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Storm's Impact on Traffic and Transit

These are some of the lingering effects of Wednesday's storms.

-- MARC's Brunswick Line is knocked out all day because of the trees on the tracks, but MARC hopes to restore service on Friday, Maryland Transportation Secretary John Porcari said this morning. He noted that getting things back on schedule is difficult because CSX freight traffic is backed up and has to be cleared. And much of the MARC equipment is still at Union Station and must be sent back out west once the line is clear.(Metro is honoring MARC tickets today.)

-- Maryland is adding some commuter buses from Shady Grove Metro station this afternoon to compensate for the lack of service on the Brunswick Line: 6:05 - Shady Grove to Urbana & Frederick at 6:05 p.m.; Shady Grove to Urbana, Frederick and Hagerstown at 6:30 p.m. and Shady Grove to Urbana, Frederick and Hagerstown at 6:50 p.m.

-- One lane inbound New York Avenue NE remains closed between 9th and Fairview. The lane will remain closed until D.C. engineers are able to assess the damage to the road and make appropriate repairs. Watch for message signs to notify drivers of possible detours.

-- Metro has recovered from yesterday's power problems on the Orange Line in Virginia. There are no service disruptions this afternoon, other than single tracking at the western end of the Red Line because of scheduled maintenance.

-- Three signals along Route 50 in Northern Virginia are still out. They are at the Gum Springs Road intersection; the Route 17 intersection and the Washington Road-Madison Road intersection..Virginia State Police are directing traffic, but it would be best to avoid the congestion in those areas.

Got a letter on this topic from a reader in Gainesville.

Dear Dr. Gridlock:
"Yesterday's severe storms seemed to cause outages to many traffic lights in the area. If possible, could you post the rules for MD, VA, and DC regarding treating such intersections as 4-way stops?"

Throughout the region, many signals are out. This morning in Silver Spring, I saw cars from all directions sailing through the busy intersection at Wayne Avenue and Dale Drive, where the signal was out. When the signals are dark, all vehicles must stop and proceed only when it's safe. The vehicle to your right has the right of way. It doesn't matter how many lanes wide the streets are.

-- One other traffic alert for Virginia drivers: Barack Obama is scheduled to hold a campaign rally this afternoon at Nissan Pavilion, off Interstate 66 in Bristow. The gates open at 3 p.m. and the rally is at 6 p.m. Traffic will likely be heavier than usual on Interstate 66, Route 29 and Route 234.

See Eric Weiss's story from today's Post about the traffic issues involved.

By Robert Thomson  |  June 5, 2008; 12:17 PM ET
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