Metro orders four new safety measures

WASHINGTON — Metro has ordered four new safety measures in response to the deadly smoke incident in a tunnel near the L’Enfant Plaza station in January.

Metro deputy general manager Robert Troup ordered four changes, Metro announced in a statement Thursday:

  • A multiyear program to fix or replace all 88,044 lights in Metro tunnels, beginning next month;
  • The creation of a crew dedication to keeping Metro tunnels clear of debris;
  • A review of the alarm system, so as to differentiate between critical and noncritical notifications;
  • An audit process for ventilation-system testing.

Metro said Thursday that it was undertaking these measures on its own. The National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate Metro safety.

“While we remain committed to taking any actions recommended by the NTSB in their final investigation report, we are not waiting to make safety improvements where we see opportunities,” said Metro Deputy General Manager Robert Troup said in a statement.

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