Metro’s Whack-a-Mole efforts to keep up with certain maintenance issues and continued problems with dark tunnels and potential tripping hazards that could get in the way in the event of an emergency are among the issues highlighted in newly released federal inspection reports.
Dark tunnels, risks to workers, train operators failing to follow safety rules before opening doors, and cases of Metro’s own compliance inspectors being unable to verify fixes are among the findings of the latest federal inspection reports.
While standing water, clogged drains, debris around cables and tunnel leaks were found on all Metro lines, Federal Transit Administration inspectors found the most significant problems on the Red Line, according to three months of newly released inspection reports.
The transit agency announced plans to add new technology to its track inspection process, in addition to boosting other review timetables and safety protocols for rescue workers.
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