Metro takes 100 cars out of service
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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