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Posted at 4:43 PM ET, 12/ 8/2010

Track problem delays MARC trains

By MIchael D. Bolden

5:33 p.m. Update: Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm said a crew for the rail agency was working on the tracks and accidentally left equipment in place that intentionally steers trains away from the area. The equipment was removed shortly before 5 p.m., Kulm said, and trains are moving again.

Expect some residual delays.

5:20 p.m. Update: MARC 848 is operating about 25 minutes late in the Greenbelt area.

MARC 437 is on the move to Washington from Baltimore, operating about 20 to 25 minutes late.

5:14 p.m. Update: MARC 437 is delayed in Baltimore due to a mechanical problem. It is currently about 15 minutes late.

4:55 p.m. Update: MARC 848 is expected to be 15 to 20 minutes late.

Maryland Transit Administration spokesman Terry Owens says trains "are stacking up" outside Union Station. He was investigating the track problem but had "no clear information" currently on the cause.

4:50 p.m. Update: MARC 846 is expected to be 35 minutes late into College Park.

MARC 853 expected to be 30 to 40 minutes late into Washington.

Original problem: A track problem at Union Station is causing delays for MARC trains this afternoon.

MARC 853 is holding outside of Washington and is unable to enter the terminal area, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. It is running 20 minutes late.

MARC 846 is unable to depart Union Station.

By MIchael D. Bolden  | December 8, 2010; 4:43 PM ET
Categories:  Commuter Rail, MARC  
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