Will the New Metrorail Silver Line Be Safe?

By Peter DePaolis

Millions of people depend on the Washington Metro every day to get to work, school and even to run simple daily errands. The Metro serves Washington D.C. and its surrounding suburbs, plus Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland, and Fairfax County, Arlington County and the City of Alexandria in Virginia.

This year, Metrorail is adding its first new line in a decade. When completed, the Silver Line will be a 23-mile extension reaching all the way to Dulles International Airport. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) anticipates an average of one million daily riders by 2030.

With this level of ridership, it is vitally important that Metrorail do its utmost to ensure passengers are as safe as possible.

There have been numerous accidents over the years. Metro Assistant General Manager Lynn Bowersox says that “the Silver Line will be maintained just like every other line on the system,” which leads us to hope the Metro’s overall safety rules will be reviewed and expanded to include the new areas of service.

Metrorail tracks, just like any other train tracks, share the roads with millions of pedestrians, bicyclists, cars and trucks. Any place tracks intersect with the general populace can be a danger zone. Just last month, three people were killed when a Washington, D.C. commuter train hit a vehicle while on the way to Boston.

The vehicle was dragged for over a mile, and was so badly damaged that authorities could not tell if it was an SUV or a truck.

Below, William Lightfoot of of Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P. discusses some of his firm’s many areas of practice:

My Commuter Train Crashed and I Need An Injury Attorney

There are many possible causes in public transportation accidents. Negligent train operators, poorly designed stations and trackways, and careless pedestrians or drivers can all contribute to a tragic accident.

If you or a loved one has suffered any injuries stemming from a public transportation accident, contact a Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P. We can help you retrieve the compensation you will need.

Did You Know? The highest ridership for one day was Obama‘s 2009 inauguration—1,120,000 riders. The previous record, 866,681, was set the day before.

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Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/basic-facts-about-silver-line-still-elude-some-of-metros-potential-customers/2014/07/05/6fbcf140-0160-11e4-8fd0-3a663dfa68ac_story.html

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.