Metro Deals With Brush Fire
During a Live Online discussion today, readers asked about a rail situation and a road situation, and we have some updates for you.
One chatter told us this:
"I was on the Blue Line train today that encountered the brush fire on the side of the tracks ... The operator was professional and stopped our train and tried to extinguish the fire. I'm glad we were going northbound because the fire was on the southbound tracks."
Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel provided details about the incident:
The incident started at 10:29 a.m. outside Van Dorn Street Station on the outbound Blue Line track.
A Blue Line train operator on the inbound track reported the brush fire to the Operations Control Center, stopped the train and used a fire extinguisher to put it out. However, the brush was still smoldering. The control center told him to continue on with the train.
Metro offloaded a Blue Line train at King Street that was traveling toward Franconia-Springfield and used it as an inspection train to check out the fire spot. By the time train moved to the scene, there was still some light smoke and fire officials were notified.
Shortly after 11 a.m., Metro allowed one Blue Line train to travel down the inbound track to King Street and Largo Town Center. Based on what Metro could see between 11 a.m. and 11:12 a.m., operators moved two Blue Line trains past the scene on the outbound track to Van Dorn and Franconia-Springfield.
From 11:12 a.m. to 11:25 a.m., power was down to both tracks to allow firefighters to deal with the smoldering brush. Full power was restored at 11:26 a.m., and service resumed with continued delays.
Another chatter wanted the latest on the repaving along Georgia Avenue, north of the Beltway:
"A couple of months ago you answered a question about Georgia Ave (past the Beltway to Veirs Mill Roadl) being repaved and said it should be done by May. Well, it is truly a mess. There is one layer down over 2/3 of the road. The right lanes have nothing and are hard to drive on. All the grates, etc are high and look as tho a tire will pop if hit. Any clue as to when they will actually be finished?"
I've heard from community residents and commuters about this one. Bad weather earlier this year slowed down progess. The work is being done overnight to minimize the impact on commuters, but that's making for some sleepless nights among those who live along Georgia.
Chuck Gischlar, a spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration, told me this today:
The resurfacing project along Georgia Avenue is still moving forward. "We expect the right lane to be paved by the end of the week, weatherpermitting," he said. " We appreciate the patience of motorists in the area."
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