A lane heat caused stress on a D.C. Metro Saturday as passengers had to be evacuated off a sight for a second time in underneath dual weeks, and Metro’s personality says it will continue to occur if a sovereign supervision doesn’t palm over some-more money.
Metro Chairman Jack Evans is now requesting $300 million from Congress to assistance change their bill sheet, and $1 billion annually from internal governments to control a required repairs to keep a complement running. Evans, who told Congress in April, “next time something happens, I’m blaming we guys,” pronounced Monday reserve threats will insist until a income flows, reports WTOP.
“Metro has critical problems – a infrastructure, a maintenance, a finances,” Evans, a D.C. Council member, told WTOP. “If we do nothing, if we don’t residence this, afterwards it will continue to have problems. The complement is wearing out. As it wears out, we have some-more of these incidents.”
Metro officials expelled a rough anticipating Monday afternoon of a Saturday incident. The review is ongoing, though they contend a “foreign object,” such as a dislodged cube of steel from a train, strike a electrified third-rail, igniting a fire.
Passengers reported conference a shrill sound and saying a flash, followed by a heat of abandon in a tunnel. Smoke filled some of a trains as passengers were changed toward back railcars. The red line sight stopped around the Friendship Heights Metro hire and passengers were evacuated safely.
Riders, however, bloody Metro officials for bad communication, describing mass difficulty in a fume filled hovel and people in tears, fearing for their lives.
“It was like chaos, and nobody knows what’s going on,” Sarah Alaoui, a passenger in a train told The Washington Post. “Who knows what’s going to occur to we in a hermetic off Metro in a tunnels when we hear an explosion? There was no information.”
The Federal Transit Administration took over control of D.C. Metro slip late final year and is questioning a incident.
Evans pronounced he wants answers per Saturday’s heat and wants to know if reserve and communication procedures were followed, in light of a criticism. Evans says deteriorating marks due to years of inattentive upkeep will continue to risk newcomer reserve until lawmakers approve some-more funding.
“It cannot be fine,” Evans told WTOP. “Until this segment finally gets it by their conduct that this complement needs a real, genuine overhaul, afterwards we’re going to continue to have incidents like this.”
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