Massive VRE delays
10:05 A.M. UPDATE: The combination train is on the move again. Train 332 will operate behind the train and pick up the remaining passengers.
10 A.M. UPDATE: Officials report that approximately 1,500 people are stuck at Burke Center.
9:30 A.M. UPDATE: VRE says 20 cabs are en route
to Burke to pick up passengers.
9:25 A.M. UPDATE: VRE officials say they are working on getting buses to Burke Centre to transport passengers. The Metro option is still open systemwide for VRE passengers.
8:50 A.M. UPDATE:
An update on the VRE delays: Train 328 is 95 minutes late, train 330 is 60 minutes late and train 332 is 35 minutes late, according to VRE.
8:45 A.M. UPDATE:
Train 332 did not combine with trains 330/328 and is still very delayed behind the combined trains.
8:42 A.M. UPDATE:
The running start was successful, according to VRE. The combo train has cleared the hill. The trains are still incredibly delayed and should arrive in Washington sometime next week (just kidding, but they're still more than an hour delayed).
8:35 A.M. UPDATE:
Now train 332 is 25 minutes late waiting for the coupled trains 330/328. It cannot go around because of another broken down freight train, according to VRE.
8:20 A.M. UPDATE:
To clarify, the combined train 328/330 is too heavy for a single locomotive to push it up the hill near Burke Centre, according to VRE. So train 332 might have to couple with it, or the combo train will have to reverse in order to get a running start up the hill. Again, tht's from VRE.
8:10 A.M. UPDATE:
And now VRE just Tweeted that the combined train (coupled trains 330 and 328) are too heavy for a single locomotive, and might have to couple with train 332 or go in reverse up a hill.
8 A.M. UPDATE:
VRE has opened the Metro Option for riders at the Vienna and Franconia stations. Just show your VRE ticket to station managers for entry.
7:50 A.M. UPDATE:
VRE train 330 is going to couple with train 328 to push it into Washington. The coupling will take 20 minutes to undertake, according to VRE.
So this means train 328 is going to be 70 minutes late, while train 330 is going to be at least 20 minutes behind, according to VRE.
This seems as good a time as any to remind VRE riders that if you haven't done so already, take our survey on your VRE experiences.
VRE train 328 has been stopped between Manassas Park and Burke with equipment problems. If the problems can't be resolved, it will be coupled with train 330 and pushed into Washington.
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