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Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 02/11/2011

Green Line on schedule

By Mark Berman
Mark Berman

2 P.M. UPDATE: Metro says the Green Line is operating on schedule.

10 A.M. UPDATE: The delays on the Green Line are continuing due to a cracked rail, according to Metro spokesman Reggie Woodruff.

Crews are on site installing a temporary fix. Workers will return to install a permanent repair later tonight, he said.

Changes in temperature sometimes can stress rail and cause cracks. However, the problem can also occur due to routine wear. Crews typically can't ascertain a cause until they have a had a chance to remove the failed section and do further examination.

Trains will typically operate under speed restrictions through the area where the temporary fix is in place.

Are you riding the Green Line through the problem area? Post a comment below and share your experience with us and other readers.

8:50 A.M. UPDATE:

There are still delays in both directions on the Green Line due to the track problem outside of Greenbelt.

7:35 A.M. UPDATE:

Problems continue unabated for the Green Line, with delays in both directions due to the track problem outside of Greenbelt.

6:51 A.M. UPDATE:

The Green Line delays are back! Trains are sharing the same track between College Park and Greenbelt due to a track problem outside of Greenbelt. Delays in both directions.

6:32 A.M. UPDATE:

And now the Orange Line delays have cleared, according to Metro.

6:12 A.M. UPDATE:

The delays on the Green and Yellow lines have cleared. Delays remain on the Orange Line heading to New Carrollton.

6:03 A.M. UPDATE:

The train malfunction at West Falls Church has been resolved, but delays remain on the Orange Line (as well as the Green and Yellow lines).


There are delays on three Metro lines already this morning: A disruption at Shaw-Howard University is causing delays on the Green and Yellow lines in both directions (it has since been resolved, but delays remain); and a train malfunction at West Falls Church is causing Orange Line delays to New Carrollton.

By Mark Berman  | February 11, 2011; 10:10 AM ET
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Re: Green line delays this morning (2/11), the conductor on my train said something about a cracked rail. There were repair-men on the Branch Ave-bound side of the track. I'm guessing a cracked rail isn't a quick fix.

Posted by: whatitisis | February 11, 2011 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Hi, whatitisis.

It is a cracked rail, according to Metro. They will do a temporary repair and return tonight to replace that section.

Posted by: Michael Bolden | February 11, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Not to worry, metro is going to start cutting hours, so, they won't have to worry about delays as the system will be shutdown! It's bad enough they design trains so short people no longer have anything to hold onto by the doors on a crowded train. Now they want to end evening trains. The people who are proposing to eliminate trains at night, have obviously never used metro late night. Fail. Metro. Fail.

Posted by: NCL22 | February 11, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I asked the station manager at Columbia Heights what the delay was about (there was a 13 minute wait during rush hour). He was extraordinarily rude, brushed me off, and told the other WMATA worker in the booth to speak with me. He merely handed me a brochure and said "Write your complaints here and send in the mail." Why would I trust that my comments would get through in the mail, when two station managers wouldn't even talk to me. Unbelievable.

Posted by: natccbb | February 11, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, Metro? Seriously? More delays?

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | February 11, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Seriously? Crack on the Green Line?

Posted by: getjiggly1 | February 11, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

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