A Metro in Brief item Sept. 8 and a follow-up Sept. 9 contained incorrect information provided by police. Fairfax County police now say that Brian Hilliard, who was killed Sept. 7 when the all-terrain vehicle he was riding collided with a sport-utility vehicle, probably was wearing a helmet, and that the SUV driver may have been speeding. In addition, police provided an incorrect age. Hilliard was 22. (Published 9/21/2005)
Spring Faulted in Door-Opening on Metro
A broken steel spring caused a door to open on an Orange Line train traveling from the District to Rosslyn on Tuesday, Metro officials said. The train was in a tunnel about 5:16 p.m. when the door opened.
No one was injured. Quick-thinking passengers grabbed the arm of a woman standing near the door, one witness said, after half of the two-leaf door slid open.
Metro officials took the train out of service, inspected it and found the broken spring in the door on car No. 4073, made by the Italian firm Breda Costruzioni Ferroviarie.
"We found the cause of the incident and fixed the problem immediately. Our passengers should continue to feel safe riding in our system," said Fred Goodine, Metro's assistant general manager for safety and risk protection.
Transit officials said a signal flashed on the train console when the door opened, automatically stopping the train, which is designed not to move if a door is open. At the same time, a passenger hit the intercom to notify the operator about the door, Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said.
The springs on train doors are tested every 30 days, and the doors on car No. 4073 were inspected the morning of the incident, Farbstein said. The door in question passed the inspection, she said. Transit officials said a broken door spring is extremely rare.
The agency is still trying to determine how doors opened on another moving Orange Line train Aug. 30.
Manager Named for Blue, Orange Lines
Metro has named a manager for the Orange and Blue subway lines.
Charlie Dziduch, 45, will supervise more than 600 workers, including janitors and station managers. The two lines through Virginia, the District and Maryland transport about 270,000 people a day.
Metro is following the advice of a peer review panel made up of officials from six major subway systems that recommended appointing line managers who would be responsible for service. The Red Line manager, Belynda J. Jones, was appointed in May. A manager for the Green and Yellow lines will be announced by the end of the year, the agency said.
Dziduch plans to work out of the McPherson Square Station and will have public office hours.
Australian Firm Joins Dulles Toll Road Bid
Macquarie Infrastructure Group, an Australian firm that owns highways around the world, has joined the group seeking to operate and maintain the Dulles Toll Road in return for toll revenue over the next several decades.
The addition of Macquarie brings a global leader in highway management to the consortium, which includes Clark Construction Group LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and other leading developers.
Macquarie announced last week that it had bought the Dulles Greenway, a privately owned highway that connects to the toll road. The company also has highway deals in San Diego and Chicago.
The group has offered the state more than $1 billion in return for toll revenue for 50 years. It also has promised to make 19 improvements to the highway.
Other groups have about two months to submit proposals before Virginia officials decide whether to pursue any of the offers.
ATV Rider Killed in Collision With SUV
A man riding an all-terrain vehicle was killed last night in a collision with a sport-utility vehicle in the Lorton area, Fairfax County police said.
A group of ATV riders had just left a driveway in the unit block of Mount Vernon Boulevard near French Drive when an ATV was hit by an SUV about 7 p.m., a police spokeswoman said. The ATV rider, who was not wearing a helmet, was knocked from the vehicle. He died at the scene after suffering severe head injuries, authorities said.
It appeared that the driver of the SUV was not at fault, the spokeswoman said. Police did not release the identity of the victim last night but described him as a county resident in his twenties.
Schools Registering Displaced Students
D.C. school officials yesterday began registering students who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina and are staying with friends or relatives in the District. They said the citywide registration will continue from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and tomorrow at Shaw Junior High School, 925 Rhode Island Ave. NW.
Officials said they were not sure how many families would show up for the special registration. A handful of evacuees trickled into Shaw yesterday.
"We will give them books and supplies and get them to the right schools," said Thomas M. Brady, chief business operations officer for the school system.
A separate registration site has been set up at the D.C. Armory for children who were airlifted to the District from New Orleans on Tuesday and whose parents want to enroll them in D.C. public schools.
Montgomery to Aid 1,000 Storm Victims
Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D) announced yesterday that the county is prepared to offer temporary housing to 1,000 hurricane victims and will offer a free college education to some storm survivors.
David Weaver, a Duncan spokesman, said the county plans to disperse the evacuees in a variety of locations, including county-subsidized rental units, hotel rooms and residents' homes.
The county will help the evacuees secure jobs and will quickly enroll children in the school system, Duncan said.
Although Weaver expects that some of the residents will move to the county from the D.C. Armory, others could come directly from the Gulf region.
According to the American Red Cross, about 70 families from the Gulf Coast already have come to Montgomery. About two dozen displaced children have entered the county's public schools.
Montgomery College said it will waive tuition for students who had been enrolled in a college in the path of the storm.
"Man, 54 years old and I've never had a whipping like this in my life."
-- Michael Brown, a fuel truck driver who was part of the bus caravan the District sent to Louisiana in search of evacuees to bring back. -- B1
Compiled from reports by staff writers Tim Craig, Steven Ginsberg, V. Dion Haynes, Lyndsey Layton and Clarence Williams and the Associated Press.