Washington, D.C., Wednesday, the entire Metro subway system suddenly shut down without any signs of emergency inspections. The actual reason was a cable fire, which damaged three lines.
For the last time, the country’s second-busiest rail system has been affected by serious safety problems, including a 2015 incident, when smoke from an electrical malfunction murdered one person. Another tragedy took place in 2009 on the Red Line, 9 people died. Obviously, Wednesday’s move has probably started a new era in the history of Washington’s subway system, as a new Metro chief stressed the necessity of getting back to a culture, which considers safety first.
However, the problems seen in the country’s capital can hardly be regarded as unique. So, the solid fact is that today’s American infrastructure is awfully underfunded.
By the way, in February New York magazine unveiled how a minor mechanical failure in the New York City subway system resulted in hours of underground mess. That’s so sad that the country’s rapidly aging infrastructure system gives no room for error at all.