The stretch of tracks between the Naylor Road and Branch Avenue stations was temporarily taken out of service after the incident. There was no damage to the train, Jordan said. Metro safety officials are investigating the incident to determine the cause of the red signal overrun.
This was the third mainline red signal overrun of 2017.
Red light violations are an ongoing problem for the transit agency: From 2012 to 2015, federal officials have tabulated at least 45 instances in which Metro train operators failed to stop for a red light on the tracks. Outside consultants attributed the problem to inattentiveness by train operators, instances of miscommunication between operators and controllers, as well as a “rush-rush culture” experienced by some Metro staff.