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Metro Train Driver Caught Using His Phone

Being in charge of a six- or eight-car train would be exciting enough for most people. Apparently, though, it's not enough to keep some Metro employees occupied, because they keep getting caught distracting themselves behind the wheel. In 2009, a train operator was caught texting, while a bus driver was fired for the offense in 2010. And who can forget last year's debate over what newspaper another bus driver was reading behind the wheel?

Unsuck D.C. Metro has the latest example, pictured above, of a driver using his phone while operating a train. It's not clear  whether the train was in motion, but the blurry view out the window suggests that it was.

Metro spokesman Dan Stessel says the operator was fired on March 27, according to the transit agency's zero-tolerance policy on operators using electronic devices.

Photo courtesy Unsuck D.C. Metro

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  • Max Mirni

    While driving any vehicle it is not good to use your cell phone. Because, it might distract your mind from driving and you might be face any problem for this. As per the driving rules, the vehicle operator not allowed to use phone while driving. If he/she caught doing this, then according to the provision punishment is there. Here, metro train driver caught while using his phone.

  • Annemarie Senol

    If memory serves, DC's metro subway was designed to operate without drivers, like the transit systems at airports that take you to and from the terminals. People protested loudly and Metro agreed to put a driver on every train, giving them the power to override the computer in an emergency. My understanding is all the operators do is announce stops and close the doors. The computer handles stops, door opening, starts and navigation. Computer operated trains makes the system more efficient and improves reliability. I've always thought metro train operator must be one of the most boring jobs on earth. I wouldn't have been the least bit concerned to see a driver fiddling with his smart phone,texting, or reading. There's not much to do on the job. He's not operating the train. The passengers were never in any danger.