Mon, February 25, 2019 Service Events

7:45A Greenbelt inbound crossover goes out of service requiring the Greenbelt terminal supervisor to manually clamp and lock switches into position.

8:00A Greenbelt 516 reversed at College Park

8:12A Greenbelt 508 reversed at College Park

8:16A Franconia 417 unable to get all doors closed at Farragut West (4min)

8:32A Greenbelt 517 reversed at College Park

8:44A Greenbelt crossover placed back in service

9:29A Medical Emergency on Silver Spring 256 at Brookland

9:32A 256 requests EMS

9:35A Glenmont 157 reversed to Rhode Island Av towards Shady Grove

9:36A 256 instructed to offload

9:40A Single Tracking initiated via Track 2 (Shady Grove Track) at Brookland and Ft. Totten

9:43A EMS on-site

9:49A Glenmont 159 instructed to offload and reverse at NoMa

9:51A EMS transported passenger – 256 reentering service as 156

9:55A Shady Grove 154 unable to get all doors closed at Farragut North

9:56A Silver Spring 259 reversed at NoMa

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February 23-24, 2019 WMATA Rail Service Adjustments

Red Line

Single Tracking

  • Woodley Park
  • Cleveland Park

Additional Trains from 10AM <> 9:30PM

Silver Spring <> Farragut North

Orange Line

Single Tracking

  • Minnesota Av
  • Deanwood
  • Cheverly

Yellow Line

National Airport <> Huntington ONLY

Access to DC via BL/Largo

Green Line

Single Tracking

  • Gallery Place
  • Archives

Full Release from Metro here

https://www.wmata.com/service/status/details/weekend.cfm

Summary on Decrease in Reports of Fire Extinguisher Discharges Aboard WMATA Rail Cars

In Spring of 2018, we began reporting when individuals would discharge fire extinguishers aboard rail cars, which would subsequently require the car to be isolated or removed from service, and cleaned as a result of the dry chemical dust that is produced during discharge. These events typically occurred on the Red Line in the afternoon on weekdays between Tenlytown-AU and Metro Center.

Over the past 4 months we’ve noticed a decrease in reports of extinguishers being discharged and began to investigate.

We’ve determined that WMATA has begun to remove the passenger accessible fire extinguisher from rail cars. Below are three photos, the first showing a fire extinguisher installed on a 7K series car, the second shows the extinguisher and associated signage removed, and the third shows the location of a removed extinguisher on a legacy 3K series rail car.

There is concern for the ability of passengers being able to respond to a fire incident in the event that both the train is disabled and operator incapacitated.

Fire Extinguisher installed under the seat for passenger access

Fire Extinguisher location showing the extinguisher removed

Fire Extinguisher location showing the extinguisher removed on a legacy car

About Us: Rail Transit OPS Group provides independent evaluations of rail transit operations, performance, and safety processes as part of its dual mission: monitor and evaluate rail transit operators’ adherence to these processes, and provide additional information during service disruptions.

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Roadway Worker Protection Violation on October 4, 2018

At 11:45AM EDT Glenmont bound Train 155-3204 approached track department personnel between White Flint & Grosvenor stations on Track 1, the inbound track without sounding its horn periodically and at normal operating speeds instead of the required reduced speed. Train 155 did slow and pass the personnel at approximately 10-15MPH after visually acquiring the track personnel.

AMF (Advance Mobile Flagger) was present at White Flint, however at the time Train 155 serviced the platform, the AMF was fully engaged in a conversation with a Rail Pro contractor and failed to notify the operator of Train 155 of the presence of track personnel.

Also Train 155 failed to sound its mainline horn upon sighting the AMF at White Flint.

At 11:55AM Train 155 followed correct procedures departing Bethesda following contact with the AMF at Bethesda.

About Us: Rail Transit OPS Group provides independent evaluations of rail transit operations, performance, and safety processes as part of its dual mission: monitor and evaluate rail transit operators’ adherence to these processes, and provide additional information during service disruptions.

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Event Summary on September 6, 2018 WMATA Roadway Worker Procedure Violation

On Thursday, September 6, 2018 at about 11:02 AM EDT, Shady Grove-bound Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Train 102 reported to the Rail Operations Control Center (ROCC) the presence of personnel on the tracks between the Grosvenor and White Flint stations on the outbound track (Track A2) without the required presence of an Advanced Mobile Flagger (AMF) at the departure end of Grosvenor. The track inspection was suspended by the ROCC and the personnel were picked up and transported back to the White Flint platform by Train 102.

At 10:46 AM, a track inspection team of two including one contractor requested permission to walk the tracks from White Flint to Grosvenor via the outbound track known as Track 2. During the request, the Roadway Worker In Charge (RWIC) said that the AMF was in place at Grosvenor. (AMF duties include notifying train operators that personnel are on the tracks ahead and to instruct them to sound their horn and reduce their train’s speed until visually acquiring the personnel, at which time they are to be governed by the Roadway Worker In Charge, or RWIC.) Following the confirmation between the RWIC and the ROCC, permission was granted for the track walk to commence at 10:47 AM.

At 11:01 AM, Train 102 departed Grosvenor en route to White Flint, at which time the operator of Train 102 reported that there were track personnel on the tracks ahead, and that there was no AMF in place at Grosvenor to provide a warning. Train 102 was instructed to pick up the track crew and transport them back to White Flint where the RWIC was instructed to contact the ROCC. The track inspection was then cancelled as of 11:10 AM.

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Rail Transit OPS Group provides independent evaluations of rail transit operations, performance, and safety processes as part of its dual mission: monitor and evaluate rail transit operators’ adherence to these processes, and provide additional information during service disruptions.

Rail Transit OPS Group business operations are solely funded by individual contributions from the public. To make a contribution visit our Support Page You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @RailTransitOPS.