- Associated Press - Thursday, April 27, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington’s transit agency will expedite repairs to a heavily-traveled section of downtown track after three electrical fires in two weeks.

Rush-hour service on Metro’s red line was compromised by the most recent fire on Thursday morning.

Chief Safety Officer Pat Lavin tells The Washington Post (https://tinyurl.com/l8ds5z2) that the problem was caused by aging rail fasteners. The fasteners are 30 to 40 years old.

Replacing rail fasteners will be part of Metro’s new preventive maintenance program that will start in July. But general manager Paul Wiedefeld says repairs on that portion of the red line will begin immediately after the system closes on Thursday night.

Electrical fires on the tracks have been an ongoing problem for Metro, which has lost riders amid safety and reliability concerns.

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Information from: The Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com

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