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Takoma Station Shut Down

metro logoRed Line riders intending to travel between Glenmont and D.C. must continue to take a shuttle bus or seek alternate means to reach Fort Totten station, while workers continue efforts to replace the Takoma station track crossover.

The replacement project – which started Nov. 25 and is scheduled to continue through Dec. 10 – requires shuttle buses to replace train service between Silver Spring and Takoma stations, and between Takoma and Fort Totten stations.

“It's a 16-day window; hopefully it's not as much of an impact, given the season,” Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said on Nov. 16.

Additional Red Line stations will close this weekend for further capital projects, including radio cable installation and power cable replacement, Metro officials said. Riders should expect fewer trains and some crowding on the Red Line this weekend. Glenmont, Wheaton, Forest Glen and Silver Spring stations will close Dec. 2 and Dec. 3.

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Wile E. Coyote and the Metro rider

MC DC Wile E. Coyotes Acme Purchases Better Than Metro in BWThere is little doubt the Metrorail system is in desperate need of repair.
Despite a “Safetrack” plan by Metro to bring Metro “Back 2 Good” and despite all the inhouse ads on Metro touting its increased efforts to fix escalators, tracks, bring new metro rail cars online and clean up the metro stations, the federal government recently outlined more than 100 deficiencies the system still faces.
We at The Sentinel decided it was best since our readers are some of the most frequent Metro riders as they go to and from work, to take a close look at the Metro system.

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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 suspends service at Red Line Stations to investigate smoke on tracks

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Metro closed two Red Line stations for two hours 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.

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Deer wandering on Red Line tracks near Silver Spring Metro

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Dozens of Metrorail riders had to take a shuttle bus to travel past Forest Glen station on the Red Line toward D.C. Friday, but it wasn’t due to SafeTrack or unscheduled track work.

A deer was seen wandering on the tracks between the Forest Glen station and Silver Spring Transit Center as of 10:30 a.m. so Metro shut down that section of track, spokesperson Richard Jordan said.

“We’re kind of just waiting on it to move along on its own,” Jordan said.

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Metro Chief urges riders to show understanding

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Metro fireA fire in a Metro tunnel earlier this year. FILE PHOTO  

WASHINGTON – Citing several Metro tragedies, Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld urged sports fans Thursday who opposed service cuts to give him a break.

Dozens of Metro riders took the opportunity Thursday to testify against the general manager’s proposal to permanently cut late evening service hours to allow for more maintenance, inspections and repairs. Some riders spoke out about the proposal prior to the public hearing.

Washington Nationals fans complained, chanting, “Metro sucks!” about finding alternate transportation when Metro closed before the end of a playoff a couple of weeks ago.

 Wiedefeld advised sports fans opposing the eight hours of service cuts to think about the worst safety incidents in Metro that stemmed from maintenance issues in the last few years.

“I think they have to understand that – just look back at the recent history of the agency and the tragedies that we’ve had,” Wiedefeld said, referencing the deadly L’Enfant Plaza smoke incident last year. “That’s what’s happening in my mind.”

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Metro may close up to 20 stops - raise fares

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Metro staff is proposing that the agency take 20 stations out of service midday and on weekends, raise fares, cut 300 staff, and request more money from D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Metro staff said in a report for the Board Finance Committee Metro will have to fill a budget gap of $275 million for fiscal year 2018. Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld is scheduled to present his proposed operating budget in November.

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Metro plans to shut down Red Line section for weekend repairs

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Metro officials are planning to shut down four Red Line stations between Shady Grove and White Flint on Saturday and Sunday to make repairs. Metro inspectors said Monday they found problems on the Red Line similar to those found on the Orange and Silver Lines after the July 29 derailment at East Falls Church.

Shady Grove, Rockville, Twinbrook and White Flint stations will be closed during the Red Line segment shutdown August 13 and 14. Free shuttles will replace trains at the affected stations on those days.

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Recurring fire and smoke at Gallery Place Metro

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Gallery Place Fire  Smoke 1Metro closed Gallery Place for repairs after smoke filled the station early Monday evening due to a "smoldering bolt." PHOTO COURTESY OF HELEN STARKWEATHER

D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services investigated a “smoldering bolt” at Gallery Place Metro station that occurred around 6 p.m. Monday night. Staff closed the station after another fire occurred later in the same area so crews could repair that section of the track. One rider complained of smoke inhalation and emergency medical techmicians took the rider to a hospital, said Maggiolo.

D.C. Fire/EMS spokesperson Vito Maggiolo said firefighters responded to the station due to a report of smoke in the station. They arrived after Metro staff had already put out the fire using fire extinguishers in powdered form. 

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