May 22, 2024

Metro safety audit reveals rail car inspection and worker safety issues – Greater Greater Washington


A subway train along the Metropolitan Branch Trail. Photo by Emma K Alexandra. Creative Commons License.

Subway audit finds substandard train operations, worker safety hazards

An audit by the Washington Metro Rail Safety Board found workplace safety issues, including that Metro deployed cars that failed operational tests. The audit found that Metro improperly operated trains that failed speed and automatic door tests, that maintenance workers improperly certified safety inspections for some trains, and that employees sometimes worked without proper workplace safety measures. But the audit did not suggest that the system posed a significant risk to passengers. Metro said it is reviewing the report and will propose corrective actions within 30 days, as required. (Washington Post article is paid). (Danny Nguyen/Washington Post, Jessica Kronzer/WTOP)

DC breaks ground on Potomac River Tunnel project

DC Water broke ground on the Potomac River Tunnel project in West Potomac Park on Tuesday, May 21. The 100-foot-deep, 5.5-mile-long tunnel, which runs from Georgetown University to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, will reduce sewer overflows into the Potomac River by 93% during normal rainfall events. The project will cost approximately $820 million and is expected to be completed by 2030. (Mauricio Casillas / NBC 4 Washington)

Gallery Place is selling for 17% of its assessed value

Gallery Place is selling for $39 million, just 17 percent of its 2025 assessed value of $225.7 million. The property is next to Capital One Arena and features office space, retail units and condominiums. 86 percent of the property's office space and 42 percent of the retail space are vacant. (Emily Wissingrad / Biznow)

Fairfax County meets to discuss 20-year waste plan

The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services is developing a 20-year plan to manage the county's solid waste disposal. According to a waste composition study the department conducted last month, 83 percent of the solid waste generated in the county is recyclable. Proposed waste reduction strategies include “pay as you trash,” mandatory recycling and composting, and increased education and enforcement. A public input campaign will begin in July. (Acacia James / FFXnow)

Potomac playground fire caused by arson, rebuilding plans

The main playground at Greenbrier Regional Park was heavily damaged in a May 7 fire determined to be the result of arson by county officials. Montgomery's deputy parks director estimates repairs will cost at least $1 million. Officials hope to reopen the playground by next spring. (Noah Johnson/MoCo360)

Eminent domain dispute on Columbia Pike

Sandra Fortson, a resident of Arlington's historically black community, is fighting a county effort to take her family's home on Columbia Pike through eminent domain. The county wants to improve traffic and pedestrian safety on nearby roads, and says it needs to take Fortson's land to do so. The home has been owned by Fortson's family for at least 70 years. The county is expected to take final action in the next 30 to 45 days. (Matthew Torres/WUSA9, Daniel Edgett/ARLnow)

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Miles Wilson is a junior philosophy major at American University. He works in the university’s Community Engagement and Service Center, where he manages undergraduate students and mentors a group of middle school students at Adams Morgan. He is originally from Northern Virginia and currently lives in Cathedral Heights.


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