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Small Fire Reported on Metro Tracks

by ARLnow.com May 10, 2011 at 9:21 am 1,966 6 Comments

Update at 10:25 a.m. — “A couple of trains were delayed but continued to move through the area,” says Metro spokesman Ron Holzer.

Update at 9:30 a.m. — The fire is reported to be out. Expect some traffic issues on westbound I-66 due to parked fire equipment. Initial reports suggest that trains may have been halted in the area. Metro is said to be checking whether the fire may have damaged the third rail.

Update at 9:25 a.m. — The fire is said to be on a railroad tie. No word yet on whether this will affect trains along the Orange Line.

A small fire has been reported on or near the Metro tracks along I-66, between Glebe Road and East Falls Church.

Arlington firefighters are responding to the area.

  • Tomhandy

    Been stuck on orange line between west and rest falls church for 10 minutes, just started moving

  • steve

    Ah, old unreliable as it at it again… Let’s not forget, a day on metro is good if people don’t get killed. That’s how low the standard has been set.

    Oh and gee, the escalators at 12th and G are still broken, making it 6 years of this now! Thanks unions for the great work!

    • PghBigDog

      Hey, p*ss off with the negative comments on unions. The union workers installed what the architects designed and the buyers for places like Blake Construction provided them.
      If it wasn’t for the labor unions in America there would be no 40 hr. work week, no retirement plans, no health/life insurance plans for workers, no safety standards for workers, nor the right to air grieveances. If you ever had to work a day in your life you wouldn’t need this friendly reminder.

      • Arlington, Northside

        They also gave us the UAW Job Banks leading to inflated prices for American cars that until recently were already poorly designed by the white collar side of the house….. No doubt Unions helped this Nation become what it is, but they have also held it back from reaching our full potential as well. Have to accept the bad with the good in the Union debate if you want to move the situation forward in a positive way.

      • madisonmanor

        And the steel industry in Pittsburgh wouldn’t have evaporated. It’s a dual edged sword – in addition to the benefits you stated, the unions were at least 50% responsible for the steel industry leaving – many of my friends and family members “worked” at J&L in Aliquippa or US Steel in Ambridge – and used to brag that they were paid as much not to work as to work (some had 12 weeks of vacation, plenty of sick leave, double/triple time for overtime).

  • Virginia^2

    I saw a packed train stopped, with a Metro employee extinguishing a small fire on the tracks, while I was running along the Custis Trail yesterday at around 5pm – how frequently does this happen?


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