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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-96-005
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Synopsis: ABOUT 5:38 P.M. ON 2/16/96, EASTBOUND MARYLAND RAIL COMMUTER (MARC) TRAIN 286 COLLIDED WITH WESTBOUND NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION (AMTRAK) TRAIN 29, THE CAPITOL LIMITED, AT MILEPOST 8.55 ON CSX MAIN TRACK NEAR SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND. THE MARC TRAIN WAS OPERATING IN THE PUSH MODE IN REVENUE SERVICE BETWEEN BRUNSWICK , MARYLAND, & WASHINGTON, D.C.; IT CONSISTED OF A LOCOMOTIVE & THREE COMMUTER CARS. THE AMTRAK TRAIN, OPERATING IN REVENUE SERVICE BETWEEN WASHINGTON D.C., & CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, CONSISTED OF 2 LOCOMOTIVES & 15 CARS.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE MASS TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION OF THE MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: INSTALL AN EASILY ACCESSIBLE INTERIOR EMERGENCY QUICK-RELEASE MECHANISM ADJACENT TO ALL EXTERIOR DOORS. (URGENT)
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA96MR004
Accident Reports: Collision and Derailment of Maryland Rail Commuter MARC Train 286 and National Railroad Passenger Corporation AMTRAK Train 29
Report #: RAR-97-02
Accident Date: 2/16/1996
Issue Date: 3/12/1996
Date Closed: 7/3/1997
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: State of Maryland, Transit Administration (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: State of Maryland, Transit Administration
Date: 5/25/2001
Response: In the Safety Board’s final report of the Silver Spring accident, Safety Recommendation R-96-5 was classified “Closed--Acceptable Action.” Safety Recommendation R-96-6 was classified “Closed--Exceeds Recommended Action.”

From: State of Maryland, Transit Administration
To: NTSB
Date: 11/29/2000
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 12/05/2000 6:31:19 PM MC# 2001752 R-96-5 recommended the installation of a manual door release, to be located in the vestibule of each car with electrically operated exterior doors. MT A worked with the original equipment My phone number (410) FAX number (410) TTY (410) 539-3497 William Donald Schaefer Tower. 6 Saint Paul Street. Baltimore, Maryland 21202-1614 manufacturer and our engineering consultants to design and install manual emergency door release mechanisms in the vestibule, immediately adjacent to each exterior door. Installation was completed fleetwide on February 25, 1997.

From: NTSB
To: State of Maryland, Transit Administration
Date: 7/3/1997
Response: In the final report on the Silver Spring Accident, the Board classified R-96-005 as "Closed--Acceptable Action" based on the MTA letter dated November 7, 1996. See page 59 of the report NTSB/RAR-97/02.

From: NTSB
To: State of Maryland, Transit Administration
Date: 10/21/1996
Response: THE BOARD IS PLEASED THAT THE MTA AGREES WITH THE RECOMMENDATION & IS IN THE PROCESS OF IMPLEMENTING IT. PENDING COMPLETION OF THE INSTALLATION, THE BOARD HAS CLASSIFIED R-96-5 "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE." ALSO, THE BOARD WILL SUPPORT ANY ACTIONS THAT DISSUADES PASSENGERS FROM USING THE MECHANISMS FOR THE WRONG REASONS.

From: State of Maryland, Transit Administration
To: NTSB
Date: 7/5/1996
Response: The Maryland Mass Transit Administration (MTA) submitted a response to the National Transportation Safety Boards (NTSB) recommendations R-96-4 through -6, in a letter dated June 12, 1996. At the recent NTSB Public Hearings in RockviIIe, NTSB informed MTA that this response had not been received, so a second copy was provided to NTSB staff on June 26, 1996. This letter is to formally convey to the Board a third copy of the letter dated June 12, 1996.

From: State of Maryland, Transit Administration
To: NTSB
Date: 6/12/1996
Response: MR. JOHN A. AGRO, ADMINISTRATOR, MTA, RESPONDED ON 7/5/96, THAT THE MTA HAS DIRECTED ITS ENGINEERING CONSULTANT & CAR BUILDER TO DESIGN A SIDE DOOR QUICK RELEASE MECHANISM FOR THE MARC III VESTIBULE THAT WILL ALLOW A PASSENGER TO OPERATE THE BODY SIDE DOOR MANUALLY FROM THE VESTIBULE. ONCE THIS DESIGN IS MODIFIED AND APPROVED, IT WILL BE APPLIED TO MARC II EQUIPMENT. MARC I EQUIPMENT HAVE MANUALLY OPERATED EXTERIOR DOORS THAT DO NOT REQUIRE MODIFICATION. COMPLETION SCHEDULED FOR 2/28/97 ADDITIONALLY, MTA IS CURRENTLY INSTALLING BAIL SCREWS ON THE CABINETS WHICH HOUSE EXISTING EMERGENCY DOOR RELEASE MECHANISM, MAKING ACCESS TO THIS LOCATION POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE USE OF A COIN OR TOOL. THIS INSTALLATION IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETE BY 7/1/96. MR. AGRO STATED THAT THE MTA IS CONCERNED WITH THE POSSIBILITY THAT THE ACCESSIBLE DOOR RELEASE MAY BE SAFETY HAZARD FOR PASSENGER VEHICLES OPERATED IN COMMUTER SERVICE. THEREFORE, MTA PLANS TO REQUEST FEDERAL LEGISLATION WHICH WOULD STATE PENALTIES FOR NON-EMERGENCY USE OR REMOVAL OF ANY EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT ON PASSENGER RAIL CARS, EXCEPT BY AUTHORIZED PERSON INVOLVED IN TESTING OR MAINTENANCE OF SUCH EQUIPMENT. MTA REQUESTS THE SUPPORT OF THE NTSB & THE FRA FOR THIS SAFETY LEGISLATION.