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Western end of Red Line reopens

Update (9: 05 p.m.): The western side of the Red Line reopened at 8 p.m. Sunday. Metro crews were working to reopen other above-ground stations in the system but did not know when that would happen.

Workers were de-icing tracks and clearing snow from rail yards, platforms and escalators, However, dropping temperatures and winds blowing snow back into cleared areas posed challenges for the crews, the agency said.

Metro officials also said in a statement that there was a problem with having enough people to do the necessary work. More than 100 bus operators reported that they could not get to work or called in sick, Metro said. More than 100 train operators and station managers did not report to work for the same reasons, officials said.

Original post: Metro's Red Line from Shady Grove Station to Union Station will reopen at 8 p.m. Sunday, the transit agency said in a press release.

Five above-ground stations will open: Shady Grove, Rockville, Twinbrook, White Flint and Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail stations. Waits between trains will be 24 to 30 minutes, Metro said.

By Michael Bolden  |  December 20, 2009; 7:41 PM ET
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How discriminatory is this? I can't believe that WMATA decided that the eastern end of the Red Line, which currently has NO operating stations, should not be the priority. Instead they decided to open even more stations on the western side which already had most of its stations open. I know that the western side is the "money side" of the red line, but do they have to make it so damn obvious. Shame on you WMATA.

Posted by: wanker16 | December 20, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

obviously the side with fewer stations is going to get finished first because it takes less time. I'm in Silver Spring by the way...

Posted by: bmp246 | December 20, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Exactly what bmp said. Clearing 5 stations is easier than 9, though I don't understand why there couldn't be a Silver Spring - Glenmont shuttle.
(full disclosure: I'm at Shady Grove.)

Posted by: pikamander007 | December 21, 2009 2:09 AM | Report abuse

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