Avoid Red Line at Night 'Til September (At Least)

Trains to single track around crash site through the month

By Matthew Stabley
|  Friday, Aug 7, 2009  |  Updated 8:31 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON -- Seriously, just take the bus.

Every evening through the rest of the month, Metro trains will share a single track between the Fort Totten and Takoma stations while Metro replaces track circuits in the area.

Also, the Red Line at Fort Totten will be closed the weekends of Aug. 14-16 and Aug. 21-23. Green Line service at Fort Totten.

Red Line riders should continue adding 30 minutes to their travel plans.

Metro said all track circuit parts between the Fort Totten and Takoma stations will be replaced. That includes cables and equipment for the signaling system, which detects trains.

Red line service has been delayed since nine people were killed and more than 70 injured on June 22 when a train slammed into another train stopped on the tracks near the Maryland state line.

Federal investigators have been examining components of the train control system as they evaluate what caused the crash.

Anomalies were discovered in track circuits in the area of the crash site. Those anomalies started after equipment was replaced.
 

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