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The Metro is Closed Tomorrow 3/16/2016 (Updated to 6 Months)
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The Metro is Closed Tomorrow 3/16/2016 (Updated to 6 Months) - March 15, 2016, 04:21 PM

Metrorail to Be Shut Down Wednesday for Emergency Inspections | NBC4 Washington


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March 15, 2016, 05:56 PM

Doesn't pass the smell test; the system has been what it is forever; they could've checked any part any time but now they shut down the whole thing with little notice in the middle of the week? What got so bad so fast? Call me skeptical.


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March 15, 2016, 06:35 PM

The fire they had on Monday wasn't a good sign that things were going so well.
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March 15, 2016, 06:48 PM

yeah this is the 2nd fire they had related to jumper cables that power the 3rd rail. they want to inspect the whole system.
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March 15, 2016, 07:07 PM

yeah, or its the illuminati and Koch brothers in town and they want to use the metro without the unwashed masses touching them


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March 15, 2016, 07:33 PM

A fire and death in January is a good reason to check everything, especially since the system is s pod; coulda done this any time before now.


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March 15, 2016, 07:48 PM

The shutdown is a high profile gambit at creating a win-win situation. It is safety theater. It adds credence to their plea for more subsidies and less self-sufficiency, while helping to mitigate liability should another event occur by showing that that have in good faith put "safety first". They missed a golden opportunity to do these inspections when the Metro was shut down FOR A WEEK during the snowstorm. What tunnel insulator inspections did they perform in that time? What, realistically, will they will accomplish in a day?
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March 15, 2016, 09:34 PM

Well the metro shutdown during the snow storm, there was no way for 1/2 the workforce to get in. But tonight is an all-hands on deck troop surge.

It doesn't take long to run the inspection and geometry train sets on the lines or for walking the line with inspectors once the lines are de-engergized.



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The shutdown is a high profile gambit at creating a win-win situation. It is safety theater. It adds credence to their plea for more subsidies and less self-sufficiency, while helping to mitigate liability should another event occur by showing that that have in good faith put "safety first". They missed a golden opportunity to do these inspections when the Metro was shut down FOR A WEEK during the snowstorm. What tunnel insulator inspections did they perform in that time? What, realistically, will they will accomplish in a day?

The rail system as a whole has always been reactionary instead of proactive when it comes to anything involving real work.

The first fire was an incident. Now that they have had a 2nd it's an issue. The higher ups (meaning government, not metro execs) have demanded action. So out they go, looking for trouble. What worries me, is that they are going to find trouble. Lots and lots of trouble.

As for inspections during the snow storm. Heist is correct. Most of the workforce is unable, or unwilling to come in.

As for getting it done in a day? Totally doable. This isn't a repair mission. This is simply a visual inspection. They may take some readings in certain spots if the wire looks suspect. But overall they are just looking for areas to work on later. The Metro isn't THAT long of a run. 29 hours should be enough for initial inspection.

Now hopefully when they do find the stuff, they are able to schedule the repairs during down time.

Also, you are correct that this is mainly for show...and a way to get more funding. But as someone who has worked in rail for almost a decade, I can tell you that initially, they need more funding. Once they get their processes in check, and their inefficiencies to a lower level, they can cut down on funding. But that's going to take a few years, and wont happen much at current finding rates.


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A fire and death in January is a good reason to check everything, especially since the system is s pod; coulda done this any time before now.
Yep. 100%. But like I stated above. they tend to be reactionary instead of proactive.

I have lots of friends who work at Metro. They wanted to check the cables after the first fire. But it had to be done when metro was shut down. Basically no one wanted to pay the OT for the system to be checked at 2am.

Now everything has been authorized.

I know we have some Metro workers on this board. Hopefully they'll chime in.


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March 16, 2016, 08:47 AM

The cold sobering truth is that Metro is in poor condition.
For instance look at the train sets. They're still running 1000 series cars (you can tell by the 4-digit number on the side of the train near the head of the car). Those cars are over 40 years old, run down, and hardly meet safety standards.



The scarier part. Most of the underground portion of the system in DC, particularly along the Red, Yellow, Blue lines is suffering from infrastructure decay and increasingly severe water intrusion.
They've been patching and using diverters for decades but the problem has exacerbated to a magnitude where the patch and go method can't keep up.

Engineers have said it's going to reach crisis level in a few year and the only certain fix is an overhaul of certain portions of the network - which means a 1 year shutdown.



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Here's the update...

"Washington DC’s Metro is apparently so run-down that entire lines may be shut down for up to six months."

DC's Metro Is So Busted That Entire Lines Might Be Closed For Up to Six Months


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March 31, 2016, 11:26 AM

I heard about this on the way in this morning. That's crazy they let it get that bad.


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