Train Operators Blamed for Doors Problem
Lena H. Sun reports in today's Post on the problem you readers alerted us to concerning the train doors opening in tunnels.
In the two incidents this week and last at Rosslyn Station and in other incidents, the transit authority says the operators are simply forgetting that the train is eight cars long. An eight-car train must pull up to the very front of the platform to get all the cars in the stations.
Here's another letter I got about this week's incident at Rosslyn.
Dear Dr. Gridlock:
I was pleased to see some attention paid in your April 21 blog post about an incident where the doors of the last car in an 8-car Metro train opened while the car was still in the tunnel at Rosslyn.
I was on that train and it was rather disturbing. I complained to Metro and got a good response, but this morning the exact same incident occurred. Again, it involved the last car of an 8-car train, and while we were stuck in the Rosslyn tunnel, the doors opened revealing a large gap and a blank wall.
Fortunately, no one was hurt, but it was disturbing, more so since I had experienced the same type of incident so recently.
If I have personally experienced this twice, I have to wonder how common of an occurrence it is. I do not know if it was the same driver or not, but I am wondering what sort of steps Metro is taking to make sure it doesn't happen again.
It's not common, but it's happening way too often, considering the danger to passengers. It was not the same operator in the two Rosslyn incidents. They get placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigations. As Lena says in her story, operators can be fired or suspended following the investigations.
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