Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Time: 8:00 AM – 2:20PM

Analyst: Roger Bowles

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, a standard weekly field evaluation was conducted on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) system. Below is a summary of of the evaluation.

Primary purpose for this evaluation was for speed restriction verification, segments covered during this evaluation were as follows:

Red Line Track 1 Rockville – Silver Spring

Red Line Track 2 Silver Spring – Rockville

Orange Line Track 1 Metro Center – Landover

Orange Line Track 2 Landover – Federal Triangle

Blue/Yellow Lines Track 1 Van Dorn St – Gallery Place

Yellow/Blue Lines Track 2 L’Enfant Plaza – Van Dorn St.

During the course of the evaluation the following operational concerns were noted:

  • Multiple (excess of 50%) violations of 5 second rule prior to door opening
  • Multiple occurrences of train operators securing cab side window prior to all doors closed being confirmed
  • Several occurrences of door closing operations being initiated while passengers still boarding/alighting
  • Single occurrence of train passing roadway personnel on adjacent track at approximately 40 MPH

During the course of the evaluation the following track concerns were noted via photography, it should be noted that while none of the observed conditions posed an imminent safety concern, these items should be addressed at this stage to mitigate escalation to a potential service impacting issue.

Photo above taken at National Airport station (Huntington/Franconia platform)

Three photos above were taken at Landover station both tracks 
Photo above was taken of Vienna Track in approach to Deanwood

* Note: Future Evaluation reports will be including additional detailed information *