Red Line Delay Continues
Metro says it will need a second night of work to replace the flawed section of track discovered on Sunday during a routine ultrasound check of the transit system's tracks. So trains continue to move at reduced speed between Medical Center and Friendship Heights.
Metro made temporary repairs on Sunday night, so the track still could be used for weekday service, and the transit authority had hoped to replace the 39-foot track section Monday night, but announced today that the second night would be needed. Meanwhile, trains in that area are moving at 35 mph, rather than the normal 44 mph.
The ultrasound checks on the track system are performed five times a year. Track inspectors also walk the rails twice a week to make safety checks.
The only way to make permanent repairs during the day is to shut down a track and have trains from both directions take turns on the other track, which jams trains and annoys riders. Metro has only a few hours between the time the last trains roll at night and the first ones come through in the morning to perform much of its maintenance work. The tasks spill over into weekends. Metro routinely announces on Thursdays what delays will be coming up for the weekend when stretches of track are closed for various forms of maintenance.
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