Metro to inspect 464 rail cars following mechanical incident
Metro will inspect 464 rail cars following an incident earlier today in which a brake part became detached from an Orange Line train.
The New Carrollton-bound train became mechanically disabled near Stadium-Armory station shortly before noon today. The train was brought to a safe stop, and passengers were transferred to other trains at Stadium-Armory.
Upon responding to the incident and conducting an onsite inspection, Metro discovered that one of its rail cars, car #2072, lost a friction ring, which is part of the brake assembly.
There were no injuries, and normal service was restored at approximately 2:30 p.m.
Metro has 464 rail cars with similar brake assemblies: the 2000, 3000 and 4000 series cars.
The inspections will continue through the weekend and into the early part of next week.
Metro currently has a fleet of 1,142 rail cars.
News release issued at 4:18 pm, January 6, 2012.