Fact Sheet: Metro’s Greatest Hits

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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.
January 12, 2015 An “electrical arcing event” in the L’Enfant Plaza station creates thick, choking smoke and strands hundreds on a train stuck in the tunnels. Over 80 people are injured; one passenger, 61-year-old Carol Glover, dies.
May 11, 2015 Another “electrical arcing event” affects Metro – this time at the Foggy Bottom station. An arcing insulator causes major delays on the Blue, Orange and Silver Lines; smoke travels to the Rosslyn station.
August 6, 2015 At 5:30am, an empty train derails at the Smithsonian station, suspending service on parts of the Orange, Blue, and Silver lines throughout the morning rush hour. Simultaneously, Red Line trains are single-tracked between the Friendship Heights and Medical Center stations.
September 22, 2015 On the eve of Pope Francis’ visit, a Green Line train loses power inside a tunnel – about 100 feet from the Georgia Avenue station’s platform – stranding 250 passengers. Declining to self-evacuate, passengers are freed by emergency personnel. The outage lasts from approximately 6:00pm – 11:00pm. The episode eerily resembles the July 6, 2012, and January 30, 2013, events.
March 14, 2016 A tunnel fire outside the McPherson Square station causes significant delays on Metro’s Blue, Orange and Silver Lines.
March 16, 2016 In light of the March 14 incident’s similarity to the “electrical arcing event” in the L’Enfant Plaza station on January 12, 2015, Metro closes. It’s the first time in its 40-year history that Metro has closed when weather was not a factor.

WMATA: January 6, 1996

January 6, 1996

WMATA, L'Enfant Plaza: January 12, 2015

L’Enfant Plaza
January 12, 2015

WMATA: January 6, 1996

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