Here’s The Most Absurd Paragraph In Damning DC Metro Report, Translated Into English

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Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) officials are under fire again for regularly blowing through red signals.

The Federal Transit Administration called WMATA out Monday on the common and dangerous violation. One paragraph in particular sought to highlight three key issues with train operators, but instead ended up being jargony word soup:

“Lack of train operator familiarity with mainline and yard territory, train operator inattention or confusion when departing from a station or terminal or moving under zero speed commands, and, poor or incomplete communication between the train operator and the Rail Operations Control Center (ROCC) regarding unusual train movements,” explains the report.

Translated into common English, the technical breakdown of the issues behind the violations would read something like: They don’t know where they’re going, they don’t pay attention, they don’t communicate with dispatch.

The report found 68 red signal violations over the last year, two of which almost caused head-on train collisions.

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