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Metro Union To Agency: Slow Down

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By Meymo Lyons

The union that represents Metro workers wants the transit system's trains to slow down. Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 says the speed reduction is necessary for the safety of its passengers, as well as its workers.

The request comes on the heels of last week's near miss on the red line, when the train operator actually pushed the emergency brake to avoid another train near the Wheaton stop.

"Any time that an operator reports that they've had an incident or a near-collision, or a near-miss with a train, that incident should be investigated and while it's being investigated, the train should slow down to 40 miles per hour," says union President Jackie Jeter.

Trains typically travel up to 59 miles per hour. A Metro spokesperson confirms the agency knows about the union's request, although Jeter says they haven't responded.

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