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Metro to expand red warning lights

Metro will swap the white lights along the platform edge that blink when a train is approaching for red LED ones at 14 stations, on top of the 24 or so stations that have gotten them in recent years. It says the red ones are more visible and thus safer, and that the energy efficiency of the LED lights will save it $100,000 per year.

The lights are a warning to the visually impaired and others, at most stations accompanied by the safety mechanism referred to in Metro literature as "Platform Edge Bumpy Domes." Metro last October identified the absence of those raised strips at some stations as a safety deficiency, and said installing them was a priority.

By Luke Rosiak  | August 13, 2010; 12:21 PM ET
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As described, this seems like a reasonable and good idea.

What's the catch?

Posted by: DragonofAnger | August 13, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Uhh, how about getting the trains to run on time first? or getting them to run at all? hinty hint hint?

Posted by: charlotte7 | August 13, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Let the lights burn out, people will see the trains and those who don't will be honked at. The effort would be better placed taking apart the six escalators at Foggy Bottom and making ONE work. Just one. Can we try one?

Posted by: jiji1 | August 13, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

At Forest Glen station platform, the red lights are functioning perfectly at 100% capacity while the platform itself gets darker each day as the side wall lights burn out and go unreplaced one every two weeks or so. Give me a break, Metro, literally!

Posted by: silverspringmeg | August 13, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

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