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Single-tracking on Metro Red Line this weekend to test for electrical problems

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metro logoMetro will begin single-tracking Red Line trains and reducing service this weekend, starting at 8 p.m. Friday, so its contractor can test for electrical problems on its rails, Metro spokesperson Ron Holzer said.

"I have said consistently that when we identify problems, we are going to address them head-on," said Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld. "We now have a pattern of electrical issues all in the same area, and we are going to act to resolve the issue and improve service for our customers."

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Metro safety chief says aging rail fastener led to smoke on Red Line

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WASHINGTON – The Metro chief safety officer at a Board Safety Committee Meeting said smoke incidents near Gallery Place and Metro Center stations in the last two weeks resulted from rail fasteners that are wearing out.

Metro Chief Safety Officer Pat Lavin said a stray electric current arced off a rail fastener, causing smoke near Metro Center Station Thursday morning. Lavin said the arcing occurred because the rubber coating of the aging rail fasteners was wearing thin, exposing the metal of the fastener to the stray current.

“What we’re finding is that the fasteners used at that location are basically starting to get to the end of their useful life,” Lavin said.

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Smoldering tracks lead to Metro change for second time in a week

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metro logoMetro single-tracked Red Line trains during rush hour Tuesday due to an arcing stud bolt, eight days after a similar event caused Metro to close two stations on the Washington Nationals’ opening day.

Metro spokesperson Ron Holzer said Metro single-tracked trains between Farragut North and Judicary Square stations Tuesday due to a “smoldering stud bolt” at Gallery Place station, which caused some smoke.

D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel dispatched to Gallery Place station due to reports of something smoldering on the tracks, Vito Maggiolo said. It turned out to be a stud bolt.

“The initial report of our incident commander was some kind of smoldering debris, but a bolt could fall into that category,” Maggiolo said Wednesday.

Metro later said the incident was an arcing stud bolt.

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Metro suspends service at Red Line Stations to investigate smoke on tracks

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Metro closed two Red Line stations for two hours while the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services and Metro personnel investigated a report of smoke on the tracks Monday, Metro spokesperson Richard Jordan said.

Jordan said the source of the smoke was a stud bolt that was grounded. Metro did not run trains between two stops while Metro and D.C. Fire EMS investigated.

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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 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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Metro tackles variety of problems including 'smoldering' rail ties

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WASHINGTON – Several problems plagued the Metro and delayed service on the Red, Orange, Green and Blue lines this week including a smoldering wooden rail tie Monday that forced passengers to offload from the Red Line, spokesperson Ron Holzer said.

Holzer said a Metro supervisor extinguished the burning tie before it burst into flames and with minimal damage.

Meanwhile, riders on the Green and Yellow lines experienced delays Tuesday morning because the door to a railcar wouldn’t open at Georgia Avenue Station, Holzer said. 

The Metro safety department is also working on a response to safety directives from the Federal Transit Administration regarding protection of workers on the tracks. Metro’s Chief Safety Officer Pat Lavin told a board committee Thursday the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority workers in some sections of track will soon be issued wrist bands which will provide notice of oncoming trains.

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Deer wandering on Red Line tracks near Silver Spring Metro

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Dozens of Metrorail riders had to take a shuttle bus to travel past Forest Glen station on the Red Line toward D.C. Friday, but it wasn’t due to SafeTrack or unscheduled track work.

A deer was seen wandering on the tracks between the Forest Glen station and Silver Spring Transit Center as of 10:30 a.m. so Metro shut down that section of track, spokesperson Richard Jordan said.

“We’re kind of just waiting on it to move along on its own,” Jordan said.

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