Metro increases speeds on Red Line
10 a.m. Update: Metro released a statement that says trains traveling in the direction of Glenmont are operating at normal speeds, up to 59 mph. Shady Grove-bound trains between Friendships and Bethesda are traveling at 35 to 40 mph. Metro said they expect to resume normal speeds along that segment of track by next week.
Original post: Metroopensdoors tweeted this morning that the speed restriction on the Glenmont-bound track has been lifted. Speeds on the track to Shady Grove increased to 35 to 40 mph, and will remain at those levels through the weekend, according to the transit agency's official Twitter page.
Metro crews discovered a strip of worn rails between Bethesda and Friendship Heights during a routine assessment last week, triggering an immediate effort to replace rails and fasteners each night. The speed restriction allowed the replaced equipment to gradually adjust to passing trains.
A Metro official said the agency expects to release an official statement on the change this morning.
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