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Metro riders can expect delayed service between Brookland, Fort Totten, and Takoma

Metro riders can expect delayed service between Brookland, Fort Totten, and Takoma

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Metro Restricts Red Line Traffic Over Cable Issue; Expect Congestion and Delays Through Weekend

Metro will limit the number of Red Line trains between certain stations through the upcoming weekend after inspectors identified an old cable responsible for signal problems on the oldest line of the rail system, officials announced Tuesday.

Through this weekend, only one train will be allowed on each track of the Red Line between Brookland and Fort Totten and between Fort Totten and Takoma. The constraints will remain in place until the cable is replaced.

Metro said this will likely cause congestion and delays on the Red Line, but said service could return to normal as soon as Monday, Dec. 18 if replacement work went as planned.

“We have detected a condition that, left unaddressed, could affect the integrity of the signal system, and that is something we take very seriously,” said Metro Chief Operating Officer Joseph Leader. “Safety demands that the cable be taken out of service and replaced.”

The cable is roughly 40 years old and dates back to the construction of the Metro system. It has been used to transmit information about a train’s speed and location at Brookland, Fort Totten, and Takoma.

Metro riders can take free shuttle buses this weekend between Silver Spring and Rhode Island Avenue stations. Alternatively, customers can use the Green Line between Fort Totten and Gallery Place.

Previously, Metro had announced single tracking this week between Farragut North and Judiciary Square, but that has been cancelled.

Metro said the cable replacement is unrelated to the recent construction work between Silver Spring and Fort Totten.

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