Red Line Smoke Means Major Metro Delays Monday

Red line riders were delayed by track issues this afternoon

By Arlene Borenstein
|  Monday, May 3, 2010  |  Updated 8:46 PM EDT
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Red Line Smoke Means Major Metro Delays Monday

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Metro's new rate hike may have added insult to injury today when Red Line riders had to share one track between Dupont Circle and Van Ness-UDC for more than an hour.

The problems began at 1:30 p.m. with what Metro called an "arcing insulator" issue. A train operator reported that it started on the track between Dupont Circle and Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan, moving in the direction of Shady Grove.

Emergency personnel used an extinguisher to solve the problem, although they did not exactly cite a "fire" as the issue.

A track circuit problem at the Farragut North Metro stop also contributed to the delays. Normal service resumed around 2:50 p.m.

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