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Posted at 9:20 AM ET, 08/ 3/2010

Md. safety agency cites Metro

By Washington Post editors

The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health office has issued two citations to Metro for workplace safety violations in the deaths of two of its track workers.

The Washington Examiner reports that the state's safety agency has ordered Metro to improve communications and dead zones in its radio network following the Jan. 26 deaths of Jeff Garrard and Sung Oh. The workers were replacing faulty track equipment when they were struck by a high rail truck. The safety agency found that Metro failed to provide a constant lookout for the workers.

The National Transportation Safety Board is also investigating the accident.

By Washington Post editors  | August 3, 2010; 9:20 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation  
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Comments

Maybe Metro should be more concerned with taking action to save the lives of its customers and employees, rather than its obsessive-compulsive attitude towards eating and drinking on Metro. But, in the end, it is probably easier arresting seven year old girls eating french fries than it is taking action to fix recurring problems impacting the survivability of everyone taking a Metro ride.

Also, has anyone noticed that the number of escalators and elevators out of service, amongst other service disruptions, in proportional to fare increases?

Posted by: bkllal6020 | August 3, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

DC is now known nationally as having an extremely poor transportation system, highlighted by its dysfunctional, expensive, inconvenient, and dangerous metro system.

Posted by: 123cartoon | August 3, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I especially love how they decide to harass people for carrying drinks onto the Metro trains when it is over 100 degrees outside, well over that in most of the subway station tunnels, and while 6 car trains run where two or more cars have little or no air conditioning...

Posted by: mika_england | August 3, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I've been on numerous trains where the AC in that car is not running or it is broken. I would then try to board the next train only to find it having the same problem. Why don't they just not use those? I've seen plenty of trains that have a rail car out of service.
How many more decades will it take for Metro to get any one of their jobs down? They can't fix the cars, they can't keep the elevators working, they can't keep the escalators working, they keep killing their own employee's because of a lack of safety, they can't even keep to their own schedule.
Metro, can you fix one phouking thing?
Why are we giving them more money?

Posted by: luvdc808 | August 3, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

OUR KING STREET METRO STATION WAS REPLACED WITH A LONG TIMER...OKAY!! WE HAD A VERY NICE GUY WORKING THERE FOR YEARS NAME KEITH, WHO WAS ALWAYS OUT OF THE BOOTH AND HELPING EVERYONE...NOW WE HAVE SOME OLD GUY WHO DOES NOT WANT TO MOVE HIS BUTT FROM THE BOOTH..NOR HELP...THEN WE ASK WHY...SO HE CAN SIT ON HIS BUTT UNTIL HE RETIRES...CUT THE OLD TIMERS AND SAVE US MONEY...THEY ARE GETTING PAID TO MUCH FOR DOING NOTHING..

Posted by: shadon1 | August 3, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

They should be criminal citations. What a mis-managed organization.

Posted by: Jaymand | August 3, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

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