We just got an advisory from VRE that the heat restrictions are in effect today, and probably will be for the rest of the week, too. Here's what VRE said:
CSX has implemented heat restrictions on their tracks today. This means that all trains will operate 20 mph lower than the normal maximum allowed speed. We expect delays on the Fredericksburg line to be about 10-15 minutes late at Fredericksburg unless heat inspections or other train traffic causes it to be otherwise. As these delays are cumulative, lesser delays should be seen at the intermediate stations. Slight delays may be experienced on the Manassas line as those trains operate on CSX tracks from just north of L'Enfant to just south of Alexandria. Because the temperatures are forecasted to be well above 90 degrees all week, we expect that heat restrictions will be imposed all week.
This morning was a bummer if you were driving on the outer loop in Prince George's and eastern Montgomery. Accidents led drivers to bail out on the Beltway and head for alternate east-west routes, like University Boulevard and Randolph Road. Somehow, those tieups always seem worse on a hot day.
Metro had some escalators out and some trains were slightly delayed because of electrical problems but none of that was heat related. But be careful on those escalators in this weather. Even a normal length escalator can be a long hot climb on a day like this. Underground stations are bound to be hotter, even if the air coolers are working.
How was your commuting experience today? Did you have any problems with your trip that you'd blame on the heat? Any advice for fellow travelers on how to get through this week's heat wave?
-- Robert Thomson
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