Red Line: Expect residual delays to Shady Grove due to an earlier train malfunction at Union Station.
Red Line: Trains are single tracking btwn Wheaton & Forest Glen due to a disabled train at Wheaton. Expect delays in both directions.
@Metrorailinfo: Green Line: Expect residual delays in the direction of Greenbelt due to an earlier unauthorized person on the tracks at College Park.
The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER STORM WATCH for Montgomery County from Sunday night through Monday. Snowfall of 5 inches or more is possible.
Residents should begin Winter Storm preparations which should consider the potential of significant snow accumulations within the next 48 hours. Please remain alert for the issuance of additional Warnings.
A winter storm watch is issued when there is the potential for significant snowfall and hazardous winter weather within 48 hours.
Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of January 31 – February 2 with service adjustments beginning at 10 p.m. Friday night and continuing through system closing on Sunday.
Green Line trains will operate a regular weekend schedule. Trains on the Blue, Orange, and Yellow lines will operate every 24 minutes and Red Line trains will run every 24 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont, with additional trains providing service from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. between Farragut North and Silver Spring.
Metro is investing $5.5 billion to install new rail, ties, platforms, escalators, signals, lighting, communication systems, and more. It represents the largest capital investment — and work effort — since the system’s original construction in the early 1970s.
Red Line: Normal service has resumed at Twinbrook.
Dupont Circle: Escalator service has been restored.
This was my disaster last night!
UPDATE – Thursday – 1/30/2014, 5 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON – Metro has found the root of the problem that caused trains to single track along the Red Line between Shady Grove and Twinbrook.
A misaligned third rail was put back in place near the Twinbrook station, and trains are now running again, says Metro’s Dan Stessel.
EARLIER – Thursday – 1/30/14, 12:33 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON – A new problem on Metro’s Red Line is causing trains to single track between Shady Grove and Twinbrook.
Crews are inspecting two trains that went down back-to back-near the Shady Grove Metro stop Thursday morning.
The 15 passengers on the first train and 18 passengers on the second have made their way to their destinations, but meanwhile Metro spokesman Dan Stessel says crews are working to figure out what happened.
It may be a crack in the third electrified rail, he says. A number of collector shoes, which are attached to each car and run along the third rail to power the cars, have fallen off, he says.
Inspectors are walking the line, collecting the shoes, which are designed to fall off if they catch anything, he says. They are looking for the root problem that’s causing the shoes to separate from the cars.
Multiple cars along the Red Line are out of service because they’ve lost their collecter shoes, Stessel says.
Metro has called in inspectors from other lines to assist on finding the problem and attaching the shoes, so the trains can be up and running by the Thursday afternoon rush hour.
They can’t rule out that cold temperatures played a role in the issue, Stessel says.
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@Metrorailinfo: Red Line: No longer single tracking. Residual delays continue in both directions due to earlier track work outside Twinbrook.
@Metrorailinfo: Dupont Circle: Escalator/elevator service temporarily unavailable due to earlier fire alarm activation (no fire). Technicians en route.