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Baltimore Light Rail service suspension
Posted by BaltACD on Friday, December 15, 2023 4:16 PM

Maryland Transit Administration on Dec. 8 suspended operation of the Light Rail system in its entirety, with no announced restoration of service

https://www.mta.maryland.gov/light-rail-service-suspension

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Posted by BaltACD on Saturday, December 16, 2023 4:37 PM

A full week after the service suspension and NOT A SINGLE CAR has been repaired and ready for service.

Deplorable!

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Posted by zugmann on Saturday, December 16, 2023 9:21 PM

BaltACD

A full week after the service suspension and NOT A SINGLE CAR has been repaired and ready for service.

Deplorable!

 

Your link shows a couple have been repaired.  Just not "safety certified" whatever that entails.

  

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, December 16, 2023 10:16 PM

Some pictures of the 2 problems and a solution would be imformative.

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Posted by zugmann on Saturday, December 16, 2023 10:41 PM

blue streak 1
Some pictures of the 2 problems and a solution would be imformative.

For whom?  

  

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Posted by Overmod on Sunday, December 17, 2023 12:52 PM

Me, for one.

The initial reported problem was some nebulously trotted-out 'puncture hazard for electrical conduit'.

Which, apparently, 28 cars had failed inspection for as of 12/16/23.  I'd like to see exactly what this 'puncture hazard' involved, and where on the cars it was critical.

Without saying as much in the 'collateral' the inspection was quietly extended to the 'intercar connectors' (which is the second thing) and here, too, I'd like a technical discussion of the issues and what will be done to remediate them and then prevent recurrences.

The interesting part about this is the note not to try to ride cars you see "operating".  I was tempted to tease the Far West Catonsvillagers about just what prompted that...

In any case, they say restricted operations will resume when 8 cars have passed inspection, and full service with 19.

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Posted by rdamon on Sunday, December 17, 2023 1:13 PM

Video of the fire

 

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Posted by BaltACD on Monday, December 18, 2023 11:19 AM

zugmann
 
BaltACD

A full week after the service suspension and NOT A SINGLE CAR has been repaired and ready for service.

Deplorable! 

Your link shows a couple have been repaired.  Just not "safety certified" whatever that entails.

Table shows THREE elements that have to be accomplished before the cars are 'safety certified'.  No cars have completed all three elements.

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Posted by Overmod on Monday, December 18, 2023 8:15 PM

At 3:20 on the 18th, they show that 10 cars pass inspection of both the conduits and the connectors.  That is two more than the minimum number they give to restore rail operation.

I wish someone would explain just what the final 'safety certification' requires, and when and how it's going to be conducted.  But it might be relatively quick now that a required number of cars have passed repairs.

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Posted by BaltACD on Thursday, December 21, 2023 1:33 PM

As of 1430 12/20 - 18 cars are shown Completed, however, none have been 'safety certified' and placed in operation.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, December 21, 2023 11:26 PM

Theere has been no indication why so many cars with broken conduits. Find and  Prevent in future whatever caused breaks. But also make conduits stronger for more protection. Of course if someone dropped ball why tell truth?

This post originally got a 403 forbidden. Only problem was 2 spaces between sentences. Grammer police after us. 

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Posted by BaltACD on Friday, December 22, 2023 9:18 AM

two spaces must equate to the broken conduit.  I use two spaces.

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Posted by BaltACD on Friday, December 22, 2023 2:11 PM

14  have been safety inspected and are available for service.

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Posted by BaltACD on Saturday, December 23, 2023 11:15 AM

Some service has been resumed today December 23, 2023.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, December 23, 2023 10:58 PM

BaltACD

Some service has been resumed today December 23, 2023.

 
Maybe just single car trains?  If so definitely some over heavy loads?
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Posted by BaltACD on Sunday, December 24, 2023 12:48 AM

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Posted by Overmod on Sunday, December 24, 2023 8:49 AM

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Posted by Overmod on Sunday, December 24, 2023 8:51 AM

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BaltACD

Some service has been resumed today December 23, 2023.

Maybe just single car trains?  If so definitely some over heavy loads?

They had said that when they had 8 cars 'safety certified' they would resume limited service, and with 28 they would resume a full schedule.
 
I got the impression that they were waiting to get the 19 cars for minimum 'full schedule' service 'ready' before safety-certifying them, perhaps with only one inspector or team doing them 'one after another'.  They had more than that number ready, if I understand recent posts correctly.  Perhaps they started by doing one batch, the ones that could immediately return for the 23rd, and have done the necessary additional number for today.
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Posted by BaltACD on Monday, December 25, 2023 7:44 AM

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