A large number of plastic bottles, newspapers and other debris collects on the tracks at the lower level of the L'Enfant Plaza station. The garbage is concentrated in the areas directly underneath the corners of the upper level platform junction (see photo). Metro could install a net between the gap of the upper level platform wall and the barrier, allowing it to keep garbage from landing on the lower level tracks.
- Using a net would allow Metro employees to use a trash picker to grab any debris from the upper platform level, rather than have to deal with the third rail on the lower level.
- Netting could also be installed at other transfer stations, such as Chinatown and Metro Center.
- Trash blowing into the tunnels in the lower level can lead to the type of tunnel fire that resulted in a passenger death in 2015.