Ahh, the DC Metro system, run by the WMATA, has been under a magnifying glass since the WMATA Red Line crash on June 22nd. The Washington Post has extensive information about the track circuits and how that may have been the primary reason why the crash occurred between Takoma and Fort Totten stations. 9 riders were killed, and 80 were injured at around 5 that Monday afternoon.
It appears the emergency response was handled properly, and most of the heat is being put on the WMATA for the track failure and use of the 1000-Series Rohr cars on the ends of trains.
To help you identify which Series car you are on, see the differences. Personally I’m a fan of the Breda 3283 Series which has seats against the walls and not protruding from them, but that can be an entry on its own.
red and blue seats + metal handlebars = 2000 series (Ok!)
orange and yellow seats + metal handlebars = 1000 series (****)
orange and yellow seats + textured foamy handlebars = 3000 series (Ok!)
This was a Series 1000 car at the end of the orange line train headed out to Vienna. Great.
and metro is considering a fare increase for compromised safety – more nails to drive into the FAIL coffin.
For a listing of metrorail disruptions: Click Here