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VTX Performs Emergency Safety Inspections for MARTA

(January 28, 2010/Baltimore, Md.) On Jan. 28, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) shut down 100 of its 149 escalators after discovering a code violation while researching another issue that had happened only one week prior -- a five-year-old boy had fallen down an elevator shaft at the Kensington Station in Decatur, Ga., after leaning against an elevator door. Somehow the door had become disengaged or opened, the reason for which is unknown. The boy was released from the hospital the day of the fall without serious injuries.

Presently, because of this emergency shutdown, only nine of MARTA’s 38 stations have at least one working escalator. MARTA hired Vertical Transportation Excellence (VTX) to independently investigate all of its 112 elevators and 149 escalators and perform safety inspections. VTX will review MARTA’s vertical transportation units to determine if any other violations have occurred.

VTX had previously worked with MARTA after an incident in December 2007 when several people were injured on escalators. Approximately 279,000 people ride MARTA’s rail system every week day. Because it takes between six and eight hours to complete a safety inspection, VTX has had nine employees working 10- to 12-hour shifts since Feb. 1.

For more information, please contact David Hansen at 215.561.4201 or via email.