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Metrorail 7000-series cars to be sidelined at least 90 days more

By | January 14, 2022

Reduced service to continue as agency grapples with wheelset issues

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WMATA (DC Metro) logoWASHINGTON — DC Metrorail’s 7000-series cars will remain sidelined for at least 90 days as experts seek the root cause of a problem with wheelsets that has kept the Kawasaki-built rapid transit equipment out of service since October.

The website DCist reports Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority General Manager Paul Wiedefeld provided the update on the cars Thursday, saying the agency also needs to acquire the technology to properly measure the wheelsets for the shifting wheels responsible for the October derailment that led to the cars’ removal from service.

The lack of the 7000-series cars, which comprise about 60% of the Metrorail fleet, means reduced service will continue on the rail system through at least mid-April. WMATA returned a few of the cars to service in December before the independent Washington Metrorail Safety Commission ordered them pulled from operation for a second time, finding the agency was not following the guidelines established to inspect and return the cars to service.

Efforts to return the cars to service have been complicated by a high level of COVID-19 related absenteeism, a WMATA board member said.

2 thoughts on “Metrorail 7000-series cars to be sidelined at least 90 days more

  1. With this time frame just put new wheel sets that are made right on the cars and be done with it! Or is Kawasaki trying to say it’s not our problem. You accepted them so now it’s your problem.

  2. We have some wonderfully competent people in our METRO engineering department of all races, but unfortunately a very few who were hired to fulfill some misguided “equity” problem have brought us low.

    What were these few doing when they were suppose to be making sure that this series of cars would be safe?

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