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Old April 14th, 2015, 01:32 PM   #241
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This is a stupid question but is Phase 2 of the Silver Line U/C right now?
Yes , due for completion in 2018
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Old April 14th, 2015, 05:43 PM   #242
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New Washington metro trains enter service
Tuesday, April 14, 2015



WASHINGTON Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) celebrated the launch of its new Kawasaki 7000 series trains on April 14, when the first train entered passenger service on the Metrorail Blue Line

WMATA placed an initial $US 886m order in 2010 for 428 7000 series cars, and the first pre-series train began trials on the Metrorail network in January 2014. Around 300 of these vehicles will replace the oldest 1000 series trains, while the remainder will be used on the Silver Line to Washington Dulles International Airport and Ashburn. A $US 184m option for 100 additional cars was exercised in May 2013 to replace the unreliable Breda 4000 series vehicles, which date from the mid-1990s

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Old April 14th, 2015, 06:04 PM   #243
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Newer 7000 Series Metro Trains debuted...Earlier this Morning
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Old April 15th, 2015, 03:41 AM   #244
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Only wish is that they would use free pass thrus you get on most trains in Asia. But still lovely cars none the less.
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Pedestrian bridge falls on Greenbelt Metro/MARC tracks

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Old April 16th, 2015, 03:29 AM   #246
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What is WITH all of this falling concrete lately?

Seriously. How weak do you have to be for something like this to cause a collapse?

At least this one wasn't fatal, unlike the one in Oregon this morning.
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What is WITH all of this falling concrete lately?

Seriously. How weak do you have to be for something like this to cause a collapse?

At least this one wasn't fatal, unlike the one in Oregon this morning.
Most likely cutting corners...
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Most likely cutting corners...
Judging by that horrendous Brutalist architecture, back in the '70s or early '80s when the Metro line was built.
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Old April 16th, 2015, 05:13 AM   #249
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If you guys would have bothered to click on the link, the news report mentioned that a crane that was laying test track struck the bridge causing the structure to fail since the bridge probably was not designed to withstand that type of impact. I doubt that particular incident was related to any error on part of either the civil engineer or contractors who designed/built that pedestrian bridge.
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If you guys would have bothered to click on the link, the news report mentioned that a crane that was laying test track struck the bridge causing the structure to fail since the bridge probably was not designed to withstand that type of impact. I doubt that particular incident was related to any error on part of either the civil engineer or contractors who designed/built that pedestrian bridge.
The bridge looked like it couldn't take much to begin with...probably slapped together for a low cost...
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Old April 16th, 2015, 05:20 AM   #251
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The bridge looked like it couldn't take much to begin with...probably slapped together for a low cost...
There isn't a bridge on this planet that is designed to take that much impact from being hit directly by heavy machinery such as a crane. Anyways if you are going to blame somebody it should be the crane operator since his/her negligence caused the incident in the first place.
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If you guys would have bothered to click on the link, the news report mentioned that a crane that was laying test track struck the bridge causing the structure to fail since the bridge probably was not designed to withstand that type of impact. I doubt that particular incident was related to any error on part of either the civil engineer or contractors who designed/built that pedestrian bridge.
You mean in the movie? That wasn't working when I clicked earlier.

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There isn't a bridge on this planet that is designed to take that much impact from being hit directly by heavy machinery such as a crane. Anyways if you are going to blame somebody it should be the crane operator since his/her negligence caused the incident in the first place.
Considering that I've personally seen a bridge survive multiple such hits over a period of several years, and can recall several instances of cranes falling over onto bridges, I'd say that something was wrong with the Berwyn Road Bridge. It doesn't look particularly sturdy (though I'm sure that that's an illusion caused by the damage).

Considering that the movie (which wasn't working earlier) said that the crane operator had 30 years of experience, I'm not sure that's the case. Its possible that the crane malfunctioned. Its possible that the ground settled suddenly. Its possible that he/she had a sudden spasm.

Anyway. Hopefully, it will be cleared soon, and hopefully the bridge will be rebuilt (better looking).
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There isn't a bridge on this planet that is designed to take that much impact from being hit directly by heavy machinery such as a crane. Anyways if you are going to blame somebody it should be the crane operator since his/her negligence caused the incident in the first place.
Also, what sense would it make to build a pedestrian bridge to the same requirements as one for motor vehicles?
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You mean in the movie? That wasn't working when I clicked earlier.



Considering that I've personally seen a bridge survive multiple such hits over a period of several years, and can recall several instances of cranes falling over onto bridges, I'd say that something was wrong with the Berwyn Road Bridge. It doesn't look particularly sturdy (though I'm sure that that's an illusion caused by the damage).

Considering that the movie (which wasn't working earlier) said that the crane operator had 30 years of experience, I'm not sure that's the case. Its possible that the crane malfunctioned. Its possible that the ground settled suddenly. Its possible that he/she had a sudden spasm.

Anyway. Hopefully, it will be cleared soon, and hopefully the bridge will be rebuilt (better looking).
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Also, what sense would it make to build a pedestrian bridge to the same requirements as one for motor vehicles?
Well pedestrian bridges are not exactly built to the same standards as roadway bridges (since the latter obviously is much large in width and requires more materials) so it is sort of disingenuous to compare the two but bridge trusses in general are not designed to take impact from heavy machinery such as cranes. Even if the bridge does not collapse (as 00Zy99 mentioned in his/her personal experience) the integrity of the structure can still be severely compromised if a large piece of heavy equipment hits a bridge truss which would require a replacement.
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Is it that hard to just pay someone to read the lines, instead of using a computer voice? It's hideous.
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Is it that hard to just pay someone to read the lines, instead of using a computer voice? It's hideous.
Its for Disabled people.....its part of the ADA rules..
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According to ADA rules announcers have to sound like robots now?
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According to ADA rules announcers have to sound like robots now?
They have to be legible and comprehensible.

There have been many times where I've been on a train and the conductor's announcements were incomprehensible. This is a big improvement.
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According to ADA rules announcers have to sound like robots now?
Thats Just cutting corners...

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