Metro News Release

For immediate release: January 6, 2012

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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.

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