July 9, 2010

Metro returns pulled cars to service

WASHINGTON - Metro says 12 of the 100 rail cars pulled from service last week have returned to the rails. Metro Assistant General Manager David Kubicek told the Metro board's Customer Service, Operations and Safety Committee on Thursday that the move was prompted by concerns raised about the risk that doors on 4,000-series rail cars could open while trains were in motion. He says the step wasn't prompted by a specific incident, but Metro was able to simulate such an incident in a railyard test. Kubicek says six cars are being checked and returned to service each day and the job should be complete by the end of the month. Metro's rail fleet consists of 1,120 rail cars. About 850 are used during a typical weekday rush hour. SOURCE: FOX DC

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