Metro asks watchdog for permission to run more 7000-series cars

Metrorail is seeking to put more of its troubled 7000-series railcars back into service in the D.C. area.

The Washington-region transit provider is allowed to operate 64 of the railcars each day as it stands, amounting to eight trains’ worth of cars.

But Metro is asking its independent safety watchdog, the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission, for permission to bring back more of the railcars after they were sidelined last fall for safety concerns.

“We are evaluating this, and we will provide feedback to Metrorail soon,” said safety commission chief operating officer Sharmila Samarasinghe at a Tuesday meeting.

“Additional investigative work is planned over the next several weeks.”

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No details have been given about how many cars Metro hopes to return to service, but the 64-car allowance represents only a small fraction of the 7000-series fleet.

Currently, Metro must keep close tabs on the returned cars mechanically because of a wheel-set issue connected to an October derailment on the Blue Line.

John Aaron

John Aaron is a news anchor and reporter for WTOP. After starting his professional broadcast career as an anchor and reporter for WGET and WGTY in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, he went on to spend several years in the world of sports media, working for Comcast SportsNet, MLB Network Radio, and WTOP.

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