Old subway cars to return to tracks as derailment inspections continue – NBC4 Washington
Some older Metrorail cars will be returned to service soon as inspections of potentially defective 7000 series cars continue.
Metro pulled all 7000 series cars off the rails after a derailment on the Blue Line earlier this month. There were no injuries.
It is still unclear when the inspections will end.
Meanwhile, passengers experience longer wait times with fewer trains in service.
“It’s 20 minutes. It’s not what I expected,” Metro driver Zack Smith said Thursday.
“It’s annoying because Metro is my only source of transportation because I can’t drive. I have a health problem,” said Deborah Falanga, a Metro user.
Falanga said she only had to make a stopover to do her shopping, but it takes her much longer to do this chore since the 7,000 cars have been taken out of service.
“[I] get off and it’s 30 minutes – sometimes 40 minutes – wait. I have things to do at home. Come on! ”She said.
Metro said some 2000 and 6000 series trains, which presented their own safety concerns as two separate trains actually on the tracks, will be repaired and rotated to reduce wait times.
Smith said he was prepared to wait as long as Metro tightened its security.
“I hope they fix it. If it’s not sure then the cars shouldn’t be on the tracks,” he said.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, who was once on Metro’s board of directors, said Thursday she was monitoring inspections of ailing 7000 series cars.
“I know the inspections are going at the rate they are supposed to happen and I hope the cars that have been taken out of service for inspection will be back in service very soon,” Bowser said.