"Switches in the new Silver Line rail yard do not line up with the tracks they are supposed to connect to, systems to detect train locations in the yard have failed, and there are still problems with the rocks that support the tracks, a new report to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board said."

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"There are also long-running problems with the ballast — the rocks that support the tracks in the yard — since it was not washed properly before installation, and now fails to properly drain water during storms."

Alright then. So instead of ballast the contractor used some kind of aggregate (with fines in it). That is egregious disregard of railroad civil engineering practices. They're gonna' need a new contractor.


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