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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) late last week called on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to address an "unsafe condition" created by rubber barriers between its new 7000-series rail cars.The FTA made the demand after a visually impaired rider in late May fell onto the track at the Van Ness-UDC Station when she mistook the opening between two cars as a doorway. The passenger sustained minor injuries.Unlike the chain barriers between other model rail cars, the rubber barriers leave as much as a 9-inch gap at the platform level, which can be mistaken for an opening and present a danger to people who are visually impaired, according to the FTA.As a result, the FTA required WMATA to install chain-style, between-car barriers on all 7000-series cars. WMATA officials have until June 29 to submit a plan that explains how they'll install the barriers by Dec. 31, 2018.