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Water spray in tunnel results in Yellow Line Metro single-tracking

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Metro single-tracked trains between two Yellow Line stations for three hours as workers sealed off a small hole that was spraying water into a tunnel, according to a news release.

Trains single-tracked between L’Enfant Plaza and Pentagon City stations on the Yellow Line after a Metro train operator reported seeing water entering a tunnel near L’Enfant Plaza Station around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, according to a news release. At 2:30 p.m., the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority reported workers repaired the tunnel leak and restored the formerly de-energized track to service.

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Metro transports first 4000 series railcar to scrap yard

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4000 series retire- courtesy of MetroThe first of the 4000 series railcars was loaded onto a tractor trailer bound for the scrap heap to be replaced by a newer model. COURTESY PHOTO  

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority transported the first of the system's least reliable railcar series to a scrap yard Wednesday to be replaced by a 7000 series railcar.

"The 4000 are dogs, lemons, bananas, whatever you want to call them," said Metro board member Tom Bulger, who represents Washington, D.C. "They haven't performed as well."

Bulger said the gradual replacement of the 4000 series railcars, the least reliable of the fleet, will lead to fewer delays for riders.

"We think it's going to be a great thing for our customers, our patrons, and not have as many breakdowns," Bulger said.

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More troubles plague Red Line

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Riders experienced delays for at least three incidents on the Red Line Jan. 18, including two track problems, a disabled train and the investigation of a possible red-signal overrun.

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Metro fires another inspector

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Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld has fired another track inspector in connection with falsifying reports, a former track inspector said Jan. 4.

David Stephen, spokesperson for Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, said Jan. 5 that union members, including track inspectors, could not be available for interviews. Stephen said Metro’s firing individuals after safety issues occur fails to address the problems themselves.

“It’s their responsibility to hold the systemic problems of the system accountable, and they have not done that,” Stephen said of Metro.

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FIRED!

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Metro gets rid of six on inspection team following the Silver Line derailment

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WASHINGTON – Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said Thursday he fired six track inspectors and supervisors after Metro Transit Police finished investigating a train derailment for criminal activity.

“I want the board, our employees and our customers to know that this review revealed a disturbing level of indifference, lack of accountability, and flagrant misconduct in a portion of Metro’s track department which is completely intolerable,” Wiedefeld said at the Board Safety Committee meeting Thursday.

Two cars of a Metrorail train moved off the rails July 29, injuring three people. Emergency personnel took one to the hospital for a minor head injury.

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Keeping the priorities straight

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I woke to a television commercial featuring a beautiful young woman whose sole purpose in life seems to be selling a spray that eliminates “poo odor” after you make a fecal deposit in your bathroom.
“Oh the humanity,” as Les Nessman would say.

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Two cars separate from one of Metro’s newest trains

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Metro car separationPassengers had to evacuate when two cars detached from one of Metro's newest 7000 series trains.   PHOTO COURTESY OF JAMIE GARRISON  

Metro is investigating two cars detaching from one of Metro’s new 7000 series trains while carrying passengers on the Red Line just before 9 a.m. Monday.

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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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