Massive delays for MARC trains
7:06 p.m. Update: MARC 893 is about 20 minutes late approaching Monocacy; MARC 879 is about 40 to 45 minutes late in Gaithersburg; MARC 895 is about 13 minutes late approaching Kensington.
7:04 p.m. Update: MARC 877 is about 45 minutes late approaching Harpers Ferry.
6:58 p.m. Update: MARC 895 is approaching Silver Spring 13 minutes late.
Original post: Signal and switch problems on the Brunswick Line will mean massive delays for passengers of the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train service this afternoon. MARC No. 875, for example, was operating 50 minutes late at 5:38 p.m. The Brunswick Line carries passengers between Washington and points north and west, including Frederick and Martinsburg, W.Va.
The Maryland Transit Administration says signal problems between Union Station and Rockville are causing the issues. Because of the Red Line problem (a pole struck a train earlier and trains are single-tracking), MARC can not offer the Metro option as an alternative.
Virginia Railway Express trains on the Manassas Line were also experiencing delays due to a downed tree near Backlick.