Metro officials said Thursday that the Red Line will return to automatic train operation (ATO) on Monday.
“The return of automatic train operation on the Red Line is a significant safety milestone for Metro,” said Metro Deputy General Manager Rob Troup. “I want to thank our riders for their forbearance through years of work, often on weekends, to allow us the track access necessary to perform essential signal upgrades.”
Only eight-car trains will run in automatic mode initially; six-car trains will continue to operate in manual mode. A future software upgrade on Metro’s existing railcar fleet will allow six-car trains to return to automatic mode at a later date, the agency said in a news release.
Metro’s Orange, Silver, Blue, Yellow and Green lines are expected to return to ATO in late 2017.