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