Metro Union Wants to Take Things Slow

Union wants to slow down trains to ensure safety

By Andy Salsman
|  Tuesday, May 11, 2010  |  Updated 11:15 AM EDT
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Metro Union Wants to Take Things Slow

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Let’s hope that good things come to those who wait… and wait… and wait for their Metro train every morning.

The transit agency’s largest union wants the trains to run no faster than 40 mph after last week’s near miss on the Red Line, according to the Washington Examiner. Trains typically travel as fast as 59 mph.

That could mean more delays. Trains are already going slower in the wake of last June’s deadly crash. They’ve also been operating in manual mode, instead of automatic, which is causing further delays.

The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 insists the additional slowdown is necessary to make sure you’re safe when you’re on board. Metro says it will look into the request to see if it’s possible.

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