Metro prepares for SafeTrack Surge #3; Monday's delays attributed to 'smoldering stud-bolt'

- Metro riders are preparing for phases #3 and #4 of the transit system’s SafeTrack program. Beginning after the July 4th holiday, the upcoming maintenance schedule will impact commuters on the Blue and Yellow Lines and will significantly reduce service for 14 days. Surge #2 of the SafeTrack plan will end on Sunday, July 3rd.

Over the weekend, trains will operate as follows:

• Red, Yellow and Green Line trains will operate regular weekend service.

• Free shuttle buses replace Orange line trains between Eastern Market and Minnesota Avenue

• Free shuttle buses replace Silver Line trains between Eastern Market and Benning Road

• Blue Line trains operate between Franconia-Springfield and Arlington Cemetery/Pentagon only

• All lines operate every 20 minutes after 10:00 p.m.

Monday night's smoke incident at the Gallery Place-Chinatown station led to hours of delays and a revamped response from Metro. The incident occurred inside the station just before 6 p.m. during the evening rush hour commute. Rail service on the Green and Yellow lines was affected for the remainder of the night.

WAMU transportation reporter and FOX 5 contributor, Martin Di Caro, said a Metro spokeswoman said a "smoldering stud-bolt" on the tracks was to blame for the issues Monday. No other information regarding the incident was released.

Di Caro said one person in the station was hospitalized for smoke inhalation.

Metro officials have scheduled a news conference at 1 p.m. to discuss final preparations for the next SafeTrack surge - Surge #3.

Line segment shutdown between National Airport and Braddock Road will last from July 5 through July 11 and will involve the following changes:

On weekdays:

• Blue Line will operate in two segments:

• Trains will run every 15 minutes between Franconia-Springfield and Braddock Rd.

• Trains will run every 12 minutes between National Airport and Largo.

• Yellow Line will operate in two segments:

• Trains will run every 12 minutes between Huntington and Braddock Rd.

• Trains will run every 12 minutes between National Airport and Greenbelt.

• NO YELLOW RUSH PLUS SERVICE

• FREE shuttle buses between Braddock Rd and National Airport.

• Service between DC and Reagan National Airport available via train.

• FREE shuttle buses will operate via Metroway between Braddock Rd, Crystal City and Pentagon City.

• FREE shuttle buses will operate between Braddock Rd and Pentagon City.

• Blue/Yellow customers are encouraged to consider alternate travel options and avoid traveling during rush hour if possible; expect significant crowding on Blue & Yellow line trains.

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