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There’s another big break in service coming, Metro says. Takoma Station will close from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. This will allow the National Transportation Safety Board to continue its investigation of the June 22 train crash.

Metro says it was told by the NTSB this afternoon that the investigators will test the sight distance along the tracks between Takoma and Fort Totten, the zone where the fatal crash occurred. That means no regular train travel in that area during the hours of the testing.

So during that time, the Red Line will be divided into two now-familiar segments. Trains will run between Glenmont and Silver Spring and between Fort Totten and Shady Grove. In between, riders will have to board free shuttle buses, which will stop at Takoma as well as Silver Spring and Fort Totten.

Riders are going to be angry about this renewed disruption, but the sight line testing is important. I’m sure many of you are curious to learn more about this aspect of the investigation.

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