Metro’s Greatest Hits

Date Incident
January 6, 1996 During the Blizzard of 1996, a Red Line train at Shady Grove overruns the station platform, strikes an unoccupied train, and kills the train’s operator.
June 22, 2009 Two 1000-series deathtrap trains collide on the Red Line near the Takoma station, killing eight passengers and one Metro employee. Metro was aware of – but chose to ignore – issues with its safety system which warns trains of possible collisions. Moreover, the 1000-series trains had been rated “uncrashworthy” by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), were not taken out of service, and still ride the rails.
November 3, 2004 An out-of-service Red Line train rolls backwards into the Woodley Park station and hits an in-service train. While no one dies, 20 people are injured.
August 10, 2009 A gravel-spreading machine, which resembles a small truck, strikes and kills a Metro track repairman on the Orange Line.
January 26, 2010 A gasoline-powered truck, modified to operate on the rails and carry gear and equipment, moves in reverse and strikes and kills two Metro employees.
March 2012 It is reported that one Metro office illegally bought itself about $10,000 in gifts.
May 15, 2012 The doors on a 1000-series deathtrap train on the Red Line between stations open without warning on a moving, occupied train. No one surviving to the next platform was injured.
May 29, 2012 A Metro mechanic is struck by a train at the Shady Grove rail yard and loses part of his leg when he steps in front of the train, allegedly unintentionally.
July 6, 2012 A “heat kink” derails a Green Line train, leaving passengers stranded in an air-conditionless train on a 99° day. Against Metro’s orders, passengers self-evacuate the train.
July 14, 2012 A computer problem left panels dark for controllers in the Operations Control Center – meaning employees can no longer track trains in the Metro system.
July 15, 2012 A computer problem left panels dark for controllers in the Operations Control Center – meaning employees can no longer track trains in the Metro system.
September 17, 2012 At a subway stop in Sweden, a man falls onto the tracks and is robbed and left to be run over by the train. The incident prompts Metro to put out a “Help Them, Then Rob Them” Public Service Announcement (PSA) to focus on customer safety – and assistance for pickpockets.
October 11, 2012 Metro shows off its new 7000-series trains, meant to replace their 1000-series deathtrap trains. Each of the 350 new trains cost about $2 million, meaning a gradual 400% fare increase for riders.
October 31, 2012 Metro imposes a “Sandy Tax” due to Hurricane Sandy, which forced Metro to shut down and lose two days of revenue. While meant to be temporary fee, the tax is still in place.
January 27, 2013 An Orange Line train bound for New Carrollton loses power, stranding 44 passengers.
January 30, 2013 Two Green Line trains near the Anacostia and Navy Yard stations lose power, stranding 2,000 passengers. Against Metro’s orders, passengers self-evacuate the train. Metro officials condemn passengers for taking matters into their own hands when Metro itself provided no information to those who were stranded.

WMATA: January 6, 1996

WMATA
January 6, 1996

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WMATA: January 6, 1996

WMATA
November 3, 2004

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