Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Light Rail Crashes, Deaths, and Injuries

Trains don't belong on streets. Light rail is light on safety. 
The U.S. has no national light rail safety standards.
Notice the number of times the light rail operator couldn't stop the train in time.


Light rail crashes 2016

2016 June 30
Light Rail Ticket Machines Fail (Manchester, UK)
Metrolink light rail ticket machines failed again, system-wide.

2016 June 29
Light Rail Audio Recordings End (Newark, NJ)
NJ Transit announced it will end audio recording of light rail passengers. Civil liberties advocates and passenger groups had raised privacy issues about the surveillance. ACLU-NJ said, “Not only was NJ Transit collecting countless hours of train conversations, but the agency irresponsibly failed to put policies in place to prevent misuse of the recordings or to protect passengers' privacy.

2016 June 28
Light Rail Might Destroy Downtown (Dallas, TX)
The history and future of DART light rail.

2016 June 28
Advertisements for Deadliest Light Rail (Los Angeles, CA)
Metro blue line light rail trains are the deadliest light rail in the U.S. To advertise how deadly the light rail trains are, Metro created YouTube videos:
•     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GOejWsV9LE
•     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMvbarb-Erk
•     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yowkv9zyaF4
•     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQQexd4WMWo
•     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEA4BdTGFeU
•     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiz66gZDvuY

2016 June 28
Urban Transit Microbes (Boston, MA)
MBTA subway microbes on holding surfaces, seats, and touch screens were studied by a team of 13 specialists. [pdf]

2016 June 28
Light Rail Racial Abuse (Manchester, UK)
On a Metrolink light rail train, two teen and a man shouted racist, anti-immigrant attacks at another passenger at 7:40am.

2016 June 28
Commuter Train Kills Man (Corona, CA)
A Metrolink commuter train struck and killed a man east of the Promenade Avenue crossing at 6:54am. A bus was provided for the nearly 30 people on the train.

2016 June 28
Light Rail Hits Bicyclist (Sacramento, CA)
A SacRT light rail train struck a bicyclist at 6:30am at the intersection of 19th and W streets.

2016 June 27
Light Rail Hits Car (Burlington, NJ)
A NJ Transit riverline light rail train hit a car at Broad and Wood streets at 6pm.

2016 June 27
Metro Station Fire (Washington, DC)
A WMATA Metro Gallery Place station fire before 6pm, disrupted three train lines, while uninformed crowds remained in the smokey station.

2016 June 27
Light Rail Security Guard Beaten (North County, MO)
A woman beat a Metrolink light rail security guard at the North Hanley light rail platform.

2016 June 26
Light Rail Lines Stopped Due To Power Outage (Portland, OR)
The TriMet MAX green, orange, and yellow light rail trains were stopped due to power outages, lasting into the next day.

2016 June 26
Amtrak Derails (Tukwila, WA)
The locomotive of a northbound Amtrak Cascade train from Portland to Seattle derailed 12:05pm, holding up the tracks and tying up three trains.

2016 June 26
Amtrak Kills 2 Adults, 3 Children (Trinidad, CO)
A westbound Amtrak train struck a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country van at 9:45am headed to church, killing the driver, another adult, and three children. A seriously injured 4-year-old girl was the lone survivor. The train pushed the van westbound down the track until the train came to a stop. [Update: “There are currently no gates or warning lights at the crossing; it can merely be identified by four crossbuck signs. State transportation officials already assured authorities that there have been planned improvements on gates and flash signs for the crossing. There had been six vehicular accidents at the site since 1986.”]

2016 June 23
Stick Stops Light Rail Assault (Pagedale, MO)
At the Metrolink Rock Road light rail station, a 60-year-old man with a stick stopped 12 guys beating a man.

2016 June 21
Light Rail Cancelled (Perth, Australia)
Light rail plans to the north have been cancelled.

2016 June 21
Dakota County Leaves CTIB (Hastings, MN)
Dakota County commissioners voted 6-1 to leave the Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB), a blood-sucking leech more interested in padding the wallets of urban developers than improving flexible transit.

2016 June 20
Light Rail Strike Over Safety (Sydney, Australia)
Transdev light rail workers went on strike over safety issues. The RTBU is protesting “dangerously crowded carriages, increased driver shift limits, and unrealistic passenger turnaround times.” Light rail trains are too low capacity for Sydney.

2016 June 19
Light Rail Doors Close On Service Dog's Head (Lakewood, CO)
The doors of an afternoon RTD W line light rail train closed on a service dog's head, trapping the dog for a mile. The head of service dog Gaylen was trapped in the light rail doors from the Sheridan station to the Wadsworth station. Owner Belinda Williams struggled to free the dog while passengers tried hitting the emergency button without results.

2016 June 18
CTA Train Kills Man (Chicago, IL)
A CTA blue line train struck and killed a man in his 50s near the Kedzie-Homan station at 6:30pm.

2016 June 17
Light Rail Trains Collide (Aeschenplatz, Switzerland)
BVB line 15 and a BLT line 11 light rail trains collided at 1pm.

2016 June 17
Light Rail Fight (Portland, OR)
On a TriMet MAX yellow line light rail train, a bias fight broke out at 12:40pm, leaving a 20-year-old hospitalized.

2016 June 17
Light Rail Hits Pickup Truck (Sacramento, CA)
A SacRT gold line light rail train hit a pickup truck in the intersection of Folsom and Bradshaw at 7:45am. The force of the impact cut the truck in half, separating the cab section from the payload section of the pickup truck. Buses took over for trains.

2016 June 16
Bicyclist Hitches On Light Rail (Manchester, UK)
A bicyclist hitched a ride on a Metrolink light rail train on Droylsden Road.

2016 June 15
Light Rail Will Not Reduce Traffic Congestion (Seattle, WA)
At the Tacoma City Club, Shefali Ranganathan of the pro-Sound Transit advocacy group Transportation Choices Coalition said building light rail will not reduce traffic congestion. Paying $54 billion ($37 billion of it in regressive taxes) for light rail would be doing something, but that something has nothing to do with reducing travel times and improving people’s mobility.

2016 June 15
Light Rail Catches Leg (Mesa, AZ)
A man's leg was pinned between a Valley Metro light rail train and the Central Main platform at 7am. Rescue workers used the jaws of life to pry the light rail train off. The man was taken to the hospital.

2016 June 14
Light Rail Is Not A Boat (Dublin, Ireland)
Light rail trains do not belong in streets... or rivers. A Luas light rail train took a page out of the Trimet MAX light rail playbook (Oct 31, 2015) and sent a train down a flooded street at 1:30pm. Not safe.

2016 June 14
Light Rail Hits Pickup (St. Paul, MN)
An eastbound Metro Transit green line light rail 242A train hit the driver's side of a black Dodge 4x4 pickup truck at the intersection of University and Cromwell at 10:20am, injuring one person.

2016 June 14
Light Rail Breakdown Stops Trains (Croyden, UK)
A FirstGroup light rail train morning breakdown between Woodside and Arena caused system stoppages. Buses took over for trains.

2016 June 13
Lightning Stops Light Rail (Denver, CO)
The new RTD airport line light rail train was stopped in the evening due to lightning. Buses took over for trains. On May 24th, lighting stranded RTD light rail passengers on a bridge. When the light rail trains are running, the noise of the “obnoxious train horns” are heard by residents throughout the night.

2016 June 13
Light Rail Job Cuts (Sacramento, CA)
SacRT light rail cut 20 jobs, mostly on rail expansion projects, instead of cutting services.

2016 June 11
Streetcar Hits, Runs Over Man (Toronto, Canada)
A TTC streetcar hit and ran over a man on St. Clair West Avenue between Caledonia and McRoberts avenues at about 8:45pm. The man was pinned under the train and bleeding heavily.

2016 June 11
CTA worker Dies On Blue Line Rail (Chicago, IL)
CTA flagman Pearl Hendrix, 37, was electrocuted when she fell onto an electrified blue line rail at the Addison station at 1am.

2016 June 10
Light Rail 20 Years Later & $5 Billion (Dallas, TX)
In 1990, about 40,000 working adults in Dallas County relied on public transit — all buses — to commute to work. By 2000, with 20 miles of track in operation, the number had dipped to 36,925. The most recent data, from 2014, showed a further decline to 32,368.” - Dallas Observer

2016 June 10
Transit Officer Pushed On Light Rail Tracks (Houston, TX)
At the Metro Northline platform, a transit officer fought with someone who pushed the officer onto the tracks at 8:15am. Houston transit ridership has decreased. Prior to light rail, Metro buses had 88 million trips in 2001. Bus plus rail had only 72 million trips in 2014.

2016 June 9
Light Rail Riders With Machete (Melbourne, Australia)
Three Yarra light rail passengers traded a machete, spitting on and threatening to kill the 17 other passengers on the route 57 train at 11:30pm. After an hour long standoff with the police, four men were arrested near Erskine Street.

2016 June 9
Light Rail Hits Woman (Calgary, Canada)
At the Fourth Street light rail station, a woman was wedged between the light rail C-Train and the platform before 7:30pm.

2016 June 9
Light Rail Switch Problems (San Francisco, CA)
Muni light rail trains on Judah and on Church were stopped due to a failed switch, starting at 5:30pm.

2016 June 9
Light Rail Hits Car (Brussels, Belgium)
An STIB light rail train hit a VW Fox car in the intersection of Weighing and George Bergmann avenues at 5:20pm. The smashed car was thrown into some posts. The young light rail operator couldn't stop crying.

2016 June 9
Light Rail Getaway Vehicle (Salt Lake City, UT)
A couple used a TRAX light rail train as a getaway vehicle. Police showed restraint, and no one was injured.

2016 June 9
Commuter Train Getaway Vehicle (Chicago, IL)
A CTA red line L train was used as a getaway vehicle for a bank robber. A GPS device hidden with the cash allowed police to track the robber.

2016 June 8
Light Rail Hits SUV, Injures 6 (Pasadena, CA)
A southbound Metro gold line light rail train smashed into a Mercedes SUV in the intersection of Raymond Avenue and Glenarm Street at about 12:15pm. Five out of six injured people were light rail passengers. [Tweet pictures 1, 2]

2016 June 8
Cities Disrupt Anti-BRT Petitions (Orem & Provo, UT)
Petitions are being signed against Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) plans to replace the existing 830 bus route. The cities of Orem and Provo have used police officers to badger the petitioners. On June 1st, Utah County Clerk-Auditor Bryan Thompson fined Provo Deputy Mayor Corey Norman and Steven Downs, assistant to the Orem city manager, $250 for the first offense of “using the email of a public entity to advocate for or against a ballot proposition.
◄►  BRT petition arguments, Facebook
◄►  BRT major flaws (vehicle capacity, old data, air quality)

2016 June 8
Light Rail Sinkhole (Ottawa, Canada)
OC Transpo light rail construction caused a huge sinkhole in downtown Rideau Street, which may have claimed a locksmith's van. [video 1, 2]  The sinkhole occurred at the 120-meter wide “bedrock valleyGolder Associates engineers identified in a 2011 geotechnical survey for the light rail project. A nearby light rail sinkhole on February 21, 2014 was blamed on “unexpected soil conditions.

2016 June 7
Light Rail May Discolor Water (Waterloo, Canada)
Light rail construction may “discolor” water and residents are warned not to drink it or let it get on clothes.

2016 June 7
Light Rail Station Power Out (Hong Kong)
The central MTR light rail station lost power at 3pm. Power remained off into the evening.

2016 June 7
Light Rail Hits Car (Palermo, Italy)
An AMAT line 2 light rail train hit a gray Opel car on via Leonardo da Vinci at 11am. Two injured light rail passengers were sent to the hospital.

2016 June 7
Unanswered Light Rail Emergency Button (Portland, OR)
The doors of a TriMet MAX light rail train caught the wheel of a man's wheelchair. An emergency button was pushed for half an hour with no response.

2016 June 6
Car Hits Light Rail (Philadelphia, PA)
A car hit a line 11 SEPTA light rail train at the intersection of 47th and Woodland Avenue at 4:45pm.

2016 June 6
New Light Rail Breaks Down (Rio de Janerio, Brazil)
The day-old VLT light rail train 101 broke down on its way to the airport just before 3pm, due to a power failure.

2016 June 6
Passenger Train Crumples Pickup (Orem, UT)
A UTA Frontrunner passenger train hit a white pickup truck and critically injuring the 86-year-old driver at 2800 West and 1900 North at 1:15pm. The pickup truck was crumpled and thrown about 40 yards from the impact.

2016 June 6
Fire At Streetcar Museum (Baltimore, MD)
A fire broke out at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum while Morgan Freeman was filming a Discovery Channel series about universal truths.

2016 June 6
Light Rail Hits Truck (Jersey City, NJ)
A NJ Transit Hudson-Bergen line light rail train hit a truck on Mall Drive at about 10am. The light rail train had 23 passengers at the time of the crash, enough to fill a small bus.

2016 June 6
Downed Power Lines Stops Light Rail (Sydney, Australia)
Yarra light rail trains were replaced by buses after tree branches knocked down overhead catenary power lines.

2016 June 5
Light Rail Slows For Hot Weather (Portland, OR)
TriMet MAX light rail trains slow down in 90 degree weather due to sagging power lines and expanding rails. Track failure was blamed for the fiery 96-car oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge on June 3rd.

2016 June 5
Light Rail Kills Man (Sale, UK)
A Metrolink light rail train struck and killed a man near Dane Road at 9:25am.

2016 June 5
Light Rail Protests (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
The new VLT light rail train was met with protests of high government spending ahead of the Olympics. Other transit projects planned for the Olympics in August are still under construction. Rio police killed 78 people in April.

2016 June 3
Light Rail Hits Bus (Melbourne, Australia)
A Yarra light rail 55 train hit a bus in the intersection of William and La Trobe streets at 10:30am. The train crash injured the bus driver.

2016 June 2
Light Rail Borrowing Money To Run (Sacramento, CA)
New SacRT general manager Henry Li says the agency has been borrowing money at high interest from a bank to balance the books. Facing stagnant riderships and rising costs, he will reduce service by more than 7 percent, increase fares and fare collection, and plans to clean up the trains. He says, “Our financial condition is really at the lowest on the West Coast.” Worse than TriMet's 649% increased debt service?!? [TriMet $265,482,503 debt service listed on pages 10 & 18]

2016 June 2
Rat Infested Subway (Baltimore, MD)
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1300 pressed the city to address the subway rat problem. “We have pictures of a rat that looks like a baby kangaroo. No one should have to work in these types of conditions,” union president David McClure said.

2016 June 2
Light Rail Power Outage Strands 200 (Petaling Jaya, Malaysia)
Putra Ampang line light rail and express evening trains were stopped due to power outages, which stranded 200 passengers.

2016 June 2
Light Rail Hits Boy on Bike (Berlin, Germany)
A BVG 67 line light rail train hit a 9-year-old boy on a bike at 5:45pm. The light rail operator tried to stop the train in time using the emergency brake but hit the boy anyway.

2016 June 2
Light Rail Hits Car (Phoenix, AZ)
A Valley Metro light rail train hit a white, 4-door car at South 16th and East Washington streets before noon. The busy intersection has no crossing gates or fences to protect traffic from trains.

2016 June 1
Light Rail Trains Break Down (Singapore)
SBS Sengkang and Punggol light rail trains were stopped for two hours due to power problems.

2016 June 1
Light Rail Derails (Sacramento, CA)
A SacRT light rail train derailed before 2:45pm, stopping blue and gold line trains for hours. Also a switch malfunction and an overhead wire issue caused more delays. Buses took over for trains.

2016 May 31
Commuter Train Kills Woman (Chicago, IL)
A northbound CTA blue line train struck and killed a 30-year-old woman at the Harlem station at 8:50pm.

2016 May 31
Light Rail Signal Problems (Boston, MA)
Morning MBTA green line light rail trains were stopped due to signal problems. The MBTA orange line trains were also stopped due to signal problems and smoke pouring out of an overheated motor.

2016 May 30
Light Rail Door Closes On Girl's Arm (Boston, MA)
A westbound MBTA green line light rail operator closed a train door on the arm of 8-year-old Faith Felt at the Harvard Avenue station at 8:30pm. She was taken to St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center with a lacerated and swollen right wrist. The light rail operator told a different story.

2016 May 30
Light Rail Workers Attacked (Kitchener, Canada)
Ion light rail workers in a backhoe were hit by a rock by a man yelling and brandishing a knife at 5pm near King and Francis streets.

2016 May 29
Passenger Train Kills Bicyclist (Anaheim, CA)
A southbound Metrolink train struck and killed eastbound bicyclist Jorge Leyva, 42, on Sycamore Street just west of Vine Street at 2:40pm.

2016 May 29
Light Rail Station Gunshot (Jersey City, NJ)
At the NJ Transit west side station, two men fired a gun and attempted a robbery at 5:15am. Their victim was taken to the hospital.

2016 May 28
Train On Fire At Cemetery (Arlington, VA)
The brakes of a WMATA Metro blue line train caught fire at the Arlington National Cemetery at 5:30pm. “It looked like the world was coming apart,” said a tourist from Wisconsin. No passengers were on the train.

2016 May 28
Light Rail Hits Police Car (Bâle-Campagne, Switzerland)
A morning light rail train with ten passengers hit a police car responding to a burglary false alarm, injuring the two police officers.

2016 May 27
TriMet Bingo (Portland, OR)
Turn your nightmare commute into a game! Game card & comments.

2016 May 26
Car Hits Streetcar, Both Claim Green Light (Kansas City, MO)
A northbound 77-foot-long streetcar 803 with 10 passengers was hit by an eastbound black Nissan Altima with five people in the intersection of Main Street and Truman Road at 6pm. Both the car driver and the streetcar operator claimed to have a green light.

2016 May 26
Commuter Train Kills Man (Provo, UT)
A UTA FrontRunner commuter train struck and killed a 36-year-old man near 1100 West and 400 South.

2016 May 25
Light Rail Workers Speed, Have 16 Hour Days (Minneapolis, MN)
Metro Transit light rail operators often work 16 hour shifts and accelerate the trains past the speed limits, according to a KSTP-5 news investigation.

2016 May 25
Light Rail Strands Boy (Cheetham Hill, UK)
A evening Metrolink light rail operator closed the doors between a 6-year-old boy and his mother and grandmother, leaving the boy at the station. A Metrolink worker told the mother “to stop pressing the emergency stop button as it didn’t stop the train.

2016 May 25
Light Rail Station Stabbing (Denver, CO)
At the RTD Alameda station at 7:45am, someone was stabbed.

2016 May 25
Light Rail Kills Man (Denver, CO)
An RTD light rail train struck and killed a man at East Louisiana Avenue and South Pearl Street at 4:30am. Buses took over for three train lines.

2016 May 24
Light Rail Station Robbery (St Louis, MO)
At the Metrolink light rail central west end station, a man was robbed by two men before 8:30pm.

2016 May 24
Light Rail Strands Passengers 50 Feet Up For 2 Hours (Denver, CO)
A power outage on an RTD light rail train stranded passengers fifty feet off the ground on the new airport line. The light rail train was leaving the airport on an overpass near Pena Boulevard when it lost power at 3:20pm. Fire fighters evacuated the passengers at 5:30pm.

2016 May 24
Train With Kids Kills Female (Claremont, CA)
A westbound Metrolink commuter train 317 with elementary students on a field trip struck and killed a female crossing the tracks near Cambridge and Bonita avenues at 8:50am. The Sycamore Elementary School field trip students were bused back to school.

2016 May 23
New Streetcar Derails (Kansas City, MO)
New streetcar number 804 with a few passengers derailed near Union station at 3:30pm. The derailment is blamed on either rain or a new track switch.

2016 May 22
Light Rail Project Kills Spending Bill (St. Paul, MN)
A last minute southwest light rail amendment by state senator Ron Latz of St. Louis Park killed a spending bill that had passed the House of Representatives. The bonding bill had $700 million of state-wide road and bridge projects, $27 million for a University of Minnesota Duluth chemical sciences and advanced materials building, $11.6 million in flood prevention activities, $57.6 million for improving security at the St. Peter hospital, and more.

2016 May 21
Light Rail Hits Vehicle (Salt Lake City, UT)
A UTA TRAX light rail train hit another vehicle at about 9:30pm near 500 South and 1100 East.

2016 May 21
Light Rail Hits Truck And Derails (Talence, France)
A light rail train hit a truck and derailed near the Doyen Brus station at 1pm, injuring two operators and four passengers on the train.

2016 May 20
High-Speed Train Hits Bus (Interlaken, Switzerland)
A high-speed ICE train hit a tourist bus at 8pm, injuring 17 people from the bus.

2016 May 20
Light Rail Language Assault (Tempe, AZ)
On a Valley Metro light rail station, a couple speaking Mandarian were each punched in the face by a woman, Kalie Rutledge, 22, who didn't understand Chinese.

2016 May 20
Transit Group Against Light Rail (Seattle, WA)
The Smarter Transit group is against light rail, saying it's too expensive and does not increase transit ridership or decrease congestion. It advocates buses, HOV lanes, or commuter rail instead.

2016 May 20
Light Rail May Close (Sacramento, CA)
The SacRT green line light rail, which opened four years ago, may close as part of budget cuts. It averages only 440 boardings a day and has an annual operating cost of $330,000.

2016 May 20
Metro Transit Fires 20 Managers (Washington, DC)
WMATA Metro fired 20 managers, more than one-third from subway operations.

2016 May 20
Light Rail Strike (Melbourne, Australia)
The Metro light rail workers union notified the government of a strike. In Ireland, Luas light rail workers are also striking.

2016 May 19
Light Rail Secrecy Threatens Funding (Salt Lake City, UT)
The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) decision to close committee meetings from the public has Salt Lake County threatening to cut funding.

2016 May 19
Commuter Train Hits Person (Hayward, CA)
A BART Fremont line train hit a person at 10:13am somewhere between the Hayward and South Hayward stations.

2016 May 18
Light Rail Shoes, Phone Theft (Portland, OR)
On a TriMet MAX green line light rail train, some teen boys stole a 60-year-old woman's phone. It started when the boys ridiculed her shoes. She got out her phone to record their taunting. They took the phone. She tripped and injured herself when trying to chase them. They called 911 and gave back her phone.

2016 May 18
Light Rail Hits Fire Engine (Valenciennes, France)
A Transvilles light rail train hit a fire engine responding to an emergency at 8:20pm near Saint-Waast. Buses took over for trains.

2016 May 17
Light Rail Lawsuit (Minneapolis, MN)
A lawsuit was filed against the Metropolitan Council over the noise and proximity of planned Southwest light rail trains. The owners of 500 apartment and townhouses in three complexes filed suit after the environmental impact statement (EIS) failed to show any noise remediation for the 50 ton trains.

2016 May 17
Light Rail Plan Fails Cost-Benefit (Minneapolis, MN)
Southwest light rail “is a wasteful, problem-ridden project that would fail any cost benefit analysis,”
said the local office of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the largest small business association. NFIB metro members oppose the light rail plan, its sales tax increase, and its ongoing subsidy of $30 million per year.

2016 May 17
Light Rail Hits Police Responding To Emergency (Houston, TX)
A Metro light rail train with two passengers smashed into a police SUV with overhead lights on responding to a suicide emergency. The light rail train T-boned the police SUV in the intersection of Harrisburg Blvd and York Street just before midnight. The police officer was hospitalized with injuries.

2016 May 17
Light Rail Worker's Body Found (Salt Lake City, UT)
The body of UTA TRAX light rail maintenance worker Kay Ricks, 63, was found in a rural area near Kemmerer, Wyoming. He was last seen working at the TRAX Ballpark station on May 12th.

2016 May 16
Light Rail Hits House (Kew, Australia)
A Yarra light rail train hit a car and derailed into a house near High and Childers streets at 11:15pm. With only three passengers and a driver, the light rail train just missed a man sleeping in his bedroom.

2016 May 15
Light Rail Wins Victim Blaming Award (Portland, OR)
TriMet light rail wins Victim Blaming Award for ads telling people to wear reflective clothing and carry reflective umbrellas because their trains can't stop in time. They are also up for the “Find The Body” award.

2016 May 15
Light Rail Runs Red Lights (Dublin, Ireland)
Transdev Luas light rail trains are increasingly running red lights, an Irish Rail report said, as well as increased operational incidents.

2016 May 15
Good Samaritan Assaulted On Light Rail (Melbourne, Australia)
On a Yarra route 59 light rail train, a good Samaritan, 47, was assaulted and had his glasses smashed when he came to the aid of other passengers at 9:30pm.

2016 May 15
Museum Light Rail Trains Collide (Sydney, Australia)
A runaway light rail train crashed into another light rail train at the Sydney Tram Museum. A wheel chock failed on an empty 1904 Sydney J Class light rail train at 11:30am, sending the train rolling towards a Japanese light rail train with passengers. The light rail operator unloaded the passengers before the collision.

2016 May 15
Smoking Metro Station (Washington, DC)
Smoke billowed into the WMATA Metro L'Enfant Plaza station before 11am. Smoke has become commonplace, so the station wasn't evacuated. On January 15, 2015, the smoke-filled L'Enfant Plaza station killed Carol Glover.

2016 May 14
Light Rail EIS Boisters Lawsuit (Minneapolis, MN)
Plans for a Metro Transit southwest light rail hit more snags as an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was released with many overlooked environmental problems. Item after item in the EIS helps make the case for the ongoing Lakes and Parks Alliance lawsuit against the light rail plans.

2016 May 14
Light Rail Station Stabbing (Mission Valley, CA)
At the Qualcomm Stadium light rail station, a man was stabbed at 10am.

2016 May 14
Bike Crash At Light Rail Station (Minneapolis, MN)
At the Franklin blue line light rail station, a bicyclist hit a pedestrian before 7:50am.

2016 May 13
Light Rail Stops Sick Time (Dublin, Ireland)
Luas light rail train operator Transdev will not process sick payments due to a high rate of absence. Work stoppages are scheduled for May 20, 26, 27, June 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, and 10.

2016 May 13
Light Rail Hits Taxi (Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong)
An MTR light rail train hit a taxi and derailed at the Tin Sau bazaar.

2016 May 13
Light Rail Derails (Boston, MA)
A westbound MBTA green line light rail train derailed near the Park Street station before 9am. The derailment was blamed on a defective track switch. Several passengers walked the tracks. [tweet, another tweet]

2016 May 13
Light Rail Injures 2 Passengers (Pittsburgh, PA)
On a T light rail train downtown, two passengers fell and were injured before 7:30am. Most passengers must stand while riding light rail trains.

2016 May 12
Light Rail Stuck On Bridge (Allentown, PA)
Two T blue line light rail trains lost power before 6pm, one of them on a bridge over the Monongahela River.

2016 May 12
Lightning Strikes Light Rail (Carrollton, TX)
Two DART green line light rail trains were struck by lightning before midnight, shutting down trains for about eight hours.

2016 May 12
Light Rail Crossing Gates Fail (Denver, CO)
Since the RTD light rail line to the airport opened on April 22, ten rail crossings have been staffed with people holding flags. The light rail crossing gates lower without trains or do not fully lower with trains. Opening on time was less important than safety for the $1.2 billion light rail train.

2016 May 11
Light Rail Hits Car (Santa Monica, CA)
An Expo line light rail train hit a car at 7:30pm in the intersection of Lincoln and Colorado boulevards. There were no passengers on the light rail train.

2016 May 11
Light Rail Hits Car (Salt Lake City, UT)
A TRAX light rail train hit a car at 4pm in the intersection of 900 West and North Temple.

2016 May 11
Light Rail Hits Man (North Melbourne, Australia)
A Yarra Trams 57 light rail train hit a man at 9am in the intersection of Racecourse and Boundary roads. The man was rushed to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with critical head injuries.

2016 May 11
Metro Trains Face Shutdown (Washington, DC)
The WMATA Metro train system faces a complete shutdown if it doesn't follow Transportation Department safety measures and inspector access.

2016 May 10
Light Rail Meetings Closed To Public (Salt Lake City, UT)
The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) is closing its meetings to the public due to the Salt Lake Tribune’s coverage of the meetings, which made them look ineffective. UTA chair David Burton responded to a Tribune reporter asking why the meetings are now closed, “You really want to know the truth? Because you screw us up.

2016 May 10
Light Rail Napoleon Poster, False Imprisonment (Melbourne, Australia)
A Yarra Trams light rail operator is accused of false imprisonment of a light rail ticket inspector and others over a poster of Napoleon.

2016 May 10
Dead Man Rides Train (Chicago, IL)
A dead man was found on a CTA red line L train at 2:30am near the 63rd Street station.

2016 May 9
Train Breakdown Stops 3 Train Lines (Washington, DC)
A disabled WMATA Metro train near the Stadium Armory station, stopped the blue, orange, and silver train lines.

2016 May 9
Light Rail Cuts Through Aboriginal Heritage Site (Sydney, Australia)
Southeast light rail construction cut through “the largest archaeological find of Aboriginal artifacts in the Sydney region, with more than 22,000 items discovered” despite attempts to preserve the historical site.

2016 May 8
Light Rail Derails, Injures 4 (Salt Lake City, UT)
A UTA TRAX green line light rail train derailed at about 2:30pm, injuring four of the 14 people on-board. Passengers screamed at the light rail operator to slow down prior to the derailment near 2100 South and 200 West. Light rail trains were stopped through the following morning due to the derailment. Usually the curve is taken at 20-25mph.

2016 May 8
Empty Streetcar, Keys In Ignition (Cincinnati, OH)
A Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) streetcar was left empty, blocking trafic, with open doors and its keys in the ignition. It was sorta a safety problem. Cincinnati SORTA streetcars are still in the test phase of blocking traffic. [video]

2016 May 7
Light Rail Rider Bites Operator (Nottingham, UK)
On a NET light rail train on Noel Street at 12:40am, two light rail operators told a passenger to get his feet off the seats. The passenger punched one light rail operator and bit the other.

2016 May 6
Light Rail Dirtier Than Toilet Seats (Houston, TX)
The investigative journalists at abc13 conducted contamination tests of light rail surfaces using a Hygiena bio-luminescence detector that measures the level of Adenosine Triphosphate or ATP. The average toilet had 96 units. Metro light rail seats averaged 140 units. The buttons on ticket vending machines averaged 1869 units. One Metro station seat had 6620 units. [ABC13]

2016 May 5
Light Rail Hits Pedestrian (Houston, TX)
A Metro light rail train hit a pedestrian trying to cross the intersection of Fannin and Rosedale streets at 8:15pm. No safety crossing gates or fences are in the area, and the train couldn't stop in time. [Houston Chronicle]

2016 May 5
Blue, Orange, Silver Lines Close (Washington, DC)
The WMATA Metro blue, orange, and silver line commuter trains closed for the day at 2pm due to another tunnel fire and other issues.

2016 May 5
Light Rail Passenger On Roof (San JoseCA)
On top of a VTA light rail train, a man held up the train for 12 hours. Kyle Lewis, 25, climbed onto the light rail train at 1:20am at North First and Component streets and did not climb down until after 1pm, when he was offered potato chips. If light rail trains weren't out in the middle of the night, it may have been available to commuters in the morning. And when did they start offering snacks on light rail trains? [Mercury News,Monterey Herald]

2016 May 5
Light Rail Hits Car (RivertonNJ)
A southbound NJ Transit river line light rail train hit the driver's side of a beige Mercedes-Benz on Main Street at 10:15am. The light rail train had 35 passengers, who easily fit on a bus to continue their rides. One of the injured light rail passengers took an ambulance to the hospital, as well as the two people from the car. Fire fighters removed the roof of the crumpled Mercedes to get to the injured driver and passenger.

2016 May 4
Light Rail App Deletes Passes (Portland, OR)
The TriMet light rail ticketing app has been deleting the passes of its riders. The TriMet ticketing app by Moovel deletes monthly, weekly, and biweekly passes as well as unused individual fares. The Moovel app trouble line is 503-962-2992. [tweet]

2016 May 4
L Train Hits Woman (Chicago, IL)
A CTA red line L train hit a woman at the Clark and Division Street station at 11:35am. The woman was taken to Northwestern hospital.

2016 May 4
Light Rail Hits Truck (San Francisco, CA)
A Muni light rail train hit a truck in the intersection of Third and 16th streets just after 5:45am.

2016 May 3
Light Rail Hits Van (Oldham, UK)
A Metrolink light rail train hit a white Citroen Dispatch van at 10pm, injuring two passengers on the train.

2016 May 3
Light Rail Petition Rules Change (Virginia Beach, VA)
The 32,000 signatures on the petition to put light rail on the ballot is enough signatures by the 2015 threshold but not the 2014 threshold. [April 14th letter]

2016 May 1
Light Rail Sinkhole (SeattleWA)
A sinkhole opened up over the Sound Transit light rail tunnel dug for the Northgate line. The six-foot wide hole was between a sidewalk and the front yard of a house on the 6200 block of 12th Avenue NE. Light rail digging has caused other sinkholes in the area.

2016 May 1
Light Rail Hits Vehicle (San FranciscoCA)
A Muni ocean view light rail train hit a vehicle on Ocean Avenue, near Eucalyptus Drive at noon.

2016 April 30
Man Falls Off Cable Car (San Francisco, CA)
A Muni cable car lost a 60-year-old man when he fell off near the intersection of Washington and Powell streets at 2:45pm. The injured man was taken to the hospital.

2016 April 30
Light Rail Runs Over Man (BaltimoreMD)
A northbound MTA light rail train hit and ran over a man between Howard and Dolphin streets. He was eight feet under the train for 45 minutes. Fire crews cut a section of the undercarriage off of the light rail train to rescue the man. An ambulance took the man to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

2016 April 28
Student Beaten On L Train (ChicagoIL)
On the blue line L train at 10am, 19-year-old nursing student Jessica Hughes was beaten by two men trying to take her iPhone near the Harrison and Kedzie station. Other passengers just watched as she was punched in the face and her hand was bitten.

2016 April 28
Light Rail Shut Down (Manila, Philippines)
The LRT-1 light rail trains were shut down due to heavy rains and a loss of power.

2016 April 27
Light Rail Electric Short and Steam (Pittsburgh, PA)
The Port Authority light rail T system was shut down for much of the day due to an electrical short and steam. The short-circuit of a breaker in standing water between Steel Plaza and First Avenue was blamed for the steam and the shut down.

2016 April 27
Light Rail Lights Not Brakes (Minneapolis, MN)
Metro Transit plans to change headlights on 86 light rail trains, so when the horn is sounded, the headlights automatically flash. Automatic brakes would be better.

2016 April 26
Light Rail Runs Over Woman (Sosnowiec, Poland)
A Silesian Interurbans line 26 light rail train ran over a 42-year-old woman at 7:40am. She suffered acute internal injuries and was rushed to the hospital.

2016 April 25
Light Rail Power Lines Down - 3 Days (Jersey CityNJ)
The NJ Transit Hudson-Bergen light rail catenary power lines were knocked down by a dump truck on Marin Boulevard. Buses took over for trains. Three days later, buses were still taking over for trains.

2016 April 25
Light Rail System Down (Manchester, UK)
The entire Metrolink light rail system was down for five hours due to a “computer glitch.”

2016 April 24
Car Stuck In Streetcar Tunnel (Toronto, Canada)
A car was stuck in a TTC streetcar tunnel for ten hours near Union station.

2016 April 24
Light Rail Lipstick (Sacramento, CA)
SacRT has painted red lines around five light rail stations. The red paint (they think) will stop fare-cheaters and loitering. If transit rules only apply to an area within the red lines, then conversely transit police only have jurisdiction within their red lines. However 8% of men are color deficient, predominantly with red-green color blindness.

2016 April 24
Light Rail Hits Car (Manchester, UK)
A Metrolink Eccles line light rail train hit a small, white car at Exchange Quay. Also, Metrolink light rail track points failures stopped trains.

2016 April 23
Tunnel Fire, Smoke Fills Commuter Train (Washington, DC)
With flames visible in the tunnel, a WMATA Metro red line train filled with smoke before 7:18pm near the Friendship Heights station. The fire may have been caused by electrical arcing at a failed insulator. The Washington Post has a complete explanation of the ongoing Washington Metro crisis.

2016 April 22
Passenger Train Kills Teen (Palo AltoCA)
A northbound Caltrain passenger 155 train struck and killed 19-year-old Sarah Marie Longyear at about 3pm near Palo Alto Avenue. Longyear was still alive after being hit by the train but died soon after at Stanford Hospital. She graduated from Gunn High School in 2014.

2016 April 22
Transit Agency Failures (TorontoCanada)
TTC paid Bombardier over $1 billion for 204 streetcars in 2009. Only 17 of the streetcars are in service. Also, dozens of TTC transit workers have failed or refuseddrug and alcohol impairment tests. Plus, one man is accused of four or more sexual assaults on TTC trains over half a year. More in the April report.

2016 April 22
Passenger Train Speeds & Derails (Yeosu, South Korea)
Excessive speed is blamed for a passenger train derailment on a curve near near Yulchon station, which killed one train operator and injured seven passengers at about 3:40am.

2016 April 21
Passenger Train Kills Motorcyclist (Ventura County, CA)
A Metrolink 117 train struck and killed a motorcyclist at the intersection of Los Posas Road and 5th Street near Camarillo after 6pm. A man and a woman were on the motorcycle. The woman was killed, and the man was critically injured.

2016 April 20
Light Rail Kills Woman (San Jose, CA)
A northbound VTA light rail train hit a woman crossing the tracks at the Race Street station at about 3:50pm. The light rail operator and  11 passengers did not report injuries. The passengers were transferred to a bus, probably a small bus.

2016 April 20
Man Killed At Light Rail Station (FlemingtonAustralia)
An ambulance hit a blue Toyota Yaris which hit and killed a man at a light rail station on Racecourse Road at 3:30pm.

2016 April 20
Light Rail Hits Man (Sacramento, CA)
An eastbound SacRT light rail train hit a man at 23rd and R streets at 2:40pm. The man was taken to the hospital.

2016 April 19
Light Rail Hits Bus (Brussels, Belgium)
A STIB-MIVB 51 light rail train hit a bus at 3:45pm in the intersection of Sainctelette and Avenue du Port. The light rail operator was injured.

2016 April 19
Light Rail Power Lines Down (San FranciscoCA)
Muni N line light rail overhead catenary power lines came down around Duboce Avenue and Church Street at 7:15am and stayed down for four hours. Passengers were stuck in a light rail train with no air conditioning for two hours.

2016 April 19
Train Operator Runs Through Train Prior To Crash (Wagrowiec, Poland)
Train operator Mateusz Szymanski saw a truck on the tracks and ran back through the 68mph train. He didn’t have time to stop the train, so he ran back through the train, warning passengers of the impact.

2016 April 18
Light Rail Kills Boy (San JoseCA)
A southbound VTA light rail train ran over and killed a teenaged boy at 2:47pm on North Capitol Avenue near Gimelli Way. The light rail operator couldn't stop in time. The 12 passengers were transferred to a bus, maybe a small bus. Suicide hotlines: 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK) or 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433).

2016 April 18
Light Rail Hit Car (Phoenix, AZ)
A Valley Metro light rail train hit a car in the intersection of 19th and Missouri avenues after 1:30pm. A 40-year-old woman in the car was injured.

2016 April 18
Commuter Train Kills Man (ChicagoIL)
A CTA blue line L train struck and killed a 55-year-old man at the Belmont station at 7:04am, after the man jumped on the tracks. Suicide hotlines: 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK) or 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433).

2016 April 18
Metro Station Fire (ArlingtonVA)
At the WMATA Metro Rossalyn Station, a track insulator was on fire at 6am. The fire was out before fire fighters arrived.

2016 April 17
Light Rail Ridership Drops (San Jose, CA)
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light rail and bus ridership has dropped 23 percent since 2001. Since 2000, buses have been cut by 15% and are 9% slower. VTA fare box return is a measly 10%.

2016 April 17
Light Rail Hits Car (NottinghamUK)
A NET light rail train hit a car in the intersection of Radford Road and Gregory Boulevard at 8:30am. NET light rail trains were also delayed due to frost on the overhead catenary wires and due to the ongoing theft of copper wires.

2016 April 16
Streetcars Jam Street (Toronto, Canada)
At least nine TTC 505 streetcars jammed Dundas Street for an hour in the afternoon.

2016 April 15
BRT Cost Skyrockets (Calgary, Canada)
The southwest bus rapid transit project cost increased from $40 million to as much as $65 million. The announced cost increase incensed the already vocal opponents of the project. A previous meeting caused Mayor Naheed Nenshi to stop holding public meetings about the BRT plan. The Ready to Engage petition against southwest BRT had 3,390 signatures filling 29 pages, which was reduced to 2,165 after 1,225 petitioners were “removed for missing requirements.”

2016 April 14
Train Stuck In Tunnel Under Potomac River (ArlingtonVA)
A new 7000-series WMATA Metro blue line train lost power in a tunnel under the Potomac River before 3pm. Metro tried to push the train to the Rosslyn Station but the bumpers did not line up. Metro got another train on the other side of the powerless train, taking passengers through the second train to the Rosslyn Station 1 1/4 hours after the first train had lost power.

2016 April 14
Light Rail Power Lines Down (Melbourne, Australia)
Yarra light rail overhead catenary wires for 300 meters on St. Kilda Road were knocked down by a big truck just after noon. The power loss stopped light rail lines 3, 5, 16, 64, and 67 in both directions. Buses replaced trains.

2016 April 14
Transportation Dept Dismantled; Manager Resigns (EdmontonCanada)
Dorian Wandzura, the former top manager of the transportation department resigned. The city had dismantled the transportation department out from under him, after the Metro light rail train and other projects failed to deliver on their promises.

2016 April 13
New Light Rail Hits Car (Los AngelesCA)
A Metro expo line light rail train hit a car in the intersection of Exposition Boulevard and Western Avenue at 8:30am. The passengerless, test light rail train was just practicing. Regular crashes won't begin until May 20. Of the 16 street level, at-grade crossings on the new expo line, only nine have railroad crossing gates installed. Seven of the gate-free intersections are in downtown Santa Monica.

2016 April 13
Commuter Train Kills Man (Downers Grove, IL)
An eastbound Metra train 1252 struck and killed a man at 8am as he tried to cross the tracks.

2016 April 12
Transit Police Assaulted At Light Rail Station (Westbrook, Canada)
At the light rail station at 10:30am, two people were arrested after a transit officer was pepper sprayed.

2016 April 11
Transit Police Assaulted At Light Rail Station (Belleville, IL)
At the Metrolink Belleville station, two men attacked Metrolink transit police who told them to step away from the edge of the platform.

2016 April 11
Protesters Block Light Rail (Minneapolis, MN)
Black Lives Matters protesters blocked light rail trains at two intersections to call attention to the case of Jamar Clark, who was killed by Minneapolis police officers.

2016 April 11
Mero Station Stabbing (Washington, DC)
At the WMATA Metro Deanwood station, a teenager was stabbed to death at about 11am.

2016 April 11
Light Rail Hits Parked Truck (RochdaleUK)
Metrolink light rail train 3090A hit a parked delivery truck before 9:40am on Drake Street near Milkstone Road.

2016 April 11
Commuter Train Kills Student (West PhiladelphiaPA)
An eastbound SEPTA Market-Frankford commuter line train struck, ran over, and killed a woman at 6:59am. Ao “Olivia” Kong, 21, was a junior at the University of Pennsylvania. Buses took over for trains.

2016 April 11
Passenger Train Kills Man (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
A KLIA Ekspres high-speed struck and killed 58-year-old Lee Ah Lai at 6:07am, discarding parts of his body into a ditch near a light rail station.

2016 April 11
Light Rail Records Rider Talk (New Jersey)
NJ Transit records not just video but also audio of its riders. NJ Transit river line light rail already has video and audio surveillance, while the cameras and microphones are being installed on the Hudson-Bergen light rail line. NJ Transit spokesman Jim Smith said it is “a deterrent for crime and unruly behavior.

2016 April 9
Light Rail Stops Due To Power Outage (Seattle, WA)
Link light rail trains were stopped due to a failure of an underground switch.

2016 April 8
Riders Stuck On Train (WashingtonDC)
A WMATA Metro red line was taken out of service due to an equipment malfunction. The riders of one train car were “told by a man in a suit that everything was fine and to stay on the train, so they did.” The train passed stops without stopping, until a rider pressed an emergency button.

2016 April 8
Commuter Trains Breakdown (Washington, DC)
Early morning WMATA Metro red line trains were stopped due to a signal problem at the Wheaton station. A malfunctioning Metro silver line train at the Spring Hill station caused cancellations and delays starting before 6am. A malfunctioning Metro green line train at the Greenbelt station also caused cancellations and delays.

2016 April 8
Commuter Trains Breakdown (Boston, MA)
An early morning, southbound MBTA red line train broke down, causing cancellations and delays. Mechanical problems were also plaguing the Worcester-Framingham, Fairmount, Franklin, and Greenbush trains lines, also causing cancellations and delays.

2016 April 8
Commuter Train Worker Shocked (MelbourneAustralia)
A Metro commuter rail worker was electric shocked while working on high-voltage lines between Box Hill and Laburnum stations. He received flash burns to the hands and face at 4:30am. “It's believed the power was turned back on earlier than expected.” Belgrave-Lilydale train line commuters had hour long delays.

2016 April 7
CTA Train Kills Man (ChicagoIL)
A northbound CTA blue line train struck and killed a man at 8:10pm on the Jefferson Park station tracks at 4917 North Milwaukee Av. Suicide hotlines: 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK) or 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433).

2016 April 6
Light Rail Assault & Robbery (San Francisco, CA)
On a Muni J-Church light rail train, a 44-year-old man was punched and robbed at 4:30pm after he told a group of teenagers to be quiet. His backpack was stolen with money and a tablet. The cell phone of woman, who wasn't involved in the beating, was also stolen.

2016 April 6
Light Rail Hits Car (Belleville, NJ)
A NJ Transit light rail train hit a car before 6:30am on South Franklin Avenue. The driver of the car was injured. None of the 17 train passengers were injured.

2016 April 5
Light Rail Kills Trees (Sydney & Canberra, Australia)
In Canberra, the ACT government is set to remove approximately 860 trees. In Sydney, about 1277 mature trees will either be removed or have their canopy or roots pruned. Of the condemned trees, 871 are classified as trees of significant value. These trees, some of which were 160 years old, provide an array of benefits that make our cities liveable. These include clean air, amenity, biodiversity and cooling in hot temperatures.

2016 April 5
Light Rail Hits Car (North San JoseCA)
A northbound VTA light rail train hit a westbound black Audi A4 sedan at 7:55am in the intersection of North First Street and Component Drive. The man driving the car was injured. Forty people were on the light rail train and easily fit on a bus to continue their trip.

2016 April 4
Light Rail Hits Woman (Milan, Italy)
A Rete Tranviaria light rail train hit 26-year-old Russian ballerina Antonina Chapkina talking on a cellphone near the central station. The woman was taken by ambulance to Niguarda hospital with head injuries after the light rail train hit her from behind.

2016 April 4
CTA Train Hits Car, Kills Woman, Injures 5 (Skokie, IL)
An eastbound CTA Skokie Swift yellow line train hit a southbound car on East Prairie Road, killing the driver, 62-year-old Blandina Hermez, and injuring a 45-year-old woman passenger. Four people on the train were also injured in the crash that mangled the car into a red heap before 10:20am.

2016 April 4
Light Rail Hits Car (MesaAZ)
A morning Valley Metro light rail train hit a car on Main Street between Country Club Drive and Alma School Road

2016 April 3
Slow Train Crash Injures 18 (DevonUK)
Two Inter-City passenger trains crashed at 3:35pm at Plymouth station's platform 6, injuring 18 people. One train was estimated to be travelling at less than 10 mph when it hit the stationary train.

2016 April 3
Amtrak Kills One (Somonauk, IL)
A westbound Amtrak Zephyr hit a vehicle on Green Street after 3pm, killing a 28-year-old man.

2016 April 3
Amtrak Kills Two, Injures 35 (ChesterPA)
The southbound Amtrak palmetto line train 89 hit debris on the tracks, then hit a backhoe, caused a fireball and derailed, killing two veteran Amtrak workers and injuring 35 on the train at 6am.

2016 April 3
Train Hits Bus, Kills 3 & Injures 30 (BangkokThailand)
A high-speed passenger train hit a double-decker tourist bus, killing three people and injuring 30.

2016 April 2
Commuter Train Kills Pedestrian (Millbrae, CA)
A southbound Caltrain 448 struck and killed a pedestrian before 10pm.

2016 April 1
Light Rail Crushes Car (Wythenshawe, UK)
Metrolink light rail train 3099 slammed into the passenger side of a blue Honda CR-V in the intersection of Hollyhedge and Wendon roads at 10:31pm. The Honda was crushed as it was pushed 150 yards down the tracks. The two adults and one child in the car were injured. The driver was taken to the hospital.

2016 April 1
Small Zoo Trains Crash (St. LouisMO)
Two small passenger trains crashed at the St. Louis Zoo's discovery zone station at 2:45pm. One zooline train was stationary, the other was moving at 8 mph. One train operator was taken to the hospital.

2016 March 31
Powerless Light Rail In Tunnel (Seattle, WA)
A northbound Link light rail train lost power at a switch south of the University of Washington station at 4pm, blocking access to both sides of the station.

2016 March 31
Light Rail Leaves Commuter Behind For 6 Months (Manchester, UK)
A Metrolink light rail train leaves the Didsbury station with a commuter running to catch it, everyday for six months.

2016 March 30
Light Rail Hits Pedestrian (San FranciscoCA)
A Muni T Third Street light rail train hit a 21-year-old man at the Mariposa station at 8:20pm. He got off one light rail train and walked behind it to cross the street when another light rail train hit him. The man was taken to the hospital suffering from a traumatic brain injury. The at-grade intersection has no fences or railroad crossing gates.

2016 March 30
Residents Oppose Light Rail Routes (East Los AngelesCA)
East Los Angeles residents were opposed to light rail routes on either Arizona Avenue or Atlantic Boulevard at a meeting at the East Los Angeles library. Opposition to the Garfield Avenue suggestion had stopped the expansion in November 2014. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has spent $9 billion of light rail trains, tracks, and subways but lost more than 10 percent of its riders from 2006 to 2015. Metro has a one-track mind for light rail expansion to Whittier.

2016 March 30
Light Rail Route Threatens Church (Dallas, TX)
DART light rail train plans threaten the landmark First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, built in 1912. The massive columned church serves a congregation of 1,500 people.

2016 March 30
Light Rail Hits Bicyclist (DublinIreland)
A Luas red line light rail train hit a bicyclist on Lower Mayor Street at 7:50am. The bicyclist was taken to the hospital.

2016 March 30
Light Rail Construction Hits Indigenous Artifacts (SydneyAustralia)
Transport for NSW and ALTRAC light rail construction dug up a trading crossroads with a large trove of indigenous artifacts where the Randwick Stabling yard may be built. With half of the indigenous site destroyed, protesters have requested the Australian government to intervene in the destruction, enabling a proper assessment of the site, under sections 9 and 10 of the Federal Aboriginal Heritage Protection Act.

2016 March 29
Light Rail Passengers Walk Tracks (SengkangSingapore)
An SBS Transit light rail train broke down at 7pm causing the almost 30 passengers to wait 40 minutes in near dark and walk 200 meters of tracks to the Renjong station. Buses took over for trains.

2016 March 29
Secret Report: Light Rail Design Flaws (MelbourneAustralia)
Yarra Trams light rail operators are being retrained to compensate for acceleration, braking, hanging straps, floor slopes, and seat design flaws in Bombardier Flexity E-class light rail trains, a secret report revealed. “There is a level of acceleration which can generally be withstood by a human and a level at which this becomes too great and balance cannot be maintained,” the secret report said.

2016 March 29
Light Rail Reliability Tracker Confirms Unreliability (Boston, MA)
MBTA green line light rail trains have a new website to graph the unreliability. Click on the plus sign for detail under the subway category to view the green line. The March 29th data has the green B-line at 63%, C-line at 61%, D-line at 59%, and E-line at 57%. Portland's Trimet claims MAX light rail's reliability ranges from 74% to 83% over the past year. [pdf chart]

2016 March 28
Commuter Train Kills Pedestrian (LanhamMD)
A MARC Penn line commuter train struck and killed a pedestran at 7am near Annapolis Road and Whitfield Chapel Road.

March 28
Streetcar Derails (Toronto, Canada)
A TTC streetcar derailed just after 6am at Broadview Avenue and Dundas Street East due to a switching problem. [Toronto Transit salaries]

2016 March 28
Trains Are Louder (Los Angeles - San Bernardino, CA)
Metrolink has been leasing locomotives with horns near the top of the roof, causing horn blarings to travel farther and louder. A letter to Metrolink signed by 100 Corvina neighbors asked for the establishment of a quiet zone. [Some LA Metro trainees make $40,000 - $54,000.]

2016 March 27
Light Rail Hits Car (EttingshallUK)
A Midland light rail train hit a car on Bilston Road at 4pm. The light rail train smashed into the passenger (left) side of the small blue car and pushed it ten feet down the tracks, injuring the driver.

2016 March 27
Body Found By Light Rail Tracks (West Charlotte, NC)
Near the Lynx light rail tracks, a man's dead body was found at 2:30pm on Chastain Avenue near the intersection of Woodlawn Road and Interstate 77.

2016 March 26
Passenger Train Kills Pedestrian (Princeton Junction, NJ)
A southwest-bound NJ Transit train struck and killed a pedestrian near the Princeton Junction station after 9pm.

2016 March 26
Train Station Shooting Kills Boy (WashingtonDC)
At the Deanwood Metro station, 15-year-old Davonte Washington was shot and killed at 4:15pm.

2016 March 24
Light Rail Train & Station Shooting (SeattleWA)
At the Link Rainier Beach light rail station, a gunman shot the light rail train and the station at 12:30pm.

2016 March 23
Blue Line Train Pickpocket Scam (ChicagoIL)
CTA blue line L train riders have been targeted by a pickpocket scam. One gets a foot stuck between train and platform. Another pickpockets anyone helping the stuck person.

2016 March 23
Bus Rapid Transit Slower Than Existing Buses (PortlandOR)
Trimet announced their plan for Gresham to Portland bus rapid transit (BRT) will be slower than existing bus services by 8 to 11 minutes. This is just like the Woodbury MN plan to replace existing highway-speed express buses with one slow, fixed gold lineBRT.

2016 March 23
Light Rail Hit With Rocks (Jerusalem - al-Quds)
CityPass light rail trains were hit with rocks twice in the afteroon in the Shu'fat - Palestinian refugee camp. CityPass light rail trains were also stoned on January 19 and 20. In 2015, the divisive light rail trains were stoned on August 31, November 12, and December 1.

2016 March 23
Light Rail Doors Won't Open (Manila, Philippines)
On a morning Metro light rail line one train, passengers panicked because the doors wouldn't open (video). A week before, Metro light rail doors were open while the train was moving (video).

2016 March 22
Light Rail CFO Resigns (Phoenix, AZ)
Valley Metro light rail CFO John McCormack, who approved lavish business expenses for his ex-boss, has resigned. The resignation follows a city audit and state Attorney General's probe of former CEO Stephen Banta, who “used public funds for first-class travel, alcohol purchases, a European trip, expensive dinners and flights with his wife to their Portland, Oregon home.

2016 March 22
Transportation Director Ethics Investigation (Seattle, WA)
“Seattle transportation director Scott Kubly is under a city ethics investigation related to the struggling Pronto bike-share system.”

2016 March 22
Streetcar Closes For Events (CincinnatiOH)
The city council voted to allow special events to close the streetcar.
 √  Oktoberfest Zinzinnati
 √  Taste of Cincinnati
 √  Flying Pig Marathon
 √  Findlay Market Opening Day Parade
 √  Thanksgiving Day Race
 √  Heart Mini Marathon
 √  Health Expo

2016 March 22
2 Track Trainees Killed (Singapore)
An eastbound Kawasaki Heavy Industries C151 elevated train ran over and killed two SMRT track trainees at 11:10am near the Pasir Ris station. Nasrulhudin Najumudin, 26, and Muhammad Asyraf Ahmad Buhari, 24, were investigating a sensor on a point machine, which switches tracks at crossing points, when they were killed by the automated, elevated train.

2016 March 22
Subway Train & Airport Bombs Kill 34 (Brussels, Belgium)
A bomb in the last car of a Metro subway train leaving Maalbeek station exploded at 9:11am, killing 20 and injuring 106. Two other bombs exploded in a departure area of the Brussels airport, killing 14 and injuring 92.

2016 March 22
Light Rail Hits Car (Minneapolis, MN)
A Metro Transit light rail train hit a car in the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Fifth Street South at 8:20am. A majority of Metro Transit crashes occur at that intersection.

2016 March 21
Commuter Train Stabbings (WashingtonDC)
On a WMATA orange line Metro train, two boys traveling in a larger group were stabbed at 3:30pm at the Potomac Av station.

2016 March 19
Light Rail Opening Budget $858K (Seattle, WA)
Sound Transit opened two new light rail stations with an $858,379 celebration.
   Sound Transit commemorative tote bags ......... $28,000
   Sound Transit chrome-colored paper trains ...... $5,000
   Sound Transit commemorative buttons ............ $3,100
   Commemorative ORCA (One Regional Card) ......... $4,350
   VIP wallets, fare-card holders & lanyards ..... $13,000
   Advertising campaign ......................... $130,198
   Event management ............................. $260,200
   Crowd management ............................. $209,436
   Police overtime ............................... $29,520
   King County Metro bus shuttle .................. $7,820
   Farmers Market costs ........................... $4,005
   Photographer ................................... $4,950
   Sign-language interpreters ..................... $2,050
[Seattle Times]

2016 March 18
Light Rail Derails (BostonMA)
An MBTA green line light rail train derailed at Copley station at 12:25pm. Buses took over for trains.

2016 March 18
Commuter Train Drags Man (WashingtonDC)
A Metro blue line commuter train dragged a man at 10am at L'Enfant station, after the train doors closed on his bag and his arm.

2016 March 18
Light Rail Hits Van (St. PaulMN)
A westbound Metro Transit green line light rail train hit a van at 7am in the intersection of Cleveland and University avenues, an at-grade intersection with no railroad crossing gates to separate trains from traffic.

2016 March 18
Light Rail Station Robbery (St. Louis, MO)
At the Metrolink light rail Shewsbury-Landsdowne station, four people robbed someone.

2016 March 17
Commuter Train Dead Man (Washington, DC)
On a Metro blue line train at Foggy Bottom station, a dead man was discovered.

2016 March 17
Train Kills Woman (TullytownPA)
A southbound SEPTA not-in-service train struck and killed a woman near Levitown station at 7:30pm.

2016 March 17
Light Rail Hits Car (San Diego, CA)
An MTS light rail train hit a car at 3:30pm in the intersection of 8th Avenue and C Street, an at-grade intersection with no railroad crossing gates or fences to separate trains from traffic.

2016 March 17
Light Rail Knife & Ski Mask (Portland, OR)
On a westbound MAX light rail train at the SW 5th Av station, a man in a ski mask sharpened a 12" knife. [MAX's worst on-time service was in 2015, with one in five trips late.]

2016 March 16
2,000 Volts Fry 50 Train Cars (ConcordCA)
Fifty BART train cars were fried by a power spike of 2,000 volts from a track crossover north of the North Concord station. The power surge caused semiconductor devices called thyristors to fail. Thyristor replacements are difficult to obtain and cost roughly $1,000 each. Buses replaced trains for weeks (continuing through April 4th). BART tweeted replies proactively. [Update: “BART chased glamorous projects as its core system decayed” - San Francisco Chronicle‎ - March 19, 2016]

2016 March 16
Metrorail Shutdown (WashingtonDC)
After another subway jumper-cable fire, WMATA Metrorail shut down the Metro train system for 29 hours to inspect 600 electrical cables with 22 inspection crews. The Metro is the second busiest rail system in the US with 712,800 passenger trips per day.OPM gave federal employees unscheduled leave or telework for the day.

2016 March 15
Light Rail Station Assault & Robbery (St. Paul, MN)
At the Metro Transit green line Dale Street light rail station, a 62-year-old man was punched and kicked in the head and robbed at 5:10pm. (Similar to a January 24, 2016attack.)

2016 March 15
Light Rail Stalking, Assault (St. Paul, MN)
A woman riding a Metro Transit light rail train was stalked by a man who followed her on a Metro Transit bus. She was then followed to her apartment building where she was assaulted.

2016 March 14
Light Rail Hits Car (San JoseCA)
A northbound VTA light rail train hit a westbound Toyota RAV4 sport-utility in the intersection of North Capitol Avenue and Mabury Road at about 8:50am. The SUV driver was injured. None of the 20 light rail passengers were injured.

2016 March 14
Another Subway Cable Fire (Washington, DC)
An early WMATA Metrorail electrical cable fire in a subway tunnel shut down the McPherson Square station. Metro commuter trains were delayed or bypassed the station due to smoke.

2016 March 14
Amtrak Derails, Injures 32 (CimarronKS)
An eastbound Amtrak southwest train 4 derailed just after midnight, injuring 32 people and derailing 8 train cars. The 75 mph train was carrying 131 people and hit the brakes after an engineer saw deformed tracks. Four of the eight derailing train cars landed on their side.

2016 March 14
Light Rail Closes Pet Shop (Clifton, UK)
NET light rail construction and operations has been blamed for the closing of the 1st 4 Pets shop on Southchurch Drive. Owner John Barlow said he's moving the business to Ilkeston due to a huge drop in customers and lack of parking. Despite a light rail station just outside his door, he has only had one customer from the light rail train in nine months.

2016 March 13
White Rail Hits Car (Portland, OR)
A Trimet Max light rail train hit a car at 10:50am in the at-grade intersection of West Burnside and Sixth Avenue, an intersection with no railroad crossing arms. Trimet operates the whitest light rail train in the US.

2016 March 12
Dead Man At Light Rail Station (Salt Lake CityUT)
At the TRAX blue line light rail Planetarium station, the body of a 57-year-old dead man was found sitting. He had been dead for more than two hours with St. Patrick's Day parade attendees passing him before someone notified the police.

2016 March 11
Metrolink Train Fire (Pomona, CA)
An eastbound Metrolink commuter train was evacuated at 4pm after the 23-year-old locomotive caught on fire.

2016 March 10
Commuter Train Kills Man (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ)
A New Jersey Transit commuter train struck and killed a man between the Ridgewood and Ho-Ho-Kus stations. His body was found at 10:30pm. Also, NJ Transit says a rail strike next week would cause “overcrowded conditions and significant delays” on buses as a busy commuter rail system grinds to a halt.

2016 March 10
Light Rail Train Hits Car (Tallaght, Ireland)
Luas red line light rail train 4004 hit a blue 4-door car on Belgard before 2pm.

2016 March 10
Light Rail Train Hits Car (Melbourne, Australia)
A northbound Yarra Frankston light rail train hit a car at 8:20am on Warrigal Road near Mentone.

2016 March 10
Light Rail Train Hits Person (Tottenham, Australia)
A Yarra Sunbury line light rail train hit a person before 8am.

2016 March 9
Streetcar Fire (Toronto, Canada)
A westbound TTC 504 streetcar had a roof fire due to overhead catenary wires falling on the roof. The streetcar fire was at King and Sumach streets at 10am with 12 people on board. A large van or small bus could hold 12 people without the sparks of overhead wires. [videoToronto Transit salaries]

2016 March 9
Cable Car Hits Garbage Truck (San FranciscoCA)
A Muni cable car hit a garbage truck at 9:20am in the at-grade intersection of Mason and Jackson streets, an intersection with no railroad crossing arms.

2016 March 9
Stuck, Unbalanced Light Rail (Old TraffordUK)
A Metrolink light rail train was stuck at Firswood station at 8:20am, due to too many people on the station side of the train. The operator asked them to move over to the right hand side. “Whose right, yours or ours?”

2016 March 9
Light Rail Kills Bicyclist (San DiegoCA)
A northbound MTS blue line light rail train struck and killed a bicyclist at 5:45am. A southbound MTS light rail train had just cleared the at-grade intersection of Harbor Drive and Sampson Street, when the northbound train hit 27-year-old Robert Jamil-Hanna Warren. The train knocked Warren off his bike and sent him flying 25 yards into a pole, killing him.

2016 March 9
Ice Derails Passenger Train (Saint Simon, Canada)
A Via passenger train derailed at 2am due to ice on the tracks. The Quebec City to Rimouski train was able to start again at 9am.

2016 March 9
BART Releases Video Of Unusual Walk (San Francisco, CA)
Two months after the BART train homicide of Carlos Misael Funez-Romero, BART released video of the suspect with an unusual walk. The teen was shot several times on a BART train at the West Oakland station on January 9th at 7:40pm. In January, BART claimed to not have video but had released pictures from the video.

2016 March 8
Light Rail Hits Old Man On Bike (Grenoble, France)
The C line light rail train 6028 hit and seriously injured a 60-year-old man riding a bicycle in front of city hall at 2:30pm.

2016 March 8
Faulty Train Causes Station Evacuation (LondonUK)
A faulty train was blamed for the shut down of Victoria line trains and the evacuation of the Oxford Circus station around 1:20pm. Earlier, Tube officials told commuters to avoid Victoria station during rush hour because it was “too busy.”

2016 March 8
Car Crashes Into Light Rail Station (AncoatsUK)
A black Skoda Fabia crashed into railings and Metrolink light rail tracks at New Islington station after 11am. [Twitter]

2016 March 8
L Train Cell Phone Jammer (ChicagoIL)
On a CTA red line elevated train, Dennis Nicholl, 63, used a cell phone jammer. He was arrested at the Granville station at 7:45am and charged with unlawful interference with a public utility. Somehow, “someone made an anonymous 911 call tipping off police.” Michael Daly of the Daily Beast calls Dennis Nicholl: “The Commuter Hero Who Created His Own Quiet Car.

2016 March 8
Light Rail Constructions Orphans Kookaburras (Sydney, Australia)
Light rail construction destroyed trees causing locals to attempt to save wildlife.

2016 March 7
Light Rail Hits Car (GreshamOR)
An eastbound TriMet MAX light rail train hit the passenger side of a car in the intersection of Burnside and SE Stark Street at 11:40pm. Never-mind the light rail train can't stop from hitting anything;  the car driver blah blah blah. Also, Trimet marketingpresents “how to reframe a story during a crisis” at APTA conference. [Twitter]

2016 March 7
Commuter Train Derails, Injuring 9 (SunolCA)
Altamont Corridor Express #10 commuter train derailed into Sunol creek after hitting a fallen tree after 7:30pm. Nine people were injured.

2016 March 7
Commuter Train Breaks Down In Tunnel (San FranciscoCA)
An eastbound BART train broke down in a tunnel between Glen Park and the 24th Street Station at 3:10pm, causing delays throughout the system.

2016 March 7
Light Rail Breaks Down (San Francisco, CA)
A Muni light-rail train broke down at 8:30am near the Embarcadero and Folsom Street, causing delays throughout the system. Buses took over for trains.

2016 March 7
Safety Is ‘Much Worse’ Says New Transit Head (WashingtonDC)
New WMATA transit general manager Paul Wiedefeld said the overall situation is even worse than he expected, and possibly even more disastrous than media descriptions report. “To be frank, it’s much worse than I expected, and perhaps publicly than we’ve talking about,” Wiedefeld told the National Press Club. “The safety culture at Metro is not integrated with operations, nor well-rooted at all levels,” Wiedefeld posted onWMATA. His plan is to:
 ○   recruit a new safety officer to lead day-to-day safety culture change
 ○   install new Metro and public safety radio systems, plus cabling for cell phone service in tunnels 📱
 ○   create digital reports of actions being taken to meet all NTSB and FTA safety recommendations
 ○   more police officers in the rail and bus system... because more cops always equals safer train operations.

2016 March 5
Teen Pushed In Front Of Subway (QueensNY)
A teen girl (15 or 17) was pushed onto subway tracks in front of an oncoming westbound 7 subway train at 8:39pm from the Roosevelt Avenue and 103rd Street station platform. The train operator saw the teen on the tracks and activated. Despite the brakes, the train would have hit the girl, but she drove between the platform and the wheels of the train. George Pautt, 38, was charged with attempted murder.

2016 March 5
Commuter Train Kills Man (Hayward, CA)
A northbound BART train ran over and killed a man at the Hayward station around 9:30am.

2016 March 5
Light Rail Education (NottinghamUK)
QMC light rail station sign: “Univeristy of Nottingham.”

2016 March 4
Light Rail Paralyzes, Severs Foot (Swansea, IL)
A Metrolink red line light rail train paralyzed and severed the left foot from 56-year-old Jeffrey Coker at the Swansea station before 6:40pm. Weeks later, he died in the hospital from his injuries.

2016 March 3
Train Runs Red Light (Silver Spring, MD)
A WMATA Metro red line commuter train ran a red light at 11am near the Silver Spring station. The red light was run by three feet due to the combination of an operator error and a software error.

2016 March 3
Light Rail Station Robbery (Denver, CO)
At the RTD 16th Street Mall light rail station, someone in a wheelchair was robbed by two men at 11am. Denver police released the pictures more than five weeks later.

2016 March 2
Green Line Trains Sharing Track (Washington, DC)
WMATA green line trains were moving in opposite directions on the same track.

2016 March 2
Tree Stops Light Rail (London, UK)
Tramlink light rail trains were cut off due to a fallen tree which took down overhead catenary power lines.

2016 March 1
Brick Shatters Light Rail Window (Nottingham, UK)
A brick shattered the window of a NET light rail train between Wilkinson Street and Basford Road at about 8:30pm.

2016 March 1
Light Rail Kills Woman (FerndaleMD)
A southbound MTA light rail train struck and killed Amanda Renea Payton, 31, on Broadview Boulevard near the Ferndale volunteer fire station at 7pm.

2016 March 1
Man Scuttles Light Rail (DublinIreland)
A Transdev Luas light rail train was scuttled by a man in his underwear at 4:30pm. The man climbed on the back of the light rail train on Middle Abbey Street and rode the train. Also, the Luas light rail operators union, SIPTU, has announced a strike for St. Patrick's Day, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, and next Tuesday (March 8, 17, 27, & 28).

2016 March 1
Light Rail Rattles & Shakes Radio Station (St. PaulMN)
Metro Transit green line light rail trains rumble, rattle, and shake the Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) station, home of Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion. The Metropolitan Council will pay $3.5 million to MPR in the ongoing settlement over noise and vibrations.

2016 February 29
Light Rail Hits Homeless Dog (San JoseCA)
A VTA light rail train struck and severely injured a homeless dog named Charlie at about 7:30pm. The beagle-mix dog was hit by the light rail train on First Street south of Skyport Drive and will be euthanized if money cannot be raise for his surgery. [Gofundme]

2016 February 29
More Light Rail Injuries, Derailments (Melbourne, Australia)
Yarra light rail train injuries increased in 2015 over 2014. Last year was the worst year for injuries since 2008. There were 47 serious injuries in 2015: 17 were inside the trains and 30 were outside the trains. In 2014, there were 31 serious injuries. Derailments increased to 27, up from twenty in 2014. Light rail trains hit cars 856 times in 2015, up from 818 in 2014. Light rail trains hit each other nine times, five less than 2014.

2016 February 28
Light Rail Seriously Injures Man (Denver, CO)
A late night RTD light rail train hit and seriously injured a man at the Colorado Blvd station at 11:15pm.

2016 February 27
Amtrak Kills Man (Royal Oak, FL)
An Amtrak train struck and killed a man at the crossing near Sixth and Main streets at about 12:50am.

2016 February 26
Subway Train Hits Commuter (Washington, DC)
A westbound Metro blue line subway hit a commuter during the evening rush hour at L'Enfant station.

2016 February 26
Commuter Train Hits Car (Elmwood ParkNJ)
The NJ Transit Bergen County train 1156 hit a 2004 Volkswagen Jetta stalled at the Midland Avenue crossing near Erie Street at 8:24am. A family of five, including a 4-year-old, escaped the car just before the train totaled it.

2016 February 24
Light Rail Hits Car (PhoenixAZ)
A Valley Metro light rail hit a red Fiat at the intersection of Van Buren Street and Central Avenue at 2pm.

2016 February 24
Light Rail Power Problem (Southport, Australia)
A G'link gold coast light rail train lost power due to a problem with a Bombardier Flexity 2 pantograph. Buses took over for trains.

2016 February 24
Light Rail Hits Car (Clayton, UK)
An early morning Metrolink light rail train hit a white, 2-door hatchback car near Clayton Hall.

2016 February 23
TriMet Commuter Train Hits Bicyclist (Tualatin, OR)
A TriMet WES commuter train hit bicyclist Timothy Nester, 48, at a pedestrian crossing south of the intersection of SW Boones Ferry and Tualatin-Sherwood roads at about 5:25pm.

2016 February 23
Train Shooting (WashingtonDC)
On an afternoon WMATA green line commuter train at the Anacosta station, a man was shot by two teens. Also, the WMATA 2015 un-safety report says injuries increased27% over 2014, mostly due to trains and train stations. Bus injuries dropped between 2014 and 2015. [Metro train ridership in 2015 fell to 2004 levels. On-time servicedropped from 92% to 85%.]

2016 February 23
Train Derailment Kills One, Injures 7 (DalfsenNetherlands)
A Deutsche Bahn passenger train hit a hydraulic crane at 8:50am and derailed, killing the train operator and injuring seven others. Only 15 passengers were on the train, hardly a bus load.

2016 February 22
Commuter Train Hits Parked Car (San Fernando, CA)
A Metrolink commuter train couldn't help but hit an unoccupied car stalled on the tracks at the intersection of 1st Street and Park Avenue after 6pm. Three of the 33 train passengers (9%) were sent to the hospital with injuries.

2016 February 22
Light Rail Runs Over Man (San DiegoCA)
A green line light rail train ran over a man on the 1200 block of Fashion Valley Road at about 1:45pm.

2016 February 22
Light Rail Hits SUV (Los Angeles, CA)
A Metrolink expo line light rail train hit an SUV on the 3700 block of South Normandie Avenue at 8:37am. The light rail train struck the driver's side of the silver BMW SUV-wagon. The injured driver was taken to the hospital.

2016 February 22
Light Rail Ticket Machines Fail Again (Manchester, UK)
Metrolink light rail ticket machines failed again today across the entire network.  Peter Cushing (Metrolink director and Star Wars villain Grand Moff Tarkin) said, “I would once again like to apologize to anyone who experienced difficulty - and in the process delay and frustration - while attempting to buy tickets this morning: I share their anger... I have this morning expressed my utmost disappointment to our contractor, Scheidt & Bachmann – who assure me this is being treated as a top priority - and demanded a root and branch investigation be undertaken to identify and eradicate this fault once and for all.

2016 February 21
Light Rail Hits Car (Los AngelesCA)
Metrolink blue line light rail train 244A hit a car on the 200 block of Washington Boulevard at 1:55pm. The light rail train struck the driver's side of the black BMW, injuring the 32-year-old man driving the car who was taken to the hospital. The train was not equipped with corner bumper guards recommended by the FTA years ago (FTA-CA-26-7007.2010.1).

2016 February 20
Light Rail Hits Car (Brunswick, Australia)
A Yarra light rail train hit a black, 2-door Nissan car at the intersection of Sydney Road and Blyth Street at about 8:45pm.

2016 February 19
Total Chaos On CTA (Chicago, IL)
Riders on the CTA blue line got out of stalled trains and walked after long delays with inadequate communication. The fire department shut down green line and pink line trains in the afternoon due to debris on the tracks.

2016 February 19
Commuter Train Delays and Re-Routing (BostonMA)
Delays and cancelled trains that began the day before continued due to signal failures. Six out of the nine train lines were rerouted.

2016 February 18
Woman Pushed Onto Tracks (Brooklyn, NY)
At the Borough Hall station, a woman was pushed onto the subway tracks at 7:50pm.

2016 February 18
Rock Hits Light Rail Window (Chorlton, UK)
A Metrolink light rail train window was hit by rock near St. Werburgh’s Road at 7pm.

2016 February 18
Light Rail Stops For Ice (Manchester, UK)
Metrolink light rail trains were halted due to icy conditions and an incident at Derker.

2016 February 18
Light Rail Hits Woman (SeattleWA)
A northbound Sound Transit Link light rail train struck a woman before 9am near Holgate Street and Fifth Avenue South. The 48-year-old woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center with critical injuries.

2016 February 16
Light Rail Hits Car (Salford, UK)
Metrolink light rail train 3065 hit a Honda Civic coup at 5:15pm near the Exchange Quay.

2016 February 16
Light Rail Kills Bicyclist (WythenshaweUK)
A Metrolink light rail train struck and killed a bicyclist at 7am near Simonsway and Ruddpark Road.

2016 February 15
Light Rail Station Stabbing (PortlandOR)
At the Hollywood-42nd Av light rail station, a 17-year-old boy was stabbed in a fight involving 20 people before 5:30pm.

2016 February 15
Light Rail Track Kills Boy (San DiegoCA)
A 13-year-old boy landed headfirst on light rail tracks after his bike hit a short guardrail. Jose Guadalupe Hernandez Dominguez was pronounced dead at the scene due to head trauma. The crash happened near Imperial Avenue and 60th Street at about 2:30pm. The rails are not light.

2016 February 15
Light Rail Construction 24hr Noise (Toronto, Canada)
Light rail crosstown tunneling down Eglinton Avenue has provided residents with 24 hour noise and vibrations, water damage, and no communication.

2016 February 15
Light Rail Asbestos Stations (Melbourne, Australia)
New light rail stations were built with asbestos flooring. The stations were built in 2015 for Yarra Trams by Siemens, which subcontracted the work to a local company which imported the asbestos flooring from China. One of the four stations was built on part of a park and children's playground. Asbestos is a known cause of mesothelioma cancerand was banned in Australia in 2003.

2016 February 12
Light Rail Derails (San FranciscoCA)
A Muni M-line light rail train derailed with six passengers at 19th and Holloway avenues at 6:20am. A bus took over for the train, but a car could have.

2016 February 12
Pushed Man Lands On Subway Tracks (Manhattan, NY)
At the West 4th Street subway station, a man pushed another man onto the subway tracks for no apparent reason at 3am. The 39-year-old victim suffered bruising to his left arm and leg but climbed back onto the platform before the next train.

2016 February 11
Light Rail Separates Boy From Mom (NotthinghamUK)
A NET light rail operator closed a door between a 6-year-old boy and his mother and refused to stop or open the door at the Holy Trinity station at 3pm. The boy banged on the door and ran after the train, crying. The mother said, “I'm fuming with the driver because when we hit the button the tram wasn't moving. He could have opened the doors.” Eight earlier reported incidents included the 3-year-old separated from her parents on September 1, 2015.

2016 February 11
Train Overturns, Injures 69 (Beni Suef, Egypt)
A northbound passenger train derailed and overturned, injuring 69 people.

2016 February 10
Light Rail Train Breakdown (Dallas, TX)
A southbound DART light rail train broke down on tracks used by three light rail trains at 7:45am near the Uptown station.

2016 February 9
Scam Artist Disappears On Train (Oakland, CA)
Real estate get-rich-quick schemer John Nelson Beck, 73, vanished on a BART train. He was facing a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit and $113 million judgment accusing him of bilking consumers in a get-rich-quick infomercial scheme. BART would check its cameras, but 77% are fake or don't work. About the only working video cameras are the transit sex tapes. [Update: confirmation that the fake cameras didn't help.]

2016 February 9
Metro Transit Ridership Drops (Washington, DC)
WMATA Metro rail transit ridership dropped in 2015 to levels not seen since 2004. Rail satisfaction dropped to 67%. Bus satisfaction rose to 82%. [Update: train and train station injuries increased 27% in 2015.]

2016 February 9
Head-On Train Crash Kills 11, Injures 150 (Bad AiblingGermany)
Two Meridian passenger trains crashed head-on and derailed, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 150 people before 7am. Neither train operators did any braking of the trains, and both were killed in the crash which tore off the side of one of the trains between Rosenheim and Holzkirchen. The tracks have the PZB crash avoidance system which “is supposed to mean that this kind of head-on collision can't happen.” [Update: A 39-year-old dispatcher was responsible for the crash, according to senior prosecutor Wolfgang Giese. The train dispatcher was distracted by a “computer game on his mobile phone and made a signalling error, then dialed the wrong emergency number.” Plus the automatic signalling system designed to halt any train that passed a stop signal was reportedly “switched off to let the eastbound train, which was running late, go past.”]

2016 February 7
Car Derails Light Rail (CroydonUK)
A speeding car hit a Tramlink light rail train head-on, knocking the train 15' off the tracks at 10pm. Four people were injured, including a baby. The small silver car's hood crumpled under the light rail train in the intersection of Wellesley Road and Station Road. No barriers separate the at-grade train from street traffic.

2016 February 7
Light Rail Hits Car (Denver, CO)
A slow-moving RTD D line light rail train hit a car in the intersection of Park Avenue West and Welton Street at about 4pm. The at-grade intersection has no crossing arms, and there are no barriers around the Welton Street light rail tracks.

2016 February 5
Commuter Train Teen Assaulted (Washington, DC)
At the Gallery Place Metro station, a teenaged girl was assaulted by a group of girls. She was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

2016 February 5
Light Rail Hits Car, Injures 2 (Mt. Lebanon, PA)
A light rail train hit a car at 9:45am on Alfred Street, injuring two people in the car.

2016 February 5
Light Rail Hits Man (Nottingham, UK)
A NET light rail train hit a man, running him over near the Royal Center station at 8:45am. No barriers separate the at-grade train from street traffic.

2016 February 5
Train Derails Injuring 40 (Vellore, India)
A Kanyakumari-Bangalore express train derailed at 4:15am, injuring 40 people.  Railroad crashes killed more than 25,000 people in India in 2014.

2016 February 4
Eleven MPH Streetcar (New York, NY)
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed an 11-mph, $2.5 billion streetcar on the East River floodplain with many 90 degree city street turns to complicate NYC transit problems. Loss of parking and expensive utility relocations would be added consequences. Double-parking will stop the thing completely. MTA subway-bus transfers won't work for the BQX streetcar. De Blasio says the streetcar will fund itself, as in, go fund yourself.

2016 February 4
Light Rail Hits Car (Hong Kong)
An MTR light rail train hit a car in the intersection of Mei Lok Lane and Wu Chui Road at 8:20pm. Fencing surrounds the light rail tracks but no crossing gates protect drivers at the railroad crossing.

2016 February 4
Light Rail Punch (San Francisco, CA)
On a Muni light rail train, a shouting 41-year-old man punched a 39-year-old woman in the face near the intersection of Fourth and Berry streets at 7:25pm.

2016 February 4
Light Rail Crime Central Station (Dallas, TX)
DART light rail West End station, near Dealey Plaza and the Texas Book Depository, is a connection point for crime, “offering plenty of getaway options.

2016 February 3
Light Rail Window Smashed (Droylsden, UK)
A Metrolink light rail train window was smashed at the Edge Lane station soon after 9pm, preventing the door from shutting.

2016 February 3
Light Rail Hits Car, injures 3 (Rancho Cordova, CA)
A westbound SacRT light rail train hit a car at Folsom Boulevard and Nimbus Road (Hazel Avenue) at 6:08pm. A woman and two children were injured.

2016 February 3
Commuter Train Crushes Taxi (Conshohocken, PA)
A SEPTA Manayunk-Norristown commuter train hit a taxi at Cherry and Washington streets at 6:30am. The crash left the taxi “a piece of crumpled metal after it was pushed by the force of the train nearly an entire city block.

2016 February 3
Light Rail Ticket Machines Break Again (Manchester, UK)
Light rail station ticket machines broke down for the third time in three weeks.

2016 February 2
Commuter Train Kills Boy (DedhamMA)
An MBTA Franklin line commuter train struck and killed Eric Plathe, 13, near Endicott Station at 4:20pm. Buses took over for trains.

2016 February 2
Light Rail Closed, Too Icy (Baltimore, MD)
MTA light rail was closed between Hunt Valley and North Avenue due to icy conditions. Buses took over for trains.

2016 February 2
Commuter Train Kills Person (CovinaCA)
A southbound Metrolink 311 train struck and killed a person before 7:30am near East Covina Boulevard and North Sunflower Avenue.

2016 February 2
Over 100,000 Stuck At Station (Guangzhou, China)
Snow delayed 32 trains causing more than 100,000 people to be stuck at one train station in Guangzhou.

2016 February 1
Commuter Train Kills Teen (BronxNY)
A northbound MTA commuter train struck and killed a male Fordham Prep student at the Botanical Gardens station at 3:30pm.

2016 February 1
Commuter Train Hand-Straps Stolen (Tokyo, Japan)
More than 400 hand straps have been stolen from many commuter trains since November 2015.

2016 January 31
Light Rail Robbery (University City, MO)
On a Metrolink light rail train near the Delmar Loop station, American Airlines pilot Joe Maddox was robbed of his cell phone.

2016 January 31
Commuter Train Kills Woman (ChicagoIL)
A pink line L train struck and ran over a woman at the Kedzie station at 8:40pm. She was extracted from under the train and was taken to Mount Sinai hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

2016 January 30
Light Rail Derails (Boston, MA)
An MBTA green line light rail train derailed near Cleveland Circle with seven people onboard. An SUV could have transported seven people without derailing.

2016 January 29
Train Station Mob Targets Refugee Children (Stockholm, Sweden)
At the main Stockholm train station, a mob of 200 masked men attacked “refugee children and anyone who did not look like they were ethnically Swedish” at 9pm.

2016 January 29
Train Station Beating (Chicago, IL)
At the CTA green line 43rd Street station, a woman was beaten in front of a station attendant by a group of men.

2016 January 29
Commuter Train Kills Man (ChicagoIL)
A red line L train struck and killed a man at the 63rd Street station at 12:20pm.

2016 January 29
Light Rail Outdoor Urinal (San Francisco, CA)
The Muni light rail station at Dolores Park has an outdoor urinal... officially.

2016 January 28
Light Rail Hits Car, Injures 2 (Houston, TX)
A morning Metro light rail train hit a car at Fannin Street and Holly Hall Street, injuring two on the train.

2016 January 28
Passenger Train On Fire & Misplaced (Pompano Beach, FL)
A Tri-Rail train with 56 passengers was on fire due to a gash in its fuel tank. The train was near SW 8th Street at 5:19am, but Tri-Rail called in the emergency giving the wrong location and saying the train had no passengers. Emergency vehicles searched for 27 minutes for the burning passenger train.

2016 January 27
Billions Spent But Transit Ridership Down (Los AngelesCA)
Los Angeles Metro has fewer riders now than it did three decades ago, when buses were the county's only transit option. Metro has spent $9 billion of light rail trains, tracks, and subways but lost more than 10 percent of its riders from 2006 to 2015. “It's a bit perverse,” USC engineering professor James E. Moore II told the LA Times. “You're spending all this money and you're driving ridership down. If you're investing heavily in transit, you'd hope ridership would increase.

Brian Taylor, the director of UCLA's Institute of Transportation Studies said, “There's been lots of focus by transit agencies on shiny new things, sometimes at the expense of bus routes which serve the primary constituencies of transit agencies: low-wage workers. Lots of resources are being put into a few high-profile lines that often carry a smaller number of riders compared to bus routes.

2016 January 27
Light Rail Station “Unattended Body” (Boston, MA)
At the Copley green line light rail station, an “unattended male body” was found sometime in the morning.

2016 January 26
Light Rail Tracks Catch A Taxi (Ashton-under-Lyne, UK)
Metrolink light rail tracks caught a taxi cab at 10:10pm. The taxi took a wrong turn and ended up stuck on the Lord Sheldon Way tracks. Recently four cars became stuck in just five days. Train tracks shouldn't be on roads.

2016 January 26
Light Rail Kills Person (Salt Lake CityUT)
A UTA Trax red line light rail train struck and killed a person before 8pm west of the intersection of 500 South and 1100 East.

2016 January 25
Tube Train Kills Man (London, UK)
A London Underground train struck and killed a man at the central London station at 6:26pm.

2016 January 25
Commuter Train Hits Person (Nottingham, UK)
An East Midlands train hit a person between Luton and Bedford at 6:15pm.

2016 January 24
Fake Security Cameras May Be Replaced (San Francisco, CA)
BART promises to replace the fake security cameras in BART trains after a man was shot in front of a fake camera on January 9th. New trains with cameras are scheduled to arrive in 2017 and 2021.

2016 January 24
Train Station Death (Santa ClaritaCA)
At the Metrolink Newhall station, the body of a homeless man was found on a bench at 7:30pm.

2016 January 24
Car Hits Light Rail (Jersey City, NJ)
A northbound NJ Transit Hudson-Bergen light rail train was hit by a car sliding on ice at Hudson and Grand streets at 1:30pm. The train was carrying only about 30 passengers.

2016 January 24
Empty Train Hits Snow Plow (Stamford, CT)
A passengerless Metro-North train struck a stuck snow plow at the Riverbend Drive crossing at 9:30am. Metro-North had cancelled train service due to the blizzard but hadn't cancelled the train crashes.

2016 January 24
Light Rail Stalking, Assault, Robbery (St. Paul, MN)
A woman was followed from the Metro Transit green line light rail Westgate station at 6:30am to the woman's apartment building where she was beaten and robbed. Mika Myron Keali Dalbec, 19, was charged with first-degree aggravated robbery.

2016 January 22
Light Rail Open Door Travel (Singapore)
A not so-SMRT Bukit Panjang light rail train opened a door while traveling northbound at 6:47am. A design flaw was blamed for the Bombardier train to move without a closed, locked door.

2016 January 21
Commuter Train Kills SUV Driver (Arlington HeightsIL)
Metra northwest line train 646 struck and killed Zaiemunnisa Khan, 61, driving west on Euclid in a 2009 Honda Element SUV at 2:30pm. The impact caused the SUV to catch fire and the train pushed the fiery wreck 1000 feet east.

2016 January 21
Streetcar Hits Car (Toronto, Canada)
A TTC streetcar struck a gray Honda Civic on Dundas Street near University Avenue before noon, injuring the pregnant woman driving the car.

2016 January 20
Light Rail Hits Car (Oldham, UK)
A southwest-bound Metrolink light rail train hit a Hyundai four-wheel drive vehicle on West Street after 11:30am.

2016 January 20
Light Rail Power Line Down (MinneapolisMN)
A Metro Transit light rail catenary power line came down near the US Bank stadium just after 8am in light snow. The downed power line sparked bus replacements. It also caused light rail trains of either direction to use the same track. And it caused ticket machine failures.

2016 January 20
Light Rail Racist Rant (Manchester, UK)
On a Metrolink light rail train, a woman boarded at Harbour City at 7:30am and verbally polluted the train with racist rants.

2016 January 20
Light Rail Train Stoned 9 Times (Jerusalem - al-Quds)
A CityPass light rail train was hit with rocks nine times in two days in the Shu'fat - Palestinian refugee camp.

2016 January 19
Light Rail Hits Man (HoustonTX)
A northbound Metro light rail train hit a man crossing the intersection of Fannin and Cambridge at 7pm. The injured man was taken to Ben Taub Hospital.

2016 January 19
Commuter Train Kills Man (WashingtonDC)
A MARC Penn line commuter train struck and killed a man at about 5:30pm near the 2800 block of New York Av NE.

2016 January 19
Train Fight & Station Shooting (BostonMA)
An MBTA blue line commuter train fight at 2:30pm became a Maverick station shooting, injuring two men.

2016 January 19
Commuter Train Kills One (Berkeley, CA)
A northbound BART commuter train struck and killed a person near the North Berkeley station at 1:15pm.

2016 January 19
2 Light Rail Trains Crash, Injuring 70 (Sardinia, Italy)
A signal points failure caused two light rail trains to crash head-on just after 8am, injuring 70 people. The force of the crash caused passengers, mostly without seats, to be thrown to the floor and against walls and each other.

2016 January 19
China Doesn't Publish Train Crash Info (Beijing, China)
No fatality information is available for 2015. In 2014, trains killed 1,232 people. In 2013, trains killed 1,336 people.

2016 January 19
Light Rail Takes Trees Out From Under Wildlife (Sydney, Australia)
Light rail construction is chopping down mature trees in Sydney. Wildlife experts were barred from aiding the estimated 1000 possums, birds, bats and reptiles living in the trees. No animals or birds were rescued when 40 mature trees were cut down on Alison Road and on Anzac Parade, including some 130-year-old fig trees. On Wansey Road, as 23 mature trees were being cut down, only a baby brushtail possum and a nest of kookaburras were rescued.

2016 January 18
Commuter Train Kills High School Boy (MelroseMA)
A northbound MBTA haverhill line commuter train struck and killed a high school teenat 5:25pm near Vinton Road. Melrose High closed the following day to grieve.

2016 January 18
Light Rail Station Shooting (Dallas, TX)
A DART light rail Fair Park station shooting at 3pm closed the station for more than two hours.

2016 January 18
Commuter Train Kills Boy (Sleepy Hollow, NY)
A southbound MTA Metro-North Hudson commuter train struck and killed a 16-year-old boy near the Philipse Manor station before 2pm.

2016 January 18
Light Rail Ticket Machine Fail Again (Manchester, UK)
Metrolink light rail ticket machines failed again across the Manchester system.

2016 January 18
Light Rail Hits Truck, Injures 6 (Jersey CityNJ)
A southbound Hudson–Bergen light rail hit the back of a box truck before 7am near the Newport Mall. Of the 38 passengers on the light rail train, six were injured. The 38 passengers could have ridden a bus. Buses have seats, can steer, and have shorter stopping distances.

2016 January 18
Light Rail Emergency Doors Don't Work (Gothenburg, Sweden)
After 72 complaints of emergency doors not working, Göteborgs Spårvägar (Gothenburg Trams) admitted the light rail emergency doors don't work. AnsaldoBreda, the Italian supplier of the light rail trains, has not been able to offer a solution to the eight-year long failure of the emergency doors.

2016 January 16
Protesters Block Light Rail (Compton, CA)
About 300 proesters blocked a northbound Metro blue line light rail train at 3pm at the intersection of Willowbrook Avenue and Compton Boulevard. Noel Aguilar was arrested and fatally shot by sheriffs deputies on May 26, 2014 (video).

2016 January 15
Cars Driving On Light Rail Tracks (Wythenshawe, UK)
For the fourth time in five days, a car was seen driving on at-grade light rail tracks, disrupting light rail trains.

2016 January 14
Light Rail Operator Sleeps (Houston, TX)
A Metro light rail operator was asleep at the controls for more than ten minutes at the Elgin-Third Ward station.

2016 January 14
Riding Outside Light Rail (Dublin, Ireland)
Kids are riding on the back of light rail trains, know as scutting or skitching.

2016 January 13
Light Rail Hits Car (Houston, TX)
A Metro light rail train hit a silver Pontiac sedan on Fannin near Cambridge at 7:42am. The light rail train spun the car and pushed it into a traffic light.

2016 January 12
Commuter Train Kills Woman (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
An eastbound Metrolink commuter train hit a car, killing an 88-year-old woman at Vineyard Avenue and Eighth Street shortly after noon. There were 75 passengers on the train.

2016 January 12
Light Rail Ticket Machines Break Down (Manchester area, UK)
Metrolink network light rail ticket machines all broke down during the morning commute.

2016 January 11
Commuter Train Hits Empty Vehicle (Sunnyvale, CA)
The southbound Caltrain 262 commuter train struck an empty vehicle at the Mary Avenue crossing at 5:27pm.

2016 January 10
Light Rail Kills Man (HillsboroOR)
A westbound TriMet MAX blue line light rail train struck, ran over, and killed a man who stumbled at the SE 3rd Avenue and Washington Street station after 8:30pm. The Oregonian reports, last year was a new low for reliability for TriMet MAX.

2016 January 9
Commuter Train Shooting Kills One (OaklandCA)
Shots fired on a westbound BART train near the West Oakland station killed a man at 7:50pm. The suspect escaped. [Update: The shooting took place in front of what looked like a security camera but turned out to be a fake camera. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, BART train camera are fakes. Real cameras may arrive in 2017 and 2021. On March 9th, BART released video they had denied having.]

2016 January 8
Commuter Train Casual Kidnapping (San FranciscoCA)
Too casual BART alert about a possible kidnapping:
"Apologies for the delay in downtown San Francisco - possible kidnapping in progress. Please be patient." [Twitter]

2016 January 8
Light Rail Facility Power Outage (Edmonton, Canada)
Capital and metro line light rail trains didn't leave their facility due to an early morning power outage.

2016 January 7
Transit Officer Punished For Not Stopping Enough Minorities (New York, NY)
An NYPD transit officer claimed in a federal lawsuit that he was punished by supervisors for not stopping enough black and Hispanic teens in the subways. Michael Birch, a 16-year NYPD veteran, was a transit cop in District 34 in Brooklyn when he secretly recorded a sit-down with his commanding officer and a lieutenant after he had received a poor evaluation.

2016 January 6
Anti-Robbery Press Conference Robbed (Washington, DC)
In front of the Eastern Market Metro station, mayor Bowser and police chief Lanier announced plans to fight robberies. Yards away, an ABC WJLA-7 news van was robbed.

2016 January 6
Commuter Train Decouples (Washington, DC)
A WMATA green line commuter train decoupled as it approached the Navy Yard station at 8:12am. The early morning decoupling occurred between the second and third cars of the six car 3000-series commuter train. Commuters were stuck in the tunnel for 30 minutes.

2016 January 5
Commuter Train Armed Robbery (Chicago, IL)
On a CTA blue line train, two men and a boy beat and robbed a man near the Damen station at 4:57am.

2016 January 5
Commuter Train Derails (Andover, MA)
A southbound MBTA Haverhill line commuter train derailed at 4am between Lawrence and Andover with only an engineer and a conductor aboard.

2016 January 4
Light Rail Hits Man (DenverCO)
An RTD D-line light rail train struck a man who fell on the tracks at the 20th & Welton station at 2:44pm. He was taken to the hospital with a serious head injury.

2016 January 4
Light Rail Derails In Crash, Kills 1, Injures 18 (Salt Lake CityUT)
A car hit a TRAX light rail train on North Temple Street at 11:15am, killing Jose Delrio Cabral, 51, the driver of the black sedan. The crash derailed the train and injured 17 passengers and the TRAX train operator.

2016 January 4
Light Rail Hits Truck, Injures 5 (San FranciscoCA)
A Muni light rail train hit a truck in the at-grade, barrier-free intersection of Third Street and Egbert Avenue at 9:15am. The light rail operator and four passengers were injured.

2016 January 4
Light Rail Kills Man, Injures Woman (Tuen MunHong Kong)
Light rail 751 operator Chu, 33, was arrested and charged with dangerous driving causing death, after hitting an elderly couple on a cycle. Ma Chung-hing, 83, was killed, and his wife Mok Chung-hing, 82, was injured with fractured arms and legs. District councillor To Sheck Yuen described Ma Mok as a dedicated and hardworking man and said the light rail tracks should be rebuilt as an elevated train to prevent further accidents.

2016 January 3
Light Rail Kills Man In Wheelchair (MinneapolisMN)
A northbound Metro Transit blue line light rail train struck and killed 61-year-old Daniel Wease, after his wheelchair got stuck in the tracks at the 32nd St E crosswalk at 6pm. Wease was "a gentle, quiet-spoken guy" friends said. Some have decided they will go out of their way to avoid the light rail crossing.

2016 January 1
Light Rail Train & Station Fight (Charlotte, NC)
A fight on a CATS Lynx light rail train moved to the Archdale station at 3pm. [video]

2015 and previous light rail crashes and deaths