Distracted Driving on Metrorail
Talk about an accident waiting to happen: Metro trains continue to open doors on the rear cars while they're stopped in the tunnels.
Ann White of Washington was among the passengers in the last car of a Red Line train heading for Glenmont and approaching Dupont Circle on Tuesday morning.
While still outside the station, the train doors opened. "Fortunately, no one was standing by the car doors," she said.
"There was no announcement by the train operator that anything was
wrong. After the doors stood open for a little while, they closed
again and the train moved forward a bit.
"The doors then reopened inside the Dupont Circle Station. That was the first I realized that the rest of the train had already been inside the station. (The train had already stopped several times in the tunnel and we had heard announcements about trouble with a train ahead of us and that we'd be moving again shortly.)"
Metro is aware of these incidents and is trying to correct them, but this is taking too long, considering the potential danger.
I think the transit authority should go ahead and do what it's considering and many riders are suggesting: Have all the trains stop at the same point on the platform, no matter how many cars make up the train.
If the trains must be operated manually, rather than automatically, to guard against other problems, what other sure way is there to protect passengers against the operator forgetting that the train is longer than the standard six-car set?
The problem, of course, is that the trains will stop farther up the platform than riders are used to, and if they're only six cars long, a bunch of people are going to scramble to catch up with the last car. Those getting off the train may have farther to walk to reach the escalators and stairs.
But isn't it worth it, to avoid having passengers pop into the tunnel?
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