Speed restrictions slow down Metro riders even more

Speed restrictions slow down riders even more

There’s a slew of new problems on Metro rails. Responding to our request, Metro says trains are being forced into speed restrictions along 22 different stretches of track because crews keep finding faulty rail ties—parts that quite literally hold tracks in place.

Tuesday, the slow go was obvious to Orange Line riders. Outside East Falls Church trains were forced to go under 35 miles per hour.

“I think anything that will make riders feel more secure is best,” said Vanessa Williams who took the Metro instead of her car from Fort Washington. “And if you’re in a hurry maybe Uber or Lyft is a better ticket.”

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld says he understands riders are upset. Some of the slow-downs are near tracks already targeted in Metro’s major safety blitz.

“"There will continue to be issues,” Wiedefeld said during a Monday news conference. “This equipment wears out and will continue to wear out. The odds of that happening go way, way down.”

Wiedefeld says Metro employees are now piping up when they see problems.


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