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20-30 min. MARC delays

Surprise--MARC trains out of Washington are running 20 to 30 minutes late this evening due to power problems at Union Station and Landover stations; single-tracking near New Carrolton; and congestion on the Camden Line, MARC reports.

Rider Kevin Scott tells us his 4:40 train left Union Station forty minutes past its scheduled departure. "They've communicated well but that doesn't help us move!" he wrote.

CSX issued heat orders for the Brunswick/Camden Lines this afternoon, too. The overhead power lines are highly sensitive to heat, and this summer's weather has repeatedly pushed the system past its max.

By Luke Rosiak  | July 6, 2010; 5:18 PM ET
Categories:  MARC  | Tags:  Penn Line  
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I was on the 428 (4:15 WAS dep) that died just south of New Carrollton (we missed the catenary problems which dogged everyone else).

On the downside, the A/C wasn't working well to begin with, so the train quickly went from uncomfortable to sweltering.

On the upside, there was communication, there was water (debate is how much was actually available - I heard only a couple cases), and a back-up engine that got us moving again about 20-25 minutes later.

MTA emails were a little slow to start, but also noticed Facebook and Twitter updates coming regularly during my trip.

Some passengers would not obey conductors' requests to clear the vestibules so they could open outer doors, and also get to the water. Shame on them!

Posted by: zizzy | July 6, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

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