Another Metro train may have run red signal

WASHINGTON — A Metro train may have overrun a red signal Wednesday afternoon, in what would be just the latest lapse in the system.

Metro said in a message provided to WTOP by a source that a train traveling outbound from the Reagan National Airport station overran a red signal, and rail traffic was then stopped in the area.

There were no injuries and “no major damage to the switch at that location,” the message said.

Metro and the Federal Transit Administration will investigate the incident.

Metro said in a statement that the train involved was a Blue Line train that ended up stopping with two cars beyond the end of the platform around 2:45 p.m. Passengers on the train were taken off through the four cars that remained on the platform “without further incident.”

Metro estimates that the delay for riders on the train was about 30 minutes. Single-tracking through the area may have made some other riders wait longer.

If it is confirmed to be a red signal violation, it would be Metro’s ninth in the system this year.

The FTA is nearing a final report that will offer some potential solutions. Metro has had several similar reports in the past.

The Metro board of directors was already set to get an update on red signal violations Thursday, including a “near miss” earlier this month where a train almost hit workers on the tracks and ended up facing another train head on.

Zeke Hartner

Zeke Hartner is a digital writer/editor who has been with WTOP since 2017. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Political Science program and an avid news junkie.

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