Update, 2:30 p.m., June 12:
Metro now says it cannot verify a rider’s report that doors opened on a moving Green Line train last month.
The rider, using the Twitter handle @This_CantBLife, tweeted that the doors on a Green Line train bound toward Greenbelt opened while the train was in motion near Anacostia around 7:15 a.m. on May 23.
At the time, Metro officials said they had to go through data recorders on Green Line trains to try to find the reported door opening.
“Our Rail and Safety departments looked into the report and were not able to confirm that such an incident occurred,” Metro spokeswoman Caroline Lukas told The Washington Examiner on Friday.
A Metro rider is reporting that another set of doors opened while a train was moving.
The rider, using the Twitter handle @This_CantBLife, tweeted that the doors on a Green Line train bound toward Greenbelt opened while the train was in motion near Anacostia around 7:15 a.m. Wednesday.
Metro officials said they were still checking into the report as of 10 a.m. to confirm whether it was true.
Doors opening on moving trains is a major safety hazard – and could be all the more concerning because of a similar incident last week that Metro officials had said they believed was isolated.
Last Tuesday, train doors opened on a Red Line train at least twice. The first time, Metro riders told a technician about the doors after he came to the train for what initially appeared to be an unrelated issue. The technician closed off one 1000 series car to riders and sent the six-car train on its way. But the doors opened again that morning on the adjacent 1000 series car, with riders near the gaping door. No one was hurt and Metro took the train out of service.
On Friday, Metro officials said they planned to inspect all 5000 series rail cars, saying that crews had pinpointed last week’s problem as an electrical short in a 5000 series car that was at the front of the train. But they said they did not believe it was a systemic issue.
It was not clear what model rail cars were involved in this week’s reported incident.