Metro single-tracking Wednesday
Metro stored an unprecedented number of rail cars in underground tunnels on Tuesday night as the blizzard was hitting the Washington area to minimize the labor-intensive job of digging them out from rail yards, a Metro official said Wednesday.
As a result, many underground trains are operating only on single tracks Wednesday because the other tracks are packed with rail cars, said Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein. The trains continue to run on roughly 24- to 30-minute intervals, she said.
"We are providing underground service on a single track because the other track is filled with trains," she said. "Digging out rail yards is extremely time-consuming, it takes a combination of plow, shovel, and tow trucks, so we decided to get as many cars underground as possible," she said.
Metro employees are reaching the point of exhaustion after days of battling snow and ice to keep service running. "We are seeing extreme fatigue in the staff. They have been dealing with snow for a solid week," Farbstein said. "People are working shifts but they are physically and mentally exhausted."
Today's wind isn't helping. "It may not be worthwhile trying to clear stuff with 40-mile-per-hour winds," she said.
February 10, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
Categories: Advisories , transit | Tags: Metro, Metro delays, weather
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