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Smoldering tracks lead to Metro change for second time in a week

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metro logoMetro single-tracked Red Line trains during rush hour Tuesday due to an arcing stud bolt, eight days after a similar event caused Metro to close two stations on the Washington Nationals’ opening day.

Metro spokesperson Ron Holzer said Metro single-tracked trains between Farragut North and Judicary Square stations Tuesday due to a “smoldering stud bolt” at Gallery Place station, which caused some smoke.

D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel dispatched to Gallery Place station due to reports of something smoldering on the tracks, Vito Maggiolo said. It turned out to be a stud bolt.

“The initial report of our incident commander was some kind of smoldering debris, but a bolt could fall into that category,” Maggiolo said Wednesday.

Metro later said the incident was an arcing stud bolt.

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Metro delays due to smoke on Nats’ opening day

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Opening day for the Washington Nationals got a little hairy after a major transfer point on the Metro closed down because of smoke on the tracks.

Metro closed two Red Line stations for two hours Monday while the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services and Metro personnel investigated a report of smoke on the tracks Monday, Metro spokesperson Richard Jordan said.

Jordan said the source of the smoke was a stud bolt that was grounded. Metro did not run trains between two stops while Metro and D.C. Fire EMS investigated.

“The location of the stud bolt was between Gallery Place and Judiciary Square, so trains were turned back at the stations on either side (Metro Center and Union Station),” Jordan said.

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Metro examines possible effects of heft and vibrations from newer subway cars

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WASHINGTON – Metro is investigating residents’ complaints that trains are causing damage to D.C. homes, according to a spokesperson.

Meanwhile, the organization has been looking for rail fasteners that can hold more weight.

Spokesperson Richard Jordan said in a statement Metro is investigating the claims as well as whether Metro even has a role in the vibrations that those D.C. residents reported.

“Metro has retained an independent third-party expert (Wilson Ihrig) to conduct field measurements following complaints of vibration from residents along a specific section of the Green Line,” Jordan said Wednesday. “While Metro has not confirmed the cause or severity of these vibrations – or even confirmed that the complaints are Metro-related, we have committed to conducting independent testing to determine next steps.”

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Water spray in tunnel results in Yellow Line Metro single-tracking

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Metro single-tracked trains between two Yellow Line stations for three hours as workers sealed off a small hole that was spraying water into a tunnel, according to a news release.

Trains single-tracked between L’Enfant Plaza and Pentagon City stations on the Yellow Line after a Metro train operator reported seeing water entering a tunnel near L’Enfant Plaza Station around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, according to a news release. At 2:30 p.m., the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority reported workers repaired the tunnel leak and restored the formerly de-energized track to service.

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Metro transports first 4000 series railcar to scrap yard

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4000 series retire- courtesy of MetroThe first of the 4000 series railcars was loaded onto a tractor trailer bound for the scrap heap to be replaced by a newer model. COURTESY PHOTO  

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority transported the first of the system's least reliable railcar series to a scrap yard Wednesday to be replaced by a 7000 series railcar.

"The 4000 are dogs, lemons, bananas, whatever you want to call them," said Metro board member Tom Bulger, who represents Washington, D.C. "They haven't performed as well."

Bulger said the gradual replacement of the 4000 series railcars, the least reliable of the fleet, will lead to fewer delays for riders.

"We think it's going to be a great thing for our customers, our patrons, and not have as many breakdowns," Bulger said.

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More troubles plague Red Line

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Riders experienced delays for at least three incidents on the Red Line Jan. 18, including two track problems, a disabled train and the investigation of a possible red-signal overrun.

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Metro fires another inspector

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Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld has fired another track inspector in connection with falsifying reports, a former track inspector said Jan. 4.

David Stephen, spokesperson for Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, said Jan. 5 that union members, including track inspectors, could not be available for interviews. Stephen said Metro’s firing individuals after safety issues occur fails to address the problems themselves.

“It’s their responsibility to hold the systemic problems of the system accountable, and they have not done that,” Stephen said of Metro.

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FIRED!

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Metro gets rid of six on inspection team following the Silver Line derailment

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WASHINGTON – Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said Thursday he fired six track inspectors and supervisors after Metro Transit Police finished investigating a train derailment for criminal activity.

“I want the board, our employees and our customers to know that this review revealed a disturbing level of indifference, lack of accountability, and flagrant misconduct in a portion of Metro’s track department which is completely intolerable,” Wiedefeld said at the Board Safety Committee meeting Thursday.

Two cars of a Metrorail train moved off the rails July 29, injuring three people. Emergency personnel took one to the hospital for a minor head injury.

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