Most of WMATA Metrorail services back to normal after derailment
Posted on 9th October 2023 at 13:23
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) reports that the vast majority of its services are back to normal after the derailment on 29th September.
The incident happened on the Blue Line and the 43 passengers that were being carried at the time were unhurt. While the investigation into the derailment continues, WMATA found the wheel measurements on the 7000 series train were consistent with its specifications and there were no apparent track or infrastructure defects. WMATA investigators, who are coordinating with the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission, continue to focus on a disc brake that came loose from a train ahead as a causal factor.
The 2000 and 3000 series trains in the fleet were removed from service and subject to rigorous testing. Out of the 102 removed, 32 were found to have non-conforming bolts. WMATA are continuing to test the remaining 7000 series rail cars for faults.
“We continue to act quickly on information as it develops to ensure safe and reliable train operations for our customers and employees,” Clarke said. “I am proud of the team for delivering solid service while tackling this challenge with our 35-year-old equipment.”
The 2000 and 3000 series cars, built in the mid-1980s, are reaching the end of their useful life and are scheduled to be replaced by new 8000 series railcars.
A train pulling into Washington Metro's Farragut West station (Wikicomms)
Tagged as: WMATA, 7000 Series
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