Metro intercom jammers to face discipline

WASHINGTON (AP) - Metro's general manager says employees who jam rail car intercoms could face discipline.

The Washington Post reports that General Manager Richard Sarles said after last week's Metro board meeting that in the future employees who are found to be jamming the intercoms that allow passengers to communicate with the operators during an emergency "will face disciplinary action."

The comment comes after the transit agency learned that employees disabled the intercoms by sticking objects into them after they received new digital radios that created noisy interference.

The issue came to light in June when riders couldn't reach an operator after a fight broke out on a train. Metro acknowledged that it had known since at least 2009 of some problems with the intercom system but had not addressed the issue.