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WASHINGTON – Metro officials say the track circuit believed connected to the fatal collision in June has been replaced. A final cause of the accident has not yet been determined.

Trains continue to be operated manually by operators and will remain so until further notice.

Metro says service on the Red Line near the Fort Totten Metrorail station has returned to normal. Trains were operating at reduced speeds or taking turns moving one at a time between the Fort Totten and Takoma Metrorail stations.

In a press release Metro says:

“Maintenance program repairs in the Fort Totten Metrorail station area have been implemented, including replacing original track equipment dating back to the 1970s. Metro has increased capacity on the Red Line by operating more trains during the morning and afternoon rush hour periods.

The number of trains has increased from 38 trains to 44 trains. While repairs have been completed near the Fort Totten Metrorail station, Metro officials are continuing to make repairs to track circuits near the Takoma and Silver Spring Metrorail stations, as part of a previously scheduled maintenance program. As a result of this work, trains will share one track between these locations from about 10 p.m. until closing between Sunday and Thursday nights.

Customers are not likely to notice a delay because trains operate every 15 to 20 minutes during those times. This work is expected to take four to six weeks, and this project is part of a 2006 contract to upgrade track circuits at 22 locations throughout the Metrorail system. Metro had been replacing the track circuit in the area of the accident since early August.”

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