Slowdown on Red Line
Metro inspectors have identified a section of track in that area that needs repair. That's not an unusual condition in the aging rail system. The transit authority schedules repairs, and until they can be completed, orders trains to slow down as they pass through the zone as a safety precaution. (There's been a lot of repair work this year on the track bed along the western portion of the Red Line.)
Riders notice these slowdowns, which can continue for many days, but tell me they can't get any information about them from train operators or station managers, and they can't find anything about them on Metro's Web site or through the Metro e-Alerts that they signed up to receive via e-mail.
The transit Web site does list areas where Metro is conducting inspections or maintenance on track circuits. While that work is going on, trains slow down as they pass through the zone. There's one such area now between Federal Triangle and Smithsonian on the Orange and Blue lines.
Metro also lists scheduled delays on rail and bus.
Notifying riders about those work zones was a step toward good communications. Metro should carry that through to include notifications about routine slowdowns that are so noticeable to regular riders.
| November 3, 2010; 1:15 PM ET
Categories: Advisories, Metro, Red Line | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail
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