Safety Concern at Rosslyn Noted during the Morning of May 31, 2016

We are very concerned to discover on the morning of Tuesday, May 31, 2016 there were multiple reports of multiple arcing insulators outside of the Rosslyn station on the New Carrollton/Largo track just beyond station limits. Initial reports indicate this condition was first reported at about 6:51 AM and again at about 8:15 AM. During the second report at 8:15 AM, three insulators were reported and that they would be good until after rush hour.

We are still reviewing this event (16-0165), however we find that keeping this track in revenue passenger-carrying service with visible signs of arcing completely unacceptable. Service should’ve been immediately suspended for the approximate 20 minutes needed to replace the insulators.


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