Explaining the language Metro used in its list of 10 safety measures it plans to implement as soon as possible.
1. Write SOP for train operator to cut EV immediately upon stopping for smoke incident. (RTRA, Completion – 1/22/2015)
Create a procedure for Metro train operators to turn off the ventilation system if there is smoke in the tunnel. They would do so immediately, without checking with Metro managers.
2. Write SOP for incident management in ROCC to provide specifics for site discipline in the ROCC to avoid cross-talk and unnecessary interactions. (RTRA, Completion – 1/26/2015)
Create a procedure eliminating distractions at central control when there is an emergency situation.
3. Set schedule for the next three years for emergency quarterly drills to be conducted wayside. Sequence station, then a tunnel section, then an elevated section (note tunnel and elevated sections shall be between stations). Please sequence each quarter in a separate jurisdiction. Coordinate type of drill and logistics with MTPD. (RTRA, Completion – 1/26/2015)
Plan four emergency training drills a year for the next three years in different locations throughout the system and for the various terrains – tunnels, platforms, etc.
4. Design and implement exterior signage for exterior doors to clearly delineate access in event of emergency. (TIES, Completion – 2/13/2015)
Metro will install clear signage on trains telling first-responders which doors are emergency doors.
5. Provide engineering and operations report on all third rail jumper cables in tunnel sections for condition and installation. (TIES, Completion – 2/27/2015)
Checking for wear and tear to the cables that carry high voltage throughout the system.
6. Recommendation on installation of low smoke/low halogen on high voltage third rail jumper cables. (TIES, Completion – 2/13/2015)
Tunnel lights to warn first-responders about the status of the third rail in emergencies.
7. Install mechanical protection on third rail jumper cables that may be exposed to wear from vibration against other materials. (TIES – Begin work immediately)
Increase protection of the cables that carry high voltage throughout the system.
8. Review of ground fault detectors on third rail circuit breakers. (TIES, Completion – 2/27/2015)
More inspection of wear and tear in the system.
9. Operational analysis of running trains at 45 MPH in the core with limited acceleration. (TIES and RTRA – 3/31/2015)
As Metro moves toward running longer trains, they need more power. Running Silver Line trains requires more power. So Metro will conduct tests to determine how fast they can run trains and still save energy.
10. Provide report on installing zoned smoke detectors using ETS boxes for location and transmitting of information, also investigate use of wireless smoke detectors. (TIES, Completion – 2/27/2015)
A review of exactly where the smoke detectors in the system are located.