Today at 2:30 PM Metro General Manager John Catoe will be hosting an online chat to address questions about Metro's safety.
Will he answer the big, important questions? Will his lawyers advise him not to answer them?
I am currently out of town, in the land of Windy Shoulders, so I may have to miss this chat. I urge all of those in Internet land to attend if you can. See if your questions get answered.
Perhaps we can also administer some type of Turing Test to make sure that we're actually talking to a human, and not Skynet. The NTSB is realizing that Skynet let us down, and instructed the striking train to continue at 59 mph.
I'm curious to know if WMATA had any information about a sensor problem prior to the crash. Track work had been done in that area, and with the volume of trains on the Red Line it seems as though someone would have noticed this problem. Maybe not, though.
Also, Catoe announced Metro would be putting Series 1000 cars in the middle of trains, where they would be less vulnerable. Given that Series 1000 cars make up something like 30% of the rolling stock, it's not possible to do this in every case. However, why was this not already in place, given prior NTSB recommendations? Also, is that not admitting that Series 1000 cars are unsafe? I know this paints Metro into a corner here, but still.
Too little, too late? Or just enough? What do you want to ask John Catoe?
Also, are we still getting NextBus on July 1?