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Red Line Delays to Continue For Month, Metro Says

Metro announced this afternoon that it will begin repair work at the site of the June 22 crash next week. The National Transportation Safety Board said it has ended its testing of the tracks between Fort Totten and Takoma and released the site to the transit authority.

It's going to take about a month to replace track circuitry in the area, so Red Line riders will continue to have the same delays they've been experiencing in the weeks since the crash. Metro has been telling riders to expect delays of as much as half an hour on their trips.

"We were prohibited by the NTSB from doing work in this area since the time that the accident took place," Metro General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. said in a statement. "We will make repairs, conduct a rigorous testing process and resume service to normal in about 30 days."

The NTSB said it is continuing its investigation, and has not determined the cause of the crash. But examination of components from the train control system can be done in Metro's laboratory in Landover and at its Operations Control Center in the District.

Staff writer Lena H. Sun reported Thursday that the NTSB is focusing on two pieces of three-decade-old electrical equipment that appear to offer clues about why the train protection system failed, allowing one Red Line train to ram into another. See story.

By Robert Thomson  |  July 31, 2009; 5:28 PM ET
Categories:  Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail delays, Red Line crash  
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If I never use Metro again, it'll be too soon.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | July 31, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

"About 30 days" from now puts METRO perilously close to Labor Day. If WMATA's schedule slips even a little bit (and really, how often does that ever happen?), then we're back into Terrible Traffic Tuesday with METRO still on the disabled list.

Posted by: vtavgjoe | August 1, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

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