Metro balances track inspection and safety
The effectiveness of the track inspection teams has been halved as a result of Metro's new safety standards, The Washington Post is reporting.
After a communications technician was struck and killed by a six-car train in September of 2009, Metro decreed that one worker in the two-person rail inspection team would be required to keep watch for oncoming trains. That left only one inspector to find flaws in two rails; previously, one track worker inspected each rail.
Metro employees had hoped a third track team member would be employed to alert the team to oncoming trains instead.
Twice weekly, these two-worker teams examine every inch of the 212-mile track system. "They're not giving you a quality inspection," a supervisor told the Post.
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