Arcing insulator causes delays along Metro's Red Line

- Electrical problems caused delays at a D.C. Metro station Friday morning, a day after the troubled transit system’s new safety officer discussed much needed changes that were on the way.

Friday’s incident occurred just after 5 a.m. at the Friendship Heights station in the northwest. Trains were single tracking in both directions between the Friendship Heights station and the Van Ness station after an arcing insulator was discovered.

Metro officials say the incident did not produce a fire or smoke. The issue was resolved in about an hour. 

Chief Safety Officer Patrick Lavin said on Thursday that scheduled repairs will be moved up following the threat of a shutdown by the U.S. Transpiration Secretary.

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