Since 1976, when the Washington, DC Metrorail first began operations, it has never shut down except for weather-related issues that pose safety risks. That all changed last Wednesday, when the entire Metrorail system in DC was shut down for an emergency safety inspection from midnight on Wednesday until 5:00am on Thursday leaving thousands of metro commuters scrambling for alternative transportation.
“While the risk to public is very low, I cannot rule out a potential life safety issue here,” Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said. “This is why we must take this [step] immediately. When I say safety is our highest priority, I mean it.”
That would be safety of just over 700,000 daily Metro riders according to 2015 statistics, which is more than double the 308,000 daily riders 30 years ago in 1985.
The DC Metro was shut down so crews could inspect the entire system and its 600 underground jumper cables. In January 2015, a problem with those cables led to a heavy smoke incident which injured several people and left one person dead. The same type of issue led to a fire early last Monday at the McPherson Square station.
While the investigation (into the McPherson Square incident) is ongoing, the preliminary findings show commonalities with the cable fire in L’Enfant Plaza a year ago,” Wiedefeld stated, and was the catalyst for making this unprecedented move.
Safety should always come first, especially when a passive attitude or negligence could put others at risk for injury or even death…in this case, it was HUNDREDS of thousands of people. If you or a loved one are injured in an accident that you believe is someone else’s fault and could have been prevented, get medical attention first…then call the experienced personal injury attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC for your free case evaluation. We will listen to you and review your case and get you the compensation you rightfully deserve.