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Red Line Service Still Affected By Investigation

Metro's Red Line trains will again share a single track in both directions during the morning and evening rush periods in the area around Monday's deadly crash. Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and after 10 p.m., the affected area will be closed altogether so the probe of the crash can continue.

The single tracking will occur between the Fort Totten and Takoma stations, Metro officials said. During off-peak hours, trains will not travel between Fort Totten and Silver Spring.

Throughout the Red Line, trains will be restricted to a maximum speed of 35 mph while more safety tests are conducted. Trains passing through the accident zone will pass through at significantly slower speed, especially between 8 and 10 p.m., officials said.

Metrobus service has been increased, and free Metrobus shuttles will be available throughout the day, to help move customers between the Silver Spring, Takoma and Fort Totten stations.

Metro has doubled service on the limited-stop S9 (16th Street Express) and 79 (Georgia Avenue Metro Extra) lines. The S9 will operate all day, instead of its usual rush-hour only schedule. Metro also is increasing service on the 70, 71 (Georgia Avenue-7th Street) and S1, S2, S4 (16th Street-Potomac Park) lines, as needed.

To see a map of Silver Spring-area Metrobus stops, click here.

By Washington Post Editor  |  June 26, 2009; 5:42 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting , Metro , Safety , transit  
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Comments

I find it comical when Metro makes announcements at the stations about an "incident" that is causing delays ... why can't they just be honest and announce "Because we killed nine passengers, Metro is experiencing delays."

Posted by: sknyluv | June 26, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I assume Red Line trains will be turning back at Fort Totten and Silver Spring through the weekend. Do we know:

1) Whether 79 and S9 service will continue on the weekend as well?
2) What the chances are of a semi-normal commuting environment on Monday?

Posted by: Lindemann777 | June 26, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Why are trains on the red line running 7-8 minutes apart?

Posted by: Tony-Tony-Tony | June 26, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Metro is a joke. Heads need to roll starting at the top. The whole system is managed by a bunch of jokers.

Posted by: thorhero | June 26, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

seems there are only four trains an hour from Shady Grove to Downtown during the 8 to 9 hour. A complete zoo ensued on the platforms. No one can get on at Van Ness or Cleveland Park or Woodley Park. I left 45 minutes early today 7:15 instead of 8:00 and couldn't get a seat, but could get on a train. This is terrible. Please something needs to be done immediately. Coming home is impossible to get on at Metro Center or Faragout North around 6pm

Posted by: mgoldstein2012 | June 26, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Red Line was ridonkulus. It wasn't mobbed like yesterday, but a 20 minute trip took 45 minutes to an hour... I lost track. Held 10 minutes at Silver Spring, another 10 minutes at Takoma, and then between 2 and 5 minutes at every subsequent station to Gallery Place (where I finally gave up and walked the rest of the way) due to 'schedule adjustment.' How can you need a schedule adjustment when you've barely moved?!

Posted by: SilverySpringlike | June 26, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Metro has gone steadily downhill since its inception. Most of the bus drivers are rude, drive too fast for conditions, talk on cell phones (which is a violation of rules), and allow eating and drinking on the buses (which is also a violation of rules). Fares increase and service decreases. The most recent accident is one that never should have taken place. Proper controls should have been established and clearly were not. Why does there have to be fatalities before action is taken?

Posted by: LW0815 | June 26, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I can only hope Catoe is fired as well as the other incompetent employees at Metro that oversaw and did nothing to cause this unnecessary tragedy. Anything less is a travesty.

Posted by: ken_berlin | June 26, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

What can we expect this weekend? Particularly on the Shady Grove portion of the redline? Should we brave it? I've been taking buses but it took close to an hour last night to get from Friendship Heights to Dupont and I need to do the same trip Sat. AM, wondering if the red line would be better???

Posted by: cej1 | June 26, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

What I don't like is us on the Red Line, especially from Takoma to Glenmont, we are getting either no service (forced to take buses) or very slow service, but they still expect us to pay rush hour fares. How come Metro didn't change their fare policy so that Red Line customers (or at least the eastern side) were charged off-peak fares at all times until the matter is resolved and regular service resumes?

Posted by: dhlunar | June 26, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Inexplicable delays... Achingly slow trains... Shuttle busses during rush hour... Washington, this is what it's like to ride on a typical transit system.

I used to live in Chicago. Compared to ours, their transit system (the CTA) is rather pathetic... The trains are slow, heavy, short, cramped, and incredibly noisy; the stations are usually either rusting to pieces above the ground, or have the look, feel and smell of a sewer below; the service is literally unpredictable at best; and train fires, derailments, and station closures are more or less a fact of life.

I've only been commuting on the Metro for a year now. But already, I get this feeling that some here in DC are taking the quality of our transit system completely for granted.

Lately, we've been given a good taste of what our lives would be like if the Metro were not quite the world-class system that I believe it really is. Perhaps the little extra hardship we've all been "suffering" through to get to work this week will help us appreciate how effective the Metro has always been at making our busied commuting lives possible.

Posted by: HydroxCookies | June 26, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I’m also wondering if there is any info yet on the projected schedule for this weekend yet, specifically whether Takoma will be open. I need to head downtown tomorrow morning but won’t be back until late in the evening (likely after 10). If that section of the red line is closed, will there still be shuttles running to Ft. Totten? Or am I better off driving down to Ft. Totten and parking there?

Posted by: lb79 | June 26, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I wonder: Are the same people who constantly complain about Metro are the SAME people constantly complaining about traffic/rude drivers? If not, maybe they should all get together for a whineswap party - or whatever crybaby DC residents do when not attached to IPhones.

Posted by: CubsFan | June 26, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

If Metro thinks there might be a safety issue with the trains that requires them running at a greatly reduced speed today, then why only the Red Line? Don't they use the same type trains on all the lines? Isn't the problem with the trains, not the Red Line in particular? Just wondering...

Posted by: typedancer | June 26, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Everyone is so quick to blame Metro and whine when their commute is affected. I live in Silver Spring and have been enormously affected with a 3-hour roundtrip commute every day, but I'm thankful to be alive to be able to complain, unlike those poor 9 victims who were killed. Stop blaming Metro and blame Congress, Virginia and Maryland, who refuse to give the transit system a dedicated source of funding. Metro has been explaining the urgent need for money for years to keep the system running smoothly. The infrastructure is old and Metro hasn't been given the money to fix it. What do you expect Catoe to do? And I agree, try the transit system in another city that is as old as ours and see how much you hate Metro then.

Posted by: melp | June 26, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

@cej1 "What can we expect this weekend? Particularly on the Shady Grove portion of the redline?"

I have been taking trains in between Bethesda and Shady Grove (or Twinbrook or White Flint) all week and haven't noticed any major delays. More crowded trains but nothing too crazy. Easily gotten on each train (I generally catch a train around 8:30am [to bethesda] and 6pm [from bethesda]).

So I would say take the metro but maybe check and see the Next Scheduled Arrival time on the metro website or a web enabled cell phone (www.wmata.com/mobile). I generally do this on any weekend though because you can still end up waiting 20 minutes for a train.

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | June 26, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

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