Last week I blogged about my nightmare commute on metro. A track defect caused a non-passenger train to derail last Thursday morning.
Well yesterday they announced that the defect was found last month but nothing was done about it. Folks around here are pissed.
The track defect that caused last week’s Metro derailment was detected more than a month ago, but it was not repaired, the agency’s top executive said Wednesday.
In addition, the flaw’s detection should have triggered the immediate shutdown of the section of rail involved, but the agency continued to run trains through it until the derailment.
“Let me not mince words: This is unacceptable,” Metro’s interim general manager, Jack Requa, said at a news conference. “It is unacceptable to me, and it should be unacceptable to everyone within the chain of command all the way down to the track laborers and track inspectors who are out on the front lines. We found this and should have addressed it earlier.”
Last Friday it took me 2 hours to get to work on metro and 2 hours going home. Didn’t have to worry about transferring on a shuttle bus like I did last Thursday but delays were caused by single tracking. I was pissed for a second day in a row.
This week my metro commute has been running smoothly for a change. But you never know with metro. The WMATA (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) is one dysfunctional organization.