Metro will begin single-tracking Red Line trains and reducing service this weekend, starting at 8 p.m. Friday, so its contractor can test for electrical problems on its rails, Metro spokesperson Ron Holzer said.
"I have said consistently that when we identify problems, we are going to address them head-on," said Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld. "We now have a pattern of electrical issues all in the same area, and we are going to act to resolve the issue and improve service for our customers."
$ · Friday 8 p.m. to close: Red Line trains will single-track between Farragut North Station and Judiciary Square Station
$ · Saturday: opening (7 a.m.) to 3 p.m.: Red Line trains will single-track Farragut North to Judiciary Square
$ · Sunday: opening (7 a.m.) to two hours before the Wizards game begins: Trains will single-track Farragut North to Judiciary Square
o If it’s a 1 p.m. Wizards game, single-tracking will end at 11 a.m.
o If the Wizards game starts at 7 p.m., single-tracking will end at 5 p.m.
The single-tracking comes after three incidents in two weeks between Gallery Place-Chinatown and Metro Center stations in which either a bolt or a rail fastener arced, causing smoke on the tracks.