Union representing Metro workers: Don’t ignore asbestos, WMATA

The union representing many of Metro’s workers says the presence of asbestos in older train cars is a safety issue that must not go ignored. David Stephen, a spokesman for Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, issued a statement Wednesday following reports a day earlier that hundreds of older Metro cars contain a “small amount of asbestos.” Stephen […]

By Faiz Siddiqui | Metro | July 29

Metro says older rail cars contain asbestos, but they’re no threat to passengers

Metro said hundreds of older rail cars operating within the system contain asbestos, but the material does not pose a threat to passengers and those cars are soon to be replaced. The transit agency has issued a contract proposal seeking a company to remove asbestos from 280 cars in its fleet. Metro’s 1000-series cars, which date back to the […]