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    Wasington DC- Entire Metro system will shut down for at least 29 hours.

    Entire Wash Dc subway shutdown till Thurs -- cable caught fire............ second time ...expecting "rush hour " to last until the afternoon.........home!by the time they get to work they have to go home... $2 million a day lost...they dont have a clue what will happen if they find major issues! It is the second biggest one in the nation!!

    700,000 ride a day. IMO they are silly to say 29 hours. Obviously they are gonna find stuff that needs to be replaced - it is 40 years old! IMO it just makes govt look like they are clueless. But it really is paralyzing, and if it goes on lots of folks livlihood are gonna be messed up IMO

    There are folks trapped in DC!

    just crippling...............

    http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2016/0...-for-29-hours/

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-dc...-idUSKCN0WH2NT

    I am telling ya all CNN is just a joke.

    I just went here
    http://www.cnn.com/

    There ,right now, is nothing on the page about the second biggest subway system in in the nation falling apart - IMO that is kinda a "story" no??

    Am I only the only that thinks it kinda warrents a "mention" !
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    "Emergency shutdown" but they can wait till midnight !! Emergency??

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    I used to use the DC Metro.....I hope the federal gvmt will let workers either take a day or work from home.
    DC is very much based on public transport.
    I hope it will be examined why it hasn't been "kept up with"
    JMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by abstr View Post
    I used to use the DC Metro.....I hope the federal gvmt will let workers either take a day or work from home.
    DC is very much based on public transport.
    I hope it will be examined why it hasn't been "kept up with"
    JMO
    Yes, federal government is allowing unscheduled leave and telework.

    Good local article, with pictures.

    http://wtop.com/sprawl-crawl/2016/03...esday/slide/2/


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    D.C. region braces for unprecedented subway-free workday


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    History

    MARCH 14, 2016


    Electrical fire brings all-day single-tracking downtown





    SEPT. 21, 2015


    Six months of reduced service after fire




    SEPT. 22, 2015


    Hundreds stuck in tunnel evacuated




    AUG. 7, 2015


    Stranded passengers, suspended service





    AUG. 6, 2015


    Derailment suspends downtown service

    JULY 15, 2015


    An unexplained oil spill



    JUNE 29, 2015


    Red Line rush-hour offloads

    iders.





    MAY 11, 2015


    Suspended service brings massive delays



    Commuters crowd a bus in hopes of getting a seat at the Rossyln Metro station. (Amanda Voisard/For The Washington Post)



    JAN. 12, 2015


    Smoke incident kills 1, injures more than 80



    JAN. 8, 2015


    Cold weather brings cracked rails






    DEC. 16, 2014


    Water main break shuts down stations




    There are dozens more at link

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/apps/...meltdowns/426/





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    ..........the cable that caught fire Monday had been inspected as part of a systemwide cable inspection after the Yellow Line fire — and passed. He said he had concerns about the results of that inspection.

    condition that he not be identified because he was not authorized to speak publicly said the earlier cable inspections were not conducted properly or missed the problem that caused the fires.

    Wiedefeld said 125 cables were replaced after the inspections.

    I would conclude from above that 29 hours is going to become.................. It the one that was fixed a year ago caught fire Mon it seems somewhat delusional to think that the 400 or some that have never been inspected are getting a clean bill of health.

    The way I understand it, after they find out how bad it is they will then go in segments, and go to one line only for the repairs.

    Washington may be in for a very very long mess IMO

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/2016/03/15/8e0b2be4-eae8-11e5-b0fd-073d5930a7b7_story.html
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    you can have a trendline of declining ridership; you can have a safety record that’s so scarythe Feds have to step in; you can be so down on your luck that it takes a year to hire a new general manager to run the thing; you can even have a series of high-profile crimes, including Tuesday’s midday shooting on the Green Line — and yet still rank as the No. 1 transit system in the U.S.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/tripping/wp/2016/02/24/d-c-s-metro-is-the-no-1-transit-system-in-the-nation-yes-you-read-that-right/

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    The issue!


    • lars of a fire that broke out Monday on a track in a tunnel near the McPherson Square station, half an hour before the subway system’s 5 a.m. opening.



    Play Video1:32






    ..............throughout the subway, there are multi-foot gaps in the third rails, for various reasons. These gaps are bridged by jumper cables, which function somewhat like extension cords, carrying the electrical current across the openings, and keeping the trains running.
    if the insulation is compromised — if it wears out or is damaged — there is an excellent chance that trouble will soon follow.
    Here is why:
    ....moisture is commonplace in subway tunnels. So are “particulate contaminants,” including brake dust, rust flakes and metallic shavings from train wheels. There is also a lot of grime in the tunnels. And there is plenty of other gunk, such as oil.
    . They offer a path for electrical current to jump dangerously all over a tunnel if the electricity escapes from its insulated containment.
    All it takes is for a path to be completed — for a trail of moisture, particulates or other conductive material to come in contact with the exposed electrical current.
    The phenomenon is called “arcing.”
    ....the cable’s copper strands, juiced with current, were exposed.
    Curr ent flowing into the conductive steel walls of a tunnel, for example, can turn the walls into giant hot plates. And it can set fire to debris in the tunnel. ............the thermal damage to surrounding infrastructure can create a huge volume of smoke.
    .... a grandmother from Alexandria who was aboard the stalled train, lost her life.

    The tunnel wall near the McPherson station is lined with metal, as is the tunnel wall near L’Enfant Plaza. “............. “it can get open, and you have direct contact” between the current and nearby conductive materials, including the metal wall.
    Jumper cables and other power lines are attached to one another, and attached to third rails, by large, elbow-shaped connector assemblies called “boots.......

    In its investigation of the L’Enfant incident, the NTSB also warned that throughout the subway, “a number” of boots lacked the proper type of “sealing sleeves,” which are designed to keep contaminants away from the electrical current.
    Metro acknowledged that about 80 percent of its 6,400 power-cable connector assemblies lacked adequate sealing sleeves.
    For now, though, the attention is on the jumper cables.....

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...pm_local_pop_b



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    .....Cut and paste a nut job dont knoe why!

    .........throughout the subway, there are multi-foot gaps in the third rails, for various reasons. These gaps are bridged by jumper cables, which function somewhat like extension cords, carrying the electrical current across the openings, and keeping the trains running....

    if the insulation is compromised — if it wears out or is damaged — there is an excellent chance that trouble will soon follow.
    ...

    Here is why:
    ....moisture is commonplace in subway tunnels. So are “particulate contaminants,” including brake dust, rust flakes and metallic shavings from train wheels. There is also a lot of grime in the tunnels. And there is plenty of other gunk, such as oil.

    . They offer a path for electrical current to jump dangerously all over a tunnel if the electricity escapes from its insulated containment.
    All it takes is for a path to be completed — for a trail of moisture, particulates or other conductive material to come in contact with the exposed electrical current.

    The phenomenon is called “arcing.”

    ....the cable’s copper strands, juiced with current, were exposed......


    Curr ent flowing into the conductive steel walls of a tunnel, for example, can turn the walls into giant hot plates. And it can set fire to debris in the tunnel. ............the thermal damage to surrounding infrastructure can create a huge volume of smoke......

    .... a grandmother from Alexandria who was aboard the stalled train, lost her life.

    The tunnel wall near the McPherson station is lined with metal, as is the tunnel wall near L’Enfant Plaza. “............. “it can get open, and you have direct contact” between the current and nearby conductive materials, including the metal wall........

    Jumper cables and other power lines are attached to one another, and attached to third rails, by large, elbow-shaped connector assemblies called “boots.......

    In its investigation of the L’Enfant incident, the NTSB also warned that throughout the subway, “a number” of boots lacked the proper type of “sealing sleeves,” which are designed to keep contaminants away from the electrical current...........

    Metro acknowledged that about 80 percent of its 6,400 power-cable connector assemblies lacked adequate sealing sleeves.
    For now, though, the attention is on the jumper cables.....

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local...pm_local_pop_b

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    Calling congress knock knock get off vacation......

    All Google images!

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