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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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Metro GM releases draft of service changes during safety repairs

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WASHINGTON — Metro’s general manager said at headquarters Friday his draft of a massive plan containing “safety surges” includes Metro shutting down five sections of track in the next year and starting to single-track in 10 other sections. 

General Manager Paul Wiedefeld will consult on his plan with elected officials, the governors of Virginia and Maryland, and the mayor of Washington, D.C., their respective departments of transportation, the Office of Personnel Management of the federal government and departments of emergency management before he finalizes it. He plans to release his official plan by May 16. Each line will have a reduced service by some of the safety- and maintenance-related projects in Wiedefeld’s plan.

 

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