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Posted at 6:30 PM ET, 02/25/2011

Delays ease for Red Line riders

By Washington Post Editors

Capital Weather Gang | Flight delays | Report power outages | Traffic

7:40 p.m. Update: Riders are reporting that travel through Gallery Place and along the Red Line has eased considerably.

6:55 p.m. Update: Post editor Elizabeth Chang reports that she left our Northwest headquarters at 5:45. She just reached Grosvenor Station.

6:45 p.m. Update: There are massive Red Line delays, this time due to a train that earlier had mechanical difficulties at Gallery Place. Metro says the problem has been resolved but there are reports of massive delays in the system with crowded trains and platforms.

5:15 p.m. Update: Metro says the problem has been resolved but train operations will take time to return to normal. Expect delays to continue.

4:25 p.m. Update: Metro says, "Riders should expect major delays."

4:20 p.m. Update: According to Metro, the pole, located off Metro property, did make contact with a train. No riders were injured, Metro said.

4 p.m. Update: Dr. Gridlock reports that he saw a pole leaning across a fence above the inbound Red Line tracks. He was on a train that stopped for 10 to 15 minutes outside of Union Station after the incident, and the operator disembarked to investigate.

Dr. Gridlock's train eventually returned to New York Avenue, unloaded and boarded a train on the opposite side to head downtown. Delays continue as trains single-track through the area.

3:42 p.m. Update: According to D.C. Fire / EMS officials, the pole has fallen across the tracks, not on a train. Authorities are on the scene investigating.

Dr. Gridlock was aboard a train in the vicinity, and the operator told passengers that a pole fell in front of the train, he said. The train was returning to New York Avenue Station to unload.

Metro says trains are operating in both directions, but there are delays due to single-tracking.

Original post: Outbound trains on the Red Line are holding due to a utility pole falling on a Metro train outside of New York Avenue Station.

Spokeswoman Taryn McNeil said the transit authority had no additional information.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 25, 2011; 6:30 PM ET
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What does "outbound" mean on the red line. Seems to me that all trains are outbound.

Posted by: Lin2lin2 | February 25, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: Lin2lin2, When I saw the pole, it was leaning over the tracks that normally take trains from NY Avenue to Union Station. That's the side the the tracks the trains can't use now. They're sharing the track that normally takes trains from Union Station in the direction of NY Ave and on to Glenmont, often referred to as the "outbound" track.

Posted by: rtthomson1 | February 25, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I see what Lin2lin2 is saying. I also get confused when someone refers to the "outbound" train or track in or near the middle of the system, since both directions are heading out of the city.

Posted by: DOEJN | February 25, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: I understand the confusion about inbound and outbound, and this is just a sidelight that I thought some riders might find interesting.

If you look along the sides of the Red Line tracks, you might spot periodically placed signs that designate the track number and display the distance from Metro Center. That's the central point for the Red Line -- historically, anyway.

It's just a cocktail party factoid, or something to help you while away the time you're spending on a single-tracking train.

Posted by: rtthomson1 | February 25, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Inbound or outbound, I'm just glad I don't take Metro anymore.

BTW, there's a tree down on Military Road on the block where St. John's College High School is located. When I drove by, it was blocking both westbound lanes and 1 eastbound lane. Police were on the scene.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | February 25, 2011 7:13 PM | Report abuse

So WashingtonDame, how's your commute behind the wheel? Bet you never have any delays on our roads, do you? ;-)

Posted by: ennepe68 | February 25, 2011 8:15 PM | Report abuse


Maybe once or twice a year, and I know every single alternate route there is. :)

Posted by: WashingtonDame | February 25, 2011 10:10 PM | Report abuse

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