture at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the Rockville station.
You'll notice the board says three 8-car trains are coming. The problem is the train on the platform that was supposed to be an 8-car train and the next train, which was also supposed to be an 8-car train, were both 6-car trains.
So when Metro says they've kept the same number of 8-car trains in circulation, they must mean their arrival boards say 8-car trains are coming, but in reality there are no more 8-car trains.
I can't tell you the last time I saw an 8-car train on the Red Line.
David is not the only one seeing an apparent reduction in 8-car trains.
If you think about it, on your way home tonight, see if those advertised 8-car trains really are.
UPDATE FROM METRO:
On a regular weekday morning rush hour, there are 44 trains (after the accident it was 37-39) scheduled to be in service by 8:00 a.m. on the Red Line. Of those 44, 11 are 8-car trains, this has not changed.
When we have a shortage of cars, fewer trains may be released, but there will still be the same number of 8-car trains.
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