Red Line Trips Back to Normal, Sort Of
Metro's e-mail alerts about the Red Line slowdown between Fort Totten and Takoma have stopped arriving. Over the summer, they came in like clockwork at 5 a.m. and 3 p.m. Train operators no longer make announcements about track circuit replacement work in that area, where the crash occurred on June 22. And the trains aren't routinely holding at the Takoma or Fort Totten stations.
So are we back to normal? Have the track circuits been replaced and are the routine slowdowns that so vexed riders on Metro's most heavily traveled line finally over?
Almost, but not quite, Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel told me. "We are making progress in the repairs between these locations, and on some days, rail service will be normal and smooth," he wrote in an e-mail. "However, there are still times when we will have to make adjustments in the area, and the service might be a tad slower."
Trains still are under manual control, rather than automatic.They still are supposed to stop at the front of the station platform, so no cars are inadvertently left back in the tunnel. (Though I did see one six-car Yellow Line train fall short of that goal Thursday afternoon at Mount Vernon Square.)
Metro continues to check track circuits more frequently than it did before the crash, and trains may slow down as they pass through those areas. The list of the areas is much shorter than it was at some points over the summer.
There was an unrelated track circuit problem this morning: Trains were sharing the same track between Farragut North and Van Ness because of a circuit malfunction outside Dupont Circle.
Those suddenly-arising problems are different from the routine expectation that the trip to or from work would involve seemingly endless stops and starts with unpredictable arrival times.
September 18, 2009; 8:02 AM ET
Categories: Metro | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail accident, Red Line crash, delays, slowdown
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