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Metro Board Convenes on Crash

"i still do believe that Metro is a safe system," General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. told the Metro board and the public this afternoon. He pledged to keep the public informed as the investigation developed.

Board Chairman Jim Graham and the rest of the board members then promptly moved into an executive session to discuss "safety and security matters."

He told the scores of reporters gathered for the meeting that the board would likely take some action this afternoon when it reconvened in public.

By Robert Thomson  |  June 23, 2009; 2:09 PM ET
Categories:  Metro  | Tags: Metrobus, Metrorail, Red Line crash  
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"Customers should expect long waits for buses as a full Metrorail train can carry about 100 people per car, but a bus can only hold about 50 people at a time."

Perhaps, the board can ask Catoe why despite the numerous complaints about misinformation handed out by Metro, they still get the details wrong. Every car WMATA currently operates has a capacity of at least 175.

Why this matters: If you know a bus only holds 50 and you are told a railcar holds about 100, you think it will only take so many buses to move as many people as so many trains move. When you underestimate what those trains hold, you probably don't provide as many buses to move those people.

Posted by: prokaryote | June 23, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

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