Rail Transit OPS Statement on WMATA 7000-Series Announcement Changes

Early in the week of July 8, 2018, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) began instructing some 7000-series train operators to make a new manual announcement to riders: “This is a 7000-series train.” This additional announcement comes in response to three separate incidents in which visually impaired individuals fell into gaps between 7000-series train carsContinue reading “Rail Transit OPS Statement on WMATA 7000-Series Announcement Changes”

Recommendation to WMATA Regarding Potential Third Rail Condition

January 30, 2018 On January 25th and January 29th, two Vienna bound WMATA Orange Line trains experienced a brakes in emergency (BIE) condition while approaching the Stadium-Armory station, requiring both trains to be recovered by another. In light of this, Rail Transit OPS Group recommends the following: Perform an immediate detailed inspection of the contactContinue reading “Recommendation to WMATA Regarding Potential Third Rail Condition”

Recommended Alternate Service Plan for WMATA Red Line following 1/15/18 Derailment

Due to the derailment of WMATA Red Line Train 106 on the morning of Monday, January 15, 2018, and to accommodate incident investigation and any repair work, Rail Transit OPS Group is recommending to WMATA the following alternate service plan for Red Line service for as long as necessary: Operate Red Line trains at 12Continue reading “Recommended Alternate Service Plan for WMATA Red Line following 1/15/18 Derailment”

2018-0003 Recommendation to modify announcements on 7000 series railcars

December 6, 2017 From: Rail Transit OPS Group RE: WMATA 7000 series railcar announcements Status: Open-No Action Taken (12/6/17) Recommend that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) immediately require train operators, operating 7000 series rail cars manually announce station arrivals in order for passengers to be aware of the side of the train inContinue reading “2018-0003 Recommendation to modify announcements on 7000 series railcars”