Why does the orange/blue platform at metro center smell like a fish market? CC @wmata— Andrea Zak (@andrea_zak) December 30, 2011
Nice AM ride on inbound @wmata Orng line but car reeked like a fish gut pile. Was it me?— Rob Stewart (@stewartrob) January 3, 2012
@dtearl totally smelled that yesterday at metro center too, smell carried all the way to l'enfant plaza... Ughhhh!— Ashley Starks (@AshleyJStarks) January 4, 2012
@wmata Why does Archives smell like fish?— Squarely Rooted (@squarelyrooted) January 4, 2012
PSA - Gallery Place lower platform smells strongly of rotting seafood this morning. #wmata— say 'Eye Em Gōph' (@IMGoph) January 4, 2012
Looking these tweets, it would appear Metro broke into one of the remaining boxes of organic brake pads.
According to a source, Metro, in an effort to reduce brake dust (Metro said), ordered a whole bunch of organic brake pads not too long ago. The source said they recalled 10,000 were purchased, but couldn't be sure of the exact number.
What Metro never bothered to find out before making the purchase was that the pads, when used, caused a horrible odor similar to rotting fish or decaying flesh.
Seriously, when you smell these things, you'll come to appreciate Metro's regular, acrid smokey brake smell for how relatively inoffensive it is.
The source said Metro tried to return the stinking lot of pads when they realized the awful smell they caused, but the vendor would not take them back.
Another source said Metro has been using the odoriferous pads in dribs and drabs so as to "not stink up the entire system."
Yesterday, Metro told the Examiner they didn't know what caused the smell, but that it was nothing to worry about.
So, next time Metro smells like a fish market late on an August afternoon, you now know it's probably not a dead animal, or worse.
Thanks, Metro. Next time, shop before you buy.
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