Doors opening on Metro cars while the rail car is moving has caused the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to pull all of its 4000-series rail cars. There are 100 4000-series rail cars. Will this cause Metro delays? The answer is undoubtedly yes. However, this is a superb public safety measure by WMATA because no one wants to fall out of a moving Metro car.
The following Advisory was issued by WMATA on 6/10/2015:
Posted: Jun 10, 2015 Expiration: Jun 20, 2015
4000-series rail cars safety inspections & summer train length
4000-series safety checks
In an abundance of caution for the safety of our customers, Metro has temporarily removed all 4000-series railcars from service for safety inspections. This action is a result of recent incidents where trains were reported to experience door problems while in service.
This safety review is expected to continue through the weekend. If no systemic safety issue is identified, Metro is expected to place the cars back in service next week.
Riders will notice the lack of 8-car trains on the Red, Blue, Orange and Green lines during rush hour periods for the remainder of the week.
The 4000-series is Metro’s smallest railcar fleet, with 100 cars; however they are by far the least reliable, and are due for replacement by 7000-series cars in the coming years.
We appreciate your understanding as we work to provide you with the safest ride possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Adjustments to train length on Mondays and Fridays during summer months
In the interest of providing railcar maintenance personnel with additional time to address railcar issues, Metro will temporarily reduce the use of 8-car trains on Mondays and Fridays during summer months. This action means that more cars will be available for maintenance activity over four consecutive days each week–from Friday through Monday.
Mondays and Fridays are the lightest ridership days of the week, especially during summer months. On these days, ridership is about 10 percent lower than Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Following the inspection of 4000-series cars (above), Metro will continue to operate 8-car trains on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. In addition, subject to car availability, Metro will run scheduled 8-car trains on up to half of Blue Line trains on weekdays, including Mondays and Fridays.
These adjustments will conclude at the end of the summer season, shortly after Labor Day. We will provide an exact date for resumption of normal service later in the summer.
Thank you for your understanding as we work to improve the reliability of your ride and reduce delays by aggressively addressing railcar mechanical issues