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  • Metro Crash: 'Anomaly' Found on Key Track Circuit

    06/24/2009 3:49:46 PM PDT · by NCjim · 12 replies · 782+ views
    ABC Nwes ^ | June 24, 2009
    A key circuit on the train track near Monday's derailment in Washington, D.C., was apparently not operating as it should have been, raising the possibility that the Metro train that crashed into another one may not have known to slow down, accident investigators said today. Investigators tested six circuits between the two stations where the crash occurred. Five of those performed as expected, according to National Transportation Safety Board investigator Deborah Hersman. Such circuits let trains know how fast to go and provide them with information about whether there's another train up ahead. But one circuit showed what Hersman described...
  • General, Wife Among Metro Casualties

    06/24/2009 4:35:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 493+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 24, 2009 – A former commander of the District of Columbia National Guard and his wife were among the nine people killed in the June 22 collision of two Metro subway trains here, officials announced yesterday. Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. David F. Wherley Jr. and his wife, Ann, were among nine people killed in a train collision on Washington D.C.'s Metro subway system June 22, 2009. The general commanded the District of Columbia National Guard for five years. Photo courtesy of the District of Columbia National Guard   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Retired Air Force...
  • Retired D.C. National Guard Head Dies in DC Metro Subway Crash [Gen. Wherley]

    06/23/2009 4:17:22 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 31 replies · 1,881+ views
    WTOP ^ | June 23 2009
    WASHINGTON - Maj. Gen. David F. Wherley Jr., retired commanding general of the D.C. National Guard, and his wife, Ann, were among those killed in the collision of two Metro trains. *snip* especially during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. That time saw the changing of the D.C. National Guard from weekend warriors to Army troops performing the duties of enlisted soldiers in battle. Wherley worked on deployment and returning ceremonies for Guard troops, funding for tuition for Guard members, and after school activities conducted by the D.C. National Guard. *snip*
  • Computer failure may have caused D.C. train crash

    06/23/2009 5:30:04 PM PDT · by normanpubbie · 42 replies · 1,353+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6-23-2009 | AP
    WASHINGTON – Investigators looking into the deadly crash of two Metro transit trains focused Tuesday on why a computerized system failed to halt an oncoming train, and why the train failed to stop even though the emergency brake was pressed. At the time of the crash, the train was also operating in automatic mode, meaning it was controlled primarily by computer. In that mode, the operator's main job is to open and close the doors and respond in case of an emergency. Debbie Hersman, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, said it was unclear if the emergency brake...
  • Do government authorities get a pass on regulatory enforcement? … A look at DC's subway crash.

    06/23/2009 1:34:33 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 5 replies · 811+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | June 23, 2009 | Corky Boyd
    Last week I wrote that about the suppression of an EPA report identifying the locations of “high hazard” coal sludge sites. I questioned whether the federal government was giving another government entity favored treatment, in this case the TVA -- which was the source of the original massive spill. It appears this may have been so the case of the fatal subway crash in Washington DC. In a report in the Washington Post today, a NTSB Board member says Metro failed to heed the advice of federal regulators to either strengthen the cars or take them out of service. They...
  • Breaking: Nine killed in Washington-area Metro train collision

    06/22/2009 2:31:06 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 252 replies · 16,744+ views
    CNN ^ | 6/22/2009 | n/a
    CNN producer Vito Maggiolo saying "one train on top of each other."
  • Two Trains Collide on Metro's Red Line [Washington Metro train accident] [possible casualties]

    06/22/2009 2:32:48 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 3 replies · 2,900+ views
    WASHINGTON - Metro confirms two trains have collided on the Red Line between the Takoma and Fort Totten stations. It happened close to the Fort Totten station, a Metro spokesperson said. D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Alan Etter said one train was on top of the other train. The number of injuries and the extent of the injuries could not be immediately confirmed. Mass casualty units were called to the scene.
  • Warden Message: Colombia High Threat Environment for Terrorism & Crime

    05/22/2009 3:51:18 PM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 340+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: YOU ARE HERE: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report Warden Message: Colombia High Threat Environment for Terrorism & Crime CONSULAR AFFAIRS BULLETINS Americas - Colombia 22 May 2009 RELATED REPORTS 14 May 2009 WARDEN MESSAGE: COLOMBIA CONFIRMS H1N1 2009 INFLUENZA CASES 20 Apr 2009 FARC CONTINUES TO TARGET COMMERCE IN EXTORTION CAMPAIGN 25 Mar 2009 TRAVEL WARNING: COLOMBIA 20 Mar 2009 WARDEN MESSAGE: COLOMBIA BLACK MARCH ADVISORY 27 Jan 2009 WARDEN MESSAGE: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA, EXPLOSION; REPORTS OF TWO FATALITIES The U.S. Embassy Bogotá issued the following Warden Message on May...
  • USO Metro Takes ‘Home’ to Troops with New Mobile Canteen

    04/23/2009 4:41:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 526+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, April 23, 2009 – The USO of Metropolitan Washington unveiled the newest addition to its arsenal in a brief ceremony at the Pentagon today. The USO Mobile Canteen is a 34-foot vehicle that will deploy throughout the Washington Metropolitan Region in support of community events and on military installations to support events and training exercises. “I think this is an example, yet again, of Metro USO’s commitment to support our troops and their families no matter where they’re serving,” said Deborah Mullen, wife of Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “Having this is...
  • Metro closes station after rider falls

    01/20/2009 7:52:48 AM PST · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 8 replies · 900+ views
    AP, via Yahoo! News ^ | January 20, 2009 | Associated Press
    <p>Metro officials say someone fell onto the subway tracks at a downtown station and was struck by a train, prompting officials to close two stations and turn around some trains.</p> <p>Metro spokesman Doug Karas said Tuesday the Gallery Place station on the Red Line was closed after the accident and trains were turning around at Judiciary Square and Farragut North.</p>
  • DC transit, bank reach deal on AIG-tied funds

    11/14/2008 4:38:12 PM PST · by HarleyD · 7 replies · 255+ views
    AP ^ | 11/14/2008 | STEPHEN MANNING
    -snip- The Washington transit system reached an agreement Friday with a Belgian bank seeking $43 million from a financing deal gone bad after the near collapse of insurer American International Group. -snip- The Washington Metro system and KBC Group made the deal after three days of talks overseen by a federal judge. Terms were not disclosed on the judge's instructions... -snip-U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer sent a strong message when she warned against banks trying to collect "windfalls" from public transportation systems, Catoe said.
  • Power Outage Shuts Down 30 Blocks in N.W. [DC]

    06/13/2008 7:48:47 AM PDT · by Braak · 19 replies · 184+ views
    WRC Channel 4 TV ^ | 06/13/08 | WRC-TV
    WASHINGTON -- Thousands homes and businesses are without power and Dupont Circle and Metro Center Metrorail stations are closed after a major outage in northwest D.C. on Friday. Officials said the outage was due to a failure at a substation on 10th Street. About 12,000 customers were without power at 10:30 a.m. Pepco said the outages stretches from as far north as U Street N.W. to F Street N.W., the Dupont Circle area to the west and Third Street N.W. to the east. Many downtown workers have been waiting outside on city streets because their offices are dark. Power is...
  • Council backs Columbia River bridge with light rail, tolls (Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA)

    06/06/2008 7:53:43 AM PDT · by Jack Black · 15 replies · 202+ views
    Oregon Live ^ | June 6, 2008 | Eric Mortenson
    Metro doesn't dismiss a Portland-to-Vancouver "mega-bridge" with up to 12 lanes A divided Metro Council on Thursday endorsed building a new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River that will extend light-rail transit into Vancouver from Portland, require tolls to cross and have room for pedestrians and bicyclists. The 5-2 decision, after a six-hour public hearing, did not specify how many lanes the bridge should have. Rather, it established Metro's position on what may be the region's costliest public works project in a generation. Also, it rejected a proposal to back off from what critics called an unnecessary "mega-bridge" solution....
  • Dulles Rail Gets Federal Approval

    04/30/2008 1:27:27 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 30 replies · 117+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, April 30, 2008 | Amy Gardner and Lena H. Sun
    Federal transportation officials today told Congress and Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) that they have approved the proposed 23-mile extension of Metrorail to Dulles International Airport, reversing their announcement in January that the project was unfit for federal funding. In a letter to Kaine and in a 10 a.m. conference call with the governor and Virginia congressional leaders, U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said the $5 billion project had finally met the Federal Transit Administration's standards for cost efficiency, construction and expected ridership. The project will now move into the final design phase, a major step toward receiving $900...
  • Stories of left wing tolerance in Maine. (must read but keep a barf bag near)

    04/24/2008 2:11:21 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 23 replies · 224+ views
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    Lately I've been thinking of four left wing incidents that happened in Maine over the course of two years. I feel I should get them off my chest I think some of them would be interesting and I think others should know about them. The first one involves an incident that took place in the Bangor metro area two years ago. This freind of mine and his family were having trouble. He had difficulty getting by and he worked at Edwards Shop'n'save in Hampden outside Bangor. He was on food stamps and his wife was laid off and couldn't get...
  • No Pants Metro Ride Planned for Jan. 12

    01/09/2008 11:47:00 AM PST · by steve-b · 43 replies · 79+ views
    DCist ^ | 1/7/08
    For the last seven years, a renegade group of anti-pants New Yorkers have held an annual No Pants Subway Ride event, which last year attracted over 200 participants. In 2006, it even garnered several arrests. And now a Facebook group has popped up promoting a copycat event here on D.C.'s Metro this Saturday, Jan. 12. The proposed event, scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, currently has 82 confirmed guests on Facebook and another 140 people who are listed as maybes. The organizers, Elizabeth Ody and Richard Julian, are asking anyone who'd like to ride Metro without pants...
  • Metro funding Spanish lessons

    10/23/2007 11:17:09 AM PDT · by JZelle · 9 replies · 67+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-23-07 | Gary Emerling
    Metro officials are spending nearly $12,000 to teach employees Spanish at the same time the transit agency has proposed increasing rider fares to help cover a budget deficit. Agency employees this month began taking basic Spanish as part of a pilot project that aims to fulfill federal requirements mandating better service for customers with limited English proficiency. "It's a business need that we have, to communicate with those that do not speak the English language," Metro spokeswoman Joanne Ferreira said. Metro is paying a contractor $11,900 to teach 18 employees, and the money will come from the agency's $1.9 billion...
  • Metro Closes Green Line Stations After Hazmat Situation[DC Area]

    07/29/2007 10:52:16 AM PDT · by BGHater · 35 replies · 2,794+ views
    WJLA ^ | 29 July 2007 | WJLA
    Prince George's and Montgomery County are investigating a possible chemical exposer and a strange substance at several above ground Green line Metro stations, Sunday afternoon. Metro spokeswoman Cathy Asato says the Greenbelt and Takoma Park stations on the green line are closed while authorities investigate an early report of a man seen spraying some sort of chemical. Asato says the Greenbelt station had as many as 20 dead birds outside, and the others had one to three each. The first report came from Naylor Road just after noon Sunday.The Anacostia Stations, College Park, and Branch Avenue stations have also been...
  • GOE Participants Using Metro: Be Aware of Delays This Weekend

    03/16/2007 7:03:29 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 7 replies · 665+ views
    WMATA ^ | 3/16/2007 | n/a
    Weekend track work to cause Blue and Green line delaysTrack maintenance and rail car testing on the Blue and Green lines this weekend (March 16, 17 and 18) will cause moderate delays on those lines as inbound and outbound trains take turns sharing one track. Blue Line Track Maintenance Inbound and outbound trains between Stadium-Armory and Benning Road will share one track while Metro conducts track maintenance from 10 p.m., Friday, March 16, to 10 a.m., Saturday, March 17, and from 10 p.m., Saturday, March 17, to 10 a.m., Sunday, March 18. Customers traveling between these locations should add up...
  • Government workers paid big on leaving Metro (DC)

    02/02/2007 11:22:09 AM PST · by JZelle · 3 replies · 260+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2-2-07 | Gary Emerling
    Several employees who followed City Administrator Dan Tangherlini from Metro to the D.C. government made six-figure salaries during their short tenures at the transit agency, were eligible for thousands of dollars in paid-out vacation time and received significant raises after switching jobs. Mr. Tangherlini left Metro in November and officially began working in the Fenty administration Jan. 2. His employees at Metro included Emeka C. Moneme, who was recently named director of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). Mr. Moneme began working as Mr. Tangherlini's chief of staff -- an executive management position at Metro -- on Feb. 16 at...