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Trains on Red Line may speed up this weekend

Metro General Manager John Catoe responded to questions in an online chat on the WMATA web site this afternoon.

He suggested that the Red Line trains, currently restricted to speeds no greater than 35 miles per hour, might speed up this weekend to alleviate congestion.

A spokesman says Metro officials are meeting with NTSB investigators this afternoon, and transit officials will decide after what speeds Red Line trains will run over the holiday weekend.

"There is no action we can take to alleviate the crowded conditions until we can return to normal speeds," Catoe said in the chat.

You can read the full transcript of the chat here.

By James Hohmann  |  July 2, 2009; 2:43 PM ET
Categories:  Metro  | Tags: Red Line  
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Oh great! Just when it is no longer needed.

Posted by: eleanormcconnell | July 2, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

"There is no action we can take to alleviate the crowded conditions until we can return to normal speeds," Catoe said in the chat.

I think this is simply misleading. Prior to the accident, rush hour trains used to run every 2-5 minutes. Since the accident, I have had to wait up to 12 minutes for a train, though usually its more like 7-8 minutes. THAT, Mr. Catoe, is the reason that there are so many people trying to cram into the trains (the "crowded conditions" you mention).

Posted by: rmc3 | July 3, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I agree with rmc3. Add a few more trains to the line, and you'll see less overcrowding. Get the trains running again at 7 minute intervals---you can still have trains spaced out correctly.. Turn trains back at Grosvenor as in the past, and folks who get on after Rocville might find room without having to wait through 3 or 4 trains.

Posted by: jollyw | July 4, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

And regarding Mr Catoe's answer to the question about signage before you enter the turnstiles. Why not do what the London tube does---they have dry erase boards that list every line and every delay. BEFORE YOU GO THROUGH THE TURNSTILES. And that's all this board lists---no waiting for endless messages to scroll past before a line update. No fancy electronic signs in the mezzanine. Easy for station workers to update. And nothing like the multi-thousand dollar pricetag that you're looking at for electronic signage.

Posted by: jollyw | July 4, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse

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