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Metro Board may increase service at selected Red Line stations

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metro logoMetro’s Board of Directors may approve an increase in rush-hour service on part of the Red Line during its meeting Thursday, a change the board requested three years ago.

If all Red Line trains that would normally start or terminate at Grosvenor-Strathmore Station instead traveled past Grosvenor to Shady Grove, as in the proposed change, that would double the service to Shady Grove and three other stations.

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Two Red Line stations to close for repairs

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metro logoTwo Red Line stations will shut down over the weekend to reduce the amount of water that enters the tunnels, and therefore reduce risk of fires. 

Medical Center and Bethesda stations will shut down Saturday and Sunday, and free shuttle buses will transport riders between Grosvenor-Strathmore, Medical Center, Bethesda and Friendship Heights stations. Metro suggests riders allow 10 minutes more travel time for each shuttle bus stop on their trips. Metro communications asks riders to tap their SmarTrip cards as they enter and exit stations, and riders will be charged for a continuous trip.

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More delays on Metro Red Line due to track repairs this weekend and later in July

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metro logoMetro will single-track Red Line trains this weekend to allow for track repairs.

Riders can expect delays to service because of the single-tracking Red Line trains Saturday and Sunday. Workers are scheduled to replace broken pieces of rail, rail fasteners and coverboards for the power-source third rail. Trains will single-track between Grosvenor and Twinbrook stations, also impacting White Flint station.

Starting July 21, buses will replace trains on a separate Red Line segment for 45 days, through Sept. 3. The project requires the continuous shutdown of Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland-CUA stations.

Red Line riders can switch to the Green Line to avoid taking a shuttle bus – changing trains at Fort Totten station and then at Gallery Place-Chinatown station, or vice versa.

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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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Metro begins weekend shutdown of Red Line segment in May

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metro logoMetro’s Red Line is bringing back weekend shutdowns.

Buses will replace trains starting the weekend of May 12 between Red Line stations Van Ness and Dupont Circle stations, shutting down the Cleveland Park and Woodley Park stations, and continue for the next two weekends to allow for track work. Trains will operate every 10 minutes up until 9 p.m., when they will operate every 15 minutes.

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Red Line rapist who treated victim like a “caged animal” gets two life sentences

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gavel2 1 ROCKVILLE — Circuit Court Judge Cheryl A. McCally on Friday sentenced a man who was convicted of the sexual assault of a woman on a Metro train to life in prison.

John Prentice Hicks, 41, will serve two consecutive life sentences in prison after a jury convicted him of first-degree rape and first-degree sex offense. Hicks raped a woman on the Red Line and ordered her at knifepoint to perform fellatio on him in April 2016.

The victim asked McCally to give Hicks the maximum sentence so he would not get out on parole.

“He already had other victims,” she said to McCally. “Let me be his last.”

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Derailed!

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Metro officials continue to investigate Red Line derailment 

metro logoWASHINGTON — Metro has not yet determined the cause of Monday’s Red Line derailment, but they are pleased with improvements to emergency responses made in the wake of the fatal L’Enfant Plaza smoke incident two years ago, WMATA officials said.

“The final cause has not been determined,” said WMATA General Manager Paul Wiedefeld, while noting that a crack or break in the rail may have led to the derailment, which took place at 6:40 a.m. outside Farragut North station on Monday. Metro is also considering whether human error was a contributing factor, he said.

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Select Red Line stations closed so Metro can replace cable before it fails

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WASHINGTON — Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority crews and contractors shut down several Red Line stations the weekend of Dec. 16 and 17 to replace a failing communications cable that posed a serious safety risk.

WMATA Chief Operating Officer Joe Leader said on Thursday that the decision to replace the cable was made after the new general superintendent in charge of Automatic Train Control requested an audit of non-traction power cable inspection records and after Leader recommended to General Manager Paul Wiedefeld that WMATA replace the cable after it was found during an inspection this week to not meet Metro specifications, though inspectors did not determine a reason for the cable’s failure.

“The decision was made on Tuesday not to try and pinpoint where the failure might be or what might be causing the failure… just replace the cable,” Leader said.

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