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Red Line Fix to Affect Late-Night, Weekend Service

This month's repairs to the track circuits on the Red Line will require late-night single tracking and two weekend closings of rail service between Takoma and Brookland, Metro announced today.

The free shuttle buses will again be used to get passengers between Takoma, Fort Totten and Brookland during those closings, on the weekends of Aug. 14-16 and Aug. 21-23. Green Line service at Fort Totten will not be affected by this, but the work means continued delays all along the Red Line.

[This announcement adds to a string of advisories from Metro about upcoming track work and delays. See previous posting, Bracing for Metro Delays.]

Single Tracking
Starting tonight and continuing through August, Red Line trains will share one track after 10 p.m. between Fort Totten and Takoma to get around the track-circuit work zones.

Weekend Disruption
Because of the break in the Red Line on the two August weekends, the line will operate in two segments: between Shady Grove and Brookland and between Glenmont and Takoma. This set up will be in place from 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, to the midnight closing on Sunday, Aug. 16, and from 10 p.m. Friday, August 21, to the midnight closing on Sunday, Aug. 23. The free shuttle buses will operate during those hours.

The Work
The track circuit reconstruction is a direct response to the June 22 crash. Investigators say a problem in the circuit equipment may have caused the stop train to disappear from the monitoring systems as the other train approached. The work includes replacing all track circuit components, including cables, impedance bonds, modules and junction boxes. There may be as many as 50 people working on the replacement every day, Metro says.

By Robert Thomson  |  August 7, 2009; 2:12 PM ET
Categories:  Metro , Weekend Work , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail delays, Red line crash  
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