Shutdown of four Red Line Metro stations Labor Day weekend

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Trains to follow Sunday schedule on Labor Day

metro logoMetro riders must board shuttles on part of the Red Line through Monday to allow for the continuation of a waterproofing pilot program to reduce leaks in tunnels and for maintenance work, spokesperson Ron Holzer said.

Holzer said the shutdown is scheduled for Sept. 2 through 4 and Sept. 9 and Sept. 10.

Buses replace trains between Twinbrook and Friendship Heights stations through closing Monday, officials said in a news release. White Flint, Grosvenor-Strathmore, Medical Center and Bethesda stations will be closed through Monday.


Metro deals with its latest track setbacks

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Metro fireA Twitter post reportedly shows a recent fire on a track on the Metro's Red Line. COURTESY PHOTO

Brake problems on a Metro Red Line train and a broken rail requiring immediate repairs near a Metro station each caused trains to run on a single track during rush hour during the past week.

“Every train has multiple brake pads that apply and release,” Metro spokesperson Sherri Ly said. “Occasionally, a single brake pad on a train may not fully release, which can cause continual friction between the pad and the friction ring. This in turn, results in heat and brake dust.”

That is just one type of brake problem that happens on a Metro train. Each time Metro disables a train for this reason, it affects the rate of train traffic. It happened at Medical Center Station Sept. 29.


Single Tracking on Red Line Thursday through Sunday

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WASHINGTON — Metro’s general manager said trains on the Red Line between Van Ness and Medical Center will run on the same track for several hours Thursday and Friday and throughout Saturday and Sunday so that workers can make repairs.

Workers will inspect and repair Red Line stations between Van Ness and Medical Center the next few days.

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