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Posted at 12:06 AM ET, 07/ 4/2010

Metro takes 100 cars out of service

By Terri Rupar

Metro has removed 100 cars from service in a sudden move that officials said was made as a precaution to guarantee passenger safety.

The unexpected announcement was made shortly before midnight Saturday.

“This is a precautionary and proactive action to ensure the highest level of safety for our riders,” said Interim General Manager Richard Sarles.

In the announcement, Metro said that 60 to 70 of the cars, which are in the 4000 series, are in use on an average weekday. All of the cars are expected to be back in use within two to three weeks, Metro said.

Metro said that the removal of the cars was not a response to a particular incident.

However, Metro said all of its 4000 series cars were taken out of service at the end of operations on Friday to allow its rail specialists to address a problem that could cause doors to open while the cars are moving.

Metro officials said they “expect little impact” on service Sunday, with plans calling for 800 cars to be in use at the height of the so-called fireworks rush, between 6 p.m. and midnight.

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--Martin Weil and Ann Scott Tyson

By Terri Rupar  | July 4, 2010; 12:06 AM ET
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It must be comforting for the hundreds of thousands of riders on the 4th and about the same number that commute every day that they had/have been riding on trains where the doors could've flown open while the train was in motion. Getting thrown out of a moving train in a tunnel at 60 mph would seem to be a bit of a safety issue.

Posted by: randysbailin | July 4, 2010 3:32 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, that might be a safety problem. I get the impression that Metro lacks the necessary advanced skills and training in its maintenance and operations department(s) to get ahead of this and the many other safety related issues that seem to relate to operating a highly automated light rail system. Maybe these guys never made the jump from buses and diesel locomotives pulling passenger cars to the "electronic and computer" age.

Posted by: JBGJRESQ | July 4, 2010 6:07 AM | Report abuse

Will Metro fix these cars quicker than it fixes its escalators?

I wonder if they'll be ready in time for the 2012 inauguration.

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