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Switch problem caused Red line delays

Mark Berman

9:45 a.m. update: Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel says there was a track switch malfunction between New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue this morning.

I know platforms were jammed during the morning rush in the direction of Shady Grove, and the trains were far off schedule. Unlike kickabout, who commented below, I heard no announcements in the station or aboard the train. When I reached the platform at Silver Spring at 8 a.m. it was obvious there was a problem. The platform is not usually so crowded at that hour. Most of us let the first train go by, because it was so crowded, and waited about six minutes for the next.

The PID sign on the station platforms showed no information about the delay. I saw no e-mail alerts and there was nothing on Metro's Twitter page, something I often find quite helpful, but not this morning. The Twitter page does note that Metro was doing track maintenance work this weekend in the area where the switch malfunction occurred.

Did anyone else hear or see information about the delays while in the Red Line stations or aboard the trains this morning?
-- Robert Thomson

Original post:We're hearing that there are some delays on the Red Line this morning. The Post's Monica Norton reported a 15 minute wait for a packed train, followed by a seven minute alert for another train. There are rumblings on Twitter about a switch problem, but there have been no alerts from WMATA nor anything on the WMATA Web site so far. What are you seeing, commuters?

By Mark Berman  | October 18, 2010; 9:45 AM ET
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Comments

Got in about 8:45, which is 15 minute later than expected in the direction of Glenmont. The announcement on the train was that there was a track problem between the Union Station and NY Ave. stations that was causing delays.

Posted by: kickabout | October 18, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

I got on the Red Line train to Glemnont at Dupont Station at 7:30 a.m. The train sat there for twenty minutes, except for crawling to Farragut North, then to METRO Center. The Driver announced Switchyard delays and several trains backed up in front of us.
My ride was a solid 20 minutes delayed to NY Ave. What should have been a 10-minute ride took over half an hour.
Thanks for being here-- since WMATA.com refuses to post delays-- we have no other way to document our often-delayed Metrobus and Metrorail commutes!

Posted by: lesskx | October 18, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

I got on the Red Line train to Glemnont at Dupont Station at 7:30 a.m. The train sat there for twenty minutes, except for crawling to Farragut North, then to METRO Center. The Driver announced Switchyard delays and several trains backed up in front of us.
My ride was a solid 20 minutes delayed to NY Ave. What should have been a 10-minute ride took over half an hour.
Thanks for being here-- since WMATA.com refuses to post delays-- we have no other way to document our often-delayed Metrobus and Metrorail commutes!

Posted by: lesskx | October 18, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

I got on the Red Line train to Glemnont at Dupont Station at 7:30 a.m. The train sat there for twenty minutes, except for crawling to Farragut North, then to METRO Center. The Driver announced Switchyard delays and several trains backed up in front of us.
My ride was a solid 20 minutes delayed to NY Ave. What should have been a 10-minute ride took over half an hour.
Thanks for being here-- since WMATA.com refuses to post delays-- we have no other way to document our often-delayed Metrobus and Metrorail commutes!

Posted by: lesskx | October 18, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

If WMATA says there are no delays, there are no delays.

Do you believe in slavery?

Posted by: getjiggly1 | October 18, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

This morning, I boarded a red line train at Twinbrook around 7:10 a.m. Central Control was making announcements about delays on the red line, but there was nothing about delays posted on the train arrival boards. As the train approached DC, the train operator that there were delays due to a track circuit malfunction at NY Avenue. I arrived at work 20 minutes late because of the not uncommon delay on the red line.

Posted by: RockvilleBear | October 18, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I rode in on the Greenline from Greenbelt this morning around 8am and we were packed like animals all the way to the Archives.

Posted by: kevltrlaw | October 18, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

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