Red Line Rehab Program Approved By Metro Board
The Metro board has just voted to approve a $177 million program that will rehabilitate the Red Line between Dupont Circle and Silver Spring over the next few years.
There was little discussion. Board member Peter Benjamin wanted assurance from staff that Metro would have the flexibility to redirect the money if necessary to deal with other contingencies, such as those that might arise out of Red Line crash aftermath.
After getting that assurance, the board voted in favor of the plan.
Here's a review of what's involved in the Red Line program.
There are lots of important improvements to the line in this plan, including fixes for platforms, stations, escalators and elevators and track. Also, it targets some of the oldest and most heavily used portions of the rail system.
My continuing concern is how close Metro will come to maintaining the train schedule while the work is underway. The idea is to start work at 8 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday nights. (This would probably be next year.) At those late hours, Metro officials say, it's possible to come pretty close to maintaining the train schedule even with trains taking turns on one track to get around the work zones.
July 16, 2009; 11:55 AM ET
Categories: Metro | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Red Line, rehabilitation
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