Switch problem caused Red line delays
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?
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