Major Red Line delays
10:15 A.M. UPDATE:
The cracked rail at Tenleytown has been repaired. However, big delays remain in both directions on the Red Line.
9:45 A.M. UPDATE:
For the fourth consecutive morning, travelers taking the Metro faced considerable delays in their commutes. A cracked rail at Tenleytown this morning has delayed travelers on the Red Line for two hours and counting, creating packed stations and considerable waits in both directions.
On Monday morning, there was a fire in the tunnels at Metro Center, followed in short order by a switch malfunction; both issues significantly delayed commuters on the Blue and Orange lines. Commuters traveling on Tuesday morning faced problems on the Red, Blue, Yellow and Orange lines, due to issues that included train malfunctions at Pentagon City, Rockville and Van Dorn Street. And Wednesday morning brought significant headaches caused by a Christmas ornament left in the garbage at the Pentagon station that resulted in the station being shut down.
The only line unaffected by delays so far this week has been the Green Line, though there is still one more morning commute before the weekend.
9:30 A.M. UPDATE:
We're closing in on two hours with the Red Line delays due to the cracked rail at Tenleytown, and reports from commuters on both sides of the Red Line voice what you might expect: Packed platforms, crowded trains unable to pick up more commuters and long, long waits.
9:05 A.M. UPDATE:
There is no update yet on when the repairs will be completed and the delays cleared, according to Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel. He says personnel are on the scene.
"People that are riding or connecting to the Red Line should give themselves addiitonal time," he said.
8:55 A.M. UPDATE:
The Post's Michael Ruane reports from Tenleytown that three outbound trains have gone through the station using the inbound track. But three inbound trains are posted on the arrival board, with one arriving momentarily.
8:50 A.M. UPDATE:
The Post's Emilio Garcia-Ruiz reports that at Friendship Heights, the platform is full and trains are too full to board anyone. Tenleytown is not as bad, he says. And trains are zooming once they pass Tenleytown, he reports.
8:25 A.M. UPDATE:
The Red Line delays are due to a cracked rail at Tenleytown, according to Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel. There's no timetable for when it will be resolved, as they are still waiting on personnel to make repairs, he said. The delays are in both directions and trains are still single-tracking.
8:15 A.M. UPDATE:
The Red Line delays continue in both directions. The Post's Emilio Garcia-Ruiz reports that trains moving towards downtown from Shady Grove are holding for about five minutes at each station, but his train is so full nobody can board.
7:40 A.M. UPDATE:
Trains are sharing the same track between the Cleveland Park and Friendship Heights stations due to a track problem outside of Tenleytown. There are delays in both directions on the Red Line.
6:57 A.M. UPDATE:
The delays have cleared, according to Metro.
There are Orange Line delays heading to New Carrollton. An earlier train malfunction at East Falls Church has been resolved, but delays linger.
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