Monday, May 3, 2010

Brake Problem Friday


On April 23, Metro reported 15 service disruptions. That's a pretty good day for Metro, but unfortunately, 10 of them were due to brake problems--all serious enough to take the trains out of service. Yikes.
7:54 a.m. A Red Line train at Metro Center was taken out of service due to a brake problem; customers were required to exit the train.

10:17 a.m. An Orange Line train at Minnesota was taken out of service due to a brake problem; customers were required to exit the train.

12:48 p.m. A Red Line train at Twinbrook was taken out of service due to a brake problem; customers were required to exit the train.

3:36 p.m. A Red Line train at Van Ness was taken out of service due to a brake problem; customers were required to exit the train.

3:55 p.m. A Red Line train at Van Ness was taken out of service due to a brake problem.

5:19 p.m. A Red Line train at Union Station was taken out of service due to a brake problem.

5:20 p.m. A Blue Line train at Stadium Armory was taken out of service due to a brake problem.

8:31 p.m. An Orange Line train at L’Enfant Plaza was taken out of service due to a brake problem; customers were required to exit the train.

9:54 p.m. A Red Line train at Judiciary Square was taken out of service due to a brake problem; customers were required to exit the train.

10:09 p.m. An Orange Line train at McPherson Square was taken out of service due to a brake problem.

And, as is always the case with Metro, there's also a comedic element to the disruption report:
7:35 a.m. A Green Line train at Branch Avenue was not dispatched because no cares were available.
Aww. We've been missing the cares for a while now, guys. Make some more cares available, please. After all, we're paying more now and are going to be paying even more! We deserve more cares. Here's a screen grab in case Metro changes it.

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

So they finally admit it. Metro is careless. Who'da thunk?

Anonymous said...

How much you wanna bet these were all the same train - Metro just put them back into service at different locations.

Dan Franzen said...

Is it possible that they have so many brake problems because their operators insist on applying them every three seconds?

And if it is possible that they apply them do often so that they can pull to the exact end of the platform, why don't we have operators who know when to apply the brakes so that the train will stop where they want it to stop the first time?

AppleDawg said...

What is the problem? Being able to stop is not THAT big a deal....I mean, we could always just jump from the metro while it is moving....learn to duck and roll?

Anonymous said...

What a joke Metro is. Does anyone think pouring more money into this disaster is going to make it better? Why are they sending broken cars out? Someone's not doing their job.

mr x said...

They have yet to correct the typo.

Anonymous said...

I've been through automatic control and manual control, and no matter what it feels like a morbidly nervous 15-year-old driver's ed student is applying the brakes. There's definitely a consistent drastic difference from my years of riding the NYC subways. Why?

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