If you're looking for a silver lining, about the best you could come up with is at least this latest collision took place when there were no passengers on the trains. However, three Metro workers were injured slightly, and, according to Metro, one car won't be able to be fixed in yet another ding to Metro's dwindling supply of rolling stock.
Eight-car trains, at this rate, will be an even rarer sighting..
The Post is reporting the damage at $9 million, another substantial blow to the budget gap.
Apparently, that big safety "shake up" a couple of weeks ago didn't magically solve all the problems. Then again, did anyone really think it was anything but a reshuffling of the deck chairs?
Maybe it's time for another standard trick, the ol' "safety stand down." That'll fool 'em.
Then again, maybe not. Less than 10 days after the last one, a WMATA subcontractor was electrocuted on the job.
Metro often whines about its poor public image, once going so far as to blame passengers.
While we've documented many sucky passengers on this blog, passengers don't collide trains.
Perhaps if Metro made some real changes, like making its management and operators publicly accountable when something goes awry, the "reputation deficit" might start to turn around, but instead Metro appears to persist with the smoke and mirrors routines, and that's just not going over so well these days.
Fired? Think again. (Examiner)