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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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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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And now it's time for more Red Line delays

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WASHINGTON – Metro’s general manager advises all Red Line riders to travel outside rush during the tenth “safety surge,” which started last weekend.

It involves shutting down two stations and reduced service until the week of Thanksgiving.

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said the Red Line is the oldest in the system has the most riders.

He said Metro maintenance is decades behind, and Metro needs to make repairs and completely replace a crossover because problems will continue to worsen over time.

“We’re eliminating other things that are really bad,” Wiedefeld said. “It’s not as clear as opening a new station… Infrastructure that supports it will be strong for years.”

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Commuters should expect delays on Metro this afternoon and tonight

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Riders who use the Blue/Orange/Silver lines should expect delays of 20-40 minutes and crowding on platforms and trains during today’s afternoon rush hour while workers repair the track, according to a Metro news release.

Metro management arranged to have single-tracking between Smithsonian and Federal Center Metro stations so workers can replace loose rail fasteners near Smithsonian station, Metro spokesperson Morgan Dye said.

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Red Line Riders Face Delays

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SILVER SPRING – Delores Fowler offered a pleasant “good morning” and a free newspaper for commuters entering the Forest Glen Metro Station tunnel Tuesday morning.

She said foot traffic was fairly quiet at the station off Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, thanks to passengers heeding the call to stay away last week during intense maintenance work.

On a normal day, the parking lot there is completely filled by 8:30 am.

Yet on Tuesday, it was only about one-third filled well after 9 a.m.

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UPDATED: Morning incidents on Metro cause rush hour delays

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Two arcing insulator incidents caused delays of up to 45 minutes for Red Line riders during a four-hour period Tuesday.

Metro trains ran in both directions on a single track between Grosvenor and Friendship Heights Tuesday as workers replaced insulators and cable following the two arcing insulator incidents Metro identified around 6 a.m.

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