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METRO Addresses Spike In Accidents Along Light Rail Lines

On Monday, a METRORail train collided with a minivan near the Texas Medical Center at the intersection of Fannin and Dryden, according to KPRC Channel 2. Unfortunately, such accidents aren’t unheard of. In June, for example, METRO investigated 17 accidents on its light rail lines. The accidents involved cars, pedestrians and a bike. Two of […]

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On Monday, a METRORail train collided with a minivan near the Texas Medical Center at the intersection of Fannin and Dryden, according to KPRC Channel 2. Unfortunately, such accidents aren’t unheard of.

In June, for example, METRO investigated 17 accidents on its light rail lines. The accidents involved cars, pedestrians and a bike. Two of those pedestrians died. Those 17 incidents were the most crashes in any month since the agency began rail service in 2004.

And while a one-month spike is probably a classic definition of a small sample size, some METRO critics cite it as evidence of the dangers METRO’s at-grade trains can pose.

To discuss how METRO is addressing this sudden spike in accidents we talk with Walter Heinrich, METRO’s Director of Safety.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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