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Metro Rail Operators Disable Emergency Intercoms

July 12, 2013

At a meeting Thursday, Metro officials said some rail operators have been disabling the emergency intercoms because they interfered with new digital radios and created “noisy false alarms,” according to the Associated Press. Metro spokesperson Dan Stessel told the Post the intercom jamming “is not believed to be a widespread or common occurrence,” although the exact number of rail operators who disabled the emergency devices in unknown. Operators who did take part in the disabling found the noise created by the interference to be “a nuisance,” Stessel said. Also a nuisance? Not being able to report emergencies. General Manager Richard Sarles said the agency has known about the problem since 2009, but was busy dealing with other issues. Operators have since been told not to jam the devices, according to the AP.

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