WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Metro Investigating Rail Cars After Doors Opened While Trains Moved

Play associated audio
The doors opened on two of Metro's Red line trains while the trains were moving May 15. 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_t_in_dc/3557473943/
The doors opened on two of Metro's Red line trains while the trains were moving May 15. 

Metro Transit officials are investigating reports that doors on two Metrorail cars opened while the train was moving.

Passengers on Metro's Red line are keeping their fingers crossed, hoping the doors won't suddenly open on their moving trains this morning. That's exactly what happened yesterday on two packed Red line trains as they moved between the Van Ness and Tenleytown stations around 9 a.m. 

No one was injured, but Metro has taken those two trains out of service and is trying to determine why those doors failed. Metro spokesman Dan Stessel told the Washington Post that the door malfunctions are "extremely, extremely rare." 

Both of the cars were 1,000 series models -- the same ones involved in the 2009 Red line crash that killed nine and injured many more. They the oldest rains in Metro's fleet and they make up a quarter of metro's train contingent. 

NPR

Musicians 'Let It All Out' At MTV's Video Music Awards

Complex magazine writer Alex Gale talks about the more than 30-year history and previews what to expect for Sunday night's Video Music Awards on MTV.
NPR

Japan's Centuries-Old Tradition Of Making Soba Noodles

In the remote mountains of the Japanese island of Shikoku, an old woman makes soba noodles by hand from locally grown buckwheat. It's ancient technique that is adapting to modern times.
NPR

Impeachment Trial Begins For Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

The impeachment trial for suspended president of Brazil Dilma Rousseff has begun. She is scheduled to testify before the Senate Monday.
NPR

A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.