Report: More Metro trains behind schedule even as fewer breakdowns reported

- A new report finds that, while there have been fewer breakdowns involving D.C. Metro trains, more are running behind schedule.

Martin Di Caro, FOX 5 contributor and WAMU transportation reporter, took a look at the report and says that 82 percent of the trains are on time – leaving about one in five running late.

The report also says that only about 74 percent (or one in four) of all rail trips between two Metro stations are on time.

Railcars showed marked improvement in the second quarter of the year, according to the report, mostly because more and more of the newer model trains are being put into service. The 7000 series railcars are slowly phasing out the 1000 series railcars – some of which had been in service since the transit line opened in 1976.

While the transit system's SafeTrack program may inflate the numbers slightly – we are seeing problems arise in areas where maintenance work has already been completed.

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