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Metro Wins!

Metro Wins Gold Medal

No, those train brake fumes aren’t making you hallucinate: Metro really did win a gold medal for its trophy case.

On Friday, Metro’s five-person train crew took home the American Public Transit Association’s Rail Transit Team Achievement Award at APTA’s International Rail Rodeo competition. Twelve teams—including transit employees from Denver, San Francisco, and Boston—competed for top honors in operations and maintenance. WMATA’s team roped the highest combined score.

The operations event tested the entrants’ train operation skills, knowledge of safety regulations, train equipment, and track right-of-way procedures. WMATA’s Charlie Richardson and Danielle Glass placed second. In the maintenance event, which judged competitors’ ability to troubleshoot equipment issues, WMATA’s Adrian Tase, Roland Lamar, and Jacob Stout took the bronze.

APTA President William Millar called the winning team members “models of excellence.”

Metro riders can only pray that this excellence disease is contagious, since the rest of the system continues to be a model of something other than excellence week in and week out.

Photo by cuttlefish via Flickr/CC BY 2.0

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  • noodlez

    MAYBE IF I USE THE QofL NEEDLE TO POP THIS BUBBLE IT WILL PUT THE NEEDLE BACK IN IT’S PROPER PLACE.

    WMATA HAVE NO TIME TO GLOAT OVER SOME BULLSHIT ASS COMPETITION! HOW ABOUT FIXING SOME DAMN ESCALATORS!!!! BY PLACING DOES THIS BRING IN MORE MONEY FOR METRO TO REDUCE PASSENGER COSTS, GET SHIT FIXED AND OPERATIONAL? DOES WINNING ALLOW OPERATORS TO BE MORE EFFICIENT AND OBSERVANT?

    IF THE ANSWER IS NO TO THESE QUESTIONS THEN I PROPOSE THEY FORWARD THE GOLD MEDAL TO ANY METRO POLICE OFFICER THAT REFRAINS FROM BATTERY OF A INDIVIDUAL THAT SHOULD BE LEFT ALONE, OR GIVE IT TO A BUS OPERATOR THAT FIGHTS THE URGE TO PUNCH MCGRUFF THE CRIME DOG, OR MAYBE THEY SHOULD GIVE IT TO BUS DRIVERS THAT CAN REFRAIN FROM GETTING A QUICKY WHILE ON THEIR ROUTE IN S.E., OR THE TRAIN OPERATOR THAT CAN ACTUALLY STOP THE TRAIN ONE TIME WITH OUT JERKING FOLK AROUND, OR MELT IT DOWN AND BUY SOME BUSSES THAT CAN ACTUALLY HOLD A LOT OF PEOPLE!

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