Monday, December 17, 2012
Victim may have jumped intentionally in front of train, was conscious when taken to hospital.
Update - 3 p.m. - WMATA reports that normal service has been restored along the Green and Yellow lines following a reported attempted suicide-by-train at the Fort Totten Metro Station. Update - 1:05 p.m. - Washington Examiner transit reporter Kytja Weir reports that Metro officials believe the man struck by the train at Fort Totten earlier today may have been trying to commit suicide. Speaking with Washington, D.C. fire and EMS officials, she also reports the victim a white male, was transported to a local hospital while still remaining conscious. Weir notes that this is the 11th suicide-by-train attempt so far in 2012 on the WMATA system. --- A person was struck by a Metro train today at Fort Totten Metro Stationb, causing delays up and …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Trains will single track it between Greenbelt and College Park on the Green Line.
Metro anticipates delays for some riders on the Green, Red and Orange Lines this weekend while it performs work, which will begin at 10 p.m. Friday and continue through closing on Sunday. Green Line trains will single track between Greenbelt and College Park, with every other train terminating at College Park instead of Greenbelt. Metro says riders traveling to or from Greenbelt Station should allow 10 additional minutes of travel time. Buses are slated to replace trains on the Red Line between Fort Totten and Forest Glen. Silver Spring and Takoma stations will be closed. Metro says riders traveling through the work zone should budget for an additional 30 minutes of travel time. Trains will single track between Stadium-Armory and …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The prevention program costs about $250,000, according to The Washington Post.
Metro is hoping a new ad campaign will help prevent suicides at its stations. This program is a direct response to incidents since 2009 in which 33 people jumped in front of Metro trains, according to a Washington Post report. Twenty-six of those died, the Post said. One of the latest deaths occurred in early August, when a man jumped in front of a train as it approached the Rockville station. The man intentionally placed himself in front of the Red Line train headed northbound toward the Shady Grove station, officials said. By the end of September, 13 stations will have signs posting prevention hotline numbers and other ways to get help. About 300 posters will be posted throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Metro officials announced Thursday that they plan to revise their evacuation procedures and emergency response guidelines during periods of extreme weather.
After a Green Line train lost power between Greenbelt and College Park on July 3 causing passengers to begin an impromptu disembarkation, followed three days later by a train derailment on the same line, Metro officials have said they need to revise their guidelines for emergency situations. The Washington Post reports that Dave Kubicek, the transit agency’s deputy general manger of operations, said Thursday that Metro would take measures to improve emergency responses. The train derailment was reportedly caused by excessive heat that formed a kink in the tracks. However, the bigger issue than the derailment and technical problems was the communication breakdown, Metro board members said, according to The Post. “We have a good capacity to …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Photos taken at the scene of Friday's Green Line derailment in Hyattsville show extent of damage dealt to rail line.
A third rail twisted and laying on the ground, dozens of third rail moorings sheered off just above the ground, and third rail insulators cracked and strewn across the track bed, all attest to the destructive forces dealt by a "heat kink" and resulting derailment on Metro's Green Line. Photos taken by Patch at the scene of last Friday's Metro derailment underneath Ager road were unable to be immediately uploaded as a result of a technical difficulty.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
WMATA says the extreme heat caused a kink in the rail line sending three rail cars off the track near West Hyattsville.
Update, 10:30 p.m.: WMATA said Green Line service between Prince George's Plaza and Fort Totten will remain suspended Sunday as they make repairs to about a 1,000-foot area of the tracks. According to Metro's website, the three train cars that left the track Friday were re-railed. Free shuttle buses will operate between the closed stations and WMATA says normal service should resume by Monday. Original Post, 12:37 p.m.: WMATA investigators have determined the cause of the derailment Friday along the Green Line in Prince George's County. According to a release on Metro's wesbite, a misalignment of the rails or "heat kink" was what made three rail cars come off the tracks in an inbound tunnel approaching West Hyattsville. "Heat kinks are …
Friday, July 6, 2012
A Metro train has derailed in West Hyattsville, WMATA reports, but there were no injuries.
Update, 8 p.m.: It took rescuers nearly an hour to safely remove all of the passengers on a Metro train that derailed Friday afternoon near the West Hyattsville Metro station. The train was traveling toward DC after departing from Prince George's Plaza Metro Station, when the last three cars derailed, leaving 55 passengers in harms way around 4:45 p.m. A total of 95 fire and rescue crew members responded to the accident, Prince George's Fire Chief Marc Bashoor said, with the first responders arriving within five minutes of it being reported. Two dozen firefighters entered the tunnel to execute the rescue, Bashoor added. It took 10 minutes for the firefighters to reach the train, which had come to rest in the tunnel running underneath Ager …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Service between Greenbelt and College Park grinds to a halt after train loses power outside station.
According to WMATA and Prince George's County fire officials, a Green Line train was disabled in College Park around 6 p.m. Riders were told to vacate the train and some were walking along the tracks, according to photos and tweets shared on social media. WMATA is sending a crew to the scene and Prince George's County Fire Department is also responding to a report of a sick passenger on scene. Green Line trains will be turning around at Prince George's Plaza and delays should be expected.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Nearly 70 traffic lights remain dark or in flashing mode, while Metro must detour around downed power lines.
With hundreds of traffic signals still out and downed tree limbs blocking Metro routes, Monday's commute is shaping up to be especially bad as the Washington, DC region struggled to recover from Friday's powerful storms. The Maryland State Highway Administration is urging commuters to take public transportation as they head into work Monday, while Metro warned of rail and bus delays. According Prince George's County officials, a dozen traffic lights are non-operational on county roads, while 54 lights remain dark on roads managed by the SHA. (A list of intersections can be found at the bottom of this post.) SHA is warning commuters who need to drive to leave early and expect delays. “This is a very serious situation and drivers need to be …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Last of 178 safer rail switches laid in Hyattsville late Monday night.
While Metro was closed in our area over the weekend, Metro workers were busy laying the final pieces of new equipment called for in National Transportation Safety Board recommendations. According to Metro officials, late Monday night Metro workers completed the installation of the final "guarded eight" rail switch just outside of Prince George's Plaza Metro Station on the Green Line in Hyattsville. And while it's not quite the golden spike of rail lore, the new rail switches make it harder for trains to derail when moving from one track to the other. In 2007, following a series of derailments at switches, The NTSB recommended that Metro upgrade all 178 of its switches to guarded eights. The fix was not cheap, coming in with a $57 …