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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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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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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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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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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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Metro deals with its latest track setbacks

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Metro fireA Twitter post reportedly shows a recent fire on a track on the Metro's Red Line. COURTESY PHOTO

Brake problems on a Metro Red Line train and a broken rail requiring immediate repairs near a Metro station each caused trains to run on a single track during rush hour during the past week.

“Every train has multiple brake pads that apply and release,” Metro spokesperson Sherri Ly said. “Occasionally, a single brake pad on a train may not fully release, which can cause continual friction between the pad and the friction ring. This in turn, results in heat and brake dust.”

That is just one type of brake problem that happens on a Metro train. Each time Metro disables a train for this reason, it affects the rate of train traffic. It happened at Medical Center Station Sept. 29.

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"Safety Comes First!"

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Metro managers say three-phase Red Line repairs will lead to overcrowding

Metro repairs 1Repair work takes place at Bethesda Metro station. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

Metro Red line riders can expect more delays, overcrowding and midnight weekend closures in August and October as part of a plan to fix infrastructure problems within the mass transit system.

Paul Wiedefeld, general manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, released his final plan Thursday system after FTA Acting Administrator Carol Flowers told him in a letter May 11 to change the order of the projects in his previous plan to improve safety and reliability.

Wiedefeld said the “safety surges” will require sacrifices from riders but that the sacrifice was necessary because safety is priority.

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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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