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Metro suspends service along Red Line section for repairs

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metro logoWashington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority officials suspended service between Red Line Metro stations Gallery Place and Farragut North on Thursday morning due to electrical arcing on the support, or insulator, of the power source third rail, a spokesperson said.

“It was an arcing insulator outside Farragut North,” WMATA Spokesperson Sherri Ly wrote. “The defective insulator was removed and service restored."

Metro suspended service along that section of the Red Line for 30 minutes. Employees had to remove the faulty part before trains could resume service between the stations, Ly said.

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Woman falls on tracks at Metro station, causing Red Line delays

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metro logoD.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department units transported a woman with non-life threatening injuries after she fell on the tracks at Van Ness Metro Station Friday morning, causing delays in both directions of the Red Line, a spokesperson said.

Metro said in an alert that Red Line trains were being single-tracked between Friendship Heights and Van Ness stations due to the medical emergency.

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Single-tracking and delays likely after Red Line derailment, Metro GM says

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metro logoWASHINGTON — Metro riders who relied on the Red Line experienced single-tracking and longer wait times Tuesday morning as Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority crews worked on the site of the train derailment, officials said.

Wiedefeld advised commuters to allow for additional travel time while Metro workers work to return the three derailed 7000-series train cars to the section of track they came off of, located outside Farragut North station.

Metro investigators are looking mostly to determine if infrastructure problems led the railcars to come off the running rail Monday, Wiedefeld said, but they are also considering whether human error was a contributing factor.

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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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Metro GM addresses Council concerns

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Council members wonder about Red Line delays, Metro contractor use and "dedicated funding"

Metro repairs 2Passengers await the next train on the Red Line at Bethesda Metro station during SafeTrack last year.   FILE PHOTO  ROCKVILLE -- Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld answered questions from the Montgomery County Council about Red Line service, use of contractors and financial contributions from the jurisdictions on which Metro would be able to sell debt.

County Council President Roger Berliner (D-1) asked when Metro will fix the Red Line in terms of water leaking into stations such as Medical Center and Bethesda. County Council member Tom Hucker (D-5) said some of his constituents have asked why delays occur on the Red Line for problems such as electrical arcing, which can cause smoke, though Metro finished its year-long repair program SafeTrack a few days before.

Red Line service delays occurred during the Friday morning rush hour service.  Metro attributed it to two arcing insulators, which hold the power source third rail above the ground.

Hucker asked Wiedefeld what he would say to riders.

Wiedefeld said track repairs and projects during SafeTrack were different from problems that cause arcing insulators.

“The Red Line is totally different than SafeTrack,” Wiedefeld said.

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Metro to begin retiring least reliable railcars as delays continue on Metrorail

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Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said Monday the organization is scheduled to dispose of the 4000 series railcars as part of Back2Good, his plan to improve customer experience, according to a news release.

Metro officials said malfunctions with a train composed of 1000 series and 4000 series railcars at Foggy Bottom station caused delays for riders on the Silver, Orange and Blue lines Monday.

In addition to delays related to the disabled train at Foggy Bottom station, Red Line riders also experienced delays. Some riders said they waited at stations for 30 minutes for trains during the morning rush hour.

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Surprise! - More delays predicted along Metro Red Line

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The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority released its schedule for the remaining SafeTrack surges, adding a Red Line project and removing numbers from the major surges.

Riders can expect a combination of reduced service and either round-the-clock single-tracked trains or continuous station shutdowns requiring shuttle buses.

Metro suspended SafeTrack Safety surges, which affect rush hour travel, in January because of the inauguration and due to potential wintry weather, according to a Metro news release. Maintenance work instead has been occurring during midday and evening hours.

Metro riders on alternating lines will continue to experience delays to midday and evening service due to various maintenance projects that occur during those parts of the day.

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More Metro problems lead to single tracking

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Metro personnel operated trains on a single track in two instances this week while workers responded to separate problems.

A Metro staff member said Metro single-tracked trains between Friendship Heights and Van Ness stations Thursday night after part of a drainage hose in the tunnel near Friendship Heights hung from the ceiling.

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Metro contemplates closing early

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Metro folo -Fort Totten 11-22-16- courtesyBack ups at Fort Totten Metro station. COURTESY PHOTO  

After hosting a public hearing and analyzing survey responses, Metro staffers said Monday they recommend Metro close at 11:30 p.m. on weekdays, half an hour earlier than its current closing time of midnight.

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said Metro needs to reduce its hours of service to allow more time for crews to perform maintenance and inspect tracks.

Otherwise, he said Metro will develop another backlog of deferred maintenance.

“We cannot get through (SafeTrack) and then go back to business as normal,” Wiedefeld told the Metro Board of Directors in July.

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