The Department of Transportation (DOT) is touting new regulations intended to boost safety on the nation’s public transit systems after recent deadly accidents on the Washington, D.C., Metrorail subway and New York Metro-North commuter rail systems.
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) stood at the muddy corner of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X avenues SE on Monday and pledged a new effort to eliminate pedestrian deaths in the growing city.
Metro will not raise fares or make “substantial” cuts to bus and rail service during its next fiscal year, the WMATA board announced this afternoon. In a draft budget, Metro proposed increasing rail and bus fares by 10 cents, eliminating late-night rail service on Fridays and Saturday, and getting rid of bus trips and routes that serve a low (but unspecified) number of riders.
Metro now says there was a sudden release of electric current at the Woodley Park station this past Saturday, which was the result of a high voltage cable shorting out on a rail car. “That caused the arc flash and the resulting bang” heard by riders, according to Metro Deputy General Manager Rob Troup. He said a loose rivet “probably wore the insulation down on the cable,” leading to the short. It happened on a 3000 series car, and Troup says those cars have since been checked for potential wiring issues.