By: Matthew Tievsky
Metro has been repeatedly embarrassed lately by a series of safety failures
that have left commuters questioning the viability of its railway system.
Due to years of neglect, electrical fires, and other infrastructure-related
issues, breakdowns have become common, leading to delays and, in some
cases, series injuries to riders.
To address these concerns – and in response to pressure from the
Federal Transit Authority, which has been given
safety oversight over Metro– on May 19, 2016, Metro released a revised final schedule for its
Under the SafeTrack plan, Metro will make a large number of maintenance
fixes to its tracks, albeit the process will be painful and lengthy for
commuters. Over the next several months, Metro will single-track certain
sections of the railway lines, on a rolling basis. Certain track sections
will even be shut down entirely, for weeks at a time.
Metro riders will be seriously inconvenienced over the next many months.
Unfortunately, this is the price that has to be paid so that Metro will
stop kicking the can down the road, and fix dangerous conditions in the
railway promptly, instead of waiting for the next accident that injures
– or kills – riders.
If you have been injured while using the Metro system, you should
contact the personal injury attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., for a free consultation.