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Body near tracks delays MARC trains

8:55 p.m. Update: The tracks have reopened. MARC officials say passengers should listen closely to announcements being made at Rockville Station to ascertain the destinations of departing trains.

7:46 p.m. Update: The MTA says buses are approximately 30 minutes from Rockville Station. An empty MARC tain is also traveling from Martinsburg to Rockville to transport Brunswick Line passengers to western destinations. Train 877 left Martinsburg at 7:45. It may take the train up to an hour to reach Rockville.

7:03 p.m. Update: MTA says a shuttle bus is transporting passengers from Garrett Park to White Flint Metro station.

6:55 p.m. Update: MARC spokesman Terry Owens said four trains are holding at Union Station: 879, 881, 883 and 895. Train 893 is stopped at Garrett Park.

The report of the body came in at 5:45 p.m., Owens said. The police investigation is near the tracks, not on them, he added.

"We hope very shortly to get service moving," Owens said.

Some passengers stopped at Garrett Park are walking to Rockville Pike and taking Ride On buses, he said.

6:45 p.m. Update: Police have confirmed that the body is human. Delays are likely to continue while authorities investigate what happened.

6:35 p.m. Update: MARC says it is working on additional alternate transportation.

We are still seeking an update from law enforcement.

6:25 p.m. Update: Frederick and Monocacy passengers should go to Shady Grove and ride the 991 Commuter Bus. An extra 991 bus will leave Shady Grove at 7:45 as an express to Monocacy and downtown Frederick.

6:20 p.m. Update: The MTA says there is no estimate of how long the situation that has stopped train travel between Kensington and Rockville will last. Passengers are advised to arrange alternate transportation if possible.

People headed to Silver Spring, Kensington, Garrett Park, Rockville, Metropolitan Grove, Germantown, Washington Grove and Gaithersburg can use Montgomery County's Ride On bus service.

6:05 p.m. Update: Lucille Bauer, spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Police Department, said officials are responding to reports of a body near the CSX tracks near Parklawn Drive. However, authorities do not even know if the body is human, she said.

Original post: Police activity between Kensington and Rockville is delaying Brunswick Line travel, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. Trains 879, 881 and 893 are currently affected.

The MTA announced earlier today that Metro would honor MARC tickets on the Red Line this afternoon due to Monday morning delays that affected the Brunswick Line. The Brunswick Line provides service between Washington and points north and west, including Frederick and Martinsburg, W.Va.

More details to come.

By Michael Bolden  | October 26, 2010; 7:46 PM ET
Categories:  Commuter Rail, MARC, Maryland  
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Yet another body on the tracks near Rockville. Is this normal for commuter railways in the rest of the country?

Posted by: NickDanger | October 26, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Reports of a body, near Halloween, seriously?

America is fracked.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | October 27, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

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